Thursday, May 27, 2010
Thanks to Molly, Jeff, and Jessie...I hope you like this as much as I do.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Here are a collection of images that are well worth looking at.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
This past weekend some of the best sticks in the west gathered for a qualifying competition for Team USA Fly Fishing. Spread out on two reservoirs just outside of Durango, Valliceto and Lemon, this much can be said...a great time was had by all.
This was my first ever comp and first ever time loch style fishing, so needless to say there was a steep learning curve set in place. Lucky for me in my corner I had seasoned comp fishers Rob Kolanda and Jay Alipit who were willing to talk me through the intricate details that is the comp scene and loch style.We arrived two days early to do some recon on the lakes that we would be fishing and it gave me a chance to dial in the little experience that I have loch style. Let me say that this style of fishing can be deadly when done properly. The use of sinking lines, long rods, and a drogue make life easier and drastically increases your catch rate. The basic idea is that you set a drift with the wind at your back, throw the drogue overboard to slow you down, and cast your flies out using different fly lines depending of fish depth, and play with different retrieves. Fly selection usually centers around stripping pimped out buggers a great bottom anchor fly, and then a combination of natural bugs and other leaches makes up your two point flies. The 10 foot rods help with control and casting the 15-20 foot leaders.
The comp winner Josh Curtis hooked up on another stocker on Lemon.
After a plate of enchiladas and a beer the afternoon beat started, again fishing seemed to be very stagnate until the last hour or so where our boat picked up four fish before the buzzer all on egg sucking leaches. The winning count for the afternoon beat was four fish, not a bad three hours. By the end of the first day Kolanda was in the top four and Jay and I were sitting middle of the pack. That evening was spent tying up heat for the next day over at Lemon Res and getting a good nights rest.
That afternoon we ran laps on a pod of fish and we were knocking them down, until I busted my rod mid cast...I opted for a 9' 4wt super soft Scott G2. The rod was great except for the fact that it was too short. The long rods allow you to leave your long leader outside of the guides while landing, the shorties must be stripped in to the guides and caused me to loose 5 fish in a row, killing me!!!
Overall Kolanda took 5th and I finished towards the end of the pack, but hey thats fishing and I broke my cherry in the comp scene. Many more to come...
Monday, May 17, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
"The run is a pretty big deal here in Northwest Arkansas, as thousands of the fish leave Beaver lake to spawn in various rivers and creeks. My buddy Gannon Randolph and I were catching white bass on our 6wt fly rods in War Eagle Creek when I hooked into this 36" striped bass on a brown and orange . The fish took me well into the backing on an upstream run, then, when I caught up to her, turned downstream and ran even further. I chased here about 200 yards downstream before she tired enough for me to start taking in line. When I got her into about 3" of water, my 8lb leader finally snapped, but I quickly grabbed her by the gill plate, then hauled her back upstream, where waited with his I-phone to snap a pic. If he hadn't had a camera handy, that fish would have had to go into the cooler, but after measuring her (36" from nose to tail. I don't know how much the fish weighed, since we had no scale.), I put her back in the water and spent about 10 minutes holding her upright and moving her back and forth before she was strong enough to swim off. Watching that disappear into the depths was a transcendent moment"......Clint Horan ~ Fayetteville, AR
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
My curiosity of these techniques and desire to catch more, has led me to sign up for a regional competition in Durango on Vallecieo and Lemon Reservoirs, this coming weekend. Growing up a lake angler in the Midwest there is something truly unique about fishing still waters; the amount of time a fish has to think about weather the offering is worthy of a take, conditions that will turn a lake cold in a matter of minutes, and the calming lap of the waves along the shore as you hunt for fish.
The canoe might not be the best way to practice, but in a pinch it got the job done. Angling opportunities like this exist all over Boulder County, see more lakes here and get out and fish!
Thursday, May 6, 2010
FROM THE CURRENT SPORTSMAN'S ALLIANCE NEWSLETTER....."We’ve all seen the network news headline stories, but I’m not sure if you’ve seen the very good blog post by Bob Marshall, one of the nation’s top outdoor and conservation writers (who just happens to hail from Louisiana), about the impacts likely to be felt by the developing situation in the Gulf of Mexico. An excerpt featuring logic that is quite easily applied elsewhere:
"Offshore oil drilling is like nuclear power – it has a pretty good safety record, but when an accident happens the results can be catastrophic. And accidents will happen."
As a nation, we need resource development, there’s no argument on that. But, we need to be sure that development decisions take into account fish and game habitat requirements, multiple uses including hunting and angling, an honest assessment of the risks involved, and long-term ramifications – even in best-case scenarios. In some cases, development is simply the wrong idea in the wrong place."
I'M CURRENTLY IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA AND WE'RE WATCHING THE SPILL MOVE IN THIS DIRECTION. WHEN IT GETS TO THE BEACHES AND BAYS ALONG THE COAST AND DOWN INTO THE KEYS IT WILL BECOME THE MOST DEVASTATING ENVIRONMENTAL TRAGEDY IN US HISTORY. MANY PEOPLE HERE THINK IT WILL BE 10 TIMES WORSE THAN EXXON VALDEZ.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Since arriving back on Sanibel Island in Florida I would take Ike, my 16-month old Boxer, for a long walk along the beach at sunset. At one particular spot there was a crab trap buoy that been pushed close to shore from several storms. At low tide it would be right on the sand and at high tide it would be 10-feet out. Ike loved to grab the end of the rope and give it a tug or wade out and grab it trying to pull it to shore.
Last night he ran right up to buoy and pounced on it. Immediately he was howling in pain. At first I couldn't see the problem, then I saw a five-inch lure with two treble hooks one of which was firmly embedded in his right paw. As Ike struggled, it went in deeper and he was now caught on a front and back leg. I held him to the ground and tried get the hooks out. In the meantime the rope on the buoy was pulling tighter making everything worse. Thank God I had my knife with me and I managed to get it out and cut the rope. Somehow I got the hook out of the rear leg and he jerked forward driving one of the hooks right into the little finger on my left hand. He kept trying to bite the lure which would have been a disaster. I screamed "leave it" and he responded despite the pain. The beach was deserted and we were rolling in the surf. I manage to work the hook out the front paw loose after bending it and forcing it out of my finger.
We were lucky and made our way home in the dark. Early Sunday morning I went back down to the beach to find the buoy to throw it away. I thought about the idiot fisherman who left this lure (I've always felt multiple treble hooks on any lure should be banned) because it was too much trouble to retrieve - 10 feet off the shore its less than three feet deep!