Pack of 10 strike indicators. These are the simplest to use and most popular foam strike indicators for fly fishing. Each indicator is made from durable foam material and is impossible to drown. Quick line depth adjustments can be done simply by sliding the indicator up and down the leader line.
When you first start learning to fly fish, you’ll probably have an interest in tying your own flies as well. You may come across the expression “fly swap” and wonder what it is and how they work.
Today, many fly swaps are held via internet websites where the subject of the site is fly fishing or fly tying. Participating one of these swaps can be a great way to add new fly patterns to your fly box, and try out a fly imitation in your area that you might not have otherwise considered.
Although many fly swaps today are hosted via websites, the idea and practice of them originated a long time ago. Often fly fishing club members would get together, and some of the members would agree to tie up a pattern. At the next meeting, each of the participants would get one fly of each pattern that was tied up.
If ten people agreed to participate, then each fly tier would tie up 9 flies of the same pattern. Each participant would normally tie up a different pattern than other participants. In this way, new patterns can be shared with the other participants and everyone gets something in return for their work.
The person that hosts a swap is often called “The Swap Meister” or Swap Master. Their job, especially in modern fly swaps that involve participants over a great area, can be difficult. The Swap Master needs to keep in touch with everyone that has agreed to participate and ensure they are going to meet the deadline. Sometimes, a swap will have “alternate” participants in case someone needs to drop out because they cannot complete the fly patterns they committed to.
When all the flies have been delivered to the Swap Master, he now has the job of sorting the flies and ensuring each participant is sent one of each back. Because most fly tiers that participate in these swaps appreciate the work of the Swap Master, many will send along a few extra flies for the Swap Master’s personal use. Or, they may send along some materials that were used in the tying of their fly.
Participating in a swap does take a commitment. Most tiers enjoy very much receiving the different flies that were submitted, and they work hard to ensure they meet the deadline with tying up and sending out the flies they committed to.
One of the nice things about a swap is that you will be tying up a multiple number of the same pattern which can help you become a more efficient fly tier if you participate in them.
Often, a fly swap will have a general them, such as bead headed nymphs. this means that the swap is about tying up nymphs that have bead heads. Other themes could include tying up scuds, or tying up a fly that uses a particular material.
There’s not enough time in the day. Where did the day go? Time flies by way too fast. These are all sayings that I’ve used time and time again. Do you say these things too?
This week I decided to write down everything I do during the day. And, while I had done this same activity almost a year ago, I needed to really see where I was now spending my time and if I needed to make any changes.
A year ago, my life was quite different; my schedule has changed quite a bit, my girls are playing different sports and are in different grades with more homework and my business has grown to name a few. I also know that there know there are some things that I need to focus more on, be more efficient at or I could delegate to others so that I am living the life that I want to live and achieving the goals that I have set for myself. I wanted to “fine tune” things even more so and decided that going back to writing things down would help answer some of my questions.
Here’s what I did and you can too.
– I want you to grab a notebook and pen or find a smartphone app or a word document dedicated to this project.
– Beginning from the time you get up to the time you go to bed, and in 15 minute increments, log each thing that you do for the next 3 days.
That’s all you have to do. Don’t rush and don’t make things up. Just go about the day as you normally would. This isn’t an exercise to make you feel guilty. It’s actually an exercise to help you determine where you might have more time. You might find that there are things, just like me, that you could do a little bit better, do without or even ask for help on so that you too are living the life you want and achieving the goals you set for yourself.
I’ll be honest and share one of my activities that was a “time sucker” for me when I did this exercise last year. I got sidetracked sometimes with looking at other people’s pictures on Facebook. Yep, it’s true. Post a baby picture and I’ll go through ALL of your pictures. And while this brings me great joy, there are other things that I could have been doing with that time that might be more beneficial. And, by learning that, I changed a few habits and now limit my time online. I still look at baby pictures, my newsfeed, etc. but I put a time limit on it.
Those things that I didn’t think that I had time for, like finding time for fitness, I actually found that I did have time for. It’s really a cool activity to do and I encourage you to try it out. If anything, you’ll learn more about you and some of your day-to-day habits and where you too might be able to find a little time without it flying by.
What are terrestrials?
