I’ve never fished for albies. But that might have to change based on the video below. I’ve heard they make their way to the Tampa Bay area in the fall. Can’t wait to see if that’s actually true.
Monthly Archives: August 2013
|Brookings is conveniently located in downtown Cashiers.|
I stopped by Brookings in Cashiers, N.C. earlier this month. If you ever visit Western N.C., make sure to stop by. It’s one of the best fly shops I’ve ever seen in the Southeast. Well-stocked. Well run. Plenty of space. Great fly tying area. Yes, they even have a dog, a young Brittany, who’s pumped up about the upcoming grouse season.
The Cashiers/Highlands area offers good fly fishing — from no-name small creeks to well-know big water such as the Tuckasegee and the Nantahala. There’s trout or smallmouth. Take your pick. In the spring and summer, the weather’s usually cool and the fishing, though sproadic at times, can be good. Fall is my favorite time. Can’t beat the colors and the air is nice and crisp.
|The drift boats arrive every morning.|
It’s official. Bonefish and tarpon are catch-and-release starting next month.
I played at Cedar Creek Racquet club two weeks ago up in Cashiers, N.C. The courts are pristine and the view is to die for. The nearby pond is stocked with trout and bass, but I didn’t fish. Played tennis instead. With the U.S. Open starting this week, I figured I’d post this. My picks to win it: Serena Williams and Rafa Nadal. I’m a Roger Federer fan, but Nadal’s forehand against Federer’s backhand likely will determine that outcome. Just watched Nadal against Ryan Harrison and Nadal appears in good health, which is not good news for the rest of the men’s field.
Good story in the Sun Sentinel recently. Too much water is not necessarily a good thing.
Pray that no storms hit South Florida.
That was the essence of the discussions conducted during an airboat tour Thursday of the waterlogged Everglades, featuring Sen. Bill Nelson and personnel with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of the Interior, Everglades National Park and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
FWC Commissioner Ron Bergeron brought together everyone to show them how water levels have submerged 90 percent of the tree islands in Water Conservation Area 3A South, which extends from Alligator Alley to Tamiami Trail.
From Deneki outdoors… I could use sure a lesson in this.
Conversations About First-Time Flats Fishing
When we talk to guests about their first flats fishing trip to Andros South, we always get a lot of questions about angling skill.
“Is it really that hard to see bonefish?”
“How far do I have to cast?”
“What about casting in the wind?”
So we explain that the fishery on South Andros is super productive and pristine. We tell them they’re going to have plenty of shots, and a lot of the shots are going to be at really close range, and that they don’t need to worry about catching bonefish. They’re going to catch bonefish – if you have the physical aptitude to make your way onto a flats skiff, you’re going to catch bonefish on your trip to Andros South.
But then, for folks who are used to freshwater fishing, we like to talk to them about their attitude.
Not Catching Fish in Freshwater
Here’s the thing – in most freshwater situations you don’t see the fish before they eat. If you fish through a run for trout or steelhead and don’t get any takes, that might be for any of the following reasons:
Headed to Caladesi flats early Wednesday morning. The a.m. tides are finally low enough for tailers. Tied a few EP crabs, size 1 hook. We’ll see if bigger flies mean bigger fish. … Trying to talk Capt. Jared into going. It’s his home water. He knows it well. … I, for one, am looking forward to a saltwater fishing trip without rain. Thank goodness for the low a.m. tides. Couldn’t come soon enough.
Congrats to my dad, who caught the biggest fish (18-inch rainbow) during our two-day fly fishing trip on the lower Tuckasegee River in Sylva, N.C., three days before he celebrated his 70th birthday last week.
It’s been a cool, wet summer in Western N.C., but nevertheless the water temperature hovered in the mid to high 60s. We had to work for every fish we boated.
We’ll be back in October. The water temps should be in the 50s, and the Tuck should be on fire.
Below was our mode of transportation, a Clackacraft drift boat as well as a view of the lower Tuck.
It’s been a while since I’ve been on a drift boat. About 20 years ago, I got trained to guide out West. I think I hammered every damn rock in the Bighorn River. The Tuck, being a gentle Eastern river, is a bit more forgiving than Montana water.
Everyone who knows me knows I love dogs. Dogs, in fact, are a Hodge family tradition. I had a beagle growing up. My father and stepmother had two Great Danes (Grendle and Omar), a Pitt Bull (Bess) and a bulldog-pit mix (Doc Holliday), a Bull Terrier (Jack), two Springer Spaniels (Ashley and Duke). I now have Twink, the third of three labs (Beauregard and Angus were the others). My father’s dog is Lucy (see photo), a 17-year-old Jack Russell. I sure hope I’m going strong at that age.