By Johnny Spillane
A QUICK RESPONSE TO LOUIS’S ARTICLE “TROUT ARE NOT SMARTER THAN PEOPLE, BUT THEY MAY BE SMARTER THAN ME.”
Trout have a brain that is smaller then a pea. No offense to Louis, but I’m positive that you can out-think a trout in a technical tailwater situation.
HERE ARE FIVE TIPS TO HELP YOU CATCH INCREDIBLY “SMART” FISH.
1. Go light and go small.
Fish are creatures of their environment. If they see small bugs all the time then you have to fish accordingly. 7X tippet and size 24 or 26 bugs are what the fish are looking for. Go down in tippet size before you switch fly patterns.
2. Match the sky
If you are fishing with an indictor, go with something that matches the color of the sky. If it’s overcast, use gray yarn, if it’s clear use a small clear or white Thingamabobber or yarn. You can also use a Slinky indicator. They are deadly with picky fish.
3. Use stealthy weight
If you are using split shot, make sure they are not flashy at all. Anything painted in a moss green is better then silver lead.
By Louis Cahill
THERE’S GOOD STUFF COMING OUT OF SALT LAKE CITY.
Every now and then I run across an innovative piece of equipment that changes the way I do things. To find a single product like that from any company is a home run but I found three amazing tools from Rising, that have not only changed my habits but done it at a price that’s hard to believe.
The first thing you notice about Rising tools is their innovative design. They don’t look like fishing tools, certainly not the old school tools I grew up with. These things look like some kind of surgical implements. And I’m not talking about hemostats. These tools are heavy duty, precise and beautifully finished. Absolutely the nicest fishing tools I’ve ever used.
You’d expect that kind of quality in a pair of saltwater pliers that you dropped a couple of hundred bucks on but not when you spent twenty. That’s right, $20 for the Rising Rancher, which has quickly become my favorite fly fishing accessory ever. I honestly don’t know how they make a dime at that price. So I called them up and asked.
I spoke to Dylan Rothwell, the man behind Rising Tools. It was an interesting conversation. Dylan is clearly a super smart guy with a lot of fishing days under his belt who isn’t afraid to make a living using his hands. He told me his original vision was to make all of the products there in Salt Lake but he was quickly priced out of the market. So he came up with a solution that’s pretty clever and is working very well.
Some of Risings products are made in America. Others are made in Asia and finished in the shop in Salt Lake. That means that they are fitted, polished and sharpened by the man who put his name on them. What you get is a remarkable product at an amazing price. So you can buy another company’s made-in-America nippers for $50-$100 and they’ll be pretty good, or you can buy another company’s Asian knock-off of those nippers for $30 and they’ll be so-so, or you can buy Rising’s Big Nippa for $12 and they’ll out-perform the $100 pair. I’m not kidding.
SO HERE ARE THE THREE RISING FISHING TOOLS THAT I USE AND LOVE EVERY DAY ON THE WATER.
THE BIG NIPPA $12Read More »
By Carter Lyles
This is an exclusive interview with the top fly fishing guide in all of the land, Patterson. Hank Patterson. Hank’s legendary status is unmatched, and he has often been referred to as the “Tim Tebow” and the “Chuck Norris” of fly-fishing. Known for dropping a 700lb grizzly bear with his signature move, “The Chode Paralyzer,” as well as having consistent multi-hookups on his famous hopper hopper dropper hopper dropper dropper hopper dropper rig, native cutty rainbrowns have come to fear his presence. Oh, by the way, he is also the rightful owner to “A River Runs Through It” on Blu-ray, so you could say he knows a thing or two about fly-fishing!
Carter: Hank, if you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be and why?
