Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Love the wind!

I love fishing in the wind. 4th of July weekend I had the chance to fish a couple of windy evenings and had a blast. Granted, this may not be for everyone, but for where and how I fish, it’s great. I fish a large river, so I can just about always position myself with regards to the wind. My river has a lot of caddis flies, so an active presentation works well. The fish are used to seeing and feeding on active caddis flies. To be honest, it’s as much kite flying as it is fly casting. My fly is in the air as much or more than it is on the water. It does allow one to perfectly imitate the up and down movement made by an egg laying caddis. It’s amazing how accurately you can place and manipulate your fly once you get used to it. Basically it’s dappling the fly - touch the fly down. lift it up, repeat. I think what makes it so exciting is the explosive takes of the fish. They feel the need to strike explosively. When feeding on the naturals, they know they will be gone in the blink of an eye. It’s eat fast and aggressively, or go hungry. Next time you are sharing the river with a stiff breeze - don’t curse it, use it to your advantage.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Why do we fly fish?

I recently heard an interesting radio broadcast interview regarding why folks enjoy fly fishing. It was pretty much the standard cliches about the simplicity, the challange, and getting back to nature. It's funny, I've been thinking about this same question a bit for the past previous week or two. What got me thinking about it, was of all things, archery. About the same time I started fly fishing, I used to spend alot of time as a kid shooting a bow and arrow. I would read alot about how hunting with a bow and arrow was much more challenging and required alot more dedication and commitment than using a gun because of the basic simplicity of the equipment being used. That all made sense, just like why folks enjoyed fly fishing. Long story short, I got away from archery a long while back, and thought about getting back into it. As I started to do some research regarding buying some equipment, I found myself scratching my head. Back then, the bow I used looked like this
As I started to search for equipment being used today, the bows I found look like this
As a matter of fact, from what I can tell, more and more folks seem to be opting for a crossbow
So one wonders, if folks are interested in the simplicity and the challenge, why are they looking for equipment that removes both the simplicity and the challenge? To be honest, I sometimes wonder the same thing about fly fishing. I’m fine with however folks want to hunt/fish, as long as it’s legal. I just wonder if they aren’t missing out on some of the potential satisfaction that they seek.

Monday, May 12, 2014

What Flies do I need?

I think you'll find you don't need a ton of flies to catch fish. You can catch fish on western style flies or eastern style flies. The fish don't care. Here are some representative samples of the types of flies I like like to fish - You'll notice most of the flies are pretty generic, they look a little bit like alot of things. I very rarely change flies, but I do change presentation often. If a dead drift isn't working - try twitching your fly, or skate it, or let it sink under the surface. More often than not, you're going to find something that works. One good fly to get started with is an Elk Hair caddis, in size 10, 12, or 14. It's very readily available, you may already have a few in your fly box. It looks a bit like a caddis, a stone fly, a grasshopper, a still born mayfly, etc. Good luck and have fun,

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Build a Rod Case

My friend Arlen has put together a great tutorial on how to build a rod case - Check out How to Make a Homemade Rod Holder for a Tenkara Fly Rod. by Arlen Tofslie on Snapguide.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Mayfly - a life story

This is a very well shot and interesting clip. Granted the scenes shot may not be representative of all species or even the total time spent on water for the species represented. Take a look and notice, at least for the shots taken and shown in the clip, the flies spent relatively little time in a dead drift. There is alot of movement going on in and on the water. Don't hesitate to fish your flies with an active presentation, remember when properly done - Movement means Life . . . ,,,



Monday, March 31, 2014

Grandpa's Story - The History of the Adams Dry Fly

A fascinating account of the history of the Adams dry fly, perhaps the most widely used dry fly in North America