Category Archives: Fly Fishing Gear

Early to the Party

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

At my home river they cut the autumn fishing season off a full month earlier than elsewhere in the state to allow a fall Chinook salmon spawning run to progress undisturbed. They assume mid-November through mid-December to be the spawning season, and so fishing halts a full month early–October 15th–to give the fish a chance. This river is narrow enough to cast across with a decent spey rod, and so the salmon would all be highly accessible to anglers.

But something I’ve learned in my general trout/salmon research is that a spawning run is not so precisely timed–the arrival of fish will chart like a bell curve on the calendar. The great bulk of them may show up within weeks of each other, but there are outliers. I knew for a fact that there are late arrivals when I saw a submarine-sized shape cruise past me three feet from my knees in mid-January last year, long after most of the salmon eggs would have already hatched. And so I reasoned that in early October I was likely to see a few showing up in the river a month early for the party. 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…

Some Advantages of Going Barbless

Guest Blogger: Joe Dellaria, Woodbury MN

I started fly fishing when nets were made out of thick cotton strands. If you got a barbed hook stuck in a strand it was an ordeal to get it out without ruining your net. On more than one occasion, I cut the fly off and got it out after I quit fishing. If you got the hook into one of the knots, that would at least double the amount of time to get the hook out. This convinced me it was worth trying barbless hooks.

Initially, I bent down the barbs when I was ready to use the fly on the river. I discovered that the groves in my hemostat, which doubled as a bard smasher, could mash the barb down. But, you had to really pay attention to how you lined the hook up with the grooves. Eventually I found a small pliers with flat jaws – that really sped up bending the barb down and did a much better job. more…