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That’s a seriously cool trip Zach – some of the most famous and historic trout water in the world, and those browns are stunners. Look forward to seeing the write-up in the Drake.
I use Loon and have been very satisfied. They have a Thick and a Thin formula – I’ve found the Thin more useful, and I expect you’ll find the same for your midge and nymph tying.
A quality UV light cures the resin much better than a cheap one. Also, contrary to what some of the companies market, all of the UV resins (that I’ve tried anyway) end up being slightly tacky after curing. A thin coat of clear nail polish over the top of the resin gives a nice tack-free finish.
That’s a great story Mike. Good on you for tracking down the owner. I dare say you’ve just topped up your bank of good fishing karma.
As the others have said, Flat Creek is worth a day, particularly if you’ve never fished it before. The technical sight and stalk fishing there is super fun, but also don’t be afraid to tie on a big streamer and rip it past some of the undercut banks…
Outstanding images Jay. I always enjoy seeing your work. Some great shots and excellent fish in this spread – the fun of the trip really shows through in your images. The “Mid” is on my bucket list, and this definitely makes me want to venture there sooner rather than later. Strong work, as always!
Wow! Hell of a fish, Travis. Nice work.
Nice interview. I worked with Jason for a couple summers in Colorado years ago – he’s a great dude and ace photographer too. The Midfjardara sounds amazing.
Does anyone have experience using hitched tubes on trout? I have a couple local trout rivers that I’d like to try them on.
This recent article by Dave Karczynski, from Midcurrent, may interest you.
Great fish Mike. I received a fly similar to the one you showed above in a fly swap years ago (through this forum actually, I think). I still haven’t given it a proper swim, but will have to make a point of doing so now.
Great stuff Mike. I’m glad you had a good trip – Yellowstone is an amazing place, and it sounds like you made the most of your time out there.
Looks like you’re having a hell of a summer Travis. Great stuff!
Outstanding, as usual, Travis. You have those southern musky dialed in. Impressive work.
Got a good brown last weekend that made for a great battle in small water on the 5wt. Photo by Kiyoshi Nakagawa.
I read it a couple years ago, and loved it. It’s probably about time for me to re-read it. I actually enjoyed the slightly ‘unpolished’ style of the book that you mentioned because it seemed to add to the rawness and authenticity of the stories. I’m not sure if that was Nolte’s intention (he is obviously an outstanding writer), but regardless, it worked for me.
Looks like a great trip Chris. That rivers seems to get some absolutely stunning browns running through it.
Simms offer a lifetime warranty for workmanship and material failure, a 30-day “across the counter” exchange for any leaks, and a free repair within the first year. More here: http://www.simmsfishing.com/cs-guarantee. Simms has a great reputation for their quality of customer service, and I can vouch for that excellence first-hand. The reality is that any wader will eventually leak. If you smash through enough blackberry, walk enough miles, jump enough barbed-wire fences, and wear them long enough, your waders will spring leaks. However, like any soft-good, there can be a big difference in the amount of abuse that different brands and models of waders can endure before wearing out. Buying a quality-built wader will help to prolong the initial leak-free period, after which aqua-seal or manufacturer repair can further prolong their life.
Good luck with your search for your ideal wader, Mike. There are definitely plenty of good options available from a range of manufacturers.
Simms are by far the best and most durable waders made, in my opinion. I have a pair of G3’s that I have beat the shit out of all over the Western US, Michigan, and 4+ years in New Zealand, and they are still going strong. If I were you, I would strongly consider stepping up to the Headwaters model, which features Gore-tex instead of Toray. http://www.simmsfishing.com/shop/waders/headwaters-stockingfoot.html
Alternatively, you may be able to pick up a closeout pair of last year’s waders. I would particularly look for their “Guide” model, which was basically a stripped-down pair of their G3’s without the pockets and extra features. It’s a great wader, and it should be close to your price range on closeout sales. Call around to some fly shops and see if they still have any in stock and are willing to do a deal for you, or at last resort you can hit ebay:
Do they use the Avalon Fly much where you were in Mexico? That seems to be a hot fly for permit in a lot of areas around the Caribbean and Australia too. I tied a batch up for a bonefish trip last year and it looked great in the water, but I haven’t had a chance to throw it at any permit…yet.
Looks like a very cool trip, and congrats on the permit!
Damn these are awesome Jay! Inspirational work, as always. #3 is particularly cool with the transparent wings splayed out like that and the green ‘veins’ running through them. Great shots.