Bass Fishing After The Rain: How To Target Post Frontal Bass

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Bass fishing after the rain comes through can be tough so knowing a few helpful tips to will go a long way. A heavy dose of rain rejuvenates everything on land and water. Whether it’s the tomatoes withering in your backyard garden or bass languishing in stagnant backwaters, a downpour of H2O provides relief and sustenance for every living organism.

Rain falling directly onto a lake adds much-needed oxygen to the water, but rainfall that hits land first actually improves fishing the most. Rainwater that washes over the ground contains plenty of elements for setting off a chain reaction when it runs off into a lake.

Bass Fishing After A Rain Storm: Patterning Fish

Bass Fishing After Rain

Any time you have fresh water coming in bass are going to migrate up into the fresh water because it has more oxygen and food coming into it. Baitfish are drawn to the runoff area where they start feeding on an influx of microorganisms, grubs and worms and then bass move in next.

Bass Fishing After The Rain: Water Levels

Bass Fishing After Rain

The amount of rainfall determines how much runoff a body of water receives and how long it lasts. There has to be quite a bit of rain to saturate the ground before a lake starts getting any runoff. Once the ground gets saturated than that water will start running off and it will keep running off as long as it keeps raining. Runoff can last for a couple of days after some torrential downpours.

Runoff also creates current where it dumps into a cove or backwater area. Look for an area with the heaviest runoff because it will also have the strongest current. The more turbulence, the more oxygen increases and it increases the fish’s metabolism so a spot with a lot of runoff will have the most active bass.

Bass Fishing After The Rain: Water Clarity

Bass Fishing After Rain

A change in water clarity is another byproduct of runoff. In many instances, mud lines form where the runoff mixes with the main body of water. That can be an awesome situation because when you see that discolored water it means that it is taking water that was on the land and dumping it into the lake. So there are grubs and worms that are creating a feeding frenzy for the baitfish and that is going to bring bass in.

Despite all of its benefits to a fishery, runoff can be detrimental at times. Runoff from melting snow or cold rain is bad because a bass’ metabolism is dictated by the water temperature. In this instance, bass leaves the runoff area to seek warmer water closer to the main lake.

Yes, I Still Fish Spinnerbaits!

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As you can see from watching the Delaware River episode of Going Ike! most of the day was tough but once we figured out that we should be throwing spinnerbaits we ended up getting on them. There’s a lesson in that.

You don’t hear or see much about them these days but spinnerbaits will still catch bass when conditions are right. We proved that. That’s why I always keep a collection of them in my boat. There are times when nothing else works quite the same.

Like most of my tackle, though, I select my spinnerbaits carefully. First of all, I always carry Molix brand lures. They’re made to withstand the demands of Ike style fishing. (No one ever accused me of being gentle.) And, they come in a wide variety of sizes, weights and with several blade combinations.

You can purchase them at Tackle Warehouse. They have them in stock. If they don’t show what you want on their website give them a call. Tackle Warehouse is a first-class operation. They’ll help you in any way they can.

And that brings me to what I consider the most important thing about a spinnerbait — the blades. I carry a ton of Colorado, Willow leaf and Indiana sizes and colors. That’s critical. If you can’t customize your bait, you can’t fish the moment. You can get all the blades you’ll ever need from Tackle Warehouse.

My Colorado blades are for dirty or stained water, or when I’m fishing in deep water near the bottom. I want the hard thump they give my bait. I’ll put Willow leafs on when I want flash, like when the water’s clear and it’s sunny. The Indiana’s are in my box in case I want some thump and some flash at the same time. I throw single blades and double blades.

There are three basic ways to fish a spinnerbait, and then there’s a fourth that’s the best.

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You can throw them out and wind them back. That’s a basic retrieve that’ll work under most conditions when the bass are feeding. There’s nothing wrong with fishing one like that. Jimmy Houston, Hank Parker, Roland Martin and a bunch of other guys put together darn good careers doing it.

You can also let them fall to the bottom and slow roll them back. That’s good when the bass are hugging the bottom or when you’re fishing after dark. You’ll want a Colorado blade on most of the time when you’re slow rolling.

The third way is to burn them shallow just under the surface when the water is clear and there’s plenty of light. This is a killer technique when conditions are right and the bass are actively feeding.

