I think it’s safe to say that winter appears to be handed things over to spring, finally. I have even been able to get out into the back yard to clean up all the garbage that blows into our yard over the winter months.
It’s a whole lot drier right now than it was last year at this time. I wasn’t able to work in the back part of the yard until at least May as the yard was under about 4 to 6 inches of water. I’ve been out there working in my sneakers.
Heading To Chubby’s To Get My Fishing License
I’m anticipating an awesome year of fishing, to make up for last year, hopefully. I’m sure you remember what a strange and wet year we had here in New Brunswick and many other places. I don’t think we saw normal water levels until about August.
Even though the water was high which made fishing a bit tougher Jamie and I still had great fun fishing from his canoe and catching smallmouth bass and chain pickerel in the Saint John river around the Jemseg area.
Some more good news is our son finally got a job offer in his field which has allowed him to move out of the house. The sad part is that he had to move to Saskatchewan for the job. Some more good news, he loves the Oxbow and his new job.
He is paying us back for the financial support we’ve given him for the past few years so I may just have a little extra money this year to help with gas for fishing trips and maybe even for a couple of tournaments.
I can’t believe I’ve fished for 51 years now and I’ve never been in a tournament.
Oh better get my butt in gear, Jenny’s just getting ready to head off to work I want to leave with her and then head to Chubby’s over on Killam Dr. to get my salmon fishing license.
I always get a salmon license, just in case we get a chance to get the fly rods out to hit places like the Cains and Quarryville, two of my favourite spots. Maybe Casey, Jamie and I will get a chance for a fly fishing trip for a few Atlantic salmon together, we’ve never done that yet.
When it comes to fishing around the world trout fishing seems to be the most popular for most anglers. I would have to agree with that most of the time although bass fishing puts up a good fight for first place among sports fishers like myself here in North America.
I have been fishing for these rather abundant yet crafty fish using my spinning gear and fly fishing gear for about half a century. Trout fishing just never gets old whether I’m fishing a lake, pond, river or brook.
I live in North America, Canada actually and we have trout all the way from the east coast, where I currently live to the west coast where I’d love to take a fishing trip some day. The trout in it’s many forms such as brookies or speckled, rainbow, brown and even lake trout are all over most parts of North America but they are not limited to N.A.
The Trout Habitat I Love To Fish
I really don’t find fishing lakes for trout as exciting as I do fly fishing a stream for brookies probably because a brook is so much more visual. But I won’t turn down a trip to a lake for some trout fishing.
One of my best fishing trips was a fly in trip into Quebec for lake trout and pike. A fishing trip I will not soon forget as I got to sight fish for spawning lake trout, my first chance to fly fish for lake trout.
We have rivers here in New Brunswick with Brown trout in them. I didn’t even realize we had brown trout here so you can imagine how excited I was when I landed my first brown trout ever in a brook I was fishing for brook trout in.
Luck can be a big part of fishing and I enjoy making a cast that hooks into a fish I didn’t expect.
My fishing buddies tend to think I’m lucky or have horse shoes up my behind when I catch a big one. Of course when it’s them that makes the big catch it’s all skill.
The truth is there are always a few things you can learn to do while fishing that will make you a better trout angler.
When trout fishing a stream don’t get in the water until you have evaluated the lay of the water and structure. What’s happening in and around the water that will tell you want might be happening under the water.
Knowing what the trout are feeding on will give you a big advantage so follow step one first and then step two is to turn over a few rocks that are under the water to see what kind of life is living there, then use a bait that matches what you find.
Having taken the time to read the water and surrounding for indicators of what the trout are feeding on and you have turned a few rock you now need to get your bait or fly where the fish live, but not on top of their head as you will spook them and never catch much other than dumb fish which are usually quite young and small.
Situate yourself so that you are not in a feeding lane and then cast ahead of the fish so that the bait or fly will drift into the fishes feeding zone. You are much more likely to get that big one when you’re stealthy.
Patience is a virtue, especially when it comes to trout fishing as they are extremely easy to spook. Practice patience and you will do much better. When you accidently slap your bait or fly on the water and spook a fish, stop, take a break to give the fish a few minutes to calm down. That’s when you get the big one and the other guy gets skunked.
Bonus Trout Fishing Tip
A real key to successful trout fishing is to go with a fishing setup that will give you the most excitement and sometimes that means going with a light setup for those smaller trout. I have so much more fun when I am fishing light tackle or fly fishing setup that matches the size of the trout I am fishing.
