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We have a date for the ever popular
entomology class (Intro to Insects for the Fly Fisherman) with
Butterfly Pavilion's Patrick Tennyson: April 21, 2007. This is
a great class to polish your knowledge about which insects
live in what local water, and to gain insight into how to
create the best imitations and how to fish them.
are still spots for the May 6th date at Elk Trout (May 21st is
sold out). See below to register online.
quiz question is a little trickier than the last few. All the
Frog Hair products that make up the prize will keep you
stocked for a good while if you're the lucky
Hope to see you,
Click here to register for the Intro to Insects
for the Fly Fisherman Class
|DOES IT GET
ANY BETTER THAN THIS!|
First we get a picture of a
29-pound redfish and a month later Lance Liles sends in this!.
Obviously Lance is in the right groove.
|THE FISHING IN THE BIG EASY IS STILL GREAT!
of Gillette Wyoming nailed this Redfish in March of last year
- 8 months after Katrina.
|THE BEAUTY & POWER OF STEELHEAD
Julie Carlson of California
writes "Given the unusually dry month of January in California
this year, fly fishers had opportunities to fish Winter
Steelhead in ‘Summer’ conditions. Water was low, clear, and a
few degrees warmer than normal. Fish were hot and took the fly
on the swing with aggressiveness normally associated with
Summer and Fall run fish.
The fly in the photo is tied
without weight and depends on the density of the line to place
it in the optimal position in the water column. Action of the
fly is provided by Rhea, which reacts to the slightest change
in water movement."
Upstream mends, putting the fly
parallel to the flow of water and slowing its cross-stream
movement provide maximum fly time in front of the fish … in
all, a very effective combination."
Rainbow (weighed on a certified scale) was taken by Larry
Jurgens on March 29, 2007 at the ranch.|
ABOUT HECOMA RANCH TRIP IN APRIL By the way, we learned
from the rancher that the largest fish ever taken weighed 19
pounds - he was released back into one of the ponds! WE STILL
HAVE A FEW SPACES OPEN.
I wonder what the fishermen of the last century would make
of today's modern fly reels
There's a great web site for fishermen
interested in antique fishing reels. Whether you are a
collector, curious about the value of a reel, interested in
information about the manufacturer, or just want to browse,
you will find this site a lot of fun.
|WHAT'S GOING ON HERE!
While trying to
land his sailfish this angler had a bit of a mishap. But he
plans on getting a picture despite the problem.
|OBSERVATIONS FROM THE FAR
"My Biggest worry is that when I'm
dead and gone, my wife will sell my fishing gear for what I
said I paid for it." - Koos
Marvin Hedge was the
first to bring the double haul before the world in the 1934
Casting Nationals, in August at St. Louis. However he had
demonstrated and taught the haul to members of the Golden Gate
Club in the summer of 1934 during a week's stay there. He
received two pairs of shoes from a member who had a shoe store
as his honorarium.
|SHOOTOUT IN TWIN BRIDGES
"Fly-fishing is a sport in which fish are caught properly
only in a certain way, often against all odds, and using rods
made from a weird kind of grass that grows in China." (Trout
Bum, by John Gierach)
A little more than a year ago,
Glen Brackett (considered one of the world's best builders of
high-end bamboo fishing rods.) announced that he would no
longer build fishing rods for R.L. Winston Co. Naturally, the
"Boo Boys" - Jerry Kustich, Jeff Walker and Wayne Maca joined
in the exodus.
In 1991, Mr. Brackett and his co-owner,
Tom Morgan, sold the company to David Ondaatje, a fly-fishing
fanatic from Canada who lives in Southern
What caused the "Boo Boys" to leave a
company that they had spend most of their working lives at?
of an era
say they're leaving R.L. Winston Rod Co.
Winston Rod owner upset over possible
Bracket talks about bamboo vs. graphite
leaving firm in dispute with management
A Rift Runs
Through It (The Wall Street Journal) - You'll need a
subscription to the online or print version to read it
BETTER DAYS FOR THE "BOO
|FEWER YOUNGSTERS ARE FISHING!
A few days ago I was
attending the Western Fly Fishing Exposition in Grand Junction
and had a chance to see the "Worth of a Trout" presentation
that Jack Dennis put together (an absolutely great show) The
focus is how the passion of fly fishing has a profound
influence on our lives and the friendships which we form. It
makes you think about how important it is to pass along this
love of fishing to children and grandchildren.
returning home I encountered a disturbing article in the New
York Times. It stated that the number of young people
participating in fishing is steadly declining. I find this to
be tragic and something we need to work on changing.....Paul
|STRONG SHOWING IN TASMANIA BY TEAM USA
Team Bronze medals and the
individual Silver were awarded to Team USA at the 2007
Oceanias Championships in Tasmania.
Team USA Participants:
Scott Robertson, Team Captain
and Silver Medalist
Kurt's Finlayson's Trip Journal
Tips for New Fly Tyers
After 40 years of tying
flies you reach a few conclusions on the subject of fly
At the end of March Charlie
Meyers wrote an
article in the Denver Postabout Vladi Trzebunia of Poland
who is currently one of the Team USA Coaches. Fifteen years
ago he changed competition fly-angling forever. Not only did
Trzebunia and Poland win the title, he individually compiled
more points than the next three national teams. His "Polish
Nymphing System" was reintroduced by the Czechoslovakians as
Vladi was at the Western Fly Fishing
Expo in Grand Junction, and will be appearing at several other
locations in April including Great Western Fly Fishing in
Loveland. He will also be in Boulder for the National
Championship during October of this year. We are probably
going to put together a special clinic during this time
period. If you have an interest let us know.....click
Vladi's technique includes the use of woven
body nymphs which Loren Williams recorded in a series of
MAKES THE DIFFERENCE|
Concentrate on your back cast.
With a good strong straight back cast the fore cast or lay
down is a snap. It is the back cast that counts.
your own back cast from time to time. Some casting works
recommend that the caster watch every back cast and others
that indicate that the caster never look at the back cast.
Neither is reasonable. Turning your head or body to observe
your back cast disturbs the geometry of your arm and shoulder
joints etc. and is not ideal body mechanics but you must know
what is going on behind you to evaluate your cast. Ultimately
the process will become ingrained and you'll know when the
line behind you is at an optimal point.
You may know that it
came from New Zealand but do you know its history?
fly to the right is Bob Krumm's Blue Matuka he uses on the
Bighorn in Montana
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