We field emails, messages or phone calls pertaining to guiding as a job often. Most folks who are thinking of choosing the path have a few misconceptions. My favorites are that I get to fish all day, every day with clients. That being outside all season long is awesome. (It is when the wind isn't blowing 35 mph, rain isn't pouring and lightning isn't bouncing over the ridge) And my favorite: It must be one big party for you as a guide! (See above video). Yeah, me and Pitbull have sooo much in common in the after hours of our jobs.
The most important question to ask yourself if you want to be a guide is why. After that can you teach, are you incredibly patient, can you turn poor fishy conditions into a solid experience, do you have the ability to deal with a wide variety of personalities and skill levels?
I was going to write a blog post about this subject for a future segment. Kent Klewien of Gink&Gasoline beat me to it and did a much better job with the whole enchilada. This post will answer those questions and shed some light on the realities of guiding. Thanks Kent, you just saved me a ton of time and gave those who are thinking of changing paths some solid intel.
Don't stop the party!
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Simms Rivershed Boot. The bomb. Durable, comfortable and rugged. Many miles have been logged on our current pair and they haven't dented. Great fit along with plenty of protection add up to this model being our go to pair for long days afield. Add some AlumiBite Cleats to the sole for a bombproof setup. AlumiBites do not loosen once installed. They are lightweight and you never have that pointy stud feeling.That kind of like crampons on a dry rock slab feeling. One weak point; the laces. replaced early. Finding a great wading boot can be a chore but when you do it's worth buying two pair if you hit boot nirvana.
The Stanley One Hand Vacuum Mug is the best daily piece of gear we've obtained all season.
We start our commute with it full and take swigs off it until noon. Coffee stays hot for about six hours on average. Bonus points for being leak proof. We have dropped it while avoiding moose in the early a.m., backing up the drift boat at the launch and other I know better multi tasking events without leakage. Great to throw into the pack for solo missions. Pre heat for optimal performance on those brutal days. Solid piece.
Rio's new Perception floating line. High floating, durable and easy mending ability. Sweet color combo for distance estimates. Much better than the WAG system we've all used with mixed results at times. Try it once and fish it for the rest of the season. Everything we look for in a dry fly line is here.
Flyvines may be the best use for used fly line ever. Retainers are light, out of the way and won't wear out and smell like traditional cotton or neoprene models. Gear lanyards hold all you need and nothing more. Four tippet spools, a pair of Dr.Slick Mitten Clamps and it's game on.
Bad Road Indicator. AKA: The Hula Monkey. When the Hula Monkey's head starts to hit the dashboard it's time to turn around. Always listen to the Hula Monkey. He's like a compass. He doesn't lie. Found at fine, tasteful vendors world wide.
Friday, November 8, 2013
I'll end this seasons report with some simple math:
Recent Trip Number One: Nymphing rigs. Short and medium leash. Over a dozen salmon on a Burk's Deep Sherbert Bottom Roller.
Recent Trip Number Two: Double streamer rig combined with an intermediate tip. Over a dozen browns on a olive bugger or a JJ Special.
Recent Trip Number Three: Dry fly 12' leader to 5X. Two browns. The only two seen rising during the very short hatch.
There you have it. The seasons last reporter/guide driven drivel. If you're still reading this post, shoot me a message, email or text (yeah like I'm good with those things) with suggestions on what you would like to read throughout this winter. Remember I'm a guide not
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Bugger Patterns: Sizes 8-12, Black, Olive, Purple, Yellow, Brown. With rubber legs, tungsten coneheads, crystal flash and eyes. Experiment with it. Get jiggy with it. Believe in it.
Soft Hackle Patterns: Sizes 16-20. Pheasant Tail S.H., Schmidt's Olive S.H., Engle's S.H. Baetis.
Don't be afraid to ramp up on the soft hackle tippet. Takes can be violent, plus a row of sharp teeth can cut though 5X pretty easily.
Easy and quick way to fill in the time before the first snout appears.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
The missing components this fall are the stellar streamer bite and the weaker than fifteen year old 6X blue wing olive hatch. One can stare endlessly into the empty dry fly abyss or nymph. Nymphing is pretty damn good right now for everything we are targeting. Depending on the fish the selection changes a bit except the P.T. and all it's variations is always there.
Short leash or long leash. It comes down to depth. The skinny stuff? Go short. Deep bucket/shelf? Medium/long. Deep slow edge/pool? Long leash. Leash those dogs right lady!
Indicators from 1/4" to 1+", Yarn sleeve system, The DR.J and for the double bobber skinny water rig two pinch ons.
Weight. Yeah, add it, remove it, adjust it, check it and use it. Non toxic please. Listen to above video for inspiration.
Leaders. 8'-9' for the skinny, 10'+ for the fast and deeper. Rio Indicator Leaders rock. As does their Fluoroflex Plus tippet.
Our favorite nymph rod is the Sage 99. Hands down it rocks. Discontinued. Think a specialty rod is a gimmick. Nymph all season with that 99 like we have and then decide.
Pattern selection is evolving everyday. SJs, Czech nymphs, Princes, Brassies, Rock Worm Chewy, Copper Johns, P.Ts, Red Headed Step Child. Micro Stone and a black Bird's Nest rounded out one session recently.
Rule Number One: The more you false cast the more opportunity for tangles and poor presentations.Water loaded casts deliver much better.
Rule Number Two: You will NEVER cast out a booger knot/cat's cradle/macrame rig mess. EVER. Want to aggravate a guide? Keep doing that throughout the day. This is why your guide smells like bourbon in the morning.
Hook sets: Fast. Really, really fast. Like a Ninja. If you've thought about setting the hook you are way to late. It leads to flossing teeth or worse foul hooking. Foul hook fish while nymphing? You are too slow sir. You may hear us say SET, SET, SET! throughout the day, week, month or season.
That's our advice this week. Take it or leave it. Hey it's free.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Saturday, October 12, 2013
This has been a very different fall season. Bright sun, low and high water, short to long hatches, Late evening spinner falls, strong caddis egg laying events and terrestrials are still out and about. Hell I've still got raccoon face!
We are almost half way done with his month. There are still a few openings left and we want them filled. Help a brother out. We have all winter to rest.