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.
Winston Upgrades Boron III X Fly Rods
written by Drake Magazine
When Winston added a third “I” to its BIIx rods several years back, the classic all-around sedan received an engine upgrade in the form of boosted horsepower. Thanks to a slightly stiffer mid-section and tip, the speedier BIIIx performed great in the wind and was more accurate at longer distances than its predecessor.
NEW FILM FROM WINSTON: ICARUS – Casting From the Clouds
Award Winning Film Premieres in Catch Magazine Issue #43, October 6th.
The R.L. Winston Rod Company in Twin Bridges, Montana is proud to announce that in early October, Catch Magazine will be featuring the world online premiere of Winston’s award winning aerial short fly fishing film, Icarus – Casting from the Clouds, along with an in-depth interview on the film making process with Winston Chairman and the film’s director, David Ondaatje.
Introducing the NEW BORON III X (3wt-8wt)
Upgraded With Our New Shooting Guides. Extraordinary All-Purpose Performance Rods – Now Even Better.
We have improved the greatest all-around rod series ever made. For 2016, we have upgraded the Boron III X rods incorporating our new friction-free ‘Shooting Guides” to take the world’s best performing fly rods and make them even better. These rods now shoot line effortlessly, allowing you to generate even more line speed without compromising the smooth feel of the rod. Featuring advanced Boron III materials and technology, these incredibly lightweight, powerful, fast action rods have an even broader casting range – the widest casting range of any series we make. The added energy of Boron allows the angler to effortlessly control the line speed by speeding up or slowing down the casting stroke while maintaining pinpoint accuracy. This makes them ideal all-around rods for the vast majority of situations an angler may encounter, whether it’s making highly accurate, long distance casts or delicate, precise presentations up close.
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.
Introducing the NEW POWERFUL EXTRA FAST, HIGH LINE SPEED Boron III Plus Series – (5wt – 12wt.)
Serious rods for serious anglers for serious fish. Featuring a full spectrum of saltwater rods for every possible fishing scenario. Included in the Plus series are three extra powerful, reinforced Jungle rods designed specifically for Peacock bass and Dorado. The Plus series also includes high-performance freshwater 5wt. and 6wt. rod models. The “Plus” stands for incredible line speed, extra power and design qualities needed to handle monster flies, the wind, sinking and oversized head lines and of course, big, big, fish. Boron III Plus rods are lightweight, smooth casting and feature our new shooting guides, green reel seats and, of course, unmatched Winston quality and craftsmanship.
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.
The R.L. Winston Rod Company in Twin Bridges, Montana, leading manufacturer of the world’s finest fly rods utilizing Boron III technology, is extremely pleased to announce Henry’s Fork Lodge as the first fly fishing lodge in the United States to be selected as a WINSTON PREFERRED LODGE®.