Andy Whitcomb 5/30/2016 Photo courtesy of Jay Heckethorn. Fly fishing is not like regular fishing. It can be tricky to propel a microscopic fishing lure forward through the wind, without it grabbing obstructions such as overhanging limbs or tall reeds in back. If the cast […]
Month: May 2016
Debbie Hanson 5/27/2016 Do you have a collection of old fishing tackle that’s starting to take up too much room? Can’t bear to part with it just yet? You don’t have to get rid of it, just recycle it using these creative fishing tackle ideas! […]
Confused about some fly fishing gear terminology? So are many folks learning the sport. Here are 5 quick answers to commonly asked questions.
What do dry fly, wet fly, streamer, and nymph mean? Types of fishing flies match the stream-born meals. Dry flies are fished on the surface and imitate the adult insect drying its wings. Wet flies are fished sub-surface and resemble the insect traveling from the streambed to the surface. Streamers mimic baitfish while nymphs are immature insects.
Rod Action: Fast, Medium, Slow? Fly rods are described by fast, medium, and slow which refers to how much of the rod bends during the cast. A fast action flexes in the tip, a medium action bends through the middle of the rod, and a slow action bends all the way to the butt. Stiffer rods are better for long casts while slower rods excel in close.
What the heck is an X size? A fly fishing leader has three parts: the butt, the graduation, and the tippet. The butt is the thickest section, the graduation is the part that gets progressively thinner until it finishes off in the thinnest and final 18 inches that connects with the fly. X refers to the tippet thickness, with 0X being about 15 pound test, 1X is about 13 pounds, 2X is 11 pounds and so forth to 8X. To figure out what X size tippet to use, divide your fly size by 4 and you’re about right. A size 16 fly (divided by 4) gives you a 4X tippet.
What is a single-action fly reel? For every full turn on the crank, the fly spool spins one full turn. Spinning reels are multipliers, and for every full turn on the crank the spool spins several times.
What is drag and why does it matter? Drag is when your fly moves at a speed faster than a natural insect. It happens in rivers and streams that have different speeds of current. If your fly lands in slow water and your line lands in fast water, the line will pull your fly faster than normal. River fish like trout eat flies that resemble what is in the river, and if natural insects are drifting gently down the river and yours goes zipping by, they’re less likely to hit it. Drag isn’t as much of an issue in ponds, lakes, or in the saltwater.
There’s more to absorb about fly fishing gear, but the best way to learn is to get your fishing license and get on the water.
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Debbie Hanson 5/20/2016 Summer is right around the corner, so it’s time to get those family fishing trips planned and on the calendar! The good news is that in less than one month, the Top 100 Family Places to Fish and Boat for 2016 will […]
Many kayak fishers will be well-experienced in the sport, and others just ready to jump straight in! If you fall into the latter, then it’s time to take a step back and consider a few points first.
Understanding the rhythm, balance and movement of your kayak will help you to maneuver diverse waters successfully. The kayak is a vessel unlike any other – it is lightweight and significantly confined. A few lessons will give real insight into the sport, and is the perfect opportunity for you to decide on a kayak. A wide, short boat will give increased stability and control in fast-moving waters, where a narrow boat will enhance efficiency.
A fisher on a kayak can go places they haven’t been to before and face challenges that larger vessels avoid. In this case, it’s best to know exactly what you’re up against. Thorough research into the terrain and conditions of the region is essential. Confirming the weather ahead of time will stop you from ending up the proverbial creek once there!
Before you pack up the car there might be something you’re forgetting – your kit. The right boating accessories will make or break your catch, not to mention keep you safe within the kayak. Every able fisherman will be in possession of a rod, and live-bait. But you’ll also need a rod holder and life jacket for those sticky situations! Whether you’ve been swimming for months or years, capsizing knocks you about.
Mastering your kayak fishing technique will involve plenty of practice (and mistakes!) in order to make the cut. The most important consideration is the species of fish you’ll be looking for – a large fish has the power to literally drag your kayak around.
The last thing you want is to end up face down in your kayak or completely soaked in the water, but when maneuvered correctly a kayak can give you the added bonus of stealth.
A combination of the best boat safety equipment, knowledge and common sense is ideal. If you can see black storm clouds and few rips out on the water, then it’s best to call it a day. While fishing is a great sport for some peace and quiet, it can be even better with a friend! Taking to the water with a fellow fisherman and an able kayaker is a great support system for when you’re just starting out.
Don’t forget to purchase fishing licenses and check the fishing regulations for the state you plan to do kayak fishing.
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Debbie Hanson 5/16/2016 Safe boating should be the number one priority of every boater on the water, and safe boating includes consistent wear of a proper fitting life jacket. Whether you’re going fishing or just heading out for a leisurely ride on the boat, there’s […]
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Andy Whitcomb 5/16/2016 During your family fishing trips, if your kids reel one in, a quick picture may be the next goal. However, there may be some anxiety about just how and where to hold some fish. Gripper-type fishing tools can help. Here’s why: 1. […]