Agua Boa News

We just got this letter in from Jon Toft, and thought we would share this important news with you!

Dear All

I trust this correspondence finds you well.

Below is an extract from our most recent monthly newsletter that will be sent out today.
“As many of you will be aware, the owner of the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge, and all the staff involved with the Lodge have been working continuously to protect and enhance the beautiful environment, habitat, and the fishery of the Agua Boa river and the surrounding area. As the new year commenced we received confirmation that all of this hard work and effort had resulted in some really positive news coming from the authorities of the state of Roraima (the state in which the Agua Boa river and the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge are situated).

The environmental authorities (FEMACT) of Roraima state signed a document that has now been entered in to law, which states that the Agua Boa river (which the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge is situated on the banks of) is a “FLY FISHING ONLY RIVER”.
All other forms of fishing are prohibited.”

I think you will all agree that this is fantastic news for the future of the Agua Boa river and its surrounding environment.

Best regards

Jon

Jon Toft
European Manager

Amazon Agency Corp.

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“Tarponopolis” – Campeche Mexico

Check out this video shot by the guys at The Big R Fly Shop in Great Falls, Montana. There are only a few places in the world you can expect this kind of action with baby tarpon. Campeche Mexico is one of our favorite destinations for an angler looking for solid numbers of fish, as you will see in the video! A great way to cut your teeth on tarpon, or to hone your skills for some of the bigger fish you are bound to run into if you fish the flats!

Here is their written account of their trip :
“Steve wake up! It’s 4am.” We had arrived in Campeche at 1AM after a 2 hour drive from Merida to save money on the flight options (next time we may fly in to Campeche regardless). Of course, since we always make the best decisions, we had decided to check out La Iguana Azul and listened to a local Campeche, Mexico band full of very round shaped and unshaven band members sing traditional songs, while we ate bbq shrimp on the open air terrace of the “Blue Iguana” restaurant until about 3am.

After a hearty breakfast of bread, butter, and strong coffee we met guides Sam and Hollywood down at the pier in the pitch black of extremely early morning. Neither Sam nor Hollywood spoke much English, and some college Spanish courses were beginning to pay off as we chose flies and rigged rods on the ride out underneath headlamps. My fishing partner the first day, Steve, was stoked about the trip and he could have fooled me in to thinking he had just had 10 hours of sleep and spa treatment. After about a 30 minute boat ride we could see the outline of the mangroves we were passing and the dead still glare from the transition of moon to sun on the ocean surrounding it. We finally stopped. All we could hear was gulp…gulp… gulp… everywhere. On all side of the boat Tarpon were rolling and it was now light enough that we looked like we were surrounded by shark fins. I got about on the bow of the boat and casted a small size 1 Chartreuse Tarpon Toad. A tarpon slammed it, and I set the hook perfectly for any trout fishing situation. Sam our guide yelled at me to keep the rod down. Two cast later with the rod down and a hard strip set, all calmness of the ocean was forgotten, psycho aerial maneuvers from one upset tarpon disrupted the peace.

The days following the first 20 minutes of our trip to Campeche are full of similar encounters. We had a great trip and can’t wait to revisit Tarponapolis.

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Permit – a tough challenge on the flats!

The flats of the Caribbean cover thousands of square miles of shallow water over light colored bottom. These flats offer highly specialized and vastly different kinds of salt water fishing for some species that, as a rule can be taken in few other places.

One of the most challenging of these is the permit, the fish that is becoming more widely known, but is among the toughest to catch of all the wily prizes of the flats.

For one thing, the permit is spooky. Warier even than the fabled bonefish, skittish as a brown trout, it ca be a finicky eater; a crafty, deep-bodied, hard fighting stubborn fish. It is so difficult to catch that most anglers never even see one. Because of that, it presents the ultimate challenge of fishing the flats and shallows from South Florida, through the Bahamas, Yucatán and Belize Honduras. It is a big, slab-sided fish with a black sickle shaped tail which occasionally pokes out of the water as it feeds while rooting out Crustacean and worms from their holes, tipping off its location, but barely indicating that just under the surface is a prized long-distance runner that may weigh 20, 30, 40, even 50 pounds.

