Sunday, November 9, 2014

Honest Video Review



Check out our latest review. This time we review a product after a full season of use! Not just a quick spin on the river and Matt gives the lowdown on Simms latest hip pack. The Headwater Guide Hip Pack. No punches held, no dollars made.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Catch Up Post

Its been a long while since I've put up a post and Im sorry for it. The end of this year's fishing season was one of my busiest ever and the blog had to take a back seat for a little bit. I do have a few posts on the burner however and here are some pics from the past few weeks to fuel your tying mojo meters this off season.





































Saturday, August 30, 2014

Help out a future Team USA member



Check out the cool kickstarter for Jesse Haller on GoFundMe here.
Jesse will give you a nymphing clinic, a guided trip, or even mow your lawn for a contribution

"We are hoping to help Jesse continue to realize his dreams as he continues on to the Championship Round of the Pro Fly Angling Tour on September 27th, 2014 and the quest to make the United States Fly Fishing Team in 2015. Jesse has been working hard to realize his goals and has found himself in a good position to make a final push toward success over the next year. He is currently sitting in 16th in total points for the USAFFT, and finished 11th in his PFAT Qualifier. The demand of these events require lots of travel and time missed with his family and work.  We are grateful for Jesse's contributions to the fly fishing culture in Vermont and his efforts to grow the sport through his work as President of the New Haven River Anglers Association, the Otter Creek Classic Events and other community out reach programs.  We hope you will help Jesse reach his goals. All donations are grately appreciated, feel free to select a rewarded level of donation and recieve some fly fishing instruction or guided fishing from Jesse. Thank you for your support!"

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Gotta Have It Gear




For those of you who know me, and if thats the case, probably ridicule me for it...I am a gear head. If its new, awesome, or expensive I just have to have it. There is a huge amount of the gear I have that I just need for my guiding purposes but some of it is just luxury. I have made a resolution to be better about it but with that said there is a great amount of junk that needs to be replaced yearly because as many of you know, guides just plain wear shit out.
I wanted to share with you the new hot ticket items I will be donning or pimping out this next season because some of it is a little inconspicuous on the market right now because it will be released in 2015. Some of them are already out. Here goes...

1. Fishpond Sushi Roll

This sick new "fly box" is basically a foam box for big flies that you can roll up like a sleeping mat, its gunna retail for around 30 bucks and fit into boats and packs a lot better than the big boat boxes we use. The teeth on the sides allow for air passage to avoid damp storage


2. Umpqua Tailgater Organizer
This sweet rig is a beautiful organizer that is designed to fit on the rubbermaid totes so many of us have stashed in our trunk with all of our fishing gear dumped inside. Its also rumored to fit Yeti coolers. I can't wait for this thing to come out.

3. Rio InTouch Gold Line
The best-selling trout line RIO has ever made, the RIO Gold, is now available with RIO's unique ultra-low stretch ConnectCore. The RIO Gold has a taper design that gives incredible loop stability at distance and a front taper that delivers perfect presentation of flies between sizes #2 and #22. The ultra-low stretch ConnectCore provides groundbreaking levels of sensitivity for intuitively better cast timing, easier line lift and sharp, precise mends. Lack of stretch also means enhanced detection of subtle takes and faster reaction time when setting the hook. The long head is ideal for the river fly fisher, and for controlling the fly at range

4. STREAMtrekkers
STREAMtrekkers will keep you from falling when fishing in fast-moving rivers and streams. The patented Diamond Bead design has hundreds of biting edges that grip in all directions for sure traction on rock, moss and slime. The beads, made of case-hardened steel alloy, are strung on extremely durable steel aircraft cable. The tough rubber outer band adapts to all types of footwear and provides a secure fit. STREAMtrekkers can be worn over rubber and felt-soled fishing shoes, as well as wading boots. The simple-to-use design can be easily cleaned to stop aquatic invasive species transport.


5. Smith Creek Rig Keeper

The Smith Creek Rig Keeper™ is the dropper rig system that allows anglers to easily carry multiple hook rigs that are held securely and protected from damage or loss by its patented exposed ribs. It holds all types of dropper rigs; Czech, truck and trailer, dry fly and dropper, multiple wets, even works with salmon and steelhead setups. But whatever the style it holds leaders and rigs without tangles and it’s quick and simple to use. 

