The tide was wrong, the weather was bad but I still managed to stick some shorts. There is something about the smell of the saltwater that calms my spirit.
G. Loomis Pro Tim O'neill and I went out Shad fishing at an undisclosed location. He was dialing a ndew G. Loois Roaring RIver GLX 11ft 7wt switch rod. He was rigged with a 425 gr Rio Skagit Flight. I used my 12 ft 6 in 400 gr 5/6 G. Loomis Versispey rigged with 350 Rio Scandi. He used an itermidiate Versileadrer and I used a medium sinking Versileader.
We caught a bunch of fish that morning and also eneded up taking some cool photos. There is something fun about watching the city wake up with the river roaring around us.
I learned from steelheading that fish will often hold in the secondary areas adjacent to the deeper more traditonal holding spots. Whether it is people activity or birds the fish will move to the least disturbed areas. In this case I believe that the tree cover and lack of good ambush rocks protected these fish from osprey and heron despite the lack of depth.
We caught a bunch of hickories after moving around and finding a slug of fish that we hard to get to. Over the next series of days I came back and hit the fish. Below you can see the S. flies we used to catch the Hickories. Our secret color combo is not shown below.
The Americans like a little bit larger fly. I tied these earlier in the year
When you are fishing in the hood you find scary stuff. Be safe out there kids!
Well, Terry knocked it out of the park again! Building upon the success of the winter open house Terry, Tim and Mary Ann put on other open house at A Marblehead Flyfisher. The event was well attaned and Mary Ann kept the food coming. I am always happy to see Mary Ann but I am even happier when I know Mary Ann will have food.
This time Terry invited Loomis rep Dick Kondak to come. I really enjoyed meeting Dick. You know our industry just has the nicest people. He brought many rods for everyone to try out. I cast several rods including a pro 4x pft 4 and 5 wt, NRX 9ft 5 and 6 wt and the full line up of Roaring River GLX Switch Rods. The highlights for me were the 5 wt NRX. I was able to cast the entire line plus a TON of backing. It threw super tight loops. I was really impresses on my loop compactness and integrity even while casting into the wind. I also spent a bunch of time with the 5 and 8 wt Roaring River GLX Switch Rods. The lightness in hand of the 8 was shocking. Both rods had one of those all in one switch lines. I think I would have liked a lighter line on the 5. It seemed too soft to me. After my experience with the Rio Scandi this weekend I would love to try some of those out on the 5. Check out the two handed wizard below!
I was happy that my wife, baby and father in law could come out. Ryan Brown even drove up from DC to get new waders and boots. I have included a video below of him casting one of the switch rods. I think he did a bang up job for his first time with a two hander.
If you have not made it out to one of these events you are really missing out on seeing some great gear and hanging out with super cool people. What did I miss guys? Please comment below.
G.Loomis Sales rep Dick Kondak will be there with all the new Loomis rods to cast. It should be a good time. The last open house was a blast. Rick will even be there!
I have been trying to dial in my 12'6'' 5/6 400 gr Loomis two hander. I started out with a 425 gr skagit flight head and the old running line off of a trashed outbound. I think the running line is a .33 or something like that. I tried out a 7 wt nymph line and that was way to light. Yesterday I put on a buddies 400 gr skagit flight. That 25 grains shouldn't have made that much difference but wow did it ever. I chucked 10' of t8 and 5 of t8 and 5 of fly line. I was able to carry much more line in the air. I wonder what the 375 would be like? I still can't help but think what one of these scandi short set ups would be be like. Seems like lots of people think they should be called skandi shorts since you can execute skandi and skagit cast with one line. The unispey is interesting too. I have never tossed a long belly line. Now I just need to dial in a nymphing set up.
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