Fishing the flats some many years ago with Bob Whitaker, a freelance writer and the outdoor editor of the Arizona Republic Newspaper, I saw a very large permit moving along the shallows. I was able to check its progress as it busied itself over the sand bottom. With an ultra-light spinning outfit and 6 pound test line, I cast my silver dollar size crab about 6 feet in front of it, and the hungry fish accelerated immediately to suck down its favorite food. I struck and a second later the permit was rocketing the other way, where 35 foot deep water offered protection.

Leaving a v-wake the fish zigzagged, diving deep into the channel, where it turned sideways refusing to be brought up.

I stood on the bow, holding as much pressure as I dared, the sharp bend to my rod emphasizing that my light spinning line was close to breaking. Finally, after a grudging 21 min., the big permit circle towards the surface, where Bob quickly gaffed it.

Weighed in on an official scale, it went a whopping 47 pounds, only 3 pounds under the heaviest permit ever caught on rod and reel. Since 6 pound records were not kept by I GFA until a year later, it became the I SFA (International Spin Fishing Association) 6 pound class line record.

Normally found in the same areas as bonefish, permit like to stay closer to the channels because they are much bigger fish, and need the safety of deeper water. When a permit is freshly hooked it zooms away in a drag-racing run exactly like a bonefish, but its greater bulk and power are soon apparent. The average bonefish weighs around four or five pounds, while a permit may average 15 to 20 pounds, and may rip a screaming 300 yards of line off the reel in its initial run.

Permit, like bonefish, have shell crushers in their jaws; I’ve heard they can administer as much is 3000 pounds of pressure per square inch, which they use for crushing shellfish.

They eat crabs, conch, and several other spiral-shaped shellfish. I have seen them dip down to pick up a particular shell, chomped down on it, then eject the shell fragments.

My bait of choice for permit is a small live finny crap, about silver dollar size. The hook, a 2/0 or 3/0 Owner circle style, is inserted from underneath and just inside one of the points that stick out on either side of the crabs carapace. One reason I recommend using the owner circle hook, is permit have a very tough mouth and rubbery lips.

The second choice bait is a large live shrimp; depending on the fishing conditions, I either slide the hook from underneath, straight up in front of the dark spot of its head, so the shrimp will keep active as I slowly retrieve it in front of the permit (if the hook penetrates the dark spot they quickly die). The other way, if the shrimp are not as big as I might like, is to twist the tail off and thread the shrimp onto the hook just as you would bone fishing.

Casting either bait, try to keep it low over the water, and stop the line so it skips across the surface before settling down. The skittish permit will sometimes spook from the shadow of bait passing over. The skittering action apparently imitates a small frightened crab trying to get away, spells mealtime to a permit.

Wading in the shallow water, stalking, is the most interesting, ultimate challenge of flats fishing. Find the right place, with a firm bottom, at very low incoming tide when the fish are likely to be come in. Get out of the boat and walk quietly and carefully to the area without disturbing what fish might be there. Naturally, you are limited to how far you can cast under these conditions. You will have to move like a ninja in order to get close enough to make a reasonably good cast. If you cast too close, all the effort you made getting into position is for nothing. Your best chance would be if they are rooting around the bottom, tailing while they are feeding. Even so, one bad cast will no doubt spook the whole school. And, if you do hook a fish, you are limited to how fast and how far you can move to stay with it. The only thing that can make it more of a challenge, is stalking the permit with a fly rod……

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Keep your hooks sharp! A how to….

Hook sharpening is one of those little, seemingly unimportant tasks that most freshwater fly fishermen simply never bother to do. As Siegfried implies, “sharp enough” is usually adequate. But those 10 percent of anglers who catch 90 percent of the fish know that the difference between a kind of sharp hook and a very sharp hook is often the difference between just a strike and an actual hook up. If you have spent a lot of time and money learning to cast and present a fly with the best gear you can afford, why would you not take 30 seconds to ensure that the contact point between you and your quarry is as effective as it can be?

