When rigging my fly rod, I always set up my leader to include a tippet ring. You might be asking, … Continue reading 4 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Tippet Rings
I will 100% admit to anyone that I am a gear head, gear nut, gear fanatic. I have a feeling … Continue reading Gear I Can’t Live Without
It was early spring, class just let out, and I had plans to visit my girlfriend for the weekend in Western North Carolina. I packed a few fly boxes and slid my Redington Classic Trout 9 foot 4 weight fly rod into my rod tube, hoping to get a shot at some Southeastern trout. After a long night, foggy headed, and weather conditions alike, I pull up to one of Western North Carolina’s best kept secret fly fishing spot. Working my way up stream, high sticking a frenchie, I come to a deep run accompanied by a few boulders. As my fly naturally drifts past the second boulder, my fly line begins to tighten and the click and paw drag on my Redington Zero starts to sing. As the trout races upstream, the Redington Classic Trout does a superb job controlling the fish and protecting my 6x tippet. A few acrobatic moves later I land the fish and the weekend trip to visit my girlfriend was all worth it! Continue reading “College Budget + Fly Fishing Trout Addiction = Redington Zero and Classic Trout”
Little did I know that fly fishing would be my rock when my fiancé broke up with me for the last time in December. He had told me on multiple occasions that I needed to go out and do more things by myself as I was too dependent on him for my happiness (not sure that was entirely accurate). This may have been the reason that I jumped 100% into fly fishing as Nati, the Goldendoodle and I could do it by ourselves. Leaving him to sit on the couch being introverted.
It took that moment in December to realize just how lucky I had been to stumble into an amazing community. Continue reading “The Fly Fishing Obsession: Part 2”
The Carp-It Bomb
The Carp-It Bomb is Matt Bennett’s pattern and an extremely effective carp fly. It is a buggy pattern that can represent multitudes of different aquatic species. It is a great fly for still water fishing because it will ride hook-up and slide along the bottom of any body of water. You can fish this fly with confidence knowing it will turn some heads and get eaten!
I just started using this trick, after a long morning in the water I was struggling to get my feet out of the neoprene booties on my summer waders. I look over at my buddy and he already had his waders off, camp shoes on, fly rod taken apart, and was eating a cold can of soup for lunch. I just sat there stunned until he noticed and came over to help me pry the booties off my feet. After some work I am free and said, “You know there is an easy solution for that.” I had no idea what he was talking about, so he went on to tell me about “The Bag Trick.” It is a simple trick really that works like a charm. All you must do is put your feet in plastic bags before putting them into your waders. Simple as that! Continue reading “The Bag Trick For Your Fishing Waders”
The Critter Getter
The Critter Getter does exactly what the name describes. It is a buggy, swimming fly that is a great option for still water fishing because it is meant to replicate an injured leech. It has a gentle presentation when it hits the water but gets down fast to the feeding zone of any carp. It will be a great addition to any carp box and will prove its value when it is in front of any carp.
Florida offers visiting fly fishing anglers a wide range of fishing opportunities. They can target bonefish and permit in the Florida Keys, tailing redfish, or giant tarpon throughout the state. However, there is one fly fishing adventure that goes virtually untapped; fly fishing Florida rivers for Snook! Continue reading “Fly Fishing For Snook In Florida Rivers”
The Mermaid Man Articulated Kreelex Pike Fly
This fly is big, mean and bright. This fly will turn heads and make pike or musky very angry. Expect an aggressive take and a major fight when you hook a fish with this fly. It is a light fly that is easy to cast to the furthest targets. It swims through the water with an incredible amount of movement and a very natural look to it. Strip it fast or strip it slow, it doesn’t matter. It will get the job done.
Whether you are a seasoned angler or new to the sport, there are a number of things to consider when choosing where to fly fish. In general, fly fishing is most commonly associated with remote rivers. However, if you are willing to get creative, the options are seemingly limitless. Here, we will discuss the various locations anglers can fish, the most productive time to fish each location and how to effectively fish them. Continue reading “How to Choose the Right Location to Fly Fish”