I got out on the Lower Deschutes River yesterday for a day float with Mary Ann, and our good friends Alice and Mike, who are both guides from West Yellowstone, MT. Mary Ann, Alice, and Mike took out their two hand rods and chased steelhead for the day. But, I was more interested in looking for the larger rainbows in the Deschutes River with my 9′ 0″ 4 wt bamboo EuroNymphing rod. I had some great action with small #18 and #20 mayfly nymphs, with several fish in the 15″ to 19″ range landed. My 4 wt rod managed these larger fish very well, and I never felt I wasn’t in complete control. And the sensitivity of the rod made it easy to detect the light takes on these small flies. I even hooked a nice steelhead momentarily on one of my small nymphs, but after a few head shakes, it easily broke my 4X tippet…not sure how well my 4 wt rod would have handled that fish.! Here are a few photos of my day.
I just got back from my annual “Guys Fishing Trip to Hat Creek” in Northern California. I’ve been fishing with the same group of guys at Hat Creek on Memorial Day Weekend for the past 30 years. We probably know every rock in the stream. Nymph fishing was great in the mornings with #14 yellow sally nymphs fished with Czech Nymphing methods. I used my 9′ 0″ 3 wt Czech Nymphing Bamboo Fly Rod and picked up quite a few nice fish in the 15″ to 18″ range. Here are a couple of photos of our time at Hat Creek.
I recently redesigned my tapers for my Czech Nymphing Bamboo Fly Rods and I can’t tell you how great they’ve come out. First, as a Czech Nymphing rod, I want the rods to be a light line wt rods, have a slow action to them, and have a very soft tip to detect subtle takes. And, I also want the rods to cast dry flies well in the event you’re out on the stream nymphing and a hatch happens. These new tapers in 3 wt and 4 wt rods do just that. I build these rods with Custom Engraved Reel Seat Hardware, Figured English Walnut Reel Seats, and Olive Wraps with Straw and Black Tipping.
Earlier this week I tested out the new 9 ft. 0″ 3 wt. rod on the Owyhee River in Eastern Oregon. For Czech Nymphing, it roll/lob casts small to medium sized weighted nymphs great. And, at 9 feet in length, it lets you get further out in the stream than traditional bamboo fly rods. The soft tip is super-sensitive and light takes are easily felt. I then put on a standard 3 wt floating fly line with a 10 ft. 5 wt dry fly leader. The rod did well at casting large #8 Hopper patterns, as well as #20 PMD dries. The slow action of this rod wants you to slow your dry fly casts down, but once you do, the rod loads deeply and turns over flies nicely with very little power put into the cast. These rods will prove to be great longer, lighter line wt. bamboo fly rods for those anglers who utilize Czech Nymping in their fly fishing adventures.