About My New Pair of Fishing Waders

Since I am quite into fly fishing lately, I decided that I had to buy a pair of fishing waders. I do not want to get soaked wet when I am doing what I love best, so it is quite important for me to keep dry and healthy. For this reason, I thought a good pair of waders will just do the trick. Here is what I bought and my impression after taking these on a few fishing trips with me.

 

After I searched a bit for a pair of fishing waders to fit, I stopped at the Frogg Toggs Amphib Boot Foot Wader. I heard they are quite good for trout fishing, since trout is the kind of fish that will surely get you wet, whether you like it or not. I have yet to hear an angler, be them as experienced as they may like to think, managing to get trout out of the water, without getting splashed from head to toes. I can handle a bit of water, but there is no way I want to spend my fishing trips sneezing and coughing. So I bought the pair of waders I mentioned a bit earlier.

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First of all, I was more than glad to find a perfect fit. One of things I noticed many anglers saying is that you cannot easily get a pair of waders to fit to your body frame, so I was very happy these ones came just right. Secondly, I must say that I am more than satisfied with their very sturdy construction. They are made of a thick layer of neoprene, which is a type of material that repels water and does not let cold get through that easily. When I go fishing in colder areas, I usually pack some more warm clothes, but still I must have something more to protect me in cold water.

 

These waders are chest high and they also go a bit higher in the back, so I feel like I am properly protected from all sides. They come with suspenders so you do not have to constantly pull your pants up instead of seeing about your fishing. In my book, this is a great plus, which is why I am mentioning this here. Last, but not least, the waders come with their own insulated boots, so I feel like I am really well equipped when I am wearing them. My feet are always dry and I feel just great each time I go fishing now.

How to Fly Fish for Rainbow Trout – A Few Tips

Recently, I have become interested in fly fishing for rainbow trout, but at first, I rainbow troutmust confess, I was quite bad at it. I asked some friends and searched around for some more info to improve my fly fishing technique and finally I started to get better. Since rainbow trout is not that difficult to catch, I knew I had to follow some simple steps. I only had to know them. So here they are, exactly how I learned them. I hope they will improve your fly fishing technique, too, and you’ll be able to catch some 9 pound specimen to have something to boast about next time you go back home from a fishing trip.

 

Get more fly lines with you

Trout is not difficult to catch, but it has its own quirks as a fish. Sometimes, it can be curious and swim around in search for food, while other times, it can lie low on the bottom, like it doesn’t have a care in the world. If you want to convince it to get out of there, you will need to pack more fly lines with you.

I recommend having at least a full fly line for the depth of the water body you are fishing on. This is an absolute must. A slow sinking line is a good add-on, as I discovered first hand. I suggest a weighted line, too, so you can long cast, if you want to.

 

Pack a buzzer with you

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When you are fishing on still water, it doesn’t hurt to pack a buzzer with you. This type of fly makes a small movement on the water surface, mimicking the hatch of a species eaten by the fish. The fish will get drawn to the movement and you will be able to score a catch quite easily. Make sure you watch the fly as it moves around, and notice any change that surely indicates the fish bit the bait.

 

A fluorocarbon leader should be your choice

You can use all sorts of leaders when you fish, but if you want to catch rainbow trout, your best bet is a fluorocarbon leader. This type of leader is as good as invisible on the water, so the fish will not suspect any foul play. Especially trout is known to see the leader attached to the fly if it is made of a noticeable material.

Have fun fly fishing for trout!

Some tips for better fly fishing results

 

I have recently taken on fly fishing and I am developing quite a taste for it. Last time, when Bob and I went fishing, it was quite an adventure to haul back home all the fish we caught. Since now I want to get better at fly fishing, I started to learn and I am glad to share with your some tips that have worked for me so far.

 

Follow the foam

 

StreamWhen you are fishing, you most probably notice how foam lines are forming on the water surface. It didn’t take me a lot to realize that those lines of foam show you exactly where the fish is, so I kept that in mind when I went fly fishing the last time. However, this is not what I want to tell you. The fact is that you need to steady your fly depending on how fast the foam goes. Basically, the foam is a good sign that tells you how fast the stream is. If you want to keep up with the fish, you need to make sure that your fly keeps up with it. So match the speed of the foam with the speed of your fly, and you will see some wonders in the making.

 

Dry your fly each time

 

dry flyNow this took me more than a couple of times to realize what I was doing wrong. The fly must be dried each time after you catch or miss a fish. It is easy to overlook such a simple thing, and trust me, it is not exactly easy to pay attention to details, when your eyes are on the fish. A more seasoned angler I was with at that time told me that I should work on my fly, meaning that I should get it back in line each time. This means that you should look for the hooks so they do not change their position, to check the hackle for damage signs and to dry the fly, so you can cast it more efficiently next time. It may be tedious and boring, but it definitely helps.

 

Don’t use too much floatant

 

floatantThe last tip on casting for fly fishing I want to share with you is to never use too much floatant. After all, you want to keep your flies yummy for the fish, not drenched in commercial gels that are used as floatant nowadays. Just a dab is all you need and fish will come, trust me.

I hope you find these tips helpful for your next fishing trip!

The rainy day fishing trip

Bob and I went fishing one fine Saturday. Knowing that we live in one of the wettest parts of the country in terms of summer rainfall, I brought along my best fishing jacket, wader and boots. Alabama, after all, gets 4.62 inches of precipitation on average per month during the summer.

