In an effort to make the most of our Spring Break, I took the family down to the carp pond in search of some tugs. Normally, I’ll cast my fly rod to any carp I can see while the family drowns some worms (and they are the ones that usually catch the mos…
Seeing as how we’re 8 days into this year and I’m tired of watching New Zealand fishing videos, I thought I’d tell you about some of the plans (hopes?) I have for the upcoming year. Soon (very soon) I’d like to head out and hit some tailwaters for…
Seeing as how we're 8 days into this year and I'm tired of watching New Zealand fishing videos, I thought I'd tell you about some of the plans (hopes?) I have for the upcoming year.
Soon (very soon) I'd like to head out and hit some tailwaters for some mid-winter nymphing and, with any luck, some midge action. Last year I had some great days in January and am anxious to get back at it. (Read the post here) I'd also like to take the winter show on the road and hit a big tailwater, if the funds allow.....
As soon as the weather warms up a bit I'd like to get after some carp like I did last year in April (Read the post here) and hopefully put the new 8 wt. to use chasing some Pike. I've never caught a Pike on the fly before but I'm hoping to check that off the bucket list early this year. I'm also thinking about going after some Largemouth Bass on the fly (that bucket list won't know what hit it).
May will bring warmer temps, run-off, irrigation flows, and hopefully a trip to the south in search of Brook Trout. Last year I found a nice lake that promised nice brookies, but all I hooked up with were Cutts (here) and I can't wait to get back to it. May into June should be pretty epic.
As far as 'Resolutions' go I'm not too good, but I've got some things that I'd like to focus on in the blog this year. One this is, I'm going to try and get more creative with the camera. I like taking the fish pics, but feel like I need to mix it up. I'll keep working on underwater views, and different angles. I'm also hoping to add some short video clips and tutorial type stuff.
I'm also looking forward to trying some different techniques. Mainly streamer fishing. I've done it at odd times here and there, but last year I was able to get into some night time streamer fishing and think I may have a new obsession. (here)
From there it should be a summer free from classes at the University. Looking forward to camping more and taking my sons out into nature. But for now I'll spin rods, tie flies and watch youtube angrily. Hope to get out soon, and hope that you can get out and enjoy the water.
Since I’m not really feeling up to a year in retrospect, I’ll just tell you about the rod I just built, some hopes for the new year and include some pics from the year that I like.This rod took a while to get started on. First off, the USPS decided to …
Since I'm not really feeling up to a year in retrospect, I'll just tell you about the rod I just built, some hopes for the new year and include some pics from the year that I like.
This rod took a while to get started on. First off, the USPS decided to run over the first blank sent my way by Hook & Hackle so it was broken upon arrival.
|Pretty Thorough, they managed to break every section|
Luckily, Hook & Hackle is a great company to work with and they sent out another blank with no hassle at all. Unluckily, the time that I had to build this rod had disappeared into the black-hole known as my Masters Degree that I've been working on for the past 2-1/2 years. But now that the degree is done (and I had a break from work) I decided to get rolling on the neglected rod.
|It was even sent in a PVC tube...|
This was to be my big game rod that I could use to further my pursuit of Carp, Pike, Bass and any other opportunities that come my way. I turned the handle myself, a little while back, along with a fighting butt, and used a Graphite reel seat from Janns NetCraft.
I wanted to do a little more than I usually do in terms of the wraps, so I decided to do a modified Olive Branch on all the ferrules with silver trim wraps.
|It's the one on top. The other one needs a little more |
work, hopefully I'll get to use it soon.
|The ferrule wraps|
|Nice looking rod|
I've got the epoxy on and it looks great, just need a 8wt line (and I think a new reel is in order) to test cast. I'm really excited about this rod!
|A look at what I did at the guides|
Now some of my favorite pics from the past year (in no particular order):
|My favorite fishing buddy|
|Was able to take the boy out on the kick boats|
|Caught a surprising big rainbow on a small lake|
|Was able to do some fishing on the Firehole River|
|Caught some carp|
|Got some time in on a great stream|
|The Bro-In-Law showing off|
|I love this pic|
|It was a wet summer |
|Had some great success in the back country|
|Found new places close to home|
|Helped my brother get addicted|
|The old boy can still work it|
|Nothing like the first fish on the fly|
|Was able to get out with some great people|
|Caught some great fish|
|Got to get out and try new streams|
|He made a lot of progress this year|
|Snow and Fog|
|It was good to get out with my dad|
|Nothing like crossing tracks like these|
In the year to come I hope to do more hiking, camping, exploring and of course fishing. I've got lots of places scoped out for some recon work, and tons of places I hope to get back to. Hope you can get out and enjoy the water.
|Definitely my favorite fish of the year (even though it was |
not the biggest) can't wait to get back to this little lake!