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New Cork Grips from Fly Rod ‘N Reel

New Cork Grips from Fly Rod ‘N Reel

I’ve been experimenting with grip design and finish and here are some examples of what I’ve created.  I particularly like the FW with fighting butt, the grain really popped after finishing it with oil.

 

Fly Rod 'N Reel Grips

Winter Fly Fishing

Winter Fly Fishing Western Maryland

 

Winter Fly Fishing

Fish On! Crabtree Creek Western MD

Winter Fly Fishing

Rainbow Trout, Crabtree Creek Western MD.

The MD DNR stocks the reservoir with Rainbows and this may be a stocker that swam upstream and made its home in the bridge pool.

Winter Fly fishing

Brook Trout, Crabtree Creek MD

 

I did some Winter Fly Fishing in western Maryland over the weekend,the Savage was running high so I decided to fish some new water.  With over 100 miles of Brook Trout streams in the Savage River watershed, as well as a beautiful strain of wild Brook Trout, it is one of the few intact Brook Trout systems in the country. There is a zero creel limit on Brook Trout so as to ensure good populations of fish. I decided to fish Crabtree Creek, it feeds the western arm of the Savage reservoir, it is a good size stream with Brookies in the 12″ class.  The nicest fish was a Rainbow, it looked very healthy and wild but whether it is wild or stocked is not clear to me.  Beautiful winter day fly fishing Crabtree Creek in western Maryland!

High Country Flies

High Country Flies

Fly Rod ‘N Reel is pleased to have High Country Flies as a supplier of high quality flies! 

high country fliesHigh Country Flies ties quality flies at an affordable price! Every fly is tied with care and consist of the highest quality materials. Offering classic go to patterns or custom requests. Help Support small businesses and buy American made! Discounts available for large quantity orders, even on top of already competitive pricing.

Pricing for flies is as follows:

  • Midge/scud patterns
    • Sizes 22-16 ~ $1.15/ea
    • Sizes 14-10 ~ $1.40/ea
    • Add $.35 for Tungsten
  • Dry Flies
    • Sizes 22-14 ~ $1.25/ea
    • Sizes 12-8  ~ $1.75/ea
  • Nymphs
    • Sizes 20-14 ~ $1.25/ea
    • Sizes 12-8  ~ $1.75/ea
    • Add $.35 for Tungsten
  • Terrestrials 
    • Sizes 16-4 ~ $1.85/ea
  • Streamers/Buggers
    • Sizes 16-6  ~ $2.00/ea
    • Sizes 4-2/0 ~ $2.50/ea
  • Larger sizes than 2/0 dependent on style/Materials 
  • Order over 2 dozen flies receive 10% discount. Mix and match any pattern. 
  • Custom requests welcome, fill out the contact form below.

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Big Hunting Fly Fishing

Big Hunting Fly Fishing

Big Hunting Fly Fishing

Big Hunting Fly Fishing

I fished Big Hunting Creek yesterday morning (11/4) and had a great time, the Browns are still looking up, sz 16 tan caddis and sz 14 yellow humpies worked well.  The water was low and clear but very fishable. The fish were in the deeper runs and the tail of the pool in many cases.  Always fish the tail before approaching the next run/hole, let the fly drift all the way to the lip, fish will hold in front of the rocks and come up and take your fly right before the water spills into the next pool.  

Slovenia Trout Fishing

Slovenia Trout Fishing

Marble Trout

Slovenia Trout Fishing

Fly Fishing for trout in Slovenia looks fantastic!  This is the second video I’ve posted and I am looking forward to visiting.  Croatia, which is Slovenia’s neighbor to the south, is a Mediterranean Jewel so I am planning on visiting both countries (next year hopefully).

Slovenian rivers are divided into the Adriatic and Danubian or Black Sea watersheds. The main river in the former is the Soča and its tributaries, and in the latter the Sava and tributaries. As many as 45 watercourses are more than 25 kilometres long, and no two rivers are alike. The surface area of Slovenian waters totals 12,000 hectares. 

Enjoy the video!

PS: The refugee situation in the Slovenia/Croatia area has become critical so if you plan on going ensure that this issue is resolved before you go.

