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
A friend and I saw an opportunity to fish what looked like a promising summer tide recently and though parameters were not really that great, we took a chance. This is the tide we were expecting below: This is the tide we got (red line): So you can see the flat top red line over … More Vanishing Point Continues to Vanish (MS PAC)
I’ve been checking for mayflies at the Rez every other day or so. No bueno. Actually, I have seen a few in the grass, just a handful, which seems weird. In the grass, not in the trees. They flew up out the grass after swatting the high grass with a stick. Very few mayflies, literally … More Anticipation… It’s Making Me Wait!
My wife got the notion to visit our daughter in Ocean Springs because the weather was going to be nice. She gave me the hint by asking me if the tides were good for fishing the weekend of Saturday April 27. She knows me pretty well. Upon checking I was expecting the tide to be … More Looking for the Goldilocks Zone
Unlike President Trump, I’ve been colluding with the Russians. And I like it! Yep, they seem to have something I’ve been looking for. It won’t replace my stripping bucket, and certainly not my sight casting system I’ve developed, but this sure will travel better. It has a very vanilla name, the “fly fishing line holder”, … More Colluding with Russians for Better Fly Line Management
When I was a very small child I went along on a family fishing trip to the gravel pit lakes of Glendale Mississippi. The Glendale lakes near Hattiesburg were my Dad’s favorite fishing lakes apparently and now I just have to wonder about my name which is Glen and my cousin’s name Dale, as my … More Peace with the Perch
Due to very dynamic weather in March, booking a date for a marsh sight casting trip is always risky. Nevertheless, my buddy Rusty Hook and I managed to pull off an excellent marsh trip this past weekend, the 23rd and 24th of March. We had picked the dates a month before, after our guide … More March Marsh Trip +Chandeleur!
After success with catfish at my office lake on epoxy pond snails (Tales of Snails and Weather Spells), I decided to shape one as a spoon fly. I was hoping the catfish would take it for a pond snail when fishing it slow, and the wiggle when retrieving it might trigger a strike from “whatever”. I … More Water Beetle Spoon Fly?
We are still having the rough, rainy weather common to this part of the year so I haven’t attempted a DIY redfish kayak trip yet. Looking hard at the weekend of March 15. Unfortunately the tides change this time of year to a pattern not conducive to my index for predicting fish in the marsh. … More Tales of Snails and Weather Spells
I had a rare brainstorm this weekend. A buddy called and suggested a quick afternoon trip for crappie. Of course I haven’t fully transitioned from hunting into fishing and in my tying I skipped ahead to bream, not thinking about crappie being the first target species. I had practically no crappie flies and so I … More A Good Idea
I’m still fighting post deer season depression. I am starting to watch the weather to plan a sightcasting trip in the marsh, but my mind keeps wandering back to a couple of great days I had on the reservoir last year catching bream, bass, catfish and stripers during a Hexegenia mayfly hatch (Hexapocalypse Now!). Last … More Get a new “Hexbox” for the next Hexapocalypse