With the Samurai System, starting with a kayak paddle held in both hands, one can: while standing in a kayak, after sighting a fish, stow the paddle quietly acquire the fly rod in the casting hand, and make a 40 foot or greater fly-cast (whatever length you feel safe to keep in the stripping bucket) … More The “Samurai” System, “Slow is Smooth and Smooth is Fast”
I had bream rising to the surface all over a subdivision lake last week during the last twenty minutes or so of dusk. The bream were eating mosquitoes and were in deep water and shallow water, just all over the pond. Before I go on any more about mosquitoes I have to mention something that … More Lovin’ Them Bream!
Seven seconds from sight to the cast that caught the fish. Talking about the Samurai system doesn’t seem to always get my message across, so this weekend I put my new GoPro to work to try and capture the system in action. Its hard enough solo fishing with a fly rod in a kayak with … More See the Fish, Catch the Fish
Well I promised a postscript to my post “Jetty Time on the Mississloppy”. I apologize, I started an update and then something happened to it before I published so I am now just getting back to it. The conditions were beautiful: The fish were pretty much absent. I knew I was in trouble when I … More Jetty Time Postscript
I had a favorite uncle, from New York of all places. He met my Dad’s sister during WWII. I don’t know the story but I guess he was maybe stationed at Camp Shelby which is near my hometown. As I understand my aunt was a real “dish”. Many a Northern boy has fallen for the … More Jetty Time on the Mississloppy
Change of direction casts, at least the ones recommended by FFI and the casting instructors are all really what I call “river casts” or single-handed Spey casts. They are fine for short casts wading in clean water, but they aren’t really helpful when you are sight fishing on a skiff, which is what I do. … More Galway Cast with a Twist
I have lived near the Barnett Reservoir for decades, but never really caught any fish until a club member (Nathaniel) turned me onto the Mayfly hatch. I didn’t have a clue but his photos of fantastic catches of bream, catfish and bass gave me new interest and he was kind enough to take me and … More Hexapocalypse Now! (with Killer Bees!)
Last night I was at Orvis-Ridgeland to hear guide Lucas Bissett speak. Just before I left the office to head that way I noticed an email from Orvis that said “Take a test cast for a free hat!” . Well, I always test drive the H3’s at Orvis so it was a free hat for doing … More H3 Test, and a Free Hat!
Friday, May 4, my son and I took the “May the fourth be with you” serious and made a suicide run to the marshes of Louisiana for a DIY kayak trip. Chris and I both had a bad case of cabin fever with all the hunting seasons being over. To Chris and I, sight fishing … More Coontail Conundrum
Sung to Don Ho’s “Tiny Bubbles” : Tiny Muddlers, in my pond, make me happy, make me feel fine. The chartreuse and Indigo blue “Tiny Muddler” has become a popular fly purchase at BreamBugs.com. I created this sinking fly to target bream in the local ponds I fish. I had hundreds of Alaskan bead hooks … More Tiny Muddlers Make Me Happy, Make me Feel Fine
Slide loading is a fly casting technique whose term is as mysterious as the technique itself. So it is no surprise that you typically only hear the term in discussions with experienced distance casters. Of course, you may discover the technique accidentally and then look for the term which is what I did. I am … More The Slide Loading Epiphany
Common carp and grass carp are two similar but very different fish. I have a book on carp flies beside me and it gives a disclaimer that the book is full of flies for common carp, not grass carp. It makes clear that beyond the physiological and behavioral differences between grass carp and common carp, … More Early Spring Grass Carp Bite
I sent a system to one of my favorite Louisiana redfish and Jack Crevalle guides, Miles Larose. My buddy Rusty Hook booked a trip but I couldn’t make the trip with him and Miles had just received the “Samurai” System I had shipped him. He put it on and was wearing it with rod in … More “Samurai” System for Guides!