Photo Friday

There’s a new version of the hopper-dropper that’s really been slaying ‘em around here. We like it best in pink.

Thanks to papa Dennis Alverson for sending us this cute picture. Pick out your twelve crappy flies the next time you’re in the shop.

Send your photos to C’mon folks, don’t be bashful. We want to see evidence of the big fish you’ve caught, your “oh, crap” moments, the beautiful scenery you’ve encountered, or just about anything you’ve photographed, for that matter.

Rod Review: Sage One

The Sage One, is meant to be a quiver of one, and I believe that it truly is.  When you pick up the “ONE” the first thing you will notice is how light they are, We tested the 590-4, which weighs in at 2 3/4 ounces.  Sages generation 5 technology is coined “Konnetic Technology”.  They have taken carbon fibers and compacted them in a linear manner down the length of the rod, as a result there is no other rod on the market with as much torsional stability.  What does this mean in fishing talk?  The most accurate rod made to date.  When a rod can not twist or move move laterally, you are left with a precision casting instrument.  Upon first feel, picking the rod up off of a rack, you may think it is supremely fast.  When the rod has a reel and line on it, it feels entirely different.  They have designed the rod to have a “sweet spot”, to assist anglers with varying casting styles and ability.  Because of the “Konnetic Technology” the rod provides immense feed back while the angler is casting.  The rod is so sensitive that you are able to feel what the line is doing during the cast, and the “sweet spot” allows anglers time to make micro adjustments mid cast, so the cast lands where you want it.

We tested the One with a Rio Grand 5 weight, as well as Rio Gold 5 and 6 weights.  I believe it performed better with a heavier line, the gold 5 was a little too light.  The Grand 5 worked very well, but if you are looking to present small dries delicately than the Gold 6 was the way to go.  If fishing large dries, streamers and nymphing are what you are intending to do, then the Grand is the way to go.  The grand helped the rod load better on 15-25 foot casts than the Gold did.  After 25 feet the lines were very comparable in performance for loading the rod.

Stop by Sweetwater if you have the desire to learn a little more about the One, and we do have demo models if you wish to try one out.  Until next time, tight lines.

Should We Be Worried?

We’ve got a new Simms rep, Michael White. In person, he seems like a pretty level-headed guy. But there’s some evidence that he may have spent a little too much time on the road during his previous repping stint down in the Southern Rockies. Take a look at this video and judge for yourself. By the way, the front seat passenger is Diane Bristol of Simms and the guys in back are from Idylwilde Flies. Should we be concerned about the future of our industry?

Photo Friday – A Little Late

Oops, we’ve left something behind! Learning to row can be challenging. Twelve crappy flies go to Diane Early for providing both this “learner’s moment” and the photographic evidence.

Send your photos to C’mon folks, don’t be bashful!

Photo Friday

While we were broiling in summer’s heat, some in the Southern Hemisphere were “enjoying” the opening of brown trout season in Tasmania. Thanks to Rick Armstrong of Perth, Tasmania for submitting our first “Photo Friday” pic. Twelve crappy flies will be winging their way southbound.

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Holy Carp!

Want to mix it up from trout a little bit?  Maybe it is time for you to try some Carp fishing.  Carp angling on the fly is a growing sport in the United States.  It is hard to convince die hard trout fishermen to commit to a day of “carping” but every one I have taken has wanted to back for more.  Most of my personal Carp fishing has been on Canyon Ferry Lake, and the Missouri River directly below the Toston Dam. Carp are very weary fish, and it is a spot and stalk style of fishing, so treading lightly, and moving slowly are important aspects of Carp fishing.  Bright, sunny days in which you can see into the water are preferred, so next day you feel it is to hot and sunny to trout fish, maybe give Carp a try.  Typically fished on wet flies, Carp will eat dries, and it is my preferred method of fishing for them when the opportunity presents itself.  Carp can be very large (over 20 lbs) but the typical carp we are catching range from 4 to 10 lbs.  A 6 wt is perfect for handling these fish.  It is good to have at least 100 yards of backing on your reel, as they can have some screaming runs.  The best comparison to Carp fishing is freshwater bone fish.  They may not be beautiful to all, but next day you feel defeated by trout, find your local Carp hole and give it a shot.

Warm Weather Gear

Don’t be caught out in the heat looking like this guy.  We only have one body for our life, so its a good idea to take care of it.  Companies like Simms, Patagonia, Buff and Mangrove make superior products to keep your skin protected.  Its a good idea to cover as much skin as possible, hat, buff, long sleeve shirt, long pants and gloves are all great things to wear on the river, any other exposed skin should be covered by at least SPF 30 sun screen.  Again, take care of your body, and it should take care of you for a long time! 

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