Upstream Flyfishing

September 2011:

Floating your Butt

Nope – this is not about a failed patent for a new type of life jacket. It’s about a simple and inexpensive way to improve your dry fly fishing. If you fish the Cape Streams often, you’ll know how fond our trout are of dry flies. No doubt you’ll also know that terrible “GLOOOP” sound that sends fish scurrying for cover when you carelessly pick up your line for the next cast. That sound is usually the results of the fly being pulled under and then out of the water because the thick end of the leader had sunk. If you remember EVERY TIME to carefully and slowly lift your line out for the back cast, you don’t need this tip. If, however, you share my tendency to become distracted by your surrounding or the thought of a cold beer after the session, here it is: Apply Mucilin Silicone line dressing to the very tip of your fly line and the butt (thick end) of your leader. It takes 2 minutes and it’s guaranteed to catch you more fish.

Feel it – it is here!

The title line may be a bit dated, yes, but what it refers to is straight from the future. When Sage announced the launch of the ONE, my feeling was that they’d have to do something really special to trump the Z-Axis. They did. I’ve now had a chance to cast the 3, 5, 6 and 9 weight Sage ONE rods and I’m blown away! I’ve not cast a rod before that accelerates a line as effortlessly as this one does. When Sage took the wobble out of the blank using a process specifically developed for this range of rods, the result was straight tracking and phenomenal accuracy. What strikes me most, though, is how the quick, wobble free recovery of the blank after flexing translates to the line. That means high line speed and super-tight loops with very little effort. My kind of rod!


Small fish are a ready source of food for predatory species in fresh- and saltwater. It goes without saying that a fly selection for bass, largemouth yellows and a host of other fly-rod targets should include baitfish patterns. Here’s a gem from Ian Wallace. He ties it using a brush (from Fishient) for the body / belly and tops it with a zonker strip after trimming the top of the brush close to the hook. The eyes are simple stick-ons and the head is coated with flexible Clear Cure Goo. There’s a lot to like about this fly. Firstly, it is a simple pattern to tie and the method allows for top-to-bottom countershading – often a key factor in good baitfish flies. The rippling movement of the zonker strip when pulled through the water is just great, and the fly retains a baitfish profile no matter what angle it’s viewed from. As a hungry bass would say: “YUM!”

The Reel Deal!

Abel reels need no introduction as dependable and stylish workhorses. From the smaller trout sizes to the big Super 12′s, Abel gets the job done. Abel took the lead some years ago in offering uniquely different artistic finishes as an optional extra on their reels. Those of you who own or have seen these finishes will agree that it’s much more than just eyecatching – it’s a work of art! Now,for a limited period only, you can order a graphic-finished Abel reel of your choice for the price of the standard black reel! Visit to view the choice of models and finishes and get your order in before Monday, 12 Sepetember to take advantage of this offer!


ABEL SUPER 3N REEL – #3 line – 100 yards 20lb Dacron backing R3 580

ABEL SUPER 4N REEL – #4 line – 125 yards 20lb Dacron backing R3 980

ABEL SUPER 5N REEL – #5 line – 125 yards 20lb Dacron backing R4 570

ABEL SUPER 6N REEL – #6 line – 150 yards 20lb Dacron backing R4 970

ABEL SUPER 7/8N REEL – #8 line – 200 yards 20lb Dacron backing R5 550

ABEL SUPER 9 REEL – #9 line – 225 yards 30lb Dacron backing R6 540

ABEL SUPER 11 REEL – #11 line – 250 yards 30lb Dacron backing R6 740

ABEL SUPER 12W REEL – #12 line – 400 yards 30lb Dacron backing R6 980

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