But, the best way to bring a spinnerbait back to the boat is to snap or jerk your wrist as you wind it in. This forces the spinnerbait to change directions slightly and, at the same time, it makes the blades clack and bang together. That’s a dynamite combination of things that bass find hard to resist.

This is something that Kevin VanDam has done for years but that he doesn’t talk about much. Check out some video of him fishing a spinnerbait. Ignore the fish he’s catching and the bait he’s throwing. Concentrate on his wrist. You’ll see exactly what I’m talking about.

(I’m giving Kevin some ink because if you watched the last episode of Ike Live! you know he’s my newest best friend. Ha!)

If you’re serious about catching more bass put a handful of Molix spinnerbaits in your boat, and cover them over with a bunch of different sizes, styles and colors of blades. There’ll come a time when you’re glad you did.

Behind the Brand: Rent This Rod

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Rent This Rod Online Fly Rod Rental offers customers to rent fly rods on their website and then they ship them straight to your door. The concept was created along the riverbanks, when two friends Brian Guengerich and David Moore realized they didn’t want to spend the money on a saltwater setup for an upcoming trip. Flylords was able to catch up with Dave and Brian to talk about the company and what they have in store for 2019. 

Flylords: Where does your passion for fly fishing come from?

Dave (Pictured Above): I grew up fly fishing with my dad, who’s a respected fly-tier and fisherman around western NC.  He taught me at an early age how to cast and he’d bring me along on overnight fishing trips with his buddies or on work outings where he’d pull over and fish on the way back home.  So I grew up with it being an enjoyable hobby and a way to connect with him. He and I still fish regularly together. His passion for collecting and then reselling fly rods has spilled over to me as well.  We’re always calling each other and telling about our latest and greatest find. As for the actual fishing, it’s lately been my go-to method of stress relief and a way to connect personally with the outdoors.  Brian and I live in a beautiful part of the country and there’s no better way to experience it than to stand waist-deep in one of our mountain streams or rivers and cast a line.

Brian (Pictured Above): I have been fishing all my life and had a passion for it as a kid. My family never had much money growing up so our vacations were always camping somewhere. There is actually a picture of me where I tied myself to a tree because I didn’t want to leave the campground. I only fished conventionally a child.  I never even held a fly rod until 2003 when my brother in law taught me how to fly fish in their neighborhood pond. I remember catching my first bass on an Orvis Clearwater 2 piece 5 weight. From that point on, fly fishing was all I could think about. It has always been my stress relief. I travel a lot for work and go from hotel to hotel.  There is no greater peace to me than having my feet in a river and a fly rod in my hand. I also love the fly fishing community and how this industry has introduced us to so many great people across the country.

Flylords: What inspired you to start this company?

Dave: It was born out of an idea that Brian and I had one day while fishing. Brian and I fish often enough together that we bounce ideas about life and business off each other constantly and this one just stuck! We ended up buying a high-end rod off ebay to add to our rental arsenal early on, to see if it would attract any clientele. It soon became apparent that we’d need to purchase a larger, more diverse inventory of rods. I had a very loose connection with Neville Orsmond, the CEO of Thomas & Thomas (actually through Facebook) so we reached out to him one day, on a whim, and pitched the idea. That led to a conference call to discuss further, and at the end of that call, we had a commitment for our first round of new inventory via T&T! Crazy. We’re forever indebted to the good people at T&T for their belief and support of this idea and our vision going forward.

Brian: Once upon a time, Dave and I were fishing together and we started talking about trying saltwater fly fishing. I was leaving for a trip to Florida the next week to fish with my uncles in Sarasota. I told Dave I had always wanted to try salt fly fishing but didn’t want to spend the money on a set up when I was only going for a week. We weren’t getting a guide and my uncles only fish with conventional gear. I remember telling Dave it would be cool if I could just rent a rod for a week. We talked about a rental concept for about an hour on the water that day while we fished. That night, Dave called me and told me he built a website. We then started renting our own gear to see if maybe there was something there. When that worked, we started talking to rod companies about the concept and had very positive responses. Dave and I love to fish and fish together. Rain, snow, wind and sun we love to fish. We also love the fly fishing industry and only want to see it grow. Create more access for people, help other companies grow their brands and develop opportunities for people to try new things on the water. Our inspiration comes from the pure joy we get out of fly fishing. The stories, the laughter, the stress relief, and taking care if this incredible creation we have been gifted to enjoy.

Flylords: Does anything like this exist in the industry?

