Quick Fly Fishing Tips

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Fly fishing is an angling method in which an artificial “fly” is used to catch fish. The fly is cast using a fly rod, reel, and specialized weighted line. Casting a nearly weightless fly or “lure” requires casting techniques significantly different from other forms of casting. Fly fishermen use hand tied flies that resemble natural invertebrates, baitfish, other food organisms, or “lures” to provoke the fish to strike (bite at the fly).

Scientific Anglers Starter Fly Fishing Outfit

Fly fishing can be done in fresh or salt water. North Americans usually distinguish freshwater fishing between cold-water species (trout, salmon, steelhead) and warm-water species, notably bass. In Britain, where natural water temperatures vary less, the distinction is between game fishing for trout and salmon versus coarse fishing for other species. Techniques for fly fishing differ with habitat (lakes and ponds, small streams, large rivers, bays and estuaries, and open ocean.

Access Mid-arbor Fly Reels, Titanium, I
Get a good pair of waders they keep you dry and you can get in the river or stream and really get in on the action.

Redington Sonic-Pro Ultra Packable Waders – Stockingfoot (For Men)

Encounter Waders / Only Regular
Many credit the first recorded use of an artificial fly to the Roman Claudius Aelianus near the end of the 2nd century. He described the practice of Macedonian anglers on the Astraeus River:…they have planned a snare for the fish, and get the better of them by their fisherman’s craft. . . . They fasten red wool. . . round a hook, and fit on to the wool two feathers which grow under a cock’s wattles, and which in color are like wax. Their rod is six feet long, and their line is the same length. Then they throw their snare, and the fish, attracted and maddened by the color, comes straight at it, thinking from the pretty sight to gain a dainty mouthful; when, however, it opens its jaws, it is caught by the hook, and enjoys a bitter repast, a captive.

Quarrow Elite Trout Fly Fishing Combo Kit
Fly fishing today has become more popular in recent years. Beginner Anglers can be taught by guides or take classes. Nothing beats being taught by an experienced relative. I have some recommended  gear to provide at low prices from some of my sponsors. This Crystal River set up is probably the cheapest you’ll find for around 30 dollars. It’s cheap but great for beginners  and for kids to learn on before you buy an expensive set up.

Gone Fishing Crystal River Fly Fishing Combo Kit
Watch the video, take a class or look up a local guide and begin enjoying the art of fly fishing. Get out there and experience the great outdoors, until next time here at campingandfishing.org .

Opening Season Trout Gear

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Trout Season is here for most waters in the U.S. It’s a good time to check your inventory and see what you have,what you need ,and what needs replacing. Figure out when your going fishing and how your going to fish. Are you fishing streams or rivers. Maybe a lake or two,are you shore fishing or in a boat or float tube.
With many decisions to make, it’s time to organize.

Start off by checking your poles. A good Fly fishing pole is always kept ready to go. Superfly makes a great combo set for the beginning angler.

SuperFly 4pc Performance Combo 8’6″ Rod
The makers at Quarrow also put out a good ready to go combo set up.This set comes with a nice case to protect your gear.

Quarrow Elite Trout Fly Fishing Combo Kit
If its just reels your after, Ross makes a great affordable reel.The “Flystart” reel by Ross has well built gearing and is just as good as higher end brands.

3M Ross Reels Flystart #3, Black
Another great reel is by a company named Okuma. I bought my dad an Okuma reel that he really enjoys.This “Sierra” model has a smooth roller bearing action.

Okuma Sierra Fly Fishing Reel
Lamson is a higher end reel but here we are able to get closeout prices.The”guru” is for smooth precision fishing.

Lamson Guru 2 Fly Fishing Reel – 5/6wt
Waders are something that get beat up and someday need replacing. I like dry waders rather than neoprene ones. Walmart has a great pair at a low price and the brand Caddis is a great brand as well and is reliable.

