Salmon Fly Fishing Presentation – slowing down or speeding up the fly?

On my previous post on mending the fly line to control speed I thought it necessary to include a post on the presentation of the fly when Salmon fishing. Salmon do not feed when in the river to spawn so a fly presented to them is more to annoy them into a reaction than them eating your lure whereas trout are there to feed and are usually hungry.

Having been a salmon angler for many years one of the main things I have picked up is you are always learning. On my travels it amazes me on how different fly anglers fish their flies. When I find anglers who are more experienced on their local rivers I will do my best to watch and learn as best I can on how they are fishing the pools. One thing that stands out is the best anglers out there know exactly how their salmon flies are fishing at any particular time.

There are a few factors to consider to know how a fly is fishing including the fly type, the leader material, the fly line style and density, cast distance, length of rod and how the line is mended and retrieved. These elements you can control another one you can not is the natural condition of the pool however with line presentation you can make some changes to the natural condition of the pool and fish it better.


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Tailwater Outfitters Toccoa Fly Fishing Rod Review

Tailwater Outfitters Toccoa Fly Fishing Rod Intro

This fast action fly rod is durable and made of IM8 Graphite. It can deliver excellent accuracy and performance for any fisherman, man or woman. It is a travel friendly rod that assembles in four pieces. If you want to have smooth gliding fly lines then this is the rod for you, built with Ceramic stripping guides.

The rod is built with an aluminum reel seat with double lock rings that makes it easy for sturdy reel attachment. The half well cork handle provides the greatest accuracy. Included with the rod is a four compartment rod tube for easy storage and transport.

This has been rated as one of the best rods on the market today. You will get great fast action for long casts. It can fight fish without breaking. This means the rod will last you for years to come. The rod tube is made with a shoulder strap for easy transport and it is also adjustable. The alignment dots help make for simple and easy assembly. It is available in stylish dark gray.
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Temple Fork Outfitters BVK Series Fly Fishing Rod Review

TFO BVK Series Fly Fishing Rods Intro

This is a lightweight rod that offers strength and aggressive power. This set is made with carbon fiber and built with Flor grade handle grips. It is a finely tuned instrument for fishing. The BVK series of fly rods are engineered to provide the highest performance. This set is available for a very reasonable price. These fine crafted rods come available in 3- to 12-weight. Any fisherman will find them very beneficial to their fishing trip. Share one with a friend.

They are durable and are designed to withstand the most rigorous fishing conditions. These rods are made for use in both fresh and saltwater. There are quite a few pros that prefer to use them over any other brand. They do not come with a tube but do come with a rod sock. The tubes may be purchased separately.

These rods have gained five star ratings which takes them to the top. They can handle large streams too. They are sold cheaper online than in traditional sporting stores. If you place your order for this brand then you will certainly not be disappointed.

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How to Choose Fly Fishing Rods – A Few Things for you to Consider

With all aspects of fly fishing there are many options with this post I hope to show you how to choose fly fishing rods you will be happy with.

Fly fishing can be done in almost anybody of water and it is imperative that you get the correct rod to fish that body of water.

Before beginners purchase a new fly rod it’s important that they decide which style of fly fishing they’re going to do the most.

Over a generation of fly fishing fly anglers will gather up many fly rods because they know that the one rod will not do all situations and its part of the fun to have different lengths and weights to try out.

As you get into the sport you will want to try different venues, different styles of fly fishing and go after different species of fish, these all require different set-ups.

These can be anything from fishing for trout in a small stream to small mouth bass in an open lake to saltwater fishing from the shore or an estuary or fishing for tarpon off a boat. All these situations could not be covered by one fly rod.

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How to Choose a Fly Fishing Reel -Tips for the Beginner

With all aspects of fly fishing there are many options and fly fishing reels are no different.

First of all when deciding on a fly fishing reel it’s first good to look at what type of fishing you are planning to do.

Most of all we want a fly reel to match a rod setup and if we were fishing on a small river using an 8 foot 4 weight or 9 foot 5 weight rods then we need a fly fishing line to match and when we need the line to match we need the reel to match also this means we get a nice balanced outfit.

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12 Best Flies for Winter Stillwater Fly Fishing

As mentioned in a previous article stillwater winter fly fishing can prove to be challenging. To help assist us in getting more takes from trout that are feeding we need to incorporate some flies that are better suited to winter fly fishing. In this post we find out about those patterns that prove to be better during the winter months.

Winter stillwater flies how to present them.