Dave: Not that we’ve seen presently. There have been others who’ve tried what we’re doing with somewhat similar models but they’re no longer around. There’s no other entity that will ship a rented rod and reel to your door or your destination that we’re aware of. Many fly shops will be happy to rent you a fly rod and reel (and waders, etc) if you’re in their vicinity but it’s fair to say that the quality of this gear, while still good, is far less than premium.

Brian: Other shops rent gear here and there but none do what we do. We want to be as mobile as possible as well. We are not a brick and mortar store and we like it that way. With technology growing the way it is, we want to be at the forefront of that in this industry. We are always thinking outside the box and willing to try new and innovative things to get people on the water.  We would love to work with more guides, resorts, and shops and have plenty of fun options that are on the horizon. We have talked about memberships and are considering other partners in the industry as well. We also think this could be a great platform for rod companies that are trying to make a name for themselves and get their product in someone’s hand.

Flylords: What is the benefit of renting a rod vs. buying one?

Dave:  Many of our customers can attest that renting a rod and reel combo from us is the better option vs buying the same setup that they’ll only use once or twice per year, if that.  We’re a perfect option for someone who lives in the Midwest, for example, but who’s going on a tarpon or permit trip in Mexico, and who doesn’t want to drop a small fortune on a setup that they’ll not use regularly. The same can be said for coastal anglers who might want a trout setup for when they travel inland.

Brian: I would also add that we want people to have a quality product in their hand. We are not renting a 50 dollar set up from Wal-Mart (not that there’s anything wrong with that ☺). Our goal is to create opportunities for people to try new high-end gear. We have also been hearing from guides that it’s nice when people show up with their own quality gear because it saves on the wear and tear on the guide’s gear.

Sometimes it’s also nice to get on the river and actually feel a rod and reel in your hand before you buy it.  Shop-casting or lawn-casting is by no means the same as time with a rod and reel on the water. We feel we can help customers get that valuable experience and then work with companies and local fly shops for the actual purchasing.

Flylords: How does the program work?

Dave:  If someone wants to rent a rod or rod/reel combo, they can visit us at www.rentthisrod.com to start the process.  Customers will submit an inquiry via our website or straight to rentthisrod@gmail.com if they prefer.  We will respond personally and make sure we know exactly what they want and when they need it by.  If we can accommodate the request, we send them an electronic invoice which secures the rental gear for the dates they need it.  Prior to shipping we also collect a security deposit on all the gear but it’s fully refunded once the equipment arrives back to us at the end of their trip and we can verify the condition.  Currently our rental prices are $180 for a rod/reel combo for 10 days of use with shipping charges included on the front end. Return shipping is at the buyer’s expense. Rod-only rentals are common as well and they are $150 for 10 days of use.  The 10-day rental windows exclude shipping transit times, so our clients can fully enjoy the gear for a solid 10 days before needing to ship back to us.

Flylords: What type of rods and reels do you carry?

Dave: We carry a full arsenal of fly rods, both fresh and saltwater-ready, from 3wt- 12wt. We’re proud to offer our clients premium fly rods by Thomas & Thomas Makers (MA) and Clutch Fly Rods (SC). We have also recently partnered with Tom Morgan Rodsmiths – and new owners, Matt and Joel.  We’ll soon have a couple of TMR rods in the rental quiver to appeal to ‘glass throwers out there in the world, and to be able to offer a great option to “try before you buy” for anyone considering putting down the money on a custom-built Morgan fly rod.

In the fall of 2018, we also created an exclusive partnership with Ross Reels (CO) to handle our reel needs. High-end, high-quality fly rods deserve to, and should, be paired with high-quality reels. Ross fits the bill perfectly and has been an incredible company to work with.

Our reels come pre-spooled with Scientific Anglers fly line, appropriate for the intended fishing environments

We’re excited about the brands we carry and we’re honored to be associated with these companies.

Flylords: What happens if someone breaks a rod?

Dave: They will ship it back to us and be assessed a fee of $100. If it happens on day one of the rental, we will be happy to ship the customer another rod but they will still be assessed that fee.

Flylords: If people want to rent a rod where should they go?

Dave: Folks can visit us on the web at www.rentthisrod.com and start there.  We’re also on Instagram and Facebook.  We ship virtually anywhere in the world but our pricing is based on shipments made within the continental US.  We can be flexible though if someone needs a rod shipped elsewhere.


