My new fly fishing site … domflyfish.com

It’s taken a fair amount of work lately, I finally made the time and energy investment to create my own fly fishing website.

One of the motivations for creating it was to capture my experiences as I went out and to share them with others (I’m mostly doing this so my kids have a record of something their father loved).  This fly fishing website will be a little different, it will use different types of media like google maps with video & audio.

All future fly fishing posts will go there now.

Check it out at domflyfish.com and let me know what you think.

– Dom

How to add a Ghost replacement bag to a Brodin Pro Cutthroat Net

I recently ordered a medium Ghost net bag replacement (39 inch circumference at $29 total, the $5 shipping/handling is not disclosed on their website at all) to change out the net on my Brodin Pro Cutthroat net.  If you read my previous post on this net you’ll understand why.

I tried to figure out how I was going to capture the process to share on this blog.  Video would have been rather long and just typing the process … well … not too exciting, so what I decided to do is post the pictures of my process and add a voice recording to guide you through the pictures.

My voice recording is included below, all you need to do is play the MP3 file and follow along with the pictures which are part of this post.  The audio is 8 minutes and 35 seconds long*.

Enjoy and I think it’s time to go fish again!

– Dom

Here is a direct link to the MP3 file or you can use the player below:  http://tribalgrowth.com/files/2010-09-03_GhostNetReplaceProcess.mp3

My Brodin Pro Cutthroat Net

My Brodin Pro Cutthroat net with net removed (used plastic pen cap to do it to avoid scratching the wood too much)

Refinished surface.

Ghost replacement net shipped to me, not quite what I expected.

My 1st attempt at attaching the Ghost net.

My second attempt at attaching the Ghost net.

Finished attaching the Ghost net.

Finished Side View.

View toward the handle.

Attachment detail.

* The audio was recorded using an Olympus LS-10 and a Plantronics .Audio 470/400 Headset, then produced using the Levelator & Audacity.

Wyoming G&FD Cutt-Slam

Found out about this nice little program & certificate from a co-worker this afternoon.

The Wyoming Game & Fish Department manage several areas of native cutthroat trout within the state and want to promote it using the Cutt-Slam certificate.

I’ve had the chance to catch Golden Trout in CA, Gila Trout in AZ, and Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout in NM.  All of these native fish in their natural watersheds (sometimes hard to reach) were absolutely beautiful.

I had no idea this kind of program existed, maybe worth a vacation fly fishing trip to Wyoming to see what these fish really look like.  It would also be nice if NM did something like this too.

– Dom

My Brodin Pro Cutthroat Net

This last week I took my father and 2 brothers for a couple days of summer fishing on the San Juan River below Navajo Dam in New Mexico.  We had a great time catching several thick 17 inch trout on size 28 midges.

One of the problems I had was with the size 28 hooks and my Brodin net (I’ve had this net for more than 10 years now).  It seemed every time we landed a fish the hook would get caught in the net and I spent the next 10 minutes getting the hook un-stuck (even though I pinched the barb down as best I could).  More than a couple times, I actually broke the hook and had to tie on a new fly.

I’ve seen some of the newer nets with a rubber bag and thought they would be less of a hassle when catching & releasing fish.  So I researched it a bit and found that Brodin has a whole new series of nets called their “Ghost” series (which look pretty slick).

What’s nice is that Brodin also offers the newer “Ghost” net bags to update a older net like mine.  I’m definitely going to order a newer Ghost (thermoplastic) net bag for my net.  I’ll do a “how to update your net” in a later post and maybe include a video.

I also found a great gallery of fish & net pictures on the Brodin website.  More than several pictures show the newer ghost net bags and they look great.

Enjoy!

– Dom

Upper Boone Fork

I came across some pictures from when I trout fished in North Carolina back in the late 90’s, some great memories.  I really liked fishing the Upper Boone Fork, this little gin-clear stream offered boulder hopping and wild trout under a nice canopy of trees.  I casted flies into small pools often at eye level since the elevation change was so steep.  The Upper Boone Fork drains into Price Lake just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

There are wild trout in this little stream.  As you can see (from the fly size), the little fish smack just about anything if you don’t spook them first.  The fly is a size 18 Elk Hair Caddis.

Here is a link to the nearby parking area so you can find this nice little & challenging creek (if it’s still like this).  Enjoy!

– Dom

San Juan River Fly Box

I really love fishing the San Juan River in New Mexico, it’s one of my favorite places to fish because one can get into 20+ inch trout in the quality waters just below Navajo Dam.  The consistent flows and consistent water temperature create a rich food source for all the trout that live there.  It’s this rich food source that causes the trout to feed on very small bugs, and when fish feed on very small bugs you need very small flies.  In this video I detail my San Juan River Fly Box, what it is, how I made it, and how I use it.  Enjoy!

– Dom

* For better video & audio quality watch the 720p HD version.