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Friday, 29 June 2012

Lots o Fish, Lots o Fishers

I like to hike my way into places where I feel like I'm in the wilderness.  How bout you?

The Source NZ, Tasi, and Iceland, Hatch, and Now, Predator

Billabong Flash Sale Anyone?

Sweet tees for $10.  WHAT?  I can't wait until these flash sales by Oregon based, The Clymb, will deliver to Canada--for now they'll only ship to the US.  Tick tock, this flasher only lasts three more days.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

50% Off Outdoor Gear

Department of goods has just pumped out a 50% off everything coupon.  Yes, everything.  For Arc'teryx, Patagonia, Sigg, North Face, etc, click here and use promo code:  7QE-1-MN6SU.  Only good until July 5.  I'll also post a banner at the side of the blog to continue showing up until July 5th.  If you need to check back it'll be handier that way.

Feeding Frenzy

Baitfish going down.  12 o'clock.

Salmon/Mock Salmon

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Tarpon in Your First Hour?

Maybe Kara hasn't fished tarpon before but she's obviously got a great deal of the routine down from chasing Colorado trout.

Advanced Bow And Arrow Cast

I've certainly seen the bow and arrow cast executed a number of times and have even employed it myself. Ken here, jumps outside the box to show us how to go from the ten foot range to the 30 foot range simply by utilizing good ol ingenuity.  The video's privacy settings won't allow embedding on other websites so here's the link.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Great Job of Guiding a Client to a Tarpon

Love stuff like this.  Tarpon's back slowly breaks the surface, guide says things like, "wait until I say cast", "one more false cast and then drop it", "strip, strip, strip, striiip, stop".  It's like the guide is feeding the fish and you're just the vehicle to make it happen.  Love the interplay.

I'm unable to embed the video on my blog due to the creator's privacy policy but here's the link to watch it on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Monster Brownie

Skip ahead to 3:50 if you get at all tired of waiting to see how big this brownie is.

Switch Casting Technique

Peter Kutzer from Orvis gives a quick switch casting tutorial.

Carpe Daam!

Western Sierra Rainbow--Big Boy Edition

Steve Carell Fly Fishing For Big Rainbows

This guy's name may be Laden but I swear he could easily do Steve Carell voice overs for animated movies.

Monday, 4 June 2012

Big Bull Trout & Westslope Cutts--Alberta Canada Edition

Combination of video and slides of big bullies and pretty westslope cutthroat.

Exploring New Trout Water--Wales Edition

Luke Bannister builds bamboo rods.  This piece of his captured my attention as I love to stare at maps or google earth to pick out new places in hopes of finding the mother lode.  Usually these places involve a fair bit of hiking up and away from the reach of the average fisher.  They can result in some great finds and plenty of peaceful solitude.

Big Norwegian Brown Trout--Dry Fly Edition

Plenty to see here people, don't move along.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

The Ultimate Wet Coast Fishing Pack

Dry Creek Rolltop Backpack
Living on the west coast, we get a lot of rain.  Given these conditions, what is the ultimate fishing pack.  Obviously different people have different needs so my preferred choice may well be different than yours.  For my requirements, only two brands seem to be in the running--Simms and Sage.

Here are my requirements:
  1. large capacity as I sometimes bite off portions of a river that will take me the better part of a day to fish.  I also carry more camera equipment than the average bear.
  2. water resistant at the very least, preferably waterproof due to west coast rain storms and deep wading
  3. easy access
  4. comfort
Dry Creek Chest Pack
With these requirements in mind, the following items would definitely be on my wish list:
  1. Simms Dry Creek Rolltop Backpack
    1. large capacity:  1365 cubic inch
    2. rolltop closure:  these always give me more confidence than zippers in their ability to hold out water.  They may also be easier to close than some of the zippers I've experienced on water resistant/water proof items to date.
    3. easy access may appear to be a fail as there's no up front quick access to flies, tippet, etc.  However, Simms includes connection systems on the shoulder straps where you can attach a Dry Creek Chest Pack for items you use a lot.  The thing I really like about chest packs is they ride high enough to stay out of the water when deep wading, which is common for my fishing outings.  The combination of rolltop backpack and chest pack definitely tops my wish list.
    4. The comfort of a sturdy waist strap is the one thing that might sway me to the Sage Typhoon Backpack even though it does not appear to be as water tight.
  2. Simms Dry Creek Day Pack
    1. still likely large enough capacity if you're not hauling camera equipment around--1173 cubic inches
    2. zipper closure:  not as water resistant as the rolltop closure--Simms lists the rolltop pack as water tight while this one's listed as not submersible
    3. Typhoon Backpack
    4. same comments as number three above
  3. Sage Typhoon Backpack
    1. tres large: 1709 cubic inches
    2. zipper closures
    3. Typhoon Chest Pack
    4. in combination with the Typhoon Chest Pack you get the easy access I require.  I've been fishing with the Typhoon Chest Pack recently and really like the ability to access oft needed items without needing to remove your backpack.  However, the D-Loops on the backpack straps don't seem to be specially designed to work together in securing the Typhoon Chest Pack.  The chest pack has a neck strap and a chest strap that I think would be improved if they designed it to connect with the shoulder straps on the backpack.  However, I still think this would be a very good combination to fish with while keeping your gear dry.
    5. A big bonus the Sage Typhoon Backpack has is a sturdy waist strap that would likely help to distribute the weight of the backpack.  I'd love to try one out to see if the waist strap of the Sage pack is more important to me than the water tightness of the Simms Rolltop Backpack.

Monster Cutthroat Trout--Omak Lake Lahontans Edition

Ram River Alberta Canada Trout

Seems to be a helicopter theme this week.  Check it...

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Dry Fly Westslope Cutthroat--Heli Edition

Wouldn't you just love to have a fishing buddy with a copter and a trust fund to pay for the fuel?  Places like this would be the rule instead of the exception.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Bass Fishing Amongst Gators

Not sure about y'all but I wouldn't be turning my back to an alligator that seems interested in the fish I'm pulling in and releasing.

5 Weeks Of NZ Trout Highlights

Ralf Haeger spends five months trekking, choppering, and driving to some of New Zealand's best trout water in Jan and Feb of 2012.  Some beautiful water and fish.

Monstrous Rainbows of Patagonia--Estancia Laguna Verde Edition

The international language of big fish will easily outweigh the fact that this piece is in another language.