These 5 useful trout fishing tips will help you catch more trout and even bigger trout in the same water you couldn’t catch them before. Happy fishing and remember to take a kid fishing, it could change their life like it did mine.
When it comes to salmon fishing, remember that there are quite a few things that you need to be resonant of in order for you to be successful. Like any partisan who is after a certain rocking horse, or for that matter an experience, salmon fishing is sure as shooting something that comprises many composite workings. There are quite a few affairs that you need to know, like for representative where on the button you can fish for salmon. Other than that you need to also be careful of what kind of gear you need. And to be genuine, the list does not end here either.
You should be alert that like most rocking horses there are certain dangers that are linked to salmon angling. In most cases, fishing for salmon takes place in the wilderness. The truth is other wildlife such as bears may be crossing that particular area. This is why you need to get an accomplished opinion of what arenas are the best and also the safest when it comes to salmon angling.
Another way in which you can find out Selective Information is to check out a few of the tourist offices that are offering salmon fishing as an attraction. They are sure to offer the said experience at a lower rate for locals. This is where you need to do an individual search on your own. Having said that it is also worthwhile to check out within your neck of the woods if there are many salmon angling radicals who band up unitedly and venture into areas where salmon is abundant. Besides the adventure you are sure to come across many boosters as well.
If you seem to come crosswise many dead ends when it comes to brilliant for opportunities with reckon to salmon angling, try joining a few blogs and word boards online. You are sure to come across many articles on what you should do in order to be prepared for salmon fishing. Not only that there are quite a few leads you will be able to gather from interacting with a vast array of mortals who are into salmon fishing. Selective Information on which areas are shorter, what gear to take, which itineraries are better and even adjustment spots can be easily told apart by talking to enthusiasts of sportfishing.
Finally just make you are know what your status is with wish to salmon fishing. Ask yourself whether you are an amateur or whether you are following this just as a avocation and not as an occupation. All this Selective Information will sure help you when it comes to gaining more data for yourself.
Even if this sounds like an overwhelming undertaking, understanding saltwater fly fishing basics is not really that difficult. This certainly has been a great deal published about saltwater fly fishing. In fact, you will find more information about accessories, and it may feel like you have been inundated with information if you have never picked up a fly rod. However, just like any other fishing, fly fishing can be complicated or as simple as you would like to make it. However, understand that you do not need a lot of knowledge or equipment to start successfully. In fact, you do not even need to invest significant amounts of your savings on equipment. Here are the basic equipment needs that will help you get started.
The first thing you will need is a good fly rod. Most saltwater fly anglers recommend an 8 or 9 weight for average salt water fishing. This includes the average saltwater fish in the Northeast such as bluefish or striped bass. Most anglers recommend a rod length of typically about 9 feet long, since they give you the leverage that you need to cast the line. Anything much longer than that becomes hard handle. Most tackle shops will carry a good quality rod for somewhere around $100.
The next most important piece of equipment that you will need is a good reel to match your rod. The good news is the confusion is easy to wade through. Since reels and fishing rods are rated the same, and an eight weight reel will match up with an eight weight rod. If you plan on using your fishing rod primarily in salt water settings, a large, arbor reel is typically a best choice. The benefits of these include wider deepest pools that allow you the room that you need for a couple of hundred yards a fly line backing, as well as your fly line. This additional line is necessary in the event that you hook a large fish that make a long run. This type of fly reel system can be purchased for well under $100.
The next piece that you will need is fly line and backing. Inexpensive fly lines are a good choice for those just starting out. Make sure the line weight matches your rod and reel, and that you use a floating weight forward line. You will not need sinking lines right away. Before you add your fly line to the reel, fill it with fly line backing. Dacron line rated at 20 to 30 pound test is usually your best option. It is typically best to ask the tackle shop to wind the line for you, since they have winding machines.
The next piece of tackle that will be required is a leader. Made either from monofilament line or fluorocarbon line, leaders are typically the same length as your fishing rod, and are attached to your fly line before you tie the fly. Your local retailer should be able to recommend ideal leader sizes for the type of fish that you will be attempting to catch. It is important to remember that leaders are generally tapered, which allows them to unfurl at the end of the cast.
