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Florida Weather: Fishing Challenge Or Jinxed

Wifey just wants to lay in the sun at the beach. She tells me that for some reason it just makes her happy. Fair enough. I can do the beach for about 20 minutes and then I am looking for something to do, so little dude and I try to build a sand structure. maco_beach We fill the buckets with crushed shells, tip them upside down and dig a moat around the cone shaped sand only to be toppled by his chubby little baby toes. Repeat.

Beach day is awesome, just enough breeze to keep the sweat from forming on the top of your lip, bright sun tanning our dry mountain skin and just enough cloud cover to give you a break from squinting. Perfect Florida weather…. 16 hours pass.

Laying in bed I look at the red numbers on the clock and realize that I might have had one too many cocktails at happy hour. My skin is a little tender from beach day and a tinge of heartburn stings my throat. I smacked the alarm just as it reaches 5:30 and walk out of the room. While lathering on SPF 50 i am thinking about the shots I might get at Tarpon, Snook, Permit or Bonefish. I can hardly wait. It is the right time of year, all the reports are great, the fish are here, “just got to stay calm and make a good cast” I say to myself.

The windows to the east look over the bay and the American Flag is not drooped silently like the morning before. In fact it is violently flapping, making a slapping noise. “Really?”

“maybe it is still calm on the gulf side” “maybe we’ll go into the back country” “or maybe we’ll just go for a $600.00 boat ride” all these ramblings go thru my head.

Seems like more times than not this happens to yours truly. And although I have been blessed with great days on the salt my fingers are always crossed when there is a charter booked well in advance.

Wind

For Thanksgiving wifey and I went to FLA to visit her parents. It was a fun trip and I had very little intentions of fishing. But, her dad surprised me with a half day trip he lined up with Frank Catino. I was pumped, I called Frank and chatted about what we would be fishing for. He responded with baby tarpon, snook and jacks. Awesome. Baby Tarpon Rule

The day came and wouldn’t you know it. Cloudy, very very windy and a high probability of rain. It was the day after beach day HAHAHA. Dave and I hopped in the car and went out anyway. Frank was at the launch and ready for us. We motored through a Manatee zone and chatted about the fishery on the Sebastian River.  The Sebastian River is a very cool fishery I never knew existed. You can catch a Bass and a Snook in the same section of river. Baby tarpon grow up in the river and the scenery is much like a jungle.

We battled the wind blind casting at rolling Baby Tarpon and moved the fly under pilings looking for big snook. Mayan CichlidWe ended the day with a few Jacks, lady fish and a Mayan Cichlid. It was a great trip and I learned a lot about an area I had never known. I like to believe that it is the fish gods putting me through the ringer. Pay your dues and you will be rewarded. Fair enough. I haven’t fished in saltwater enough to have everything go perfect and I don’t mind getting beat up time to time. The wind certainly is making me a better caster. Although there are some people who would disagree with that.  Thanks to Big Dave for putting together a quick trip and also for all the rum punch that we seemed to consume. See ya in the salt.

 

 

Polarized Sunglasses: See The Water Better

Sunglasses have become part of my head and you can tell when you look at my chubby face and see raccoon eyes. I get that too often. “Nice tan line” some pounder will say to me. Well jack wagon if I am going to be in the sun all day I am going to wear sunglasses and not worry about my public appearance you vain bastard. That is what I want to say but instead I stare at them and just smile. Generally an awkward moment. With all the eye wear products on the market today it can be tough to make a decision on what to spend $200.00 on. Personally I have a very difficult time busting out the plastic for a pair of shades that are going to get trashed in a month or so. But, I know that i will wear them day in and out until I drop them in the river. Here is what I look for when buying sunglasses.

First – Comfort. I have chubby cheeks and like to smile so bigger lenses will tend to rise off my face when I am laughing or showing off my pearly whites. So I try to find a lens that gives me good coverage, feels good on my face and is lightweight.

Second – Lens Color. I have always been a fan of amber/ copper colored lenses. They seem to give everything a golden hue and lighten things up just a bit on an overcast day. The darker lenses always seem to dull things out and give a grey appearance. This is a preference.

Third – Cost. I hate spending $$ on anything, Thats only because I don’t ever have much of it. But, I try not to skimp when it comes to sunglasses. They play a large role in my day to day life so I figure a little extra will go a long way. Until I scratch them and then I am pissed. I have found that you can purchase a good pair of Polarized Sunnies from $75.00 – $250.00. I would prefer to fall on the lower and of that scale but usually end up more towards the upper 3rd.

Recently I have had a thing with Smith Optics. They offer more shapes and sizes and tend to be in mid upper level price range.Smith Dolen Sunglasses As far as comfort goes they fit me the best. The pair of glasses I own now have been some of my favorites. They are the Smith Dolen and are super light weight and have many different lens colors. I would recommend that you check them out if you are in the market for a new pair of polarized shades.

