Tenkara

Tenkara has it s roots in the mountains of Japan, in the practical approach of the subsistence fisherman and the pared-down efficiency of the professional.  It places a premium on accurate presentation.  The original tenkara fisherman used silk lines and bare hooks.  Flies become high fashion and by 1703 gold foil was even being used.  Ayu hooks are now barbless and eyeless.  The author discusses bamboo rods to the Tenkara Ayu and Diawa rods.  Dr. Ichihashi or Ichigaki’s bamboo rods are discussed and from the Internet posts on sites such as www.tenkarausa.com they look amazing.  The book discusses level lines to tapered lines and furled lines to fluorocarbon lines.  Spools and cast holders are detailed, as are knots from the traditional girth hitch to attach the furled line to the rod tip or simple overhand knots around the standing part of the line to form a o around the lilian through the loop twice and tighten.

By |June 22nd, 2012|Book Reviews, Fishing|Comments Off on Tenkara

Join Our Fishing Site for Rim Chung’s Method of Nymph Fishing

We hope you’ll join us over at http://oneflyfisherman.com/ for a look into Rim Chung’s world of nymph fishing.  This will be the exclusive site for postings about his fishing methods and upcoming book.  Tight lines…
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The Best to Fish with a Fly

“The best way to fish with a fly would be to drop the fly into the river and the fish would eat it.  However, there are two problems with this technique—one theoretical, the other practical.  The theoretical problem is how would we know when the fish ate it and how would we know which fish.  The practical problem is that there is no way to retrieve the fish.  Therefore, we must use line.”            

                                                                                                                                 –Rim Chung

Rim Chung’s RS2 fly is now or has been sold throughout the United States by most of the major commercial fly companies such as Orvis, Umpqua, L.L. Bean, Dan Bailey’s, and many others.  Yet, Rim Chung remains largely an unknown.  He has never promoted himself, his fly, or his method of fly fishing.  Rim Chung has no commercial interest in fly fishing, he is not a guide, nor has ever sold his fly, nor has he ever sought or been offered compensation for the flattery of the copies of his flies, which are now widely distributed.  The purpose of this site is not commercial and the upcoming book about him is simply a tribute to his legendary success in fly fishing with the nymph–simply ideas which I hope you might discover as useful as I have.

By |November 30th, 2011|Fishing, Rim Chung|Comments Off on Join Our Fishing Site for Rim Chung’s Method of Nymph Fishing

The Sportsman’s Guide to Shopping

In London:

Farlows, fishing and shooting, www.farlows.co.uk

Lock & Co. Hatters, bespoke hats and hunt caps, www.lockhatters.co.uk

John Lobb, Country boots and riding boots, www.johnlobbltd.co.uk

Henry Maxwell, hunting, polo and field boots www.henrymaxwell.com

Bernard Weatherhill Ltd., coats, vests and breeches, www.bernardweatherill.com

H. Huntsman & Sons, riding habits, scarlet coats, evening coats, suits www.h-huntsman.com

Holland & Holland, shotguns and sporting arms, www.hollandandholland.com

James Purdey & Sons, gunmaker, www.purdey.com

Boss & Co Ltd., gunmaker, www.bossguns.co.uk

By |November 26th, 2011|Fishing, Foxhunting, Wingshooting|Comments Off on The Sportsman’s Guide to Shopping

Light Weight Fly Fishing Rods

Please sign up here for notices about the new site I am launching on Rim Chung’s One Fly methods. I have been asked “What rod is Mr. Chung’s current favorite?,” on this blog. This will be the subject of a soon-to-be released article and a chapter in the book that I am in the works of publishing about his fishing methods. The short answers are that a Sage TZX 0710- #0 Line and the Sage LL 2-weight in 7’9”, are Rim Chung’s current all-time favorites.  He also fancies several of his Winston rods, and my all time favorite is a Winston WT 8′, 3-piece, 3-weight rod, and I exclusively fish Rim Chung’s methods of nymph fishing.  Asking him which is his favorite rod used to be an easy question for him to answer, but now the usual response is something along the lines of “Well, that is a lot like asking a man about his favorite woman when he has the pleasure of so many to choose from.  It becomes hard to compare.  One might be in love with each one for what it represents and offers, without comparison to the others.”

I’ll attempt to let you in on an advance glimpse behind the invisible veil to catching more fish with his ultra-light weight fly fishing methods here.

Mr. Chung has been fly fishing since the glass and bamboo rod era, when they were the only choices as anglers. Many times he has emphasized to me the importance he places on light weight equipment. And, he is not the only one to focus on this important aspect of nymph fishing.