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Fly Fishing, Low & Slow: 5 Winter Fundamentals

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Low and slow winter fly fishing isn’t some sort of revelation.

Based on the river and the conditions, one could theoretically fish any kind of fly in the winter. Yet virtually everywhere, dragging streamers slowly across the riverbed produces. It isn’t fast and furious fly fishing, but it is consistent and effective. This is especially true if you are targeting larger, predatory trout.

There is more to it than just tying on a big fly and casting. Even if you find the best spots, there are some steps you can take to increase your odds of getting your fly where it needs to be. Again, the following five tips aren’t new or surprising. But cold weather and sluggish fish aren’t conducive to anglers sticking to the fundamentals.

Here are five things to stick to as you are streamer fishing in the winter:

Fly: Hook-Point Up

While winter stream bottoms aren’t covered in aquatic vegetation and the same kind of muck you’ll find other times of the year, there are still plenty of rocks and limbs that can snag your fly. Using a jig hook or simply a streamer tied hook-point up will reduce your frustration. You’ll still get stuck. You’ll still lose flies. But you’ll get stuck less and lose fewer flies. And less frustration is very good in the winter.

Continue reading “Fly Fishing, Low & Slow: 5 Winter Fundamentals”

Tail Spinner Tricks For Spring Bass Fishing

The Tail Spin is an overlooked option for Spring bass. Its traditional use is deep water presentations around baitfish and schooling bass. Like many techniques it has been refined in recent years and a variety of new lures have hit the market to help capitalize on the shallow bite, smaller baitfish, short strikes, etc.

If you’re still using a tail spinner one dimensionally its time to consider your other options. This bait can be hopped, steadily swam parallel to bottom, jigged, burned, or used to cast extreme distances to busting fish. With so many options its a wonder we don’t have a tail spinner tied on every time we hit the lake.

We’ve found 4 tail spins that fit our fishing style the best. These baits cover all the bases and can fish in a variety of conditions. Below is a break down of the baits as well as the tackle we use to fish tailspins effectively.

The baits…

-Blade Runner Line Through Tail Spin: http://bit.ly/2UZaQXP

(Blue Shad, Iris Shad)

-Damiki Axe Blade: http://bit.ly/2w2uB9t

(Ayu, Real Shad, Crystal)

-Revenge Tail Spin: http://bit.ly/2tmR2lv

(Blue Shad, Purple Met Shad, Shad)

-Duo Realis Spin: http://bit.ly/2QKeL9X

(Black Smokey Shad, Tanago 2)

Hook Upgrades…

-Light Hook (for duo)- Owner ST-36: http://bit.ly/2cWpeyw

-Heavy Hook- Owner ST-56: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW

-Split Rings- Hyperwire #3: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Use size 4 hook for all baits except the Duo Realis. The duo hooks are extremely small, a size 8 is best.

Great Rods For This Technique…

G Loomis GLX 842 MBR: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT

Dobyns- Champion 702: http://bit.ly/2aFrSYt

Shimano- SLX 7’2″ Medium: http://bit.ly/2L3wppO

Daiwa- Tatula 7′ Medium Reaction: http://bit.ly/2Q4NgKA

13 Fishing- Muse 7′ Medium: http://bit.ly/2xVM80V

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Boat Safety Tips: How To Safely Operate Your Vessel

Boat safety is not something often talked about but it’s an important topic that needs to be covered. High-powered outboard engines help anglers get to their spots faster than ever before but have drastically reduced their margin for error in boating traffic. Quick decisions must be made to avoid disaster when running a bass boat 70 to 80 mph. Increased boat traffic also makes it imperative that anglers know the basic “rules of the road” to navigate safely on our nation’s waterways. The following rules of the road can be found in the Chapman Piloting Seamanship & Small Boat Handling book by Elbert S. Maloney, a reference guide recommended by the U.S. Power Squadrons and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Boat Safety: Meeting Another Boat Head On

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When two power-driven boats approach each other head-on, the drivers should pass “port to port.” Neither boat has the right of way, so each boat should pass on the port (left) side of each other. This rule doesn’t apply if it appears two boats will pass clear of each other if each maintains its present course and speed. However, the Coast Guard recommends if you’re unsure of the other boat’s direction, assume you are in a meeting situation and act accordingly by turning to starboard. If a close quarters situation occurs, make a substantial course or speed change to avoid a collision.

