Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Monday, July 27, 2020
The flows have dropped for the North Fork Yuba River and the creeks of the Lost Sierra which isn’t a bad thing, it only concentrates the fish into the deeper pools, runs, slots, and pockets. Water temperatures are running between 57 degrees in the morning to 63 in the afternoon depending on the watershed. It’s been so nice wet wading in the cool bubbly water on those hot days! Fishing has been great if you can appreciate small to very small wild trout, solitude, and the natural world. It’s wonderful to know there are many fly anglers who are grateful for such things.
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Monday, July 20, 2020
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
The WildStream Horizon 9ft. 5 weight is not just another run of the mill standard 5 weight rod you’ll find in the fly fishing industry. It’s a unique rod that is high in performance and the flagship of the entire WildStream line up. The Horizon would be considered an all rounder model that can do it all, and do it well. Wanting a dedicated dry fly weapon, I tested this rod a few weeks ago on the Yampa River in Colorado to get an accurate feel for it for two reasons – Precision dry fly presentations, and fighting large trout. It excelled magnificently at both.
The construction of the Horizon is made up of IM 10 graphite, a grade 4A cork full wells handle, top of the line snake guides, and nicely blended wraps with a slight flash of single gold bands. It is extremely light too. It doesn’t feel like a powerful rod, but once under load it has the ability to cast at a greater distance as I first found out last June while testing it at Lake Davis. This is a fast action rod that has a semi softer tip. I like my dry fly rods with a softer tip to help protect delicate tippets under large loads which results in less break offs. Faster action rods can definitely help beginner to novice fly anglers be more successful at false casting and distance. The most impressive characteristic to me with the Horizon was the accurate pin point placement of a size 20 dry fly with technical presentations to active targets.
I matched a Sage Spectrum LT 5/6 reel with a RIO weight forward 5 Perception line to the Horizon which balanced it perfectly. If you’re not going to cast over 40 feet with this rod I would choose a RIO Gold line with its half size larger construction, or go a full line size over using a 6 weight line. For delicate spring creek presentations with smaller flies, a double taper line will enhance the Horizon’s performance for that particular situation. Wind can really affect a double taper though and why I’ve always used a weight forward line except for areas like the Fall River where casting far is not that important, but bump feeding a perfect 70 foot presentation is.
Like all new rods, it takes some time using them for the components to settle in like the reel seat, and the ferrules. I found on the Horizon reel seat it is very important to seat the first washer screw firmly, then tightening down the second washer screw on top of it. After an hour of use on the Yampa River, the ferrules settled in with no other issues.
Some rods are more prone to this behavior like my Redington Crux rods I bought a few years ago. If an angler continues to cast with loose ferrules it can cause permanent damage to the port opening. Great care should be taken to make sure this does not happen. This is not a beater rod but a fine precision instrument that commands respect of being gentle while handling it.
I really like this rod, it’s so much fun to fish! Now I have a serious dry fly rod I can count on no matter the situation. Price for the Horizon is $295. For ordering or more information contact James Kissinger of WildStream USA at 775.737.1306, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, July 11, 2020
I'm back home now and what a great trip to Colorado to fish with friends! Typical summer weather in the mountains and hot on the front range. I didn't get to fish a few of my favorite rivers due to them being still high and off color, but I also learned some new spots as well.
The first couple of days we fished the Yampa River below Stagecoach reservoir in the tail water section. There are so many fish in this stretch! Imagine the Little Truckee with 4 times more fish - Like shooting fish in a barrel.
Small flies is the name of the game here for both nymphing and dry fly fishing. I tight lined with my 106-3 Wildstream rod and had so much fun! I'm in love with that rod. Look for an upcoming review on it in a week or so on this blog. For dry fly fishing I used the 9' 5wt. Wildstream Horizon. This rod was also a lot of fun to cast small BWO patterns to close range targets. I'll be reviewing this rod as well in a few weeks.
The river was crowded both days. Once we got to a good spot to fish you pretty much had to stay there all day or you would lose it to someone else. I've never seen so many people in such a small section of river. Colorado fly anglers do things differently, like stream etiquette is unheard of, and using barbed hooks is ok. You may land more fish with barbs, but going barbless is better for the fish as they do not get their mouth all ripped up, easier to release, and it's safer if you get a fly stuck in your skin.
On day 2 we caught and released so many nice trout that we lost count. It was that good!