Getting close to fishing for Shad. Water temperature in the James River is around 48° F and we are almost at flood stage. Sooo we have a week or two to wait. Warmer weather and no rain would get those little puppies to scamper upstream from the sea. While we wait we should all tie flies.
Here are some favorites:
Rob Snowhite has some very creative and inexpensive ways to use craft store goodies to tie shad flies. Check out his blog or buy some from his site. They are cool!
Hook & Hackle has all the supplies and a good primer on how to identify and American or Hickory Shad. Protruding lower jay = a Hickory Shad? I think....Click the link it is all there.
You are not going to tie a Bimini Twist for your standard nymph setup. However, if you are going Stripper or Redfish fishing you may want to consider it. The other knots shown are used all the time. Rio test the knots for tensile strength and the Perfection Loop was a big surprise as to how strong it is.
And so can the Trout...There are no people for miles. Glaciers and Mountains lead to forested valleys. And again, there are no people for miles. You are by yourselves in a paradise that is almost outer-worldly. There are Trout that are not used to seeing people. Check out this film as the Trout are in Plain Sight...Let's Go!
Sitting around watching the snow pile up? Yes! Well you should be fly tying. You know it and I know it. There are so many fly patterns to tie, so what are YOU going to tie? A question I have been pondering the whole week. I looked in my fly box. Thought about the first rivers I will fish in Virginia, if it warms up. Bingo! Nymphs, Egg Patterns and Streamers.
An area in British Columbia defined as the drainage basin of the Kootenay River. Well if you say it like that it is most unromantic and uninspiring. However, take a look at the short film below and you MUST go there. No options. Jah Raven Creation does an awesome job on this film.
The Fly Fishing Show in Winston-Salem, NC was outstanding. Honestly, this was my first show and I have nothing to compare it to. I have to believe this was a smaller show than Somerset, NJ in January. However, it was packed with awesome fly tiers, great deals in every booth, a ton of information on destination fishing packages and local outfitters and guides. What did I learn.
Alaska fly guides and outfitters have a tough business getting the masses to "poney-up" $4,000.00 a person to come to Alaska to fish. But one has to think that a once in a lifetime experience is worth four large. It does make you think.
Bob Clouser is awesome at casting as well as wowing an audience
It was awesome to meet some of the fly tiers that I would never have met or observed if I didn't go to the show.