Oliver Kite put it well that “ the lightness of the […]

By |November 24th, 2011|Fishing, Rim Chung, RS2|Comments Off on Light Weight Fly Fishing Rods

Trout Country: Reflections on Rivers, Fly Fishing & Related Addictions (Book Review 4/5 ****)

Bob Saile, Trout Country: Reflections on Rivers, Fly Fishing & Related Addictions.  Pruett Publishing Co., Boulder, Colorado 1999.   My favorite quotes or summaries are as follows:

Aside from the Brassie, the most important contribution to the fly boxes of American anglers to come from South Platte lore is the RS-2 —an all-purpose nymph pattern that, depending on size, can resemble the aquatic stages of a midge, a mayfly, or even a caddis.  RS-2 stands for “Rim’s Semblance, Style 2.”  It was born in the tying vice of Rim Chung of Denver, a self-taught fly fisherman who began as a frustrated spin-fisherman.

When Chung came to Colorado from Seoul, South Korea, in 1968, he had a strong desire to catch Colorado trout but only the weakest clues on how to go about it.  He began to fish with spinning tackle but rarely caught anything when he encountered the selective trout of the Platte and other waters.  Two years later, he was ready to give up.  Then a friend suggested he take up fly-fishing.  “What the hell is fly-fishing?” Chung asked his friend.  Chung then began to fish with dry flies, but it was still frustratingly unproductive or, at best, inconsistent.  Finally he met someone who offered to take him nymph fishing.  “What the hell is nymph fishing?” Chung asked.

His progression to becoming a successful trout fisherman was fairly swift after that.  Chung developed his nymphing skills and learned to tie flies.  He decided to try to develop a nymph pattern that was a general suggestion—a semblance—of almost any hatching aquatic insect, depending on size.  What emerged was a pattern that is constructed with a Tiemco 101 hook that has a straight eye, in sizes as big as 14 and as […]

By |October 12th, 2011|Fishing, Fly Tying, Rim Chung, RS2|Comments Off on Trout Country: Reflections on Rivers, Fly Fishing & Related Addictions (Book Review 4/5 ****)

Standing in a River Waving a Stick (Book Review **** 4/5)

Standing in a River Waving a Stick, New York: Simon & Schuster (1999) by John Gierach

My favorite quotes or summaries from this book are:

This business of changing fly patterns, looking for the right one, is central to the sport. All of us, secretly or otherwise, believe it’s the fly that makes the difference, although we’ll admit that even the right fly has to be cast accurately and drifted properly to work.  Still, when someone is catching more fish than we are — and when we’re not too embarrassed to ask–we say, “What fly are you using?” as if that one bit of information was all we needed.

Okay, but if you ask three different fishermen you’ll probably get three different answers, so you have to suspect that although the knowledge passed on by other fly fishers is a great gift, the true solution is somehow yours and yours alone. 

Everyone I know who has fly fished for long has theories about fly patterns, all of which sound reasonable enough on a long drive or around a campfire….

The choice of a fly pattern for nymphing can seem too huge to comprehend, and I’ve seen nymph fishers standing like zombies on riverbanks, gazing into open fly boxes, literally frozen by indecision.  (I recognize that when I see it because I’ve done it myself.)

The thing is, aquatic insects spend most of their lives on the stream bottom, where they are regularly eaten by trout.  Mayflies and stone flies have a nymphal stage.  These are six-legged, armored bugs that fly fishers think are handsome but I heard one non-anglers describe as looking like wet cockroaches.

Caddis flies and midges have bottom-dwelling larval stages that run into pupae before they swim to the surface […]

By |October 9th, 2011|Book Reviews, Fishing, Fly Tying|Comments Off on Standing in a River Waving a Stick (Book Review **** 4/5)

Hunt, Gather, Cook (Book Review **** 4/5)

Hank Shaw is an award-winning journalist and makes his debut from his blogger’s guide to a book on foraging, fishing, hunting, simply entitled Hunt, Gather Cook–and makes the most of the fruits of a day spent gathering food in the field. His blog, Hunter Angler Gardener Cook, has developed an avid following among outdoor people and foodies alike.