During the day, you can see whether or not another boat is approaching on a reciprocal course, but at night you must detect the navigation lights of the oncoming craft.  If another boat approaches head-on, you should see its masthead lights (white) in a line or both of the boat’s sidelights (red and green).

Boat Safety: Crossing Paths With Another Vessel

Boat Safety

When two boats approach each other at right angles with the risk of collision, the boat on the right (stand-on vessel) has the right of way and should hold its course and speed. The other boat (give-way vessel) must yield by directing its course to starboard and passing behind the stand-on vessel.

Any boat approaching yours in an area from the bow of your boat to a point 22.5 degrees behind your boat’s beam to starboard is considered in the “danger zone’ and should be given the right of way. Altering your course to starboard is usually the best method of keeping out of the way of a vessel on your starboard bow.

Boat Safety: Overtaking Another Vessel

Boat Safety

When two boats are running in the same direction, the leading boat is designated as the stand-on vessel and the following boat is the give-way vessel.  In passing situations, the driver of the overtaking boat must give a sound signal with a horn or whistle. Two short (one second) blasts of the horn signals the stand-on vessel that you intend to pass the boat on its port side, while one short blast signifies you pass the boat on its starboard side.

When passing a boat, you must yield to the overtaken vessel, which has the privilege to hold its course and speed. If your boat is being passed, you should maintain your course and speed to allow the trailing boat to safely overtake your vessel.

10 Tips for Fishing with Your Kids

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06 Jason Paez (@finsandtwins) is the father of two twin boys Kingston and Mason who are turning four years old this year. Being an avid angler based in the Rockies of Colorado, Jason has found a way to take his boys out on the water with him. Read more to learn about what Jason suggests to have a successful day on the water with your kids.  

My son bursts out “Feeeeeessshhhh over there daddy!” I spun my head around and while I did not see an actual fish, I was proud and stoked my son Kingston was into the activity of the day! Here are 10 tips that I believe will lead to a successful day on the water for you and your kids.Flylords article-071. SNACKS: The most important gear to bring is lots of snacks. Bring their favorites, pack lots, including lunch and drinks. If there is one thing that seemed to keep my boys occupied while fishing it was eating the snacks they like.Flylords article-082. BREAKS: If you have ever been in a cramped up middle airplane seat with the bonus of the seatbelt light on for multiple hours then you’d know what it might be like to sit in a backpack for a long duration. So, yeah don’t be that mom or dad who forgot about the time as they tried to catch a fish for that photo, they really wanted to post ha-ha! Give your kids breaks so the blood flow gets to their feet and they enjoy the day.DCIM101GOPROG0595052.3. IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT THE FISH: Both my kids love to talk and chatter away about stuff. While I fish or hiked with them in the carriers, I would point out everything. Planes, birds, animals, and yes fish (Even imaginary ones). I’d tell stories, explain things in nature, whatever seems to capture their attention and imagination on the river. Make it fun and then when the fish action happens get super amped. They will love it!Flylords article-114. FAMILY AND FRIENDS: Invite others along for the adventure because new people to little ones are exciting and allows a different bonding experience for them. Plus, extra hands are key when fishing with all that extra stuff and of course the weight of little humans can be shared and give you a break. Other people also increase your odds of letting the kids see fish get caught especially if you’re in a slump. The obvious reason is you can get some photos but, more I think the longer lasting reward is the bonding. Nowadays when I go fishing with Mason or Kingston and I strike out they will say things like “Dad, next time maybe my Uncle will come, he catches big fish!”

 

 

5. LOCATIONS: Earlier in the article I mentioned fishing the Blue River, well that isn’t exactly my go to spot however, there is a key element a place like the Blue near Silverthorne provides; amenities. Early on I recommend not always going the distance as kids’ moods can swing, they usually will need to go to the bathroom a lot, they might need something you forgot and if they just aren’t feeling it you could keep it fun by quickly switching up activities. While we all truly love escaping into the wild sometimes the local spots close to home are best for introducing the kids.Flylords article-096. PACKSI used the Osprey Paco carrier however, there are several options. I especially liked the sun shade the Osprey Pack has. It protects the kids from the elements and the odd bad cast. The pack also had great adjustability, pockets (for all those snacks), and support. I have seen some guys remove the Paco from its frame and attach it to their hunting packs like a Kifaru for even better support. My boys were small so, that would’ve been overkill for me. We also used the stand for giving us the shorter breaks and it was safe for them.

