Archive for January 1st, 2009

01
Jan
09

New Mexico (Enchanting Rivers, All the Normal Suspects)

New Mexico Fly Fishing Chart
Which rivers fish well by month
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Red River
Chama
Red River
Chama
Red River
Chama
Cimarron
Culebra
*Rio Grande*
Red River
Chama
Cimarron
Culebra
Cimarron
Culebra
Chama
*Cimarron*
Red River
Chama
Culebra
Conejos
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
*Costilla*
*Conejos*
Culebra
Red River
Cimarron
Costilla
Conejos
Culebra
Red River
Cimarron
*Rio Grande*
Conejos
Red River
Culebra
Cimarron
Costilla
*Rio Grande*
Red River
Conejos
Culebra
Cimarron
*Red River*
Rio Grande
Cimarron
Culebra
Chama
Red River
Chama

http://www.edadamsflyfishing.com/rivers.php3

*Spring Caddis on the Rio Grande*

“The spring Caddis hatch is an annual event that begins in mid-April in the Pilar area and progresses slowly upstream. April is also the start of spring run-off and in most years the two events are simultaneous. In years when the run-off is late due to cooler than normal weather, or when lack of high mountain snow pack (Spring 2000?) makes for minimal runoff, some excellent dry fly fishing can be had.

This is a “blanket” hatch with millions of bugs literally blanketing the water. The key is to stay on the leading edge of the hatch as it works it’s way upstream into the Taos box.”

http://www.edadamsflyfishing.com/rio.php3

Perhaps New Mexico is overshadowed by Colorado’s fishing in the minds of many. However, for those in the know and able to venture there, New Mexico not only holds unique and amazing natural beauty but large, beautiful trout. The best known to most fly fishers, who don’t reside or fish NM, is the San Juan River. And, we’ve heard of the Rio Grande, but I must confess I was not aware of a healthy fishery in the Rio Grande. The Pecos, Jemez, Chama and the Red Rivers are but a few that host one or another of the trout: Rainbow, Brook, Cutt-Bows, Cutthroat and big Browns.

All patterns suitable for tailwater and free flowing rivers apply here. Runoff is a spring time event, like on most streams of the West. This can affect some hatches (Spring Caddis) availability to anglers. Otherwise, streams are flowing and fishable through October.      

Brazo River~December!

Brazo River~December!

December 30, 2008 / Brazos River
“Our new lab/golden Lucy watches patiently while nick plays a nice fish on the Brazos. This location is so remote and exotic that you would think you were on fishing trip out of the US. This place is so far in the mountains that it is an overnight trip with lodging at the ranch. The fishing is excellent with rainbows up to 25 inches possible on dries–and some nice brook trout as well. If you are interested in top shelf–his is as good as it gets folks…”

http://www.streitflyfishing.com/news.php

01
Jan
09

Tellico Nymph (East Tennessee Original…Good Anywhere)

“The Tellico Nymph has been around for most of the last century and is probably the most popular of all the locally tied flies to have originated in East Tennessee.”

I recall an amazing trout for the Crooked River (24″) being pulled from the area below the Lower Palisades in 19…, well back aways. That fish was caught by a friend and released. The fly was the Tellico. I often forget about this fly. It use to be in fly fishing catalogs like Kaufmann’s…but, it is not seen as much any more. It utilizes one of the most remarkable tying materials: peacock. The shell back in traditionally turkey but another of my all time favorite materials: pheasant tail could be used for the tail/shellback as well. Tied in size 14 to 10, this is a good fly in streams and stillwaters. 

http://www.smokymountainflyguide.com/tutorials_flytying.htm/tellico_nymph.htm   

Tellico Nymph

Tellico Nymph

01
Jan
09

loop wing technique (low riding emerger wing)

Powell's Ant w/ Loop Wing

Powell's Ant w/ Loop Wing

http://www.troutflies.com/tutorials/stacker/index.shtml

http://flytyingworld.com/PagesO/ol-paraloop.htm

01
Jan
09

Brown Trout of South Africa via Scotland

“Salmonids were introduced to southern Africa near the turn of the century from Loch Leven brown trout stock imported from Scotland. These browns did well in their environment, and rainbows were introduced a decade or so later to complement them. Still, most of the rivers retain a clear identity, either brown or rainbow waters, rarely ever holding both species.

