Posts Tagged ‘techniques

09
Mar
13

Fly Tying: Attending Expos Builds Skills

Yesterday, my wife and I attended the NW Fly Tying Expo in Albany, Oregon. Having attended this in past years, I have always gained inspiration and knowledge that improved my fly tying and helped kickstart my tying into Spring and Summer. We enjoyed visiting with friends from local fly shops and I really enjoyed loading up at Fly Tying Specialties (excellent resource for Czech Nymph/Caddis Pupa patterns) this year (they missed the show last year).

fishing feverI know such expos are not held everywhere, but if you can get to one where a hundred plus tiers are present there is much to be learned. Techniques, materials, patterns are usually present that fits your interests. Often worth the long drive to gain that inspiration and renew acquaintances. How to’s, networking, learning are available at many levels. Whip finisher video

01
Oct
12

Fly Fishing Lakes: Find A Nook Out of the Wind

Nook (noun); Old English (Nok): a corner, a sheltered spot, a small recess.

More often than not, the wind is a nemesis on a lake if you don’t anchor up or you have not identified sheltered areas to work on, at the edges of the wind. I fish from a pontoon boat. And, if there is a downside to that vessel it is the wind as it pushes you along like a giant sail. If I don’t anchor up, in the wind, and contend with the rolling waves, dragging anchor and thwarted back casts, I look for any small ‘nook’ or length of shoreline that gives a workable area to fish.

This is a an overview of Salmon L. in B.C. The Wind (black arrows) frequently came from the W/NW in June. I often found myself in a narrow area, out of the wind, shown by the yellow arrows. I would kick along the shoreline (catching fish) and when I reached an upper point I would turn and drift along the seam of wind/less wind. I was wind drifting and would control how fast I wanted to drift by how much I subjected my vessel to the wind. Often, the orange arrowed area (15 yards wide by 100 yards long) was the only respite and I must say it never failed to produce even if I was confined to a smaller merry-go-round. This area produced many beautiful Kamloops trout. The other end of the lake produced a similar area of safety, but I have fished it less.

Here, on a recent trip, the wind tore along on the far left (black arrow) like a river. A finger of land jutted out to provide a wind break. You can see the cat tails waving in the wind. This quiet area provided shelter and excellent fishing in the quieter spots against the bank (green arrows). I caught a half dozen fish through here. I would rest the water a bit after thrashing it up with a fish and again have success.

This was a beautiful Trout that took a Damsel dry pattern against the reeds in that sheltered back water ‘nook’…out of the wind.

19
Jul
08

Flytying France (Astuces~good instructions tools)

Flytying Instruction

Flytying Instruction

 

http://ns33014.ovh.net/~dessaign/Astuces/Sommaire_astuces.htm#  (http://babelfish.yahoo.com/translate_txt

 




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