WEEKLY PRESS – How to Catch and Release a Fish | PartSelect.com

TFM posted one of these Part Select infographs  on Choosing the Right Fly Fishing Outfit.

Catch and release is important too.

From PartSelect:

Catch and release fishing is all about fighting the fish quickly, and releasing it carefully. Follow these guidelines to make sure your catch swims away at the end of the day.

Head over to Part Select to get the full post, and others.

Source: How to Catch and Release a Fish | PartSelect.com


Sewer Bass Podcasts

Carp on the brain? Me too.

Unlike most Americans, this mermaid spends very little time in a vehicle. Usually, when I do, it’s for the long haul. Podcasts make these hour-plus ventures fly by like clockwork. On a recent trip I lined up a few carp podcasts. I like carp…I think. I’ve yet to catch one, as I wrote about here. True be told, I don’t put a lot of effort into them. I should. They seem fun.

After listening to several hours’ worth of carp-related material, I picked up a thing or two. Here is what stuck; some random thoughts included:

S01E106 | Carp Cast | Everything You Need To Know About Common Carp

Rob did a lot of research. There is some random information here. By some, I mean a lot. If you have time to waste and don’t mind day dreaming on tangents before snapping back into a podcast, then this one’s for you. Red midges!

The DrakeCast Episode #25 – Horseshoes & Carp Grenades

Carp are cool, somehow related to bluegrass, and you can find more than one carp-on-the-fly tournament. Check out the Midwest Golden Bones Fly Tournament. The stickers on that flybox are priceless. They mention some great synonyms for carp, the title of this post included.

Kirk Deeter’s Top Ten Tips for Carp

Tom’s smart. Listen to Tom. Kirk’s smart too. He wrote a book on carp. Check it out, here. I haven’t read it. Hopefully, one day soon.  Casting to carp? Think baseball caps. Carp hear well. So, be quiet! Orvis has quite a few podcasts on carp. I delved into this one. You should check out the rest of ’em.

Images and links from Fly Fishing Consultant, The Drake, and Orvis

WEEKLY PRESS – DIY Fly Line Loop | Gink and Gasoline Fly Fishing Blog

This time around on the Weekly Press:  DIY Fly Line Loop, by G&G

Gink and Gasoline breaks it down step-by-step and better than I could. So, I won’t get into that here. Why do it? They explain that too. However, they left out one important part; it looks cool. Be forewarned, this isn’t the easiest task in the world. Take your time. Don’t be afraid to unwrap a couple of times or start over. Try it a few times in the comfort of your own home before you attempt this one while out on the water with wind, glare, cold fingers, etc…

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Fish Gods and Locals

Day three of Oregon steelhead fishing was upon us. Day one and day two came and went without a single fish. If someone were to describe us, they could do so with the following, Bram and JB, Those Poor Fishless Bastards. Yes, we were starting to get antsy.

Now, its fine and dandy to spend a day or two on the water without a fish. However, empty-handed days were starting to become the norm. That norm sucks. Fish are fun. They’re pretty to look at. They make me smile, and laugh, and feel good about myself. Yes, sometimes fish even make me feel good about the world. Hell, I’m not afraid to say it; I love fish. Love ’em! Therefore, missing out on them every fucking time is a total bummer.

Throwing egg patterns, streamers, and low self-esteem can only get you so far when the conditions are less than favorable. Just like on a previous trip, the water was low and clear. I kept asking myself, rain? Where is the rain? If voodoo, witchcraft, or wizardry were proven remedies, I’d have happily cut open my gut and offered whatever organs the fish gods saw fit as fair trade in order to get some rain. Thanks to Cooper of Indigenous Adventures, that gruesome sacrifice didn’t have to take place.

To clarify, Cooper isn’t a god. He didn’t make it rain. He is however, a local. And some locals know where to fish even when conditions aren’t great. Sometimes, I dare say, locals are better than gods. Just don’t give away their spots, or they may sacrifice you.

Ever taken a jet boat ride up river in 6 AM darkness? You should. It’s equal parts relaxing, exciting, and frightening. My mind goes into Final Destination mode. I imagine myself flying through the air toward something much harder and less forgiving than my skull. Lucky for us, Cooper knows this river well. He should, he lives on it. He’s a local.

The original plan was to drift boat down, but as previously mentioned, low water nixed that. So, the jet boat jet boated up stream till it could jet boat no more. What the hell did I just say? Then, we hiked and waded from hole-to-hole. Wading here reminded me of Virginia mountain streams. The difference? Everything is bigger. Unintentionally stumbling upon similarities throughout the day was soothing and retrospectively tranquil. Nostalgia doesn’t quite fit this feeling, but it’s close. I didn’t desire to be back in VA. However, I did like the reminder.

