Both Taylor and I have the Cabela's LSi Switch rod. I have the 1107-4 11' 7wt 4 piece model. The rod comes in a glossly dark brown finish, I typically prefer something a little flashier, but that's just me. It is fitted with an aluminum reel seat and both a rod case and sock are included. Mine is paired with a simple L.L. Bean reel and Rio Switch Chucker line. Although I am a two handed novice this rig has helped me learned the basics with relative ease.
The LSi Switch rods normally retail for $240 to $260 but they regurarly go on sale for up to 50% off the msrp. When they are on sale they are a hell of a deal. The 7wt model I was fishing this past weekend is light in the hand and has a surprisingly fast and snappy action that you wouldn't expect in a rod this price. The action coupled with the Switch Chucker's 465 grain head turned over my extremely long and heavy nymp rig quite well.
Pulaski, NY. The salmon river is a notorious fishery in the North East. You have no doubt heard of big fish and even bigger crowds. Washington Strain Steel can start moving in and up as early as September and typically start spawning in Mid-March. Taylor and I had never fished the Salmon before, we have gone further west to rivers like the Oak Orchard, Sandy, and the Catt instead. This time we only had a weekend and needed a spot that was a little closer.
On my last trip to Western NY, I landed my largest brown nymphing with a buddy's 8wt switch setup. Not only was the fish hooked, I was as well. I hadn't brought my 7wt switch rod on that trip so I was sure to bring it to the Salmon this time. I shared my experience with Taylor and he brought his 6wt switch rod as well.
This week's Fly Fishing Film Friday is a video produced by us with Why Knot Fishing from our 2014 trip to western NY to fish for steelhead and trout. It was my first time out there and it was an amazing experience! We are posting it again now becuase we have that same trip coming up just before Thanksgiving. I cannot wait to meetup with some friends and spend 12 to 14 hours a day fishing. Stay tuned for a new video and post in the weeks to come!
I should mention that all fish in the video were successfully released unharmed!
My wife, Sarah, and I were fortunate enough to head south to Cozumel, Mexico this past week for some much needed vacation! With her blessing, I booked us a full day guided trip with Aquarius Fishing Guides. Carlos Vega was very helpful and after reading the numerous positive trip adviser reviews I had no issues coughing up the deposit. Carlos set Sarah and I up with one of his guides named Enrique. He didn't speak much English but I found out that it doesn't really matter when it comes to bonefishing!
Last week I promised a full post on my bonefishing experience and I am here to deliver! As I said before, Sarah and I were on our honeymoon. We left for Grand Bahama Island at 6:00 am the morning after the wedding. Needless to say we were tired. We arrived on the island Sunday afternoon and were greeted with rain, lots of rain.
Tropical storm Bertha was in the area and I feared the worst, a cancelled bonefishing trip! Thankfully the weather cleared up after the first couple days. The trip was scheduled for Thursday so I was feeling good.
So one of the goals my fiancee (Sarah) and I have for this summer, besides planning our wedding, is her learning to fly fish. I tried to teach her last summer but that didn't go over so well. I figured I would let the professionals handle her!
Kidding aside, I was surprised and proud that she signed up for the local Orvis 101 and 201 classes on her own. I have got to know the fishing manager there pretty well and he was excited to show her the ropes. The 101 class went great, Orvis runs an excellent program. The 101 class covers basics, fly selection, and an hour of casting in the parking lot.
Over the past few weeks I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the stripers to our local waters. I have been checking the water temperature and fishing forums daily attempting to predict when the fish would arrive. Early last week the first reports of schoolie stripers starting rolling in and I could not wait to get out on the water and hook into my first fish of the year.
Frankly, I was surprised when sunshine greeted us Saturday morning! We hit Dunk's before heading to the water. Few fish and many fishermen greeted us in the Y pool. We headed down stream to where Taylor had found and caught fish earlier in the month of March, see Redemption At the Swift River. The fish were stacked up just like before! We thought the other two guys fishing that stretch weren't going to give us much competition, considering one looked about 15 and the other was pushing 70.
After getting skunked on Rhode Island's Wood River last weekend I was on a mission to catch a trout this weekend. Early yesterday morning I made the drive out to the Swift River in Belchertown, MA. For those of you who are not familiar with the Swift, it is a tailwater that flows out of the Quabbin Reservoir and provides great fishing all year long. The area above Rt. 9 is a catch and release fly fishing only area all year long. The area below Rt. 9 is open to spin fishing and is only catch and release from July 1 to December 31.