Who needs black Friday when one frequents Cabela’s bargain cave as much as I do. They know me there all too well, luckily not by name, but they know me. The weekend before Thanksgiving I wandered into the cave as usual and found a lovely Creek Company sport LT pontoon just calling my name. Quick rundown of my personal watercraft history goes something like this; owned a tube and popped it, borrowed a tube and it sprung a leak, borrowed a pontoon and it sprung a leak. As such I have been accused of having a stinger but that has yet to be proven. With that kind of track record the bargain cave is where I have to live when in the market. I meandered up to the pontoon and glanced at the price and thought it a typo. I did the math in my head and loaded her up.Add a comment
Not all trips are epic. Frankly I was too lazy to leave the stronghold of brick and mortar and hit a spot close to home. The wind was forecast to be tornadic in its gusting but luckily for my brother (who made the trip from Flagstaff) the weather was borderline perfection. Early rising wasn't necessary yet inevitably we found ourselves greeting the sun. Gear in hand, we put our feet to the pavement to see if we couldn't get some mojo on my brother's new rod.Add a comment
I enjoy reading. That statement should not be exchanged for well read, as Harry Potter and a bacterial induced consumption of the Twilight series do not count. I cannot spout Vonnegut or quote Gierach, nor would I if I could. Regardless, each night my routine for bedding down includes a book. Fiction is generally my fare, the occasional real world woe sprinkled in like sodium to a hypertensive. A few choice works of non-fiction make the grade, though. They are the most inspiring and thought provoking books that I have yet to happen upon. Hours upon hours I devote to them and when I lie awake staring at the ceiling, fighting for slumber, I curse Will Jordan’s name…Add a comment
The 12 Steps
(not necessarily to recovery)
Step 1 - We admitted we were powerless over our addiction - that our lives had become unmanageable without a steady catch of Carp to satisfy our addiction.
Step 2 - Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could improve our catch rate.Add a comment
It is hard to not laugh when you see this face. While the face itself is not inherently joke worthy, the catchphrases and quotable lines that spill from Mr. Hank Patterson’s mouth show that he is ok with you laughing at him as opposed to with him. For those that have not had the opportunity to be introduced to Hank the fly fishing guide, I envy you that first experience. His ability to make us laugh at some of our own follies in the sport shows us how uptight we can actually be. He also has an impeccable way of staying in character even when the cameras are off, something I would find out in hilarious real life situation.Add a comment
As the years pass the family has been spread across Arizona, life having taken us in various directions. Once a year we flock to the White Mountains in order celebrate my father and brother’s respective birthdays. Each coming from a different corner of the state we arrive to cram in as much fishing as possible in just a few days. The birthday pilgrimage is always an enjoyable trip because each year we find ourselves to be better anglers than the year prior. It is exciting to watch the progressions from casting to tying to gear, all the new techniques and practices we have acquired. Even more thrilling is putting these newfound skills to the test in some of the most beautiful acreage the state has to offer.Add a comment
The cute person that makes your coffee that you are too nervous to talk to; the upper office position you are not sure if you should apply for; casting to furtive bonefish on Bahamian flats. Unicorns always present themselves as seemingly unattainable seeing as though they are, after all, mystical. We all have one. I have no infatuation with a male barista, and I have climbed to the highest rung on my current corporate ladder. So naturally I have the yen for bonefish. What can I say, the heart wants what the heart wants. Then again the wallet only gives what the wallet has. Fishing in a tropical paradise doesn’t come cheap but I refuse to abandon the chase. I save a little each pay check and until the day comes I bide my time, practicing on a closer pond. Just because you think it may never happen, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared for when it does.Add a comment
As one of the most famous moving waters in the state, Canyon Creek has had an equally famous troubled past. From droughts, to flash floods, to one of the most destructive fires to hit the state, it seemed as though the beloved stream could catch no break. Nature could do its worst, but it was up against stiff competition from the partnership formed by the Game and Fish Department and Trout Unlimited. For years the dynamic duo has been undertaking projects to keep the stream a viable fishery. Little did I know as I hopped into an SUV that I would soon play a part in the saga.Add a comment
In this article I'm going to go over the contruction of the Jig and all the tools I use to make Furled Leaders.
This Jig is lightweight, portable and very inexpensive to make. You can change the number of sections and length easily after completed if you decide to experiment with other leader formulas or want to make shorter or longer leaders.Add a comment
This is going to be a three part article on Furled Leaders. An Introduction to what they are, what's needed to build them yourself, and how to make them.
Furled Leaders are a type of knotless tapered fly fishing leader. They are known for their high performance, low memory, and soft fly presentations. These attributes are due to the way these leaders are constructed which is similar to creating rope. The big difference is that furled leaders are created with a taper. This twisted style of construction and being made from many filaments leads to a flexible leader with low to no memory. Properties similar to a section of rope
Furled leaders are created from monofilament fishing line or fly tying thread usually, but can be constructed from almost any other line. The line is wrapped around a jig in a series of interlocking loops which creates the taper of the leader. The leader is also created in two halves, each half is then twisted while under tension. Both halves are twisted in the same spinning direction. The halves are then combined together and then allowed to untwist under weight or tension or twisted opposite of the first twist mechanically. As the two halves untwist, they furl together to create the final structure that is shown in the picture above. The ends of the leader are then finished to hold the leaders furl. Lastly the leader is attached to the end of the fly line and tipped with tippet before use.Add a comment