Redfish, Powdered Sugar Beaches, & New Fishing Rods!
Posted on Thursday, Nov. 22nd, 2016 6:58 PM
1) 11:00 - 1:00
2) Less Line
3) Slow down and be patient
I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to teach many people how to Fly Fish. I love introducing people of all ages to this wonderful sport. Teaching others the benefits of this sport, as I travel, is also a favorite pastime of mine. If I can't teach someone myself I tell them to find someone who is experienced to learn from because a good fly fisherman can teach the basics of casting in about 5 minutes. Someone who is learning can't see themselves casting, which haveing an instructor a great benefit. The following is 3 of the most important things that I teach when instructing new anglers;
1) THE 11:00 - 1:00 RULE
Most people know about the 10:00 - 2:00 rule. Which is a rule most anglers use when casting for knowing where your arm is supposed to be. See the photos to the right. But a new angler always goes past the imagined 2 o'clock mark, and once they get to 3:00, the cast is ruined. The same happens when they are backcasting. So I always modify the rule for a novice and tell them to use 11:00 and 1:00, which gives them some margin for error.
2) LESS LINE
The next thing I tell them is to work with less line. Everyone wants to cast a mile but it takes time to learn how to cast far and it will frustrate the learner. The money cast is between 20 and 40 feet, but it's OK and necessary to start off practicing short casts with less line and then working your way up to longer casts.
3) SLOW DOWN
And last but not least slow down and be patient with your cast. Wait for the line to lay out behind on the back-cast, so the forward cast can be straight and accurate. I usually tell novices to count to 1 after they back-cast and then they can start their forward cast. This also helps them create a rhythm to their casting.
Practice casting in the driveway by putting a hula hoop on the ground about 15 feet in front of you. Then try to land your fly inside the hula hoop. Once you can successfully land the fly inside the hula hoop multiple times, move the hula hoop further away and repeat.
Darby is the Perfect Little Town for Me.
Posted on Thursday, Oct. 13th, 2016 6:00 PM
Darby, Montana is a town of only about 600 people, but I love this little town. It's perfect for my little fly fishing company. There are banks, a grocery store, hardware store, dollar store, restaurants, schools, gas stations, even a hair salon and tattoo parlor. Everything I need is within walking distance. Even the river, which is the most important thing for me and the business. I think the thing that most people love about Darby is the beautiful scenery with all of the mountains, trees, and of course the big blue sky. Overall, darby is perfect and allows the business, as well as myself, to be part of the community. I will always be thankful to belong to this little town.
Fall Fishing Part II
Posted on Thursday, Oct. 6th, 2016 4:00 PM
As I have said before, Fall is my favorite time of the year. Up here in the Bitterroot things are starting to cool down, the snow birds are moving south, and the tourists are all home. The river has much less traffic the fish are getting fat on many varieties of food. As the waters cool the fish become more active and will take many different varieties of flies. From dries to emergers, to nymphs and streamers. I've been excited for fall fishing all year!
Posted on Wednesday, Sept. 1st, 2015 5:30 PM
Fall is my favorite time of the year for fishing in the Bitterroot Valley. The days are cooling the leaves are falling and the fish are hungry.
In the summer months the Bitterroot River is hit hard by out of state anglers looking to fish on world class waters. It’s great that almost all non-native fly fisherman practice catch and release—I mean “Catch, Measure Net and Release” fishing.
In the fall when all the Out-of-Staters have gone there are many days that I can fish the river without ever seeing another angler.
I spend many days walking the Bitterroot in September, October and November. I love the fact that it is very easy to catch fish with many different fly patterns and the fish readily take Dry flies, Nymphs and Streamers. Most days I have success with all three types. I have included in this post some of my favorite Fall Flies.There is something spiritual to me about being all alone on a cool clear river with the leaves falling and the sounds of the forest all around. Not to mention the excitement that is felt when my rod is almost pulled out of my hand as a big Brown or Rainbow slams my streamer. “FISH ON BABY!”