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Cuba October 2015
Lucky me, when I called Winston to ask if they had any loaners in stock for an upcoming trip to Cuba, they offered to let me fish both an 8 and 10 weight in their new Boron III Plus saltwater series. You betcha I said.
Virginia is for Brook Trout Lovers is the first installment in Winston’s new series, On The River – by Parker Clemens. Originally from California, Parker spent four trout filled years in Colorado before landing in Washington, DC. In a city where things that are said are not always meant, Parker seeks solace in the streams where the fish keep the angler honest. While he reserves the highest reverence for trout, he happily pursues all species swimming in the nation’s capital. Whether it is casting at carp in the shadow of the Jefferson Memorial or backpacking to one of Virginia’s mountain brook trout streams, Parker can be found with a smile on his face whenever there is a fly rod in his hand. When he is not fishing, Parker writes about his experiences on the water. His writing takes on an appreciative and reflective tone, highlighting the intangible intricacies between the angler and the environment. With allusions to stewardship and the rejuvenating qualities of nature, Parker encourages his readers to explore and contemplate their own innate connection to the outdoors.
Fly Fishing in Tsimane – Interview with Winston Field Advisor, Ian Davis of Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures
Q: Where is Tsimane? How did you get there? Is it a long trip? Beautiful?
A: This unique fishery is located in the heart of the mountainous Bolivian jungle, and is the headwaters of the Amazon River in South America. I met the Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventure guests in the Miami International Airport for the overnight flight to Santa Cruz via La Paz. The American Airlines flight is around eight hours. After clearing customs and paying for our visas we were greeted by Hugo from Untamed Angling and transferred to Los Tajibos, a luxury hotel in the center of the city. The group spent the afternoon touring the city and learning more about the fascinating cultural, historical and political landscape of Bolivia. They concluded their tour at Las Cabañas for beers and various locally-baked breads. We enjoyed a delicious dinner at a nearby traditional South American steakhouse, which was fantastic, very reasonable, and just blocks away from the hotel. The following morning, we boarded a bus for the regional airport in Santa Cruz for our fixed-wing aircraft, 1.5 hour flight to the grass landing strip next to the Omoromo Indian community. Representatives from Pluma Lodge greeted us and after the traditional distribution of candy and toys to the Chimán locals, we piled into the boats that awaited us on the banks of the lower Secure River. Depending on water condition, the run upstream is usually just over an hour to the Pluma Lodge.
Fast action 5- and 6-weight rods with full wells grips for trout fishing? Fast action oversized sticks aren’t my usual choice for trout but on a recent trip to Labrador where I knew skater dry flies, mouse patterns and streamers were required I figured what the heck – bring them along.
I took my 9’ 5-weight Boron III LS on a recent trip to Patagonia. I’ve spent a lot of time there over the years and know all too well how hard the Argentine winds can be on slower action fly rods. So I debated taking the LS on this trip. But I’ve come to love the feel and performance of the rod so much, I couldn’t stand to leave it behind. The rod saw a lot more use down there then I thought it would, and I was impressed on how well it did handle the windy days – one day was so bad the wind knocked me over! But my favorite experience with it by far was on a small spring creek outside San Martin.
Q: Todd, we’d love to know the story behind your new fly fishing & conservation film, Cold Waters. For starters, film credits go to Conservation Hawks – please tell us about your involvement with the Conservation Hawks organization.
A: I’ve been writing about fly fishing on a national level for more than 20 years, and I’ve been concentrating on conservation for the last dozen or so. Four years ago, I realized that we needed a conservation group that would focus on identifying, and addressing, the biggest single threat to hunters and anglers. I started Conservation Hawks and looked at a number of different issues. It was evident almost immediately that climate change was the one threat that would impact sportsmen and women all across America, regardless of whether they were hunters or anglers, and regardless of the species they focused on.
Q: Russ, your film, Wild Fish Works, just finished its run on the 2015 Fly Fishing Film Tour. What sparked this project?
A: I have to give credit to my friend Alan Moore for having the story idea. Alan is a long time employee of TU National and we’ve been friends for many years. This film is a conversation we’ve had repeatedly over the course of several years. It really revolved around the fact that wild fish conservation in the Northwest is a pretty heated topic and that’s something we both recognized. We both support wild fish conservation, but felt there was some middle ground that remained uncovered – ground that could still be cultivated through good partnerships, and good on the ground projects. We wanted to find a way to talk about adding value to wild fish conservation without casting stones at any particular party or ideology. There’s still a lot to be gained by taking a more middle road approach. The title, Wild Fish Works, really drives our story development.
Q: Was this your first time in the Seychelles? Where is it located?
JC: Yes, this was my first time in the Seychelles. The Seychelles is a country made up of 115 islands approximately 1000 miles off the coast of East Africa in the Indian Ocean. The archipelago nation lies just south of the equator.
When you say you’re after a 200lb fish with a fly rod folks think you’re crazy. Tell them the fish comes from freshwater and they call you a liar. I educate them. In the rainforest of the Amazon live the largest scaled freshwater fish on the planet, the arapaima. This rare fish is hard to find due to overfishing, but in the remote Rupununi River region of Guyana the dinosaur-like fish thrives.
The September sky was slightly overcast and the wind tickled through the valley as I stood overlooking one of my favorite Rocky Mountain creeks. Laden with fallen trees, overhanging branches and undercut banks the creeks flow held deep buckets, shallow runs and big boulders. The moody weather had inspired bug life to hatch and I curiously watched trout rise to the occasion.
Along the bank on the other side of the creek half in the water, a fallen tree succumbed to spring run off and it’s submerged branches created new homes for trout. My attention was drawn to a big trout happily rising, he’d tucked himself perfectly behind and below one of the trees branches; the foam line passed right through his “zone”. The protection for the fish was ultimate but for the average angler, the “fly eating” branches sticking out would make accuracy and point perfection of fly placement tricky.