Gear update

August 13th, 2019

 

 I acci­den­tal­ly found out about The Cur­tis Creek Man­i­festo from Huge Fly Fish­er­man and one of his char­ac­ter­is­ti­cal­ly snarky but sweet com­ments on red­dit.

I googled the term and dis­cov­ered Sheri­dan Ander­son the author. There’s piti­ful­ly lit­tle writ­ten about the author, who grows more impres­sive as I con­tin­ue grok the mag­ni­tude of what he accom­plished.

Like all true works of art, it will take you a while to unpack just how much is packed into this slim vol­ume.  At first glance, it looks like some­thing out of a 1960’s time cap­sule (pub­lished in 1968) but as you spend time with the book, and reread it, you will see that it holds more infor­ma­tion per page than any fish­ing book ever writ­ten, despite the fact that more than half the page is usu­al­ly cov­ered in car­toon draw­ings. I’ve re-read it sev­er­al times now and this author achieved exact­ly what he set out to achieve.

Mr.Anderson states his inten­tions right from the out­set:

The major dif­fi­cul­ty with most How-to Fish­ing books is that of try­ing to fig­ure out what the author is talk­ing about–The begin­ner is assault­ed with page after page of text which he must trans­late into visu­al images before he can even begin to under­stand it. Also, most primers fail because they are so high­ly over­writ­ten that the novice becomes hope­less buried under an avalanche of infor­ma­tion, much of which is only vague­ly inci­den­tal to a firm grasp of the basics, and thus serv­ing only to con­fuse the issues…In actu­al­i­ty, most anglers learned how to fish in spite of the text­books, rather than because of them.

 

And then he both shows and tells the hows and more impor­tant­ly, The Whys to the strate­gies and tac­tics of fly fish­ing that feel as fresh and as applic­a­ble to mod­ern day euronyph­ing as they were to Joe Humprey’s Trout Tac­tics, back in the day; anoth­er book I high­ly rec­om­mend but I urge you to first read The Man­i­festo first  and then you will get so much more out of Humprey’s book when you get to it.

 

So you may ask­ing your­self, why are you rec­om­mend­ing a book pub­lished in 1968 that has more to do with the Haight-Ash­bury in SF then some Appalachi­an moun­tain stream? Why aren’t you rec­om­mend­ing George Daniel’s Dynam­ic Nymph­ing or Devin Olsen’s Tac­ti­cal Fly Fish­ing? Because while both are great books and are as up to date as any­thing in the com­pet­i­tive fly fish­ing world, they are not for begin­ners, because they make way too many assump­tions on what the begin­ner angler already knows how to do.

Hav­ing read both books, I can tell you that The Man­i­festo repeats what is impor­tant in clear and bold text, and with ele­gant, amus­ing car­toons that stick in your head and form a bet­ter men­tal map (at least for me) on what to actu­al­ly do when you are fly fish­ing;

For exam­ple:

The Curtis Creek Manisfesto showing the imporant technique of stalking when fly fishing
Stalk­ing

I implore you to grab a copy if you are at all inter­est­ed in learn­ing how to fly fish, or buy one for some­one you know that is inter­est­ed, and you will give them the best, most humor­ous start in the art of fly fish­ing pos­si­ble.

 


 

 

Temperature and fish –

Recommended Equipment

If you’ve read any trout-fish­ing books, you’ve noticed that they always seem to begin with tem­per­a­ture. If you are like me, you’ve skipped them to get to the more ‘improtant’ stuff. 

How­ev­er there is a rea­son they put water tem­per­a­ture at the begin­ning fo the book—It’s because it’s one of the most, if not the most impor­tant thing to know when you are try­ing to fish: If the water is too warm for trout and you don’t know this sin­gu­lar fact, then you will waste your time slap­ping the trout-emp­ty waters, instead of mov­ing on and cov­er­ing more prom­s­ing waters. Just know if the water temp is more then 65º, then its time to move on.

I’ve tried sev­er­al ther­mome­ters and this one seens to fist the bill. Com­pact, stur­dy and has a mag­net to boot for find­ing way­ward tiny flies. 


Good, Inexpensive, Flurocarbon Tippet that works

 

So its no secret that this page is inspired by troutbitten.com. The com­bi­na­tion of fly fish­ing and phi­los­o­phy just strikes the right chords with me. To that end, the is site is not only philo­soph­i­cal, but prac­ti­cal.

One of the most use­ful and mon­ey-sav­ing recomme­da­tions was using Seaguar Flu­o­ro­car­bon instead of buy­ing mon­do expen­sive tip­pet. 

At its thinnest, its close to being 4.5x tip­pet which i’ve used mul­ti­ple times and it works quite well. Its not 6x or 7x (although I wish they made thin­ner diam­etes) but for the waters around here, it seems to work quite well. At about 20$ for 130 meters it’s hands down beats any guide-tip­pet i’ve come across for price and workss quite well for even tiny flies.

Try Seaguar Fluorocarbon , I think youll quite like it.

Ps as an aisde, I store it on my tippet spool and use one of my wife’s scrunchies to hold the tippet in place.