5 Jig Fishing Tricks For Fall Bass Fishing

These 5 tricks will save you time and money! You can catch bigger bass with less gear by making some simple changes to your bass fishing. This Fall we are simplifying jig fishing! Don’t worry about having every kind of jig in every color, you don’t need it! You can do amazing things with a handful of simple jigs and trailers when you understand how to use them to your advantage.

Matt breaks his Fall jig fishing down into 3 styles of bass jig. He recommends pitching jigs, football jigs, and finesse jigs. Each jig has a unique purpose but when paired with a handful of trailer options and colors, they can be adapted to virtually any situation. Without question, if we could only have one, it would be the pitching jig. Don’t let color overwhelm you either, focus on natural tones in several key colors and you’re ready to fish all the way in to Winter.

Matt goes on to explain how to select the right jig rod. So many anglers don’t understand what makes one rod better than another for jig fishing. The key to a quality jig rod is a balance of back bone (power) and tip flex (shock absorption). You need a rod that can drive the jig hook home but immediately following, you need a rod that can absorb the violent head shakes of a big bass.

Below is a breakdown of the jigs (with color recommendations), trailer options, and equipment that Matt and Tim use to catch jig fish all Fall and Winter.

The Jigs…

-Dirty Jigs Pitchin’ Jig 1/2 oz: http://bit.ly/2amL3of

(Go To, Green Pumpkin Craw, Hematoma)

-Dirty Jigs Finesse Football 1/2 oz: http://bit.ly/2d2apsm

(Supermat Brown, Go To)

-Bass Patrol Football 3/8 oz: http://bit.ly/2Hbyf5x

(Green Pumpkin/Brown, Brown/Purple)

-Keitech Football Jig 1/4 oz: http://bit.ly/2FDQ3o1

(Dark Green Pumpkin, Brown Purple, Green Pumpkin Blue)

-Dirty Jigs Finesse Jig 5/16 oz: http://bit.ly/2eJinXo

(Go To, Supermat Brown, Canterbury Craw)

Jig Trailers…

-Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver: http://bit.ly/29W3RZW

(Green Pumpkin, Green Pumpkin Red Flake)

-Yamamoto Double Tail Grub: http://bit.ly/2db9w1p

(Green Pumpkin, Watermelon Black/Red Flake)

-Strike King Rage Chunk: http://bit.ly/2Hd4MFA

(Black Blue Flake, Blue Craw, Hard Candy)

-Z Man TRD Bugz: http://bit.ly/2oiavEE

(California Craw, Green Pumpkin, Mud Bug)

Matt’s Favorite Jig Rod…

Rod- Megabass Orochi XX Braillist: http://bit.ly/2OSVNwH

Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL HG: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

Line- 65 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 20 lb Sunline FC100 System: http://bit.ly/2O4UElB

Matt’s Favorite Finesse Jig Rod…

Rod- G Loomis GLX 843C MBR: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT

Reel- Shimano Curado DC HG: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4

Line- 50 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

G Loomis MBR Rods…

-GLX MBR Rods: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT

-IMX Pro MBR Rods: http://bit.ly/2lVATTC

-E6X MBR Rods: http://bit.ly/2lzoEMm

Matt’s Jig Storage…

-Plano Stowaway 3740 Waterproof: http://bit.ly/2fvjcFB

-Plano Stowaway 3700 Deep Waterproof: http://bit.ly/2xjccls

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Topwater Popper Tips: How To Fish The Googan Squad Blooper

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Topwater popper tips from the one and only Alex Peric. Watch along as Peric breaks down the new Googan Squad Blooper in a quick and easy on the water video. While AP is known for his goofy antics, he’s also a solid bass stick, especially with a topwater popper.

Pop It Like A Pro

Mystery Tackle Box posted a video on their YouTube channel of Alex highlighting his favorite features from the Googan Squad Blooper. Learn how, when, and why to fish this slick surface lure.

Key Blooper Features

Popper Fishing 101

Googan Squad Blooper

A topwater popper is a floating lure designed with a cupped mouth and baitfish profile. Poppers typically have two treble hooks with the back hook often being feathered. Anglers create a unique blooping and popping noise with poppers by imparting quick twitches to their the rod tip. Poppers are known for mimicking the action of baitfish and bugs which bass feed on at the water’s surface. Like all topwater baits, poppers generally work best in water temperatures over 55 degrees.

