Fly Fishing Tip: Detecting the Grab When Swinging for Steelhead
"I just find too many times I've set the hook when I'm carrying the loop and I still have the loop, so I figure why not just try the tight reel approach"
To detect a grab, personally I like to have a tight line right to my reel right here. I just make sure my drag is a little bit loose this time of year, but not so its free spool. So, when I pull out I don't want it to backlash at all. But I want the fish since it’s a tight line to the reel to be able to take it without too much resistance. When the fish takes the fly, I want it to be able to engage a little bit and then I'll lift the rod. It seems a little bit simple, but I also keep my finger on the line to make sure I'm sensitive to what the flies doing. Another common way is called carrying a loop. Which means they make a cast and they put a loop between in their finger and the reel. And what that allows me to do is when I feel the take I'm letting the fish have the fly by dropping the loop and then when it comes tight I set the hook. Again, it's something to mess with and find what works for you. I just find too many times I've set the hook when I'm carrying the loop and I still have the loop, so I figure why not just try the tight reel approach and let that nice reel and drag do some of the work for me.
"Overall these are great, convenient and they do save rod breakages."
One of the greatest inventions we've liked in the last few years are these magnetic rod racks. We have two magnetics. They actually make one that comes with a magnetic for the top and a vacuum seal or two vacuum seals depending on what your car is made of. With nine-foot rods trout fishing around the area they're really convenient, but we find that they become even more essential when you start having a spey rod. Twelve to fourteen-foot rods. Four of them fit really nicely and have had up to eight of them. They save rod breakages from bouncing around in the bed of your truck or even sticking them under the windshield wiper and with these rods that's not really an option. But we like securing them from the bottom here and putting the reel above it so they can't slide off. We like this one because it's easy to use and it's pretty secure. They are rated for fifty miles per hour and let's just say we have put that to the test and still had pretty good results. Overall these are great, convenient and they do save rod breakages.
Fly Fishing Tip: Adding Action to Big Dry Flies
"It's just skittering across the surface which can attract the attention of a trout that might not normally see it."
A great way to fish these big dry flies is to make sure they are really well greased up. Foam helps and then with little micro-mends of my fly line I can make that bug twitch really nicely just making that head move, rubber legs kick, and I want some rings to show and then I'll let the rings settle before I do my twitch again. Another good way to make that fly have movement is if every once in a while, I just move my rod tip six inches to a foot. I'll make that fly skate just like a caddis would or a big stonefly that’s got a crippled wing or something skittering across the surface of the water can draw the fishes attention when they might not normally see a dead drifted fly. A couple rings come off from that bug, let them settle and give it another twitch. Your fly will skate a little bit, let it sit, pick it up and make it skate. It's just skittering across the surface which can attract the attention of a trout that might not normally see it.
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Fly Fishing Tip - Detecting the grab when swinging for steelhead
Fly Fishing Tip: Spey Casting Over Either Shoulder
"When you are starting out, if you learn two basic spey casts, you will be able to fish either side of the river depending on wind conditions."
When you are starting out, if you learn two basic spey casts, you will be able to fish either side of the river depending on wind conditions. So, right here in this instance, if I do a snap T I'm bringing everything upstream of me. But now with a fairly stiff downstream wind, when I come around that D-loop gets blown into me and it can be a little bit dicey. An ambidextrous guy will switch hands. I'm not that way, so what were refer to it or you'll hear it referred to is cack-hand casting. Whereas I do a double spey which will keep everything downstream of me and I come across my body, now I get to accomplish the cast I want but the wind is taking the fly away from my face. Which is always a good thing. So, if you can learn to double spey and snap T either regular or cack-hand that will allow you to fish river right or river left with an upstream or downstream wind. And also, obstacles, trees, boulders, what have you. So, two cast over either shoulder should help you out a lot.
Fly Fishing Tip: Casting Upstream of the Rise
"And that will increase your catch rate dramatically. "
Should be any second now. It's where he was. Come on baby. I might throw at that one. Wow. We just saw a fish rise down here and a lot of times a mistake that guys will make is they will cast to the actual ring. The current is taking that ring and moved it out of position, so you want to place your flies well above where that fish is as opposed to where the ring was. And that will increase your catch rate dramatically. That was a big dog. Nice cast. So that's the difference between putting your bug above the fish and putting your bug where the rise ring was. How to do it. Yeah! that was so cool. Nice. Good work dude. A Cutt-bow. Nice fish.
As I am trying to reel I'm always pinched here and letting that fish run because if he decides to run at me I can always. Now it's on my reel. Perfect! I'll fight him on the reel. But don't be too worried about the reel. Worry about the fish more and get that line up as you can. You can really feel the life coming back into them can't you. When they are ready to actually go. That's the great thing with the net. Yeah, with the net we can stage the area and we can get good shots and most importantly that fish swam away no harm done. If we had been holding it in our hands the whole time you just never know. If you want pictures with nets. Fish handling, take a net, but most importantly worry about the fish.
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Fly Fishing Tip - Parachute vs Traditional Adams
Fly Fishing Tip - Spey Casting Angle for Steelhead
"So, really by looking at the fly sometimes just the way they're tied will show you what kind of condition they're best suited for."
I have two flies that are the same name here. Both Adams. One tied grizzly style, regular Adams, and the other is a Parachute. Now there's a lot of different Cahill's and a lot of different parachute bugs, but just in general the way they're tied will tell you where to fish them. This parachute has a white calf tail post usually and they will wrap the hackle, which is a chicken feather, around the hook shank vertically to the water I guess. That allows for the body to ride lower and it's a much better fly suited for tail outs and glassy water where the fish might have more time to inspect the fly and also, they're just looking for a fly deeper in the water column. Here with the hackle turned horizontally or around the hook shank it's going to add buoyancy to the fly and keep it up which is going to be good for the top of the run in the faster water. Not only will the fish be able to see it better, but as fisherman, we'll be able to see it better too. So, really by looking at the fly sometimes just the way they're tied will show you what kind of condition they're best suited for.
Fly Fishing Tip: Spey Casting Angle for Steelhead
"One of the things to think about when you are swinging through a run is your angle of casts."
One of the things to think about when you are swinging through a run is your angle of casts. Depending on the setup you have and whether it's a sink tip or weighted fly setup and the current speed really will dictate what angle your cast is. It really helps when you start visualizing what your fly is doing as it's coming across. Since we're kind of trying to reach out into this faster water but have a nice soft bucket in between I really don't want to cast ninety degrees, or my fly is going to hang up in the rocks before it even starts to swing. This is where I want to cast farther downstream, put tension on the fly sooner and that will allow the fly to come a crossed through some of the slower water without hanging up.