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Bass, the movie...

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here is a trailer...

http://drakemag.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=168&Itemid=201

There has been a big surge in fly fishing film making right now that is really churning out some really good stuff. One of these films i look forward to seeing in full is Bass by Jamie Howard. He follows accomplished fly angler/guide/fish junkie/famous photog John Sherman  and a local pro around The Cal delta and another lake.  

He actually outfished the conventional guy is what i have been told by one of the guys that helped film it.

With the two fly only bass tournaments picking up speed and Sage,Scott, and TFO making fly rods that are legal for tournaments and that can actually fit into ones arsenal and boat for that matter. These shorter sticks in the right hands can put flies in places one could only dream of putting them with a flipping stick with barely a ripple.

I plan to take up a couple of forum guys on their offer to take me smallie fishing out here.... and use only my fly rods.... only thing is if they are like the boys back home, If i outfish them with the flyswatters i dont get asked back or told to leave the flyrods in the truck...  ;D

here are some more shorts.....

one about steelhead eating green drakes, fascinates me.....

http://drakemag.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=160&Itemid=173&phpMyAdmin=e696Jto0rPxQfBFQGcJTAM1MDQ1

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From that I gather that I wouldn't feel as secure with a fly rod

its all a matter of time on the water... after spending most of all of the last 120 days on the water for at least a few hours with a fly rod in hand and some days 10-12 hours.... i probably would feel awkward with spin tackle now...

Its all about practice and technique... figuring out what works for you and having tackle for situation.

I have actually caught far more fish on flies even times when reg tackle would not draw a strike... Alot more subtle presentation and alot longer time in the strike zone.

I know one guy that has some topwater flies and streamers that will walk the dog....

I had dinner with a industry/fly tying legend last week.. his focus is streamers and used to guide/fish on the great lakes(smallies/muskies) before coming to montana.  He started diving the madison where his shop is after he had been fishing there for yrs. He was shocked at just how many more fish were there in even lower water and by watching them He realized just how much we dont know about fish behavior in general. You know trout aint supposed to bite 5 inch streamers...

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Any idea when this film is going to be released?

can i expect it to come on TV or is it straight to DVD or what?

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Any idea when this film is going to be released?

can i expect it to come on TV or is it straight to DVD or what?

straight to DVD... it was on the annual fly fishing film tour...  So it should already be on DVD... probably end up on Youtube if it isnt already.

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Thanks, flyphisher1.

FF may be the most satisfying way to fish out there. It takes a lot of practice to get the control you need, and your creativity can take you a long way. Very satisfying way to fish.

But, I'd never compare it to conventional methods -it's very different. It's pretty limiting in terms of water you can cover and the speed you can do it. But, in my mind, this is not the realm of FF.

Speed and options aren't all there is to fishing -in fact, I'd argue its not at the core of what really satisfies. The limitations you impose highlight what is most heady and satisfying about fishing. It's why many accomplished anglers take up FF, or accomplished hunters bowhunt, then go traditional, then primitive.

FF is addicting in that, to break into a lot of water and situations, you can be posed with challenges that require great skill, ingenuity, and, to really do it up, a pretty thorough knowledge of available technology (and the money to dabble in it). In this respect, I'd say, if you really wanted to challenge conventional bass fishing with fly tackle, say in a tournament circuit setting, you've got A LOT of practice, homework, and tinkering to do. I'm not convinced it's do-able, or even comparable.

Notice that the guy in the vid trailer set very limited marks for this supposed competition (in terms of conventional tackle) -2 to 4 feet of water. What's important, IMO, is the amount of satisfaction you can glean from those 2 to 4 feet of water. Here, FF has the potential to "win".

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