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Work your rod with quick twitches on a slackline while keeping the rod tip high, this will help create the distinctive ”bloop” sound.

Perics Popper Points

  • Peric uses 30lb Googan Squad Braided Line on a casting rod with his Blooper
  • He likes to keep slack in his line to help his bait walk back and forth
  • Peric has noticed that topwater Poppers catch smaller fish, especially schooling bass. This makes the Blooper a great ”numbers bait”
  • Peric believes the closer you get this bait to cover the better chance at getting a bite, especially during sunrise and sunset.
  • Peric fishes his popper near shad and cover because he believes bass are feeding on small baitfish at these times.
  • He likes to work the Blooper with slack in his line while moving the rod tip up and down for an increased action.
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The Bloopers has a set of Rumble Strips applied to the it’s belly for an increased look and action.

Googan Squad Blooper Colorways

 

REVIEW: Crescent SUP+ Stand Up Paddleboard

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Crescent SUP+ Review Payne Outdoors Stand Up Paddleboard Rotomolded Made in the USAStand up paddleboards have become a new trend over the last three years for anglers looking to fish a simpler, shallower way. Crescent Kayaks jumped into that market earlier this year with the Crescent SUP+, a stand up paddleboard, equipped with a chair for when you get tired, flush-mounted tracks for fishing accessories like rod holders, and a molded skeg to keep the SUP+ on track. How does the Crescent SUP+ measure up? Let’s discuss.

About the Crescent SUP+ $799

The SUP+ was hand-shaped by Steve Brom, a renowned surfboard, kayak, and paddleboard designer located in world-recognized surf location Santa Barbara, California. Brom effortlessly created this paddleboard kayak hybrid with a catamaran-style hull, which includes a large molded skeg creating a hybrid design with superior stability and paddling performance.

The SUP+ has integrated design features such as large open self-bailing deck, universal gear tracks, custom cut pad kit, and power pole mounting plate at the stern. The SUP+ includes Crescent’s own custom seat. The frame is made from powder-coated marine aluminum, and the textiles are milled in Georgia and hand-sewn in South Carolina.  As true with all Crescent products, this hybrid kayak/paddleboard is made in the USA from the highest quality U.S. resins.

SPECIFICATIONS

LENGTH 11’ 10”
WIDTH 33″
WEIGHT 58 LBS
WEIGHT CAPACITY 335 LBS

The Good Stuff on the SUP+

The first thing I noticed on the SUP+ was the stability. The catamaran design utilizes the water channels to basically vacuum seal you to the water. The board doesn’t try to slide out from underneath you like many others because the hull isn’t just a flat bottom. This also means that the wind doesn’t spin you down the river.

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The catamaran-style hull provides added stability and tracking.

I really appreciated the flush-mounted gear track. Several other boards I have tested have track but it sticks up so if you are barefoot on a board or trying to get back on after falling off, you could get some significant scrapes. Also on the deck is an aesthetically pleasing mat that gives traction and servers also as drain channels for water. If you look at the center of the board you’ll notice it is raised slightly which also reduces pooling.

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The removable seat is a nice addition. As a bigger man over 40 years of age, sitting on the deck just isn’t fun anymore and it hurts my back after a while. Having a framed seat with back support is really nice and allows me to treat the SUP+ like a fast kayak if I want. While we are talking nice additions, the mounting point for a Micro Power Pole in the back is a nice touch too for folks who might use it as a flats stalker.

The SUP+ is fast and holds a line better than any other SUP I’ve paddled. The molded skeg plays a huge part in that.

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Some Points of Improvement

Side handles. Please add them. This Crescent SUP+ has handles in the front and back and a semi carve out on one side. With the width of the board and no real grab point, it’s near impossible to car top or shelve by yourself. I added a pair of handles midships where there is mounting space and used wellnuts to secure them. After that, I had no issue loading and unloading the SUP+ onto my car.

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The side handles I added to allow for solo loading.

