Friday, April 1, 2011

Quick Sips

  • First, I've got to say that I don't understand the need for GPS units while fishing. To me, part of the appeal of our sport is getting out and exploring a bit, discovering and rediscovering places I like to fish. That said, there's a great article over on Fishing for Words regarding using a GPS while fishing with a guide. I don't use a GPS when I fish whether it's alone or with a guide. I was surprised at the guides' opinions. When I fish with a guide it's generally not to find the good spots to fish. I certainly want to see and fish good water but I also want a ton of other things. I want to get insight on equipment, rigging, etc. I want advice and tips on technique. And, perhaps most importantly, I also want to fish with someone who is a pleasure to spend a day with and enjoys the sport as much as I do. Nothing ruins a day of fishing like a guide who is a jerk (and I suppose they feel the same way about us).
Quigley Cripple
From JP Newbury Fly Tying
  • I'm a big fan of emerger style flies. I tie all manner of these things though most of you know it's adaptations of the Rosenbauer Emerger and Quigley Cripples that I tie and fish most often. A good friend, Doug shared a page with a whole bunch of emerger patterns most of which feature biot abdomens. I'd forgotten how much I enjoy tying with biots. Note to self: Get out some biots and start tying.
  • I don't know what to make of the survey results posted by Southwick Associates. Apparently sales of fly fishing gear grew 4.1 percent in 2010. I'm not sure if that's because you and I started buying stuff again or there are more folks buying stuff. TFO was the most purchased fly rod, Orvis the most purchased reel and over two-thirds of fly fishing transactions are, not surprisingly, for flies.

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