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I Underestimated Bonefish - Part 2: The Fishing

At this point you’re all familiar with what’s going on at the lodge, the characters found around the lodge and the general lodge vibe. With that being said, this is a fishing lodge… On the water… In the Bahamas… So what about the fishing? In the world of saltwater fly fishing bonefish are right up there next to Tarpon as one of the most pursued flats species in the world. In the world of bonefishing, Andros South lodge is a well known destination and s...

Gear Reviews

Gear Review: Scientific Anglers Sharkwave Anadro Fly Line

If you already fly fish, you probably know how important fly line is. To me, all fly line is most certainly not the same! Personally, I am willing to spend quite the penny on a good fly line. Now, that’s not to say that I have always been this way. When I first began fly fishing, I purchased what I thought was a really nice fly line. When learning how to cast my fly rod, I felt that I could not cast as far as fellow fisherman. It looked so easy for them, and I struggled for quite a whil...

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I Underestimated Bonefish - Part 1: Lodge Life

There, I said it, I underestimated bonefish completely. I underestimated their power, their spookiness, and how vast their habitat can be. I underestimated the entire experience, and I admit it. Now that that is out of the way, I will get to the important stuff; the bonefishing experience at Andros South. Fishwest’s 2017 trip to the Andros South bonefishing lodge was the fifth trip Fishwest has hosted and it was also my first trip to saltwater. My mission was to get a feel for F...

How-To

How to Repair Leaky Waders

Fishing makes me happy. Being happy is a good thing. There are parts of fishing that don't make me happy. One of those things is stepping into a cold river on a cold day and feeling my warm socks go cold as the lower parts of my waders fill up with near freezing river water. I don't enjoy that feeling. Not one bit. I'll still fish in it - but it's not nearly as comfortable. Wader repair can range from a fairly simple to incredibly difficult. If your waders have a warranty ...

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Brazil 2017: Packing and Flies

As we already know, I love to travel outside of my home state of Texas to toss flies at different species of fish. I have been to lots of different areas in the U.S. to fish, but in August of 2017 I am checking off an international location! I have the opportunity to travel to Kendjam, Brazil to fish for multiple species on the fly. Some species are: pacu, piranha, wolf fish, payara (vampire fish), bicuda, and let’s not forget to mention the world record sized peacock bass. Total, I wil...

How-To

Cutthroat Chronicles: Finding Fish in High Water

With the entire state of Utah seemingly on flood watch – in addition to other parts of Idaho and Wyoming – us anglers are having a hard time finding “good” water. While having too much precipitation this winter is a problem we’re grateful to live with, it does mean the local tailwater will be more crowded than normal, thanks to the high, muddy water in other streams. It’s certainly easier to fish clear water, but you can – and should – fish ...

Gear Reviews

Cutthroat Chronicles: My Favorite Hooks for my Favorite Flies

I grew up in a family of fly tiers. My grandfather tied commercially for 27 years, my father tied for personal use for the better part of a decade, and once they both stopped tying I got lucky and inherited all their materials. Like any tier, I have my own spin on common patterns, favorite way to tie in a parachute post, and of course, my “secret flies.” What’s interesting, though, is that I’ve found myself becoming pickier with the hooks I use for my flies. Where ...

Fly Tying

Fly Tying Tutorial: Rabbit Strip Baitfish

Material List Hook: 5263 or desired streamer hook Thread: 3/0 or 240 Denier Veevus Body:MediumChenille Eyes: Large Pseudo Eyes Tail and over-body: 1/8" Rabbit Strip Under-body:Hareline Ice Dub or Senyo Fusion Dub Head: Deer or elk body hair Step 1: Apply thread to shank of hook creating a nice baselayer.


Step 2: Once baselayer has been built, work thread to right behind eye of the hook. Flip or rotate hook to tie in brass eyes ...

How-To

Bass Habits in the Winter Season

Being from the great state of Texas, bass are everywhere, making them my main species to fish for. Texas is pretty warm year-round, with the lowest temperature all winter usually reaching about 30º Fahrenheit. While lots of waters are frozen in other states, Texas waters stay flowing throughout the entire winter, making fishing a year-round sport! During the colder season, lots of people decide to fish for trout or fish the saltwater because they don’t think that bass bite when it ...

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Guatemala Part 1 : Sails Pitch To A First Timer

Part 1 of 2: A look at what goes through the mind of an offshore newbie during the dog days of August... I have pulled on a few tarpon and bonefish but I am a complete neophyte to the realm of fly fishing for sailfish. So please don't take this text as gospel. It is merely my interpretation of a single trip. Nevertheless, I hope it gives prospective sailfish anglers a real glimpse into what it might be like. I also hope it inspires a few people to try catching a sailfish on a fly. ...

