What’s on Your Christmas List?


It’s that time of year again. Time for everyone to start thinking about what kind of gifts we’re giving to loved ones, and equally important — what kind of gear we’re dreaming of receiving!

I know different anglers will be looking at different types of gear, but for some fresh ideas be sure to get over to YakAngler.com to check out the Christmas Wish List 2012 ezine!

Fishing With Fiberglass and The Fiberglass Manifesto


You’re on the internet, (you are reading this, hence the logical conclusion…). You have typed the words “fly fishing” at some point. When you add together the preceding two statements, there’s great certainty that you have heard of The Fiberglass Manifesto.

I first came across TFM right after buying my Hobie Outback and my first fly rod a couple of years ago. Immediately, Cameron Mortenson (the self-proclaimed Glass Geek) had my attention. I had fished fiberglass rods when I was a child, but with a hook and bobber, not a fly.
Furthermore, I had no recollection of the feeling of glass, nor how it differed from today’s graphite. My curiosity awakened, I became a regular visitor to Cameron’s blog and knew that someday I had to find out what all the commotion was.

Skip forward eighteen months

When I scheduled a week of Montana fly-fishing in July 2012, I knew two things:

  1. I was camping waterside (a waste to stay indoors while in Big Sky country).
  2. I was going to fish as much small water as I could.

South Fork Rod Company Fiberglass

By chance, I saw a post on TFM about the T.F.M. Fly Rod Loan Program, a project Cameron has implemented to let anglers demo glass rods from various rod shops. A true champion of fiberglass fishing, Cameron wants to help us make educated decisions before buying our next fly rod and promote the use of fiberglass to improve our fishing experience.

I own a TFO (Temple Fork Outfitters) 9 ft, 5-weight that I am very happy with, but I thought I might like to try something a bit smaller for some of the mountain streams I had in mind. As I am sure is the case with most fly fishers, I have always imagined myself in the proverbial small and pleasant mountain stream, with a fly rod and trout itching to be caught. On dry flies as you would expect.

After a little discussion, Cameron sent a 7 ft., 4/5 weight rod built by the South Fork Rod Company. I opened the tube and found a beautifully finished rod, realizing at once that I was holding a rod builder’s truest art. I can see the beauty in the color of the blank, the wraps, and the smooth finish, but also felt an unfamiliar flexibility and different kind of power than what I am accustomed.

I fished small creeks and streams in the Bitterroot Valley for three days.

With the South Fork fly rod in hand, paired with my 5-weight, large arbor TFO reel (and a Willie-Joseph Surge pack for good measure), I wandered off in search of more private, serene locations where I could be alone with my thoughts and the water.

What ensued was nothing short of a gift and more than I had ever dreamed it would be. The first day out, several cutthroat and two very nice browns brightened my day, along with a large rainbow that broke me off after a good ten-minute fight. The
second and third days totaled 40+ trout, mostly cutties and browns, with the occasional brookie. I truly have no idea of the total number for all three days.

Fishing the South Fork Rod Company Fiberglass

The experience of fishing the SFRC fiberglass rod has left me wanting much more. The slower action of the glass leant itself very well to my casting, making my presentation more graceful and exact than I had previously achieved with any consistency. The flex of the rod is a thing of beauty. I loved the way the rod loaded, easing me smoothly into
my cast and performing the way I wanted no matter the distance of my target. I found glass to be very sensitive to even the lightest of bites, and a joy during the hook set and ensuing fight.

All things considered, I want to buy a rod like this. It truly was among my favorite fishing experiences, and although I know not
every day of fishing is going to result in so much catching, I have to admit, this Mortenson guy knows what he’s talking about. Glass Is Not Dead!

Important Note: I would be remiss not to mention that I had a very productive and most enjoyable two-day, guided trip down the Bitterroot River with Jack Mauer of Wapiti Waters. I was using my larger, 9 ft. TFO fly rod, which performed to perfection. I do not wish to detract from that spectacular trip by not mentioning it in the above post. I simply wish to savor it as a story for another day. It was afterwards that I began my quest to find skinny mountain waters. I seriously doubt my personal fishing time would have been so successful had I not received the instruction and insight Jack provided while we were on the water. He is a great guide and extremely amazing person!