There is a bit of a flat space near the back of the SUP+ that can pool water if there is any chop or a lot of paddle splash over a day. With so much thought going into the water channeling upfront, it seemed curious that the back didn’t echo that design. It’s not a deal breaker by any means but stood out as something a small center rise or fluted deck could fix.

Not necessarily a point of improvement but a note on paddling the SUP+: It is fast and paddles straight but just as with a kayak, the channeled water makes it more difficult to turn. If you are fishing fast water and need maneuverability, this might not be a great fit. Slow water and open water, it’s great.

Final Thoughts on the Crescent SUP+ Stand Up Paddleboard

If you are looking for a rigid, rotomolded SUP platform that you can fish from, this is a great option. With a price point right at $800, it’s less expensive than a great majority of the market, has more features and frankly, looks better. If this is a second kayak style vessel for you, all those rail mount accessories work on the SUP+ too. If you need to get shallow, want the simplicity of a SUP, and want to avoid an inflatable option, I don’t think there is anything that can beat it.

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Photographer Spotlight: David Anderson

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In the latest Photographer Spotlight, Flylords caught up with David Anderson. He is a recently retired rock & roll and celebrity photographer who now takes his cameras and ringing ears on fly-fishing journeys through the small trout streams of Australia and New Zealand. Check out the interview below. 

Portrait: By Andrew Bell.

Flylords: Who is David Anderson?
David: I was born in Australia in 1963 and moved with my family to Boston in 1965 when my father got a scholarship to Harvard. We then moved on to Champaign, Illinois where he worked at the University. I returned to Australia in 1984 on a 6 week holiday to meet long lost relatives and somehow never found my way back.

Flylords: Do you remember the first time you picked up a fly rod?

David: My first serious fly fishing experiences were on one of my dad’s summer field trips to Wyoming in 1975 when one of the other professors loaned me a rod and reel, and showed me the basics of fly fishing for trout on the Wind River.

Flylords: How about the first time you picked up a camera?
David: I bought my first camera, a Canon F1n, in 1985 and starting shooting friends bands soon after, though it’s worth mentioning that both my parents were fairly handy with a camera and there was always one around the house growing up.
Flylords: Tell me about the first photo you had published.
David: I can’t remember the exact first shot, but it would have been a black and white in a free Sydney street press magazine called ‘On The Street’. They paid me a little beer money to shoot local gigs for their review section in 1986 or 87.
Flylords: Do you have a favorite photo you have taken?

David: My first photos of Pink from 2000 remain among my very favorites. She was just starting to get famous then and spent a full day in my studio.

Flylords: Tell us a little about some of the celebrities you have had the pleasure of shooting.

David: Some great moments include a brief shoot with the Queen, early in my career, touring Australia and South Africa with the Rolling Stones on the Voodoo Lounge tour and spending 14 hours with an army of assistants doing a 2-minute shoot with U2. Both Robert Plant and Meatloaf have yanked a camera from my hand during a shoot and taken my photo.

Small stream fly fishing photography by David Anderson
Flylords: Tell us a little about Twigwater.

David: Starting up my blog Twigwater.com almost three years ago helped me through a late mid-life (such a thing?) slump and has given me a new and very positive direction in photography and life in general. The focus is primarily small stream fly fishing with 2-4 weight rods with lots of gear reviews and plenty of pictures.

Small stream fly fishing photography by David Anderson
Flylords: What is your ideal camera setup for shooting fly fishing?
David: I use Fuji XT2’s now as they’re very light compared to the big DSLR’s, have great electronic viewfinders and awesome mechanical controls. Also, the prime lenses like the 16, 35, 56 and 90 are brilliant.
Flylords: Tell us about your book.
David: My book – Fly Fishing, Places to Fish in Australia and New Zealand – highlights my favorite small streams and the light gear I use to fish them. It’s very much about the photos, and I hope tells the story without reading a word.
Small stream fly fishing photography by David Anderson

Flylords: Would you rather catch the trophy fish, or shoot a photo of the trophy fish?

David: I’m much more focused on photographing fly fishing these days than fishing myself. Occasionally I’ll sneak out on my own to review a rod or other gear for the blog of course, but photography is always the main game.

