Wildwood Outfitters Blog and Fishing Report
Earlier this year I was researching musky flies, and who makes the best ones. One name that kept coming up time and time again was Tony Sandrone of Nightmare Musky Flies. His patterns were more innovative and lifelike than anything else on the market. It was very apparent that an incredible amount of detail went into each fly sold. Not just that, but to see his flies hanging out of the mouths of monster smallmouth bass and musky were testimony enough of their effectiveness.
While fish might be in the streams, the years steelhead season is still in its infancy. Trips north to the "tribs" might be a bit premature, but that doesn't mean these fish aren't constantly on the brain. With that in mind, we decided to share our top three go to flies for Pennsylvania and Ohio chrome!
Few truly wild places remain untouched or spoiled by the hands of humans and industry; places where it feels as though people don't belong, and those that choose to visit are mere guests in a harsh landscape. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) emanates that, and much more, on the northerly fringe of the world.
There's nothing wrong with periodically keeping a few caught trout for dinner. In fact, there are some studies out there to suggest a slight culling of the trout herd can be beneficial in certain waterways. If instead you choose to release the trout you catch, as many anglers do, there are a few steps to follow to ensure that the #letemgoletemgrow plastered on Instagram is more than just a catchy tagline to accompany your fish pic!
When I first met my wife she told me how much she liked to archery hunt. Despite hunting all through my teen years and my dad running an archery shop in our hometown, the sport had never taken hold of me. Instead, my autumn weekends were spent chasing fish, which in turn led to a healthy obsession with fly fishing. Once our relationship progressed and we became engaged and moved in together, it was only natural that she learned how to fly fish, and I learned how to archery hunt.
Fly fishing guides hold a special place in the angling community: they spend time teaching new fishers and fine tuning experienced vets alike. There is much more that goes into the profession than just being able to catch fish, and that quickly separates good guides from great guides. One of the best in the business is Israel Patterson, a full time guide out of Colorado.
The alarm clock (yes it was still an actual clock back then!) started blaring at 4 AM signaling the day of fishing was about to begin. The truck temperature showed 17 degrees but it felt colder than that while my dad and I waited an eternity for the truck heaters to thaw the windshield. Two hours and a gas station stop later we were at the stream in the pre dawn light rigging rods inside the truck, savoring the last ounce of warmth. There were already two cars parked near us so we quickly tied on our double egg pattern rigs and started off downstream to the pool we knew held fish all winter. It didn't take long before my strike indicator bobbed ever so slightly and after a sharp hook set the fight was on! A few minutes later we both sat there admiring a 32 inch colored-up male steelhead in the net. Nearby was a fellow fisherman who said since I was a kid that was probably a "citation" fish and I could get a certificate from the state if I pursued it. That was the furthest thing from my mind though, as we snapped a few pictures and got back to casting, somehow forgetting how cold it was.
I've been lucky enough to cross paths with some really remarkable individuals that are incredibly talented in a number of different ways pertaining to fly fishing. It only seems fair that I share some of these folks with you, the loyal readers of our blog! So, without further adieu, here is our first installment of Fly Fishing Friends Friday!
I was recently asked why the fish in the pictures we post are so small. "Why don't you post pictures of the BIGGER fish?!" It's a great question, and there's a few ways to tackle the answer. Hopefully I'll be able to properly convey why those little fish are blasted out on our Instagram and Facebook so often and why we love to catch them!
Fly fishing isn't one of the most dangerous activities you could hope to partake in. Can't say the perils quite measure up to spelunking, gator wrangling, or bull riding. Maybe fly fishing doesn't have the dangers associated with the aforementioned hobbies, but there is plenty of stuff that can hurt you out there on the water! Here is our list of 5 of the more dangerous aspects of the sport.