December 2015


Sadly…..

This week we learned of the accidental death of Doug Tompkins, who died while kayaking on Lago General Carrera, a very large inland lake in Chile. Doug Tompkins, who died while kayaking on Lago General Carrera, a very large inland lake in Chile. Tompkins founded two noted outdoor and clothing companies,  The North Face company, and Espirit’, but after selling both ventures and leaving the corporate world, Mr. Tompkins in recent years had been a very active and effective voice for conservation-especially in Chile and in Argentina. Tompkins and his second wife moved permanently to Chile in the mid-1990s. They divided time between homes in Argentina and Chile, and focused on large conservation efforts in both countries. The southern half of Chile is very remote, yet it faces increased  threats from activities like logging  and commercial salmon farming.  This region offered opportunity for grand-scale  conservation activism and Mr. Tompkins used monies earned through the sale of his businesses to buy over 2 million acres through conservation groups and foundations. This included one of the world’s largest private parks–Pumalín Park that protects a band of real estate that stretches from the Andes in the east, clear across the breadth of Chile to the Pacific Ocean, and encompasses over 700,000 acres of virgin rain forest.  Before his death,  Doug Tompkins had been working on creating new parks in the Patagonia region and in the Iberá marshlands of northeastern Argentina. Doug Tompkins was a conservationist and a visionary, and we at Nervous Waters are saddened by his passing.

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Pacú Fly Patterns

End of Season

Pacú fishing at Alto Parana lodge is all about exciting sight-fishing opportunities. We use 7 or 8-weight rods, rigged with floating tropical lines, in order to pitch spun deer-hair “fruit patterns” tied on stout hooks, as well as foam, high-floating dry flies and smaller streamers, toward intended targets. Pacú are omnivores, so fooling them on the fruit, and on top, is sure to please all the purists in the group! Cork Fruit Flies Info: This fly is relatively new in the world of fly fishing and has been specially developed for Pacu fly fishing. This can be made in a number of different sizes however the larger ones tend to be more productive. Foam is another option for this fly and a strong and large wide gape hook is preferable. Materials: Cork or Foam and TMC 600SP hook. How to Fish: This fly is only fished with a floating line casting as close to or under trees, targeting in particular trees carrying fruit. It is important to make sure the fly lands on the surface of the water with as much disturbance as possible. Allowing the loop in your fly line to unfold too early will over power the fly into the water making the imitation seem more realistic. When to fish: This can be fished at all times, however will not be as productive during heavy sunlight and strong heat. The best time to use this is when the fish become more active usually around last light and early morning. Where to fish: This can be fished in locations that hold this fruit and Pacu, the most common being the upper Parana River or Alto Parana. Tie: Use a craft knife to cut the cork or foam in to the basic size and shape. Then use a file or […]

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Fly Girls Week @Bair´s Lodge

Experience Bahamian Fishing At Its Finest…   Stalk aggressive, tailing bonefish on world-famous South Andros Island with the best veteran guide staff in the Bahamas during this women’s-only experience! Nervous Water’s Bair’s Lodge is opening its doors to ladies of all ages and angling experience with the opportunity to perfect your fly-fishing skills with instruction from experienced fellow lady anglers! Come be a part of this outstanding opportunity! We’d love to fish with you… Located in Little Creek on South Andros Island in the Bahamas, 30 minutes from Congo Town Airport… With a primary target of bonefish, other species encountered include tarpon and permit… Relax daily after world-class fishing with big-hearted island hospitality amongst other female fly enthusiasts… All meals and libations included! Enjoy gourmet fare in paradise after a great day on the water improving your angling skills…  $ 3,250.00 p/person based on shared room/boat + VAT Bahamas Tax   Hosted By Captain Ali Hobson and Instructed By Captain Alissa Vinoski Captain Ali Hobson: Frigate about it… This fun-loving, energetic firecracker at the helm knows how to have a blast on the water, but can also be fierce when it comes to getting a big fish over the gunwale. “When that line starts screaming, it’s all I can do to keep myself relaxed.” Keep reading…

