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.
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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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Monday, October 5, 2015

Therapy Video

New Video! I really wanted to make a new video, so we planned a trip to go fish Wyoming. After an hour or less of filming, my battery died out on me. I was so bummed out! At the same time, I was stoked about a few of the shots we did get. I hope you enjoy it!
-Mike


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Thursday, September 10, 2015

#GLASSISBACK

          


             In the world of fly fishing it seems that high module graphite has been leading the way and went through major changes since the introduction of the Fenwick HMG. It seems most rods have went to the norm of needing to be fast action to be used or recognized. I too have been wrapped up in thinking I NEED a fast action rod to be a successful angler. Not saying that fast action rods are bad, they’re not, they definitely have their place. Most of the rivers I fish in Utah and Wyoming are mid-sized rivers. With this in mind most fast action rods require at least a half size larger line weight to get them bending, and most of them are unable to feel load until the full head of line is out (which is around 30-40 feet). This distance being the length of a lot of the rivers that are fished in Utah. Being able to load a rod quicker and instant feel can be a REALLY big advantage. Enter Fiberglass.

All my thoughts of fiberglass have been of big bulky rods that you find at garage sells or your grandparents basement. My thoughts all changed the day I picked up the Redington Butterstick (4wt 7’6”). First cast I was hooked. Being able to feel every cast, the smooth pickup and delivery of the fly. The sensation of the hookset and the ability to feel every last head shake, twist and turn. Watching the whole rod bend when entering fight mode with a fish is a site to be seen, and the ability to play fish with lighter tippets gives better mind set when fighting a fish as well. There are so many benefits to glass that you just don’t get with graphite.

But there are also some draw backs of the awesomeness of glass where graphite defiantly wears the crown. First off is wind. Wind is the worst nightmare of glass. They are still able to cast, but you will be working extra hard to lay the fly out. The second is distance. Throwing bomb casts with glass is not the name of the game. They really shine up close, So if your needing to shoot  60+ feet of line on the norm I would keep your favorite graphite strung up to carry as a backup. The third possible issue is length. Most glass rods (depending on the weight you’re slinging) are 7’6”-8’6”. On large rivers where long mends are needed this could become a problem, but with the soft tips they make quick work of stack mending.

Now if you’re thinking “hey this glass stuff sounds awesome, now how do I decide on a rod?” Let me shine some light on the rods I have that made me love “the bend” of glass. First and foremost, the rod you’ve probably seen and heard the most about is the Redington Butterstick. It lives up to every bit of its name. The color is beautiful and the craftsmanship is fantastic. The action is defiantly buttah smooooth. They are available in 2wt-5wt, ranging from 6’-8’ (depending on weight). The one thing I do not like about this rod is the fact they want $249.99 for a rod made in China. Not Korea, not Mexico or Taiwan, but China. That just hurts a little bit. Other than that it’s a great choice to jump in to the fiberglass game


The closest competitor to the Butterstick is the Echo Glass. Entering the ring at $200 dollars it will save you $50 bucks off the Butterstick. I have yet to see one or cast one. From reading reviews on other blogs and reputable websites it’s a solid rod but most say it’s the stiffest of the rods ive listed which can be good or bad depending on who you are. They are available in 2wt-5wt 6’3”-7’10”rated as medium fast action. Esthetic’s wise, they have more of the coloring of late bamboo rods. Tim Rajeff knows a thing or two about building rods so I would assume this would be a solid choice. There is also a line of Echo Glass Switch and Spey rods.

Now if you’re like most Americans you have to work because you need money for your living expenses. 90% of the time those living expenses drain your account almost completely leaving very little to be spent on what you REALLY want. That being said, check out the Cabela’s CGR rods. Coming in at $129.99 (and as low as $60 bucks if there is a sell going on) it is a great way for the ramen noodle budget angler to get into some glass. Available in 2wt-7/8wt and lengths from 6’2”-7’6”. Mike Clemmer the main man of Fishiki, Rocks the 6’2” 2wt. He loves the thing on small creeks. Cameron Mortenson of The Fiberglass Manifesto (thefiberglassmanifesto.blogspot.com) Gives a great break down on the rod and gives it great remarks for the price point. So if you want glass on the cheap check out the CGR, I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed

