Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
I recently read a short article about the use of a fixed length line system as a fly fishing teaching tool. I agree with much of what the author said about how it simplifies things for the beginner. The article stressed that it eliminated the need to shoot line and mend line.
I don't agree that it eliminates the need to mend/manage line on the water. I will say that having a long rod and very light line makes it alot easier. This allows the student to learn to recognize what happens when line meets water, to see the effect, and to be able to figure out what needs to be done in order to make the fly behave as the angler intends.
A fixed lenght line system certainly eliminates shooting line, but it does even more in terms of simplify the process. What I've found really helps a beginner is eliminating the need to coordinate two hands in order to successfully cast (even when you aren't shooting line). When folks are first getting started, it is indeed a pat head/rub stomach type of exercise trying to coordinate the movement of both hands. Eliminating the line hand allows a person to focus on using just the rod hand to make a cast.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
One I think many of us have heard – It’s isn’t fly fishing unless your rod is equipped with snake guides.
I think most of you who may be reading this may have a slightly different opinion.
Another one I often hear – You need to present your fly with a dead drift in order to catch fish.
I personally disagree with this one with as much vigor as with the snake guide axiom. Dead drift is certainly a popular and effective presentation, but it certainly not the only presentation that works well. Not everything that a fish may eat floats along lifelessly in the current. A lot of things move, whether it be in the form of a struggle, or purposeful means of propulsion. Don't be afraid to twitch, skate, skitter, swing, flutter, lift …. your fly.
Anytime one is engaged in a discussion, it’s always nice to know at least a few other folks share your opinion. When it comes to fishing alternative presentations to dead drift, I think I am in good company. If I ask you to close your eyes and picture what is commonly referred to as a “tenkara” fly, chances are you envision something that looks like this
So ask yourself, why tie the hackle forward? I probably don’t need to tell you it’s designed to add movement to the fly as it is twitched during the presentation. It’s to make the fly look alive via the movement imparted by the angler, and the resulting pulsation of the hackle. These flies are specifically designed NOT to be fished using a dead drift presentation.
As least for me, another fly fishing truism bites the dust.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Guess what? He didn't use a reel either.
I personally don't think there is anything mystical or zen about using a fixed-length line set up to fly fish. It's a simple and effective way that some folks choose to fish.
Quite honestly, the vast majority of good old boys and bubbas can't help but smirk when they see somebody standing in rubber pants, waving a stick around as they zoom by in their bass boats. It's all just a matter of where you happen to find your interest along the curve.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
The consensus results can be summarized:
- develop a repertoire of many different presentations - or - always use the same one (dead drift (it’s the perfect presentation for dead caddis flies))
- shake the bushes and be prepared with a vest full of fly patterns for whatever you see - or – one generic fly properly presented will almost always work
- all the possible combinations and permutations of the above
What I find most interesting, the exact same conversations take place in the other forum topic I follow.
I want to start playing guitar, what should I do?
- learn to play scales - or - never study scales, just play songs
- start out playing classical, pop, jazz, bluegrass, finger style, with a pick, the blues
- buy a Martin/Gibson/Custom built - or – buy a $100 Epiphone/Yamaha
And at the end, the exact same answer results for both -
Go out and fish / listen to the music that is inside you.
Monday, January 12, 2015
It’s how I got started. When I first heard about fly fishing with a fixed length line system several years ago, I decided I wanted to give it a try. I started with a South Bend Black Beauty composite rod/pole I bought at Wal-Mart for $12. Other than being heavier in weight than might be ideal (I could only fish with it for a couple of hours before I got too tired), it cast and fished without problems, I caught a ton of fish using this set up. I will always have a soft spot for this set up, it's what got me started having a great time fly fishing with a then new technique to me.
I found that a permanent connection to the rod tip worked best for me -