Right out of the package, most fly hooks are very sharp. However, even sitting in a fly box for several months can start do dull the point, especially if you put your flies back before completely drying them. But the main causes of hook dulling are the rigors of actually fishing. For nymphs and streamers, the danger is obvious: every time the fly hits a rock or gets stuck in a submerged stick, the hook point can be compromised. When you’re trying to cast a long line, sometimes your fly hits the rocks on the riverbank behind you, which can even break the hook point completely off. The same holds true for dry flies: snagging bushes, hitting structure during the cast, or any other time the hook point is exposed to any surface other than the water can cause dulling.

As a result, you should inspect your hook point frequently and hone the point anytime you sense it has dulled. For nymph fishing, I’d check it every 5 or 10 casts or after any snag or suspected impact. Check your dry fly perhaps half as often, but again always inspect the point after any impact.

If you feel the hook is dull, it’s time to sharpen. There are a number of hook hones and files on the market, and almost any of them will do the trick. You can probably also find something at your local hardware store for less money. As long as the surface is rough enough to file the metal and fine enough to allow you to sharpen small hooks, you’re in business.

To sharpen a hook, hold it against the hone and draw it toward you. A few strokes are usually all you need to resharpen a hook, unless there’s obvious damage, such as a bent point. Don’t just sharpen one side, though. Perform the process on each side, as well as the bottom. To check if the hook is sharp enough, pull it across your thumbnail; if it sticks, you’re ready to fish again. Tom Rosenbauer offers step by step instructions here.

This is a reminder that most saltwater anglers don’t need. Their hooks are much bigger and saltwater species often have very hard mouths, so the utility of hook sharpness is clearer. But many trout guys would see an uptick in their catch rates if they’d take a few minutes to make sure that a fish that tries to eat the fly is going to get stuck.

There’s an essential product that every fly fisher should carry but almost no one does. I know because I’m always checking with my fishing buddies. This product will guarantee that you hook more fish that take your fly, and land more than you hook. The product: a hook sharpener.

Hooks are pretty sharp when they leave the hook factory, but they get knocked around in your fly box, they pick up minute amounts of rust (look at some of the flies in your box with a hand lens), and they get nicked on rocks all the time. There is a huge difference between a hook that is sharp and a hook that is really sharp—a really sharp hook is so sticky that many fish hook themselves, yet few people realize it because so few sharpen their flies.

  Step 1. This fly looks fine from a distance and most fly fishers wouldn’t notice a problem with it.
  Step 2. Oops. It must have been put away wet. Notice how rusty the hook point has gotten. You’d be lucky to hook and land a trout on this fly.
  Step 3. Draw the fly with the hook point forward across the hone.
  Step 4. Take a few strokes on each side of the point as well as the bottom.
  Step 5. The point is now shiny and sharp.
  Step 6. Draw it across your thumbnail to test it—if it sticks your fly is now ready to fish.

There’s no voodoo to sharpening a hook. Draw a hook sharpener against the point of your hook a few times (parallel to the shank) on the bottom, and then take a couple of quick strokes to each side of the hook. Check it by drawing the fly across your thumbnail at a 45-degree angle. If it sticks into your thumbnail instead of sliding across it’s sharp enough.

You can use a fine emery board, a fine ceramic or Arkansas stone knife sharpener, a fine diamond file, or in a pinch a piece of fine emery paper. I really like the ones we sell, which are adhesive-backed boride hones that I stick to my snips. You can also stick one on a fly box, net handle, and any other handy surface. At $6.95 for two of them, it’s the best fishing insurance you can buy.

