Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Fishiki Vise



*** What's on your vise this winter? ***

By no means am I great at tying flies. I definitely stick with the
easy flies with simple recipes. Without the help of tighline videos 
on youtube, I would be a lost cause. Here are a few of the flies that 
I've been tying on my vise the last few weeks. 


Zebra Midge

Disco Midge

Hare's Ear

Whiskey Creek

Bugger

Rainbow Warrior

Ray Charles Sowbug


Bloodworm
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Friday, September 30, 2016

Rock Creek, Southwestern Montana




After a 45-minute drive through some of the most beautiful country in the world, I find my heart and mind racing as I pass beautiful stretches of Rock Creek. I can’t contain myself, how am I supposed to choose just one section of water to work when there is 52-miles of river that is pure perfection? Slam on the breaks……..a large bull moose runs across the dirt road in front of me, just as I’m about to arrive at the section I mapped out from Google maps the night before. This section looks even better than the interwebs could have shown or described to me. It’s early August, and there is a slight chill in the air here in Montana already, but it’s the clean crisp air that reminds you of a perfect day in the early fall. I get in the crystal clear, stone covered bottom river, surrounded by ponderosa pine trees and begin to work my first hole. Second cast…bam… and I’ve got my first cutthroat on for the day. As I release the first of many fish caught that day, I can’t stop smiling to myself as my mind anticipates what the next few hours will be like. I will say that my high hopes were not disappointed. Which is always the case with Montana, its renowned fly fishing never disappoints.





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Saturday, April 30, 2016

runoff video


It's been awhile since we have put up a new video, so I finally got to work this past week. I've been hitting the books really hard the past year so I haven't spent much time on the river. I had a presentation that I needed to prepare for in one of my classes and it just so happened to be about trout. I took a Saturday to get some footage and put together a little video for my presentation and took the leftovers to create runoff. I hope you enjoy it. As always thanks for taking a look into our fishiki world.
-Mike


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Thursday, February 11, 2016

that fly fishing fix


I’m sitting at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah taking a short break in between studying for three massive exams I have to suffer through in the next two weeks. I close out of my lecture notes and take in my laptop’s wallpaper of a small High Uinta stream from an adventure last summer. Temporarily I lose focus on the “important” things in life that I’m working towards and I reminisce of the lazy days down by the creek, slapping buggers through riffles cutting into the bank of a nice bend. WHACK, my 2 wt takes the impact of an aggressive take by a small stream brookie. “Dang, this is a huge fish” runs through my head, a few seconds later….…..wait no this is my two weight glass rod.......but that bend! As I release my 12” brookie I can’t help but think how there is nothing else I’d rather be doing right now….which in turn reminds me of what is really “important” in this world.



It’s wintertime, our entire last blog post was all about getting out in the winter and taking advantage of the empty riverbanks and taking in the winter scene of the river. However, not only is it the cold that stops us from getting out on the water. November to April, seem to be the busiest time of the year, at least for myself. You have holidays, black and cyber whatever, birthdays (why the heck are there so many birthdays during this time), never ending days at the office, not enough sunlight, and unbearable amounts of school for some of us. When it’s impossible to get out on the water, what else can I do to get my fly fishing fix?

I think most of us have had those days where we would give anything to be out fishing but we are stuck somewhere miles away from the freedom of the river. Those first few times that you were stuck home, you watched vimeo and youtube videos till you had seen everything that was worth seeing at least five times. You might have even dropped a few bucks for longer videos on itunes hoping that it would feed your fix. These things do work, at least it did for me and continues to when I find myself in this predicament. Sometimes its good to waste away some time sitting back watching some good fly fishing videos, and who knows sometimes it can be productive in that you learn a new thing or two. Well here are a few more things that you can do to feed your fix and help you get prepared for future trips.

