Friday, March 8, 2013

Dad, Can We Go Fishing?

Those words are music to my ears. More and more my son is begining to enjoy the outdoors, and I couldn't be happier.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Still at it

Even though I'm in the middle of my busy season at work I've been able to get out a few times to chase some fish.

Last week I had the pleasure of fishing the Grande Ronde and Snake with Fay Mills (OMR). Even though the steelhead fishing was slow we enjoyed some beautiful weather and were able to hook into a couple of fish .

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Airflo Sixth Sense Line Review

I had my ass handed to me during an outing to one of my favorite lakes this year by my friend Klint. Normally we're both at the same skill level, but on this day I was riding the pine on the JV team.

Klint with a jumbo tiger from earlier this year

We were using the same technique and fly, the only difference was the fly line. I was using my old standby clear intermediate line that I've never really liked due to tangling issues (no matter how much I stretch it).  After watching him catch a few fish I realized that I was missing the subtle takes due to the coiling of my line. His line was straight as an arrow, and as I later found out has virtually no stretch so he could feel everything that was going on when the fly was in the water. Klint was using the Airflo Sixth Sense intermediate line with a clear polyleader and 3x tippet.

With my tail between my legs, I went home to find a dealer that sold this miracle line. I normally try to do most of my shopping local when I can, but in this case no one in my area had this line available so I ordered from North Platte River Fly Shop. The customer service these guys provide is top-notch and I highly recommend them! I ordered my line on Saturday night and it was at my door Tuesday afternoon. I ordered both an intermediate and a full-sink (type 7) line.

When Airflo says it's low stretch they aren't kidding! This line reminds me of the braided line I used when fishing for cod in New England. The advantage to this type of line is that you can feel every tap, tug, and wiggle.

The type 7 full-sink line comes with depth markers at 10, 20, and 30 feet  that come in handy when fishing vertical with chironomids or balance flies. With a sink rate of 7 inches per second it'll get down to the fish in a hurry! During my most recent stillwater outing I found fish holding in water 7-10 feet deep and itching to chase a streamer. It was fun to feel them attack the fly on the strip!

Don't deny your local lakes, because you never know what might be lurking on the bottom!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Plan B

Last Thursday I chose not to go steelhead fishing, leave the crowds behind, and explore new trout water.

The day started off rather ominous with fog so thick that I had to pull over for an hour to wait for sunrise. The first lake that I chose to explore fishes really well in the spring, but as I found out becomes a weedy mess later in the year. After killing a couple hours at the first lake, I made my way to the second lake on my list that some friends had fished a week earlier with some phenomenal results.

Luckily for me the fish were still willing, so willing in fact that it was hard to go 5 minutes without hooking one. The lakes of Eastern Washington are fertile trout factories that when managed properly can produce some dam fine trout. Scuds, snails, mayflies, chironomids, baitfish, water boatman, hoppers, lizards and snakes are all the menu creating some fatties, which you'll see in my poorly edited YouTube video. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Nature's Perfection

Here's another reason why fly fishing will never become boring to me. The color spectrum of a trout.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Redington Link Fly Rod

When you're paying $4.00 per gallon for gas and an obscene amount of money for groceries on a weekly basis it's hard to even think about spending $750.00 for a fly rod.  Like most people, I'm on a budget, so when I had to replace my broken 6 wt. I took my friend Sean's advice and bought a Redington Link.

I've been very impressed with the Link in all aspects of my fishing. It casts a double nymph rig like a dream and can drive my favorite streamer hard into the corner of a trout's jaw from fifty feet away. Plus, it weighs a scant 3.2 ounces so you won't feel like a pitcher who just went 9 innings at the end of the day! All this for $350.00, and backed by Redington's incredible warranty. Trust me, you'll love it!

A nice Madison bow that fell victim to the Link..
Here's a video I threw together from today's mission on the Spokane.