|Jerry Siem Discusses the Sage CIRCA Fly Rod? with Robert Morselli on MidCurrent. Worth reading if you are not aware of this fantastic rod Sage introduced in 2012.
|Louis Cahill over at Gink & Gasoline has some great words to say about Love and fly fishing.
|Tenkara fishing is growing in popularity. It's not hard to Take Your Limit even on these light rods.
|For all you would be videographers, here are some tips on fly fishing filmmaking.|
I recently took a trip up to the Pere Marquette to do some "spring" steelhead fishing. The spring aspect of it was no where to be found, it was 100% winter steelheading. However, any kind of fishing on the PM means a lot of roll casting. The PM is heavily wooded and narrow so there is not much room for regular overhead casting.
The guys at Indigo Guide Service (who guided us for two days) always recommend up lining your rods by two weights (use a 10wt line on an 8wt rod) because you can perform better rollcasts and manage the type of fishing that is required on the PM. This year I wanted to try something different. I did end up moving the weight of my line up a size on my 8wt Hardy Proaxis however I decided to try a Royal Wulff Ambush line.
The Ambush line is designed with tight quarters in mind. The 9wt Ambush that I used was like using a mini skagit line on my 9 foot 8wt. One of the drawbacks to rollcasting is that the rod can only handle so much line and weight and therefore it can be difficult to rollcast a multi-fly rig, in fast water, even 40 feet. Because of the taper of the Ambush line it was very easy to rollcast a multi-fly indicator rig anywhere I needed to on the river. It performed so well I could even perform a mini-two handed style cast and shoot out line on the wider sections of the river.
There are two things you notice right away about the Ambush line. First, the head section is a bright chartreuse and the running line a darker teal color (OK more blue really). The second thing you notice is that the head section is much fatter then your normal weight forward floating lines. As I mentioned, it is more like a skagit head. Both of these are a major advantage in tight quarters. Because of the color transition you always know where the head starts and just how much to have in your rod tip in order to maximize your cast. Just like in two handed casting, if you do not have any of the head in the rod tip, only running line, the cast will fail. Even if you have the room to do an overhead cast, it is almost impossible to cast this line with the head outside of the rod and only running line doing the work of transferring energy from the rod to the line. However, once you adjust to not trying to aerialize 40 feet of line to shoot 20 more feet it is very easy to cast this line (rollcast or overhead) and reach lengths of 70, 80 or 90 feet.
All in all, the Wulff Ambush performed very well, even in very cold conditions. I had no problems of line coils or stiffness when it was cold enough to ice up my guides; so much for "spring" steelhead. If you are in the market for a line that you can easily use in tight quarters but will perform just as well in wide open spaces I highly recommend the Royal Wulff Ambush line.
The March issue of Tackle Trade World is now out. Even if you are a simple fisherman or woman it is interesting to read what is going on in the fishing industry. For instance, did you know REC recently acquired Wheatley Fly Boxes? Also, April Vokey has signed with G. Loomis to promote the Loomis fly rods.
Even though these are fly fishing tid bits there is even more information about the fishing industry as a whole. It is kind of neat seeing the crossover from one aspect of fishing to another. Or maybe I'm just a fish geek? Either way it's a good read.
|Phil Monahan over at Orvis.com has 9 tips for you to get you nymphs down fast.
|If you are a fiberglass rod enthusiast then take a look at Cameron Mortenson's post on the State of fiberglass rods for 2013 in Predictions, Rumors, And Pipe Dreams over at The Fiber Glass Manifesto.
|Take a late October trip down the Big Horn.|
|Paul Schullery has a nice article on The Adams over on MidCurrent. This is one of the most versatile flies you can have in your box. If you are ever trout fishing you should not leave home without one.
|How many of your "first fish" do you remember? Chico Fernadez recounts his First Tarpon which is sure to bring back memories of your first fish experiences.
|Sometimes you don't have to have lots of expensive video equipment to have fun. Take a look at what a GoPro can do in SalmonFly.