Sunday, June 30, 2013

The slightest..

of breeze made it actually doable this morning. Yesterday was 104-106 around here. That just plain sucks but like I said, today wsn't to bad and there is a nice evening coatal wind to sort of chill things a little tonight.

Anyway, yesterday we saw a few Glossy Ibis in one area so I wanted to go back with a longer lense and see if I could pull them in. Of coarse today they wouldn't come with in 100'!. At first light I was able to get a couple of looks but shooting freehand made it tough. I wanted to fish and just couldn't bring a tripod and rod so it is what it is. One low light shot and another sighting of a Glossy Ibis later in the morning were the only two shots I could muster. But, I did stick a few fish. Smaller fish were around and I got a shot at big cruiser mid morning and everything came together.  It was a great eat and my best of the year, and certianly one of my largest Carp on a fly. Carp in mid to high 20s are not easy to feed a fly around here. Hell, they arent easy to find period so I was pretty stoked.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Recent fishing

It's been pretty hot around here lately! The forcast is for more of the same with a string of triple digit days on the way.  Rainbows will eat but stream temps have jumped and i'm leaving them alone for now.  Highlight is Ken Hanley and I got out this morning for a shart Carp session.  It was already pushing 90 at 10am with not a breat of wind. We had caught a good number of fish so we made the long 2 mile trek back to the truck. They were eating well but seemed to be on the lazy side and we didn't see or catch anything bigger than 6-7lbs. It ws a lot of fun and I enjoyed spending some time out there with Ken. His website is on my links. Check out his video's, he does some nice work. Have a good 4th!


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

All work and ..

little play the last week. My fishing has been broken into segmants the last week with small windows to get out. Mostly hitting Trout and Carp.  Rainbows have adjusted to the change in flows and I have not. Oce I figure out where they went they will be in trouble. Carp on the fly has been excellent for small skinny water fish. Couple of good ones here and there but nothing to brag about really. The lake fish are super strong for there size but more suited to a 5wt in my opinion to maximize the fun. I  hit one of those places after an appt this afternoon and the flats were loaded with small hungry post spawn fish like the one pictured.  They will run down flies right now since they are really keyed into eating fry.  Milton also got a nice little fish too. Other than that, it's summer fishing around here. Time to hit the Salt or the Sierra's while there is still some water.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Koi hybrid..

I caught this unusual fish the other day. Clearly has some Koi influence with the fin tips. Also, a different looking dark band around the mid section.  I thought it was a neat and different looking fish. I have seen a few Koi on this water but have not stuck one yet.  Trout has slowed down a little but a few will still grab a streamer.

Have a good weekend

Monday, June 10, 2013

Today's fishin

Got out for a Carp scout and some Evening Bow's...

Sunday, June 9, 2013

South Florida

Last Saturday I wondered what I did wrong to deserve the oncoming weather I was about to fly 2500 miles to intercept.  The forecast for South Florida was looking poor and my wife and I actually thought about turning the plane toward Baja instead. We decided to flip a  coin and Florida came up heads, so Florida we went. The 7 day forecast was at 40-60% daily chance of rain so I figured we could dodge the T-Storms and make the best of it. Before we get on the plane things had increased to 90% percipitation all week.  An uneventful flight and beautiful sunset drive across Alligator Alley and we were soon set for a week in Naples. I had fishing plans for the next six days so I preped gear and watched the Weather Channel keep talking about that orange blob off the Yucatan heading directly in our direction.

I was trying to be optomistic until Monday morning the orange blob had the Name Andrea. Tropical Storm Andrea. Nice, A tropical depression  was  fast tracking our way and there wasn't a damn thing I could do about it.  I wasn't pleasant to be around on Monday as the rain increased and my mood deminished.

