by Randal Sumner
Well troutbums we fished through another winter season; this was
a particularly fine one, great fun, but now that spring is here
its time to get serious. This is the time of year when we need to
spend money on new gear. I come from the "Trash it and get more"
school of fishing gear.Troutbums look for performance and efficiency
in the gear they use. Fly-fishing gear is expensive, what do we
need, what's good? The catalogs are piling up next to the bed, the
pressure is on. No worries, I'm here to help. What follows are some
questions the Troutbums have received in the mail.
Dear Troutbum: My 54 year old husband will be retiring next month
and I want to buy him a new fly fishing pole. What do you recommend?
He is five foot seven and looks like a bear. Fishing Spouse
Dear Fishing Spouse: Buy him a new Loomis GL3, 9ft. 4wt., shave
his back and let him run free. Troutbum
This is one fine all-purpose fishing instrument, trust me.
Dear Troutbum: I'm having difficulty deciding between a $400 trout
reel and $800 titanium impregnated full disk large arbor trout reel
machined to tolerances of a nuclear trigger. Puzzled in Yakima
Dear Puzzled: Wow, this is a tough one. It's good you're seeking
professional help. Have you looked at the Ross Gunnison reel? It
has an excellent drag system, its light and rugged. Unfortunately
it is reasonably priced, but you could always buy more than one.
Dear Troutbum : My floating line is sinking more than it's floating,
I have to dress it all the time, and time is money. It drives me
out of my mind. Henny
Dear Henny: What is up with that? Buy a new RIO fly line, it fishes
great; but the truth is, fly line is disposable it just gets tired
from use. Don't fool with it, buy a new line once in a while, after
all your not married to it. . Troutbum
Its fun to get new gear. There is a lot more to say about waders,
boots, vests, etc perhaps another time. The fly-fishing year is
going by way to fast, it's almost April so before you spend all
that money, promise yourself time on the river too use it. Troutbums
can always get more gear; it's the time we can't afford to waste.
Spring fly-fishing on the Yakima River can be a lot of things,
what it won't be is predictable. So be prepared for an hour hatch
of bluewing's, or an afternoon of Skwala stoneflies in the sun.
The water temp is rising nicely, fish some stonefly or March Brown
nymphs. Pay attention to the changing weather and bug conditions.