The best fisherman I know try not to make the same mistakes over and over again; instead they strive to make new and interesting mistakes and to remember what they learned from them.~ John Gierach ~
ETFF MEETING - December 16, 2013
PROGRAM: "Christmas Party"
CATCH US @ Jalapeno Tree Mexican Restaurant
508 N. Eastman Rd, Longview, Texas
FLYFISHING 2014 EVENTS & NEWS
January 11: Orvis Fly Fishing Seminar - Dallas, TX
January 20 ETFF Meeting: Open - Longview, TX
January 2014: Booking NOW! Peacock Bass Guided Trip! - Brazil
January 24-26: ETFF Booth at Boat Show - Longview, TX
January 25-26: Entomology for Fly Fishers - Guadalupe River, TX
February 1: Basic Fly Fishing Class - Longview, TX
February 17 ETFF Meeting: Open - Longview, TX
BOOK REVIEW - Tying and Fishing Tailwater Flies
A great fly tying guide book by Pat Dorsey. Contains new flies and old standbys from one of Umpqua Feather Merchant's top-selling fly designers, Pat Dorsey with 500 step-by-step photos of 24 proven patterns for the most demanding trout. Patterns for streams across the country, not just tailwaters; includes nymphs, emergers, and dry flies that imitate mayflies, midges, stoneflies, and caddis. Detailed information on how to fish the patterns with over 30 rigging illustrations from artist Dave Hall. Fly tying guide book in hard cover. 128 pages.
Of Icicles, Frozen Guides And Drifted Christmas Snows
by Pete Caverhill of the Osprey FlyFishers of Vancouver, BC for the FFF ClubWire
Deep winter of the Christmas and New Year season spells for me, a narrowing of angling opportunity. Resident trout fisheries, locked in snow and ice, are no longer a viable choice for the open water fisherman. Emphasis naturally shifts to coastal streams and sea-run winter steelhead.
Millar mitts, long johns, heavy cumbersome lines and cranky frozen fly rod guides are symptoms of this deep winter steelhead fishing. I perhaps do not appreciate these aspects the way I appreciate short sleeves, light lines and surface fish. Consequently in the months around Christmas, the intensity of my angling concentration slips into hibernation.
This is not to say that I do not enjoy being astream. The joys of winter fishing extend far beyond the reality of being chest deep in frozen flows with rod straining.
I remember the beautiful silence of a river valley under a new snowfall; I remember cloud low and still and gray, on white mountains; I remember crystalline ice bells rattling in branches over a riffle.
Winter distills the true essence of going fishing. It strips the experience of all its frills. It allows me to understand why I fish.
HUMOR - The Fish Smart
by Gil Hassen of the Merced Flyfishing Club of California for the FFF ClubWire
I was recently reading an article out of a major fly fishing magazine in which the author made the statement, "as trout get smarter, we will need more blah blah, blah... "
Smarter fish? Is this more of that genetic tampering stuff? How 'smart' can a fish really be? Is there an intelligence limit or can we expect some trigonometry-trained trout soon?
Face it, trout have the brain about the size of a pea. How smart are they, really?
Elephants are thought to have a genetic memory, that is, newborns can find their way to a watering hole they have never been to, and locate it precisely. This same genetic memory goes for food, what is safe to eat, what is not safe to eat. We cannot say the same for trout. I once caught and tossed a live grasshopper, wiggly legs and all, right into the path of a feeding trout. The grasshopper floated safely by and continued to do so as long as I could see it downstream. Smart fish? This is the same smart fish that about ten minutes later inhaled a creation of deer hair, yarn, gold wire, and chicken feathers thinking it was something edible. Yep, these guys are getting smarter for sure. Those fly tying (selling) types seem to think so. Every year the 'new' patterns emerge (yes, pun intended) to be the ticket to those trigonometry-trained trout. Those trout have just out-smarted last year's model.
Several years ago I was fishing the South Fork of the Merced River, precisely casting meticulously tied mayfly patterns, and getting totally ignored by fish of an obviously superior intelligence. These fish were out in the middle of the river calculating trigonometric ratios in order to dart to my fly, just miss it, and throw in a little tail splash as a final taunt. Just the week before an old-timer (experienced fisherman) had asked me, as he looked into my fly box "what ever happened to the ol' royal coachman?" That thought came to my mind as I tried an old coachman pattern and yup, you guessed it, fish on! How smart indeed. Substantiated proof once again that weak genetics override superior intelligence. No genetic memory in the South Fork, yet.
How smart you still ask? Fish in the Green River have scarred and swollen lips because of so many hook removals. Fish in rivers all over have been caught with a fly still attached to a shredded piece of 6X tippet, dangling from the lower jaw. There is also that college dropout trout who breaks off a #16 Adams pattern, only to eat the exact same pattern in the exact same time it takes to tie on the new pattern. It's a real bonus to get your original fly returned.
We need to reconsider the 'smart' trout and rethink the not-so-smart fly fisherman. Once again, genetics override intelligence.
By C.W. “Don” Coleman - Taken from the Tampa Bay Fly Fishers Newsletter
DON’T FORGET – You are free to agree, disagree, or interpret my opinions in any way you see fit. There are no fly tying police or fly fishing police. Don’t be afraid to think for yourself or differ with the “experts.” But do be polite about it. There are not many things you can do today that leave you completely free to do as you wish. Even take a fish home to eat once in a while—as long as it is legal to do so. Sometimes we take this ecology bit too far.
FIGHTING FISH – Suddenly you have a fish on. What do you do now? First of all I hope you struck the fish with a slip-strike and lifted the butt of the rod instead of jerking the rod tip up. The rod tip is for casting and the rod butt is for fighting fish. Most of the inshore fish wading fly fishers catch can easily be handled by stripping in the fly line with your line hand. Don’t adhere to the old adage to “keep the rod tip up and get the fish on the reel.” A lot of fish are lost because of that poor advice. You cannot put much pressure on a fish with the rod tip and you can blow it all trying to reel in loose line instead of fighting the fish. If you do have a large fish on, let it run and put itself on the reel. I hope you didn’t set the drag up to 3 or 5 pounds as some “experts” recommend. If you did a sudden jolt will occur when the fish comes tight against the reel and that jolt could pull the hook out. Keep just enough drag on the reel so that when you jerk on the line it will not backlash. If you need more drag during the fight, use the palming rim. Fight large fish by keeping the rod tip down and pointing at the fish and fighting with the first stripping guide. It’s called fighting “down and dirty.” The old timers used to say “give them the butt.” Even with a 12 weight tarpon rod you can only exert about 3 ¾ pounds on a fish with the rod tip. Whereas you can exert up to 12 pounds on a fish when fighting “down and dirty.”
Don’t fight a fish by pumping the rod and reeling in the line you gained. When you pressure a fish it tries very hard to fight back. You can gently apply even pressure and practically lead most fish wherever you want. Often you can remove all pressure and the fish will simply stop and wonder what’s going on. Only pump the rod when you cannot move a very large fish any other way. And fly rods are not built to do this successfully.
WINTER: Dec, Jan, Feb
- Bait Fish: Marabou Muddler #8-1/0 (various colors) | Bass/Sunfish/Crappie
- Crayfish: Whitlock's Crayfish #8-1 | Bass/Trout
- Mice: Hairy Mouse Slider #10-1/0 | Bass/Trout
- Minnows: Streamers #10-1 | Bass/Sunfish/Crappie/Trout
- Nymphs: Midge Larvae #16-24, Beadhead Nymphs #16-8 | Sunfish/Crappie/Trout
- Catch More With The East Texas Hatch Schedule