My plans for the week were to be ON the water more days than not and sight fishing beach Snook the rest of the time.  It wasn't looking like either of those options were going to happen. About 10 am I decided I was just going to have to deal with it,  stop bitching and go fishing. There wasn't any lighting to speak of, just moderate 80 degree rain and Paul Wolter had given some good starting point's.. I was going to have  to go take in the Glades and see what I could do on my own. As it turned out, I caught plenty of fish.  The weather was crap but the lighting stayed away and made the hot humid weather tolerable and thankfully fishable.  It was a tremendous amount of fun and i'm looking forward to going back in the fall. This is the third Florida trip in a row where Iv'e been hit with some sort of weather related issue so I'm due for a good weather trip at some point.

I spent the majority of my time DIY fly fishing the Tamiami Trail. The trail runs from Tampa south through the heart of the Everglades to Miami. Iv'e traveled some great Fishing highways around the country but this has to be one of the best I have experienced in terms of variety,  solitude and unique beauty. Keep in mind summer is the off season. It's hot, infested with Mesquitos, snakes, Gators and No See Ums this time of year. It is deserted for the part since the snow birds have long headed north for cooler climes.

Tamiami Trail US 41

It takes a a couple of days to just scratch the surface of the sights and a week to really soak it in and get off the beaten path. I happen to be staying on the western side of US 41 in Naples and had plenty of time while I waited for the eweather to break so we could get out and chase Tarpon.

The lower SW  side of the Glades has more of marine influence and that's where you find Tarpon, Snook and other Saltwater spiecies in greater numbers. As you cross the midway point heading toward Miami, the landscape changes dramatically and it becomes  more of a lush tropical freshwater Invironment with Largemouth, Peacock Bass and lot's of other introduced exotic pan fish. It's beautiful, accessable and loaded with fish through out the entire length though. My wife and I took a day and drove Trail from Naples to Miami. It took us, with all the side trips, and quick fishing and photo stops a full day to do the round trip. A long day, and we spent some time popping in and out of Glades access points. We had just barely scratched the surface and the scenery and wildlife was awesome. We really enjoyed it and I reccomend the trip.

Myan Cichlid

Butterfly Peacock Bass

Over the course of the week the fishing went from a slow start to a steady bite once I got my bearings. The heavy rain and small storm surge had pushed lots of tarpon deep into the backwater areas off the main channels. I believe that actually helped put fish in areas that were accessable to me, and may have otherwise not held those fish with normal water levels.  Most of the tarpon were 3-5lbs. Snook were in the 15-18in class and I missed a shot at donkey on day two. The fish just simply missed the fly.

I used a 7wt for the smaller babies and a 9 for the bigger fish and just locked down and hoped things would not break. I found a couple of areas that were holding better quality Tarpon in the 20-30lb+ class. I jumped 4 or 5 bigger fish and landed two. Both in he 20lb class. The bigger specimens are difficult to handle solo, and even harder to get a photo with out damaging you, your gear or the fish so I didn't get as good of shots on the bigger fish that I would have liked too. My other concern was that since I was deep in the freshwater zone, gator's are present and are threat to you and the thrashing fish. A quick easy release is important.

Black over Olive was getting eaten all week.
 A good friend of mine took me too a place where he targets Tilapia on the fly. Large Tilapia! They don't attack flies but they do eat if your persistant.  Somebody coined them as Carpy, and I think that would be a good description. This area also had a good number of Grass Carp that I could not get to go to save my life. I really wanted one but it just wasn't in the cards. 

Big Boy

Over all It was a great trip. The fishing was not easy with relentless rain, wind and Extreme humidity, bugs up the ass  but I wouldn't change a thing. I don't mind working for fish and it was cool to see the Everglades from the ground level up close and personal.  I enjoy the warm tropical weather and unique scenery of the Everglades. It's a remarkable and resiliant place. We have done all we can to destroy it but it some how keeps thriving full of life and  I look forward to going back and exploring more soon. Here are random photos in no particular order.

Folks coming out to get a glimpse of the first sun in several days. Me included!