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The St. Johns River Alliance Highlights Shad Alley

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Here's a nice video put together by the St. Johns River Alliance about "Shad Alley," the area of Florida I fished earlier this month. It's such a neat spot, the video does a good job showing off the diversity of the St. Johns River.

Plus, it's less than 3 minutes long and well worth the watch.


h/t Capt. Rich Santos

Is The Goo The Poo? So Many UV Resins To Choose From

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I really don't care for fly tying. I don't do a ton of it, but there are a handful of patterns that I've become pretty competent at lashing together, and have become the core of my fly box. Tying really is somewhat of a necessary evil...sure I could buy flies, but I've accumulated so many hooks, hackles, beads, and thread over the past few years, it'd be a shame to have them go to waste.

One commodity I haven't acquired to date, but am kinda intrigued by is UV resin...you know, the epoxy-like stuff that gets hard really fast (without help from special pills) when you shine a special flashlight on it. I'd like to get my hands on some, especially since I'm starting to tinker with saltwater flies, but I'm not sure where to sink my $20 or $30 (before UV flashlight, of course).


I guess the market leader is Clear Cure Goo (CCG)... It seems to be the brand that most people would recognize when it comes to this stuff...as well as the one most commonly refer…

Tenkara Tuesday - Driftless Tenkara

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Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday.

There's a really great article in the most recent edtion of the Kype Magazine e-zine on tenkara fishing the Driftless region of Wisconsin (and Iowa & Minnesota) by Mike Lutes of Badger Tenkara.


The article isn't the typical tenkara piece that you've probably already read in countless publications over the past few years...you know...Japanese tradition...kebari...simplcity...all that stuff. Rather it's a breakdown of the area, its trout, and some of the modified tenkara tactics the author has employed to find success on the endless streams one might fish.

It's a good reminder that if you're new to tenkara, it doesn't have to be all about reverse hackle flies and level line. In fact you can go a totally different path and still reap many of the rewards a tenkara rod can provide over "traditional" tackle.

You can read the entire article in the window below...


...or by clicking HERE.

Warmwater Fly Fishing Is Warming Up

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Hadn't checked the neighborhood ponds in about a month, so I snuck out for an hour or so on Sunday. Happy to report the fish seem to be waking up from their winter slumber.

Saw quite a few large bass cruising the shallows and tons of active panfish. Was fortunate to bring about a dozen to hand as I quickly circled the pond's perimeter.

The bigger ones appear to be on the move too. I had a really nice sized largemouth come up to smash a fly on the fall...but it got me hung up in the dense weeds lining the bank. I had to break it off, I was using a tenkara rod and I didn't want to horse the fish out of the thick tangle of vegetation.
Here's a pic of a little one though...you know...just zoom in to get a similar effect. Sight fishing these dinks was actually a blast, each racing up to slam the fly as soon as it hit the water.

I think now that the temperatures are on the rise, it's time to venture outside the neighborhood ponds and try to find some legit largemouth act…

Tenkara Rod Co. / Backcountry.com Goat Tenkara Kit

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Hmmmm...


Appears the guys over at the Tenkara Rod Co. have partnered with Backcountry.com on a special make up (SMU) tenkara rod kit called the Goat. Maybe this isn't a new revelation, as I don't frequent Backcountry.com all that often, I just happened to see it there last night and I don't recall hearing about it before.

I guess it's sort of like prior iterations of co-branding, similar to the Backpacking Light / Tenkara USA Hane from a few years back, or even more recently the re-badging of the TFO tenkara rods as Patagonia "Simple Fly Fishing."
Really don't know much about the Goat rod other than the fact that it's 12 feet long. Not sure if it's a Sawtooth with a different coat of paint, or if it's something totally new. The description provided is as minimal at tenkara itself.
Just found it sort of interesting, as Backcountry.com has carried Tenkara USA products in the past, as well as the Patagonia / TFO rods. Would be curious to see if n…

Fishing Haturday - TN FLY CO

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I'm not from Tennessee. I've never fished in Tennessee. I think I've been in the state a grand total of 2 times...once to Nashville and another time to Tullahoma (don't ask, although it's a pretty random story).