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Fly Fishing San Martin, Argentina with Chocolate Lab Expeditions

Ron and his client with a nice Argentine brown

Ron Sorensen, head guide and founder of Chocolate Lab Expeditions, has over 15 years of fishing and guiding experience in the San Martin area of Argentina. Ron guides year around and has dedicated most of his life searching for rising fish for his clients in Argentina, Idaho, and Montana. He and his wife Vanessa, move their family between San Martin, Argentina and Ennis, Montana every year, so that he can guide and host some of the world’s finest fly fishing vacations.  Ron has been a guide since the early 90′s, on some of the top dry fly rivers in the West, such as the Henry’s Fork, Madison, and the Missouri River, and has taken his knowledge of the sport to the isolated and remote rivers of Argentina. San Martin, home to Ron’s wife Vanessa, is a place that he has spent 15 years exploring and developing relationships with landowners of large estancias, putting together a tremendous fishing operation in Patagonia, Argentina known as Chocolate Lab Expeditions.

Anglers who have long fished the western United States know how good hard-to-reach places and private-access trout fishing can be. With that in mind, imagine fishing uncrowded, protected, and secluded rivers and streams in Patagonia, Argentina. This region of Patagonia is home to Ron and Vanessa Sorenson’s Chocolate Lab Expeditions, a unique outfitting service offering a great combination of exceptional fishing, unique accommodations, private access, delicious food, and the authentic culture and hospitality of Patagonia.  CLE is based in the town of San Martin de los Andes, close to the larger city of Bariloche.  This area is renowned within trout fishing circles as home to such legendary rivers as the Traful, the Collon Cura, the Chimehuin, the Limay, and the Malleo.  The estancias that hold the private access rights to many of these hallowed waters are the very ones that CLE has partnered with to offer the best packages available in the region.

Large browns and rainbows dominate the various rivers, streams, and lakes found throughout the area. The waters are all rich in aquatic life and largely undisturbed by the pressures of people. Hatches of mayflies, caddis, and various stoneflies offer anglers productive dry fly fishing for most of the season, while nymph and streamer fishing is effective throughout the year. Whether your interest lies in fishing small waters with attractors or sight fishing to trophy trout, each package and itinerary will provide a number of options to choose from. Aside from fishing waters with the finest hatches in all of South America, the cornerstone of Chocolate Lab’s operation is the wide variety of waters and accommodations that they offer. This allows them to provide clients with the very best fishing at any given point in the season combined  with a truly authentic Argentine experience. Guests stay in comfort on private estancias located throughout the region and enjoy colorful local meals with the best Argentine wines. We believe that Ron Sorensen and his team of experienced, local guides are some of the best in this part of the world.  We especially like the fact that they will accommodate you every step of the way – from the moment you arrive in Argentina right up until the time that you leave. Every single trip with Chocolate Lab is 100% customized, meaning that your itinerary will be personally suited to your style, expectations, and budget.  Their season typically runs December through April, and early reservations are recommended.

Please contact Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures, or visit our website at www.yellowdogflyfishing.com to learn more about Ron Sorenson’s Chocolate Lab Expeditions, and the trout waters that surround San Martin, Argentina.

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Fly Fishing Southern Chile: This season pack some mouse patterns!!

Mouse Pattern hanging in Bamboo

We are pleased to report that there are strong signs for a mouse epidemic on some of the valleys in Southern Chile!  We have received word from Sebastian, manager of  Cinco Rio’s Lodge, located near Coyhaique, Chile, anxiously passing the word about a possible  mouse infestation.   Sebastian reported,  ”We are all very excited of the news! Recently, one of our guides was fishing on the Elizalde Outlet, when he noticed that the Quila (local Bamboo) is flourishing.” This happens every 15 to 30 years depending on the Quila type.  The flourishing bamboo blooms, and after the plant dies it leaves behind large amounts of seeds for the mice to feed on.  When this takes place the number of little mice goes up 1,000%, due to the abundance of food.
Sebastion said,  ”We expect to see the fishing with mice patterns to improve through out the season of January, February, March, and the first 15 days of April.  We are busy tying mouse patterns now, and I am sure that the large trout that rarely look up will be anxiously awaiting a mouse to swim over their head.  I think you should bring lots of little rodents in your fly box, after all this only happens ‘once in a blue moon.’  This phenomenon is occurring  in two of the valleys that we fish.”
Cinco Rios Lodge still has availability for February 26th to March 6th, and March 19th until March 26th.  These are good dates for this season, because the large trout from the lakes will be starting to show up in the rivers and the mouse population should be at its best.
For more information on fishing at Cinco Rios Lodge in Patagonia Chile, please contact Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures, or visit our website at www.yellowdogflyfishing.com to plan your next fly fishing vacation.

