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A Synthetic Down jacket is what I need for winter fly fishing in Virginia. I have a great Waterproof Jacket from Orvis and will wear this Synthetic Down All-Seasons Jacket under that. Should be light enough and warm enough with a good thermal shirt underneath. The price is awesome and it has pockets in the right place when wearing waders! I will let everyone know about the quality in a review coming soon.
George Daniel is the author of Dynamic Nymphing. Very technical with a lot of common sense. He seems to be talking from experience - 7 years on the US Fly Fishing Team - impressive! I like his technique because:
It uses weighted flies not split shot.
A focus on correct presentation
Uses a rig that can be used for dry fly fishing and nymphing
It is very active and requires you to think!
Good advice on Flies
Follow the bouncing nymph on his videos and you are all set. Right! I have a feeling I am going to be getting into a lot of trial and error.
It sure is a good question. Since I have have never fished with a Bamboo Fly Rod I can't answer it. One of the wonders and magic of Blogging is that I don't need to know. I can point to others who have opinions backed by years of experience. I haven't answered the question yet.....It seems that anyone who is making Bamboo Rods thinks the rods fish better. More finesse, accuracy on close-in casts, and a slow loading rod.
The folks at Sweetgrass Rods have a very informative website and even a great article on Why Bamboo? They seem to know what they are doing and have years of practical experience doing it. I mean rod building since the mid 70's. That's quite a long time. They have a great life/work philosophy and emphasize quality over quantity. The other Bamboo maker that caught my attention was the Oyster Bamboo Co.. A little fancier product. The thing that caught my attention was the ability to take a rod making class and come home with a rod you can fish with. Sounds very cool. Is Bamboo better? Maybe I will find out....these guys think so.
I have been watching Peter Laurelli's videos for a couple of years now. They are really good and have improved over time. It's is a difficult prospect to carry multiple cameras, capture yourself on film, and fish at the same time. Great images of inshore fishing in and around NYC. Truly a great habitit for striper and blue fish. Peter captures a season in one short film. Hats off and high praise. I can feel him fishing.
Anyone want to go to Iron Fly? It is a Iron Chef like through down on fly tying. A new favorite site PIGFARMINK should explain it all. Other Iron Fly's coming to a town near you. Watch their videos. True men.
Pig Farm Ink - Finds and removes bad tatoos, gets the same tatoos on their bodies all to raise money and fund Fly Fishing communities! As they say - "we are idiots - don't do this at home!" A bunch of well meaning lads that know how to Tie a Fly and Fish 'Em.
Awesome News - Trout In The Classroom - Little Swimmers
Great news is that my son's science class has successfully hatched trout in the classroom. A delicate process indeed. The water temperature and the starter eggs have to be kept at a constant temperature of 50-54 F° and the water needs to be kept clean. Eggs can get a fungus so the "bad" eggs need to be taken out of the tank. It is all quite exciting that the students and of course the teacher can learn about the life cycle of the trout and the amount of work it takes to keep their environment clean and stable. Mother Nature has to do it all on her own, without all the mechanics.
The next phase is tough as well. Now the trout have to grow. The tank will get dirty because the trout are now feeding on food that is delivered by the students. One can't emphasize enough that the trout need not be stressed by too many contaminants from waste and decaying food.
Trout in the Classroom is sponsored by the Trout Unlimited. A conservancy that works with volunteers, states and the federal government to help conserve, protect and enhance cold water fisheries through education and other active efforts. It is a great organization.
Below or the results of two months of work to turn eggsinto hatchlings (alevin). Go to the TU website for a lot of detailed information. Below are some cool swimmers ready for real food. Great job by Mr. Roy and the middle-school students and TNCS!
Climate Change -- Most Impact on Fishing & Hunting
Outdoorsmen need an environment to do their thing, their Zen, their passion. The biggest threat is Climate Change. Can you afford not to act? Can you afford to let your passion go by the wayside? Act now - not later! Get involved. You won't need your fishing pole, fly rod or your gun, if the habitat your passion lives in is gone. Simple as that.
The politics of Climate Change is polarized. Common sense needs to rule. We have the technology to make rapid changes. Let's do it.