Thursday, August 11, 2016

Tenkara line holders

These snell holders work great to store your tenkara lines -

Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Golden Rule

"You’ve picked your fly, read the river, and figured out exactly where to drop that fly. You then make a cast to the spot you've chosen, but here’s the kicker: You might be only halfway there, because presentation is half of the entire game. How your fly looks to trout in the few seconds after it hits the water is as important, if not more important, than all the things you did to choose the pattern, figure out where to put it, and then get it there. At the end of the day, fly fishing is all about presentation. So remember this golden rule: You will never beat a large, wise trout into submission."

The author is absolutely right - Presentation is the name of the game.  However he goes on to say, after you've made a good cast with no results, change your fly.

From my perspective, it makes much more sense to change your presentation.  If dead drift doesn't work, skate it, swing it, twitch it, sink it, dap it.  It makes no sense to me to go to the trouble of changing your fly, then presenting it using exactly the same presentation that didn't work a minute ago.

It seems to me, you can make your fly look like it's alive, or act like it's alive.  Best of all worlds - both.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

What flies do I need

It's hard for a new fisher to get started with what flies they should acquire and fish.  It may be helpful to remember a few simple rules -

1. For the most part, fish aren't all that smart.

2. Fish take flies for at least two reasons -
    a. It looks good to eat
    b. It acts good to eat

Alot of folks focus on 2a.  They tend to carry alot of different fly patterns,  If one fly doesn't work, try another.

Some folks focus on 2b.  They carry very few patterns.  The patterns they carry are very generic, the flies look like alot of things.  They believe it's not so much the pattern you are fishing, it's how you fish it. If one presentation doesn't work, they try another (dead drift, skate, twitch, swing, dapple, float it, sink it etc)

Both schools of though work (primarily because of rule #1)

Friday, April 15, 2016

Monday, March 21, 2016

Fly Selection- as explained though a bag of Doritos

Very good article -


 You’re hungry and thinking some chinese food sounds pretty good.  While waiting on the chinese food to get delivered, someone shows up at your house with a bag of Doritos, opens them up and sets them on the table in front of you. Are you going to eat a few?

Yep!   Fish can't pass up the chance to snack on a few chips either.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Keep it simple

I was recently corresponding with a friend who told me that he thinks he is over thinking fishing with a fixed length line system. 

I told him the best advice I can give you --

Forget about power stroke, flex rating, grain weights, etc, etc, etc..... 
Think -  A stick, a string, a fly.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Which line?

Your loving spouse just gave you a nice, brand new tenkara rod for the holidays.  The first question you are probably asking yourself – What kind of main line do I need to start fishing?

The good news/bad news is tenkara rods tend to be pretty versatile in being able to cast and fish a wide variety of line types and sizes. Ask 25 anglers what their favorite line is, and you'll end up with 30 different options.  It’s not surprising when you think about it; you are using a relatively long rod to cast a relatively short line. 

First fork in the road - furled or single strand line (there are also some hybrids).  From a simplistic perspective; if you tend to mostly fish dead drift, single strand is probably the way to go. If provides a much smaller cross section, hence less drag. Less drag, better dead drift.  The converse, if you prefer a more active presentation (skate, swing, skitter, twitch, etc) a furled line is probably a better option.  With a larger cross section, it is easier to use things like the current and the wind to manipulate your fly.

If you decide to go single strand, you are much better off fishing fluorocarbon, rather than monofilament. Fluoro tends to be both denser and stiffer for a given diameter, so it tends to cast better than mono.

I will say a good furled line pretty much casts itself; they are very pleasant to fish.

When it comes to talking about the string stuff, a key point is to make sure you consciously make the tippet the weakest link in the chain. It's a must when fishing a fixed length line set up in order to prevent damage to the rod.  Fishing a light tippet may cost you a big fish or two, unfortunately that’s one of the few downsides to fishing a fixed length line set up.

The best advice I can give you, pick an option and fish it for a bit.   You'll soon find out what you like (or don't like) and you'll be able to zero in on the right solution for the way you like to fish.