 

Flylords: Do you have any advice for an aspiring photographer?
David: Learn the basics well and be super critical of the technical quality and content quality of your work. It’s the best driver to continually improve.
Flylords: Do you think your kids will follow in your footsteps?
David: My oldest son Edward (19) is an English Scholar, a great writer who edits most of my work. He’s taught me a lot since I started writing a few years ago. My middle son Xavier (12) and daughter Audrey (8) both love fly fishing and both are handy with a camera so you never know.

 

Flylords: Has social media made a positive impact on your career?
David: I love pulling out my phone and surfing through everyone’s awesome fly fishing photography on my Instagram feed and interacting with people from all over the world on my Facebook page, and those of friends – it’s a good motivator, very lifting and a great tonic for the troubles of the world.

Flylords: Bucket list destination?
David: That lake in Argentina with the massive rainbows and epic winds.
Probably because it’s the complete opposite of the small stream fishing I love so much.

Flylords: Can you recommend a good book and a good drink to our readers?
David: My favorite book is ‘Trout Magic’ by Robert Traver it perfectly describes trout fishing with a fly in the then remote waters of Upper Michigan in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. Drink? Only beer for me and nothing weird, fussy or made by hipsters. Simple wins the race.

Flylords: Whats next?
David: I’m shooting a lot of videos right now and would like to expand my shooting into short fly fishing films, but writing another book is currently taking up most of my free time.
You can check out David’s book here, and be sure to follow him on Instagram @twigwater!

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3 Easy Fish Finder Tricks Anyone Can Do! (Catch More Fish)

Modern electronics are increasingly complex but these are simple tricks you can do to make your time on the water more effective! Quit fiddling with your graphs and get back to fishing! Tim gives 3 or 4 quick tips in today’s video that will completely change how you use your depth finder in the future. Quit struggling in shallow water, wondering if you’re seeing fish out deep, and trying to stay safe at night; all with just a few clicks of a button.

Tim kicks the video off with how to adjust depth offset. This simple trick will completely change how you fish shallow water. Most boats have never had the trolling motor offset corrected (this means that your trolling motor may read 6 feet deep while in 4 feet of water). This obviously creates safety concerns, it also creates fish problems. Knowing your EXACT depth from trolling motor to bottom or surface to bottom is just a few clicks away.

Next, Tim shows how to adjust your color palette to see fish, and fish size, much more clearly. He goes on to show how to use on-screen way pointing to eliminate the need for market buoys. Gone are the days of locating fish, setting buoys, then returning to catch them. See the fish, set the point, catch the fish, move on.

Last, but certainly not least, Tim explains how to change your map’s orientation. Virtually every graph comes with the map set to “North Up”. While this is great for knowing where you are, it can be difficult for you to chart your path around obstructions quickly, especially at night. By switching your map orientation to “Heading Up” you’ll always be able to see what is immediately in front of you. This quick tip will completely change how you use your fish finder’s mapping functions.

Most modern electronics have all of these functions. Below you’ll find a list of the exact equipment that Tim is using in the video, as well as links to several budget-friendly options that will offer most or some of these functions.

Tim’s equipment…

-Humminbird Solix 15 G2 Electronics: http://bit.ly/2Hazsej

-Humminbird Solix 12 G2 Electronics: http://bit.ly/2AE2YDB

-Minn Kota Ultrex 112 DI Link Trolling Motor: http://bit.ly/2RqrT4v

-Humminbird 360 Imaging: http://bit.ly/2K8jPl4

Budget-Friendly Electronics…

-Humminbird Helix 5 G2: http://bit.ly/2TNndFW

-Lowrance Hook 2 5 Series: http://bit.ly/2Y2sjk2

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Best Fast Bass Fishing Baits – Locate Fish Quick!

Here’s a run down of the best fast bass fishing baits to locate fish quickly when you don’t have a lot of time. This post contains details of my time fishing recapture reservoir near Monticello, and fishing fast to locate some big bass. Some of the details in this post include the best baits for fishing fast, how to fish faster, and a report on recapture reservoir fishing.  In addition, you will see some video of how fishing fast works. Plus, how to take a small amount of time and leverage it to find fish. Take the information here, and go fish faster to find those big ones!

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2019 IFTD New Product Showcase Awards Announced

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We just finished off an amazing 3 days at AFFTA’s IFTD, the annual tradeshow in Denver, CO, where brands and fishy folks from around the fly industry gather to share new products. This year’s new products aren’t to be missed, check out who and what took home the awards below!