Flylords article-01.jpg7. FLY FISHING GEAR: Since you have a heavy kid, a large pack, and all those pockets full of snacks, water, wipes, and whatever else your wife told you not to leave without what do you do with all your fishing stuff. Keep it simple. If you have family or friends, there you can probably skip the net. If not, I would put a longer handled net like a mid-length nomad net from Fishpond into one of the side straps. DCIM101GOPROG0645090.A good chest pack and it can be small or medium size leaving room for quick access to those snacks. I’m telling you snacks are more important than any fly on these missions. Have everything right in front if you. I preferred the cerveza sidekick from Fishpond it meshed well with the pack straps and carried just enough. It kept my water or snacks close at hand with its beer holder…. Dad life!Flylords article-138. FISHING: Fish your go to rigs and flies you know move fish in most conditions because nothing will bore a kid more than watching his dad match the hatch. Save that for when they’re a little older. Ponds are a great place to start with these excursions. I first started fishing with my boys at little bass ponds where I could stand on the banks and avoid wading too much. As they got more into it, I transitioned to the rivers. I usually don’t wade too far for safety. Casting a two-handed rod can be a good way to cover water and fish streamers. I tried just about everything to expose them to different fishing.

9. BEING PREPARED: I recommend bringing everything you’d need for your kids when fishing from carrier packs. At this stage you’ll want their wipes, diapers, first-aid kit, water, snacks, change of clothes, warm layers, and so on! One might laugh but, I created my own diaper bag but to keep it cool I used an older hunting camo pack. I also then divided up the supplies between that pack in my truck and the carrier pack. I always kept it ready, packed, and handy with the rest of my fishing gear. This way I didn’t have to think about what to bring every time I went out.

10. FUN! It’s the best part! Have fun and enjoy their smiles. If they are having fun keep going and if they are done be done. Keeping it fun is what will make them amped to go again!

 


Be sure to follow along with Jason and his two boys on Instagram at @finsandtwins. Additional photos from Jon Loether

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Finesse Swimbaits For Early Spring Bass

Swimbaits catch giant bass but that doesn’t mean you always have to throw a BIG swimbait. Today’s video is all about fishing small swimbaits at key times to catch quality bass. Knowing when to downsize can be the difference between an amazing day on the water and catching nothing at all.

Don’t assume that small swimbaits mean you’ll catch little fish. Even the little 2″ offerings catch giant bass when bass are targeting small baitfish. The 2.8 keitech, Easy Shiner and Armor Shad are all great shad and minnow imitators. Pair them with a small head that has a finesse hook and you can drop down to light line, ultralight tackle, and get a ton of bites when other anglers are struggling.

Below is a breakdown of the gear Tim discussed in the video. We’re also including some of our favorite colors. While your natural inclination is to throw the ghost and pearl colors don’t be afraid to mix in the bright and bold options, you’d be amazed how often a giant bass will eat white or chartreuse simply because its different.

The Swimbaits…

-Keitech 2.8 Fat Impact: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

-Damiki Armor Shad: http://bit.ly/2KtPDAT

-Keitech 3″ Easy Shiner: http://bit.ly/2bxJK6H

-Strike King Rage Swimmer 2.75: http://bit.ly/2evZF8j

Natural Colors: Crystal Shad, Tennessee Shad, Pro Blue Red Pearl

Bold Colors: Chartreuse/Blue, SunGill, Morning Dawn, Chartreuse Shad

The Heads…

-Dirty Jigs Guppy Head with 1/0 hook: http://bit.ly/2nyUJRS

-Revenge Darter Hedz: http://bit.ly/2cHMZbm

-Cool Baits Underspin: http://bit.ly/2boS7QA

All-Around Finesse Swimbait Combo…

Rod- Shimano Curado 7’1″ Medium Spinning: http://bit.ly/2ydQjbi

Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4+ 2500: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7

Line- 8 lb Sunline Sniper Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

High-End Finesse Combo…

Rod- G Loomis NRX 852S JWR: http://bit.ly/2dX9zjv

Reel- Shimano Exsence 3000: http://bit.ly/2iMtscV

Line- 10 lb Power Pro: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

Leader- 8 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNj

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5 Chironomid Fishing Tips

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In this article Jordan Oelrich, guide and owner of  Interior Fly Fishing Company who is based in Kamloops, British Columbia goes over “5 Chironomid Fishing Tips”, a look at stillwater fly fishing’s most meticulous method. Read more below to step up your stillwater fishing game. This is article is brought to us by folks over at Scientific Anglers, the leaders in fly lines and terminal tackle.

