Nice fish, Whitey.
Archives for November 2011
We thought there were some great nuggets in there, so today we present all three in one fell swoop. Have a look!
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Clearing Cast and Ready Position
Better Double Haul
Building Line Speed
More Video Flats Tips
As the owner and operator of three fishing lodges in remote parts of the world, there’s one topic that we at Deneki Corporate feel uniquely qualified to write about. We may or may not be the best in the world at casting into a 30 knot wind, or executing a cack-handed snap T…but we’re really, really good at traveling with fishing gear!
The Fishpond Rodeo 31″ Rolling Duffel is our current favorite ‘big bag’ for trips involving fishing gear and airplanes. We’ve used several other bags with similar design and proportions in the past, but we think the Rodeo Duffel pulls off the ‘all your stuff in one bag’ program best.
The feature list on this bag is pretty long, but the reasons we like it are pretty simple.
Roomy Bottom Compartment
The bottom compartment on this bag is taller than on others that we’ve traveled with, and that makes it a much easier fit for the wading boots/waders/raincoat combo that often nestles in down there.
Two other nice ‘wet gear’ features add to the fun. The divider between this and the main compartment is neoprene, lowering the chances of wet waders soaking everything else in the bag. The compartment also has big vents, which help minimize the wet wader/old sock/locker room funk that sometimes follows wader bags around.
Easy Access Main Compartment
The design of the U-shaped zipper on the main compartment might not seem like such a big deal, but in practice it provides really easy access to the bulk of your gear. This main storage area is pretty darned big, and yet somehow the shape of the opening made it simple for us to find anything we were looking for – even small things like loose nippers couldn’t hide in some dark corner of the bag. Maybe it’s magic.
Fit and Finish
The zippers all pull really easily! The stitching is even. The materials are rugged. The handle is solid. It’s easy to spot on a luggage carousel while not looking too wacky. Did we mention the zippers pull really easily? We hate having to yank on zippers.
Yeah, there’s a separate waterproof pocket and a small ‘last minute items’ pocket and some other straps and clips and whatnot, but those three reasons right up above are why we’ll be doing a lot of traveling with the Fishpond Rodeo Rolling Duffel.
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More on Traveling and Gear
…and the spey casting video knowledge continues to flow!
Today we’ve got a great nugget of casting wisdom from Brian Styskal. Brian has been part of our ridiculously deep spey casting talent at Alaska West for the past couple of years now; his third place finish at this year’s Spey-O-Rama is one of many feathers in his cap. He’s a super guide and spends lots of his fall around the Klickitat River.
Anyhow, when learning to spey cast, a lot of anglers have a hard time using their bottom hand properly. Early on, the focus tends to be on using the bottom hand during the forward stroke. In today’s video, Brian takes things one step further and talks about using the bottom hand in every part of your spey cast.
- Use it on the lift and when placing your anchor.
- Use it to drive power into the sweep.
- Think of the bottom hand as the source of power and the top hand as the fulcrum – during every part of your cast.
Have a look!
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More Spey Casting Knowledge
We are really excited to announce that Tim Rajeff will be on site at Andros South this spring! Tim is joining Tom Larimer and Brian Pitser for a week of bonefishing from February 25 – March 3, 2012, and he’ll be available to all for our guests for one on one casting instruction during the week.
Why would you want casting help from Tim Rajeff?
Well, he’s a pretty good caster. Tim won a gold medal in the World Casting Games in single hand distance, and also racked up the national overall fly accuracy and distance championship. Tim’s the North American distributor for Airflo Fly Lines and the worldwide distributor for Echo rods…he knows his way around a fly rod.
Lesser known fact: he’s a fantastic instructor and a really, really fun guy to have around.
Lucky for you, there are a few open spots during the week that Tim’s joining us. It’s the best bonefishing in the world combined with casting instruction from a legend…doesn’t that sound like a no-brainer?
More on Andros South
Most of the time, the bonefish on South Andros Island are not that picky.
What Does That Mean?
It means that if you get your fly selection in the ballpark and present reasonably, most of the time you’re not going to get refusals. The photo above is a great example – that’s 15 pound Maxima tippet tied to a 4″ long shrimp pattern. It was a very aggressive eat.
Why Is That?
The fishery on South Andros is mind-numbingly huge, but not a lot of anglers are out there each day. These fish just don’t see many flies, so most of the time they tend to climb right on.
Why Do You Keep Saying “Most of the Time”?
It wouldn’t be fun if it was too easy, right? The very big fish are also very smart, and they can be harder to feed. When the weather gets funky the fish can get unhappy – still catchable, but not so easy always.
But overall, it’s one of the things that we love about South Andros – get your fly selection in the ballpark and present reasonably, and he’s probably going to eat it!
If you like bonefishing, check out our big directory of posts about bonefishing on our site!