Talk to others who fish locally for deciding which type of flies to use. As a general rule of thumb, a small selection of surface flies and streamers are usually sufficient. For those just starting out, the employees in a local tackle shop can provide this information. After you have been fishing a few times, you will start to figure out what works best for you.
For those interested in learning more about fly fishing but don’t have friends or relatives to turn to, like I had 30 years ago, then here is some beginner fly fishing information I’ve learned and wish to share with you.
There really isn’t a whole lot to learn in order to start fly fishing. My brother-in-law showed me enough in just 15 minutes to get me started and I was catching trout right away.
The fact is there are differences in how you present your bait, which is called a fly, although it can represent a lot more than just a fly.
The Fly Fishing Basics
The basics of fly fishing is learning how to setup your fly fishing equipment, rod, reel, fly-line, leader, tippit and fly, as well as learning how to cast a fly which is a whole lot different than casting a lure with a spinning rod.
Next I learned how to stand, hold the fly rod and cast my line. We practiced in our backyard, just casting a small amount of line across the lawn. We even used a fly that had the sharp end of the hook broken off so I wouldn’t get snagged while practicing.
About a half hour later we were on our way to give it a try on a trout stream.
What Equipment A Fly Fisher Needs
In the basics paragraph above I mentioned the fly fishing equipment:
fly reel backing
Anyone adventuring into fly fishing can easily go crazy with all the fly fishing related gear available, just like any other type of fishing. I have a few friends that can fill a fishing boat with just their fishing lures alone. They usually bring so much they can’t move around in their boat without tripping over something. Okay, maybe not quite that bad but it’s funny to watch.
Personally I started fly fishing on the cheap because I had only just moved to New Brunswick and didn’t even have a job yet. I went to Canadian Tire and bought the cheapest fly rod and reel setup I could find. My intentions were to make due until I was earning some money. Well that fly rod is still the one I use today, although I had to replace the reel two years ago.
The fly fishing combo doesn’t have to be expensive or cheap, even on eBay. When I bought my fly rod/reel combo it came with a second spool for the reel. Believe it or not but I broke the first spool on the very first day fly fishing. I stumbled climbing over a big rock and as I fell forward I through my hands out to protect myself and broke the face of the spool. I was so happy to have the extra spool. That second spool lasted me for nearly 30 years.
How To Setup Your Fly Rod Before Fishing
I never had a problem setting up my fly rod as my brother-in-law showed me the same day I learned how to use a fly rod. This video doesn’t show you how to tie lines together, just how to proper put your rod and reel together and how to put the line through the guides. Very basic but for the real beginner it’s priceless.
My point is that it’s not necessary to spend all you money in order to have a great fly fishing experience. In the years I’ve been using my fly rod I have caught brook trout, Atlantic salmon, smallmouth bass and chain pickerel. The biggest salmon I’ve caught with my fly rod is 17 lbs and it’s just a light action fly rod.
What Flies To Use
Once you have your fly fishing setup ready to go you’re going to need a variety of artificial flies. I think I started with about 5 or 6 flies. A couple of dry flies, a couple of wet flies and a mickey finn fly streamer for Atlantic salmon. Of course I quickly became interested in tying my own fishing flies and now I’m able to tie them as I need them and they are far less expensive.
My most enjoyable method of fly fishing is dry fly fishing and has been since the day I started 30 some years ago. I only change to other types of flies when the weather isn’t right for top water fishing. That’s when I change to wet flies so I can get just below the surface of the water. There are a few types or categories of flies:
dry flies – stay on the surface of the water
wet flies – in the water column but below the surface
nymphs – imating aquatic insects and usually fished on the bottom
streamers – these flies are representing bait fish
poppers – these flies are top water with a convex face that makes a popping or gushing sound that fish can’t resist.
The size of the hook will determine the size of the fly. A bigger hook usually means a bigger fly. The shank of the hook or it’s length between the eye and the bend in the hook is where the fly tying materials are fastened to the hook.
I tend to tie a lot of my flies is smaller sizes and have caught some big trout on very tiny flies. I like to match the size of the fly I use to the size of their food source, at that moment. Matching the hatch as they call it can make for an awesome day of fishing. Getting it wrong can leave you scratching your head.
