Have you ever been out fishing fast water (let’s say something like Kern River) and you were having the worst time trying to get your fly down to the bottom where the Big Bass and Trout want it?
I have, and trying to add Split Shot or using Sinking Lines can mean all the hassle in the world. Here is a quick solution that I learned from a Guy Fishing an Urban Park Lake about a year ago. Tie on a Bullet Sinker (Cone Head Weight) in front of your Woolly Bugger or Crayfish imitation, just like the conventional guys use. It gives the fly a really nice jigging action that Bass and Big Trout can’t resist.
I especially love this method when site fishing to feeding Carp. It can be extremely effective and gets that fly down in the strike zone fast. Just make sure that if you fish this rig to keep a big open loop, and not to cast the fly anywhere close to your head.
I figured this out the hard way down in the salt at Seal Beach. My Fishing buddy and Co-Author Dan Z and I were fishing the SGR River Outlet (against the wind). One cast a little too close and whack a nice little knot in the back of my head for about a week. All joking and pain aside, try this setup on the next outing and I don’t think you will be disappointed.
I would start out with a 1/16 or 1/8 ounce weight, to keep from cracking your skull on the first cast!
Here is a little Video Clip on The Glendale Narrows Stretch of the Los Angeles River taken from LA Creek Freak. Urban Fly Fishing on this river has been a great tool in the battle to protect this precious resource and UrbanFlyVentures is glad to have been a part of getting the EPA to recognize it (Wall Street Journal and LA Weekly)! Check out other sites like FOLAR to see how you can get involved
As if it needed confirming, I just confirmed a quirk in my personality that didn’t need confirming – I hate sitting still.
This revelation came about because I injured my back pretty seriously the other day and the chiropractor who worked miracles on it in the past insisted that I give it three days of near total rest interspersed with grueling stretch routines in order to get things back in alignment. So, all day Friday, I lay there with the heating pad on high, grimacing and staring at the ceiling until a little timer would go off indicating that it was time for me to roll carefully off the bed and force myself into these awkward positions that eventually got everything back into the proper alignment and proved to the neighbors that I have an almost unlimited repertoire of “colorful metaphors” at my disposal.
Now lying in bed all day might be a dream come true to some, but it is torture to me. It is even more torturous if the sun is out. Despite the current popularity of vampires and werewolves and other so-called night people, daytime always has and always will be the right time for me.
Nevertheless, I followed the docs orders and heeded my wife’s threats and stayed put.
However, by day two, I figured out a way to position my computer so that I could check e-mail, work on some articles and even surf the net while maintaining the ever important flat back position.
It was one of my little “surfin’ safaris” that led me to discover a highly entertaining series of fishing videos on YouTube. I had typed in some different phrases centering on the word “fishing” and eventually stumbled upon Matt Hayes, Mick Brown and the Great Rod Race.
The clips appeared to be segments from a British series in which these two affable English blokes raced along the length and breadth of the UK, in a van reminiscent of the Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo, in an effort to catch (and release) some thirty-five different species of fish in under thirty days. The target species ranged from the diminutive Stickleback to massive Salmon to Eels to Carp. They employed cane poles, baitcasting rigs, spinning rods, sling shots, pounds of dog food, tons of tackle, some funky things called bivies and, of course, fly rods.
Along the way, we were introduced to the oddly charming, somewhat eccentric but thoroughly British way of angling.
All in all, I could think of a thousand different, less educational ways I could have squandered my down time. So, aside from distracting me from the annoying throb in the small of my back, these sort videos taught me a ton of technique and tricks to use on those difficult days and… helped my stay still.
Perhaps the biggest lesson though was the fact that the Brits are total “gearheads” when it comes to angling. I thought I had too much stuff! My equipment inventory looks like the bargain bin at a second-hand store compared to the plethora of gear employed by our angling brethren across the pond. Wow!
It’s been twenty years since I last went to England. At that time I was more interested in wandering the halls of the Natural History Museum, climbing the steps of St Pauls Cathedral and sampling Guinness from the tap than perusing the aisles of the local Bait and Tackle but priorities change and it now appears that some lengthy conversations with the Secretary of the District Angling Society while leaning on the counter of a village Tackle Shoppe might be a great way to really connect with the heart and soul of the Island.
Next time you are down for the count…or just snowed in and wishin’ you were fishin’, check out Matt & Mick and then be sure to bookmark a segment so that when the Visa statement arrives and the Sweetie complains about the amount of hard-earned spent on “silly fishin’ stuff” you’ll have something to use in your defense.
I have been wanting to become a member of a group involved with the environmental aspect of Fly Fishing. So I talked to some guys and I searched around, and found out about Trout Unlimited. This is a group that has chapters all over the US and is highly involved with sustaining and improving the quality of Trout waters all over the country. So if you want to get involved with this great organization go to Trout Unlimited. They have a special offer for a yearly membership for $35 you get a TU hat, a couple of great flies, a one year subscription to Trout Magazine, and a 16 month calender (which all together is worth alot more than $35). Below is a promo video for TU’s awareness raising show TU On The Rise. Watch it on Outdoor Channel.
One of my favorite sites on the Internet is the Friends of the LA River site at FOLAR. This group is one of the many groups out there raising awareness about the LA River, and trying to get it protected by the California Clean Water Act. Not very many people know that the LA River is a great place to Fly Fish for Carp. If you want more info check out my Link under the locations section of the main blog page, or my video on my YouTube or Hook.tv channels. If anyone is interested in helping clean up the La River FOLAR is having a river clean up event on May 9th from 9:00a.m. to 12:00pm.