Posts Tagged ‘Gears & Gadgets

25
Mar
12

Fly Fishing Preparation Now! Pregatiri

Now is the time for trout/grayling fly fishers to move from tying and imagining to getting the gear ready too. Some are lucky to have year ’round fisheries. Others have the season openers looming. Here at Viata Si Pescuit the gear has been checked and prepared (pregatiri) and the basic flies are ready. Anticipation and planning.

03
Mar
12

Stik-Itz Magnetic Utility Holders

My bro-n-law, Richard Zach, had an idea (actually several) and he is running with it. He is an avid gear guy that catches more than his share of fish and after spending considerable time on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers he has devised a handy magnetic device that would serve any fishermen in a boat (sled, drift boat or pontoon boat for sure)…it’s a strong circular magnet that will hold the pliers, files or ???. I intend to mount mine on my pontoon boats frame for my pliers, files, and forceps. Check out his site @ Stik-ItzShop.com

26
Jan
12

Fly Fishing: Small Sticks on Cricks

Several times a year, I find myself up logging roads toward upper drainages/tributaries of big rivers. I string up the 9′ to 9’6″ rod and set forth weaving my way, this way and that way, through the trees toward the waters edge. Once on the water, I scout the canopy and other over hanging growth to not only avoid hanging up the fly + tippet, but also to avoid smacking the rod tip.

The confines of a small stream quickly reveal the tangled web we weave when at first we use too big a stick on a small stream. Recently, I was privileged to review some DVD’s by Ed Herbst and in those DVD’s I noticed he was wielding short rods on narrow streams. He moved with ease, in stealth mode, and waved the little wand to delicately present his flies.

Now, this initially contradicts my impulse toward bigger waters, longer rods and more power. I have those rods and love them. But, those small streams are another enviro that beg the small stick. So, I invested in a couple Loomis rods, both 3 weights and shorter (7′ and 8′). For the last few years, I have used a 3 wt. (9′ St. Croix Legend) more and have handled some substantial trout on the 3 wt. These shorter rods have a softer, medium action and will most probably meet few fish beyond 14″….more like 6″ to 10″. If I do connect to a larger fish, it will be an epic story.

These are not rods for big rivers and big fish, which to my thinking would be potentially irresponsible if I am seeking a humane catch and release. These are sticks for little streams, the intimate confines and small flies. I am excited to use these on those private little escapes. Some of my best life time memories while fly fishing were on small streams.

05
Jan
12

Stillwater fly fishing observations

My son, Tony, enjoying 'the moment' with an East Lake (Oregon) fish.

I came upon this old pic of one of my sons on East Lake. I have to say I am as partial to the puzzle of a lake as to dissecting a stream or river. A few observations about the above pic: Tony has two rods out on the lake. The one being used, carries a floating line and the second rod appears to have a clear Intermediate line. You will more often than not see him working the surface and just below with the floating line, where as I almost always stay with the Intermediate. 

The pontoon sports 7′ composite oars by Buck’s Bags (maker of the pontoon boat). The ‘toons come with 6’ silver oars that are adequate but for pulling across big lakes, the longer, heavier oars are hard to beat.

He also has an anchor rigged up. Not the commercial set ups that are available and probably fine, but instead a bucket in back carries a 5# pryamid anchor attached to a poly rope. When the wind really kicks up and one wants to stay in the zone without kicking, the anchor on 40′ of rope provides a secure contact point with the bottom. We have rolled and bobbed through many 1-2 foot rollers in fairly secure fashion and haven’t hung up yet.

The vessel has larger than factory issue side pouches for storing gear. This better facilitates storing larger gear like clothing and too many fly boxes, water bottles, floatation device. The factory standard cargo pouches are not too bad but I prefer the larger ones for all day outings far from camp or the rig.

There are some reflective tape dots on the back of the seat for all the good it might do to assist speed boats moving across a lake at last light back to the ramp.

Lastly, while playing a fish, a large fish, be careful with that tip dipping down and back under the boat. Make sure, in advance that the drag is loose, not tight and be prepared as it runs to play stripped in line up through the guides in a gentle but yielding way to get the fish onto the reel. If the reel’s drag stays too tight and the fish surges as in the pic, you could suddenly have a broken rod tip.

Now none of that had anything to do with the usual what, where and how considerations of presentation. But, I noticed the pic and decided to note those things we all do to our gear, boat, pontoon, float tube that add that little extra degree of hoped for efficiency. 

01
Jan
12

Kast Steelhead Gloves for Hammered Fingers

Kast Steelhead Glove

 These are the times that try men’s (and a few women’s) fortitude. Freezing temperatures, wind, ice cold water and fishing. Often the vulnerable point are the hands, finger tips. Eventually the coordination, sense of touch is gone. Fumbling and slowness can prevail. It only takes so many such episodes for one to seek salvation. The Gink & Gasoline  experience leads to the discovery of a remedy at Kast Extreme Fishing Gear

 

27
Dec
11

Fly Fishing and Binocularss

I came upon this actually simple, effective idea in a small gem…The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing by Kirk Deeter and Charlie Meyers. The late Mr. Meyers (C.M. in the book) offers up the idea of carrying a small pair of binoculars when fishing to scout a body of water for fish activity. He mentions being higher up on say an embankment. I wonder if this might work from a perch on a pontoon or drift boat on a lake. Couldn’t hurt to have them for hillside observations of deer, elk, bear or tree top eagles. 

This is a nice little book for beginners. Deeter & Meyers provided practical information for the novice fly fisher and good refresher info for us all.

06
Dec
11

Avoid The Incoming Tsunami Wave

MISCALCULATING HIGH WATER & THERE GOES THE EXPENSIVE CAMERA AT PLANET 5D BLOG




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