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Archive #3: September,
A few tips and bits I guarantee will get you more big fall fish
- no guff!
Big smallmouth bass, big steelhead, big salmon and big headaches
if you are not well prepared before you venture onto the river.
Check All Nail Knots.
Before you read any further go and get all the fly reels you are
planning to use this fall. Now check the nail knot between the backing
and the fly line. When was the last time you took a peak at those
little beauties? When you see the backing disappearing into the
great beyond, the nail know is your best friend. In fact, the nail
know might be your only friend when a big nasty salmon is setting
about trying to smash up your new eight weight. So you don't need
to check because you are only fishing smallies. Wrong! The mighty
carp is very active at this time of the year and they are hanging
out with the smallies. Who is going to grab that size 6 Outcast
Crayfish? Who knows? But you probably don't want to take the chance.
Clean Your Reel.
Same as above. If you don't fancy greasing up the inside of your
reel, take it into the local tackle shop and let the lads have a
go at it. When a fish starts running, your best hope is to hang
on and pray it all works according to plan - any plan. Sand, grit
and gunk inside the reel housing will turn your slim chance of success
into a guaranteed disaster. Don't say you ain't being warned. If
you are doing it yourself, use the proper grease to lubricate the
shaft and the inside gears. There are lots of these on the market
and most of them work just great. And remember never to store a
reel with the drag "on."
Keep them as simple as humanly possible. At this time of the year,
you need to drift the fly right in front of the fishes' nose. So
you are going to bust off more than a few when you are fishing them.
Wigglers, Woolly Buggers, Sculpines and Muddlers will always turn
a fish or two.
I have always been a big fan of split shot. Now however, with all
the poisoned birds I feel guilty about using the stuff. So I went
out and tried some of those lead free pastes and was I surprised
to find they work! Not only that, they get the fly down faster,
they are easier to cast, and they don't seem to get hung up as much.
Are they worth trying? ABSOLUTELY. Most of the new pastes are reusable
so the initial cost is well worth it. Colin McKeown, the host of
the soon to be on air "The New Fly Fisher Fishing Show" put me onto
a little trick. Take a small blob of the putty and stick it to the
top of the rod handle. Then when you need it, you don't have to
go digging around in your vest to find the stuff. Make sure you
wet your fingers before you start playing with the stuff. It is
very, very sticky. Having said that, wrap a bit of tape around the
handle before you stick the putty on it. At the end of the day,
remove the tape and the cork remains clean.
I wish I could say a few things about fishing low water, but most
the rivers here in Southern Ontario have been flooded out for much
of the season. However a clear fly line is without question 'the
way to go' when fishing low water. Last year, I was fishing bass
in gin clear water with a colored line. They were getting spooked
by the line, and it was eight feet above them when I was false casting.
I switched to a clear line, and they did not mind the line moving
over their heads, even when I lowered my forward false cast to about
three feet abouve the water surface. I increased my steelhead "takes"
by 20%, simply by switching to a clear line when the water is clear.
Clear lines are a must have item when fishing the edges of the Great
Lakes for steelhead and salmon.