First Warm Water Fishing for 2018

As most of you know Walker County Lake is one of my favorite fishing destinations. I’ve landed huge bluegills here from its waters that equal those I’ve caught on my beloved Smith Lake. To say I was excited to fish it waters again after a two year absence was an understatement.



Cathey and I are still trying to adjust to the move out of state and back to Alabama; in fact it will take us the rest of this year to complete the cycle of the move. Our lot we are planning to build on is saturated with rain almost daily.  It will take weeks before any construction can start sometime in March. The building process will last at least 6 months if the weather cooperates. In the meantime we will stay dry in our rental home, which houses my Pelican boat in the carport. No way was I going to store my Pelican and miss spring fishing on some of the smaller lakes I fish here. Sorry to veer off subject, back to Walker outing:



This is the earliest I’ve fished this lake, but the forecast pulled me like a magnet to its waters today. A high of 80 degrees is somewhat unusual even for the northern part of Alabama this time of the year.

The water was somewhat stained because of all the rain making me think I was going fish dark small to medium poppers. So I had a game plan and I hoped it would work. The water temp was 58 which is a long way from the spawning season for the big bull bluegills.

My first bull bluegill in one of the small nooks near the levee; I will let this one pass for the quest. In fact no bluegill would qualify for the quest today. It was a hoot to land so many bluegills this afternoon after being absence from this lake for a while.
The warm temps have started to produce buds on some of the trees along the lakes bank. I have a feeling we are in for an early spring here Alabama.

The blue Booglebug popper attracted a lot bass today. It’s not your average popper; it becomes submerged when worked along the surface film. All the bass I landed today nailed it submerged. I hope to start the quest on my next outing here, which could begin Friday if the weather cooperates.

 
 

As most of you know Walker County Lake is one of my favorite fishing destinations. I’ve landed huge bluegills here from its waters that equal those I’ve caught on my beloved Smith Lake. To say I was excited to fish it waters again after a two year absence was an understatement.

Cathey and I are still trying to adjust to the move out of state and back to Alabama; in fact it will take us the rest of this year to complete the cycle of the move. Our lot we are planning to build on is saturated with rain almost daily.  It will take weeks before any construction can start sometime in March. The building process will last at least 6 months if the weather cooperates. In the meantime we will stay dry in our rental home, which houses my Pelican boat in the carport. No way was I going to store my Pelican and miss spring fishing on some of the smaller lakes I fish here. Sorry to veer off subject, back to Walker outing:

This is the earliest I’ve fished this lake, but the forecast pulled me like a magnet to its waters today. A high of 80 degrees is somewhat unusual even for the northern part of Alabama this time of the year.
The water was somewhat stained because of all the rain making me think I was going fish dark small to medium poppers. So I had a game plan and I hoped it would work. The water temp was 58 which is a long way from the spawning season for the big bull bluegills.

My first bull bluegill in one of the small nooks near the levee; I will let this one pass for the quest. In fact no bluegill would qualify for the quest today. It was a hoot to land so many bluegills this afternoon after being absence from this lake for a while.
The warm temps have started to produce buds on some of the trees along the lakes bank. I have a feeling we are in for an early spring here Alabama.

The blue Booglebug popper attracted a lot bass today. It’s not your average popper; it becomes submerged when worked along the surface film. All the bass I landed today nailed it submerged. I hope to start the quest on my next outing here, which could begin Friday if the weather cooperates.
 


 


New England to Patagonia: Argentina Guided DIY Fishing Testmonial

Hola Mark. Here’s part one of two — Some bullet points on my trip with FCFF.Pre trip contact information from Mark Foley was frequent and helpful.The value of the experience far exceeded the price that we paid.  Buy your airfare early!!…























Hola Mark. 

Here's part one of two -- Some bullet points on my trip with FCFF.

  • Pre trip contact information from Mark Foley was frequent and helpful.
  • The value of the experience far exceeded the price that we paid.  Buy your airfare early!!  We flew round trip from JFK to EZE for under $1K.
  • The guides were OUTSTANDING!!  FCFF partner/head-guide and associate guides and were beyond our expectations.  They were knowledgeable, experienced, patient and great teacher, world-class fly fisherman.
  • The guides brought us to MANY fishing locations on the Rio Malleo for walk-wade fishing.  There were four in our group.  One guide for two fishers.  Received great one on one attention and instruction.
  • Guides picked us up at the apartment promptly at 0730 and drove to first fishing spot.  We usually returned to apt at 1830, including travel time to river.  BTW, restaurants don't open in Argentina until 1800 hours.  New experience for us.
  • Do the overnight camping trip on the river.  It was a great experience.  Be SURE to view the Southern Hemisphere night sky.  It is awesome. 
  • Float trips were really great.  Fished Rio Malleo, Alumine, Collon Cura, and the Chimehuin.  Caught many, many rainbows, browns, and Perca.  Fish are wild; of good size 14" to 20" for us and they fight like crazy.
  • Nymph fishing is THE thing down there.  Nymph droppers off a dry fly and straight nymphs bouncing off the bottom.  Mark Foley told me, "if you're not dragging', you're not bragging'.  He is right!
  • Bring plenty of flies.  You'll need them, believe me.  Guides are not your source for flies.  They are, however, generous with a particular fly you may not have.
  • The landscape and scenery there is incredible.  Wide-open spaces, 13,000 foot snow covered volcano in the Andes off in the distance. 
  • We fished for 8 days and rarely saw another person, building, or vehicle.

FIRST CAST FLY FISHING offers a great guided DIY fly-fishing experience for the price we paid!

B. Geer.  New Hampshire, USA

DIY Fly Fishing Patagonia: From Maine to Argentina Testimonial

Hola Mark.The house is quiet and I finally have a moment to reflect on our fantastic Patagonia fishing adventure. Not withstanding my initial trepidation about old knees and a suspect ankle, I am pleased to report my personal experience was nothin…







Hola Mark.

The house is quiet and I finally have a moment to reflect on our fantastic Patagonia fishing adventure. 

Not withstanding my initial trepidation about old knees and a suspect ankle, I am pleased to report my personal experience was nothing less than fully amazing.  

The water was high and fast but clear, the skies crystal blue and the winds strong as promised.  Your partner and guides are the ultimate professionals; knowledgeable, patient, insightful and fun.  They knew where the fish were, what flies to use, and how best to make our presentation. 

We fished hard and were well rewarded for our efforts with healthy browns and beautiful rainbows.
Our FCFF Patagonia guided DIY fishing experience was all I could have planned and hoped for.  

My Best.

D. Peterson. Maine, USA