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Fly Tying Patterns

Fly Tying Patterns

fly tying patterns

Book Recomendation: Fly Pattern Encyclopedia

There are two schools of thought regarding the process of tying flies for use in fly fishing. Some consider tying flies to be nothing but a necessary step in the ultimate quest to land the perfect fish, and make every effort to make it as simple and streamlined as possible. Others consider it an art form all on its own, based on careful observation of fish and the prey they feed on.

When reduced to its elements, fly tying is simply the binding together of disparate materials in a manner most likely to attract fish. Some species of fish will strike at anything that moves but others are more discriminating and must be enticed to bite the hook by making the fly attached to it as like their normal prey as possible.

This is where mere expediency gives way to the art of tying flies—the devoted fly fisherman will make every effort to produce his own flies replicating the look and movement of his quarry’s normal prey, both in general looks and movement, often conducting their own observations and research.

For most fishermen however, the task is accomplished in much the same way a cook might undertake to prepare a favorite meal. By having a “recipe” at hand, the fisherman can choose from thousands of proven designs and not have to reinvent the wheel .

Just like following a recipe, it is essential to have the proper fly tying equipment and the correct materials based on the pattern that is to be followed. There are thousands of fly tying patterns, and many books and websites are devoted to the process. A simple computer search will bring up many hits.

As diverse as they are each fly pattern features common elements. These include:

• the size and shape of the hook to be used (possibly the most important consideration)

• which supplies/materials are to be used as well as their colors,textures and reflectivity

• the sequence in which the components are attached to the hook, and by what methods.

While the patterns for flies are legion, there is always room for creativity and innovation. Every angler has the opportunity to devise and name his own ties, although the proof of a creation is measured in its success in landing the particular fish it was designed for!

Whether approached as a hobby or an economical alternative to buying readymade flies, fly tying can be absorbing experience that can only enhance an angler’s enjoyment of his sport.

How to Choose the Best Spinning Reel

How to Choose the Best Spinning Reel

How to Choose the Best Spinning Reel

Fishing is an outdoor activity that is enjoyed by many anglers all over the world. It allows you to spend quality time with family and friends in the beauty of the great outdoors. There are many different types of fishing, ranging from fly fishing and deep sea trolling to baitcasting and spin fishing. Spin fishing is a favorite among most anglers because of the relative ease to get started, as well as the fact that spin fishing is relatively cost efficient. When getting started in spin fishing, it is essential to get the right gear. That starts with choosing the best spinning reel on the market. Let’s look at some options below.

If you are just getting into spin fishing, there are a few brands of spinning reels to be aware of. Shimano, Daiwa, Okuma, and Penn are some of the well known brands on the market, and they produce high quality reels at different price points. When choosing the best spinning reel for the money, you will first need to figure out your budget. Unless you have unlimited funds to spend, you are likely working on a limited budget. I have found that as you go up in price, you will see diminishing returns in features of that reel. For example, a $100 reel has many more features than a $50 reel, but a $500 reel has only a few features over the $100 reel. Keep this in mind as you choose your price range.

7-9-2014 2-36-15 PMMy choice when it comes to the best spinning reel for the money is the Shimano Symetre Spinning reel. For right around $100, you get 5 high performance anti rust ball bearings that make for a butter smooth retrieval. The gear ratio is customizable, which is a nice feature for anglers that fish in different sized waters for different fish species frequently. The drag is easy to adjust, and very responsive and smooth. Shimano makes some of the best spinning reels on the market today at every price point (for example, the Shimano Spirex is a fabulous spinning reel in the $50 range), and the Shimano Symetre does not disappoint.

If you are just getting started in the wonderful sport of spin fishing, you will need to choose a high quality spinning reel that fits your needs, as well as your budget. Read online reviews, talk to your local tackle shop expert, and test a few models for yourself. There are many spinning reels in the $100 range from different brands that offer similar results to the Shimano Symetre, so be sure to do your homework before jumping in. Good luck in finding the best spinning reel for your needs, and happy fishing!

Kayaks for Fishing an Intro

Kayaks for Fishing an Intro

If you are new to kayaking and think that using kayaks for fishing might be something you could get interested in you should check out this video and then go and read some of our fishing kayak reviews.

If you’ve fished before probably haven’t used kayaks for fishing, it is a very different sport and you have to be a lot more safety conscious.

The video is about kayak fishing in Florida but the information about choosing the right fishing kayak could apply to pretty much anywhere in the USA. Obviously you will have to take into account climate, weather conditions and other factors when setting out. We’d advice taking some sort of kayaking class to be on the safe side.

Some of the things discussed are;

  • How it’s an environmentally friendly hobby
  • why a sit on top kayak is best for fishing
  • Why the width of the Kayak is important
  • Paddling techniques
  • What to take with you on a fishing trip
  • The costs of all the equipment you need for a fishing kayak set up.

The guy in the video is pretty experienced at his craft (spoiler alert) they don’t actually catch any decent sized fish!

But in all seriousness we here at kayak reviews thought the video was a good introduction to using kayaks for fishing and excuse the pun might wet your appetite to learn more! If you havent bought a fishing kayak yet be sure to check out our review of the best kayaks for fishing here.