6. Fishpond Headgate Tippet Holder

The Headgate Tippet Holder has a spring-loaded hinge to easily add and remove up to seven tippet spools. Anodized aluminum ensures durability and the retractor/lanyard attachments means anglers can clip this to a pack, waders or anywhere else. As an added bonus, the Headgate has a replaceable razorblade line cutter so the days of searching for nippers to cut tippet are gone

7. Fishpond Wildhorse Tech Pack


Ive been struggling for many seasons to find a good chest/backpack combo. Ive failed. I have tried it all but it doesn't look like I will find something to fit the bill. A lot of them work well for day fishing but for guiding I cant carry enough stuff in an organized fashion. With that said it looks like its back to the vest. And this baby is the best. The crown jewel of the Fishpond vest line, the Wildhorse Tech Pack is actually a vest and backpack rolled into one. It has all the front facing pockets you'd ever need to store and easily access your gear, plus two of the guide-favorite drop down fly benches with replaceable foam inserts. Then you move back, where a 1,300+ cubic inch backpack holds you rain gear, hydration bladder, and of course lunch. Nevermind getting hot either - the entire pack is lined in comfortable cool mesh.

8. Simms G4Z

I love Simms, in my opinion they make the best products out there in the wader department. I buy a new pair every year which may seem like a lot to some but with the wear and tear I put into waders its necessary. The reason I don't wear this pair yet is because I am one of the last holdouts being skeptical about waterproof zippers. But after watching my fellow guides put these things through the ringer I no longer have doubts that the zipper hold back water.

9. Simms G4 Pro Wading Jacket

Im undecided on if this will make it to my bag this year, I wear their ProDry now but I want something a little shorter and my pockets are starting to have some trouble. This is a great product and the only thing holding me back is the price tag but with Simms, as always...you get what you pay for. Ill probably end up with it.

Monday, August 18, 2014

New Rio Line


Im going to admit. I have NOT tried the product I'm about to praise....but I'm very excited about it. Although its released for this season expect to see this line in most shops next year. Im pretty sure Rio has knocked this one out of the park for those of us who like high performance rods or have fast casting strokes.
One thing that Rio did not do with this line is reinvent the wheel. This line is built around the super popular and well loved Gold taper but they added a lot of the features you see in their newer lines like the "perception" which is my favorite offering up till now. 
Here is a blurb from the Rio website
Idaho Falls, Idaho (July 1, 2014) – RIO Products, industry-leading manufacturer of fly lines, leaders and tippet material, is proud to announce the launch of the new InTouch RIO Gold trout line – blending RIO’s best-selling line taper with award-winning technology.
The InTouch RIO Gold is based on RIO’s popular trout line, the RIO Gold but built on RIO’s ultra-low stretch ConnectCore for enhanced casting control, increased sensitivity and lightning fast hook sets. In addition, the line features RIO’s triple colored SureFire Technology; a line coloring system that helps anglers improve casting accuracy and distance control. With a long head and rear taper, the line allows for incredible loop stability at range while the weight distribution and unique front taper delivers ideal presentations when fishing with flies from size #2 to #22.
In addition to the above technical features, each line has an Easy ID Tag for quick line identification, MaxFloat Tip and MaxCast technologies for the ultimate in performance, and features rear and front welded loop for easy rigging. Available from WF4F through WF8F, this line retail for $89.95 and can be found at RIO dealers from August 1st

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Salmo trutta : The Brown Trout we don't know


Every single day during the fishing season anglers across the globe are chasing brown trout around their waters and for good reason, they are an unbelievable gamefish. As fly fisherman we take things further than most as we try to understand our sport and our quarry.
Something I have noticed over the years however, is that we put so much emphasis on what the fish eat many people barely stop to try to understand the fish itself. Like anything else out there, you have to understand one thing to understand the next so why not publish something about the fish itself?

In the first part of this topic we will discuss the fish's basic biology and habitat requirements...

As many of us know, brown trout are not native to North America. Their native range includes and extends to Europe, the north part of Africa around the Atlas mountains, and western Asia around the Ural mountains which is their western most native range. They have been successfully introduced around the world and now thrive on every continent with the exception of Antartica. They were first introduced to the US by way of New York in the late 1800's.The historic native geographic range of the brown trout, Salmo trutta, is Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia. The northern range boundary includes Iceland, Scandanavia and Russia. The Pacific ocean marks the western boundary. The southern boundary is the coastline on the Mediterranean Sea including the islands of Corsica, Sardinia, and Sicily. Also marking a southern border is Atlas Mountain located in Northern Africa. Western range borders are the Ural Mountain range, considered to be the border between Europe and Asia. Today, the brown trout has been successfully introduced into waterways on every continent with the exception of Antarctica. The first brown trout in the western hemisphere arrived in New York in 1883, and are now found throughout most of the United StatesThe historic native geographic range of the brown trout, Salmo trutta, is Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia. The northern range boundary includes Iceland, Scandanavia and Russia. The Pacific ocean marks the western boundary. The southern boundary is the coastline on the Mediterranean Sea including the islands of Corsica, Sardinia, and Sicily. Also marking a southern border is Atlas Mountain located in Northern Africa. Western range borders are the Ural Mountain range, considered to be the border between Europe and Asia. Today, the brown trout has been successfully introduced into waterways on every continent with the exception of Antarctica. The first brown trout in the western hemisphere arrived in New York in 1883, and are now found throughout most of the United StatesThe historic native geographic range of the brown trout, Salmo trutta, is Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia. The northern range boundary includes Iceland, Scandanavia and Russia. The Pacific ocean marks the western boundary. The southern boundary is the coastline on the Mediterranean Sea including the islands of Corsica, Sardinia, and Sicily. Also marking a southern border is Atlas Mountain located in Northern Africa. Western range borders are the Ural Mountain range, considered to be the border between Europe and Asia. Today, the brown trout has been successfully introduced into waterways on every continent with the exception of Antarctica. The first brown trout in the western hemisphere arrived in New York in 1883, and are now found throughout most of the United States. Brown trou