New Product Showcase Awards

Best of Show

Scott Fly Rods, Sector Series

Imagine a rod that casts tight high line speed loops effortlessly and turns over your leader straight into the wind; a rod that delivers the fly on target with just one false cast, and can pick it back up and redirect if the fish changes course; a rod that is intuitive so you can focus on the fish instead of your cast; a rod that feels light and alive in your hand and has the touch and feel needed to make short quick shots or float the fly in quietly. All that, plus a rod handcrafted with the very best components to ever grace a fly rod – Introducing the all-new Sector Series of high performance, handcrafted fly rods from Scott.

Reel – Freshwater

Ross Reels, San Miguel

Since Ross Reels started in 1973, there has been one model that epitomizes what a Ross Reel is: the San Miguel. It defined the ultimate in class and finesse, and now, over two decades since it was first launched, the classic returns

Reel – Saltwater

Abel Reels, VAYA

VAYA: Spanish for ‘Go!’, as in go outside, go explore, go fishing! 

Crafted by avid Colorado anglers, the VAYA series debuts an all-new technical look and feel paired with outstanding performance. The partially-ported VAYA frame offers the unique combination of minimized weight, incredible rigidity, and just enough surface area to highlight Abel’s hand-anodized finishes. The frame interior also features varying sets of CNC-milled fly patterns, relevant to each size of reel.   

The large-arbor spool features a precision-balanced, dual-pawl drag engagement design that eliminates the need for a counterweight. The spool’s mechanical incoming click compliments the audible, smooth feel of the outgoing drag. The carbon / stainless multi-disk drag system produces substantial resistance, while providing a wide range of adjustability for delicate tippet.

VAYA: the new ‘go-to’ reel for everything from freshwater to light salt.

Fly Line – Freshwater

Scientific Anglers, Amplitude Infinity

The Amplitude Smooth series of lines are, simply put, the highest-performance smooth fly lines in the world. With up to five times less drag and eight times the durability of traditional lines, this will change the way you look at fly line performance.

Fly Line – Saltwater

Scientific Anglers, Amplitude Smooth Infinity Salt

The Infinity Salt is technical, versatile, accurate and simply the most advanced saltwater line available. Featuring the revolutionary AST Plus slickness additive for superior shooting ability and increased durability the Infinity Salt will handle the most rigorous of conditions year after year. The Infinity Salt is a half-line weight heavy to turn over any fly on even the windiest of days. The extended head length makes it more accurate then short shooting heads so that you can land your fly to spooky fish in the most efficient manner.

Leader/Tippet – Gear

Scientific Anglers, Absolute Trout Tippet

Absolute Tippet is made with proprietary copolymer blends that are designed to drastically reduce water absorption while maintaining an optimal suppleness for high knot strength. Absolute nylon leaders and tippets have a 29% higher wet knot strength compared to our previous material and up to 40% higher wet knot strength when compared to our competitors.

Fly Tying Materials

Hareline Dubbin, Bling Rabbit Strips™

Flashback zonker strips?! Yes, please!

Eco Friendly – Gear

 

Patagonia, Black Hole Gear Tote

Check out our article on Patagonia’s new Blackhole line, here!

Fly Pattern – Freshwater

Flymen Fishing Company, Micro Changer

Fly Pattern – Saltwater

Umpqua Feather Merchants, Skok Strong-Arm Crab

Fly Rod – Freshwater

Sage Fly Fishing, TROUT LL

With a delicate touch and medium action, the TROUT LL family has been designed with the trout angler and dry flies in mind. Through blank taper optimization and specialized length offerings, the TROUT LL is perfected for wade fishing, closer casts, small flies, and light tippets. A relatively supple tip maximizes light tippet protection and gives way to a smooth easy-loading mid-section that increases feel and feedback throughout the casting stroke. When the hatch is on, the TROUT LL is an angler’s best friend.