Explore! I know you have those few favorite places you love to fish that you know like the back of your hand. Scout some new water to try out for future trips. I use a lot of different resources for finding new places to fish. I start by looking around at other fishing blogs, instagram accounts, and other social media platforms. When people go somewhere awesome, they like to brag about it! Exploring a rad place that someone else has tried out will save you a lot time, you’ll know it’s worth checking out and most importantly that there are fish there. Talk to fly shop owners, they talk to people all day about their fishing trips and even if your given a general location, google maps makes it easy to key in on potential water to fish.  I know the last thing you want to do is read books but do it, there are people that have spent their entire lives fishing different places and share with you what they experienced. Magazines are another good way to get info on where to fish, and are easily accessible online. Hiking trail review sites and campground review sites can also point you in the right direction for water with trout. Possibly my favorite way of finding new water is getting on google maps or earth and searching through satellite pictures for potential places to fish. You can use all the previous methods mentioned to help validate a spot you think looks extra awesome.


Tie some flies and or build a rod. I don’t really have much more to say about these two things because I’ll be honest with you, I’m not great at tying flies and I’ve never built a rod. There are tons of blogs and videos though to back up this statement that it can help you feed your fly fishing fix. Even though I’m not great at tying flies I do enjoy it, I usually stick to the simple stuff that will save me some extra cash to buy other flies that I don’t have the time or skill to tie. One day I will build a rod and I’ll tell you all about how awesome it was.

You know those precious minutes that you spent taking videos or photos on the water from last year or two or more years ago. I bet you looked at those once when you got home that day and haven’t looked through them since. Or even better you haven’t even loaded the content onto your computer. Don’t let that time you spent to capture that content be in vain. Sort through and check out your past adventures, you might find yourself a new profile pic or a sweet video to upload to your youtube. You might even come across places you’ve visited and have since forgotten. Pictures can also validate your fish stories you’ve been telling to your family and friends.

I’ve noticed that trout and fly fishing art are a trending thing to do these days thanks to instagram. If you have artistic ability or heck even if you don’t, drawing, painting, and sculpting can be a fun and rewarding outlet. Hey I’ve got an idea, take those pictures you went through as discussed above and make something artistic with those. Slideshows, cool photo edits, and fishing videos might be a good way to pass some time.

Have you ever read a fly fishing book, some authors know how to take you down to the river without having to leave your warm cozy couch. You can find books that are packed full of information to books that will keep you laughing all day. There is a book out there for everyone to enjoy. Do some browsing on amazon, make sure you read the reviews to get some insight on what kind of audience the book is aimed towards. 

I know there are a lot of different fly fishing fixes that you can get when you can’t make it out on the water. I hope I’ve given you a few ideas to help you survive the rest of this winter. Let us know what you do to feed your fly fishing fix, leave us a comment below. Seriously just do it, we haven’t had one comment on this blog yet. I’d like to get some conversation going, the whole purpose of this blog is to share ideas, tips, and tricks. I can promise you that I probably don’t have half the knowledge that you have about fly fishing and I’d like to learn from the veterans.

Thanks again for taking a look in our world.


-Mike
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Friday, February 5, 2016

What are you missing?


It’s now mid-winter, lakes are frozen solid, and ice shelves have formed on our favorite fishing holes. Most anglers answer this problem by hanging out with their favorite beverage at the vice, dreaming of hopper season and stonefly hatches. While this isn’t a bad way to spend an afternoon, you're missing out on some of the most beautiful times to be out on the river. Winter fishing is definitely a chore at times, but it can be some of the most rewarding fishing of the year. 