How-To

Getting the Most from Winter Fly Fishing

Winter is my favorite time of year to fly fish. Spring is incredible – cutthroat runs are a beauty to watch – and the big terrestrial hatches of summer mean I can fish the same size 4 Chernobyl ant patterns for about a month straight. Fall is big brown and brook trout time – and splake, tiger muskie, and tiger trout, if you know where to look. Then winter hits and everything seems to die. It’s not, though. The fish are still there. They’re just in a different...

Gear Reviews

Rising Tools: Utah Made Qualtiy - Part 1 - The Ultralight Plier

Like many things in fly fishing, selecting the proper tools can be an intimidating task. However, it doesn’t have to be. First of all any angler must be able to evaluate what type of fishing they will be doing. Chances are that as a trout angler you won't ever find yourself in a situation where you need extremely heavy-duty pliers. Instead, chances are you will want to opt for something with much more precision and that is a more finely tuned instrument. Over the past couple of ...

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Cutthroat Chronicles: Whether to Worry about the Weather

As I write this I’m looking out my office window at a light dusting of snowflakes, mesmerized - and distracted - by how lazily they carousel to the ground. The flakes are just part of the umpteenth snow storm this winter - a winter of almost more snow than I remember. My whole life’s been in Utah. I grew up on the side of a mountain in a rural part of the state. This was a place where orchards, ranches, and farms were the way of life, a far cry from the Silicon Slopes of north...

How-To

Casting Tips - Dealing with Wind

Do you have trouble casting in the wind or are you heading down to the salt this year? Practicing your cast and adapting to changing weather are a few of the largest factors to make your next trip more of a success. Check out this video from Deneki Outdoors and Tim Rajeff to get some pointers for casting in the wind.

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Fishing with Fabel: Favorite Trout of 2016, and Goals for 2017

I have to admit 2016 was a great year for me and trout on the fly. I wasted no time catching my first trout on New Years of 2016, a little Bonneville Cutthroat through a gap in a lake covered with ice. I caught nearly every trout species Utah has to offer and fished the majority of every day the year had to offer. I want to mention a few catches that stood out to me and always will. These trout were by no means the largest of the year but their location, difficulty, colors, or memory made an ...

Industry News

Save The Date: The 2017 Fly Fishing Film Tour

The 2017 Fly Fishing Film Tour It's that time of year once again. The F3t is making it's annual pilgrimage to the Salt Lake Valley. For one night only, the crew will be screening this years submissions. Discount Tickets (no additional fees) are available locally in advance at Fishwest Fly Shop for $15 Dollars. Come join us and our friends from the Utah Stream Access Coalition for this great annual evening. If you are on the fence about coming down to the festivites, check out the ...

Fly Tying

Fly Tying Tutorial: Spawning Gotcha

The parts list Hook: Tiemco 811S size 2 - 8 Thread: 3/0 - 6/0 in desired color Eyes: Medium Bead Chain Body & Tail: Pearl Diamond Braid Spawn Sack: Orange Marabou Wing: Tan Craft Fur Bonefish! Fishwest is hosting a trip to the Andros South Lodge to hopefully become close friends with plenty of bonefish! With that in mind here is a step by step fly tying tutorial on the "Spawning Gotcha" First lay down a base layer of thread, then a...

Gear Reviews

Cutthroat Chronicles: Gear Review - Sage X 590

A good buddy of mine, who’s a guide on the Green River in Utah, makes fun of me for being such a “gear nut.” Apparently, even a professional guide thinks having 14 fly rods is about 8 too many. That’s just the number of rods I currently own. I’ve fished and owned nearly 30 rods over the past few years. From the Scott Radian (I fished it for all of 4 hours) to the Winston AIR, Sage MOD, and a ton of Redington sticks, rods tend to blur together after a while. I...

Gear Reviews

Cutthroat Chronicles: A Year In - The Korkers Devil's Canyon Wading Boots

Ever since I started fly fishing, I’ve used Korkers boots. At first it was due to their lower-priced boots still being fabulous but as time went on I realized just how solid Korkers boots are. My favorite pair so far has been the Devil’s Canyon, a model I wrote a review of in Hatch Magazine a little over a year ago. At the time of the review, I’d had the boots for a few weeks. That’s one of the biggest problems with boot reviews these days - writers rarely have the...

Stories

Adaptability and Preparation - Key To Any Fly Fishing Trip

Every year I try and plan a multiday trip where I am off by myself fishing without any phones, email, kids, or other distractions. Some years I hike and fish, while others I take a road trip and try a bunch of new spots. This year in May I decided to do a road trip with my new fishing kayak to fly-fish for northern pike at a few prairie reservoirs. I took time off of work months in advance, and tied up flies and leaders in eager anticipation. When the time came to hit the road, it was snowing...