Larry Zarella goes wet and wild and lands a sailfish the hard way. LINK
“Lani Waller has drawn on long experience and a deep love of steelhead to write a book that few steelheaders will want to be without.” --Thomas McGuane
“Lani Waller has a passion for these beautiful creatures that comes across on every page. And Bob Hooton brings a thorough approach to the science.” ---Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia, Inc.
“Waller . . . sees, feels, and writes about [steelhead] more deeply and colorfully than any person I know. Beginner or expert, you will not be able to put this book down until you’ve read every single word.” --Dave Whitlock
Steelhead legend Lani Waller covers the essential elements of fishing for trophy steelhead with prose as beautiful and surprising as the fish themselves. The blend of how-to and why-to not only captures the essence of these elusive fish but also uncovers what it takes to consistently bring them to hand. Waller shares his techniques for swinging wets and waking dry flies, including proper approach, presentation, and his favorite fly patterns, both classic and contemporary. Chapters on hunting trophies, equipment, casting, and conservation provide readers with a life’s worth of wisdom learned from his time on the water.
Waller brings along some of his friends to help contribute to the book. Steelhead expert Bob Hooton’s chapter on steelhead biology is a concise overview of the steelhead’s life cycle, biology, and behavior; artist Dave Hall illustrates Waller’s swinging techniques; and photographer Ken Morrish’s stunning images capture the magic of the fish and the rivers they ascend each year. This all-star cast of steelhead fanatics has created a classic book that honors the fish as well as those who chase them, whether in the Pacific Northwest of United States, the wilderness streams of British Columbia, or the hundreds of tributaries that run into the Great Lakes.
To the list of life’s great mysteries — the primacy of the chicken or the egg, who shot J.F.K., why there is an s in the word “lisp” — I would add one more: how long should an angler wait to cast again to an Atlantic salmon that has come up for, but not taken, a fly? Via: The NY Times LINK
It's all about the NY Times today.
“My cousin said it really looked stupid, but the guide went crazy for it,” Greenberg said. “It was so simple. In the classic landing position, the fish has all the advantage, but with this method, if you stand directly upstream of the fish, it has to fight both the current and the leverage you apply to the rod. It’s like magic.” VIA The New York Times LINK
Try dipping your flies in Jello powder.
“I drained the corn, put it in a Baggie and mixed in strawberry Jell-O (powder). I just tried it,” said Penman, who seldom fishes and never targets carp. VIA The Rockford Register LINK
Within these two excerpts (taken from George LaBranche's, Dry Fly and Fast Water) there are no less than 20 fishing tips; at least 10 in each paragraph! VIA The Fishing Notebook LINK
Jerry Gibbs in Outdoor Life asks, "Where's the Beef"?
The fact that a wild trout will nab a bit of baloney and occasionally something as ridiculous as a cigarette filter drifted into its lie is mostly ignored by hatch-matching anglers. But it ought to tell you something. The inimitable Lee Wulff once wrote, I've taken trout with dandelion heads, blueberries and little wild strawberries. They'll chase pennies and dimes as they sink� Maybe they thought blueberries were beetles, the strawberries salmon eggs. Maybe they just didn�t give a damn.� LINK
Ryan Jordon from Backpacking Light weighs in on backcountry fly fishing. Ryan's site is a wealth of information on light weight backcountry travel but you'll have to subscribe to access most of the content.
But what to do if your backcountry fly fishing trek demands a full load of long distance hiking and camping gear, and you want to maintain an ultralight ethic - and pack? LINK