The “Samurai” System, “Slow is Smooth and Smooth is Fast”

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”

Jackson County Now in the One-mile Exclusion Zone

I just saw this blurb in an “Advocacy Update” email from the Coastal Conservation Association, MENHADEN REDUCTION FISHERY OPERATIONS LIMITED TO ONE-MILE FROM COASTAL SHORELINES, EFFECTIVE MAY 1, 2022.  I think we still have a long way to go in protecting our Mississippi coastal fisheries, but this update is near and dear to my heart. … More Jackson County Now in the One-mile Exclusion Zone

Podcast: Don Davis of Breambugs.com Interviewed on Kayak Flyer

My brother Don, owner of Breambugs.com, was at the Sowbug Festival recently and bumped into a fly fishing/kayak podcaster, Shawn Seabaugh of Kayak Flyer. Of course I am a big fan of Don as he is my big brother. Don is the oldest of four brothers and I am the youngest. I have spent my … More Podcast: Don Davis of Breambugs.com Interviewed on Kayak Flyer

“Blind” Casting

I have become obsessive about maintaining the casting plane. For me, to be truly obsessive about something, is unusual. I like to poke fun at OCD folks (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) by saying “There’s a fine line between OCD and ODD”. When people then ask, “What’s ODD?”, I say, “you know, odd!”. Probably the only joke … More “Blind” Casting

A Tale of Two Mules

My Dad told me a story that revolved around the untimely death of my grandfather. When Dad was eleven years old, my grandfather passed away while still a relatively young man, leaving my grandmother in pretty dire straits. It so happened the state was building a highway in front of the house at the time. … More A Tale of Two Mules

No Creeps Allowed

I can understand a person’s reluctance to take suggestions in changing their overhead cast. In my computer programming career, we had a saying that a programmer has a 50/50 chance of making a change to a complicated program without introducing a new bug. I am the same way about my overhead cast because it is … More No Creeps Allowed

De Plane, De Plane!

Hopefully everyone is familiar with the casting “plane” which is probably more often referred to as “tracking” by casting instructors. If you can imagine a plexiglass sheet next to your casting arm and during each cast your arm and hand all line up exactly and maintain contact during the stroke. The wall prevents any twisting … More De Plane, De Plane!