FLY FISHING NEWS & ADVENTURES
In the Monday Morning Sidewalk, we touched on flies for fly fishing the jetties at Port O’Connor, Texas. Today, we work our way up the line.
If you’re like me, then you may not have had many opportunities, or any opportunities, for casting at tarpon, jack crevalle and a myriad of other species found somewhere like the jetties near Port O’Connor (casting off a boat in this instance).
In the dogged search for the truth, with unending help from googlefish, it remains obvious that fluorocarbon rules. But we do have the issue of bite, toothy bites. So what is simple elsewhere, becomes a science here. Wire bite tippet, or heavy 40-80 fluorocarbon? A lot of these decisions come on the water because if we find the fluoro too easy to cut – wire is the ultimate next step.
If you are a regular reader, you know I am a bit partial to Seaguar. With no time to spare (ordering from the company), and nowhere near here having any on the shelf, the Cabela’s house brand caught my eye a few days ago when I spied the “Seaguar” name on the spools. It may not be their best (heck maybe it is), but it’s solid fluro in a 60#.
Formula? There as many opinions on leader formulas for big fish (say tarpon) leaders as there are fly fishers with big saltwater experience. From all I can gather, these leaders are where you want to a) tie in failure, or b) tie in a weight class if you’re chasing records. As much as I don’t want to lose any fish to breakage, something’s got to give. I certainly want to hear from you on this, but here’s how I am starting out:
Nine feet at 25#
Three feet at 60# (bite)
I don’t see any reason for complicating things unless or until they require it. With a knot from 25 to 60, that should be the break point. Wouldn’t it be fun to actually have to think about these things on the water! Again, even every knot on a tarpon leader has a cult-like fan club. It’ll be loop-to-loop to the fly line, and either a surgeon’s or another loop connection at the bite. I do want to take a look at Steve Huff’s Double Figure 8 Loop Knot mentioned at this website – http://www.saltwaterexperience.com/Tarponsystem.htm, and see what that’s all about.
Because of what we are hearing about the coast (the usual smacks tearing everything up), and we’re hearing that the coast is “on fire” with fishing, we decided to heavily stock up on wire leader material and just about every spool of fluorocarbon is duplicated.
I can never recall anything like what I am hearing about the fishing on the Texas Gulf Coast right now, and all I can do is stop talking about it before I jinx it for us!
NEXT TIME – SINKING FLY LINES
So going deep, and offshore? What kind of fly line stands a chance in those conditions? What kind of fly line do I need for dropping bombs on these fish? Well, I picked one up today at Tailwaters, and I will tell you about that one as well as other options and how to attach your fly line to your reel for this particular setup.
tenkara fishing #tenkara broken bow oklahoma fishing
October 4, 2014
Broken Bow, OK
Tenkara, the traditional Japanese form of fly fishing, continues to rapidly grow in popularity in the US, Japan and Europe. It is a fun, simple and effective means of catching Trout and other species. I began fishing Tenkara style in 2010 and began to offer guided trips on the Lower Mountain Fork River in 2011. I became a member of the Tenkara USA Guide Network that same year.
I will be offering an in-depth Tenkara Class on Saturday, October 4 on the Mountain Fork River. The class will consist of a 4 hour on the water session and two hours of fly tying instruction at The Forest Heritage Center covering traditional and modern Tenkara flies.
Topics include line and rod choices, rigging, fly selection, casting, presentations, strategies and playing & landing Trout.
Tenkara rods, lines, flies and fly tying materials will be provided. Students are responsible for waders, wading shoes (rentals are available), Oklahoma Fishing License and fly tying tools. Everyone is welcome to bring their own Tenkara rod if they prefer.
The class will be limited to 8 students. In order to maximize the time and attention I can give students while on the water, the class will be divided into two groups. The Morning Group will be on the river from 7:00-11:00AM, the Afternoon Group will fish from 2:00-6:00PM. Everyone will participate together in the fly tying session from 12:00-2:00PM.
Tuition is $125.00
- Rob Woodruff