We talk a lot about our guest spey instructors, and Ed Ward‘s long history guiding with us, but we sometimes neglect the fact that the majority of the guides on our staff are incredible fishing and teaching with two-handed rods.
Archives for February 2011
Part 2 covers the two basic methods for rigging tube flies.
- Attaching a straight-eye hook with a clinch knot
- Attaching an up-eye hook with a loop knot
Sorry the focus is a little screwy – in response we’ve fired our giant, highly-paid team of videographers.
NOTE: If you’re viewing this in a newsletter or a reader, click here to see two tube fly rigging methods on YouTube.
More on Flies
Summertime in Southern Chile means hot weather and that can mean low water and higher water temperatures. Places that hold fish in higher water can be void of fish.
When water temperatures are high, fish will seek out cooler, more oxygenated water – typically the faster water. Riffles and pocket water are good places to find fish during these times.
The water doesn’t necessarily have to be deep. You can catch fish in surprisingly shallow spots – if the current speed is decent and there’s cover like a riffle.
More Trout Fishing Tips
See that little frothy bit of water over there on the right? That’s called The White Rabbit. He’s a pretty important part of spey casting.
See that guy over there on the left? His name’s Charles St. Pierre. He’s part of our ridiculous lineup of spey instructors at Alaska West. He’ll be teaching our guests about The White Rabbit and lots of other elements of spey casting, from June 17 – 24 this summer.
More on Spey Casting
Today we’re releasing our free, 10 page electronic Bonefishing 101 guide, and we think you should grab yourself a copy.
What is Bonefishing 101? It’s a .pdf file that you can download to your computer, and it covers the fundamentals of bonefishing.
- The Ready Position
- Casting on the Flats
- Spotting Bonefish
- Setting the Hook
- Fighting Bonefish
Now why would we go to all the trouble of putting this thing together, and then give it to you for free? Because we’re going to follow it up with a couple of emails with more bonefishing tips, and then we’re going to send you a little bit of information about Andros South, our lodge in the Bahamas. That’s it.
So click right here and type in your email address (which we’ll keep private, of course), and you’ll be well on your way to better bonefishing. Thanks!
More on Bonefishing Tips
Today we’re starting a little mini-series of posts featuring Eric Neufeld, in video format, talking about tube flies and how to rig them.
We fish tube flies a lot at BC West, and more and more at Alaska West. What are tube flies, and why should you fish them? Those are excellent questions, and Eric will answer them for you in today’s video.
Have a look.
NOTE: If you’re viewing this in a newsletter or a reader, click here for an introduction into tube flies on YouTube.
More Instructional Videos
It’s time for the next in our series of spey casting tips from Brian Niska. Any time we need to run something about spey casting, we call Brian and he just rattles this stuff off – just think how much you could learn if you joined him for a week of instruction at Alaska West.
Setting Up for the Sweep
In my last post we discussed the importance of starting every spey cast with a lift – to enable consistent and precise anchor placement. When done well, this initial lift transitions smoothly into a ‘set move’, distinct to the specific speycast that you are making.
Set moves are unique and varied, ultimately limited only by the creativity of the caster. Many involve a rotation of the rod , a purposeful dump or a sudden cut or downward motion of the rod tip. Speycast names are typically descriptive of their set moves, featuring words like spiral, reverse, single, double, snap, roll, cut, poke and circle. Each of these casts uses a different set move to position the anchor so it lines up underneath the path of the rod tip on the forward stroke.
All speycasts can be divided into two distinct groups based on their anchor type – either touch and go (line kisses the water) or sustained (line left to soak). Typically, the sustained anchor casts work better with the sink tips and large flies we use for tidewater chinook salmon on the Lower Dean and Bering Sea kings at Alaska West.
Regardless of their anchor type, each of these casts begins and end the same. They start with the lift and finish with a move 180 degrees from the intended target. In all cases, the line follows the rod tip and the end of the set move will result in the anchor being placed under the forward path of the rod tip. When this move is complete, not only will the anchor be in place, but the rod and caster will be in a position to start the ‘sweep’ .
The sweep is the part of the cast in which rod load is generated. The rod travels around the caster in a circular motion and then finishes with a straight line motion 180 degrees from the intended target – but we’ll learn more about the sweep next time!
More on Spey Casting
Al Conklin is part of Wayne Walts’ great group of anglers that visits Andros South a couple of times a year. Al got a nice bonefish on his last trip down, and was kind enough to send us this photo, along with a story.
“Sparkles spotted the fish on the edge of the mangroves and I happened to make the right cast – I’m being given a hard time about Sparkles being in the picture instead of me. The truth is that when I look at the picture, I see the person that made the catch possible and the stories he shared with me of knowing and fishing with Wayne for over 20 years. It makes a more lasting memory for me than holding the fish myself.”
Amen, Al! Nice fish.