Brown trout can reach sizes in excess of 30 inches and 20 pounds but throughout much of their range they average 12-14 inches. They can live to an old age of 20 years old but their average lifespan is probably around eight years depending on habitat, stressors in their home range and predation. Brown trout have large mouths where the jaw extends to or just beyond their eye allowing them to eat large prey items. Large breeding age males also develop a forward and/or downward facing protrusion of the upper jaw known as a kype. They have eight fins to include an adipose fin which is believed to cause increased maneuverability in fast flowing waters in which the fish often reside. In their natural environment they develop a dark olive back with brown and black spots while the lower half of the fish is tan to yellow in color. They have orange and red spots ringed in light blue as well as dark brown or olive spotting. As juveniles they lack the dense spotting of the adults but they do have parr marks. Parr marks are large ovals that run up and down the fish's flank and they disappear as they age. Parr marks used to be a determining factor when trying to identify wild fish compared to stocked fish but this is no longer the case. Brown's have large eyes and they can use them independently, meaning, they can basically see all of their field of view and be focused on all of it.

adipose fin
parr marks
Another cool feature about brown trout that most people do not know involves their teeth. If you've ever stuck your hand in a big trout's mouth you know they have teeth. Trout have a double row of teeth on the roof of their mouth which you can use to distinguish them from other species. In the northeast where I live, this can help you determine the difference between an Atlantic Salmon and a brown trout which can be difficult to do at times. Salmon will have a single row of teeth or possibly no teeth at all on the roof of their mouth. However, another fact about browns and all trout for that matter is that, according to some scientists, they are capable of breeding with salmon. Although this is rare a successful breeding could produce a hybrid fish.

http://www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/species/identification/salmon_browntrout.htm


Now lets talk about habitat. Brown trout occupy a wide range of habitats but their preferred habitat is a moderately flowing cold water stream. They prefer or do best in streams or rivers with a good amount of deep water although they can be found in lakes. The types of water they occupy in a stream varies according to size. Small trout, parr and fingerlings will generally prefer shallower water closer to shore and uniform flowing riffle sections. Larger fish prefer uniform speed current in deeper water and will generally be found in the center of it. Keep in mind that this information is based on scientific data according to where the greatest concentration of certain sized fish were found. This obviously varies according to feeding habit, light, and temperature.
Browns prefer rocky streams, the bigger the better. But they do need access to sections of river with small rocks, cobble, or gravel in which to distribute their eggs during the breeding season.

photo from http://thecatchandthehatch.com

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Catch Up Post

Courtesy of Frank DeGrazio
As many of you know, the guiding season is in full swing so its very difficult for us to get the posts out but we are going to try to be better about it. I encourage you all to find all of us here at GetEmWet on Facebook where we post regularly.

Search Facebook for the following
Matt: Matthew DeLorenzo - Hungry Trout Fly Fishing Guide
Frank: Hendrickson Spinner
Ken: Kalil's High Peaks Guide Service
John: Niagara River Guide Service


Of recent note, check out this sweet interview Frank did for the Yankee Fisherman. Frank does a great job for us here and he did an awesome job as usual on this show.
http://www.hanradio.com/4702-news/yankee-fisherman/627-yankee-fisherman/

Here are some pictures from the last few weeks from our guides

Courtesy of Frank DeGrazio

Courtesy of Frank DeGrazio

Courtesy of John at Niagara River Guide Service

Courtesy of Matt DeLorenzo

Courtesy of Matt DeLorenzo

Courtesy of Matt DeLorenzo

Courtesy of Matt DeLorenzo

Courtesy of Matt DeLorenzo

Courtesy of Matt DeLorenzo