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Crosstraining. Why you should get back to your roots.

30 May

I strive to be a well rounded man. I try to stay up on current events, learn new things and be technologically savvy while respecting the lessons of the past.  I think this attitude is reflected in my attitude toward fishing in general.

I don’t always fish with conventional tackle, but, when I do, I prefer to fish with live bait.  I think that there is nothing more enticing to a fish than a minnow or a worm.  With the exception of some careful and wise walleyes that I have come to know, most fish just need to be near one of these baits and you can catch them.  So the trick is to get the bait to the fish, just like presenting a fly.  You can learn a lot about where fish lie, and how aggressive they are by chucking a worm in their general direction.

There are so many ways to use conventional tackle, and presentation is the key.  Well, presentation and maintaining a feel for the bait. A bunch of slack in the line and you can’t feel anything that is happening with your bait. The same applies to fly fishing.

So why ditch the fly gear and grab some worms and go fishing.  You can figure out where the fish are quickly and you can work on line management, getting the correct drift and maintaining feel for the bait.

I have another reason to dig up some worms and go fishing, and she isn’t old enough to go fly fishing yet.  But she sure is getting to love sitting on the dock and reeling in bluegills.  And that is a great start as far as I am concerned.

Taxes, spring cleaning, garage cleaning, lawn care and the spring season….

30 Apr

After what seems to be a never ending winter to spring transition, I can’t wait to hit the water and do some real fishing.  Then life happens.

Captain and crew.  Yup. She's the captain.

Captain and crew. Yup. She’s the captain.

I have a family, who love to be outdoors.  Well the little one doesn’t know it yet.  But I am sure she will like it when she gets out of the stroller. The rest of us love to be outdoors.  I consider it a privilege to teach my kids how to fish, mess with worms, be patient and set the hook.  I am sure casting practice will be a treat but we aren’t there yet. Right now we are busy targeting perch, and crappies. Doing a lot of shore fishing until I get the boat closer to the water.

It is tough to find the time to really fly fish when there are all the responsibilities of life.  So I make the time.  I have found a time slot that no one can touch.  Early mornings.  5 am to 7 am, at a local stream.  The fishing has been tough, but I figure this week will be perfect, temps over 10 degrees Celsius, even at night. Tomorrow morning will be perfect.

I know some folks don’t fish at 5 am.  And to those folks I say thanks, because I am going to have the river all to myself tomorrow morning.

The Ultimate Hybrid Approach: What the hell is a Flymph anyway?

20 Apr

I love flymphing. I love it because it is hard to screw up, I think it may even be impossible to screw up but it is challenging as well. And it is also deadly effective.

flymph SwittersB & Fly Fishing.

A good looking flymph. Image originally posted on SwittersB & Fly Fishing.

Pioneered by Leisenring and Hidy, this method was revolutionary…in the 1940’s.

What is a flymph?

Well any softhackled fly could be one.  To me a flymph is really more of an idea, or a shape rather than a type of fly. They need a soft hackle.  I think that would be my only real requirement. Continue reading

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