The Chum Salmon, He’s Mad As Hell And He’s Not Going To Take It Anymore

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IF YOUR LOOKING FOR A FIGHT, THIS IS THE GUY TO GIVE IT TO YOU.

Chum salmon get very little in the way of respect. It’s either called a chum or a dog salmon. I don’t even know it’s proper name but it’s pretty clear from the two I know what folks think of it. It’s stupid, aggressive and the most disgusting creature on earth when it reaches its final days. If you don’t know where the term ‘moldy chum’ comes from, you’re probably happier for it.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for some pure fun and you like the idea of attaching your fly line to one of those monster trucks you see on TV, this guy might be looking better to you. I’m not a big salmon fisherman and to be totally honest I’d never pursued chum salmon until just recently. I was fishing with my buddy Alex and he wanted to give it a try so I eagerly joined in and I confess, it was a blast.

I had been carrying a fly for some time that I tied as a joke. It was a pink rubber worm pierced on a hook and superglued in place with a collar of pink ice wing. Just a bit of jackassery at the vise but I knew it would catch fish and I’d been waiting for the right time to deploy it. The traditional salmon flies were producing a few fish but when I broke off my fly and the guide offered me another I declined and tied on my dirty little secret. Eight fish in twelve casts later, the guide came down to see what I was using. We both had a good laugh. Then the damnedest thing happened.

I hooked a big buck and fought him hard for several minutes. When I say hard, I mean hard. I was putting the wood to this guy and he was pissed. At some point the fish made a hard turn and my barbless hook popped out. This is where it gets weird.

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Fly Fishing: Too Much Mending Can Ruin Your Drift

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One of the most critical techniques of fly fishing that anglers often lack knowledge in, is understanding how to properly mend fly line during the drift. If I tallied up all the time I spend each day instructing clients on various fly fishing techniques, teaching the art of mending fly line would easily rank number one on the list. I bet I say the word “mend” a thousand times a day. It’s not that difficult to mend fly line, all it takes is a little practice and time on the water to get the hang of it. In my opinion, it’s much easier to learn how to mend than the art of fly casting. The main reason mending takes so long for fly anglers to master is because the timing of the mend, the direction of the mend and the size of the mend can change from one presentation to the next. Two of the biggest mending problems I see on the water is bad technique and mending fly line too much during the drift. When mending is done correctly, you usually only need one or two mends per drift to get the job done.

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What Every Fly Angler Can Learn From Tenkara

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I DIG MY TENKARA ROD AND I’M NOT ASHAMED OF IT.

It seems like there are only two camps when it comes to fishing tenkara. Those who love it and those who hate it. I think the general sentiment of the haters was summed up pretty well by good friend Dave Grossman of SCOF.

“You know the hardest part about tenkara?…Telling your dad that you’re gay.” – Dave Grossman

Well, my father passed away years ago so I guess I’ll tell you. I think I’m gay for tenkara.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not putting all of my two handers on eBay or chucking out the bonefish rods. I will continue to carry way too many flies and a bag of split shot but I’m taking this willowy little rod seriously and I think you should too.

I’m new to tenkara. I’m not going to pretend to be an expert. We have an expert (Daniel Galhardo of Tenkara USA) writing tenkara content and I encourage you to submit questions for Daniel to answer. What I am prepared to do is tell you why I’m excited about tenkara and what I think it offers to every fly angler.

You’ve probably heard that tenkara is fun. That’s very true. It’s also simple, affordable, convenient and aesthetically pleasing. Those are all good reasons for the sudden popularity of tenkara but there is a whole lot more going on in this ancient Japanese art of angling. Tenkara is making a whole lot of people better anglers.

“It’s between the fish and the fly, man. Take yourself out of the equation.” – Tori Bevins

That quote from bonefish guide Tori Bevins is to this day my favorite bit of fly fishing wisdom. Tori wasn’t talking about tenkara, but he could have been. The lesson is the same. Fly fishing is magic. Not in the Merlin sense but in the David Copperfield sense. It is the art of illusion. The art of making someone, in this case a fish, believe with all their heart in something utterly implausible.

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Fly Fishing Through My Eyes

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By Carter Lyles

“MANY PEOPLE GO FISHING ALL OF THEIR LIVES WITHOUT KNOWING THAT IT IS NOT FISH THEY ARE AFTER.”

That quote by Henry David Thoreau is what makes up the fine line between a fisherman and then a fly fisher.

•The line is not drawn upon an “elitist” image that most portray fly fishers to be. We are not elitists, and to those who think we are, you’re wrong.

•Anyone today can pick up a fly rod and learn how to fly fish and I strongly encourage everyone to do so.

•This so called “line” that separates us from conventional and bait fisherman is about a journey, not catching fish.