Here’s the rod company I think is grabbing the glass world “by the Beard” and will be a house hold name in no time. Introducing Blue Halo Gear! Ever wanted a rod that is as unique as you? Wish you had rod choices that look like they come from a bag of skittles? Or wish your rod would glow in the rays of the sun? Then these guys are for you! I had the opportunity to spend a little time with Utah local Cortney Boice (President/Co- owner) to cast his rods and here the story and theory of Blue Halo rods. These rods come in Three sizes a 3wt 7’6” $279.95 a 5wt 8’ $299.95 and the streamer chuckin 8’6” 7wt. All rods come in 7 colors (Check out bluehalogear.com for list of available colors). All rods come with an awesome rod sock and unique rod tube. All rods have an option to purchase a warranty for an additional $100 dollars. The warranty will cover 2 mishaps. The rod I have the most knowledge on is the 5wt. I had a heck of a time deciding on the 3wt or the 5wt. I came to the decisions of picking up a 5wt because I spend a lot of my fishing time in Wyoming where the wind never seems to give it up. The 5 has much more backbone then the 3wt and the action isn’t quite as slow. The sensitivity is unreal. The tip of this rod is really what sets it apart from other glass rods. Its soft but yet still powerful. Making a mouse skate on the top of the water, a mimicking a swimming fish is killer with the flex of the tip and feedback given. I could easily double haul this rod. The ability to really FEEL the rod load makes a huge difference in judging timing and hitting the intended target. I really cant say enough good things about Blue Halo Beyond awesome product and over the top customer service. Pick one of these babies up and you’ll see yourself fishing it over your graphite and becoming a glass geek in no time.

Thanks for taking the time to read the write up. Keep checking Fishiki for more awesomness.


-Tyler Norton

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Vimeo Videos 2014-2015

I have been very busy this year and have failed to make new posts. I do have a few videos from our vimeo account that I have not posted yet so here are the links. As it starts to get cooler and the days get shorter, hopefully I'll be able to find some time to let everyone know about the places we have fished this year. Thanks for taking a look into our world!
-Mike



venture from fishiki fly fishing on Vimeo.



deliverance from fishiki fly fishing on Vimeo.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Summer 2014 Part 2

I've been meaning to get around to a new post for awhile now. I'm a full-time student at Weber State, doing my undergraduate in Biology and planning to apply to dental school this year. Needless to say it has been a very busy spring.
Anyways, I still have a few other places that I want to talk about from last summer, starting first with Montana. Every year I take a trip up to Anaconda, Montana and I deal with the same dilemma year after year. Every night of the weeklong trip I can't decide which river to go hit up. From Anaconda you have so many streams, rivers, and lakes within an hours drive. Just a few I can name off are the Beaverhead, Missouri, Clark Fork, Little Blackfoot, Warm Springs, Big Hole, Rock Creek, and Georgetown Lake. That doesn't include any of the small streams in between (which I love to fly fish). Well this year I decided to spend a lot of time on the Clark Fork and it definitely paid off.
The headwaters of the Clark Fork start at the drainage of the warm springs tailings ponds. The river is safe to fish here but the fish are not safe to eat due to the high level of mercury and presence of other toxins. Which means it's all catch and release so the fish get big. Surprisingly the fish through this stretch are very healthy and strong. Every fish I have pulled in here (and lost) has put up a huge fight. I used my 8.5' ft 5 wt. Sage Fli every day I fished here and I could have easily used a larger rod weight but I love the fight on my 5 wt.
There are so many things that I love about fishing in Montana. One thing that I love in particular are the stream access laws. Here in Utah under Governor Gary Herbert's blessing and signature in 2010 we lost our rights to recreate on the river.  Landowners with rivers adjacent to private property can place no trespassing signs and the river becomes closed off to everyone unless it is accessed by boat. In Montana, (and Idaho) as long you access the river from a public right away (bridge, public land, etc) you can wade the entire river as long as you stay within the high water mark. Which is the way that it should be!
Anyways, back to the fishing and away from the politics.... the fishing in Montana is fantastic and has never let me down. I've only had the chance to fish up there in the summer and I can only imagine that it gets even better as fall starts to settle in. Large dries, streamers, and hoppers for days bringing in fish after fish is hard to beat. If you haven't made it to Montana do yourself a favor and go! Don't be afraid to venture out on your own and explore these rivers and lakes. I'm not one that can afford to get a guide to help me get into fish, and I believe in Montana you shouldn't have to, there are plenty of fish for you to find on your own.
One last place that I really had a great time fishing last year was the Teton river in Driggs Idaho. This was a trip that was last minute towards the end of summer and it was a fantastic time to be up there.  I was in awe watching the sun rise over the Tetons. It was a crisp late summer morning, with fog rolling in over the river. Huge browns and Cutts were hitting early morning midges off the surface. No one around but myself and Kade taking in this surreal moment. It didn't take long for us to get into a few nice rainbows and brookies, but it also didn't take us very long to realize that we were going to have to work for these fish. First of all I was very unprepared for this trip. I was in Idaho Falls on a Friday night doing some research on a few places I was deciding to fish, Saturday morning I was in Driggs with a fly box full of a few go to's and river staples. Well after going through just about every fly we found the small flies to work the best. Zebra Midges, baetis, sow bugs, and really small dark dry flies seemed to work best. We had quite a few baetis hatches while we were on the river and I have never seen so many fish rise, it was unbelievable. One of the first things that we had to do was switch out our 4x tippet and put on 6x, the fish were very smart and easily spooked. We also found that getting as close as possible to the rising fish gave us the best presentation and got us into the fish. Fishing on the Teton river is going to be a yearly trip for me. There is just something amazing about fishing under the towering Tetons, an experience that everyone should have.
Fly Fishing Montana
Montana
Fly Fishing Teton River
Teton River


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