Women on the Water
…breaking into the boys club
I grew up fishing the gulf coast with my dad and brother. The three of us spent a lot of time on the water with my dad untangling lines, patiently instructing us on casting various reel types, and teaching us about the saltwater ecosystem. I was hooked on spin fishing from a young age, even though I was almost always the only girl out on the bay. My dad and brother didn’t seem to mind me tagging along in the summers, but the fall was a different story. Every year when the leaves starting changing colors, the boys would head up to north west Arkansas with a father son group to fly fish on the Little Red river – and, being a girl, I wasn’t invited. Continue reading “Women Fly Fishing On The Water”
The Hybrid Carp Fly
The Hybrid is one of those carp flies you look at and you just know it will get the job done. It’s intended to replicate a worm or leech but carp don’t really seem to care because they just love it. it is simple and elegant without trying to be something it is not. the Hybrid is a basic carp fly that just plain works.
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With the rapidly burgeoning number of fly fishers, I’ve noticed a corresponding decline in fishing etiquette. This is occurring with what appears to be newcomers and mid-comers to the sport as well as a few of the fly fishing guides. I suspect everyone who has spent much time on streams and lakes can attest to this.
Whether it’s fishers who don’t respect or understand the unwritten rules of crowding another fisher or boat or guides who take their clients directly through fishing runs that are being used by wade fishers when alternative routes exist . . . the list could go on.
Fortunately, I find these incidents are still the exception and not the rule.
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The Red Witch
This is a great pike fly for early season fish that are not interested in the really big stuff yet. It is very light to cast and has a ton of movement in the water. As well it is a very cheap pike fly because it does not need any hackle. Fish this fly deep or shallow and it is sure to turn some heads when it swimming through the water.
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The Curry Craw
Gus teaches us today on how to tie a great pattern called the Curry Craw. The Curry Craw is a great crawfish pattern that can be used to target a variety of fish and many different situations. This fly is primarily used for still water fisheries targeting bass and carp, but can be very effective in catching trout as well. There presentation is realistic enough to convince a fish to eat in any water you fish it in.
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In October 2017 we traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal and trained more than 40 people, primarily women, to make our 5D Brushes. Many of these individuals are at risk of exploitation. In Nepal, exploitation usually involves trafficking, which has several forms, with the most pervasive being sex trafficking (mostly female minors) and labor trafficking (mostly young men). One of the largest problems in Nepal is lack of employment. Sadly, this forces young women into dire situations, both in country and abroad. The number of women and children trafficked out of Nepal is estimated at 30,000 a year, or more than 80 people a day. Lack of employment also forces young men to seek work outside the country. It is estimated that 1,600 Nepali men leave their home every day, seeking work outside the country. This often turns into bonded labor in perilous working condition. Continue reading “Fair Flies – Quality Fly Tying Materials Made To Give New Hope”
I had a bad parachute jump while in the military. Long story short – I hurt my knees. Fast forward to September of last year – I’m playing in the yard with my son and BAM! The doctor said I had complete tears in both quadricep tendons and would require surgery to walk again. Turns out it was the recovery process was the worst part! They sent me to a nursing home with my legs immobilized and restricted me to a bed, 24 hours a day for 6 weeks. Continue reading “Discovery & Recovery: My Fly Tying Story”