Regardless, today's Fishing Haturday featured hat is...
The Tri-Fly™ Washed Cotton Trucker Hat from TN FLY CO

There's just something about the Tri-Flylogo...which I suppose emulates the 3 stars in the Tennessee state flag...that I really dig. Even take the whole Tennessee factor out of this, I just think it looks cool...almost subtle patriotic or something...
It's available in many colors, shapes, and styles HERE, starting at $25.

Proposed Changes to Pennsylvania's Delayed Harvest (DHALO) Regulations

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I'm headed back up to Pennsylvania toward the end of March. I'm going to try to get some trout fishing in, even though many streams are "closed" for the month for stocking. (I fish some wild trout streams that are not impacted by the closure). Pennsylvania has some confusing rules when it comes to trout waters, including two different "Opening Days," so it's always good to check the latest regulations before getting a line wet at this time of year...


Anyway, as I was doing this, I stumbled upon several people voicing  their displeasure about some potential changes to the PA Fish & Boat Commission's Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) regulations for 2016. 
Currently, you can fish DHALO waters year-round with flies or artificial lures, with a window of time in the summer that allows you to harvest fish. Otherwise, the water is catch & release only, and as the name indicates, no bait is permitted. The long and short of the changes is…

Tenkara Tuesday - Big Rods & Saltwater Tenkara

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Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday...

I receive a lot of emails asking me for a recommendation on which tenkara rod one should use to target saltwater fish. I think the assumption is that since I live in Florida, I use tenkara tackle on larger "Florida" species like redfish, snook, speckled trout, cobia...who knows, maybe even jacks and tarpon. Heck, there was even a comment on yesterday's shad post about if tenkara could be used to combat a shad run.


Personally, I don't intentionally use tenkara on larger fish. Never have. And it's not because I don't think you can. Rather, it's just not what I'm looking for when I fish tenkara. To me, tenkara rods are for trout, or trout sized fish...bass, bluegill, etc...in small streams or creeks. Yes, you can catch BIG trout with them, but for me, that's been the exception and not the rule. I'd rather use a reel on the big guys. I like reels, especially the sound they make when there is a substantial fish on the …

Fly Fishing The Florida Shad Run

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I lived in Philadelphia for 35 years, and outside of one aborted attempt, I never tried to go shad fishing. Not once. Many do, and look forward to the annual event, to the point that there is even a Shadfest in not-too-distant New Hope (PA) & Lambertville (NJ) that celebrates the rite of spring.

When I moved to Florida, I learned that shad also run all the way down here...who'd a thunk it? Not me at least. I thought Florida was redfish, speckled trout, and snook. I also discovered that the same guide that took me out for flood tide redfish in kayaks last fall, Captain Rich Santos of First Coast Fly Fishing Unlimited, also ran guided trips to go and catch them...well, that was an immediate no-brainer that I decided to address come the new year.

Unfortunately, due to whatever Mother Nature had up her sleeve (mostly high water levels) the shad decided to run a little later this year, so our January trip turned into a February trip, which happened to be last Saturday.


Being a tota…

Tenkara Guide Sling (via Tenkara Talk)

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Jason over at Tenkara Talk has been an awesome resource for tenkara-related information pretty much since tenkara became a "thing" in the United States.  If you're into tenkara, I'm surely not telling you anything new.

He posted an excellent video yesterday on how he configures his Zimmerbuilt Tenkara Guide Sling for a day on the water.  I also own a Tenkara Guide Sling for those longer outings when I need to bring a bit more than what my Vedavoo Tightlines Sling will carry...I'm definitely going to take his advice on the tippet placement!


I'd like to note, while it's called a "Tenkara Guide Sling," I also use this pack when fly fishing with a rod and reel.  It's a very well designed pack that's exceptionally lightweight.  It's one I'd recommend to any fly fisherman.