Category Archives: Fly Fishing Gear

Averting Doom – Part 2

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

Part I of this article dealt with wading mishaps. Part II will discuss other risks.

Myself, if I ever actually took a swim while wading, I’d be thinking, “Now keep yer head. Avoid the primary catastrophe here. People have gotten wet before…no biggie. That fly box I just dropped can be replaced…I can ruin my electronic car keys and camera and phone…all replaceable…my waders can fill and drag me down and I can go unconscious and end up miles downstream with amnesia…I can even never come up at all and wind up a statistic in tomorrow’s newspaper…all that I can accept. What I can’t accept is if I break this fine hand-made fly rod.”

So keep the wand above your head, or toss it out in the water in front of you, or flip around and splash down nose-to-sky. Just don’t land on the rod.

Figure 2

Gear risks are common in gear-intensive sports, and the finer the gear the more nervous we get. Among the most common risks I’ve fallen prey to is hiking down riverside paths to a likely or favorite hole and finding myself being lightly caressed by briars. It’s not a big deal until I realize there’s now a leak in my prized waders. It’s worth carrying a stick to ensure a clear path, or failing that, to carefully “walk down” those wispy briar branches until there’s zero chance of getting grabbed by one. But then don’t make the mistake of thinking later that the path is clear on your return hike! Other anglers may have come by, and even if not, briar branches have a way of getting themselves back up across paths, like sinister spider webs intent on snaring a hapless fisherman. more…

Mack Attack!

Guest Blogger: Capt. Jim Klopfer, Sarasota Fishing Charters

Mack Attack!

Joe made a long cast, allowed the fly to sink for several seconds, and then began the retrieve. On the third strip, the line was yanked violently from his hand! Joe was shortly “on the reel” as the fish made a blistering run. After a tenacious battle, a four pound Spanish mackerel was brought alongside, hoisted for a quick photo, and then released to please another angler.

In some regards, Spanish mackerel are an under rated gamefish. In Florida, tarpon, redfish, bonefish, permit, and snook get a lot of press, but “Spanny-macks” are a terrific fish to target on fly! They are fast, aggressive, beautiful, abundant, and great eating for anglers who want to keep a fish for a meal.

Spanish mackerel range and habits

Spanish mackerel are a pelagic species that are found along the US coast from Texas, around Florida, and up to the mid Atlantic states. They can be caught in the inshore bays, along the beaches, in passes and inlets, and in the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. Ideal water temperature in from the upper 60’s to mid 70’s. more…

A Case for the Fly Rod

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

No, this is not a legal brief. Here’s a simple and practical winter project: Many fine fly rods do not come with a travel case; others ship with a case too flimsy to protect the rod from the ubiquitous clumsy fishing buddy or family teenager rummaging for earphones. Travel cases can be ordered separately or purchased in fly shops, but you’ll drop $30 to $90 for one and you still may not know if the tube around which it’s built is cardboard or deformable aluminum or something that will shatter with age and the application of a hobnail boot.

But it’s quite easy to make a nice strong case that will last a lifetime…and if the rod is a 4-piece, such a case will cost you around eight to eleven bucks. An incredibly strong travel case can be made out of simple PVC or ABS pipe from any hardware store. This is no news scoop and many of us do this, I know…but surprisingly many do not. So I’ll list off the simple steps I use to make one.

A case should do the following:

* Protect the rod from being crushed
* Eliminate rattling of the rod inside the case
* Especially protect the rod section ends from shattering if the case is dropped on its end
* Make carrying from the truck to the stream a breeze
* Be a buffer against heat
* Be easily identified from any other rod cases you might have
* Be easily findable in the brush if you so choose
* Look acceptably nice
* Give you years of pride
* Inspire respect from your fishing buddies
* Be cheap as blue blazes more…