Brown landed on mouse pattern

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Fly Fishing Costa Rica’s Crocodile Bay Resort – A fine fly fishing vacation destination!

John Hudgens with a beautiful fly caught Tuna that we just ate for dinner.

Ian Davis and John Hudgens are exploring Costa Rica and Guatemala in search of Big Game on fly. Our first spot on this fly fishing vacation is Crocodile Bay Resort near the costal settlement of Puerto Jimenez. The resort is perfect for hardcore anglers and non anglers alike! They can handle up to 80 guests at anytime and offer over 20 non angling activitites, such as rain forest tours, zip lining, monkey tours, bird watching, sea kayaking, biking into town, and a full service spa with over 15 different treatments.

The fishing varies from inshore action for Snapper, Roosterfish, Jacks and numerous other reef fish to Big Game offshore fly fishing for Billfish, Tuna and Dorado. The boat captains and crew are true professionals and can guide you with spin or fly gear. They are fun to fish with and know the area’s waters very well. We have to put this fly fishing vacation destination at the top of the list for anglers seeking a varied and productive deep water experience. Best of all, you can bring non-anglers and the family. There is tons to do besides fishing!

Fore more information on this fine fly fishing vacation destination link to www.yellowdogflyfishing.com .

Crocodile Bay Resort

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Fly Fishing for Sailfish with Stu Apte – Yellow Dog Flyfishing Advisory Staff Member

Stu Apte fly Fishing on the Madison with Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures

“Down and Dirty” with Stu Apte

Fly fishing Vacation for Sailfish

How would you like to cast your fly to a fish that maybe longer than your fly rod???

    That’s right…longer than your 9-foot fly rod. If you want an adrenaline rush almost equal to landing on an aircraft carrier, try a fly fishing vacation for pacific sailfish on fly! You will be close up and personal with your adversary. It’s not as difficult as you might believe.

    In more than 40 years of fly fishing vacations for Pacific sail, I’ve helped scores of people catch their first. My first fly fishing vacation was at Club de Pesca de Panama , now called Tropic Star Lodge in 1964. With some of my “students” their first sail was the first fish of any kind they caught fly fishing.

    Picture this scenario: The ocean, glassy smooth, as the Pacific often is.  The sky, gray and almost threatening, a thunderstorm brewing on the horizon.  Your crew has rigged three softhead teasers with the belly-strip from a bonito sewed inside.  Suddenly the tip of a bill appears behind the far teaser. You feel this in your gut; a sailfish is checking out your teaser.

    Your captain or mate sees it first and shouts,” He’s coming, he’s coming!”  Or  “VELA! VELA!” – “SAIL! SAIL!”

     Your David/Goliath fly fishing vacation adventure is about to begin.  In about three seconds, all hell is going to break loose.  The sail will grab the teaser, but the mate will snatch it away.  Two or three times.  Now the sail is mad as hell. That’s when you drop that popper three feet behind its tail.

     Before we go any further here, let’s check to make sure your gear is set up to take on that dancing master:

     You’ll be ready, with a minimum of two 12 or 13 wt. rods fully rigged with fly reels that hold a minimum of 350 yards of backing – a 13 wt. billfish fly line attached to your backing with a loop-to-loop connection.  [Form a loop in your backing with a Bimini Twist knot, plus a loop in your fly line, by serving a loop with Kevlar thread or tiny opposing nail knots to form the loop]…or just by a 13 wt. Cortland Billfish line. I designed this line, 65 feet long with a loop on the back end.  It’s a fairly fast-tapered, highly visible floating line, except for the end you’ll attach to the butt section of your leader.  The last three feet are intermediate clear mono- core line that will slowly sink.

