BEATING THE BOATS: STRATEGIES FOR THE WADING ANGLER
Tough Day Tactics
Looking for an innovative new nymph to tie this weekend. Have a look at Bob Reece’s Tactical Fusion Nymph. This nymph sinks quickly, appears life-like in the water, and is extremely durable. As an added bonus, the nymph can be tied in three variations in order to imitate the caddis, mayfly and stonefly.
In this weeks interview segment Fly Fusion editor, Derek Bird, catches up with renowned filmmaker Todd Moen of TM Creative and Catch Magazine. The two discuss the more challenging aspects of working at a dream job, and Moen reveals what three species of fish are consistently the most uncooperative when it comes to filming.
During the 11-minute interview they also take time to discuss Pure New Zealand, a film that features jaw-dropping mountainous landscapes and enormous brown trout feeding methodically off the surface. Pure New Zealand is an official selection of this year’s International Fly Fishing Film Festival. (view trailer)
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