Monday, March 23, 2015
As a fishing guide you have to be a firm believer in the faith. I have written about it before, but believing in what you're throwing is critical to success. I have been incredibly fortunate to start saltwater fishing, and will be heading back to Christmas Island in just over a month. That being said, a week of fishing there last year wasn't enough to really earn the faith in patterns, especially for the Trevally when you only have a couple shots in a week. Big EP flies are cool, and I love learning new tying techniques, but they don't have the sex appeal that your typical steelhead fly (or trout bug for that matter) do. I tied a wad of them, and they worked fine, but there was nothing that I was looking forward to tying before my return, much more of a tying out of necessity.
That thought stuck with me till I saw this post courtesy of the Chum. flies with natural materials, hackles and flavor. Not just a wad of synthetic on a big ass hook. Surprisingly, finding good hackle tips have been the hardest part of the equation to find, but as I come across them I have been experiementing. Part deceiver, part marabou and part Kinney's skagit minnow, I am pumped to see how they end up working, and hopefully I can get the faith.