Fly Fish

Kayak Bass Fishing: Rigging For Fly Fishing

Kayak Bass Fishing: Fly Fishing

Hey guys,  a few tips on what you’re going to need to do when you make the decision on taking your kayak out for some Kayak Bass Fishing: fly fishing. Fly fishing from a kayak presents a whole new set of problems, and unless you’ve spent a number of hours on the water to figure them out, you’re going to have a rough ride ahead when you start throwing some fur and feathers.

Tip #1: Drop the amount of gear you’re carrying! – The last thing that you want happening when you hook up with a nice bass is having your fly line get stuck on various objects inside of your kayak. Everything from your footFly Fish pegs, gear lanyards, rod holders, and even your fishing crate are all hanging objects that will catch your fly line at some time or another. When you’re fly fishing for bass from a kayak, keep it simple and bring only your rod, a box of flies, a set of clippers, and a set of needlenose pliers. Everything else is just a recipe for disaster.

Tip #2: Bring an anchor, and hook it up to a trolley! – The point of fishing from a kayak is to slow down and work the area where you’re at; usually areas where other boats can’t hit. Unless you enjoy picking up your paddle every 60 seconds to reposition yourself, you’re going to need some method for holding the boat in place, and give yourself some time to pick apart different pieces of structure – stumps, lily pads, current breaks, you name it. An anchor trolley lets you reposition the boat so you’re always pointed straight at your target, and have the best position for generating the most power on your hookset.

Tip #3: Learn to manage your line in tight quarters! – When I’m fishing for bass from a kayak, one of the most important things I like to do is to strip my line down into the water. This method of line stripping keeps it well out of your way, but still gives you access to it – uncoiled – when you’re ready to give the rod tip a hard jerk and set the hook abruptly. It also helps to minimize the amount of tangles that you get inside of the boat.

Ya’ know, these may sound like common sense to most people, but like I said above, unless you’ve actually gotten out onto the water and figured out what works and what doesn’t, it can be pretty frustrating, to say the least. I’ve logged hundreds, if not a thousand or more hours on a kayak, chasing my favorite sport fish, so I’ve had the time to figure out what some of the most frustrating aspects.

If you havent gotten a fishing kayak yet or are looking to upgrade, we have a helpful guide to find the best fishing kayak.

Must Have Kayak Fishing Accessories

Must Have Kayak Fishing Accessories

Kayak Fishing AccessoriesWP_20131121_002Rod Holder

There are a few kayak accessories that are essential no matter what conditions you are fishing under, whether salt or freshwater, rivers or creeks, lakes and ponds, these few you have to have. The rod holder, and kayak trailer.

The rod holder

Will save you from so much frustration, you can’t even imagine. I prefer the RAM style, to quickly lock the rod into place, for using my hands.

kayak trailerThe kayak trailer

is a life saver as well. I don’t mean a full sized trailer that you can pull behind your car, but a smaller cart type trailer that can hold your kayak full of gear. This makes wheeling the boat around a lot easier, saving you time, and your back.

Ocean Kayak Fishing Accessories

skirtIf you are planning on going out to the big blue, there are a few ocean kayak fishing

accessories that you are going to have to have. If you are using a sit inside fishing kayak, you are going to want to get a skirt. It is almost impossible to get the water out from inside of a sink, and you don’t want to try to learn how on your first fishing trip. The skirt will keep the water out of the boat, even if you do roll over.

If you are using a sit on top fishing kayak, you don’t really need the skirt so much, but you do need to get ahold of some bungee straps. These things, along with some leashes will save your gear time and time again. Face it, it is not about if you flip the boat, but when. It is inevitably going to happen, so make sure your gear is properly secured to the boat.

River Kayak Fishing Accessories

anchor trollyRiver fishing kayak accessories still include the leashes and bungees, but you are also going to need to throw on an anchor trolley. This little contraption allows you to move the anchor forward and backwards, to provide precise positioning of the kayak while you are fishing, or just anchored up. The currents in the river systems, even smaller ones are enough to get the kayak moving at a nice clip, and this makes fishing a very tough, tedious task.

Ultimate Kayak Fishing Accessories

In my opinion, the ultimate kayak fishing accessories are the ones that you build yourself. I have seen a lot of creative ideas and photos in my day, of things that people have just come up with to modify their kayak. Where these ideas stem, is from being out on the water, and realizing that your kayak could be just a little bit better. Getting back to the house, and tearing into it full force. You are a lot prouder of your accomplishments than if you were to just pay someone to install the modification.

Easy Do It Yourself Kayak Fishing Accessories

Some easy do it yourself kayak fishing accessories include the dashboard, anchor trolley, and the kayak cart. You can purchase plans off of the internet for these, and they are usually made out of PVC or some other similar material. You can also just use your imagination once you have a general idea of what they are supposed to look like, and how the modification is supposed to function, to just dive in and design your own. Either way, you can use these tips for kayak fishing accessories to help you along your way!

Need A Fishing Kayak Upgrade?

Not all fishing kayaks were meant to have all of these accessories some fishing kayaks just dont have the extra space for mounts. If your looking to upgrade and move up a model we have a helpful kayaks for fishing buyers guide that can be found by clicking here.