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Archives for April 2011
In the past week we came across three fishing articles on other web sites that we thought you might be interested in. Have a look.
- Hatchery Programs Come Front and Center in Debate Over Wild Salmon. The Native Fish Society and the Pacific Rivers Council are suing over hatcheries on the Sandy River in Orgeon, and the Osprey’s blog ran a nice summary of the issues.
- Florida Keys Chronicles: Relentless. Flatswalker wrote up a great story that you really need to read if you care at all about tarpon fishing. Via Bonefish on the Brain.
- Birds of a Feather. Kirk Werner does some field work related to the totally preposterous hackle-in-the-hair phenomenon.
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Here at Deneki Outdoors we’re pretty excited about the recent arrival of some super-cool original new T-shirts! One has an awesome bonefish design for the flats-inclined, and the other pays homage to the fabled Alaska Grand Slam (that would be all 5 Pacific Salmon, all in a day, all on a fly – like we do it at Alaska West). But we digress.
Here’s the problem – we’re toiling away on our web store, but it’s not up and running yet, and these shirts are burning a hole in our warehouse! We can think of only one solution – give one away.
Complete This Sentence, Win a Free T-Shirt
Here’s how this is going to work. If you want a chance to win a free Alaska Grand Slam T-shirt, add a comment to this post that completes the following sentence:
“I want to fish in Alaska this summer because…”
On Wednesday, May 11th, we’re going to pick our favorite comment, contact the person who made the comment, and send you a free T-shirt.
May the best sentence-completer win.
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We’re already getting excited about the king salmon we’re going to be catching at Alaska West and BC West starting the second week of June. These are not your normal king fisheries – we’re swinging flies for hot chrome fish just a few miles for the salt, and that really turns our crank!
Anyhow, we’ve got kings on the brain already so we thought we’d pass on some things to think about if you’re lucky enough to be swinging for kings this summer.
5 Ways to Catch More King Salmon
- Don’t cast too far. Yeah, we like spey rods as much as the next guy, and casting far is fun. For much of our king season though, the fish are pretty tight to the bank. Consistently great 40 foot casts will catch more fish than every-once-in-a-while-I-hit-one 80 foot casts. More string is not always better.
- Keep your fly in the water. In many ways this is related to tip #1 – fish in a way that you’re comfortable, so that your fly is swimming as much as possible. Don’t get stuck with a difficult cast that results in tangles every third swing. Don’t try to cast further than you can. Don’t change flies or tips every 5 minutes. Kings in the lower Kanektok and the lower Dean are constantly swimming by, and it’s really not rocket science! The more time the fly is in the water, swimming reasonably, the more fish you’re going to catch.
- Wait for the deep pull. Golly, this can be hard on the first day of your trip! Kings often swat at the fly a couple of times before they’re solidly hooked. You need to feel the weight of the fish before you set. Be patient, wait for the deep pull, and then let ’em have it.
- Fight them hard. These are big, strong fish, and if you’re not working hard they’re resting. Pull hard, fight them actively, and get it over quick.
- Be grateful. We’re not trying to get all spiritual on you all of a sudden, but chasing anadromous fish sometimes involves some pretty serious ‘X factors’. Anglers who get grumpy about the wind, or their slow afternoon, or their bad casting tend to catch fewer fish. Really, they do. Anglers who take it all in, keep a great attitude, and appreciate the gifts that the river gives them (because that’s what these creatures are, after all) catch more fish, and have a heck of a lot more fun doing it.
More on King Salmon
A few months ago, we ran a video featuring Bruce Chard that detailed his approach to tying leaders for flats fishing. If you fish on the flats, you really need to check out the video – we’ll give you another chance with a link right here.
The foundation of Bruce’s leaders is Rio’s Alloy Hard leader material. This stuff is very stiff, super abrasion-resistant nylon monofilament. Since going to school via Bruce’s video, we’ve been fishing lots of leaders made of Alloy Hard mono, and we like it a lot. If you haven’t tried it already, we think you should.
- Its stiffness (it’s much stiffer than extruded knotless leaders) allows it to turn over big flies much easier. We fish big flies at Andros South – and flimsy tippet material doesn’t turn them over so well.
- Its stiffness make the leader turn over much straighter than other saltwater leaders. This results in more accurate presentations, and less slack in the leader when the fly its the water – the time from ‘fly lands’ to ‘fly is being presented well’ is much shorter.
- Its stiffness (are you noticing a pattern here?) means that you can fish longer leaders with ease. Our very non-scientific guess is that a 12 foot Alloy Hard leader turns over about as easily as a 9 foot leader made of conventional mono. Our bonefish on South Andros are not very spooky, but if you can easily fish a longer leader, why not do it?
Check it out – we think you’ll like it.
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We’ve told you in the past that we love taking kids fishing, and for you family folks out there, we think it’s a pretty darned important thing to do.
Today’s just a friendly reminder of one of the many things that kids bring to the table on the water – enthusiasm!
More on Fishing with Kids
Our friends at Recycled Fish do a great job getting the word out on taking good care of the waters we love.
They’ve just launched a campaign encouraging folks to take a Sportman’s Stewardship Pledge. We think this is a great idea, so we’re passing on the word.
Click right here to become a steward and commit to taking care of the fisheries you care about!
More on Conservation
Beverly Jefferson and her husband Don joined us at Andros South earlier this month for a little warm weather and a little bonefishing. Of the 10 anglers at the lodge during the week (9 of whom were men), Beverly came away with the biggest fish of the trip.
We can’t say we were surprised – she’s got skills!
Nice fish, Beverly.