Here are a few pointers for those planning to head out into the cold. 
·      First of all, staying warm is obviously at the top of the list! Don’t forget to layer up using multiple light layers, so if you do start to get warm, you’re able to shed clothes a little at a time to maintain good temperature. Sweating is something you want to stay away from!
·      Remember everything has slowed down and the water you fished in the summer may no longer produce well. Look for slow moving water over deep holes where trout can hold and have food pushed to them.
·      The fish have a very different diet in the winter, focus on small flies, #18-#24 scuds, midges, sow bugs, gnats and small attractor patterns. If you happen to get lucky with a warm day on the river don't shy away from streamers and larger nymphs. You could easily land one of your largest fish of the year in these winter months.
·      Don’t worry about waking up at the butt crack of dawn to be the first on the river. Very rarely is there competition. Sleep in a bit and wait for the waters to warm.
·      Take the time to double check your gear before your hike to the river. Time on the river can be pretty valuable. Walking back to the truck is not a good use of time.
·      Keeping ice off your guides can be the biggest annoyance when fishing in freezing temps. A little tip: add some Burt’s Bees original chapstick to your guides or I’ve found dubbing wax also works well.
 Of course catching fish is the main objective, but take time to observe the awesome creations the winter weather has created. The beauty of the iced sculpted river is something only few people see. The snow encased pine trees and icicle formations are pretty hard to beat. Keep a camera handy, there are always plenty of photo opportunities as you venture down the river.
So next time you’re thinking whether or not you should fight the cold and go fishing just do it, you won’t regret it whether you catch fish or not it’s just awesome to venture into nature. 
Tight Lines and HaulGlass
-Tyler


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Friday, November 20, 2015

Shot-Gun...the answer to your split shot problems





Split Shot Problems?
I’m an avid nymph angler. I use nymphing technique more than any other technique in fly fishing. One key component in nymphing is weight control. Setting up your rig with the correct amount of split shot can make or break your day. Constantly pinching and pulling spit shot on and off can damage and weaken your leader making it prone to breaking near the connection point of the split shot. I’ve tried tungsten putties and unleaded style shot, but none have been anywhere near as effective as the original lead split shot. I’ve been long on the lookout for a split shot system I could hang from a D loop on my waders instead of needing to dig it out of my sling pack or waders every time I break off or need to add weight.

 Enter the Shot-Gun
This awesome device is FULL of tungsten shot that is 65% heavier then lead, which in turn means less amount is needed to get the fly down.
Its lead free, non-toxic and eco-friendly so you’re able to use it where lead has been banned.
Using the tight fitting tubing supplied with the Shot-Gun, damage to the leader is virtually eliminated.
Adding, removing, and relocating shot couldn’t be any easier with this system.
When removing shot it can be reused over and over again, by placing it right back in the Shot-Gun.

So how does it work?
Cut a small piece of tubing supplied with the Shot-Gun, and slide it on to your tippet or leader before tying on a nymph or streamer.
Insert the point of the gun in to the tube and pull the trigger, the shot is injected in to the tube and presses against the leader to keep it in place.
That’s it! Now go fish with no worries of a fish breaking your tippet off at the shot!


Field testing
My testing rig was a 5wt Blue Halo w/5wt Blue Halo WF line with an Umpqua 7.5ft 4x Leader and 4x tippet. The fly was an olive weightless wooly bugger. I chose an un-weighted fly to verify the sinking rate of the tungsten.
Casting the tungsten didn’t feel much different then casting a normal split shot rig. It did seem a little more wind resistant, but that could just be me.
The sinking rate was great, I was able to slide the tungsten up and down on my leader to change the depth and action on my wooly bugger without any hassle and with no down time, (which is unheard of with normal split shot.)
During the fall and winter times it can be hard to select, hold and pitch the shot on to the leader with freezing hands. With the Shot-Gun this worry is eliminated
The biggest worry I had using this set was the tungsten sliding down the leader after multiple double hauls or roll casts, but in my case it stayed right where I wanted it. The tubing supplied holds the tungsten nice and tight, and using larger leader and tippet secures it even better.

Final Thoughts
Retailing for $29.95. The compact size, versatility and ability to reuse the tungsten makes it hard to pass up for any angler.
If you’re a nymph angler like me you NEED this product.
To order, head on over to www.theshot-gun.com


Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to check out this product and read our review. Keep in touch for more awesome reviews on new and up and coming products.
If you have any questions on the product, comment below or hit us up on Instagram or Facebook and will be glad answer your questions.

