I wanted to tell you about the new “SA Grand Slam” fly line I have been using the last few weeks. Having read some information about the new fly line Capt. Bruce Chard created. I was interested in trying the line out. I always like to stay up with the new products that become available in my industry. However, I am not always as impressed, as I was with this new fly line. I have been fly fishing for almost 20 years.
The Dragontail Shooting Line from Scientific Anglers was originally designed for Spey casting applications. The line is made up of 105 feet of level 0.038 inch floating line that ends in an additional 15 foot section that tapers to 0.075 inch and weighs around 100 grains. With a loop at the end, different heads can be quickly and easily changed depending on the need.
I have the privilege of living in the centre of world’s finest rainbow trout fly fishing stillwaters. “How fine” you ask? There are approximately 700 wild or stocked quality/trophy small lakes within an hour drive of my house. That fine.
I love the challenge that winter and early spring bring with spooky trout in low water conditions, as this is when fluorocarbon leader and tippet becomes the key to success on a productive rig. Being a full time guide I am constantly changing leaders and tippet daily to ensure a fresh strong connection that will hold up against actively feeding targets.
Shops have been setting up fly reels for their customers for eons. It’s rare when an angler needs to go home and attach the backing to their new reel and connect the fly line to the backing themselves. But I think it’s essential to know how to do it yourself. Not only so you can do it yourself if needed, but so you can be sure that the fly shop is doing it the best way possible.
Often times we as anglers get too comfortable chasing our favorite species and put blinders on to everything else that we have not tried. This was exactly my mentality the other day. I got a call from my friend Joel to go and spend the morning fishing. Awesome! Like most conversations we asked each other what we were thinking of doing. I wanted to go back to the trout river I was at a few days ago and explore more...boring and typical. He had a suggestion that I had never done before. Sea run cutthroat in the Puget Sound.
With the fall fishing season getting started it presents a wonderful opportunity to target the biggest fish in the river. This due to many species feeding heavily before winter. Many anglers in the Rocky Mountain region are lucky enough to have some wild trophy brown fishing, that is just turning on now. Perhaps the most fun way to target large aggressive browns is by throwing large 3-5 inch streamers all day long. Needless to say casting that much weight repeatedly can be taxing on the arm.
By: Matt Heron
It’s a common thought that there are three ways in which people learn; visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Meaning some people will learn to cast by seeing the instructor cast, listening to how a fly cast is explained, or actually feeling a rod and making the cast themselves. For most people it’s a combination of all three.
I just returned from some of the most thrilling, intense, and addictive fishing that I have ever done. The excitement was not caused by the number of fish caught or the crazy amount of action we en counted, but from the potential and level of difficulty that our target species presented. Oio on the fly.