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Captain Ali Hobson

Frigate About It… This fun-loving, energetic firecracker at the helm knows how to have a blast on the water, but can also be fierce when it comes to getting a big fish over the gunwale. “When that line starts screaming, it’s all I can do to keep myself relaxed.” Growing up in South Florida, she’s no stranger to the ocean. Her love of the sport was fueled exponentially when her dad moved to Islamorada in the Florida Keys when she was a kid. About a decade later, her focus quickly turned to pelagic fishing and running offshore in search of the next big slammer. As that love grew, starting to tournament fish was the next challenge. “We decided to put together Team ‘Frigate About It’. We’ve only competed a handful of times, but plan on doing it so much more in the future.” Although she currently holds a career in the medical field, Ali decided to get her Captain’s License to learn more about the specifics of operating a boat in hopes of running charters one day. After a trip to Bair’s Lodge last summer, the inshore scene became appealing. “It really triggered my interest. I had never really fished the flats or fly-fished before. Now I have a new goal to work towards. It’s challenging, but incredibly fun. It’s now my mission to be well-rounded in every aspect of the game.” When she’s not fishing, she spends as much time as possible with her 4-year-old son…but a lot of that time is actually spent either fishing or doing something outdoors. “He’s into it…and I couldn’t be more ecstatic. Whether we’re fishing or hunting, he’d rather be doing something outside. I couldn’t be happier.” Ali’s been featured on Sun Sport’s television show The Chevy Florida Insider Fishing Report, has been highlighted in publications from Florida Sportsman, and can be seen in promotional advertisements for numerous companies throughout the fishing industry. Catch her in 2016 on the […]

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Technical Fishing for Golden Dorado

Presentation Depending on the weather conditions and environment requires different presentations. For instance casting close quarters for Dorado in very calm water with little wind when the Dorados are less active requires a very different technique. The angler is required to present the fly with as little disturbance as possible. This means the cast should allow the fly and line to land without dissipating large volumes of water. During the retrieve the rod tip should be positioned under the water. This will allow the fly to be stripped without the line creating heavy disturbance on the water. However during times when the Dorado is active a heavy presentation on the surface of the water can attract the fish more. During times with high winds the presentation is not as important. This is due to water already having a lot of turbulence on the surface because of the wind. This therefore masks the disturbance made when the fly and line is presented on the water. The strip also doesn’t need to be as delicate as fishing with no wind. Casting Casting requires a different approach depending on the environment. For instance casting in the Parana river at large logs and trees near the bank requires a technical approach. When casting at the logs it is important to try and make casts both in front and behind the logs. This requires a cast close behind the log and a little in front. It is important to remember to compensate for where your fly land to allow the fly to pass the log. When casting at trees it is always good to try and present the fly under the tree near the bank to cover as much water as possible and secondly as fish use this habitat as cover. This is achieved by […]

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January Means Jumbo Bones at Bair’s

January Means Jumbo Bones at Bair’s— With the BTT Team   Understanding bonefish behavior—where they roam, when they spawn, and how and what they eat—enhances our angling education, making us more effective. On January 21-27, 2016, take advantage of an exclusive Flyfishing/learning opportunity by joining Nervous Waters and our friends at the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust for 6 nights and 5 days at Bair’s Lodge, on South Andros Island.   During that timeframe, BTT scientists will be researching bonefish, working out of Bair’s. In addition to the scientists, there are 7 spots open for anglers. It’s your choice how much you’d like to participate in research, observe research, or just fish with our experienced guides for big winter bones on the expansive flats of South Andros.   There are currently 7 open spots. Cost is $4,550 + $170 VAT per person, double occupancy (travel to/from South Andros, gratuities not included).   Research Activities Include: –    Using seine nets to capture bonefish for tagging with dart and acoustic tags, while collecting fin clips for the genetics project. –    Tracking bonefish with acoustic receivers at a newly identified spawning site (there will be some overnight tracking as well). –    Deploying acoustic receivers around South Andros to track bonefish spawning migrations. –    Experiments to hatch fertilized bonefish eggs at the study site.   Below is a video showcasing some of the work that BTT has done on Andros on previous research trips.   Contact us today to learn more.