Caddis Men’s Northern Guide Breathable Chest Waders
Now Patagonia is probably the most high end brand you can get.We are able to get these at a discounted price.Patagonia is a leader in clothing and fishing gear.

Patagonia Skeena River Chest Waders – Stockingfoot (For Men)
Wading boots vary with people.I like felt boots.These Patagonia boots once again are top of the line at an incredible bargain.

Patagonia Ultralight Wading Boots – Felt Bottom (For Men and Women)
Is that vest looking ratty and time to go or did you just outgrow it.Crystal River makes a low cost vest that does the job. I had one for years.

Crystal River Fly Fishing Vest
If it’s top end you like than we got. The Umpqua vest is supreme out there in the water.It has 11 pockets and is comfortable to wear.

Umpqua Feather Merchants Toketee Fly Fishing Vest (For Men)
For the guys that can’t stay on shore Walmart has a variety of kayaks and float tubes to fish from. You do not have to spend big money to get set up.A float tube is a way I enjoy fishing out on the lake. Classic accessories makes a great tube at an unbelievable price. The “Teton” is awesome.

Classic Accessories Teton Float Tube
Another great tube is the Caddis “Navigator” at another good price and caddis is a quality brand.

Caddis Sports Navigator IV
If you want an angling kayak but don’t want to pay $600 what do you do? You look right here yes Walmart comes through with several reputable models.

Lifetime 1-Man Redfin Angler Kayak, Sandstone
Lifetime makes nice kayaks at lower prices.This “redfin angler” comes with a rod holder and a good storage. All you need is your fishing gear.
The Sun Dolphin “green excursion” is another nice angling kayak that doesn’t tear the pocketbook.It’s a ten foot kayak with plenty of storage and ready for the water.

Sun Dolphin Green Excursion 10′ Sit In Fishing Kayak With Bonus Paddle
For those of you that like a sit on top kayak, I haven’t forgot about you. Emotion kayaks makes this badass “Stealth Angler” .It has storage and two rod holders in the rear.

Emotion Kayaks Stealth Angler Kayak
For the spincast and bait fisherman there are plenty of things you may need before you head out for the season.First let’s look at poles and I’ll give a few recommendations.I usually get a Daiwa or Shakesphere pole. They are of great quality and hold up to the heavy beating. I personally like the Shakespeare “ugly stick” It is pretty much unbreakable while fishing,just don’t slam your car door on it. For the novice or someone that just wants to grab and go fishing,this has all you need to catch trout. And it’s affordable.

Shakespeare Complete Trout Spinning Kit
If your going hiking,or backpacking get a telescopic.It folds up small to attach to your pack.

Shakespeare Durango Telescopic Spinning Rod
I use an “ugly stick” light rod when I fish for trout in creeks,streams,and other wilderness areas I go to.

Shakespeare Ugly Stik Lite Casting Rod
Daiwa like I said makes excellent fishing equipment. I have a nice Daiwa for trout fishing.I love their reels too, they are so smooth.

Daiwa D-Shock B Freshwater Spinning Combo
Do you need a net? Wetfly makes a great rubber net that is fish friendly,meaning it is easier on the fish when handling it.

Wetfly Rubber Net with Wooden Handle – Small
Whether your fly-fishing or spin casting in the mountains carry a creel to put your fish in while your walking the river or creek.

Berkley Extra-Large Fishing Creel
How about a great fishing hat. I always wear a boonie. It keeps the sun off me and I can dunk it to stay cool.

Boonie Outdoor Cap Washed Cotton – Khaki
So get out there and enjoy the season,but remember to have everything you need. When you fish a river or sit on the shore of a lake you got to have the right gear to get the job done. Join me again here at campingandfishing.org to cover my experiences of the outdoors and to get recommended quality gear at low prices.You don’t have to get the most expensive gear to have a good time.