Hank: I have absolutely no idea what American Idol is. That said, on a recent road trip to Picabo, Idaho, I found myself humming Elton John’s “Daniel.” Having no idea what the actual words are, I made up my own… If you know the tune, feel free to sing along… Hank Patterson’s traveling tonight on a boat, He just tied a caddis on and he’s watching it flo-o-o-oat… Oh and… I can see Hank, he casts like a God… Looks like he hooked a RainBrown! A fifteen-pound hog on a five-weight rod….
Carter: What would you do during a Zombie Apocalypse? Grab a cub?
Hank: First thing I’d do is get a good, tight fitting helmet with a chin strap that locks. Zombie’s love brains. Second thing I’d do is start hanging around with people who are a lot clumsier and slower than I am. If a pack of Zombies comes around, you don’t have to be the fastest guy in the group, you just can’t be the slowest. Third thing I’d do is go pillage a few fly shops, grab some sweet gear, a lifetime of flies and head for the mountains.
Carter: If G & G were a high school kid, what kind of person would they be?Read More »
You could write a book about anchor placement in Spey casting.
In fact, I feel sure several have been written. Rightfully so, since anchor placement is the foundation on which a good Spey cast is built. For those who are not aware, the anchor is where the fly is placed in the water as the Spey cast begins. The rule of thumb is this. Your anchor should be placed a rod length away and forty-five degrees to one side or the other of the direction you intend to cast.
Simple enough but that’s a little like the ten and two rule. It’s not quite the whole story. First off, the forty-five degree mark is where your anchor should be when you hit your forward stroke. This means that you have to take current speed and direction into account when you place the fly. There are other real world factors that come into play as well. One of them is frequently brush or rocks that interfere with your D-loop.
There are some simple ways around this but rather than try to explain it in text, I’m going to let my buddy Jeff Hickman show you how to get the cast off when space is tight, in this video.Read More »
IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT SOUTHERN CULTURE ON THE FLY IS THREE.
And, to quote Editor Dave Grossman, “Like most three year olds we think that the words pee and poop are hysterical.” But if you’re a S.C.O.F. fan you knew that already.
Issue number thirteen is full of great photos, art and videos as well as the famous S.C.O.F sense of humor and some actual fly fishing info. Always the best E-zine in the business.
HIGHTAIL IT OFER TO SOUTHERN CULTURE ON THE FLY RIGHT NOW.Read More »
ALWAYS INNOVATIVE, ALWAYS STYLISH, ALWAYS QUALITY.
Fishpond set the standard in the fly fishing industry for packs and luggage with innovative designs, rugged materials and a unique visual aesthetic. Their offering for 2015 are no exception, but there’s more coming down the pipe from Fishpond than we’re used to.
New packs and bags focus on waterproof closures, recycled fishnet fabrics and improved ergonomics. You’d expect that, but how about a sling pack that incorporates a pistol holster? Did you see that coming?
The line of already awesome Nomad nets expands for next year as does the entire accessory line. Fishpond is clearly not content to leave the bar where it’s set. Check out the video to see some of the awesomeness from Fishpond for 2015.Read More »
About ten years ago, I embarked on my first international saltwater fly fishing trip, with a couple Texas boys I’d previously met while chasing peacock bass in the Amazon. The saltwater trip took place down in Mexico, specifically the Ascension Bay area. Our primary target fish were bonefish but we kept a constant lookout for permit and tarpon. The two born and raised Texas boys had grown up fly fishing in the salt, and they both had more than enough testosterone, ego and skill to handle the demanding fishing conditions. I on the other hand, had never experienced first hand the difficulties that saltwater fly fishing brings. I really struggled with spotting fish in an unfamiliar environment and managing my presentations in 25 mph winds. I’ll never forget the humbling feeling of defeat after our first day of fly fishing on the flats. My counterparts landed a dozen bonefish a piece while I only managed to catch one. Just about the entire trip I was plagued with the feeling of being under-gunned on the water. The wind totally kicked my butt and I missed numerous opportunities because I couldn’t cast far enough to consistently get my fly to the targets my guide was calling out.Read More »