Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Great Rod/Reel Combo For Under $150

I wish I could say I got all of this stuff at a discount or for free because my blog is so awesome. There was a time I had delusions of grandeur that if I could give exposure to certain products I'd start getting them for free. That never happened and I do a lot of research trying to find the best deals for quality fly gear. That's where this post comes in. 

I heard of The Angler's Roost several times from friends. Their website looked a little suspect and it seemed like most of the business was done via ebay. A buddy bought a rod from them and after raving about it I decided to give them a try. I had been looking for a nymphing specific rod for quite some time. This style rod needed to be at least 10ft long and be light enough that I'd feel subtle takes. The first rod I ordered was a 12ft 2/3wt. The rod looked great but I knew when I could almost touch my front door from my back door that it was too long. I'd never fish it. The owner of Anglers Roost was great about letting me exchange the rod for a 10ft 3/4wt peice. The rods come with an extra tip and I was a little confused about what that meant at first and wondered about quality if an extra tip is needed. When I received the rod it came in a sock and was shipped in a tube that could easily double as a rod case. 
The quality of the rod was a lot better than I expected. I realized the extra tip was actually a extra tip section. The handle looked very nice and I like the decorative designs on the lock rings.
The wraps look good and the color is great. 
Overall this is a killer rod for $99.

The first time I tried this rod was on a wild stream and I paired it with a Piscifun reel. I already own the 5/6 version but I also bought the 3/4 model. It balanced the rod great and looks sharp with the rod.

The line in the picture is the $10 fly line I've mentioned in other posts before. You can see the fish don't care that the line is white. The whole combo is under $150.

Monday, January 18, 2016

High Water

We have gotten so much rain I was able to launch from what would normally be a walking pier this weekend. You can see the barely visible waist high poles in the beginning.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Is it Winter?

This has been the warmest winter in memory. Christmas Eve I was fishing in my shorts for gills using poppers.

Over the weekend it was so warm I was able to wet wade a brookie stream. It felt strange to not have to break out my waders in late December.
The water was high but the fish were very active. 
I can't recall ever seeing rainbows with such pretty red stripes on them. All of the bows over 6inches had this. The coloring was beautiful and the picture doesn't do the color justice. The high water made the fish move to calmer pools. One pool in particular had a brookie hanging out in about 4inches of water. This wild brookie was the largest I had seen in quite some time. I thought maybe something was wrong with the fish because of how out in the open it was. I cast my nymph behind and to the right. I went to pull the flies up to make another cast and the fish turned and chased the flies almost hitting them as they came out of the water. I thought maybe I missed my chance, I cast near the fish again. I didn't see the take but I knew where my flies were and saw the fish make a slash. I set the hook and my line instantly wrapped around a downed limb. I was using 6x and tried to free the line without snapping it. I was able to untangle the line by taking the limb out of the water. 
The fish wasn't that colorful but it was really good size for this stream. These fish must be really confused usually the sides of this stream are lined with ice around now. 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Last Kayak Trip Of The Year

I'm pretty sure yesterday was my last kayak trip of the year. I soaked up as much as I could yesterday with the nice weather. The fishing was decent and there is something about paddling a kayak that makes you feel good. If the fish aren't biting you can just paddle around and enjoy the scenery.
The high barely reached 70 yesterday and the water was just above 60 degrees. The usual highs will start getting into the 50's now and being out in the open lake with a cold wind isn't attractive to me. I guess I'll get my fly tying stuff out and see what patterns I can come up with for next year.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Flounder And Bluefish

Surf fishing is tough. There's no place to sit, full exposure from the sun, biting flies, and the wind can be relentless. Even with the negative things it can also be very rewarding. You never know what you're going to catch. When you get a tug on the line it could be a five inch pinfish or a six foot black tip shark. I've surf fished many times and only caught a sunburn. Today was a good day where the wind was right and the fish cooperated.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Neuse River Float

Tried floating the Neuse for the first time. The fishing wasn't that great but the paddling was excellent.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Trying the ActionHat

There's an angler I've been following recently called RexDelRay. His videos are pretty good and this one in particular caught my attention.

Rex is starting a brand called LiveLive and also offering gear that can be used with GoPro style cameras. I thought the ActionHat looked very interesting.
I ordered one the hats and I hope to have a review of it soon. I can see this working a lot better than the head strap.