Pinegrass, Drought Works Brewery
Missoula, MT


Elkhorn Creek Kayak Fishing Series Results; September 8


On Saturday, September 8, yak anglers came out in strong numbers to fish the last regular-season Saturday in the Canoe KY ECKFS. The cooler temperatures of late have been ideal for fishing, and this day was no exception with a high of 78 degrees. The clouds and chances of rain did not deter the faithful, nor did it turn into much of a problem as the day progressed.

The numbers show that all things came together and made for a great day of fishing, with a grand total of 228.25 inches caught by the top five competitors of the day.

Place Angler Total Inches Points Earned
1st AJ McWhorter 48.75″ 5
2nd TJ Strong 46.75″ 4
3rd Tim Dunham 45.5″ 2.5
3rd Adam Miles 45.5″ 2.5
5th Allen Faith 41.75″ 1

As we count down the remaining weeks to the series grand finale, the overall point standings as of this writing are as follows:

Angler Total Points
AJ McWhorter 42.5
TJ Strong 37
Matt Schaefer 21.5
Tim Dunham 16
Adam Miles 14.5
Allen Faith 14
John Walters 8
Tim Emberton 3
Bob Brown 2.5
Eric Engel 2
Tyson Peterson 2
Joe Maione 2

There are two dates remaining in the regular schedule of the series; September 16 and September 30. The year-end, grand finale for the series will take place Saturday, October 13.

We’re having a great time on the creek so if you can, come out and join us. For more details on the ECKFS go to http://canoeky.com or call Wes at 1-888-CANOEKY.

See you on the water!

When Fish Attack


I love to catch trout. I’ve only been fly fishing for three years, but trout quickly earned the top spot on my list when it comes to my most enjoyable catches.

Second only to trout, is the small mouth bass (especially on the fly). In many ways trout and smallies give similar fights, both fish being strong and aggressive. Both can be downright stubborn when it comes to coaxing them towards you, you have to wear them down enough to drag them in your direction.

A friend of mine posted this video in a YakAngler.com forum that I frequent. In the video, a diver happens upon some bedding bass and the reaction is pretty astounding. After seeing this I realize how much of a fighter the small mouth is, and why I owe no apologies for their being such a close second on my freshwater fishing list.

Smallmouth Bass Attack from John Flynn on Vimeo.

Elkhorn Creek Kayak Fishing Series Results; Aug. 15, 2012


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AJ McWhorter showing one of his larger catches of the evening

On Wednesday, August 15th there was a good turnout for the Canoe KY
ECKFS. With weather pretty much as expected for the middle of August and the water levels strong, the fishing turned out just as strong for this evening’s tournament.

There were a couple of ties, both for second and fifth place, really highlighting how tough the competitors are. Who would have expected the weekly totals to be so close?

The results are:

Angler Total Points earned
1st TJ Strong 33.25″ 5 pts.
2nd AJ McWhorter 27.75” 4 pts.
2nd Allen Faith 27.75” 3 pts.
4th Adam Miles 27.25” 2 pts.
5th Matt Schaefer 26.5” .5 pts.
5th Tim Dunham 26.5” .5 pts.

TJ Strong came in 1st this week with this catch putting him over the top.

The Overall Standings for the ECKFS are:

Angler

Total Points

AJ McWhorter

34.5

TJ Strong

31

Matt Schaefer

17.5

Tim Dunham

13.5

Allen Faith

13

John Walters

7

Adam Miles

7

Tim Emberton

3

Bob Brown

2.5

Eric Engel

2

Tyson Peterson

2

Joe Maione

2

There are still a few dates left in the Fishing Series. Go to http://canoeky.com for more details then come out and join us for some great competition!

Adam Miles is making sure he has a good shot of this nice smallie