Annually, I plan a special fishing trip to a new destination. Traveling to Europe has been a lifelong goal of mine, and luckily for me, European countries all have wonderful fly fishing opportunities. The first person that came to mind when I was planning this trip was prior Team USA Fishing Member, George Daniel. George has fished more in Europe than most people. When posed the magic question, “Where should I go?”, there was little hesitation on his part. He quickly answered “Austria.” His enthusiasm made me certain of my choice. I’ll just say this; I was not disappointed one bit.
Dispatches from Labrador: You don’t always get what you want, but if you try… Carter Davidson’s camera’s batteries died at twelve noon in the middle of the George River, an expanse of 60-degree water connecting a series of lakes in the borderlands between northern Quebec and Labrador. It’s water that carries the real possibility of not having seen a human in more than 100 years. Continue reading
Some of the most productive stillwater trout fisheries found in the western states and provinces double as irrigation reservoirs for the ranching and agricultural community. These impoundments can vary in size from a few acres to well over a thousand acres. The majority of these reservoirs are situated in arid regions which means long, hot summer growing seasons. Many are shallow in nature resulting in significant amounts of shoal or littoral zone that offers prime aquatic invertebrate and trout habitat. Some of the more common trout food sources found in these impoundments include scuds or freshwater shrimp, chironomids, leeches, damselflies, dragonflies and caddisflies.
We landed in Bella Coola after a some what “white knuckler” flight from Vancouver. The small twin engine prop plane bounced and jerked as we made the staggering descent though the mountains. Bella Coola is the staging post to gain access to arguably the world’s greatest steelhead river, the Dean. We were heading in for an early week in mid July to try for spring run Chinook salmon and steelhead. Danny Hodson was waiting for us as planned. I spied him from the plane window, landing his blue and white Long Ranger helicopter just seconds after we touched down. He was anxious to load up and whisk us away to his exclusive camp on the lower Dean. Along for the ride was my fishing partner in crime, Sean “Quincy” Collins and all the way from the UK, my brother Dave and father in law John Richards. A pair of charming Australian gents, Bruce and Greg rounded out the 6 rod party.
In all my years on the water I think I’ve fished on practically everything that floats from multi-million dollar yachts to paddleboards. Some of my fondest memories date back to the late 1940’s when I first started fishing Western Long Island Sound in heavy wood skiffs with my uncle who was more interested in rowing than actual fishing. We didn’t call it sight-fishing back then, but I remember the tremendous sense of excitement and anticipation I felt when my uncle rowed me into the shallows where I would look for doormat size fluke lying on the sandy bottom. I’m convinced that the absence of obtrusive engine noise allowed us to glide over these fish without spooking them.
Choosing the right Spey and Shooting lines can be one of the most daunting tasks for any two-handed fisherman. For 2014, RIO Products is offering the most extensive line of two-handed products we ever have. Thus we’ve put together two comprehensive videos featuring Simon Gawesworth covering RIO’s Spey products and when to use them. RIO has some exciting new lines in the Skagit, Scandi, Switch, Traditional, and shooting line categories, check out the video’s to see what is right for you.