Congratulations Chuck Mills!

A big CONGRATULATIONS to Chuck Mills for placing THIRD in the FLY DIVISION of the Jamaica Bay Kayak Fishing Tournament this past weekend with a keeper-sized striper on the fly!!!! Chuck, you do us proud. Keep those lines tight and we’re looking forward to seeing you on our next trip.

FCA Fly Tying in Staten Island

The Fisherman’s Conservation Association (FCA) will be hosting the annual Winter Fly Tying gatherings every Sunday morning, starting January 9th through March 27th, 2011.

Admission: Free

Time: 9am-11am

Location: STATEN ISLAND, NY
Blue Heron Park Nature Center
222 Poillion Ave
Staten Island, NY

Description: Primarily Saltwater Fly Tyers in attendance. The FCA will supply entry level vises and limited materials for Newbies, however skilled tyers should plan on bringing your own equipment and materials. This is open gathering, sharing/swapping fly patterns, etc. Newbies to Advanced fly tyers are welcome to join. Continue reading

Flat Wing Baitfish Pattern by David Nelson

Flat Wing Baitfish

Materials:

Hook: Standard length hook (Mustad 34007, Tiemo 811S)
Base/tail: 2 ½” – 3″ long neck hackle
Body: reverse tied buck tail*
Tail: saddle hackle: extend 3″ beyond neck hackle
Flash: optional
Belly: small, sparse buck tail*
Wing: small, sparse buck tail*
Belly flash: light color angel hair, GSS, wing & flash, or similar
Wing flash: contrasting color of angel hair, GSS, wing & flash
Cement: Dave’s flexament
Eyes: jungle cock, (optional)
* It’s a good idea to use buck tail from the base of the tail and allow it to splay as you tighten your thread wraps since the intention is to build bulk without adding weight weight – hollow fleye style.
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Leverage

I never thought much about leverage as it applies to casting a fly line until last week at the Somerset show. Joel and I had decided to check out a couple of the new rods being offered by Sage and Scott. While Joel, and several other people were casting, I was talking with Bert Darrow, the TGA president who is also a certified casting instructor. He was pointing out to me the way several of the casts we were watching (not Joel’s of course) were dying at the end of the cast. You know what I mean. The cast would roll out very nicely until the very end, and then the end of the line and leader would collapse in a bundle instead of splaying out fully and dropping gently to the floor.

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Why Fly Fish From a Kayak?

Eddie McGuire on kayak with striperThe simple answer to this question is “Location, Location, Location”. The fish can move freely about the water depths and wading anglers can not. Anyone experienced with fishing from the surf can probably recall many times when distance in the cast often made a big difference in the quantity and quality of fish caught. Though techniques in distance casting taught by some of the masters like Lefty Kreh and Lou Tabory can help the average angler to send a few extra yards of shooting line through their guides, there are still often situations where being able to chase the fish down into some deeper water (or more rapidly down the shoreline) can translate into more fish caught and released.

Taking the game to the fish opens more opportunity for the angler, but also has its compromises. Beginners at fly casting should probably hone their skills on terra firma before taking their first paddle. Seasoned casters will still need to make adjustments in their casting technique, but will find that all the same principles of casting apply on the kayak as they do on the shoreline. One dramatic change will be the requirements of often making long casts. The unique advantage of fishing from a kayak is that the angler can literally sneak up on the fish undetected. Of course, this won’t automatically translate to an immediate catch, but it increases the angler’s opportunity at fish.

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