Fly Rod – Saltwater

Scott Fly Rods, Sector Series

Imagine a rod that casts tight high line speed loops effortlessly and turns over your leader straight into the wind; a rod that delivers the fly on target with just one false cast, and can pick it back up and redirect if the fish changes course; a rod that is intuitive so you can focus on the fish instead of your cast; a rod that feels light and alive in your hand and has the touch and feel needed to make short quick shots or float the fly in quietly. All that, plus a rod handcrafted with the very best components to ever grace a fly rod – Introducing the all-new Sector Series of high performance, handcrafted fly rods from Scott.

Fly Rod – 2 Handed/Spey

Sage Fly Fishing, TROUT SPEY HD

Featuring KonneticHD technology and new fast action, the TROUT SPEY HD series of rods bring ease to lightweight spey techniques. Five rods from 10’3” to 11’3” excel with a variety of spey lines that are currently offered in 175-350gr sizes. The TROUT SPEY HD rods are primarily designed for spey casting as opposed to Switch rod-style actions previously captured within Sage’s Trout Spey category, and features an action designed for Skagit and Scandi style casting techniques with trout appropriate sized flies.

Men’s – Waders

Simms Fishing Products, G4Z® Stockingfoot Wader

Our most durable wader features a new, proprietary fabric from GORE-TEX® proven over 16,000 hours of field testing. Make the most of your time on the water: Head out in the most feature-laden, abrasion-, puncture- and tear-resistant wader made.

Men’s – Outerwear

Simms Fishing Products, G4 Pro® Jacket

Cut from advanced GORE-TEX® Pro Shell 3-layer fabrics and kitted with ingenious fishing details throughout, the G4 Pro Jacket is our highest-performing, most durable jacket, a statement proven during hundreds of hours of field testing by professional guides in the harshest conditions

Men’s –General Apparel

Simms Fishing Products, SolarFlex UltraCool Armor

When relentless heat threatens to cut short a pleasant afternoon tossing carefree casts, arm yourself with cool comfort and keep chasing those elusive fish. The Simms SolarFlex® Armor Shirt features hard-working COR3 technology, with all-day odor-fighting and moisture-wicking protection. The shirt shields against the sun’s harmful rays with a UPF 50 rating. Coolcore® fabric chills down as it gets wet, giving you natural relief from the heat. Mesh panels on the sides and arms add breezy ventilation that will keep you feeling fresh on the water from dawn until dusk. It is finished with a full-coverage built-in gaiter for all over protection.

Men’s – Wading Boots

Simms Fishing Products, G4 Pro® Boot

The G4 Pro wading boot was engineered from the ground up to be the highest performing wading boot ever built. The perfect combination of durability and agility, the G4 Pro will provide season after season of comfortable, sure-footed wading.

Women’s – Waders

 

Simms Fishing Products, Women’s G3 Guide™ Z Wader

G3 Guide is synonymous with guide-trusted wading performance. Women’s G3 Guide Z Waders carry on the legacy, with a breathable, stay-dry GORE-TEX® Pro Shell design and pivotal executions like the patented TIZIP® side-zipper that simplifies the on/off process, while answering Ma Nature’s call—once and for all. Patterning and fit are G3 Guide Z hallmarks, and whether you’re stacking on the layers or embarking on a minimalist multiday, these versatile mainstays have the mobility and all-day comfort you crave. Hardworking features include waist-anchored suspender straps for custom strap fit and easy high-waist conversion on sticky days, a plush reach-through, fleece-lined hand warmer chest pocket for when temperatures crater, and a removable flip-out Tippet Tender with a retractor docking station for corralling flies, tools, and other river essentials. With everything in its place—anywhere, in any weather—Women’s G3 Guide Z is your higher-performing wader that brings it all together.

Women’s – Outerwear

Simms Fishing Products, Women’s G3 Guide™ Jacket

Women’s – General Apparel

Patagonia, Women’s Bugstopper Leggings

Accessories – Under $100

Simms Fishing Products, Pro Nipper

Accessories – Over $100

RISING, Travel Net

Gift Items – Under $100

Danforth Art, Danforth Art

Youth Product – Gear/Apparel

Fishpond, Tenderfoot Youth Vest

Entertainment/Education

Anglers Book Supply, STEELHEAD FLY TYING

Fly Box/Storage System – Gear

Fishpond, Fly Dock

Fly Hooks – Gear

Umpqua Feather Merchants, XT050 Stubby T (#10-18)

