October 2016


Fishing at Water

We are hoping to tag 1,000 fish that week -some on rod and reel some with nets. Clients are welcome and encouraged to be as involved in this process as they would like to be. But they can also just fish and let their money be used for a good cause. About Aaron Adams: Dr. Aaron Adams is the Director of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and a Research Associate Professor at Florida Institute of Technology. He has lived, worked, and fished on both coasts of the US, as well as throughout the Caribbean, where he has been conducting fish research for more than 25 years. His scientific focus has been on conducting applied research with conservation implications (from coral reef to recreational species), with particular interest in fish habitat ecology. Aaron has done it all in saltwater fly fishing -from guiding to science research. He penned all of the biology componets of Chico Fernandez’ famous book Bone Fishing as well as writing several books of his own – Fisherman’s Coast, Saltwater Prey, and The Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing for Coastal Gamefish. Aaron is also the inventor of several fly patterns we use in South Andros to catch monster bones! He’s a great host and a wealth of information, he will be doing slideshows on bonefish conservation and what we have learned in these tagging programs as well as on what bonefish eat. Dates: Jan 10th – 16th, 2017 Rate per person: $4,795.00 plus Bahamas Gov. Tax (includes 6 nights lodging, 5 days fishing with shared room & guide, all meals and drinks, taxes and transfer to/from lodge) You protect what you love – Fish and support BTT! Call or email now to reserve your spot!

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Preparing my Fly Box

In my last blog I talked about myself, more precisely my angling life, and how I’ve dedicated a significant portion of my life to fish and angling. Ah, chasing silver, that’s the life for me. I started with salmon and seatrout here at home in Newfoundland, and later graduated to chasing all sorts of fish all over the world. Or as they might say in Spanish, pescar en el mundo. Me encanta. I love it.There are three distinct schools of thought when it comes to preparing a fly box for an angling adventure. Specifically I’m referring to embarking on travel to a river, lake, or section of ocean that you have zero experience with. Plan A would be to put total dependence on local knowledge and tie no flies yourself for the trip. You will find flies and purchase them when you get there. If you are doing an unguided do-it-yourself sort of journey, than you’d hope to find fly shops or local vendors that stock the best patterns for where and when you are fishing. In my case I’m guided. I’m going to Kau Tapen Lodge on the Rio Grande and they will indeed have all the flies I need available for purchase. That is a very good thing. The experienced and expert guides certainly know and tie the flies that work best. Every reputable and well-managed fishing lodge stocks flies for their guests. Usually the guides tie flies in their spare time and sell them to make a few extra dollars, pesos, rubles, krona, or whatever. It works for everyone’s mutual benefit. If you don’t tie, are pressed for time, or simple don’t know what to whip up at the bench; this might be the best option. Some folks don’t tie flies themselves, but just can’t leave home […]

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Introducing myself – Paul Smith

I live in the same place that seatrout swim, well I don’t actually live in the water but I bide my time pretty darn close to it. My house is built on land that’s been in my family for generations and it’s adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean. More specifically, the house itself is built about 200 feet from the salty waters of Conception Bay, home to a robust population of searun brown trout. It is a very good place to live if you are obsessed with hunting big trout with a stick of graphite, and a box of fur and feathered hooks. That is me. I have seatrout fever and there is no known cure. I can only control my affliction by fishing hundreds of days a year, not only at home, which one might imagine to be a sufficient fix, in addition I must chase my quarry wherever they swim. I’ve wet my waders in Ireland, Norway, Iceland, Russia, all over Canada and counting. There are many more places, so much fishing and so little time. Soon I will visit one of the most famed and notorious seatrout haunts of them all, Argentina’s amazing Rio Grande. I am not the only angler obsessed with the anadromous brown trout. There are many like me living today, and even more who are fishing the happy waters of the here after. Native North Americans spoke of the Happy Hunting Grounds. Why shouldn’t there be a Happy Fishing reward for folks like us. It is mind boggling to think of the extremes that anglers of bygone days went through to have seatrout to cast over and tease with flies. Their story is much the same all over the world, and we must thank them for the wonderful brown trout we catch in many […]

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Targeting Tararira

Expert tips for fly fishers in search of Argentina’s elusive River Wolf Tararira (Hoplias malabaricus) are native to Argentina and popular among regional flyfishers. Their behavior is comparable to pike or largemouth bass. Mainly living in stagnant shallow waters, they provide great top-water action and are known for their acrobatics. Although tararira are aggressive at times, they can also be a challenge. Especially in cooler water, when their metabolism slows and they become inactive. In theParaná River Delta, over the course of a day they’ll go from ignoring flies, to attacking a swimming duck. Quality fish in this area range from 3 to 6 pounds, but 10+ pounders have been caught. Ultimately, tararira are a unique gamefish that grow large, provide great sport, and are yours to discover. Conditions   The best fishing for tararira typically occurs in the morning when the sun is rising, as well as in the evening. Considering their poor eyesight, they need sufficient light in order to track their prey. Moderate to heavy cloud cover can produce some good tararira fishing, depending on the water temperature. Also, the less wind the better! Wind cools the water and can create enough turbulence to turn off the dry-fly bite. During midday heat, with high sun levels and few clouds, tararira move to shallower water and are less active. Approach How you approach tararira will depend on water conditions. In clear water, a slow and cautious approach is necessary to avoid spooking them. However, if the water is murky you can get a little closer to the fish. Casting requires a certain degree of accuracy, placing your fly in and around weeds and various structural elements where they seek shelter. Cover as much water as possible and keep in mind that the closer the fly is placed to […]

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Travel Right this Sea-Run Season

Tips from an anadromy addict The successful interception of anadromous fish requires one vital element above all: Timeliness. No doubt, being in the right places at the right times comes with benefits. Whether it’s fall migrations of Rio Grande-bound sea-run browns or summer steelhead from the Pacific Northwest, good timing (and great luck) means fish in the system, favorable water conditions, and stable weather. It’s that simple. Or, on the other hand, it’s that complex. Even with good timing, we’ve experienced enough fruitful (and failed) fishing trips over the years to know there are additional factors that help advance the cause. Or crater it when you’ve missed a vital step. The good news is that many of these aspects can be conquered in advance of your predetermined arrival in sea-run paradise. And they mostly fall under the category of preparation. So, before embarking on your next adventure consider the following tips for performing in unforgiving lands—where opportunity beyond securing the perfect week lies in your own hands. Source the Right Flies. Reaching Tierra del Fuego from any hub in the continental US requires logging some serious flight time. When you arrive, fly shops are nonexistent and, near season’s end, the string leeches lingering in your guide’s fly box are mostly ratty and ready for retirement. With that in mind, having an assortment of the right flies, from home, is always a good idea. If you’re not a fly-tier, your local fly shop can twist up a selection of the best variations with some advance-notice. Make sure you have guide-tested patterns and color-combos in various sink-rates and sizes to cover an array of water conditions. For a comprehensive list of proven Rio Grande patterns, click here. Fish the Right Heads and Tips. Spey fishing for large sea-run browns is something adept anglers […]

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