     This fly line, 65 feet long instead of the standard 105 feet increases the amount of backing on your fly reel – [your average cast is around 40 feet, seldom, if ever, exceeds 55 feet]. It’s important for this fly line to float, so you can pick it up if the sailfish misses your fly, and cast again.  It’s important to have the last three feet of your fly line slowly sink because 90 percent of the time you’ll be using a popping bug.

     To work this, point your rod tip down to the water towards your fly, and vigorously strip line to make the hollowed-out head create a big, burbling sound to attract the sailfish after the teaser is snatched out of the water. A full floating fly line would skip the popping bug out of the water instead of creating a big gurgling sound attracting the fish.

     Those who have been on a fly fishing vacation with me or know me are aware of how emphatic I am about having all of your equipment in tip-top condition. Everything should be properly rigged with the fly attached before leaving the dock. This is especially true for this kind of fishing. There were numerous times I’ve had shots at sailfish – even a black marlin – within 20 minutes of leaving the dock.

     Now that you’ve connected your backing to the fly line, here’s the rest of the rig and knots from the fly line down to the hook in your fly.

John Dobson, a Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures friend in Guatemala in 2009.

 Sixty pound test monofilament suffices as my butt section, attached to the 12 or 13 wt. fly line with an improved nail knot. A nail knot is easy, providing you follow these instructions: Take the material you’re going to use for the butt section of the leader and form a loop. With your right hand place the loop over the end of your fly line.  Now hold it with your left-hand, using a round toothpick or something for stiffening the fly line. With your right hand take the right side of the loop and start winding over the top of the fly line and the leader material in the loop.  Wind back to your left [away from the end and back over its self] approximately seven turns.  Hold all of this between your thumb and first finger of your left-hand and with your right hand slowly pull the end of the leader that is sticking out on the right side, until all of the loop is in a straight line off to the right.  Now all you have to do is snug up each end…and there you have it.

     To turn this into an improved nail knot: Before you start tying it, soak about three inches of the end of your fly line in nail polish remover for about five minutes.  Next take a piece of 20-lb. Dacron and tie a couple of overhand knots over the portion that you cured in the nail polish remover.  Wrap both ends of the Dacron around your fingers and strip the finish off the fly line.  Now you are ready to tie your nail knot over the fly line, leaving the 3 inches of inner core hanging free in front of the nail knot. Very carefully pull up both ends of the formed nail knot, but do not snug it down yet.  Slide the knot down to the end of your fly line, still leaving the core hanging free, and snug it up a bit more. Tie an overhand knot using the core, directly around the core where it comes out of the fly line. Snug both ends of the nail knot up tight as well as the overhand knot.  Cut off all the loose ends and apply two or three coats of Loon Knot-Sense to protect the nail knot while it’s going in an out of the tiptop and guides. I’ve never had a failure using this connection, with hundreds of fish more than 100 pounds.

     The butt section on my billfish rigs are about 2 feet long, including the loop knot at the end. Allow at least a foot of butt section before tying a double surgeon’s loop or a perfection loop. This loop should be at least 3-1/2 inches long, to provide ample clearance when passing one of the big billfish flies, often with tandem 6/0 hooks, through with quickness and ease, even when the bite is on and you’re trying to get a new 4 foot leader section with the fly attached into the action.

     Either tie or buy at least a dozen leader sections that have a minimum of 15 inches of class tippet between the knots, with a good connection between the class tippet and the bite tippet [ shock tippet]. This is done by using one of three different knots that are 100 percent in strength.  First tie a Bimini twist creating a double line, before tying either the Albright Knot or the Hufnagel Knot, and the third is the Stu Apte Improved Blood Knot. The other end of this 4 foot leader should have approximately two feet of double line created by a Bimini twist.  This end should have a double surgeons loop, so you can make the loop to loop connection to the loop in your butt section.

I use a simple three-times-around clinch knot when attaching the 100  pound bite tippet to the eye of the hook, so that all of my bite-tippet-to-fly connections are within a quarter of an  inch under the 12 inches allowed by I.G.F.A..

