Watch Out for the Redds
I know I bring this up every year. But I believe a friendly reminder is in order to enable us all to keep enjoying our passion for fishing.
Reproduction plays an important part of the trout lifecycle during the fall months for both brook and brown trout. Brook trout usually spawn during late September through October. Brown trout typically spawn in October through late November. However, each stream is very different and spawning will start at different times.
During the spawn, the coloring on the trout will intensify, especially in the males. Females will create gravel beds called "redds" for the dropped eggs to be fertilized. It is very important to avoid fishing these sections on the stream where you see redds. Be careful not to kick them up or walk on them when wading. It is best to leave trout swimming overtop redds alone and give them a chance to protect the eggs.
Enjoy your fall fishing trip but be mindful of these wonderful fish we so much enjoy pursuing.
It has been a while since I have come across a new fly tying vise that really impressed me. I have been tying flies for more than 45 years now and have used more brands and models of vises then I can count. I now use the Griffin Montana Mongoose Vise and I think it's a great vise. I like it so much I just added it to my website. But the Mongoose has been around for a while now. I wanted to bring some new technology to my website. I decided to search for new companies and try new products.
Recently I've come across a fairly new company to the US called Stonfo. They manufacture a line of vises and tools that really impressed me. I ordered 2 of their vises the Kaiman and the Transformer to see if they were as good as they looked. Being a manufacturing engineer for over 35 years, I am super critical of machining quality. I gave them a thorough inspection upon arrival. Much to my delight they were beautifully machined and as good or better then most high-end vises I've seen. Their fit and finish was second to none. The quality of components is first class. Ball bearings that will last a lifetime, high-grade stainless steel and aluminum, ergonomically machined levers and cranks, rubber covered knobs and clamps and a mirror-like finish on all components.
The Kaiman vise utilizes spring pressure to rigidly hold size 28 to 5/0 hooks. The head is made from stainless steel with hardened steel jaws. It has an inline rotary axis that will rotate 360°. One cool feature is that it will snap into place at 90° increments. This is nice when you are trimming heads, placing eyes and coloring with markers. The head can be adjusted to any angle using the provided Allen wrench. The locking lever can be changed to either side for left or right hand users. The base comes with rubber feet that provides solid steady placement. Each vise comes with a material clip, Allen wrench and instruction book. This is an excellent mid-priced vise that will last even the most avid / professional tier for many years. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RygB-aCUf2g
The Transformer vise in my opinion is the best new vise to come out in years. Its price is well below vises that are not even near its quality and advanced innovations. It's called the Transformer because it's 3 vises in one. The quick disconnect coupling will transform your vise into a standard vise, streamer vise or a tube fly vise in a blink of an eye, without any tools. All 3 heads are included as well as the pins and accessories for the tube fly vise. It is a true rotary vise that smoothly rotates on ball bearings. The hook shank is held inline with the axis of rotation. The material clip (included) is adjustable and clamps the material where you want it. Each vise comes with a bobbin cradle + parachute attachment (very cool). This attachment is made from stainless steel and it's twice the diameter of any I've seen. The parachute post clip is included. The vise base is nice and heavy with rubber feet. There are 2-dished areas for hook and bead storage and holes for your tools and accessories. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72ZVsnns_rI
When you think about how many hours you sit in front of a vise compared to the time spent fishing and what you are willing to pay for a new rod and reel every year, I think the cost for good quality fly tying tools is well worth getting the best you can afford.
A lot of people will skimp on scissors at first - like we skimp on so many other things like bobbins and even our vise. Fly tying should be as enjoyable as possible. When it comes to tools, your selection of a properly balanced tool is as important in fly tying as it is in your fly-fishing equipment. Good sharp scissors are a must when creating your next fly tying masterpiece.
The qualifly magnetic stem mounted clippings bag makes clean up a breeze. Just pull the magnetic bag free from the stem mount and dump in the trash. Leave the base receiver on you vise stem and store the bag away when you don't need it. We are offering these at an incredible price so get yours now before they are all gone.
When adding weight to you rig in order get your flies down in the strike zone, do you place the weight right next to each other? When adding split shot to your rig make sure they are at lease 2" apart. This will allow it to drift along the bottom more freely and results in less snags. This seems simple but you will lost less flies, spend more time fishing not re rigging and most of all getting more hook ups.
