Monday, December 15, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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
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
Monday, May 12, 2014
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,