     My secret for doing this is to put the bite tippet through the eye of the hook, using a ruler. Measure 10 ½ inches making a little crimp in the leader at the eye of the hook. Bring the tag end around three times and go back through the created loop.  Lubricate it with a little saliva.  This next thing is extremely important: Fold a piece of paper towel approximately three times, then wrap it around the first finger of your right hand. Make as many turns of 100-lb leader around your finger as you can. Put the first hook, if you’re using a tandem rig, into a U-bolt or cleat. Hold the tag end 90 degrees to the side as you start pulling the knot tight.  After the knot is reasonably seated continue pulling with both hands until it is jammed in tight. Holding the tag end to the side prevents putting a little squiggly in your leader near the knot.

Now that you’re equipment is properly rigged, there are a couple of things to remember when the captain throttles back and the mate puts the teasers over the side.  Make sure they have a clean bucket you can put the fly line into that you’re going to cast.  Nothing fouls up a good day’s fishing quicker than having someone step on your fly line while it’s on the deck, rolling it under their shoes.  In some cases after this happens the twist in your line may be there for ever, leaving it useless to fish with.Strip approximately 45 feet of fly line from your reel onto the deck, then drop your fly into the water allowing it to drift back to the end of the fly line. You are now able to see how far back your maximum cast will be. This is a good time to stretch your fly line as you are stripping it back in to the boat and putting it in the bucket. Three things have occurred. You know how far you can cast, you have stretched the kinks and curls out of the line and you now have the fat part of the fly line that goes through the guides first on top. 

    OH YEAH, THAT SAILFISH WE STARTED WITH… LAND THAT LEAPER !

Now that all this has been accomplished, you are ready to come fish the First Annual Stu Apte Fly Fishing Sailfish Tournament at Golfito Sailfish Rancho in Costa Rica, February 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2006.   You may contact Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures about this event or for a fly fishing vacation to either Mexico, Costa Rica, or Guatemala for Sailfish, Tuna, Dorado, Roosterfish, Snapper and a variety of other inshore and offshore species.                   

                                                                                                                    

Try a fly fishing vacation for Sailfish in Guatemala or Costa Rica with Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures!

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Fly Fishing Chile

For many savvy and experienced anglers, Chile has become the new frontier for trout fishing, especially when it comes to large fish, remote settings, and some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.  In most areas, the region’s rugged nature and inaccessibility have kept the fisheries largely untouched and protected, the result being one of the world’s finest fresh-water fisheries.

Chile’s water hosts a wide variety of fish species, such as rainbow trout, steelhead, brown trout, sea-run browns, brook trout, Atlantic salmon, and pacific salmon.  The fishing season in Chile generally runs from early December until late-April.  There are a number of great fly fishing lodges and operations throughout Chile, and Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures would be happy to help you select a lodge for your fly fishing vacation to Chile.

Here at Yellow Dog, we take great pride in matching your interests to a destination that right for you. Since we do not own any of the lodges that we work with, and since we at all times avoid “Yellow Dog Exclusives,” this allows us to honestly sell each of the options that we have. We can give you the strengths of each lodge, and also discuss with you any potential weaknesses. The bottom line is that when you do book through Yellow Dog, you can be assured that you and your group will be matched up with the right operation, at the right time of the year, with the very best guides in the area.

For more information on fly fishing in Chile please visit us at www.yellowdogflyfishing.com

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Fly Fishing Bahamas – Stafford Creek Lodge

Stafford Creek Lodge is one of the top fly fishing vacation destinations in the Bahamas.

Stafford Creek Lodge – Andros Island Bahamas
Head guide and owner Prescott Smith of Stafford Creek Lodge is one of the most famous and respected guides in the Caribbean.  Over the past ten years, he has developed one of the top saltwater fishing programs in all of the Bahamas. Using the lodge as your base camp, you can explore the area’s numerous creek systems, inland lakes, the famous West Side of Andros, and the wilderness of the Joulters to the north. This is one of Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures top fly fishing vacation destinations for those anglers seeking “a little more” from the accommodations and service aspects of your Bahamas fly fishing trip.