Fly Tying Vices and Tying Tools – Gear

Renzetti, Streamer Pedestal Base

Luggage (Bags, Backpacks) – Gear

Simms Fishing Products, GTS Roller Duffel – 110L

Chest-Pack/Vest – Gear

Fishpond, Flathead Sling

Boat/Personal WaterCraft – Gear

Outcast Sporting Gear, IK Angler 11

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5 Tips for Landing More Big Fish

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So you’ve hooked the fish. Not A fish. THE fish. The fish that keeps you and I awake at
night. The fish that makes your entire fishing year. A unicorn. A tank. A pig. A two-foot
brown. A five pound smallie. A 50-inch musky. Whatever it may be, it’s a moment that
we fly fishers live for. The excitement in that moment is overwhelming, but hooking
these oversized and wily critters is only half the battle. Big fish didn’t get big by accident.
They’re usually the strongest, craftiest, grittiest fish in their respective environments, and they have a penchant for breaking anglers’ hearts. Fighting big fish requires nerves of steel and the wherewithal to think strategically while your heart is beating out of your chest. Here are some tips for the next time you hook a pig.

Tip 1: Stay Calm

Take a deep breath and focus. Once you’re past the initial few seconds of the fight, where
most things are left to instinct and chance, try to stay as calm as possible. This, of course,
is easier said than done, but this more than anything else will increase your odds of
landing the fish. Over-excitement generally comes at the expense of smart, deliberate
thinking. If you aren’t calm and collected, these other tips probably won’t help you a lot.

Tip 2: Assess Your Surroundings

Look around and identify potential obstructions. Oftentimes, a hooked fish’s first instinct
is to head to the nearest cover, be it a logjam, a boulder field, or heavy current. For you as angler, these spell disaster and exponentially increase the odds that you lose the fish. By identifying these potential hazards when you hook the fish, you can plan accordingly by attempting to steer the fight away from them. Also look for places to land the fish like
eddies, current breaks, and shallow water. If you’re strategic, you can often maneuver the fight into areas that are more conducive to fighting and landing the fish.

Tip 3: Use Side Pressure and Rod Angles to Your Advantage

Fish can only swim in the direction their head is facing, so by manipulating the rod angle, you can move a fish’s head in the direction you want it to swim. For example, if I wanted to move a fight away from a longjam on my right, I’ll use low rod pressure to my left to attempt to position a fish’s head away from the obstruction. A second advantage preached to me by my friend and mentor Gordon Vanderpool (@turningstonesflyfishing), is that, on balance, side pressure puts more pressure on a fish than a high rod. With a firm wrist, side pressure also more efficiently distributes pressure through the bend of the rod, allowing the rod to act as a cushion for light tippets. With that being said, don’t, in Gordon’s words, “sword fight” with the rod. Changing rod angles too quickly and repeatedly can introduce slack or induce a sudden tension shock, causing a breakoff. Like most other things in fly-fishing, being smooth, confident, and deliberate is key. By being smart about your rod angles, you can give yourself more control of the direction the fish is swimming, apply more pressure, and decrease the likelihood of a breakoff.

Tip 4: Be Patient and Wait for a Window to Land the Fish

Succumbing to impatience and forcing the issue is one of the worst things you can do
when fighting a big fish. Trying to horse a fish in before it’s tired or haphazardly stabbing a net at a thrashing fish are sure-fire ways to lose the fish. These errors are entirely preventable if the angler stays patient and waits for the right time to land the fish. Eventually, the fish will become tired and be forced to rest, creating a window for the angler to land it with relative ease. Once you sense a fish is tired, attempt to ease its head above the water and slowly pull it across the surface and into the net. Remember, a fish can only swim in the direction its head is facing, so a fish with its head above the water cannot swim away. This approach usually results in an easily netted fish.

Tip 5: Sometimes, You’re Going to Lose

Sometimes, you lose the fish even if you do everything right. You’re hooked to a big,
powerful animal that thinks it’s fighting for its life. Inevitably, it’s going to find a way to
get away some of the time. Breakoffs will happen. Sometimes they’ll throw the hook on a
headshake. Sometimes the hook pulls out for reasons you can’t explain. It’s going to
happen, and the feeling of defeat totally sucks. But it’s part of what makes fishing
challenging and exciting. Plus, it makes those big fish you do manage to land all the more
special. With that being said, if you take some of these lessons to heart, you can tip the
balance in your favor and maximize the chances that you land that rare fish of your
dreams. Go hook a pig!

