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”
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
The Mississippi Gulf Coast was once a tarpon fishing destination. Reports of people catching fish off piers were common as were sightings of great schools of tarpon, which inspired one old timer to say they “were so thick you could walk from Biloxi beach to Deer Island on the backs of them”. That might be … More Good Things to Come Byme-By!
I managed to squeeze in a trip to Louisiana to fish with what I consider one of the best saltwater fly guides in LA, Miles Larose, @Shallowsouth. I got the call after one of his fly-in clients had to cancel due to Harvey’s effect on air travel or maybe he got nervous due to all … More Hello Jack Crevalle!
Well it pays to be on the “do call” list when the weather is bad. Destination fly fishers can’t fly or won’t fly and after the client cancels the guides go to the “do call” list of local fishermen that don’t have to fly. Luckily I am on it and I already had been watching … More Goodbye Harvey Hurricane, Hello Jack Crevalle! (postcript added)
After spending quite a lot of time in front of the Hula hoop casting, or attempting to cast loops through it, I think I need to qualify some of my statements in my previous post when I first started. I said I found the easiest way to get a loop to pass through was throw … More Hula Hoop Practice Notes
The Gulf Coast Council of the FFI is having its 4th Annual Fly Fair in Ocean Spring MS on September 16. It’s a great opportunity to meet and hang out with fly fishing people from our Gulf Coast states. There will be well known fly tyers, casting instructors, auctions, raffles etc. And the venue is … More Gulf Coast Combo
Well, for all of my plotting, watching the gauges, watching the weather and direct personal observation I still could not manage to predict correctly whether stripers and white bass, what I call rock hounds, would be hanging out at the jetties. I thought sure the whitewater below the jetties would produce some striped fish but … More “Gar Rodeo” Fallback
Last weekend I got the following water level alert for the MS River: This is an alert I have set for certain jetties on the MS River. I have it set to start alerting me whenever the Vicksburg gauge gets to 24 feet which is just when the tallest rocks of the jetties come out … More Dog Days are for Rock Hounds!
I remember an episode of the sit-com “WKRP Cincinnatti” where Les Nesman, the agriculture-focused news anchor was being hit on by some seductress. She said to him in a husky voice, “I like to think that a person’s name says a lot about the type of person he is. What was your name again? ” … More Support Project 4248, Protect Point Aux Chenes Bay Shoreline!
No, I’m not waxing metaphorical, I am really and truly waiting for the tides to change! This is a tough time of year for a fly casting sight caster and his trusty kayak because the high tides are all in the middle of the day, when sight casters would much rather have skinny water. Now … More Waiting for the Tides to Change
I have always heard of well-known fly casters putting a loop of fly line through a hula hoop but I’ve never seen it done. I was bored with my practice sessions and was looking for some way to make it interesting again, so I searched the Internet for a video but I found very little … More Yard Practice, Hula Hoop Loops