Life Is Too Damn Short, That’s Why We Jump The Mainstream

Turn on the news today and I guarantee you that you’ll hear about at LEAST one of these issues: poverty, war, money and corruption. A recent Gallup Poll revealed that 70% of Americans are unhappy with their current occupation. And an even more recent study by The Hunger Projects uncovered that nearly three billion people make less than $2.50 a day from their occupation. This obviously causes stress, which is a reason why three out of four doctor visits in the United States are for stress-related ailments (www.stress.org). And with stress comes unhealthy eating habits, depression, sleep deprivation, and a series of negative health effects.

Listen folks, everyone in this world has problems they are facing. Just because you see Johnny constantly posting pictures of him on Facebook having a blast with all of his hip friends doesn’t mean his life is perfect. Don’t compare your behind-the-scenes to other people’s highlight reel.

This entire man-made test course of life that we have created overtime has run us aground. We’ve got nowhere else left to go! That’s why I believe that we will end up killing each other long before any natural disaster. Like good ole Rocky Balboa said: “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.”

Man is altered. We sin and no matter how hard we try, we cannot and will not ever copy what has already been provided for us. Haven’t you ever heard that natural is better? Natural diets are the healthiest way to lose weight. Water is the best liquid to put in your body. Natural beauty is much more magnificent than fake beauty. Natural forces that are held within us are the genuine healers of disease… As world-renowned scientist Neil Degrasse Tyson once said:

“Even with all our technology and the inventions that make modern life so much easier than it once was, it takes just one big natural disaster to wipe all that away and remind us that, here on Earth, we’re still at the mercy of nature.”

In the Buddhist religion, the Buddhist monks who practice deep meditation look within themselves and within the natural world to discover their enlightenment. For most, it takes YEARS to reach enlightenment and when it happens they find peace within themselves, the world, and a final understanding of being. It is their journey.

How Does This All Relate To Fly-Fishing?

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Sunday Classic / 4 Tips for Making Better Backhand Presentations

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MOST OF THE ANGLERS THAT I RUN INTO ON THE RIVER, WHO ARE BEGINNERS OR OF INTERMEDIATE SKILL LEVEL, SEEM TO ALWAYS HAVE A BAD TASTE IN THEIR MOUTHS WHEN IT COMES TO PRESENTING THEIR FLIES DURING THEIR BACKCAST.
For whatever reason, anglers that fall into this category, find it to be an awkward cast for them to make. Here’s what I find so ironic about backhand presentations.There’s really no difference between making a regular presentation with your forward cast and a presentation on your backcast. All you do differently is stop your rod and present your fly on your backcast instead of your forward cast, everything else should remain exactly the same. So why is it that so many anglers find backhand presentations so painful and unpleasant to deal with? Most of the time it all boils down to executing four simple steps during your false casting and presentation to pull off an easy and accurate backhand cast presentation.

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Saturday Shoutout / Deneki Does It Right

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I KNOW I SHOUTED OUT TO DENEKI JUST LAST WEEK, BUT THIS IS SERIOUS.

Today’s shoutout serves two purposes. To share some great Alaska fishing content and to set the record straight on a few things. I hope you will read this and indulge my rant. It’s from the heart and it’s something I care about so thanks for reading.

I f@*king hate river drama! It’s stupid, it’s inappropriate and it’s a waist of time. Attention fishing guides…stop being a bunch of bitches!

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A Fly-Fishing Festival You Do NOT Want To Miss

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By Carter Lyles

BLACKFLY OUTFITTERS, A FLY-FISHING SHOP IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA WILL BE HOLDING THEIR FIRST ANNUAL BLACKFLY FLOODTIDE FESTIVAL.

When: Saturday August 30th from 2-5pm
Where: Blackfly Outfitters, 11702 Beach Blvd., Suite 103, Jacksonville, FL 32246

Why You Should Be There:
Gink and Gasoline will be present with stickers and shirts.
There is a freaking BBQ Battle between Andrew Mizell and Captain John Bottko for the “Best BBQ Smoked Ribs.”
Live music
You will be able to test out the IFTD “Best in Show” Sage Salt in a series of different weights.
Fly Tying Demo by the pros…
East Cape Skiffs will bring down their new flats boat, the East Cape Glide…
Crazy ole Paul Puckett will be there with his crew from Floodtide Co. And he will be bringing LOTS of apparel with him.
Free Fly Apparel will be bringing their unique bamboo fabric clothing line…
You can donate your favorite flood tide fly for a chance to WIN all of the donated flies in a custom box.
There will be an open forum about floodtide fly-fishing directed by the Blackfly Pro Staff

Oh and one last thing…

GINK AND GASOLINE WILL BE THERE.

See ya in Jacksonville!

For more questions please call Blackfly Outfitters at (904) 997-2220

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