Wednesday, September 29, 2010

More Fall Fishing

Report and photos by Deroy Brandt.

The morning started out with a high hopes. We caught a healthy Rainbow from the first hole and then we preceded to walk down the creek and pick up a few more within the first half mile. Every Rainbow we landed was seventeen inches or better. We did not break twenty inches but they all looked like they have been eating at Krispy Kreme! After our initial euphoric half mile, the bite seemed nonexistent. Like all die-hards, we soldiered on and changed techniques and flies but it seemed our luck was limited to the dawn of the day. Despite the rest of the day being a seminar in humility and casting, we had yet another wonderful Fall day in the Valley.


Monday, September 20, 2010

Loop Opti Runner

A good way to break in the Opti Runner reel by Loop.

This reel may be the sexiest reel out there. The super large arbor allows for quicker line pick up and protection of light tippet. And we love hearing that sealed drag scream.

(The Loop Opti 3L pinstripe jacket is sexy too.)

Wade Williams (Reel Fly Guide)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Valley Trout Set-Up

Here is a look at our Valley Trout set-up.

-TFO 5wt. Switch Rod

-Loop Evotec LW 6/8 Reel

-325 grain Skagit Short head by Rio attached to Airflo's Ridgeline running line (20 lb.)
with Airflo polyleaders

This has been a perfect set up for fishing Valley Rainbows. Here are some benefits of this set up:

-Better line control (mending long distance and high sticking) with 11 feet of rod.
-The ability to spey cast when needed. (Favorite use)
-Sensitive enough to feel the little guys but strong enough to handle the occasional Silver Salmon.
-Better control when swinging flies. (Another favorite use)

Great spey casting rod!

Make sure the reel balances out with the rod.

Deroy Brandt (left), Colton Conner (middle), Jake Williams (right)

Deroy Brandt: " Our members, here in the Valley Swingers Club, have meat (its big, hairy and needs a wide gap). That meat requires a big stick and two hands so our meat can swing through each hole effectively. That is why our members choose TFO Switch Rods to dig deep and do work."

Colton Conner: " Versatility. You can throw a size 20 parachute adams and a freak nasty dalai lama using correct style and line weights. Also can be used in thick brush to wide open long bomb domination."

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Fall Fishing

The rivers have been fluctuating a bit the last few weeks but it looks like its starting to level out. Water is still a little high right now but very fishable. Flesh and beads are working along with some streamer patterns.