In winter fly fishing trout will normally be swimming very slowly and not inclined to chase after lures or flies very well. In this instance we have to slow down the retrieve and how we present the flies to the fish. If you can see trout feeding or cruising try to cast in front of them and draw the fly past their path. This way you will induce more takes. Half the battle is getting the fly within a close distance to a cruising trout. Next we look at the best patterns to use. (more…)

Installing a Fish Finder on a Kayak

Fishing from a kayak brings many advantages over traditional boats. Kayaks are small, very maneuverable, and can float in even the shallowest waters. Additionally, collapsing kayaks can be separated and carried by hand or even in a backpack, enabling fishermen to easily travel overland in quest for the best fishing spot. In any case, kayaks are not known for having the capacity to accommodate a great deal of extras. The restricted on board space, not to mention the single body and closeness to the water, mean that attaching any accessories is somewhere close to difficult and unimaginable. Be that as it may, that doesn’t mean that a fisherman should abandon utilizing a fish finder to enhance his fishing knowledge, only that he should pick a fish finder suitable for the job.

benefit from any of its more advanced features.

Mounting a fish finder permanently, or even semi-permanently, on a kayak is difficult at best. While the absolute modern kayaks do incorporate a mounting point, most don’t. Additionally, most fish finders require an external power source, usually a 12V battery – something that doesn’t exist on a kayak. Along these lines, before considering the installation of a fish finder, it is important to discover one that is suitable for mounting on a kayak. (more…)

Stillwater Trout Fly Fishing in Winter – a Few Tips

winter stillwater trout fly fishing flies

Stillwater trout fly fishing in winter can prove to be difficult. Not only is the air and water cold and you will need to wear appropriate clothing to protect you from the elements. As the water is colder fish mainly trout are moving a lot slower and tend to keep to a certain depth. (more…)

Fly Fishing Emergency Kit Items to Save the Day

fly fishing emergency kit

 

So what would save the day I have to ask? I’m not talking about a special selection of flies although I do think there are some you should always carry. I’m more concerned with items that will help fix broken or damaged tackle or items to keep you fishing rather than having to wind up and go home.

We have all been there out fishing and have fallen down a banking or slipped and fell in the river and damaged our gear or our selves so I have put together this fly fishing emergency kit of items that may help to keep you going.


There are many option to consider in this list so I will work through them for you. Your main piece of equipment is your fly rod and if disaster strikes and you fall and break it into several pieces there is not a whole lot you can do about it. However if you have travelled far the thought of having to turn homeward is not good.

The only real thing you can prepare for here with is a cheap replacement. I always try to keep a second rod with me when going further than a few miles when fly fishing. That way you can at least keep fishing even if your best and lucky rod lies in piece on the bankside. You may be sad but at least your fishing. (more…)

Scientific Anglers Air Cel Fly Line Review

Cliché as it may sound but fishing is one of the most relaxing and fulfilling pastimes. Some anglers even bring their kids along on their weekend fishing trips, and although there were surely times when they failed to catch anything, it always proved to be a worthwhile effort.

Even when the kids get older, they can still join you on your weekend fishing trips and for many, little has changed. You still need to get up before 4 or 5 in the morning and probably pile into an old, trusty pick-up afterwards. Most experienced anglers also probably set up camp in the same spot by the same lake on their favorite fishing grounds. And many of them are using the classic Scientific Anglers Air Cel Fly Line along with their old fishing rod, just like they used many years back.

Unlike much of the new fishing lines being released on the market today, the Scientific Angler Air Cel Fly Line doesn’t come with welded loops or ends, but that doesn’t make it any less reliable. Sure, anyone loyal to the brand may have had the occasional fluke over the years where the line curls up on the reel not long after it’s been stalled, as one Scientific Anglers Air Cel Fly Line Review pointed out. But the people from the company are usually kind enough to replace it for you with something that is eminently more durable.

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Garmin Echo 301dv Delights Anglers with Its Simple Price And Great Features

Product Features

Performance


The Echo 301dv is a fish finder that uses sonar technology to detect both aquatic life and other materials both in shallow and deep water.

Build Quality


It has a 3.5” display screen with a backlight feature and 300W power capacity. Garmin has come up with a new feature in this device, and that is the  Smooth Scaling graphics feature.

Value


It is very economical and with this price, you cannot expect anything more. The DownVu sonar technology that it offers has the capability to reach depths of 1,750’ maximum.

Satisfaction


Though there are more expensive alternatives available on the market, the Echo 301dv makes the perfect choice for those with a limited budget.