It is often easy to find a bargain pair of wading shoes on Amazon, eBay or in Wal-Mart: in anyones’ eyes $50 or whatever must seem a snip. However, such ‘bargains’ are illusory, little more than a false economy. Don’t forget these words of wisdom, “You get what you pay for”. An anglers’ wading boot is as vital a piece of kit as is his rod, reel, or fly: with the wrong kit, fishing can be so much less enjoyable. Bear in mind as well, that plunging into a river in a pair of standard hiking boots, sneakers or whatever else is not advised and conversely, using your fishing boots to hike trails and so on will do them no good either: wading shoes as the name implies, are a specialist piece of kit, designed especially for one purpose.
Felt Soled Boots?
For some time it has been held that felt soled wading boots are the best, providing the greatest flexibility and traction. However, recent technological advances, coupled with a greater awareness of the need to ameliorate the introduction of environmentally-unfriendly micro-organisms (aquatic nuisance species, or ANS) into our waterways, have led to the introduction of a new style of angling footwear that whilst providing the necessary grip, and ankle support, but also lessen the conditions liked by micro-organisms and are easier to clean and keep clean. A fine example are Simms G4 Guide Boots, complete with new ‘Cleanstream’ technology; well worth checking these out.
The wading shoe you buy should be comfortable and have the proper foot support when walking through water, and your choice may be influenced by the conditions you’ll be fishing in – speed of water current, type of terrain underfoot, and the like. When fly fishing these types of rivers, river talons or studded cleats are highly recommended. River talons and cleats fit around a standard wading shoe and have small, metal spikes on the bottom. These spikes, in combination with the metal it is attached to, provide the ultimate in footing. River talons are highly recommended for the angler who will be fishing in rivers that are extremely rocky, deep and have fast-flowing currents.
Does Size Matter?
One point to be aware of is that due to differences in the systems of foot measurement, buyers in the USA & Canada are advised to purchase wading boots a size one greater than their actual shoe size, whereas in the UK for example, boot sizes equate more accurately to ones’ shoe size. Most good stores that sell items such as the Simms G4 will have size charts and in some cases, written advice. Further, most will stock suitable socks designed to go with the boots, as well as cleats previously mentioned.
To Sum Up
A good quality wading boot or shoe provides purchase in slippery, fast moving water courses – leading to more enjoyable and safer wading. In general look for boots that principally offer:
Good ankle support
Ease of cleaning
A solid grip
An angler wading in a river using just sandals, sneakers or a pair of standard gum boots on their feet will find themselves sliding around, constantly at risk of falling with consequences possibly more painful than simple wounded pride.
No doubt, at one time or another, you’ve viewed a image or video of someone fly fishing with their line and lure floating delicately through the air close to the surface area of the water. Probably you have even believed that it may well be motivating to try this classic tactic of fishing, but speculated about how to get begin. This post is a primer on the soft of fly fishing tackle you will be required to have to land those evasive salmon and trout.
What is the Meaning of Fly Fishing?
With fly fishing, the angler attempts to imitate the action on insects that are on or close to the surface of the water, wanting to lure a fish to strike a hook concealed in the fly. Wet fly fishermen use hooks enclosed in vividly coloured thread. The flies are also ornamented with pieces of feather to produce exclusive models. Wet flies are so named due to the fact that their style allows them to sink slowly in the water. Dry flies also bear a resemblance to insects but are treated with a water deterrent substance that keeps them from sinking. Even though flies are widely accessible from tackle shops, numerous anglers get pleasure from creating or “tying” flies themselves. Flies often have humorous or expressive names – for example “Cosmo Gordon,” “Green Peacock” or “Silver Grey.” Around 5000 varieties of flies exist.
A rod for fly fishing is handy and light. Rods are made in two types, single- and double-handed. For small streams and still waters, decide on a single-handed rod. For spots in which the fish are likely to be huge and the waters commanding, a double-handed rod would be better. Reels and line for fly fishing furthermore are specialised. Fly reels are designed in 3 types: single action, multiplier and automatic. With a single action reel, one turn of the handle equals one turn of the reel. Multiplier reels integrate a gearing technique so that one turn of the handle is equivalent to 2 or more turns of the fishing reel. The expression “automatic” fishing reel may sound interesting, but such reels are heavy and difficult to handle. They operate via a hand wound spring that is triggered with a lever. The line for a fly fishing reel is not like other sorts of line. Fly line is larger and is made either to sink gradually or to float. An additional piece of line called a leader is fastened to the fly line. The fly connects to the leader.
Outfitted with just some fundamental fly fishing tackle, anyone can enjoy this exhilarating and taxing sport.