Tommy Archibald is a contributor on the Content Team here at Flylords! Tommy is a former competitive fly angler on the US Youth Fly Fishing Team and has competed all over the world. Be sure to check him out on Instagram @tommyarchibald_fly_fishes!

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Your Flies Won’t Work, Unless…

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One of the smallest fly fishing accessories might make the difference between catching and not catching.

Think about the times you’ve missed fish. Was it because you were too slow? Was it because there was slack in the line? Was it because the fish was just slashing at the fly and not trying to eat it? All of those reasons/excuses might be true. Or, it could because the very thing that you’re depending upon to catch said fish is dull.

What do I mean? Well, consider your flies. So much energy is spent figuring out the right pattern. The fur and feathers and thread get top billing, but none of that matters unless there is a hook underneath. And if you want that fly to do anything more than impress your followers on social media, it better be sharp. After you’ve tied or bought that fly, what happens to it? Maybe  it is ready to fish. Maybe the hook is made of fine metal, but it wasn’t sharpened enough in the factory. Perhaps you’ve fished with the fly already and  caught some good fish. Or, you’ve fished with the fly already and nicked every rock on the stream bottom. You might have even caught dozens of fish, potentially with hard mouths, on that very fly.

The fly might look good, but the most essential element is not ready for the most important moment of fly fishing: the hook.

Continue reading “Your Flies Won’t Work, Unless…”

4 Easy Lipless Crankbait Tips For Fall Bass Fishing!

Lipless crankbaits for Fall Bass?! Yes! These Tips will make it so easy that anyone can fish a lipless crankbait with confidence. Crankbait fishing doesn’t have to be complicated and Matt makes it incredibly simple by breaking down 3 baits and 4 colors that will work anywhere in the country. (And then he proves it with fish catches from 5 different states!)

Lipless crankbaits are known for their effectiveness in Spring but they’re equally effective in Fall. Understanding what attributes make different baits work takes all the guess work out of your fishing. In today’s video Matt breaks down three baits (Jackall TN-70, 6th Sense Quake, and Lucky Craft LV-500) and shows how they can be used to cover the entire water column from coast to coast.

After explaining the baits, Matt shows how changing hooks can completely change your fishing experience, then he shows how important proper rod action is when fishing lipless crankbaits. He wraps up with some final tips on blade bait fishing in Late Fall and Early Winter. Below is a breakdown of the baits and equipment Matt discussed in the video.

The Baits…

-Lucky Craft LV-500: http://bit.ly/2aAUUbd

-Jackall TN-70: http://bit.ly/2lqAwjh

-6th Sense Quake 80: http://bit.ly/2Kxt4zm

-Jackall Keeburn Blade: http://bit.ly/2or8sy0

-Damiki Vault Blade: http://bit.ly/2rnO7e2

4 colors- Reflective, Ghost, Bold, Craw

Lucky Craft Colors: Golden Shiner, Chartreuse Shad, Aurora Craw, Clear Water Shad

Jackall Colors: HL Aurora Black, Ghost Minnow, SS Shad, RT Escape Craw

6th Sense Colors: Shad Hammer, Rayburn Ghost, 4K Shad, Delta Craw

Hook Upgrades…

Bladed Hook- VMC Bladed Hybrid (Size 4 or 2): http://bit.ly/2oqWODi

Red- Gamakatsu EWG Treble (Size 4): http://bit.ly/2dmxXK8

Light Wire- Gamakatsu EWG Bronze (Size 4): http://bit.ly/2cZrsbY

Heavy Wire- Owner 3X ST-56 Treble (Size 4): http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW

Split Rings- Owner Hyperwire (Size 3): http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Matt’s Favorite Lipless Combo…

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK

Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL HG: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

Line- 40 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Budget-Friendly Lipless Combo…

Rod- G Loomis E6X 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2G5Bc86

Reel- Shimano Curado 200 K HG: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh

Line- Sunline Assassin Fluorocarbon 15 lb: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

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