|The Intimacy of Small Streams|
|I have always been a seeker of big fish and big water. The macho, physical exertion of wading large rivers and casting long lines has been a challenge that I have gladly accepted. However, I have recently been rediscovering the quiet solitude of fishing small hidden streams. There is tranquility to be found under the canopies of ancient forest. There is primevalness; a window into a world that existed before modern man. It awaits the fisher who is willing to hike and boulder hop the water courses of deep forested|
|canyons. Here can be found escape from sirens and barking dogs and traffic noise... where the loudest noise is wind in the tops of the trees. If you hike far enough you will escape the beer cans and bait containers and all signs that other humans have|
|ever existed. When fishing mountain streams the quality of the experience is rarely remembered with pictures of giant fish that you have subdued. Most mountain trout are small. In the Oregon Cascades most small mountain streams have good populations of Rainbows or Cutthroat or both. On small streams the macho muscle of the long cast is replaced with the control of casting short lines when surrounded|
|with tight cover. Often small streams are canopied or are tunnels through wild vegetation. Casting and presenting your fly can be as challenging as long casting on larger water. Often rods with specialized actions make fishing small streams easier. Check out the article by John Jones below. MB|
|Small Stream Rods,
Reels, Lines...A Review.
By J. Morgan Jones
Small stream trout fishing...? Small streams are waters that do not intimidate. They are usually easy to wade and easy to read. And, more often than not, trout that live in the shade and will come to a dry fly most of the day. For many of us, small streams are the very essence of fly fishing.
However, small streams can offer their own special challenges. Operating a fly rod when surrounded by obstacles that closely inhibit ones' back-cast can make for creative presentations. The proper rod, line and leader combination will go a long way in helping to unlock a small stream's secrets.
Short flexible rods enable the angler to maneuver in tight
quarters.... 6 to 7 1\2 foot rods are generally accepted as the most
comfortable lengts. Most of these rods are built with the
overall weight in mind (lighter is better).
Cork grips are generally cigar shaped or super-fine shaped and
slightly smaller than normal. A smaller grip will cause the fisher to
handle the rod more gently than with the longer, larger
diameter, “big water” styles. The end result is that
most fly fishers will make more delicate casts and presentations with
a smaller lightweight rods.
As a general rule small stream rods need to be able to form a good
tight loops and make a delicate presentation with as little as five
feet of fly line and moderately short, finely tapered leader beyond
the rod tip. You will
also want your rod to be able to cast well up to forty feet and have
the backbone to handle the occasional larger fish. While long distance
is unnecessary, many well made small stream rods will easily cast
The smaller rod can magnify any flaws in your casting
stroke. You may need to make adjustments. Generaly shorter
lighter rods take less physical exertion and are easier to control
than longer, heavier ones. the result is that using a smaller rod can
help make you a better caster.
Double taper lines are known for their ease of mending and
delicate presentations and, as a result are often appropriate for
small stream fishing. However, there are several weight forward
lines that are specifically designed for small stream fishing. Scientific
Anglers XPS, Sage
Quiet Taper and Cortland's
Clear Creek Series are three that come to mind. Most
importantly, a high floating, supple line that also mends well and
casts smoothly is what you need. Some small rods can be extremely
sensitive to specific line designs. If you are having trouble
deciding what is best for your particular favorite stick, come to the
shop and see me personally so we can try out a number of our
"extensive collection" of demo lines in the back yard.
Reels for small waters do not require a sophisticated drag system. A quiet adjustable clicker is all that is needed. Backing capacity is a minimal requirement. Weight is the prime ingredient. We have many beautifully machined reels that match up with small stream rods. Two of my favorites are the Abel T/R Series and the new Ross Evolution.
What are my favorite small stream rods? Winston
LT Series are hard to beat. If you don't believe me just
check out my new Harding triple rod/reel case. It contains an
589-5 LT, a 489-5 LT and a 379-5 LT.
Here in the Pacific Northwest we have largely ignored small stream
fishing, though we are starting to see a shift in attitude as more
anglers are finding small stream fishing to be appealing.
At The Fly Fishing Shop we carry a wide variety of tackle specifically
designed for the hiking angler who enjoys fishing small streams.
Why shouldn't we? Within a ten mile radius of our store there
are over 90 miles of small trout streams. Within a fifty mile
radius of our store there is over 400 miles of this same kind of
|Striped Marlin On The Fly|
is a common Pacific Ocean billfish found in near-shore areas of
Southern California, all of Mexico, Central America and Northern South
America. It likes the open
ocean, but feeds most often in the top 50-60 feet. This puts it
within reach of fly fishermen.
Average adults adults can grow to be more than 13 feet long and 350 pounds. The world record weight is 573 pounds. Striped marlin under 150 pound are becoming commonly caught by fly anglers seeking bluewater experience. These fish are landed on #12 to #14 weight rods.
| Striped marlin feed on tunas, jacks, sardines, anchovies and
squids. Striped Marlin have been caught on flies that look like all of
these types of organisms. They use their "sword-like" bill to slash and stun
their prey before eating it. The normal approach when catching
Striped Marlin with flies is to "tease" them up with
conventional gear and hookless lures, then then cast flies to
them. Many have also been caught with presentations to fish that
were basking on the surface.
Striped Marlin become sexually mature at 4 1/2 to 5 feet long. The females produce between 11 million and 29 million eggs during the spawning season of July and August, in the waters off Mexico. Many are caught in the Sea of Cortez this time of year from ports such as Cabo San Lucas, La Pas and Loreto.
|If you want the most up to date information, check out the fly fishing report from our friends at the Baja Big Fish Company. MB|
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