BEATING THE BOATS: STRATEGIES FOR THE WADING ANGLER
Tough Day Tactics
Looking for a juicy streamer pattern to populate your fly box this spring? Check out this video of Bob Reece tying the Tequeely Streamer.
A more practical angler may argue that fly box is a fly box is a fly box, and there’s some truth in the statement. A fly box has a relatively simple task. That said, little innovations have the potential to make a huge difference. And in reference to the Tacky Deluxe Fly Box there’s much truth in that statement. This collaborative effort between Orvis and Tacky produced one of the best boxes on the market. The box has all that’s made the Tacky box a favourite for trout anglers: the no-fail magnetic latch system, the bombproof polycarbonate shell, and the silicone mats. But the Deluxe Box also has a few added features. The teardrop slats have room for 336 flies (#10-18). The box has a greater storage capacity now that there’s silicone mats on both sides of the interior of the box. Even with the added storage capacity, the box still has a low profile. (click here)
In this week’s interview, Fly Fusion editor Derek Bird catches up with filmmaker Derek Olthuis of Western Waters Media to chat with him about The Hidden (click here), a film currently running in this year’s International Fly Fishing Film Festival. Olthuis talks about the challenges of travelling to Iceland to catch Ice Age brown trout. In this 12 minute interview he also reveals which member of the Western Waters Media group consistently catches the most fish.
Check out this short film featuring the newest member of the Fly Fusion editorial team, Brian Chan, doing what he does best–stalking and catching big stillwater rainbows.
Looking for a fly-fishing trip where you can get away from it all and catch big trout on uncrowded rivers? Check out Fishing BC’s guide feature below.
The World Fishing Network is re-airing the second season of Fly Fusion Television all through April, which is their free preview month. If you missed the series on the first pass, be sure to tune in and join cohosts Jim McLennan and Derek Bird as they chase large rainbows and bull trout in British Columbia’s rugged Cariboo region.
Show times: Mondays at 10:30am and 3:30pm, Fridays at 9:30pm and Saturdays at 12:30am and 3:30am (all times listed in EST).
Krueger’s Sculp Lion (Tan) by Chris Krueger
Hook: Daiichi 2461, # 1-6
Thread: 140 denier, tan
Tail 1: Yellow marabou
Tail 2: MFC grizzly BuggerBou, tan/brown
Body: UV Polar Chenille, gold, medium
Wing: MFC grizzly BuggerBou, tan/brown
Collar: MFC Bunny Brush, tan
Fins: Pheasant rump, natural
Head: Sculpin Helmet, brown
Eyes: Living Eyes
Finish: Coat head in Loon Flow UV resin
Fly Fusion testers enjoyed many aspects of the American built Helios 2 Covert. The rod’s sharp looking glossy black wraps complement the matte black blank finish and give it an extremely stealthy appeal. The rod has a balanced and lightweight feel and is capable of reaching the upper distances with ease. It’s a relatively stiff rod in the lower two thirds but flexes a little more in the tip section so it loads efficiently when shorter casts are required. The quick recovery rate matched with deflection profile make for a good all-around rod sensitive enough for the short game but capable of lots of extra power when the trout seem a little out of reach. click here
Thomas & Thomas’ new Avantt is an impressive American built rod. The rod is finished in a classy matte blue with darker blue around the wraps. Most noteworthy however is the way the rod handles long distances. The rod has a lightning quick recovery speed and shoots line effortlessly. Because of the speed of the rod, Fly Fusion testers also over-lined the rod, but found it performed best with a matching line weight. The Avantt is a fast action rod that loves distance but is sensitive enough in the tip that it can adjust to the short game as well. Fly anglers who like the long game and an extra bit of power will like this rod. click here
Orvis has made protecting the Everglades the focus of their conservation efforts this year, and CEO, Perk Perkins, has been leading the charge by taking out a full-page ad in the Miami Herald, meeting with state legislators to lobby in support of pro-Everglades legislation, and writing op eds.
Today, Orvis premiered a new video from Florida filmmaker Dan Decibel Diez, made with support from Orvis and many of their partners in the fly-fishing industry, as well as others. The list of sponsors at the end of the video includes some of the biggest names in manufacturing, media, and conservation. This is a vital cause that is bringing us all together because now is the time to act.
The folks at the Everglades Foundation have communicated that these collective efforts are making a difference and that those with influence are listening. Lets keep the voices loud and consistent on the heels of this work.
Here’s what you can do to help:
- Tell Florida’s leaders to support SB 10 to build the EAA Reservoir. Text the word “WATER” to 52886.
- Visit the Orvis Commitment Everglades page to learn how Orvis will match your donation to help fund the important work of the Everglades Foundation.
- Visit the Everglades Foundation to learn how you can get involved on the ground.
- Sign the #NowOrNeverglades Declaration
Fusion Nymph Recipe by Bob Reece
Hook: Tiemco 2499SP-BL, #18-#8
Bead: Tungsten, sized to hook
Thread: Uni-Thread, 8/0
Tail: Three strands Krystal Flash
Under Abdomen: Ostrich herl
Over Abdomen: Wapsi UTC Wire, sized to hook
Thorax: Hareline Ice Dub
Legs (optional): Micro-small MFC Sexi-Floss
Fly-fishing photographer, Daniel Shepler, shot this image on a saltwater trip to Belize. Though they were after permit, this tarpon definitely added some excitement to the day. You can view Shepler’s full photo essay of his Belize trip in the current issue of Fly Fusion Magazine.