Wednesday, February 27, 2013
With the Helios 2 out in circulation already, I got a great deal on one of the best flyrods out there - the original Helios! As you can see on the tube cover - it's a 4 piece 9'0" 5 weight Tip Flex. With a 25 year warranty, I am looking forward to pushing this thing to the limit! Stay tuned for exploits with this new rod! Oh - La knows about this... now she knows how much she can spend on that Coach bag and Athleta clothes ;)
Saturday, February 23, 2013
So how to thaw one's self out after surfing cold waves? A steaming hot bowl of ramen from Kyushu. Not the island (although if I were to go that far, I'd go to Sapporo instead), but the restaurant in Virginia Beach (400 Newtown Road). The "gyotaku-ish" art on the wall was nice, but if I may say so myself, I think my prints are way better. We finished off the day picking up some cool books at Barnes and Nobles on Virginia Beach Blvd - Virginia Beach is and has always been a really cool place to hang out - some things never change. Thanks La, Marlon and Noe for a wonderful day!!!
It got wet, but by the time I brought it out, the heat was being sucked out of me by the cold Labrador Current and I called it. Hopefully next time the water will be more amenable to full immersion and a proper surfing session.
Surfed even though it was 40 degrees (colder with the wind blowing - nice and offshore) and the water was probably just as cold. Smashing ice cream headaches, getting caught inside with more ice cream headaches, a couple of neckline flushes BUT it was all worth it! I caught it on the right tide (upcoming high), with some swell from the previous couple of days from the onshore blow. I'll take what I can get, but this did stoke the stoke flame!
Next we stopped by to check up on a friend - Charlie Bisgard. Turns out he had just finished gluing up a SUP paddle blank. I showed him my new kickboard. His joints between slats were way nicer than the way I finished off that old alaia (which is now the paipo/kickboard/handplane). Looking at the paddle kinda got me thinking about making a few myself... maybe one that can double as a flats/stakeout pole - yeah right - with all my spare time.... you have to pick your battles and right now it would be faster to buy one rather than glue one up properly and carve it out nicely.
We made the run down to Virginia Beach this weekend. We started by dropping off La at the Hampton Convention Center where she went to the Quilting Convention - for the entire day (7-8 hours). Talk about endurance - I only went for four hours to the Somerset Fly Fishing Show (with 4 hours driving on either end). The rest of the Velasco tribe went on our own itinerary. We started by checking out Appomattox River Company on the other side of I-64 (still in Hampton). They had the new JK SUPerFishal fishing SUP (heavy, but tricked out with a lot of nice features and connection points for accessories), the new JK Cuda 12 and tons of other fishing vessels. Good crew - stop by if you need outfitting stuff.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
So here I am wading in at 4 Mile Run. I saw one fish - some kind of bottom dwelling goby - and didn't get one tug. There were a few other guys out casting lines, but I didn't see anyone getting hits. The waders kept me dry. The boots were really nice. And the rod hanging down from my chest pack is a Nissin Fine 3.9 to 4.4 m Zoom Seiryu (ultralight weight tenkara) - nice touches on the rod itself, but this one will take a little getting used to in order to cast the line correctly. I did read an article today about guys heading out real early to this spot and nailing it - maybe I should get up early... Or maybe I should wait for Spring to get here.
Glowing like a neon torch!!! Too bad UV light doesn't penetrate the water... this thing would call in fish (I would hope carp - that what this fly was designed to look appealing to). This was the second fly I tied with dubbing - and it was about 5 minutes after I tied the other one.
My rendition of a variant of a Egan's Headstand fly called the "Mexican Stand Off" - I didn't come up with the name, I just saw it on a website for carp flies and I thought I'd tie it up. This was actually the first time I used dubbing (and it was easy!!! I'm not sure why I haven't tried it before this...). The other pink flies are more shad dart variants - since I haven't actually fished for shad before, I'm making random size and color patterns and I'll see what works. Noe also helped out - she tied up (mostly by herself with only a little help from me) another sabiki fly. I've been using Clear Cure Goo Tack Free Brushable on nearly all my flies now. On this Mexican Stand Off, I ended up using it today and the CCG bead on the weight/wraps makes a huge difference in quality and durability of the fly. Anyhow - as I referenced above, I did go wading today - more on that shortly.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Saturday, February 2, 2013
The weather is getting colder...