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The 5 anglers in this picture are all lined up, ready to head out for a day of fishing at Andros South.
Notice how they’re all wearing lifejackets? That’s because at Andros South, right before you step into your boat for the day, we hand you a lifejacket. That’s not very common in the Bahamas. It’s a little thing, sort of, but we think it’s good to be safe.
P.S. Those 5 guys happen to all be veterans of the fly fishing industry, and sometimes people who have been around the water a lot don’t think lifejackets are cool. We think safe is very, very cool.
Tom Larimer, as you may know, is one of the top-shelf guides in the Northwest, spending a whole boatload of quality time on the Deschutes River and the surrounding area. Tom also leads group trips to Alaska West and BC West each year, which we’d be happy to tell you more about if you drop us a line.
Anyhow, Tom was gracious enough to let us run his thoughts on catching steelhead in cold water with dry lines. He knows a lot about this stuff – it’s probably worth a read.
Many folks assume you can’t catch late summer steelhead on floating lines once the weather turn nasty in the fall and the water temperatures begin to plummet. The key is to know the current water temperature as well as the water temperature history for the week prior to you going fishing.
With water temperatures at 45 degrees and up, getting a steelhead to come to the surface is not asking too much. However, as the water temperature falls into the low 40’s and high 30’s, it pays to know what the temperatures were the previous seven days or so. I’ve seen a summer steelhead landed on a dry fly in 39-degree water, but the water was cooling slowly during that time period. The fish had weeks to acclimate to the cooler temperature. Plus, the water temp had risen from 37 degrees that morning. Always remember rising temps will activate steelhead in the late fall, even if those temps aren’t above 40 degrees. That said, falling water temps, even if the mean temperature is in the low 40’s, could work against you when try to coax a steelhead to the surface.
Bottom line – when the water temperatures fall into the low forties or below in the late fall, don’t be afraid to fish a floating line as long as the river temp hasn’t spiked down in the previous week. If it has, you’ll have more success fishing a sink-tip and a sunk fly.
Last week we put out the invitation for guests posts on our blog – we love having outside perspectives, and we know our readers do too. The response was fantastic, and we can’t wait to run some of the quality stuff that our readers are sending in.
Today we’ve got a great gear writeup from long-time reader Bill Lenehan. Unlike a lot of what you read here in our gear section, there’s no revolutionary new technology at play here – just years and years of know-how.
Sometimes the best part of fishing in unique places internationally is seeing the local techniques and customs and bringing them back home. Fishing in Western Ireland last summer I noticed the local guides (“ghillies”) and fishermen carrying around a curious kettle, the likes of which I had never seen stateside (frankly, I had never seen a fisherman with any kind of kettle in the US and didn’t initially see the point). The verve with which they treated this piece of kit was equal to their rod or reel. Constructed of light aluminum, a mid-sized version large enough for four cups of coffee weighs just under 2 pounds because it is essentially hollow construction (see picture below – the flame creates a vortex rapidly heating the water which is trapped in the kettles aluminum walls). Fill the bottom bowl with twigs, leaves, a cow patty, almost anything combustible that you scrounge streamside. It will boil water in approximately 3 minutes without the danger of an open flame.
I broke out my Kelly Kettle on a recent trip to the Deschutes and I knew immediately that it is indispensable for cold water trips. Midday coffee, after fishing from o’dark thirty, was a welcome break before heading out for another long session. Seems like those old Irish fisherman, with century long traditions of fishing in cold crappy weather, have figured something out.
NOTE: If you’re interested you can buy Kelly Kettles online right here.
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It may be getting cold where you live, but it’s getting warm in Chile.
Chris Price, our manager at Chile West, recently took this picture in Coyhaique where he lives with his family for most of the year. Coyhaique happens to be our home base at the tail end of our trips at Chile West – think Chris knows the area well?
On any given day at Andros South, here’s the rig that you’re likely to find Whitey using to chase bonefish.
Starting today, Andros South is hosting Bonefishing Week on GoFISHn.com!
We’ll be posting a whole bunch of content related to bonefishing on GoFISHn, including tips, gear reviews, Q&A sessions and more. Oh yeah – we’re also giving away a Sage 890-4 Xi3, a Sage 6080 reel, some Andros South logo gear, and…a trip to Andros South. That’s right, a trip to Andros South.
How can you follow along? Well, a couple of ways…
Let the fun begin!