Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Arizona Wildlife Federation BOW Deluxe 2012

Down by the riverside...

Blue skies and sunshine take the chill off an early Arizona morning. Phoenix Fly Casting instructors teamed up with volunteers from Arizona Flycasters Club and our friend Bill Larson from Arizona Game and Fish to introduce BOW participants to the sport of fly fishing.

On the bank of the Salt River new anglers learned equipment setup, quick knots, basic casts, line management, fly selection and tips for enticing fish in moving water. Click for full size view.

The fish managed to elude us, but it was easy to catch the good time vibes of camaraderie and the exhilaration of having fun outdoors.

Photos courtesy of Sara Yeager.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Build it and they will come...

Refer to my friend Craig's post "East Went West" Xmas list and you'll know I'm delighted to announce Christmas is coming to Arizona!

Arizona Flycasters Club Spey Day Intro

Arizona Flycasters Club members enjoyed an introductory Spey and Switch Cast workshop hosted by Bruce Williams and Molly Semenik.

Clubs are among the best way to jump head first into the sport.

The simple Spey Tree...native to serious anglers.

Weight matched line, but still no rod loading "feel" as Jim and I experiment.

Quick study "gets" the roll cast, you got it - quick!

Perfect day, perfect cast. Ahh!

Molly Semenik demoing the static roll.

Bruce Williams answering member questions about gear.

Jim fulcrum casting with the business end of the rod. Wow, that's different!

Spey Tree under blue sky.

Photos courtesy of Ron Robinson & Donna Walkuski

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Hiking with a Fly Rod - Just for Fun

It was a pretty day and the 3 of us set out for a hike in the Phoenix Desert Mountain Preserve. We came across so many fishhook cactus I thought - well why not.

Donna was quickly pressed into becoming a photographer and I, a spontaneous stunt caster.

What the heck was I thinking? It was all in good fun and when it was all over, we were tangle free and unscathed. It was rather thrilling dodging the cholla with my fly line. The ground was littered with cones from a late night javelina buffet.

Donna wanted me to slow my tempo, so the fly line would better show in the pics, but I was slightly paranoid about becoming a cholla pincushion. In a full screen view here, or here, I can see I may have rushed my forward cast a few times, which speaks to my earlier post about our loops being an instructive teacher. Our loops alert us to corrections we need to make in our stroke as we cast.

A steady, consistent cast can keep your fly line from fouling between saguaro and mesquite bush. You don't need to try this at home, but I encourage you to think about how your casting style, regardless of what style you're generally most comfortable with, can and does matter in a tricky, sticky situation. Adapting our style can optimize our fishing.

Just so you know, our dog Indie doesn't usually sport a lavender bow. Indie became a "Leave No Trace" hound and did her chic bit by fashionably donning found rubbish without complaint. Very fetching [pun intended].