Strictly speaking, terrestrials are all creatures that live on land. This would, of course, include humans. However, when fly fishing for trout we are generally referring to insects and sometimes even small rodents. There are fly patterns that imitate mice that can be used to lure big trout, but they are most often used in bass fishing. The most common terrestrial flies are ants and grasshoppers (usually referred to as “hoppers” by fly anglers.) There are also patterns that imitate beetles, crickets, cicadas and worms (the green inchworm is a very effective pattern in the spring when these larvae are abundant.) There are also patterns like the Fat Albert and the Chernobyl ant which don’t really imitate any specific insect but somehow work their magic in enticing trout to rise to them.
When is the best time to fish a terrestrial pattern?
Terrestrial insects don’t become active until the spring. Many, like the grasshopper, don’t really hit their stride until late summer. So, the best time to fish these patterns is from early spring all the way through the fall. Like most things in life, there are no absolutes. Sometimes a hopper will work in the spring. I have also caught trout with an ant pattern on winter days when there were no real ants to be found. Often times I choose to fish a terrestrial when nothing else seems to work. You may be familiar with the phrase “match the hatch.” This refers to when anglers attempt to match their flies to what the trout are feeding on. Often, if your fly is the correct pattern but is too big or small it will get some looks but no strikes. This is much less of a problem with terrestrial fly fishing because the terrestrial is not usually the primary food source and any size presents a tasty morsel to hungry trout.
How should I fish Terrestrial flies?
The best place to fish terrestrials and certainly the place to start your casts is where the real bugs enter the water. Most terrestrials can’t fly, and if they can it is for very short distances. So, it makes sense that most ants, inchworms, beetles and grasshoppers enter the water by falling from overhanging brush or from the side of the bank. Start casting to the opposite bank and let the fly travel with the current making sure to keep enough slack line on the water to prevent the line from pulling the fly causing it to drag against the current. This presentation of the fly is called a dead drift. If there is drag, the fly will not drift naturally and the trout will not strike your fly… usually. With Grasshoppers, often the technique used is to actually overshoot the far end of the bank and pull the fly back to the waters edge. If there is no immediate strike, often a couple of twitches on your fly line will generate some action. With the smaller flies, it is best to stick with the dead drift. Without question the water near the banks will be the most productive terrestrial fishing.
Another option is to use a larger fly as an indicator. My personal favorite is the hopper because of their abundance around the waters I fish. This fly setup is referred to as a “hopper and dropper” rig. The hopper acts not only as a standard fly, but it is also connected to the smaller “dropper” fly and is used to signify any strikes on the trailing fly. The dropper can be any nymph, wet fly, or small dry fly and is connected to the hook of the hopper by a length of tippet anywhere from 9 inches to 2 feet long. My dropper flies are usually tied on with 18 inches of tippet. If the hopper moves or stops in a sudden manner or has any unusual movement set the hook!
If you don’t keep a few terrestrial flies in your fly box, you are really limiting yourself. In the very least, a few ants and grasshoppers should always find their way into your fly box. You will appreciate them on those days when you fish with nothing else because of how effective they are as well as that rare day when nothing else worked and your terrestrial saved you from a day without a catch.
When you mention fly fishing to people, many times they think you are fishing exclusively for trout. However, there are some amazing spots you can fly fish for trophy sized bass as well. Both largemouth and smallmouth bass abound in rivers and lakes, so why not try your hand fly fishing for bass?
Many experienced fly fishermen report that bass fly fishing can be extremely challenging as well as extremely satisfying. Bass have larger mouths than trout, so your choice of lures is much more diverse. They strike hard and fight strong, so when you are fly fishing for bass, expect to be exhilarated by the fight in these guys!
Experts suggest that you use a 6-7 weight rod, but if you are especially experienced, you can use a 4-5 weight rod. If you choose the smaller rod, you may have trouble casting the larger flies, so be aware of that. You can use a floating or a sinking line with a weight forward taper. You should have a 7 ½ to 9 foot leader tapered down to a 10 pound test.
Most bass are opportunistic feeders and will bite at anything. In general, however, flies for bass fishing are usually larger and influence a bigger bite. Try big muddler minnows, clousy minnows, wooly buggers, poppers, leech patterns, and crayfish patterns. Size 8 or 10 would be a little on the small side while size 2 or 1/0 would be a little too large, so opt for something in between.