Hank Shaw’s blog, Hunter Angler Gardener Cook, and which is more impressive than the book, can be found at: http://honest-food.net/

His poacher’s blog, which is also worthy of mention, despite his bad-form tactics, can be found at:  http://huntergathercook.typepad.com/

By |October 8th, 2011|Book Reviews, Cuisine, Fishing, Recipes, Wingshooting|Comments Off on Hunt, Gather, Cook (Book Review **** 4/5)

Smoked Salmon Bagel Sandwiches

Lox is a cured salmon fillet, usually sliced thin.  Typically it is served on a bagel, often with cream cheese, onion, tomato, cucumber and capers. Lox can be crumbled into small pieces and added into scrambled eggs, sometimes with chopped onion.

I have to confess, I never much cared for lox.   At least, not when compared to freshly caught and smoked salmon, as lox is far too often too dry or too salty.  Freshly smoked salmon is better, especially if you caught it yourself, fly fishing.

While the Kokanee salmon run is on here in Colorado, we like to keep a few for smoking, as they die in their breeding rituals within the month of their run up the river anyway, so it seems a waste not to take advantage of their great flavor.

And, the Togiak River is quite possibly the best King and Silver Salmon river in Alaska, from which our friend, Rim Chung, had just returned with some its delicacies. Numerous anglers who have fished all over the world describe the Togiak as incomparable for its salmon runs, as well as for its nearby trout and grayling fishing. All of the Alaskan and Northwest wild salmonoids are worth smoking, whether it is the Copper River salmon from your market, or something farther down the Sporting Road.

We like our smoke salmon flaked on a hot, buttered bagel, topped with cream cheese and sprouts.  It doesn’t get simpler than this, nor better.  Voila!

By |October 3rd, 2011|Cuisine, Fishing, Recipes|Comments Off on Smoked Salmon Bagel Sandwiches

Fly Fishing La Loue in the Jura

The French Jura region bordering Switzerland are beautiful and amazing, even for those of us living in the shadows of the  Rocky Mountains.  The streams in the Jura deserve their reputation as the best in France. Excepting the fame created by Charles Ritz’s writings of the chalk streams of Normandy, the Jura is one of the rare regions in France with an international fly fishing reputation. There are many places that I fell in love with in France, but the Jura has something special and unique–the landscapes, the rivers, trout and grayling, the fly fishers and even the flies. Add the hospitable nature of the people, warm welcome at the hotels, and the rich and original gastronomy, lexapro.

It is one of the few regions which produces both good cheese and good wine, which is rare to have both in France due to the differing climates required for dairy cattle versus grape production.   The scenery is spectacular, from the river valley to the high plateaus.  Sightseeing the source of the Loue is worth the short drive and hike.  Also, the trips to the neighboring towns along the valley, prove to have enough to interest everyone from shopping, sightseeing, gourmet shops for the famed Comte cheese, local wine suppliers offering great wines at very inexpensive prices, and quaint outdoor cafes for a anise-flavored pastis to cool ourselves and warm our hearts.  Parts of the valley reminded me of Venice where the river meets the houses built on stilts.

Enough of the setting, let’s get down to fishing.  The only downside to fishing the Jura is that the local fishing rules are impossible to understand, even for the locals (even Nick de Toldi, who guides there regularly, promised they would be “complicated […]

By |October 2nd, 2011|Fishing, France, Travel|Comments Off on Fly Fishing La Loue in the Jura

The International Fario Club

Charles Ritz, of the Ritz hotel fortune, spent considerable time studying the art of fly fishing in the American West, England, and France.  His book, A Flyfisher’s Life, is one of the few books in the English language discussing fly fishing in France. In the 1930’s he became an authority on fly fishing in France and invented the parabolic fly rod, which is still used, and which was commercially produced by ABU Garcia.   Mr. Ritz was an advocate of the high speed – high line style of fly casting.

He founded the “Fario Club”, which was the most select fishing club in the world during the later part of the twentieth century and remains so today.  We enjoy regular gatherings in Paris and around the world, to enjoy the camaraderie of others similarly suited.

The Club’s website is presently being revamped, but it can be found at www.farioclub.org. 

The “Pays d’Auge” region is made up of the port towns two hours north of Paris, including Honfleur, Deauville and Trouville. It takes like two small hours to drive from Paris.  After driving through the lush fields where dairy cows are milked for production of Camembert, Pont-Lévèque & Livarot, and passing apple tree after apple tree, so it is no surprise that Calvados is offered at every turn in the countryside, we followed in Charles Ritz’s footsteps staying the same place he did at the mill of Aclou on the river Risle.  The “Aclou reach” is often mentioned as his favorite fishing spot, home to the brown trout.

By |October 2nd, 2011|Fishing, France, Travel|Comments Off on The International Fario Club