Saturday, March 28, 2015
The End Of March - Just Like The Old Days And Some Practical Advice
Took a walk down to the PIPE today and saw one flyfisher who said that he had a zero and didn't see a trout. Two others before him had the same tale. I've seen this guy at the EB and he can catch trout so if he can't bring something to the net.....
This season is reminding me of the days when Massachusetts had an opening day of the third Saturday in April. You couldn't fish and the conditions in late March just seemed to be full of snow, ice and cold weather. Things would break and break hard by mid April and it was a given that the Saturday BEFORE opening day would be in the 70's and Quill Gordons would fill the air. One week later it would be wet, cold and the streams would be in flood condition. I remember fishing one small stream that I would never mention on opening day while standing in knee deep snow.
Maybe we've been in a warm spell of a decade or so. Five years ago I was taking trout on dries on the Millers on the last weekend of March. Actually this season may reset things, even for the Swift.
Lee Wulff, one of the original great thinkers concerning trout and salmon fishing, had this to say about reels and rods. He once mentioned that the greatest advancement in fly reel design was NOT the disc drag but the EXPOSED RIM! The exposed rim gave you instant, adjustable drag control by just applying pressure with your FINGER. You could let go and free spool or break off 1X quickly by finger pressure. He was sooo right and you didn't have the additional weight of disc components added to your reel. He was writing about trout fishing and not blue water stuff of course but wait a minute. He landed a sailfish on a single action S/A reel so all bets are off!!!!
Lee on Rods - Wulff said that the second most important "drag" component that a fly fisher has is the FLY ROD. A rod creates drag by resisting a fish's run by BENDING (it's a lever) and then releasing the bend when the fish slowed down. The line going through the guides is also creating addition drag and that will tire the trout. Allowing the rod to work as a drag and backing this up with a good click and pawl reel all that you need on a trout stream. No real reason to worry about busting tippets if you know what you're doing and click and pawl reels sound sooo great when a trout does rip line!!! Skeptical?? Then how does Tenkara work without a reel? It's a long limber rod that absorbs the runs and dashes of a trout!!!
Posted by Millers River Flyfisher at 12:57 PM
Labels: guided fly fishing trips on the Swift River, guided fly fishing trips on th East Branch of the Westfield River, Guided fly fishing trips on the Miller River