Chironomid fishing is a very particular game.  One fly size too large, a few shades too dark or a foot too far from bottom are small imperfections that can impact results.  The draw of fishing chironomids are the days where everything lines up.

When you are overtop of the fish, you’ve tied on the right bug, and there’s a feeding frenzy below as large schools of rainbows inhale one ascending chironomid pupa after the other.

1. The Fifteen Minute Rule

Each fly deserves at least fifteen minutes to prove its validation.  Unless you are backed by a powerful hunch or have significant reason to switch out, fifteen minutes seems to be the magic window before making a change is worthy.  The reason that we develop flies that we consider our standbys is because they have been fished well time and again.

Desperately swapping chironomids out every few minutes will impede your chances of catching far worse than giving each fly at least a quarter of an hour. Have confidence in your patterns and at least give them fifteen minutes. 

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2. Shiny Bugs Means Fishing Shallower

As you pull a throat sample before releasing a fish in order to determine what is on the menu, it is valid to spend an extra minute examining exactly what you’re seeing.  Once your throat sample is taken and transferred to a small, clear glass vial or jar, pay attention to the colour of the body on chironomid pupa.

Chironomids build gas in their abdomen to assist them in ascending the water column, the higher they go the shinier they tend to be.  If you are seeing an abundance of what we call chromies, chironomids with a shiny silver or gunmetal body, fish are likely suspended in the water column.  Experiment with moving your fly shallower, it is not uncommon to catch fish in twenty feet of water fishing twelve feet down.

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3. When Strike Indicators are Crucial

Chironomid fishing can be done with or without the use of a strike indicator.  Fishing with a strike indicator is not always necessary, but in certain scenarios, they prove highly effective.  Strike indicators are useful in the early parts of the season when fish are feeding in water less than ten feet deep.

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Often the case in periods of the season when water is cold, fish will not be taking the fly with much vengeance. Strike indicators allow you to not only keep your fly at the desired depth for as long as you want without touching bottom, they allow you to detect subtle takes.

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4. Develop a List of Winners

With such a vast variety of chironomid species in North America, it is no wonder the die-hard chironomid anglers come equipped with a heavy arsenal of flies.  It is great to have selection, but it is equally important to have a few flies that you can fall back on.

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Flies that are fished with greater confidence will spend more time fishing properly at depth, yielding greater chances of something shiny climbing on.

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5. Stained Water = White Beads

In order to imitate the gills on a chironomid pupa, flies are typically tied with a small tuft of white yarn at the head of the fly or a painted white bead.  While the yarn is a more natural presentation, there are times when fish will hone in on white beads. White beads come into their own when fish are feeding heavily in lakes with darker, off-colored water.  The visibility of the painted white bead allows fish to seek it out from a distance.

This article and photos are from Jordan Oelrich, guide and owner of  Interior Fly Fishing Company.  Give him a follow at @jordan.oelrich or shoot him an email at info@interiorflyfishingco.com.

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Catch, Release, & Remember: Interview with Ty Hallock

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Everyone likes to remember that fish. The big fish. The first fish. The fish you caught on a dry fly after the perfect cast.

The way it used to be done meant killing that fish. If you caught an impressive trout, killing and mounting it was the way you remembered your feat and your trip. This fell out of fashion as time went on and anglers became more conservation conscious. As technology advanced and cellphones became common, on the stream photography became simple.

But with fish mounts falling out of style and smartphone pics lacking luster, how can you remember that fish?

If Ty Hallock is your guide, you can get a custom painting of that fish.

Hallock is the head guide at Casper, Wyoming’s Ugly Bug Fly Shop. Primarily fishing on the North Platte, he rows clients through some amazing scenery en route to putting them on spectacular trout water. And while the fish and the rivers are certainly noteworthy, his talent for recreating those moments is special among fly fishing guides.

“Five or six years ago,” Hallock recalls, “there was a ton of snow the weekend of the Denver Outdoors Show. There wasn’t really anybody there and we were getting bored in the booth. I took two big Cliff boxes, ripped the stickers off, and drew a brown on one and a rainbow on the other with Sharpies. I sold both that day.”

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