Like many silver chasers I too like to carry around two rods when I’m fishing. There are several reasons to do this and I’m going write a few lines about this subject on the following post.
When you carry two rods, you will always have a backup ready to go if something goes horribly wrong. This is especially important if you are fishing a river that requires a lot of walking to reach the pools. I personally don’t want to lose one day in my fishing season because I did not have a backup rod with me.
Short rod, Long rod…
I usually carry two different length rods with me. For example a 13’6” and a 15’ on a big river or a 13’ and a switch on a smaller one. If the fishing requires a lot of precision, then it’s a switch rod and a single hander. Bigger rods are nicer on wide open pools and if you have to wade deep. Shorter ones are excellent if your back is against the bush or if you have to “work” the fly during the swing. I can also fish the fly differently with a different length rod.
I always rig my rods with different lines. I think that many times it can make a huge difference when you fish through a pool with a different line. My most used set up is to rig two multi tip shooting heads, one with a floating body, the other with an intermediate body. This way I can change the tips on both lines to fine tune my swing. I love to use heads that have an Skagit label on them. This does not however mean I use them as a “real” Skagit… I use them both as a “normal” scandi shooting head and in other places like a “real” Skagit. That’s a whole other story, so I won’t go any deeper on that subject. All and all the line choices are always dictated by the conditions on the water and the spot I’m fishing at. So there are endless combinations that I use.
This is something that I always emphasis in all things fishing related. It has to be fun! Using different rods during a slow day of fishing is a great source of motivation. A little change always brightness up a slow day.
So remember to have fun! Tight lines, not tight faces.
I’m sure that many of you have a similar place where you just feel like your home. For me this place is British Columbia in western Canada, to be more precise the Lower Mainland area and Vancouver Island. The fishing is awesome, the people are the nicest people you will find anywhere and it is very easy to move around and do things. The scenery is pretty nice also.
The mix of all these things makes it just a darn nice place to be and with the current euro vs CAD currency rate, pretty much the cheapest world class fishery there is.
I know that the renowned steelhead waters of the Skeena area get most of the media hype, but there really is world class fishing in the south as well. I’ve caught all 5 species of salmon, trout and steelhead there and I just love fishing there. What could be more fun then catching chrome Chinook and Chum on the fly? In my book not many things.
Especially the Chum fishing is very underrated and carry a bad rep. They just are super fun when you target the fish that are pushing in with the tide. For me they are more of a fly fishers fish then the mighty Chinook as you can target them in slower and shallower water and don’t need heavy sinking heads to catch them. Many times have I fished tidal areas where you see a school of Chums come in and then you just put the fly in front of them and get ready for one hell of a ride. It’s like sight fishing for Bonefish in a river! In my book they are also the toughest fighting fish that swim in freshwater. I have caught Atlantic salmon and Chinook up to 40lb and several saltwater species including Tarpon, Tuna and Bones and have to say that the fresh Chums are right up there with the best. When you hook a fresh, 20-25lb male Chum you are in to the best ride there is in freshwater. They will test your gear and fish fighting ability’s with their brute strength and unpredictable behavior.
So, if you have nothing planned for this fall, go ahead and book your flights to Vancouver. They are predicting a huge run of salmon this year. I’m going for sure!
Contact my friend and super guide Perry Wilson for more info on Vancouver island fishing and me if you want to hook up with a good guide on the Lower Mainland. No, I’m not guiding there, but can recommend someone to you if your looking. You can find Perry’s website here: http://www.northlandfly.com/index.htm
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