Archive for February, 2009

Fishing Tip: simplify your fly fishing leaders

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Descending leaders are wonderful when tied correctly, and a well-crafted one will turn over beautifully. But tying a leader that features differing line weights in various lengths can be a time-consuming and even frustrating process. If you’re just concerned with catching fish – instead of setting records or pitching perfect casts – skip the complicated knots and mathematical calculations. In the shallow salt, use an eight to 12-foot section of straight 20-30 lb. leader and you’ll catch plenty of fish. I realize that purists will gasp at this suggestion…and that’s half the fun.

Hot and Cold

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

I headed deep into the Glades last week with MoJoe and his brother Danny. We suffered on the long ride down, running 40-50 MPH in 40-degree weather. Brutal. We saw numerous large snook early on, but they had lock-jaw and moved about listlessly in the cold shallows. But the day warmed up nicely, and by mid-afternoon the fish thawed out enough to feed. We enjoyed a banner afternoon from that point on. Joe caught everything that moved and posted a backwater slam (snook, redfish, tarpon), I was one unbuttoned tarpon away from doing the same, and Danny caught snook as fast as he could cast his plug. We feasted on dry salami, Parmesan cheese, spiced olives and Papa Sullivan’s spectacular soft-bread sammies; released over 40 snook and several reds; and basked in crisp, sunny weather. Beat that. I dare you.