Largemouth bass live in shallow water habitats among reeds, water lilies, and other vegetation naturally found in the water. They are adapted to warm waters in the 80 degree range and are seldom found deeper than twenty feet down. They prefer clear waters with little or no current. They stay fairly active year-round, but tend to stay near the bottom in the winter months.
Great bass fly fishing can be found in various locations throughout the United States. In the northeastern United States, try the rivers and streams in the Adirondack Mountains such as the Mohawk or Black Rivers. There are also some prized bass in the Great Lakes region. Southern Ontario in Canada can also provide some great opportunities to catch trophy sized bass.
Bass fly fishing can be a great experience for both the beginning fly fisherman as well as those with a little more experience. Fly fishing for bass requires a little bit of finesse and some tenacity when they bite. Stay with the fish and pull a whopper out of the water you can be proud of!
The first thing most people learn in fly fishing is how to tie flies, but learning to set up your rod should really be the first step.
The very first thing you need to learn about setting up and using your fly fishing equipment is that there is always two ways to do everything involved with the sport. Well, maybe not always, sometime there are three or more ways to do it. Every fly fishing book you read will give you a slightly different take on the best way to do everything. This duality runs through the entire sport. There are two types of rods; there are two types of reel; there are two types of line, etc.
The key to rod selection and set up is the type of fishing that is going to be done. It would be great if there was a one rod fits all types of fishing situation here, but this is just not the case. The rod length might be around six feet for fishing small streams and up to fifteen feet when fishing salt water flats. The most recent trend in fly fishing rods is toward shorter and lighter rods as fishing in smaller bodies of water for different species has become popular. Still, you need to match the rod to the type of fishing you are planning or else expect to get several rods of different sizes.
The beginner is going to do best with a medium size rod. This will usually serve him for the first couple of years. He will be able to use it for both smaller and larger bodies of water and fish sizes. He will not have the best choice for either extreme, but will be safely in the middle no matter where he is fishing. As his own experience grows, he can select a rod more in line with his fishing interest.
When you are learning how to set up a fly fishing rod, give special attention to the line selection. Unlike casting rods, the line is more known for other attributes than just break strength. Quality line is essential. The big problem is what is called reel memory. The line must be played out fairly straight and natural to give the best presentation of the fly. Reel memory is where the line twists when played out due to being wound on the reel. Higher quality fly fishing line has virtually no reel memory.
The actual line is not attached directly to the spool as in casting reels. Rather it is attached to another section of line called the backing. Knowledge of knots is essential to preparing the fly rod. The Boy Scout merit badge illustrates this point as it requires that you demonstrate three different style knots. The backing is attached to the fly reel spool with an arbor backing knot. Then the backing is attached to the actual fly line with a nail knot. A short leader is attached to the end of the actual fly line with any one of three different knots. Finally, the fly itself most be attached to the leader.
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Everyone knows the premise of Lord of the Flies. It’s one of those stories that have become an indelible part of our zeitgeist, like 1984 or Macbeth. I don’t know when I was first exposed to the concept, but the most striking adaptation of the story for me was an obscure episode of The Simpsons, in which the children of Springfield find themselves stranded on a small island after a bus crash. Having now read the actual book, Lord of the Flies, I find myself compelled to go back and watch that episode of The Simpsons so I can appreciate its brilliance all the more.
But, a reminiscence of childhood TV is not what this review is about. William Golding’s famous work, Lord of the Flies, follows the attempts of survival by a disparate group of British school-boys, stranded on a tropical island. It’s unclear what, exactly, brought the boys to the island, but we do know that, faced with war, the bunch of them were loaded onto a plane and flown over the Pacific, where they were shot down. As the book was published in 1954, it’s unclear if the war that acted as an impetuous was supposed to be the Second World War (maybe the book was written during the conflict and published at a later date?), or it is meant to be a new war. The British presence in the Pacific seems to imply a new war. If that is, in fact the case, than Golding as created a dystopia within a dystopian future – which gets bonus points from me!
