Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Last Fall, I was looking for a rod that I could use for a light saltwater rod that can double for my Steelhead rod. This 9' 7 weight Helios is by far the most smooth rod I have ever cast. I can double haul this rod about 120' with the warm water big bass line on it. To go along with its power, it is also super sensitive. Teamed with the salmon/Steelhead line, it mends very well for the long Steelhead drifts.
One reason that I really like this rod for Steelhead fishing is the crush-proof guides. Any Steelhead fisherman knows that ice on the guides is going to happen whether you like it or not. With this technology built into the rod, I do not have to worry as much about the possibility of breaking a guide in these conditions when cleaning the guides.
I did match it with a Battenkill Large Arbor Big Game Reel. I actually put the largest trout reel on it to keep the weight down on the outfit as well as the balance too. I also do not think there is a major difference in the drag if I had had the larger one on this rod as well. The next post I will have flies to have with you while Steelhead fishing in the NE.
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Saturday, December 19, 2009
Here is a picture of my stream from the bridge. The water is finally starting to fill up again to normal levels. Two more days left until Christmas break for work. It will be time to chase some steel.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
This past weekend a few of us headed to Central PA for a little winter weather trout fishing. We arrived at state college late morning on Friday December 11th to below freezing temps with the wind chill, right around -3 degrees. We decided to stop at the local fly shop to pick up some tying materials and try to kill a little more time before we hit the stream. We were on the water just a little before noon and within the first five minutes we were into fish! The rest of that afternoon went as well as it could have for the conditions, between three of us there were 22 fish brought to the net. Most fish were caught on size #16 or #18 olive scud and a few were picked up on small single egg patterns being the spawn had just finished about a week earlier. The Second morning we woke to warmer temps, 30 degrees but plenty of sunshine made it feel like a heat wave compared to the day before. Fishing was consistent most of the day with most of the action coming from 2pm to almost dark. We were able to land 20 fish that day between the three of us with a few that got off the line before they reached the net. The same flies as the day before still were the ones that produced all hook ups, with a few more landed on the small egg patterns the second day! All in all it was another great trip to Central PA and I don't think you could ask for better fishing in mid December for wild trout...
Guide, Michael Steiner will be updating the Orvis Fishing reports found on their webpage now. At least once a week, you can obtain a detailed report on what and where to fish on the Yough River and Laurel Hill Creek. You can access the fishing reports by just clicking on the picture on the sidebar of our blog. LINK
For those who need some practice learning those important knots, Orvis has had this on their website for some time. I refer a lot of my Fly Fishing students to this site to help them refresh their skills on one of the most important parts of the sport. I have always said that the difference between you and a fish of a lifetime is having a good knot tied. LINK
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Been following this blog for most of the Fall season. The Tag-A-Giant foundation documents their encounters while providing research in this blog. There are some interesting videos too about these remarkable tuna. I have great deal of respect for these fish after landing 10 with a friend off the coast of Carolina a few winters ago. Here is the LINK.
Finally upgraded my camera situation. During Steelhead, my last Canon Rebel suffered some damage. Being that it would be somewhat expense to fix, I decided to get a new one instead. The biggest upgrade from this camera is the image stabilization in the lens. This will correct some of my photography errors as well as making a more clear shot. I have just found a cover that I will purchase soon for the colder elements. Now that I got my camera back in action, the blog will be in full effect again.