Should I take my family fly fishing?

take your family fly fishingThis is a question we get all the time. I guess sometimes the perception is that only old guys can go fly fishing. Heck yes you can bring your family fly fishing to the lodge! We have children that love to fly fish. The ladies in our lives love to fly fish too. Really there is nothing better to do as a family together. You will be in a cabin together, eat meals together and fish together every day. We recently figured out that kids would rather spend time with you than get stuff from you (we have always been a bit slow).

Take your family fly fishing

Kids won’t remember what you gave them for their birthday or what they got for Christmas as much as they will remember spending time with you out on the river. Do yourself and your family a favor and take them fly fishing.

So how long do anglers hold trout out of water anyway?

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How long do you hold trout out of water? Researchers with binoculars and stopwatches observed nearly 300 anglers catch and release trout. The goal was to determine how long anglers keep trout exposed to air. This study was conducted by Idaho Fish and Game biologists.

New study shows how long people hold trout out of water.

How long Idaho anglers hold trout out of water: 26 seconds on average.

Researchers found anglers really don’t put anymore stress on fish than hooking and landing them does. The majority of studies show there is no substantial mortality to fish exposed to air for less than 30 seconds.

Some good ways to land trout quickly and return them to the river:

  • Use good high quality leaders and tippets. We suggest RIO Fluoroflex Plus tippet. This stuff is the bomb, you will lose less flies and trout. Landing trout quickly is a breeze with this material.
  • Only use a net when you need it. For instance, smaller trout don’t require a net. It is much faster to lift the smaller fish in the boat by the leader. If you need your net, make sure you use a rubber basket that doesn’t tangle. Also have it ready to go. I like to have my net sitting right next to me without anything resting on it.
  • Leave the trout in the net and in the water while removing the hook. Keep the net and trout in the water until you are ready to hold it up.
  • Have your camera or phone ready. In the boat you can have your partner set down their rod and grab the camera set to go.


Illicit Streamer Sales Are on the Rise

streamer junkie

Underworld streamer dealers are turning peaceful dry fly towns into hot beds of streamer activity. It’s not getting any better. Streamer pushers like 7-WT have been dealing since they were 10 years old. These addicts start out with one or two streamers a day, turning into 30 to 40 bucks a day. It’s really sad. At the local fly shops the impact of underground streamer sales is making its impact.

Pushers like 7-WT are tying streamers 24 hours a day.

Flies like the Water Moccasin keep the streamer junkies coming back for more. 7-WT is in this game to make as much money as fast as he can. “They are all after my flash” says 7-WT. “I want all these cats out here fishing my streamers. Once you start catching fish on these, you ain’t going back.”

Totally black market streamers can hide in retail fly boxes at common drop sites. The bite is starting to kick in and the streamer junkie will stick out like a sore thumb. Don’t get caught in the middle of shady streamer deal.

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Skiing and Fly Fishing, Don't Fly to Close to the Sun Caligula

skiing and fly fishing

Skiing and fly fishing. Stop dreaming. My dad would talk of catching waves on Manhattan Beach in the morning and then hitting the slopes at Big Bear, all in one day. Wydaho offers an amazing combo. Something this good hasn’t come along since pastrami and sex.

We are so fortunate to live in such an epic area. Surrounded by wild beauty at every turn is something you never tire of. People will say “Do you ever take this scenery and surroundings for granted?” Seriously, how could you. That is why we live here. We never tire of it. We never will.

Going Costanza – “Combining skiing and fly fishing into one amazing urge. Don’t fly to close to the sun Caligula.”

Source: Skiing & Fly Fishing Are A Match Made in Heaven | Teton Gravity Research

Bonefish and Tarpon Trust Calls For Petition Signatures

Bonefish and Tarpon Trust Petition

Your Signature Is Needed in Support of Two Proposed Bahamian National Parks

The Bahamas is world-renown as an excellent bonefish fishery. In fact, the fishery is so popular for traveling anglers that the annual economic impact of the fishery exceeds $141 million. Yet the fishery will remain healthy only if the habitats remain healthy. As part of the Bahamas Initiative, Bonefish and Tarpon Trust has been working with the Fisheries Conservation Foundation and Cape Eleuthera Institute to provide data to support the efforts of the Bahamas National Trust to create National Parks to protect habitats that bonefish use for feeding and spawning.

Proposals to create National Parks for habitat protection for Grand Bahama Island and Abaco are now on the desk of the Prime Minister of the Bahamas. We are asking you to support the efforts of our Bahamas collaborators – Bahamas National Trust, Friends of the Environment, Abaco Fly Fishing Guides Association, and the lodges and fishing guides on these islands – by making your voice heard.

If you fish for bonefish in the Bahamas, then you know how important this is. If you haven’t yet fished in the Bahamas, it is surely on your bucket list, so make sure the opportunity is there for the future.

Below are links to 2 petitions: 1 to support the Grand Bahama parks, one to support the Abaco parks. Please sign them both, and tell your friends about it so they can sign too.

Grand Bahama –

Abaco –

Visit Bonefish and Tarpon Trust to learn more.