Stranded the island, the group of boys is forced to develop a set of rules and laws by which to live. Initially divided between ‘littleuns’ and older boys, further cracks develop in the group when the older boys experience an ideological division between those who put hunting as a priority (led by Jack) and those who place a premium on rescue (led by Ralph). In a world where parents are non-existent, boys are allowed to be boys, and rules chafe, the majority of the group quickly turns to the easier way of life and supports the tribe which allows the inner beast to dominate. We then see even the most basic of social tenants break down and atrocities occur.
This work was Golding’s first published novel and it shows (by the way, how depressing is it that if your follow-up works can never touch the fame of your first?). There are occasions where re-reading is required in order to understand what the physical aspects of a situation are, which is a cumbersome task for an adventure story. However, putting this aside, it is still a good read. Golding’s characters are well crafted and balanced – though simplistic in some ways, it almost seems apropos, as they are in fact children trying to navigate a horrendous situation. I enjoyed the fact that Golding does not impose moral clarity on Ralph until the very last page; it strengthens his plot (while in a book like The Hunger Games, it weakens it).
I can see why this book would be forced reading for high school English classes. There is no doubt that there are multiple layers of interpretation to be found in everything, from the presence of a natural swimming pool, to the importance of the conch shell, to the final emotional conflict in the closing moments of the story. I would imagine that what you see in each turn of the page depends on where you are in your life, and how deeply you’d like to explore it. I’ll fully admit that, while I noticed these aspects, I chose to shy away from them: as I don’t have to hand in a 10 page paper on literary symbolism at the end of the week, I was able to read and appreciate this work as I never did with 1984 and Macbeth. Rather, I sought pleasure in the plot and characters.
Fly fishing is a method of angling developed more especially for salmon and trout, but now it is used to catch other kinds of fish. It’s called fly fishing because it uses artificial flies tied to a hook to attract salmons and other fish as well. So, if you are into fly fishing for salmon for the first time or thinking to engage in such interesting activity, then you should know some important things to help you get started.
Salmon fly fishing is particularly different from trout fly fishing; therefore you can’t use the following tips for trout as they are intended only for salmon.
The above mentioned tips on salmon fly fishing are just some of the many tips you can learn as your interest for salmon fly fishing gets more and more intense. Once you start going out for salmon fly fishing trip, you can get additional techniques from other fishermen whom you spend time together fishing and who are more experienced.
If I had to pick only one fly I could only fish with all year long, I would have to choose the Muddler Minnow. I like this fly pattern because it is so versatile, and it seems to produce on big rivers, small streams, and lakes. Popular sizes ranges from size 4 down to size 10 and it doesn’t have to be tied perfect to be effective. In fact, I have a friend of mine who once told me that “the worse it looks, the more fish it catches.” So if you are tying your own Muddlers and they don’t look that good, do not worry they may still catch fish.
The Muddler Minnow is a great fly for Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Brook Trout, Steelhead, and most other game fish. This fly has two major things going for it. First, it looks like a wide variety of fish forage. For example, to the fish, a large Muddler may look like a grasshopper, big stonefly, or even a small field mouse. The smaller Muddlers may look like caddis flies, small minnows, or small sculpins. Second, it can be fished just about any way you want using a dry line or a wet line, dead drifted on the surface, down and across the current, or cast and striping the fly. Don’t be afraid to give the Muddler some action. Make it look like alive trying to get away from a predator, or make it look like a big fly trying to get off the surface of the water.
A Muddler Minnow fishing tip that works when fishing slower currents or lake fishing: Cast out to a spot. As soon as the fly hits the water, twitch the fly a couple of times while stripping in about 2 feet of line, and then let it sit for 5 seconds, then twitch and strip in again working the fly back to you. Make another cast to a different spot about 6 feet from the first spot. Try not to fish over the same place over and over.
Just as there are endless variations of the Muddler Minnow, there are just as many ways to fish the Muddler. For example, in the summer, you can fish it like a hopper; twitch and pause making it look like a big insect has just fallen in the water. Skate the Muddler, and make it wake across the current while at the same time giving the fly the action of an injured minnow trying to escape a charging predator. In the springtime try the smaller sizes, and fish the fly with a sinking tip line close to shore, giving it a short stripping action. During early mornings and late evening of summer and fall use the larger sizes of the Muddler, giving it action along the edges of deep pools and cut banks.
Please remember to be careful while you are on the river, do not harm our wonderful land, don’t litter, and please practice catch and release for the next generation.