Saturday, August 28, 2010

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Day on the River 8/14/10

This Saturday's "Day on the River" was held in conjunction with Creekside Angling Company's 5th Annual Spey Daze.  Turn out for the event was good with temperature hovering around 95 degrees.  Plenty of rods, reels, lines, and presentations from the likes of Aaron Reimer, George Cook, and Charles St. Pierre added to the day's success.  

Friday, August 13, 2010

Presentation on "The Myths of Spey Casting"

This Saturday's "Day on the River" on the Snoqualmie River at Fall City will be supporting Creekside Angler's 5th Spey Daze Event at the same location.  Please join us for fun and festivities.  Aaron Reimer will be presenting "The Myths of Spey Casting" at 1pm.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sakasa Spiders

Soft Hackle Spiders are the flies of my youth.  These days we see the popularity of soft hackle flies in Mike Kinney’s flies, Tenkara flies, and Pesca Alla Valsesiana flies.  All of these disciplines have used a reversed type hackle to make their flies more attractive to the fish.  The blending of the Sakasa Hackle with my woven body has breathed new life into my tying and fishing. 

I like to move the fly and get bored with a slack line presentation.  Using tension on presentation allows me to fish all those places that I could not using a slack line.  This series of Sakasa Spiders are tied on larger than normal hooks to make them par proof.  A par is a juvenile salmo or steelhead and mortality rate is high even if the fish is return gently.  Most of the exhaustion comes from being hooked and dragged in against the current ... with little care given to the fish.

As the summer moves on we use smaller flies yet retain the movement from the oversized hackle.  I pick hackles that are twice the body length.  In doing so, the hackle will form a large umbrella flare and will be large enough to be a noise generator along with very large profile to cover the large area of water with very few casts.