I like to fish light for carp and a #5 is as heavy as I’ll go. Because carp can teach us so much about fighting fish I also like to fish lighter tippets and 4X is as heavy as I’ll fish on most occasions. Consequently, I’ll fish rods that have a more moderate action and the Accel fits this category perfectly. This rod will take on a big bend without compromising the tippet, which is very important. I want to be able to hold that fish high in the water column with a high and deep bent rod that’s capable of absorbing the sudden surges of power a big carp can put on.
I also want a silky smooth drag on my reel, and I think the 3250 has the sweetest drag of all the Sage freshwater reels. Whether in a river or a lake, when that fish comes along that really wants to run you well out into the backing, and they do, this reel is perfect.
I prefer the In Touch RIO Gold as my flyline for this fishing.
Yes, the birds are working, they have been for the entire afternoon. I have been watching them. It’s time. The boat ride is quick, but the anchor position decision is long. What line should I take? It’s evening so not a lot of time to explore. How about river right along the flats where the channel is tight to the shoals. Continue reading
There’s no single rod angle that is ideal for all flyfishing situations. Sometimes circumstances call for a vertical cast while others may require that the rod be angled sideways to some large or small degree. The most accomplished flyfishers are versatile and equally adept when casting at any angle regardless of whether the rod is held vertically, horizontally, or somewhere in-between. Here are 3 basic rod angles, or casting slots, along with a few of the advantages that each offers. I’ve also included some description of what I like to call the “natural slot”. Continue reading
King salmon rivers are special ecosystems. Each one is specifically characterized by a variety of habitat features – riffles, runs, eddies, backwater sloughs, and pools that distinguish them from others thereby establishing their own identity. For years, we converged to the river presented with the challenge to pursue our favorite species in its natural environment. Continue reading
It’s dark as we leave the shoreline and in the background I can see the local Starbucks is about to open and the early morning traffic picking up as Campeche starts to waken. Off the bow of the Hewes Bonefisher the hint of a Mexican sunrise is invigorating and as we pick up speed our friend, Miguel Encalada, says the tide will be perfect and with almost no wind it’s going to be great. Optimism, I think as I remember that a year ago today I was in this same boat with Miguel. That was a day to remember when the tarpon just kept coming and we had shot after shot – getting some, jumping some, missing some. It was a great day. Continue reading
Roaring Fork River / Fry Pan River
The Headwaters of the Roaring Fork River flow out of Aspen and carve out a valley that is unlike any other in Colorado. Once the Fry Pan River enters into the Fork you have more fishable miles of blue ribbon trout fishing that will keep you casting for a lifetime. Whether its your first time or you frequent the valley often, make sure to join us as we set up on this great river system. We will have the van set up with products to take out on the water, instruction, casting demos, and of course some good fishing stories to share. Continue reading