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Camping along the Owens River

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owens river

Camping along the Owens River can be relaxing. A wide open space with no trees around, you can see for miles. At night the stars come out and excite the senses. A good friend of mine Greg and I traveled up to the Owens River camp,called “Brown’s Owens River Campground”,which sits along the river north of the town of Bishop off Highway 395 in California. The campground is nice and open and good for RVs and tents alike.They have a store ,restaurant,showers,and restrooms. There are sites waterfront along the campground. Due to the openness  of the camp, it’s best to have an instant canopy

We went at the end of summer and still it was so cold at night I wish I had a better sleeping bag, so I went out and bought a better bag when I got home, the Outdoor Products 20 degree sleeping bag was a great…

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Camping along the Owens River

owens river

Camping along the Owens River can be relaxing. A wide open space with no trees around, you can see for miles. At night the stars come out and excite the senses. A good friend of mine Greg and I traveled up to the Owens River camp,called “Brown’s Owens River Campground”,which sits along the river north of the town of Bishop off Highway 395 in California. The campground is nice and open and good for RVs and tents alike.They have a store ,restaurant,showers,and restrooms. There are sites waterfront along the campground. Due to the openness  of the camp, it’s best to have an instant canopy

We went at the end of summer and still it was so cold at night I wish I had a better sleeping bag, so I went out and bought a better bag when I got home, the Outdoor Products 20 degree sleeping bag was a great purchase

and wow what a difference.  We set up camp and decided to fish for Rainbow trout before dark. I used some worms and caught a few before heading back to clean up and fix dinner. For dinner we skillet cooked on the fire pit grill the trout I caught ,along with some beans and veggies I cooked on the camp stove. We also had some wine and bread.The gear I used to make dinner are available here  at a good price. The skillet I use is the Lodge Pro-Logic 10″ Cast Iron Chef Skillet

The Grill I love and bring to all my campouts is theTexsport Heavy-Duty Camp Grills

And the outdoor propane stove that I have had for many years is the Coleman PerfectFlow Instastart 2-Burner Stove

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Greg and I stayed up late drinking wine and telling stories and talking about fishing. Greg shared with me about his past as a Blackwater operator in Iraq and abroad. Some of the operations were intense. The next day we headed out on a day excursion to Rock Creek Lake, to fish for the big ones.  Rock Creek Lake is stocked with Rainbow trout but also has large Brown trout, and Brook trout. rock creek lakeWe get there and make our way to find a spot to shore fish. I bring myMountainsmith Cooler Cube
I really like this bag ,it’s not too bulky and it’s rugged for the outdoors .The bag also keeps the stuff real cold for days. It also is economical.We get our poles in ,and wham we caught a couple of nice trout. We used nightcrawlers and green powerbait. We had a few beers and lunch,and fish a few more hours. Then it’s time to head back to camp to clean up and relax before dinner. Dinner was great. We had steaks on once again that grill I showed you earlier. We talked amongst the campfire and Greg discussed some of the Survival and bushcraft skills he’s learned doing the type of work he’s done in the past as a para military operator ,  of which I agree and we have practiced on some of our other outings. We tuned in an AM radio station we managed to get. After some stargazing it was time to crash out for the night.owens river rock creek lakeThe next day we get up at dawn and fish the river right out front of our campsite. You don’t need an expensive rod and reel to catch fish. I usually get  my gear at Walmart. I rarely spend over $30.00  for a rod and reel combo and I catch a lot of fish. We settle into camp in the afternoon beat from fishing.  Greg brought back a stringer of trout we put on ice. We were out in sun all day.  I needed a shower and that felt amazing after being in the bush. I whipped up some appetizers and wine before dinner.owens river camp
The best cooler I ever owned available in several colors Coleman 54-Quart Steel Cooler

 

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http://www.brownscampgrounds.com/owens.html
owens river campground

The next day we had breakfast and pack up for the drive home back to L.A. . Brown’s Campground on the Owens River ,you’ve been good to us. I hope to return next season for some good trout fishing. Check out my future posts as I explore more places to camp and fish here on campingandfishing.org
Campground link http://www.brownscampgrounds.com/owens.html

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