Flyfishing many years, I have gone through many rods, long, short, stiff, soft, expensive or cheap... different combinations. Now, I have stonger and stronger feeling developed in my head. That is what if I only can use one rod. What rod would be the one? This is a funny question and have been broght up many many times in public forums. But I doubt people really think about it, really seriously consider this is the important question. Well, this is maybe NOT important at all if we are really dealing with rod number per se. Because you can easily own/afford several rods by following what magzine feed you. What I am try to figure out here is the other perspect of fishing. Maybe I should re-phrase my quesion as what type of fishing you (I) enjoy most? I enjoy backpacking and fishing in the mountain most, if I only can use one rod. That would be Mcfarland Fiberglass 3/4wt 6-7 ft 5piece or something similar to that. This question was enlightened by a obsevation of recent outings. I was fishing for striper in a big river, the other young man was using a lure quite masterfully. Honestly, I was very surprised by his great distance and accuracy, his skill admired me. Maybe I am just not a good spey caster, I am working quite hard compare to his little lively lure. His lure was sexier than my fly, if I am a fish, I will eat his lure first. Am I going to use lure? No, Definately not. I am not standing in the river fishing for fish... I like fishing because of the fly. The fly type of fishing : )...
On the other hand, if I only can use one rod for nymphing... (for some reason I enjoy the "zen" of nymphing a lot.) I would say the rod should be SAGE XP 590. This is a amazingly sensitive rod... you feel your hand is touching the river when the fly is bouncing... I first use this rod when I was in Utah last summer. I hold this rod for about one minute, I quickly realized this is the ultimate rod for nymphing, period. It weight like my other 3wt rod, feel so light and so sensitive. My flies dip in the exact spot I want it to be... I feel I was using laser pointer to feed the fish...Weird ha... My favorite rods across the soft and stiff ends.
Wow... and I am speechless... you see the red bag in the upper right, that is "the" reel bag (Hitoshi promise to send )and she (the bag) brought lot's of friends with her! @@ Includes the fly holder I have been looking for a long time... even in the trip to Japan yield no result, and now it id here in my hand...unbelievable! Thank you Hitoshi! Japanese flyfishing has evolved in their own way since it was introduced in the mid 19 centry (If I remember the date right...: P). Those special simplist fly patterns were presented by a fine small bamboo rod delicatedly in beautiful gen clear mountain streams, just like it was introduced centries ago. It is the essence of flyfishing to me. The left row of the photos were the fine catches of Japanese trout from Hitoshi. It is astonishing beautiful bamboo rods with classic reels, and of course the beautiful trout! I love those photos a lot! I will put a frame on it! : ) more specific introduction will coming soon...
I received a secret package from Japan today. It is from another avid flyfisherman - Hitoshi san. It supposed to be a awesome reel bag from Japan with tea flavor in it. But for some "unknow reasons" it grow and grow really BIG, become a BOX of survival kit in flyfishing. I am so excited now! It would take a while for me to introduce those magic tools to dear friends. Thank you! Hitoshi! I was jumping around like a kid received a chirstman present.
A great wetflies website Donald Nicolson's fly pattern Site. A friend of mine just sent me this web link about some traditional wetflies patterns. I really enjoy this site! Lot's awesome traditional fly patterns. I like simple, elegant, and effective patterns just like those...the history behind those traditional flies just add a bit nice "flavor" to it... enjoy!
Every friends' visit is a gift to me. You never know how they going to enlight you, old idea or new. And the good fishing is just another bonus. A friend visited me this morning. We had a great morning today. I brought Marcus to my secret spot which I haven't visit for a long time. The fishing was awesome and most important, the friendship is wonderful!
I remember a friend sent a nice post card to me while he was fishing in Colorado. It's a post card painted with beautiful beer bottles and a fly rod. It was a very nice gift! It turns out this beers company is not just "a simple minded" to make a good beer. It is a pretty "complicate minded" company that have several beautiful elements that I like in there... Beer, Conservation and Nudity.... Yeah! I love them all! Check out there links and see how nudity will save our world.
I am a biologist grew up with a fishing rod in my hands. I have been fortunate enough to embrace my love of art and science in my career. Most of my free time were well spent in the nature, either studying bird behavior or chasing variety of fish with fly rods. My favorite art medium is watercolors, I love the natural and spontaneous feel created by watercolor pigments. I am currently a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University. Welcome to my website. Mark