Monthly Archives: May 2017

Back to Basics: Golden Rules for Choosing the Right Fly

Guest Blogger: John Holman, owner and operator of No Se Um Lodge, Alaska.

choosing-flyWe got to thinking about how many folks take up fly fishing for the first time. It’s our favorite way to connect with the great outdoors. It’s an unparalleled mix of fun, excitement and relaxation. It’s also a little confusing for someone who’s never done it before.

We ponder and choose from our fly boxes with an experienced eye. We watch the fish, read the water and identify the bugs. We fly fish Alaskan rivers and lakes almost year-round, so it’s easy to forget we weren’t always the accomplished trout bums that we are today. For those of you who are just now tuning in to one of the best sports in the world, we offer a quick outline for choosing the right fly. more…

Spin rods and a guilty fly fisherman…

Guest Blogger: Jeff Marsh, High on the Fly

fishing-03Hello, I’m Jeff and I am a “Fishing Addict”.

It isn’t easy to utter those words. In the past decade or more I’ve become almost exclusively a fly fisherman. With a Blog dedicated to fly fishing, a vehicle and kayak that read like an ad out of drakemag.com and a rod collection that is measured in weights, I have realized something…..I just love to fish.

So where does this guilt of picking up a 7 1/2 foot spin rod with 10 lb test line and tossing spoons for Pike or a plow jockey for Bass come from?

I grew up with a fully stocked pond filled with Large mouth bass and Bluegill and LOVED those days out there throwing lures and worms for the pure satisfaction of a tug on the end of my line. Granted. that as fisherman I believe some of us evolve and change and look for a different challenge on the water, but I actually have guilt that I’m not throwing a tight loop or using flies that I tied. Now let’s not get confused  – my addiction and my passion is behind a fly rod – but that passion all started with a spin rod in my hand and a need to be outside chasing something bigger than me. The love of the outdoors is what started this for all of us and the fly culture is an amazing environment and some damn good reading in social media and our favorite magazines.

Maybe I’m alone in this guilt or maybe not. But I do know that this spring and summer some of my pictures may have a different look than the environments that I normally post and some of the rods may have a different set up. And, I also know for sure its about the experience and the time spent with family and friends that matters and not the hardware in our hands.

I’m Jeff and I’m proud to be a fisherman…. Are you?

The Sergeant Nick Fury Emerger

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

No, I don’t think he was a fly fisherman…and honestly that was a bait-and-switch article title because this is the Spotlight Caddis Emerger pattern. It’s a terrific pattern, and incredibly productive. It’s thought to appeal to trout in great part because of its meaty-looking abdomen, which hangs down below the water surface, visually enhanced by the delicate tuft of emerging wing material drying in the air above it. The fly is said by some to resemble an emerging caddis fly trapped somewhere between the water, the film, and the sky, in it’s struggle to break free and become the adult stage of the insect. The caddis larva/adult is in an extremely vulnerable state in these moments, and still fat and tasty, and trout have trouble passing it up.

Original Parachute Version

Original Parachute Version

The problem with the pattern, from my perspective, is that it takes me so incredibly long to tie it. That there’s a lot going on, with a lot of small tufts of different materials all coming together in a narrow space, is part of the problem, although I wouldn’t have a major issue with most of that if that was the end of it. But it’s the fact that it’s supposed to be a parachute tie that I can’t accept.

I don’t tie parachute dry flies very well…in truth I don’t tie them at all. The very few times I’ve tried have produced results that were…well, abysmal. Waste of materials. Trout would instantly evolve the ability to laugh, if they saw it. Smaller flies in particular suffer from my ineptness and lack of enthusiasm for the style. more…