(When drift-boat fishing, the holding water can go by quickly--often, only a long cast will get the fly to the fish before you’re off downstream.)
We had the opportunity to chat with Ty Clifton of Colorado about one of his favorite fish to catch on the fly. Ty is a Scientific Anglers Pro Staff member and when he is not guiding the mountain rivers of Colorado, can be found swinging flies for steelhead or casting to tailing carp.
What gets you so excited to catch carp with a fly rod?
Late last fall I got together with Catch Magazine's Todd Moen and Jakob Lund of Salmonfly Syndicate. Our goal, to capture the essence of Pacific Northwest steelheading in a short video. We decided to go out on a limb and explore a small remote unknown drainage. Despite the challenges of moody fish, we ventured into uncharted territory, a fast rising river, cold and extremely wet weather, and we struck gold!! What we found exceeded any of our expectations.
There’s no more intimidating place on earth to an angler than the jungle. The heat and humidity can be unbearable. The thought of biting insects and the fear of rare viruses scare us to death. But if you prepare for all these nuances, once there you have the chance to catch an incredible game fish in the world’s most unspoiled wilderness.
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.
As a full time guide, one of the most common question I get during the 200 days on the water is: What are three things to look for when hiring a guide? This is an important topic. A client needs to feel as comfortable as possible to achieve the best performance to make a guide trip successful. Why? If you hire a guide that is passionate about giving back to the sport and the anglers enjoy it you are with someone that does this as a way of life, not a lifestyle.
When it comes to salt water fly fishing for permit your leader system can sometime make or break your ability to present the fly correctly especially when dealing with heavy winds. In this post you will learn many different reasons how important and good leader system is for permit and fly fishing the salt water flats. We will cover knots, type of mono and tapers all of which I believe make a huge difference in the performance of your leader.
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.
Fly Fishing Team USA Nationals Bend, OR 2012
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