Costa Del Mar are obviously a big deal in the fishing world and they do a good job of marketing to folks like us. It seems that I have not been able to find a pair that fits me quite right.sku_13420_angle4_xl They are a little tight on my head and I can never find a lens I am really excited about. Although these shades look very similar to the Smiths above. I know a lot of guides wear Costas and like what they pay for. Maybe this is an avenue to look down.

Regardless of what you wear the overall goal of polarized sunglasses is the same. Cut the glare and help anglers see through the water better. Not, just for fishing either. Polarized lenses help when rowing a boat down a river, running a skiff in the skinny back country or fishing the deep blue. Without Polarized lenses a lot more rocks and other underwater hazards would be tearing holes in the bottom of boats. It is also nice to be able to see things like the trout below when people with fancy non polarized pounder shades cannot.

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Streamer Stumbler: Rod, Reel & Line Combo

December 20th 2010 a very good friend of mine handed me a Scott A3 11 foot switch rod for my 30th birthday.  I had never owned a switch rod and I was anxious to pair it up with the correct line. After speaking with some reps I decided to go with the RIO Speydicator, which I am not even sure if they make it anymore. They might call it the switch chucker. I threw the line on my Lamson Konic Fly Reel and off to the river I went.  After swinging some girdle bugs and throwing a Bobber I was pumped to have my new switch setup. Fast forward to Spring 2013. The water levels had come up and it was time to start floating the Eagle River. I was in the Garage gearing up for a day of streamer fishing and realized that I had, 2 broken 6 weights, 3 broken 5 weights and my 8-9 weights were stolen in FL. HMMMM. There it was the trusty 7wt. I grabbed the konic reel with the switch line on it and put it on my Scott 7wt. What I stumbled upon changed the way I will streamer fish forever.

Eagle River Edwards CO

The rod/line combo was a bit heavy but, I like that when I am throwing bigger flies. And now with the switch line on my 7 wt I could roll cast, spey cast and single hand cast large tandem streamers with ease. I have since then kept that rod, reel and line combo together until yesterday when I handed it over to bobber for his GL Brown Trout/ Steelhead Trip. I am curious what you other anglers are throwing for a streamer setup? I am sure I am not the only one using switch lines for streamer fishing, but I will highly recommend a switch line if you are not. The large front taper allows you to cast large flies with ease and you can also attach different tips if you want to get deeper. Let me know your setup or if you have any suggestions.

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Fly Fishing Beer: PBR Gets The Spotlight

Ahhh Beer. There is something about having an ice cold beer on the river isn’t there. Reaching into the cooler and pulling out a can of your favorite suds can bring a smile to most any man/ woman’s face. With all the varieties on the market today why is it that PBR gets the most publicity when it comes to fly fishing? We see it in magazines, video clips, blog posts, social sites and in the back of guide trucks. Whats the deal with Pabst? I gave up my beer drinking antics nearly 8 months ago due to an allergy that I hate to admit I have. Do I miss drinking a hand numbing cold can of beer? Your damn right I do. But, unlike most of the hip guides you read about in the Drake Magazine Pabst Blue Ribbon wasn’t the cardboard box I grabbed at the liquor store. If your going for a broke guide image why not go for bush light or natty ice. I mean that crap is cheap. But I guess that doesn’t go with your new truck, drift boat and pulling one of those ugly cans out of your $400.00 cooler wouldn’t look as cool. Or do you truly just love the taste of Pabst?

twittericonfixed Its not a bad beer, hell they have been around since 1840’s so they are doing something right. But, in college I would bet that you started drinking the cheapest rot gut booze you could afford, you then tried a few micro brews and after graduation sipped on some wine. Now, after all that tasting, trial and error the box of beers you grab is PBR. Well I am not here to tell you which beer to drink, hell I really don’t give a damn. If I was in your boat I would drink whatever you handed me, well at least 8 months ago.  I am really just curious about the PBR program. I am surprised they haven’t sponsored the FFFT…yet. What’s your go to beverage? 

He’s A Regular Guy: Sasquatch, Yeti, Bigfoot

I was trying to find a Yeti Costume last year for our annual Steelhead Trip To Washington. I looked all over the internet for something that was made of quality. I found a guy who custom makes costumes but lost his site. Later this summer I was cruising the internet and found Frank Coffman… he is the GUY. I had a little cash so I ordered what you see below.

Sassy

A few friends and I have been brainstorming for the past few years about making funny little web commercials about sasquatch. So with the purchse of this suit we plan on doing just that. No sponsor, no deadlines, no big productions, just fun. Last weekend we shot a short piece about the yeti, sasquatch, bigfoot getting ready to go fishing. The next short will hopefully be shot in the next month. I hope you enjoy these little clips. We’ll keep making these videos if you keep watching. If you have any ideas on what the sasquatch should do next. Feel free to email me at LaterallinemediaATgmail.com. Thanks for watching.