A could of vids to help get you through the week.
For the second consecutive year I commished a fantasy football league filled with a bunch of fish heads. A motely crue cast of charachters all bound together by our strong affinity to chase fish. I quickly found out that there is 1 thing these yahoos take as serious as fishing, fantasy football!
I spent most of my season last year getting repeatedly curb stomped but had a good time doing it as the near daily trash talk added good commentary to give me quick breaks from my work day. This year, I decided I’d spice up some of the weeks by publically calling out particular opponents on weeks I faced them and challenge them to a “side bet” of sorts. Well, unfortunately for me those curb stompings from last year carried into this year and it didn’t go well for me.
Throughout this I discovered I may have a bit of a repressed gambling problem, as the typical wager was 3 articulated streamers and each week I lost I would just double down the next week to try and win some bugs back. Let’s just say I burned through a lot of materials this year.
However, thats not where my punishment ends. Oh no…that’d be way to easy. My poor decision making and inability to set a good roster of players continues to punch me square in the throat.
Twice this year I lost to Jeff from Fly Fish the Mitt and had to contribute to his already loaded streamer box. Being that I was going to be fishing with him on this past Sunday morning, I worked late into the night spinning up a version of Galloup’s Boogie Man.
Jeff, not one to shy away from rubbing a bit of salt in a pal’s wound decided he would immediately lace one of his winnings up and fish it right out of the gates on our streamer escapade. I quietly chuckled to myself as I sat in the rowers seat and watched him struggle with the bug getting fouled around itself, as it appeared that I unintentionally provided him with a “dud” that had too much space between the hooks and not enough beads to prevent the hooks from becoming entangled with one another during casting. “Serves him right” I thought – but of course outwardly I appeared apologetic. “Jeeze man, I’m really sorry. I thought I tied those perfectly.”
A simple adjustment, opening the loop of this cast up a bit, allowed him to accurately sling the bug without it getting tangled. No worries, the color combination is surely not one we’ve ever seen work in this particular river – he even commmented on it himself.
That’s when the throat punches started rolling in. On his first shift he brought a few fish to hand. Then on his second shift, Mike Tyson punched me square in the neck and this fish decided this terribly tied bug looked good enough to eat.
He continued to fish the fly for the entire day and of course landed not only by far the largest fish of the day, significantly more fish than I did as well. Wasn’t it enough that I just paid my dept and suffered the humilation of proclaiming my Fantasy Football superiority only to be embarrased?
Stay tuned for the report following me paying my bet to Dan, as I practically have to row him around the river the whole day without me even fishing. Fantasy Football sucks.
Great piece by Jason Tucker over at Gink & Gasoline on stepping out of his comfort zone and fishing new water. Plus they throw meat when the trout gotta eat.
Some super talented folks out there, The Fiberglass Manifesto always does a great job of showcasing their work.
Joe breaks a rod but makes cinnamon rolls on the river.
Nomad shop manager Erich Gross puts a beast in the net.
Just READ THIS. It’s a great read.
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again – you have to fish a Zudbubbler for bass.
Fly Fish the Mitt, Jeff Cole Farms a Giant
I’ve never in my life taken one picture nearly as rad as any the have at the G&G Photo Contest
Hands down, without a doubt –this is my favorite fly to sling for bass.
#somestreamerchick with another cool vid.
Not sure winter works like this but Fontinalis Rising gives it a shot.
Koz at True North Trout Wraps up the Fly Tying Celebration
More Contests at G&G: The Oskar Blues Take a Pinner Fishing Photo Contest.
Fly Fish the Mitt becomes Fly Fish Wyoming (don’t worry it’s only temporary).
Koz recaps the F3T event held at Boyne.
Brian Wise puts together Andreas Andersson’s Rag Dolly (Super awesome streamer) at FrankenFly.
Moldy Chum features a Wildly entertaining compilation of drone crashes
Rich Strolis has some fantastic pics of great bugs!
The water during Saturday’s trip was still brutally cold, still sporting abnormally low temperatures this close to spring. After my initial assessment of the water temps, I made the conscious decision to focus all of my efforts on the slower water that is typically associated with winter type fishing. I determined that even though we are nearing what is in a typical year the peak of the spawning activity, because of the lower temps fish would be less likely to have moved into their traditional transition type water.
While we were able to find several fish in water that was walking speed or less, near the end of the day Joe and Jeff decided to spend some time running bugs through quicker staging areas, pockets, and dumps. Their decision to concentrate efforts on that type of water paid off immensely as a number of fish were hooked and landed in this transitional water.
I know that I have been told several times by folks much more knowledgeable than myself that water temperatures are only 1 part of the equation in regards to fish behavior – but I neglected to heed that advice, and most likely missed out on several opportunities to encounter steelhead during the day as a result.
If you haven’t seen this killer new pattern from Jeff at Fly Fish the Mitt its worth your while to take a look.
I’m going to just go ahead and link to the entire blog page at Gink and Gasoline because there is too much awesome stuff to just pick out 1
Koz from True North Trout recaps a great yearly event.
Matt Zudweg counts down his top 5 steelhead patterns
The Fiberglass Manifesto gives a run down of some awesome products – seriously need to check this one out guys…or don’t…I don’t care.
I am currently engaged in Matt Supinski’s newest book titled Selectivity: The Theory & Method of Fly Fishing for Fussy Trout, Salmon, & Steelhead, and will have a complete view and write up of it soon.
My initial thoughts on the book are this:
- Great content, written in a way that illustrates value of the philosophy
- The photography is really great
- I always head straight to the “fly plates” first – and they don’t disappoint in this book at all. Some really innovative patterns that will be added to my arsenal
- Information is so far very thoroughly developed
In the meantime while I continue to digest the information in the book and construct a feedback and review post – here is a great Q & A that The Trout Zone did with Matt himself.