Slovenia Trout Fishing

Soca River

Rapidan River Trip

Rapidan River Trip with Rav and Matthew

Rav and Matthew took up fly fishing this past June.  They’ve become avid fly fishers and wanted to experience the Rapidan River. They contacted me and signed up for WorkShop #2 on the Rapidan River this past week. Luckily for us, October Caddis and Tan Caddis were coming off and the fish were looking up and obliging.  Eighteen Brookies to hand, several in the 12″ category, an awesome day on a beautiful river.

Rapidan River Trip

Rav with a Super Brookie!

Rapidan River Trip

Beautiful Colors

Rapidan River Trip

Nice Brookie Matthew!

Rapidan River Trip

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:  The Brook Trout are getting ready to spawn/are spawning and in the upper reaches were further along in the process. The fish behavior, coloration and the redds were more pronounced.  Avoid walking through and fishing directly to the spawning fish.

spawning

Fly Fishing Australia

Fly Fishing Australia

During our recent visit to Australia my son (Scott) and I fished several mountain rivers in northern Victoria.  The streams were very similar to eastern mountain streams in size and held wild Rainbows and Browns.  It was the middle of September (early spring DownUnder) so the rivers were running full and cold. We caught fish on dry/dropper combos in the smaller, shallower runs and running double rigged nymphs through the deeper holes as well.  Tactics don’t change from one part of the world to another!!  

Fly Fishing Australia

Rubicon River Brownie

Fly Fishing Australia

Ovens River Rainbow

Fly Fishing Australia

Scott with an Ovens River Rainbow

Fly Fishing Australia

Scott’s first Aussie Brownie! East Branch of the Ovens, Harrietville, Victoria Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While fishing on the Ovens we were treated to a chorus by two Kookaburras, here is a short video of them laughing in unison!

kookabarra

 

Epic Fly Rods

Epic Fly Rods

Epic Fly Rods

Fly Rod ‘N Reel is pleased to announce the addition of Epic Fly Rods to its offerings. I provide Custom Fly Rods built on Epic blanks, or you can buy a rod blank and build your own at Fly Rod ‘N Reels’ store.

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Epic Fly Rod Blanks

Epic® FastGlass®
Smooth. Powerful. Tough.

Epic® blanks are made to exacting standards using a proprietary S2-glass composite. This material features a fully unidirectional fibre layup which aligns fibers longitudinally along the blank. The result is an incredibly strong, light and powerful tube with a crisp, precise response. This recipe, rolled to our fast tapers combine silky smooth easy loading with trophy pulling power. We call it FastGlass®

Epic® C Series Carbon Fibre
 As good as it gets.

Epic C series are a state of the art carbon fibre (Graphite) fly rod blank. The most sophisticated composite materials and production processes are used in their construction. Full Helical construction, multi modulus, All unidirectional carbon fibre and the lowest resin counts in the industry. We believe this is the most sophisticated fly rod blank available.

 

epic fly rods

 

Selecting the Right Fly Rod

Selecting the Right Fly Rod

Selecting the Right Fly Rod

Basics:

The fly rod is the focal point of your fly fishing gear, so selecting the right fly rod length, weight and action will make a huge difference to your casting performance in a given situation.

Typical Fly Rod Lengths: 

6′ to 7’6″ tight spots, small streams and typically smaller species of fish.

8’6″ to 9′ for larger water bodies where casting is easier and casting distance is critical, larger species of fish.

10′ and above: Typically spey and switch rods, large bodies of water and large species of fish.

Fly Rod Weight:

0-4: Small streams to spring creeks, targeting small trout, small grayling or panfish.

4-6: Average-sized trout and grayling, small bass, for medium to larger streams 

6-8: Large rivers, targeting large bass, trout, salmon.

8-10: Bass fishing to salmon and bonefish, up to striper and smaller tarpon.

11-12: Yellowfin tuna, large tarpon, king salmon, and dolphin

Action/Stiffness/Speed: Stiff rods require a faster casting speed, soft rods a slower casting speed. This means you need to speed up your casting stroke for a fast rod and slow it down for a slower rod.

X-Fast, Fast, Moderate/Medium, Slow and all permutations between. 

Selecting the Right Fly Rod

Action is usually a matter of personal preference. The best way to find out if you like a fast, moderate or slow action fly rod is to cast as many different fly rods as you can. For light rods, making delicate presentations, slower rods are great. For fishing the flats with larger fly rods making longer casts a fast fly rod is the rule.

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