We love the spots on our Chilean Brown Trout.
Archives for April 2010
We’ve had a bunch of new visitors on our web site recently (Welcome!), so we thought it’d be nice to give a quick overview on how to navigate the 650+ pages (and growing daily) on our site. There’s a lot here – we want you to find what you’re looking for!
We post to the ‘Blog’ section of our site every day. The other tabs on the top of the page tell you more about our company and the lodges that we run – those sections are updated too but not nearly as frequently.
Every day a new post magically appears on the ‘Blog’ tab of the site. This is the page that you land on when you go to www.deneki.com. Our blog posts cover a really wide range of topics, and they’re grouped into Topics (major groups of posts e.g. our locations) and are also labelled with Tags.
It’s easy to find posts in a certain topic. Looking for all of our Tip posts? Just click on the Tips link in the Topics section on the right-hand side of the site. Want to see the newest posts about Andros South? Same story – check out the Andros South link under Topics.
We slap tags on our posts based on pretty much anything we can think of that’s covered in the post – species of fish, types of gear, techniques, people, you name it. If you’re looking for posts related to something really specific – like, say ‘Chum Salmon’ – have a look at the ‘tag cloud’ on the left-hand side of the site. The bigger a tag is, the more posts are linked to it.
You’ll also notice that you can hop to similar posts from inside any page that you’re on. The Topics are listed right at the top of the post and the Tags are listed at the bottom. If you just read a post by Bruce Chard and you’d like to hear more from him, just click his name in the Tag section and you’ll see more posts relating to Bruce!
A lot of our daily blog posts have to do with one or more of our lodges, but for visitors who want to learn more about our operations, the place to look is the tabs at the top of the screen. If you click the Alaska West tab, for example, you’ll dive into a whole bunch of information and pictures about the species we chase and the gear we use, our facilities, our rates, recent fishing reports and more. Once you click on one of the tabs about our operations, just follow the links in the menu on the left to learn more.
And that pretty much does it! We hope you’re able to find your way around, and we’re happy to have the chance to give you a little dose of fishing in your day.
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Anyone who’s been around fishing for a while knows that many, many anglers believe that having a banana along on a fishing trip represents some seriously bad juju.
A story we recently heard about a day of steelhead fishing is a classic example. Two friends were fishing and one of them caught a fish and then ate a banana. No fish were caught afterwards. The banana was blamed for the turn in luck.
We’ve heard a few claims made on the origin of the ‘bananas are bad’ belief – bananas used to make other fruit spoil in the holds of ancient ships…ancient fisherman learned that if they traveled so far to sea that their bananas spoiled, they had passed the good fishing…Billy used to catch 41 bass a day but hasn’t caught one since that one time he brought a banana in his boat so clearly bananas are bad…
Regardless, what do you think about bananas and fishing?
- In the case of the two steelheaders, were there more fish to be caught that day?
- Do you actually have to eat the banana to be cursed?
- Do bananas emit a mysterious oil that works its way from your hands onto your fly or lure?
- Is there some giant unseen cloud of yellow bad karma that miraculously develops when a banana gets within range of the boat and encompasses you, the boat and all within, telling all fish to stay away?
- What if you’re fishing from shore and have a banana in your pack – still a bad idea?
- Have you been cursed by a banana in your boat?
- What about the opposite – did you have the best fishing of your life while happily munching on bananas all day?
Leave us a comment and let us know!
More Reader Input
Today we hear from Bruce Chard – legendary guide in the Florida Keys and teacher of our bonefishing schools at Andros South – about why he prefers hand-tied leaders for fishing on the saltwater flats.
Bruce Chard on Saltwater Leaders
I have seen a lot of leaders break in my days – unfortunately – but I must admit that most of the ones I have seen break have been knotless tapered leaders. I am not a professional mono-filament man but I do know that knotless tapered leaders are heated and run through an extruding machine to get the desired taper and design. To make this process easier the manufacturers use a relatively soft mono.
When fishing on the saltwater flats there is often a good amount of wind to deal with. In my experience a harder, stiffer mono leader is easier to roll out straight into the wind. It is vital for the leader to extend fully for a good presentation and to enable you to move the fly and have complete control right away.
This is why I choose to tie my own leaders with hard mono. I can then taper them as aggressively as I like for the type of fishing I will be doing. I also will then have the confidence that my fly will lay out straight and not collapse as often happens with soft mono knotless leaders.
You might have heard that the knots on knotted leaders spook fish. If you believe that, I have a number of bridges to sell you! Besides, learning to tie your own leaders will help build skills – knot tying, leader taper, even on-the-water decision making – that make you a better angler.
More on Gear for the Flats
Matt’s recipe involves the use of a cedar plank. If you’ve cooked much salmon and you haven’t tried out the plank yet, now’s the time.
Cedar Plank Salmon
One front half sockeye or silver fillet
Kosher salt, almost to coat
Cracked black pepper
Old Bay seasoning
Cut the cedar plank in half (use a fine toothed saw so it doesn’t split). Soak it in white wine or apple juice for one hour. On a home grill, use the whole plank and fillet.
Season the salmon. Fire up the Pyromid (a portable stainless steel charcoal grill), using 15 coals of charcoal. You want it hot. Put the seasoned salmon on the plank and place on the grill. Cover and cook until the salmon just barely flakes, usually 12- 16 minutes.
The idea is to let the plank burn so the cedar smoke flavors the fish. Uncover and let sit for five minutes. Enjoy!
More on Eating Salmon
Have we mentioned recently that your trip to BC West on the Dean River includes a helicopter flight from Bella Coola to the mouth of the Dean, and that the flight is one of the cooler things you’ll ever experience on a fishing trip?
Didn’t think so.
More on BC West
Since Chile West is our newest operation, we get a lot of questions from people asking how things are going down there.
We just wrapped up our 2009-2010 season, so we figured we’d give you a little rundown on how things went, and tell you where you can go for more info…and lots of pictures, of course.
How Did It Go?
Well, it was awesome.
The more time we spend fishing in Southern Chile, the higher our expectations become on how great the fishing can be. We caught a bunch of trout this year that were bigger than what we knew lived in a few of those rivers.
Other than minor travel issues heading through Santiago, we were totally unaffected by the earthquake.
Of course we also caught a lot of trout using more conventional methods, like fishing big dry flies, streamers, dry/dropper rigs and more.
Logistics ran really smoothly. We believe 100% in the value of our mobile program – this was one of the coldest, wettest summers on record in Southern Chile, but by being able to move around as necessary we had incredibly consistent fishing on every trip we ran.
Feedback from our guests was fantastic. “Best fishing trip I’ve ever taken” was heard more than once. Here’s the bottom line – more than half of our guests from this past season are returning next year.
Show Me More!
We’ve updated the photo gallery for Chile West with a bunch of pictures from this season.
Our crew posted updates on our Facebook page pretty constantly during the season – just like we do for all our operations. You don’t have to me a member of Facebook to check out that page and get our daily blow-by-blow.
We’re doing it all again, starting in November of 2010 and running through April of 2011. Southern Chile a really special part of the world and a really special fishery, and we’d love to have you join us. Drop us a line to learn more.