A Ruthless Weekend

Some weekends are shit-shows. This weekend was just that

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Things Such As These

Throwing crystal buggers to deep cuts

This past Summer, my brother and I hit the Rappahannock one last time before I relocated. Grad school called, I answered, and a move was imminent. So, we threw a canoe in the back of the truck, grabbed a few fly rods, loaded the cooler with ice cold goodies, and proceeded to float. The water was slightly cooler than the air. The sun broke through the clouds more often than not. Also, I don’t remember it being crazy hot, which means it wasn’t (based on the, you only remember the outliers, school of thought). Continue reading

Striper Session(s)?

Spending so much time on the shad made ‘me thinks’ the striper feel left out. So, a little about them, huh? Most people tend to think that striper, another anadromous fish, spawn soon after the shad. However, this year the shad and striper arrived at the fall line of the Rappahannock River right about the same time. Both the runs are earlier than usual too. Maybe something to do with the warmer weather we had throughout January and February? An observation worth pointing out, I think.

A good friend with a nice Rapp Striper from two years back. He landed this monster on a 5 wt rod, which took a little longer than it should and therefore, tired the fish out. The fish swam away, but we now know to use a stronger setup. #rainbros

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Grip and Kill

Came across this article recently while skimming a fly fishing related Facebook group. Not sure how many people have read it, but it sounds right, and as John Gierach likes to point out in his book, Sex, Death, and Fly Fishingsometimes sounding right is all you need. I’m currently reading Mr. Gierach’s book. My brother gave it to me as a holiday gift. I will say, the guy writes well, with wit and sarcasm. Pick up a copy if you need an entertaining read. His other books, articles, etc…received excellent reviews too.

Trout Anatomy

Pay attention to where you hold. As some of you may already know, the heart is important. -Picture from article (citation)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yeah, back the the topic. You always hear about safe catch-and-release techniques, but it is cool to read up on how to actually hold these babies (fish). I probably can’t say anything here that the article doesn’t cover. So, read up! Comment sections are great places to voice questions or list corrections. Be sure to check those out whenever possible. Yes, sometimes – probably more often than not – they turn into non-sense debates, name calling, and hate speech. Yet, you never know, you could learn something. Learning’s good.