Reviewed and written by:

Tyler Norton



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Monday, November 2, 2015

North Slope, Uinta Mountains





What an incredible place to do all kinds of recreating. Camping, ATV riding, backpacking, fishing, hunting, rock climbing, this place seriously has limitless opportunities of places to see and enjoy.
Last year I spent a little bit of time on the South Slope of the Uintas and had a few great trips on the pontoon boat. For myself, lake fishing has its place and time, but creek and river fishing is what I thrive for. So last winter I picked up a few kindle books on fishing in the Uintas and I spent a lot of time looking at maps and satellite pictures, mapping out some rivers to explore. The North Slope of the Uintas kept crossing my mind and I decided that I was going to go figure that place out. After checking road conditions all spring I finally found a day that I could head up that way in my little Honda Civic with no chance of snow stopping me. You wouldn’t believe where that car has taken me. People say that I should get a truck and I say I’ll get a truck when there is somewhere I can’t get to in my Civic. Anyways, I headed up to the West fork of the Blacks fork. Of course being spring I didn’t have a lot of expectations because of run off but I was hoping to find some places to come back to later in the year. I got to the river, strung up, and started throwing some flies. I was able to get a few nice brook trout in the net, but the fish were just the bonus to the solitude and my surroundings. What an incredible place, I was in a large meadow surrounded by awesome looking mountains, and I had to be at least 10 miles away from another person (it was a Tuesday). That trip taught me that there is a lot more to fly fishing than landing a twenty-five inch brown.
Another thing that I should also note about that trip was that to get to the West fork Blacks fork, I crossed 10-15 streams (most of them holding trout), and at least five lakes. It took a lot of self-control to actually drive there without stopping to explore these waters. But it did give me a reason to go back, and I went back all summer.
Fly fishing in the Uintas is a trip that everyone should do at least once. I fished there just about every day of the week and at least on the creeks, I never saw another person. Those waters are packed full of cutties, brookies, rainbows, browns and grayling. I had some great days throwing buggers, and some great days throwing dries. The fish were always hungry and I was very surprised how big some of the fish were for such small waters. Another huge bonus is that if one place isn’t fishing well, you can be on another water in 5-10 minutes. One day I was just getting a feel for the area, so I went and fished 5 different creeks and a small lake. The crazy thing is that I didn’t even scratch the surface of all the different places you can fish there.
I have always enjoyed the adventure of fishing small creeks. Most of the fish are native and they actually make you work to catch them. If you learn to catch fish from small creeks, you can catch fish anywhere. You really have to get creative and fish in places that you would usually overlook on rivers. Sometimes the casting gets technical and you have to be on your A game. Casting nearly perfect every time so you don't spook fish or get caught in the unlimited amount of bushes and trees surrounding you. It's all about patience, not getting frustrated, and just enjoying your time doing what you love.
The great thing about the Uintas is the diversity of waters. You can fish creeks that you can step over, or fish large rivers with holes 15 feet deep. Decent sized fish can be found in both places and the scenery around you is unbeatable. I haven't had the chance to do any backpacking in the Uintas, but it is a very popular thing to do. There are thousands of hikes and lots of hiking loops that take you by multiple lakes and creeks full of fish. A nice long backpacking trip up there is definitely in the works for me.
If you take anything at all from this write up take this, do yourself a favor and plan a trip to the Uintas. Do a little bit of research and you can have a trip that you’ll be talking about for the rest of your life. I’ll give you a little heads up with some of the easier creeks to get to on the North Slope. The Blacks fork rivers, the Bear rivers, Stillwater fork, Hayden Fork, Smith creek, Henry’s fork, and Beaver creeks. I hope that you enjoy these waters as much as I do.


-Mike Clemmer






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