You must lose a fly to catch a trout.
- George Herbert
You must lose a fly to catch a trout.
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The author takes the reader on a journey that involves fly fishing, bamboo rod building, bull trout, and rivers. The journey is not about fly fishing, or rods, or trout. Instead it is about how a love of nature through fly fishing can bring joy and peace to each of us. These are stories you will enjoy reading and want to finish before you put the book down. You will not find how to make bamboo rods, design rod tapers, or fish for bull trout or any other trout for that matter. There are no secret rivers, or silver bullet fly patterns. What you will find is a wonderful book of stories about how rivers can run through your life if you let them.
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Article Courtesy of Federation of Fly Fishers by Bay David O’Brien
This is a question that would start a general debate in most fly fishing circles. There are many opinions and it would be difficult to include all of the detailed factors to consider here. But… you should ask yourself several questions.
(1) What am I going to use the rod for? If the answer is trout and bluegill, then a different rod is recommended than if you are after tarpon and northern pike.
(2) How much money do I want to put into this purchase. A useable fly rod will seldom cost less than $140, maybe a little less if you look around. A good to excellent rod can exceed $400 very easily. This is perhaps the most important part of your fly fishing gear. A poor rod will make it harder to cast and generally reduce your pleasure overall.
If you can answer these first two questions you are on the way to making an initial decision. But there are other factors.
A recent article in Fly Tackle Dealer offers some additional insights into fly rod selection. Experts from Scott, Thomas & Thomas, Sage, Lamiglass, Diamond-Back, Winston, Loomis, Reddington, Orvis, were all interviewed, including Lefty Kreh. While there were a lot of general statements one of the designers identified some key factors: He pointed out that you want a rod that will allow you to do four things well: (1) present the fly, (2) control the fly (i.e., retrieve, mend), (3) hook the fish and (4) play/land the fish. If you are buying a rod, these criteria make good sense.
However, with all the different fishing situations that a rod may be used for, getting just the right balance among these four rod criteria could get pretty difficult. If you are casting big bass bugs and need to set the hook and drag old bucket-mouth out of the weeds, a rod to meet all four of these criteria is easy. A 7-8 wt with lots of backbone is your choice. But other factors come into play. If a rod is too heavy, it will be a burden to cast. As one of the manufacturers said, the best rod is the lightest rod possible. So that bass rod must have the backbone to fish bass, but it can't weigh a ton either.
In other situations, a great rod for presenting a fly may not be very good for hooking or landing a fish. Some fishing situations are very demanding. A rod that is delicate enough to present a #22 blue winged olive to a 20 inch Big Horn River rainbow may not have the necessary rod backbone to cast into that Montana wind, move line in that Bighorn current and play that hyperactive rainbow to the net.
So when we are thinking about a new rod, it is wise to remember that casting a long or precise line is not the only factor. We also have to think about controlling that fly, setting the hook and landing the fish as well. The best rods will do all of these well - or should. Good luck. Remember, most dealers will let you try a rod, at least on the grass. Take advantage of that opportunity!
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By Bill Slough – Taken from the Alamo Fly Fishers Newsletter
With the Bud Priddy One Fly Contest almost upon us, here are a couple of tricks to add to your bag. First of all, the Nueces River has some large bass in it, but you often don’t see them until they are already moving away from you. Chasing after them usually doesn’t work, but river bass have a habit of returning to the same place. Even when not spooked, they tend to have a circuit they patrol. So if the bass is big enough to be worth spending some time on, an effective technique is to find a shaded place where you can wait for the bass to return. Just make sure you’re in a position where you can get off a cast. If you see the bass coming a ways off, make the cast as early as possible, to avoid spooking it again.
Also, years ago, one of the guides spoke to the club. I’ve forgotten his name, but he made the comment that if he floated through a run that he knew held fish, but nothing was biting, he would slap his paddle on the water to wake the fish up, and then float through again. A few of us in the back of the room looked at each other, wondering if he was serious. Since then I’ve had my own experience that seemed to prove him right. I was fishing a pool on the Nueces that I knew held some fish, but there was nothing in sight, not even a perch. There was a brush pile against the far shore, and I worked the edge of it with no luck. Then I threw a bad cast and snagged my fly way up in the brush. Not wanting to lose it, I rammed my kayak into the pile, forcing my way into where I could retrieve the fly. When I did that, a whole bunch of bass and perch moved out from under the brush, into the main river, and within a few minutes they were catch-able, including one of the bigger bass. Ever since then, when I am finished fishing around a brush pile or log jam, I always go over and shake it. It has saved the day more than once, a couple of times spooking out big bass that I had shots at when they returned. Give it a try, but you might want to do it when nobody’s looking. People already think us fly fishers are crazy.
By John Peterson – Taken from the Granite Bay Flycasters Newsletter
Drifting in a pontoon boat can be an enjoyable experience; follow these common sense rules & these simple reminders will go a long way in keeping you out of trouble on the river, which can be a lot different from floating on still water lakes.