Sunday, March 29, 2015

Stuff I Like: Royal Wulff Bermuda Shorts Fly Line

Actually, I don't just like this fly line, I absolutely love it.  I tried it for the first time four years ago and they've been my favorite lines ever since. The Bermuda Shorts are part of their Triangle Taper series and have a 22 foot head making it incredibly quick to load and shoot. I first put them on both of my 8-weight rods, a Sage Xi-2 and Temple Fork BVK, and found them to easily be the best line for casting at our small rolling tarpon around the canals of Matlacha. You can instantly haul it off the water's surface with one false cast and shoot it at a different fish when they appear.

The shooting head is light blue and the running line is a lighter yellow which is a nice looking combination, especially on the new BVK reel. It also features welded loops in both the backing and leader ends. I really like this because I hate nail knots and have never really learned to tie one properly. A simple loop to loop conection for both the leader and backing is the best possible connection and this line comes ready to go right out of the package.

All the Triangle Tapers retail for around $75 which is what you'd expect to pay for any premium saltwater line, and there are a lot more expensive ones out there. Unlike some of its competitors, this one actually will add 20 feet to your cast. Bermuda Short fly line is really great stuff and you can pick them up locally at Norm Zeigler's Fly Shop on Sanibel or from several online retailers.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Pine Island Fly Fishing Club

Last month's inaugural meeting of the Pine Island Fly Fishing Club had over 40 local anglers show up and it was standing room only at the tiny Chamber of Commerce building.  The next meeting will be this Monday, March 30th, at 6:30 PM at the Matlacha Park Community Center.  It will feature a guest speaker and also several fly tying demonstrations.  The club is open to anyone and you don't have to be an experienced fly angler to attend.  If you're new to the sport and want to meet up with a lot of avid local fishermen, this is a great monthly event. 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Love Those Pine Island Jacks

We never turn down a shot at a big jack on my boat, especially with the fly rod.  There have been plenty of them cruising up and the shorelines of Matlacha Pass all month and they rarely let us down when they see anything moving in front of them.  My buddy Don Atkinson nailed this six pounder on his very last cast of the day on Friday afternoon and saved us from going home with the skunk still in the boat.  They don't have the glamour of tarpon or snook this time of year but I'll fish for jacks any chance I get. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Pine Island Snook On The Fly

Snook season has been really great since it reopened at the beginning of the month.   Everyone loves chasing these fish on any kind of tackle but tossing flies at them is a whole different game.  Snook have great eyesight, a powerful lateral line, and a good sense of smell.  In other words, they're tough to fool with a just hook wrapped in feathers.  There are dozens of proven snook patterns and most of them resemble some kind of baitfish.  The most successful flies in our dark Pine Island waters are mostly white and unweighted so they land softly.  In other words, you'll want to use some kind of Deceiver.  This is what we were tossing yesterday when Boston angler George Scott landed several snook including the 25 incher in the top photo. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Man, The Myth, The Mustache.

There is so much Awesome in this photo I don't even know where to begin.  This is my buddy David Fish from PA.  Yes, his last name really is Fish and you can only wish you'll look this cool when you're retired.  David can also bring bananas on my boat and still yank a 24" red out of the mangroves, blowing that old superstition right out of the water.  Toss in the loud golf hat and t-shirt and you've got everything I love about Florida in this one photo.