We recently recieved a wonderful email on this fine fly fishing vacation destination. This is one of the best aspects about working at Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures. It makes all the hard work well worth it when we get such fine reviews on our attention to detail, pre trip information and all the destinations we work with! This trip report is from November 2010.

“Ian & Jim,

I just wanted to thank you and all the folks at Yellow Dog for setting up our trip to bonefish at Andros Island at Stafford Creek Lodge. We  had a great time. The fishing was better than I anticipated and the lodge could not have been better.The taxi driver (Mr. Irving Mackey) was right on time and very friendly. Our guide (Capt. Shawn Riley) was very knowledgeable, friendly, and patient. It was a pleasure to fish with him. The equipment (18 ft. Maverick) was “top of the line”. The chef (Mr. Dentry McKinney) was fantastic. He prepared some wonderful meals for us in grand style. They were almost too beautiful to eat. The Hostess (Ms. Michelle Johnson) did a great job, and the general manager (Ms. Leah Mather) had dinner with us each night, and made sure that everything was being taken care of. In short; I don’t know what they could have done to make our trip any better.

Thanks again for a great trip, all of your advice, information, and recommendations. We hope to work our way through your catalog, but a return trip to Stafford Creekwill be at the top of the list.

Best Regards,

P. Turner”

A Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures guest adn Captain Prescott Smith with a fine West Side Tarpon.

At Stafford Creek, fly fishing for bonefish are the preferred target, and the fish in the area are among the largest found anywhere in the world. Good numbers of permit and tarpon can also be found in area waters, especially in the Joulter Cays and along the west side of the island. Prescott and his staff of veteran guides work hard to provide the very best fly fishing opportunities possible based on the time of year, weather conditions, and their clients’ skill level and expectations. For this reason, Stafford Creek is a great fly fishing vacation spot for both beginning and expert fly anglers alike.Unlike many fly fishing Bahamian lodges, Stafford Creek Lodge uses numerous different boat put-ins throughout the northern area of Andros. Such areas as Red Bays (West Side), Stafford Creek, Staniard Creek, North End (Joulters), and Fresh Creek enable the fly fishing guides to provide anglers with an optimum experience with less running time in a boat. This is a nice when the seas are rough. Expect to spend up to one hour daily in a car for transfers to and from the boat launches.

Andros Island, located approximately 150 miles east of the Florida Keys, is a premier bonefish fly fishing destination. This Bahamian Island, which is over 100 miles long and in places up to 40 miles wide, consists of a vast area of flats, creeks, cays, cuts, mangroves, and fertile fly fishing grounds. If you are a serious fly angler looking for big bones, then Andros Island should strongly be considered. Andros is arguably the best island in the Bahamas – if not the best in the world – for fly fishing for BIG bonefish! If you are a first-time saltwater fly fisherman or an intermediate fly angler looking to improve, then Andros is a great place due to the sheer number of bonefish that inhabit the waters. Anglers new to fishing for bones can be taken to areas of the island where they can tune their skills on large numbers of small to medium-sized fish, usually from one to four pounds. These smaller fish are found in large numbers and – for the most part – are easily fooled. For those seeking diversity, there are fly fishing opportunities for tarpon, permit, jacks, barracuda, sharks, snapper, grouper, dolphin, wahoo, and many other species.

One of the main draws for fly anglers visiting Andros is the uninhabited West Side of the island. A good portion of unexplored territory still remains on the West Side, and the fish are rarely pressured. This equates to a large population of fish, many of which reach world-class size. (Some bonefish on the West Side will push 15+ pounds!) This side of the island is acknowledged as one of the premier “trophy bonefish” areas in the world. The west coast is also one of the better destinations for fly fishing in the Bahamas for tarpon. Tarpon fly fishing is usually best during the warmer months. 

One one last side note, Precott Smith is a leader in the Bahamas on conservation that protects the marine environment that we all love to fish. He has fully applied himself financially and personally to this cause.  Click Bahamas Sportfishing Conservation Association for more information on this worthy cause, and please join today!

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