Monthly Archives: August 2017

Fly of the Month – Bluegill Belly Bean

Bluegills will often hit just about anything when it is spring time and they are on their beds. They are tenacious when guarding their beds and will strike at anything in their territory. But if they are not bedding, things change, especially in late summer.

I designed the Bluegill Belly Bean for late summer time when the bluegill are no longer on their beds and usually stay deep in the water. You can get the Bluegill Belly Bean down to find them and get their attention. Cast it out and countdown and let it sink. How long to count down depends on how deep the body of water is you are fishing or where the bluegill are holding. But I would say 10 or 15 seconds is a good start. Sometimes you might be able to just give it a twitch and the bluegill will take it. Other times you might just have to leave it sitting still or you may have to strip it and get it moving before they will strike. You just have to try different tactics to see what they like on that particular day. Normally they are not as easy to catch when they are not guarding their beds. more…

TFO Impact Rod Review

Guest Blogger: Paul Beel, FrankenFly

I recently had a chance to get my hands on the new Impact fly rod from Temple Fork Outfitters. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. From what I read, part of this rod’s origin consisted of test rods being sent out to many casting and fishing experts, like Bob Clouser, Lefty Kreh, Flip Pallot, and Larry Dahlberg, to give you some examples. TFO then made adjustments to the rods according to the feedback they received. Granted, a fly rod is a personal preference and even the experts have their own preferences. However, it seems they were after something really special with this fly rod. So I was definitely excited to try one. more…

Get Side Tracked

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

In railroad parlance, being side-tracked means you’ve been shunted off the main line onto a siding so that the fast trains can get by. As a noun, sidetrack is commonly known as a “minor path or track”. Although on the river, we anglers know it is easy to get “sidetracked” by all manner of things. Wildlife, tangles, weather, bugs, agonizing over fly selection, cold fingers, you name it. When your fly isn’t in or on the water, you’ve been side-tracked. However, getting side-tracked by an actual sidetrack can be a good thing.

A large majority of our larger Montana rivers have natural sidetracks that can be taken advantage of in the right circumstances. In fact, in my angling experience, rivers in the Southeast and Atlantic coast (as do most large to medium sized rivers anywhere) have sidetracks. In my experience, river sidetracks take on two forms, both equally valuable to the angler. The most obvious is the small natural channel that leaves the mainstem and flows some distance before returning to the main river—the true “side channel.”. The other is the natural trench or trough that lies adjacent to the main flow, but is separated by shallow areas. In both these cases, the sidetracks can be identified by the presence of an island of sorts that separates the minor flow from the mainstem. In rivers where the flow regime varies seasonally from runoff, the flow in these sidetracks varies as well. From an angling standpoint, sidetracks should be approached just as you would a small stream, because in fact, that’s exactly what they are. more…