- The main point to choosing a fly reel is to pick one that can hold the necessary amount of backing and fly line for the weight of rod that you are fishing with. If you purchased a 5-weight fly rod, make sure you are choosing a fly reel that will accommodate fly line weights from 4-6. Most fly reels will be available in different models to accommodate a range of fly line weights. Just make sure that you find yours within that range. By choosing the correct size of fly reel, you will make sure that it holds an adequate amount of backing for that time when the fish you hook makes the run of his life.
- Another key point when choosing a fly reel is the drag system on the fly reel. This is typically what distinguishes the $300-$1000 dollar fly reel from the $50 dollar fly reel. This is also where it becomes important to determine what type of fly-fishing you are doing and the species of fish. An inexpensive drag system will not hold up to hard running fish such as bonefish or steelhead. However, for your typical trout species an inexpensive drag system will be sufficient.
- Again, choosing the correct size fly reel will also make sure that it is weighted appropriately to balance out your fly rod to help prevent extra fatigue when casting for extended periods of time.
- Another factor is the amount of fishing you do. If you spend a lot of time on the water you may want to invest in a higher quality reel. Look for high quality fit and finish not just a cool color. Check for ease of drag adjustment. Is the drag system sealed (water tight) which is a must for saltwater? Is it lightweight but still have features that will not bend or dent easily (spool rim thickness)?
- When you choose a reel take care of it. Keep it lubricated, don't set it down in the water or in the mud. Clean it after each use and most will last you for many years.
When I was very young I learned to fly fish from Richard Ricko, a well-known rod builder, fly tier and fly fishing ledged from western Pennsylvania. One thing he taught me was to dry and clean my fly line after each fishing trip. To this day I follow his rules: Don't put your reel underwater unless you have no other choice. Upon getting home, strip off the line you used that day and let it dry. Clean your line before you put back on the reel.
Taking care of your equipment is essential for maximum performance. I want my line to glide through the guides like it were brand new. It needs to float high in the water and allow me to pick it up and lay it down where I want it. I want to have as little disturbance as possible when laying it out on the water. Line that is left wet on the reel will soon develop cracks and have dirt build up that will shorten its life. Wet backing will soon dry rot and become weak. Cracked fly line will get waterlogged and sink. Dirt causes friction, which will make it harder to cast. Dirt also absorbs water and will cause the line to sink. This makes it harder to pick the line up off the water and it will land hard, spooking weary fish. Dirt on your line will cause the guides on your rod to wear thin and the edges will get sharp. Your next new line will become damaged from the sharp guides if undetected.
So many times I've seen people set their rod and reel down in muddy water or on the wet sand. Fishing from a drift boat, their line is often being stepped on or laying in muddy water at the bottom of the boat. But the very next day they are back with that same equipment, having trouble casting or complaining their line is sinking and their expensive reel is making a funny noise.
Start with a container of mild dish detergent and clean water. Coil the line from the tip into the soapy water. Let the coiled line soak for a short time. In a separate container with clean water, coil the line from the reel end into the rinse water container. Run the line from the tip end through a clean cloth. Let it dry for a bit. Then treat it with a good quality line dressing before putting it back on the reel. I run it through my fingers as I wind it on to the reel. It removes the dust and excess dressing. When I'm away from home on a trip, I run my line through a wet washcloth and let it dry each night.
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Over the years I have been asked by many people what would they need to get started fly-fishing. Well, I decided I would put together a starter set that included everything they would need. It had to be made up of good quality gear at an affordable price. I worked with my suppliers and came up with what I think is the best value on the market.
When you need that additional stability making a river crossing or moving around slick and rocky rivers.
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Here's a small tip for keeping track of your hook sizes and models. I cut the model number and size from the package and put it in the compartment of you hook tray or hook storage box. When I need to buy more, I just put the cut out model number in my wallet. When I get to the store I buy the right size and model.
Eliminate some of the jingle by getting scissor forceps. Bend barbs, remove hooks, cut and crimp splitshot. I like small ones. Big fingers, get open looped ones.
A fly rod is the focal point of your gear, and choosing the right length, line weight and action will make a huge difference.
6' to 7'6" tight spots and small streams
8'6" to 9' for larger water bodies
10' and above: Typically spey and switch rods
0-4: Small streams to spring creeks, targeting small trouts, small grayling or panfish.
4-6: Average-sized trouts and grayling, small bass, for medium to larger streams
6-8: Large and deep streams and rivers targeting rainbows to steelhead.
8-10: Bass fishing to salmon and bonefish, up to striper and smaller tarpon.
11-12: Yellow fin tuna, larger tarpon, king salmon, dolphin.
Action is usually a matter of personal preference. The best way to find out if you like a faster, medium or slower action is too fish as much as you can!
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