Tuesday, March 4, 2014
The Western Maine Fly Fishing Expo on March 22nd. Solid show with some really great vendors from Maine and elsewhere. We will be doing a streamer technique program at some point during the show and will also have a booth representing Kingfisher River Guides and Yeti Coolers. Stop in if you attend and pick up some intel or schwag.
The Fly Fishing Film Tour 2014 shows up in our neighborhood this year! The Rack in Carrabassett Valley will be hosting the show on March 8th. Ski, hike or ice climb during the day. Then grab some dinner/drinks and watch the show. Tickets still available and the skiing isn't half bad either by the way.
The Atlantic Salmon Federation will be holding their annual dinner and auction on March 15th. We will be donating another float trip this season. Bid high and often. Bring good cigars if you win. Call 207 725 2833 for more information.
This winter of our discontent shall end. Sometime around mid May I think.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Fly inventory requires the right mental attitude. Great tunes and a solid single malt go a long ways in getting the job done. We usually sing "One box at a time sweet Jesus" while doing the spring reorganizing. There is great reward in finishing the job though.
"Are you done yet"?
"Yep, all I have to do is finish".
Thursday, February 13, 2014
The month for the dry addict. Large to small, bright to dull. Due to one bug most are familiar with. The caddis. Number one searcher in June for us. More caddis than Mayflies come June. A.M., P.M., midday. Size 12-18. Full color scheme. Midge, BWOs and a few leftover highlight mayflies round out early June. As does the short lived Salmon Fly. Golden Stones and Dobson adults towards the end of the month. Scary critter that Dobson. Scary like "Scream like a girl" scary. Searching patterns in front. Just a few for you to think about; The Patriot, Purple Haze, Parachute Adams and the Buzzball.
Nymphing and streamers are solid techniques throughout the day. The time for new patterns and experimentation. Break it up and open up your game.
Wets and soft hackles. Do yourself a huge favor and tie up or buy some simple patterns and give this old school technique a try this month. Work a run and get your Zen on. Take a step backwards and move forward. Tenkara anyone? More later on that subject.
June can be awesome. It can also blow out completely. That is why we have the small stream scene dialed in. The month of June rocks for the small stream junkie. Black flies, 3 weights, dry flies, wet wading, untouched waters and wild brookies get you through winters like the one we are experiencing right now.
Time to wax and tune the boards, clean the goggles and Get it on Like Donkey Kong.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Nymphing rocks in May but streamers break up the day nicely. Large protein patterns tend to produce the eat consistently. Sink tips in the line up, along with full sinking lines for the deeper slower pools. Color codes a fairly easy to break. Bright day? Start bright. Dark day? Start dark. Fill in the middle colors. It's like that big box of Crayolas you had as a kid. Save time throw/rig two alternating size and color.
Friday, January 24, 2014
I don't know if it's the cold temps that are producing some really dumb ass ideas out of there lately or that people are so far out of touch with reality you can't possibly believe what comes out of their gray matter. Dredging streams with motorized equipment jumps to the top of list. I've seen the needle and the damage done to quote Neil Young in the western states and Alaska. It ain't pretty and the damage is long lasting and sometimes permanent. If you fish in Maine you understand how delicate and vulnerable wild brook trout are. Add one more cut to an already bleeding ecosystem and the result will rear it's head rather quickly.
Here is what we need. You can attend the hearing on LD 1671 in Augusta on Monday the 27th of January at 1P.M. Room 216 in the Cross building. If you can't attend please send an email to the Committee Clerk and support this bill.
Clerk, Committee on Environment and Natural Resources
Maine State Legislature Cross Building, RM. 216
207 287 4149
Friday, January 17, 2014
Opening day! Cold water rules apply. If nymphing is your thing than this month can be very good and you are stoked. If you're the dry fly type, wait a month. Though we do fish dry flies every April. Either a floating smelt pattern from the skunk works/man cave or midge patterns. Midges towards the end of the month, the warmest part of the day or right after a cool night with a warming morning can trigger strong midge hatches in April. The easiest midge fishing of the season, the only low point is that it's not consistent.
Nymphing is the technique for this month. Standard patterns along with funky junk thrown into the mix. The time to learn the black art of nymphing is this month. Everything from right angle set ups to dredge rigs. The water type is more important than the flies. Slower, boring water along with buckets are what to search out. One cold water rule to remember. If you find one fish in cold water, you will find another in that same run usually. The 1" or bigger indicator the most useful due to weight and depth issues. Change the rig until success shows up in form of a salmonid.
Streamers are the second choice. Sink tips and full sinking lines are mandatory. Large articulated meat, subtle small dark patterns, smelt both live and dead along with ugly attractor type buggers. The slow swing along with the slow retrieve as well as the in yer face/curiosity killed the cat strip. Cover pools quietly and well. Head to tail. Change depth until the grab happens.
Pretty simple in April. Our bookings for April are usually technique based. Either nymphing clinics/trips, streamer gigs or spey casting classes. This is all dependent on snow melt/run off. April can be a complete blow out as can every month we guide. Looking at the snow pack data today the future isn't what I want to see. We still have two months to go and much can change between now and April 1st. Think positive and snow.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Those that are too far immersed into the fly fishing world have difficult days ahead. They are increasingly dull to talk to, the first to bitch on fly fishing forums and have not been diagnosed with shack nasties/cabin fever yet. The cure? Get out and do something else besides tie flies. Vitamin D. It's free! One benefit is that maintaining a higher level of fitness will ensure you can do those backcountry/long day trips we are so fond of.
The best month for nymphing arrives first and it is called April. And that is a very long ways away. The truth. It hurts. Call it tough love. Carry on and deal.