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Piscifun Sports Shoulder Bag Fishing Tackle Bag Review

Product Features

Performance


Ergonomic single strap for comfort
Super 420D PVC Canvas Material that is light weight and easy to carry around
Designed with a variety of different purposes in mind.

Build Quality


Tough design
8 Multi-pockets
The large main pocket is 8.27″ x 8.27″ x 2.95″.
Multiple colors to choose from.

Value


Sells anywhere from $20 -$40 depending on which color and offer that is on. For that money is a great bag.

Satisfaction


Ratings on Amazon tell the story many happy customers. The multi-function option and versatility of the bag make it a winner.

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Piscifun Sword Fly Fishing Reel Review

Product Features

Performance


 Machined CDC T6 aluminium alloy all weather condition toughness. Should work well for most fishing species.

Build Quality


Cold forged for extremely durable wear.  Adusting the drag is simple but may be a bit loose for some and easily knocked,

Value


There are many reels on the market around this price although the machined quality of this reel is very impressive.

Satisfaction


Overall, reel is well made and has good durability. If looked after should last a long time. Some have complained about the drag however.

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Some Useful Knots for Fly Fishing

Mikael Frodin a top fly tyer, salmon angler, guide and instructor has done a series of knots for fly fishing. Mikael if you are not familiar with works for Guideline Fly Fishing testing and helping to design products. A master shooting head caster Mikael has helped develop the Double and Triple density fly lines in the Guideline range.

 

As part of his experience in fly fishing Mikael has tested and worked with many knots and has decided on these 6 to teach you. If you have spent any time on the river fishing you will have no doubt lost fish to weak knots. With this series of knots you should have any situation covered with knots that are easy to tie and strong. 

The Perfection Loop

A great knot to tie leader material to the loop at the end of your fly line when it doesn’t have build in loops.

Can also be used to tie flies to the end of your leader to give them more movement.

The Improved Albright

Second in the series a knot to attached leader material to your fly line.

A bit fiddly to do on the bank side but a strong knot that shouldn’t let you down.

The Double Eight

A good knot for forming loops on the end of your hand made leader.

Great for joining loop to loop connections ad keeping it simple.

The Leader Knot

When building your own leaders attaching different strengths of material together makes them turn over better in the cast.

This knot makes it simple without getting tangled up when casting.

The Clinch Knot

Fishing tube flies is more and more common and this knot is great for attaching the hook to the leader material.

The extra tucking of the tag end means it should not slip and loose you a fish.

The Steering Knot

A common problem with hook flies is most knots allow them to slip on the leader material so they don’t fish correctly.

This knot eliminates that problem and keeps the fly swimming properly throughout the cast.

How to Fix Damaged Neoprene Wellington Boots

You are probably well aware that neoprene wellington boots are not cheap. In fact you can pay in excess of £200 for some of the top brands. With a price ticket like that you want to get the most wear out of them as you can.  In the top brands wearing them out can take some time which is good news. For instance I have a pair of Toggi Wanderer Plus and have been wearing them for 5 years now.

I go fishing and walking my two dogs in them and haven’t had any problems up until this last year when I cut a small crack in the upper foot on one and a small crease in the gusset flap on the buckle section on the other. Although I am fairly careful in the wearing of my wellington boots but it’s not always easy to keep them un-scathed when chasing your dog out of a river or over rocks and the like.

Rather than throw them out as the tread is still good I decided to do a repair on them instead. Afterall £90 for a new pair is a lot more than I want to pay right now and a tube of stormsure aquasure is only £6. OK so onto the repair.

The first step in repairing the neoprene wellington boot was to make sure they were reasonably clean as the sealant I was going to use needs a clean footprint to cure properly. I simple got a cloth and washed the boots all around the damaged area and rinsed off several times.

I then let them dry off to ensure no water remains to upset the sealant curing. Next I opened the sealant and run a small drop along the crack in the wellington boot opening up the crack to ensure the sealant got right in there. I rubbed this with my finger which was covered with the plastic bag glove that came in the stormsure sealant pack.

Once happy it was well covered I left to cure laying flat so the sealant wouldn’t run too much. On the pack it states it takes 2 hours to be touch dry and 10-12 hours to be cured completely depending on atmospheric conditions. I left it for a couple of hours then put another layer on over the hole and pushed in around the edge leaving a good border around the crack.  This was also left to cure.