Cooper showed us spot after spot using his spin rod to pinpoint locations. His conductor-like wand strokes showed us where and how to approach. This place, and everything in it, was his orchestra. The water hummed a low steady pitch. The wind chimed in as it rustled the trees. We played the chorus; our fly line cutting the air. Recently submerged intruder flies breaking the surface with a dropper or split shot adding a note or two. Rhythmic stripping kept the beat with the occasional silent pause during dead drifts. Cooper directed his masterpiece with a stoic ease as he does every time he guides. Today’s masterpiece slightly different from yesterday’s. Tomorrow’s uniquely it’s own.

Unfortunately, the conductor’s G. Loomis baton didn’t last the concert. The slick rocks demanded attention. If you want, think of these rocks as the assholes who talk incessantly during the movies. You could also compare them to the dickheads who hold up their phones blocking your view for the entirety of a concert. These analogies really make me sour towards slick rocks. Cooper bit the dust and snapped the spin rod in half. A real shame. No worries, the best composers deal with the curve balls; G. Loomis has warranties and fingers can point out pretty much anything.

As you may have inferred from his baton of choice, Cooper is also a spin fishing guide. He has all the gear for both fly and spin. So, if you want to switch back and forth, that’s an option. If you’re just getting into fly fishing, he has what you need. If you have a nice fly rod setup that you like, bring it.

The day ended and our previous title of Poor Fishless Bastards no longer fit. With spleen still intact, we moved tons of fish, stung several, landed a few, and broke off some chunky monsters. The final day of Southwest Oregon on the fly didn’t disappoint. When I’m back for another visit, I’ll be sure to hit up Cooper. You should too. He’s a local

Source: Fishing | Coos Bay | Indigenous Adventures

Speaking of the super dark jet boat journey, here’s a little footage.

WEEKLY PRESS – Fly Slaps | Fly Fishing Stickers and Decals

Stumbled upon this the other day. Recently purchase a cooler, boat, or lunchbox? Want to deck out an oldie but goodie? Start the process at Fly Slaps.

FLY FISHING STICKERS! Fly Slaps is the source for fly fishing stickers and decals! Get a fly fishing sticker or decal for every situation. Stickers from all of the top fly fishing companies! Including Simms, Scott, The Drake Magazine, RIO, Sage, Temple Fork, Fishpond, Hatch, Howler Brothers, Fly Fishing Artists… more

Source: Fly Slaps – Fly Fishing Stickers and Decals

Searching for Shad – Take 5

Two years ago I moved. Before I moved, I lived about three minutes from arguably one of the best wading spots for shad and striper on the East Coast. The Rappahanock River fall line. I wrote about the Spring shad run here, and here, and here, and here, and the striper run here. However, I never got around to writing up a 5th post… Shame. So, here’s a low-quality photo dump telling all about it. Continue reading

WEEKLY PRESS – Hatch Magazine | Lists for 2018

This time around on the Weekly Press: Hatch Mag’s 8 lists for 2018

Stop, don’t do it: 8 lists that will make you a better angler in 2018

I read this a while back on The Fiberglass Manifesto’s post titled, 6 Good Reads and thought it worth sharing. Read and see what you think.

Two favorites from the lists:

  1. Don’t always practice with your eyes open. Shut your eyes from time to time and try to feel what the rod is doing. It can make a huge difference in your timing.
  2. Try not to practice around quicksand, power lines or poisonous snakes.

Now, go make yourself a better angler in 2018.

MERMAIDS AT THE VISE – DiSalvo takes on the Sex Dungeon

What did the mermaids tie up tonight? The chartreuse, deer hair, Sex Dungeon

MERMAIDS AT THE VISE is proud to feature Gregg DiSalvo, a mermaid from D.C. spreading knowledge about the sex dungeon. Sorry for the title, Gregg. It was too easy. Gregg and I knew each other in undergrad. We reconnected through fly fishing. Over the past two years, we’ve interacted way more than we did during our four years of school. Fly fishing, like most off-the-wall, niche hobbies, tends to bring people together when no other plausible reason would…which is cool.

Now, before we get into it, the words sex dungeon, and tying, and vise may rub some people the wrong way. I assure you, this blog is P.C. (usually). While these words may entice the imagination of some to read on in high hopes of fantasy-based visual masterpieces, only fly tying lovers will experience any form of eroticism here. Which, come to think of it, is just downright gross.

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