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Tierra del Fuego: Wild as the wind

Text & Photos Matt Harris Far to the west, the Rio Grande comes splashing down out of the Chilean Andes to begin its long, meandering descent across the wide pampas of central Tierra del Fuego before spilling into the Atlantic. It is, to the untrained eye, not an especially enticing river – the savage and often unrelenting winds that whistle across the wide, flat plains prevent anything much from growing to any great height, and the river banks are bleak and almost entirely devoid of trees. Read the whole article Tierra del Fuego: Wild as the wind by Matt Harris Posted in Fin Chasers Magazine

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Rio Grande: River of Many Dreams

Text & Photos: Paul Smith A lifetime of fishing stories squeezed into one windy week. I am obsessed with seatrout. Many nights I dream about rotund and silver trout, still with clinging sea lice, and fresh from the cold waters of the North Atlantic. Furiously, at least in dreamscape, they attack my fur offerings, tied meticulously both on steel and plastic tube. I’ll try anything to capture my prize, modern or traditional, not at all troubled by wild wanderings that distance the Butcher and Pennell. Nor is fidelity with my homewaters a virtue I pursue. I’ll travel and cast anything if it bequeaths me the opportunity to battle chromed flesh, pitting flimsy cane or graphite against salty untamed ferocity. Read the whole article Rio Grande: River of Many Dreams by Paul Smith Posted in Chasing Silver Fly Fishing Magazine Issue 2/2015

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End of season: June – July

As we come to the close of another season in Abaco and reflect on the highlights of the past year, it has certainly been one to remember.  With tarpon, permit, barracuda, sharks and countless bonefish landed, anglers enjoyed awesome fishing throughout and the stories were endlessly entertaining.  We enjoyed the company of industry icons who hosted their own groups this past May, including fishing greats, Flip Pallot and Lefty Kreh, who delighted groups with their vast knowledge and legendary tales.  Fly tying guru, Drew Chicone, and fly casting master, Joe Mahler, also treated eager anglers to Bahamas bonefishing and helpful tutorials.  Orvis paid us a kindness by bringing in a great group for a salt water fly fishing school, hosted by Orvis’ own, Pete Kutzer.  Pete was truly a great host and teacher, and was incredibly giving of his time and knowledge with each individual student.   It was a great year to be at the lodge for both novice and seasoned salt water fly anglers. “Sammy”, the house dog, made his own valuable contributions this season by donating bits of fur in order for Flip, Drew and Pete to try their hands at creating a new, “go-to” bonefish fly!  Most notable was Drew Chicone’s “Slammin’ Sammy” fly which caught about 25 bonefish before being completely demolished! We rounded out the year with Bonefish & Tarpon Trust conducting a genetic study which included tagging and fin clipping approximately 700 bonefish around the marls.  BTT’s Justin Lewis also took time to offer some education to kids who participated in our one day fishing camp, hosted by Friends of the Environment, which grants local kids the rare opportunity to learn more about their land and water resources.  If you would like to follow BTT studies and/or Friends of the Environment local initiatives, you […]

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MIND IF THIS FISHING BUM TAGS ALONG?

MIND IF THIS FISHING BUM TAGS ALONG? Chico Fernandez is among the world’s most revered and respected saltwater fly fishing names… pioneer of myriad fishing destinations, this legend has set fishing records, written best-selling books, hosted TV shows and instructed thousands of keen anglers who attend his clinics every year. You can get closer than anyone. Fish with Chico, talk, learn and laugh with the last of the great saltwater fly fishing masters. Date: Oct 27 – Nov 1, 2015 Rate: $3,995.00 Includes: 5 nights lodging at Abaco Lodge, 4 days fishing, all meals and drinks, transfer to/from lodge. VAT not included. But hurry – only a few precious spots remain! Contact us to book yours!  

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