On the other boot which had the leak in the gusset I put in a piece of wood to wedge it open and got to work rubbing in the sealant into the cracks. Again leaving to dry for a few hours before adding another layer. The both boots were left to cure overnight before using.

To test I took them to the beach where I normally go to walk the dogs. I stepped into the water and gave it a few minutes to test if there was a leak. Happily the sealant was holding and no water got it. Another pair of boots saved from recycling and will hopefully give me another few years happy walking and fishing.

The benefits of this flexible sealant is it moves and flexes with your foot and doesn’t crack like other glues or patches. I find stomesure great for these holes and also for loads of other applications including when putting on braided loops onto my fly line. Fixing my breathable chest waders along with other useful patching work like camping tents, waterproof clothing, groundsheets, leaky seams, wetsuits, inflatable toys, airbeds, and loads of other materials.  

After using your stormsure make sure to put on the lid tightly place in a plastic bag and put into your freezer, that way it will not cure in the tube and spoil. You can simply bring out let un freeze and re-use for another time. It will keep this way for quite some time.

Dry Trout Fly Patterns

One of the main groups of trout fly pattern is dry fly. These are tied with a bushy appearance sometimes with a split wing sitting tied in spinner style. A great material used on many patterns is CDC or cul-de-canard or duck’s bottom as it is close to the preen gland on the duck it is very buoyant and good to use on dry flies. As the name suggests the fly is to remain dry so floats on top of the water. Lets look at dry trout fly patterns the differences and how to fish them.

Some fly fishing anglers feel the pinnacle of fly fishing is the visual nature of dry fly fishing. You cast the fly it lands on the water you watch you fly move in the current and then you watch as a trout inhales your fly. This visual nature is very exciting and one that bring the fly fishing angler back again and again to fish. I have to agree it is a brilliant way to fly fish for trout or other species. (more…)

Wet Trout Fly Patterns

There are only two types of trout fishing flies light and dark within these there are many sub categories and types including dries, nymphs, sedges, midges, daddies, bumbles, and many more. One of the main groups and the one we are interested here in is wet trout fly patterns.  

It would probably be accurate to say that wet fly fishing is the most practiced in the world. Beginners would normally start with these as they are easy to get used to and very attractive to fish so the catch rate is high. It would also be true to say that armed with only a few wet trout fly patterns can set you up for fishing a large number of species. (more…)

Shooting Head Lake Fishing

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Fly fishing on a still water is a lot different to fishing a river as the water in front of you is usually fairly motionless. On a river the flow of the river allows tension to be kept on the fly line to allow for easier casting. On a still water or lake this can be difficult with normal weight forward or double taper lines. This is why the manufacturer of shooting heads has been a welcome addition to the fly anglers kit. Shooting head lake fishing allows for the fly fishing angler to get extra distance from the shore or boat meaning they can cover more water with each cast. (more…)

How To Use Fly Line Backing

fly line backing

When setting up your fly fishing rod one of the pieces that often seems to get missed or not correctly applied is the need for proper quality fly line backing.  Some anglers have just put the fly line directly onto the reel and wondered why they lost their fish after a short burst down stream.

Others wondered why their fly line is sitting in coils on top of the water surface when it should be lying straight. Well I can tell you correct applied quality fly  line backing will make for a more consistent cast and protect your rod and line from being broken by large fish that want to run.

The need for backing line is plain to see, you need to allow fish to run when they want to and the usual 30 yards of fly line will not allow a fish to run especially if it is a large species. I have had fish run 200 yards hoping they will stop before they hit the end of the line and not being able to do anything about it. (more…)

Polyleaders for fly fishing turnover and depth control

Polyleaders were developed originally by Airflo UK to help with casting turnover. Before they were developed hand made tapered leaders was probably the best way to get the energy from the cast to slow down to present the fly gently on the water.

However homemade tied tapered leaders don’t start with the same profile as the end of the fly line and can hinge when casting which is disastrous to your cast. That and the addition of extra knots into the fly leader setup makes for more problems that can occur. For a cast to be presented well you want it to unfold in the air and straighten out into a nice line as it lands on the water so the fly normally at the end of the leader lands with a gentle plop and not a smash as most often happens. With this you are presenting your fly in a way that will not spook timid trout and will increase your catch rate which is what we all want. 

polyleaders for fly fishing turnover

Polyleaders were designed on the same principle as fly lines consisting of a poly outer layer and a nylon core. They then measure at the thick end the same size diameter as the end of your fly line so the transfer of energy is smooth and the addition of ready attached loops makes the job of switching them a breeze. (more…)

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