spring steelhead

Winter Steelhead – Pic of the Day

Kevin Feenstra shares one of his amazing images from a chilly day on the Muskegon River.

 

dorado

Big and Hungry

I’ll be hosting a trip to fish for Dorado in late January 2019 and this video gives you a little taste of what these fish can do.  Here is some additional information about the trip on in the Destination Travel section of the Hawkins Outfitters website. You can also contact me directly via the contact page, and I can share a PDF that I have that really gives specifics about this amazing fishery.

Huge & Hungry from Andes Drifters on Vimeo.

Dorado Fishing at Parana on the Fly Lodge. Action images

Swing Fly Trucker Hat

17 Pound Big Manistee River Steelhead

Congrats to Ed McCoy and his client Antoine on a very special steelhead.  A brute of a fish caught on the swing, 17 pounds of double strip Manistee River Steelhead.

This is Fly

This is Fly latest edition

Check out the latest This Is Fly, great photography and some interesting stories.

This is Fly

Fish Weight – Pic of the Day

Fish Weight

Its been a year of big water and big steelhead. This pic of the day symbolizes some of the size that we have been encountering. This year has been tough for me to judge the weight of some of these giants. As I’m not a fan of the boga grip to determine weight, for a variety of reasons.  Even hanging the fish in the net and then weighting the net and fish doesn’t feel very accurate. I usually go be lenght of the fish to determine the weight. As from my previous experiences a 30 inch fish was about 10 pounds, and every inch after that added a pound. But this year the fish are dimensionally / proportionally different.  Seeing girth’s on these fish that I have not seen before.  They are “thick” as we call it.

Fishing Apps

As a few fish that we caught yesterday suggest.  With length’s of 32 inches and girths of 17.5 inches.  With the help of the a little math.  We figured we had fish in the 14 pound range.  Doing some research looks like there are App’s available http://www.fishweight.net , that you don’t even need a tape measure.  I might spend the $5 and try this app, and do a product review.  More to come later.  In the mean time, I’m using this app currently to help do the math – also has a feature to choose your fish species.  As weight has to be different based on species?  I would think.  But I’m trying to learn all this, as fish this year are special, and with the colder temps, we are staring to land a few more of the giants now.

Scientific Anglers

SA New Video – Tiny Piece of All of US

Amazing company making the best fly lines in the world.  Plus they are based in Michigan.  Check out this new video by SA.

Tiny Pieces of All of Us from Scientific Anglers on Vimeo.

For Scientific Anglers, fly fishing is a passion. It’s something we live and breathe day in and day out. Every fly line that we produce is the joint effort of a group of dedicated people and we love what we do. SA is built from tiny pieces of all of us. This is who we are.

Mangled Fly Camo Hat

Pic of the Day – 25lb Redfish

Kean Oh shared this picture of his Louisiana Redfish that he caught with Capt. Allen of Sight Fish NC .

Kean wearing his lucky Digital Camo hat on this trip.  Thanks for sharing the pic Kean, great looking Redfish.

 

Mangled Fly Stickers

Ultimate topwater for GT’s

I see this as an opportunity to throw bigger topwater patterns.

DRI Duck Swing Hat

New Dri Duck Swing Hat

DRI Duck Swing Hat

Have add another hat to the arsenal , wanted a wax cotton type hat for the cool wet fall days of fall.  After wearing this hat for a few days during 2 of the wettest days of the fall .  The new Dri Duck Mangled Fly Hat is a keeper.  This hat dries really fast, and keeps you fairly dry during the wettest of days.  As the new Mangled Fly Swing Fly Logo on the front.

  • 60% cotton/ 36% Polyester/ 4% Polyurethane
  • Coated textured cotton construction with vintage wash
  • Unstructured
  • Low-profile
  • Moisture wicking sweatband
  • Velcro Clousure
sunrise mirror lens

Jungle Fish – Costa Sunglasses

Follow a group of anglers as they uncover an ancient fish in the heart of a south-American rainforest. If they can figure out how to catch them on a fly rod, the fish could save the local community.