Tuesday, July 31, 2012

North of Milwaukee

These are some shots from this past weekend.  Karsten and I got out on some water north of Milwaukee looking for smallmouth.  The hot weather really seemed to really throw things off and had the water flowing VERY warm.  Karsten got into a small bass and we both missed quite a few working the far bank with poppers.  I tied up a crayfish pattern about 4" long and got hammered throwing to some downed branches.  I figured it was a pike but then the fight just kept on going and going and going.  When we finally got the fish to surface we saw a ok sized carp which was awesome because of how hard it hit.

Big fly little mouth.

Until next time...

Friday, July 27, 2012

Great read - "Thoughts about the rod"

I found this article on the Clan Rods website and really enjoyed the thoughts that it shared.  It gives a very traditional take on the incredibly popular use of "short" spey/switch rods as well as short lines that have taken over the 2-handed market.  It's interesting to read the perspective of a master rod builder who speaks only of rods above 15' all the way to 22' in length.

Being as that I'm really on a "traditional" trip and really enjoying casting longer rods (13-15') with lines of 55-100' in length, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.

Follow the link for the reading: