Expect to be respected if you decide to join Loop Addictions, because the rule of respect is held highest of the few rules that apply. If you want to disagree, then please do so in an adult manner. Debate is healthy, as one sword sharpens another, but it must be done in an honorable fashion. All legal methods are welcome for discussion.


Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Topics - Stumpkiller

Pages: [1]
1
Embark / Fishing kayak
« on: September 21, 2017, 02:35:00 PM »
I have been venturing into the local lakes and rivers with a Perception Sport Sound 12.5 kayak.  The grand 'ol sit inside variety.

 [ Invalid Attachment ]

I have a pair of RAM 1-1/2" ball mounts up on the deck ahead of the cockpit and that allows me to place a fly-rod or Casting/Spinning rod up front.  Also a RayMarine Dragonfly 4 Pro depth finder/chartplotter that makes for a whole new dimension in fishing (for me).  One of my fly rods is a 9 wt G. Loomis with a FinNor reel that I use to put Deceivers and Clouser Minnows in from of smallmouth, and that makes for a great day!


2
Picture Perfect / Gray Petaltail Dragonfly (Tachopteryx thoreyi)
« on: September 20, 2017, 11:48:44 AM »
Came across this fellow in Watkins Glen State Park (NY).  A Gray Petaltail Dragonfly.  The body is about 3" long. 

Interestingly - this is one dragonfly we as fly fishers may not care about.  The Larva/Nymphs do not need standing water to develop.  They survive in mud or seepage areas on steep gorge faces.


3
The Current / Tenkara
« on: September 05, 2017, 04:29:51 PM »
Anyone else fishing with Tenkara equipment?

I have been doing some stream fishing with a 14 ft Ito rod and am happy enough with it that I may just leave the bass rig on my 6 weight outfit.  Three feet of arm, 14 feet of rod and 20 feet of line and tippet means a reach of 37 feet.  Not much for a river but on a 60 ft wide or less stream it makes a viable outfit. 

I have taken to carrying mine in the SUV at all times.  The rod (in a aluminum tube), a net and a pack that only needs to hold the line and tippet, a couple flies, and if you are a worrier a spare line and tippet on a spool or in a zip-baggie.  Coming off a Catskill background I at first narrowed down a "spartan" fly box to 20 essential patterns.  But then I got the spirit and limited myself to six in the "traditional" Tenkara styles.  Basically a wet-fly system that has elements of short-line nymph fly fishing. 

I have since added a seventh pattern - a black ant tied Tenkara style.  Just can't go without a terrestrial pattern.  ;-)

The beauty of the system was apparent yesterday.  We were on a back route headed up to the old Eric Canal paths to ride our bicycles and passed by a fishing access site on the Otselic River.  Since THE ADMIRAL had brought a book I allowed myself an hour of checking out a spot I had not fished before.  Yes, certainly I could have as easily had a three-piece rod, reel , vest etc. in the SUV.  But I don't as a rule.

With Harvey finishing up and Irma headed along we has some pretty good winds - 10 with 20 mph +/- gusts.  I was amazed how well the Tenkara rod kept it's head together and presented flies fairly well.  I could really feel the wind on the pole.  But I never snagged the overhanging brush I was drifting the fly under.  Grated 35 feet or so isn't a large radius with any rod . . . but no complaints on the Ito.

I just ordered a Skulpin Flatvest that will hold all of my Tenkara gear.  (Support our Sponsors!).  Basically what you could fit in a front jeans pocket.  Pretty simple and tidy.

I do recommend a net - even for little guys.  The Tenkara pole is so whippy it will protect a tippet from most everything but it just won't lift a fish.  Also, with no reel, the added little-bit of reach makes a world of difference.

4
Knot Again! / Two dandy knots: Orvis Knot & Kreh Loop
« on: September 05, 2017, 01:20:02 PM »
Let me start off the category with two knots that I feel are the best for their respective uses. 

For small flies to tippet I can't think of a better knot than the Orvis Knot.  It's a figure-of-eight knot with an added final tuck.  Easy to tie, though not quite as easy as the Davy [Wotton] Knot - but somewhat stronger.  Though when the light is failing the Davy Knot is a good choice because it is so simple. 

The other is the [Lefty] Kreh Loop (aka Open Clinch Knot and Anti-Slip Mono Loop).  I use this one for streamers where I want some action.  Also great anyplace you would use a Rapala Knot.  Not quite as strong as the Rapala but easier to tie and the tag-end faces the fly so it is slightly more weedless.

Here is the Orvis Knot tutorial that includes both of the above.

http://www.orvis.com/orvis_assets/files/index.html

5
Vise Vices / Tenkara flies
« on: September 04, 2017, 10:39:55 PM »
Playing around with a Tenkara USA Ito rod and tied up a few flies in the style to puddle around with.




Pages: [1]
Forum Home Icons
Read
Unread