South African trout waters are small by international standards, more streams than rivers, yet the average size of the trout caught is large. Most of the rivers produce fish of up to four or five pounds, and in the Barkly East area river fish up to nine pounds are not rare.”

http://www.places.co.za/html/flyfishing.html

http://www1.southafrica.net/Cultures/en-GB/consumer.southafrica.net/Things+to+Do/Activities/WaterActivities/Fly-fishing+for+Rainbows.htm

01
Jan
09

CO2 (A Necessary Ingredient to Life)

http://www.wildfly.co.za/images/tuts/8330carboncycle.jpg

Carbon Life Cycle

Carbon Life Cycle

01
Jan
09

mikael frodin, f.i.t.s., Temple dog wings, tube flies

Mikael Frodin, by Jerome Philipon
Mikael Frodin, by Jerome Philipon

“In Scandinavia the man is revered as a semi god, an expert fly tyer and leading salmon angler who together with Håkan Norling spearheaded the development of modern salmon tube flies. Both temple dogs and cone head tubes have now become an essential ingredient in the serious salmon angler’s box.”

 “When tying, his view is the one of the fish and his first piece of advise is to look at the fly from underneath as well as sideways, exactly like a salmon would do. Mickael likes his tube wings wide and U-shaped. The wing should sit flat and round the two sides of the shank rather than just seat on top the tube. Only the underneath of the tube is left clear of any winging material.”

“A Turbo Disc creates a turbulence equivalent to ten times its surface bringing to life even the softest of materials…. Temple dog hair has his preference because the curly hair at its base provides volume whilst the tip are straight enough to deliver the required slim wing profile. Arctic fox tends to be curly and has excessive guard hair.”

http://flyfishingspirit.com/article.php3?id_article=60

Mikael Frödin: leçon avec un maître monteur de mouche …

http://new.flyfishingspirit.com/spip.php?article66

 

Frodin's Phatogorva TD

Frodin's Phatogorva TD


 

Guideline FITS Turbo
Mikael Frodin has designed a cone that brings your fly to life!
F.I.T.S TURBO So obvious so ingenious and yet a world first! The cone that brings your fly alive – the cone that allows you to use the softest imaginable materials. Yes, the turbo cone gives your flies unique swimming properties. Let your fly push away as much water as possible, thus creating its own turbulent water stream that will make even the softest materials to move and maintain their volume even in the slowest and hardest of currents. This theory is obvious and genius and in praxis it astounds you! Tie the softest of marabou flies and it will maintain a volume and a lifelike action you never though possible. Without the turbo cone it turns into a thin, dead string of hairs in hard current. The Turbo Cone creates its own turbulence – its own current, where the material in the fly works in an incredible way.

 

01
Jan
09

Lenice Lake Fish Cam (God! My Stillwater Cravings Are Starting too Early!!)

Lenice Lake, Washington

Lenice Lake, Washington

http://flyfishingfotography.com/lenice_fishcam_new_001.htm

http://flyfishingfotography.com/flyfishingfotography_new_002.htm

Above Link Courtesy of:  http://mattstansberry.wordpress.com/

Geez, all the snow melted, slowly at first,  but today higher temps and heavy rain have pushed the Sandy and Clack out of the realm of swinging a two hander. I came across this series of pics of Lenice Lake (which I have not fished yet) and my eyes were drawn to the quiet, slick coves near the reeds as much as to the curve of a woman’s hip. Oh my, my insatiable need for that wallowing rise hit me much to soon. With more snow inevitable, and months of time to yet pass, it is too soon to gaze upon such provocative porn. I appreciate photography that is soooo real, so inspiring that you can feel, smell, sense the visual. Now, I feel certain, I will have to brave the Winter temps within the next few months at an ice free lake….I feel the up ’til now suppressed urge emerging….darn! 




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