Bob called just as I was going out the door, to confirm he was also out the door in a few minutes. I told him that I was just on my way to the door when he rang. Bob lives three blocks from my house and I was picking him up on the way to the Barbour County Public Fishing Lake so we could catch some large-mouth bass or perhaps some channel catfish that we were planning to barbecue for dinner that evening.cedar2

After putting the phone down, I went outside to my pickup truck to start piling my gear into the cargo area. It was sunny out, and bringing my waders, fishing jacket and boots seemed pointless, but the missus reminded me that the day could turn nasty anytime and besides, there was still of room to take Bob’s gear.

We reached the county fishing lake and unpacked our gear. We headed straight to the fishing pier, where a number of other people were also taking their spots. Bob and I set up our gear, and just as I was inserting a rubber worm into the end of my line, the sun seemed to disappear quickly into the clouds and some really angry clouds came into view high up. I told Bob to watch my gear while I ran for my rainy fishing gear back at the pickup. I asked him if he brought along his own, and he said no, he wasn’t expecting the rain to last long anyway. I ran to the truck and just as I was snapping the Velcro on my fishing jacket in place, big and angry raindrops started to fall. Goodness, we were in for a rainy fishing day after all! The wife was right!

I walked hurriedly to where Bob and I had taken our places. It was a terrific spot, and I was glad I came prepared. Bob squinted at me through the rain. I asked him if he was going to be alright, and he said definitely, since he was just getting a nibble at the end of his line. Oh well, I shrugged. There was nothing I could do for him. I did advise him to visit the lake manager’s office to ask if they had some rain gear available, but Bob insisted the rain wouldn’t last long.

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As I was hauling in my fourth large-mouth bass, Bob, all dripping and having no further success with his line since he had to wipe his face every so often, asked me if we could leave that terrific fishing spot. He already felt cold all over and he was apparently disappointed with how he was doing that rainy fishing day. My fishing buddy could not take the rain anymore, as he was soaking wet and miserable. Despite my regret for having to leave that great fishing spot, I had to accommodate his request. It was a good thing I had already caught four fish and Bob had caught that first small catfish before the rain came in torrents. At least we still had something to enjoy for dinner with our families that evening at home. Anyway, I was glad I brought the right gear for the weather conditions and I’ll make sure to check out the other suggestions from this great site. I’m sure there’s plenty more items that I’ll need for my next fishing adventures

Behind the Cheese!

 

Oldie but a goody

Luckily, DADDY fans everywhere are uploading lots of great videos on YouTube. Of course, one of our favorites is from way back in April at Lightning 100 in Nashville. Check out this kicking acoustic duo version of “Nobody from Nowhere.”

A Digital Daddy

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Now get to bed before your Mother finds out you’re up late.

Thinking about taking up fly fishing

fly fishing8Having done my own share of saltwater and freshwater fishing, I have found another way to ditch work: do some fly fishing. Aside from getting myself a great pair of polarized sunglasses to help me spot fish, I have also done a decent amount of research to help me along. First, I went online and found some advice on the gear I need and don’t have: fly fishing reels.

From their website and from here I also have found out that I should fish midday, with the sun high overhead for the greatest advantage. This is especially important for learning to spot the fish so I can understand their movements better, as well as their feeding habits and preferred lies. The high midday sun will produce little glare out in the water so I can see easily into the lake or river. Thus, when I begin to fish early and late, I can go where the fish actively feed based on the information I’ve gathered on learning to spot them.

Approaching the stream has to be done meticulously, with no stomping of the feet. Keeping low, I try to walk gently, fly fishing4maybe even crawling or squatting especially if the fish get spooked too easily. I try to stay in the shade as much as possible. If I wade, I do it extremely slowly so the ripples created are really small and close to my feet. I focus on the streambed to find the shadow of the fish. I am well aware that even the most experienced fisher-and my years out in the water and on my fishing boat can certainly attest to that-can have a challenging time spotting the actual fish in its lie. Looking for the shadow of the fish is the best way to spot them since trout have this exceptional ability to blend in with their aquatic environment.

Oh yeah, I have also learned how to read a stream, very important for finding and catching fish I don’t see. This allows me to determine the kind of habitat the fish are most likely to gravitate towards at certain times of the day, whether at rest or while on active feeding. Fish usually make their dwelling in a slower current so they can conserve vital energy. Look for the junction between two currents where there’s a gentle seam, or behind and in front of rocks. Boulders offer feeding opportunities and protection for them, so check out the ones rising out of the water surface to create a pocket of slow-moving water. In addition, you can also let the fish swim into the shallows to feed. You can also try fallen and submerged trees, where the fish find good habitats because of the slack current.

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You can get started catching fish by fishing streamers, which require less finesse and delicacy in terms of presentation and when compared to nymph or dry fly fishing. Fishing streamers needs a special skill set but does reward you with fantastic trophy catches. Streamers are primarily utilized to mimic juvenile game fish, minnows and other baitfish that the larger species are attracted to. Streamers offer a great option when the weather and the water won’t let you fish other flies, offering the necessary incentive for big fish that are nearly always feeding.

For streamers or big flies that sink quickly and give natural swimming patterns, along with other fly fishing equipment that will help you land that trophy catch, here’s an exceptional website that lists nearly everything you need. Also you could check out this cool YouTube series if you’d like to tie your own flies.

Happy Father’s Day

 

For those of you celebrating Father’s Day, we’ve got a special message from two of our favorite fathers. And this time they get a little help from an excited member of the Kimbrough clan!