The winter of 2015 was long, even for chickens! Downtime has allowed us to go through some great used gear that is ready for others to fish. We’ll start with the used reels: Abel Big Game #3, Billy Pate Bonefish Anti-reverse, Billy Pate Bonefish direct drive, Tibor Riptide dark green w/ Atlantic Salmon Engraving and extra spool, Islander LX 4.0 Gold w/ extra spool, Hatch fanatic 5 plus balck hub, Tibor Tailwater Cl Black w/ extra spool, Sci. Anglers System 3, Orvis DXR tarpon, Lamson LP4 reel with extra spool and a Seamaster Tarpon #1296 in the original box, bag w/ warranty card. We have a number of used rods in the shop including: G.Loomis NRX 9ft 10 wt 4pc, G.Loomis IMX 9ft 10wt 4pc, Winston LT 9ft 8wt 3pc, Scott STS 908/3, St. Croix Imperial 9ft 8wt 4pc, G.Loomis 9ft 6wt 4pc, TFO 9ft 10wt 4pc and a few more…We’re here every day but Wednesday. Stop up and see what we’ve got…
Need a little color to brighten up the winter blues? Stop in and check out the California handiwork exhibited by the Abel reels at Backwater Angler including a trio of Super 5N reels (top photo, clockwise) DeYoung Montana Brown, Mayfly, Brown Trout and (bottom photo, clockwise) 11-12N in Dorado, 9-10N in Atlantic Salmon, 7-8N in Chrome Steelhead and a 7-8N in Bonefish. These beautiful reels are testament that you don’t need a lot of fly reels-just the “right” ones.
Here’s the biggest of the week, 33” and 20lbs, from the Swishkak River in Katmai National Park, right where river empties into the saltwater. The silvers were big and shiny chrome. And packed up in knee-deep, clear water – just like bonefish in the Bahamas. Sight casting with 8wt (Loomis NRX that you sold me), was a delight. Saw every fish, every chase, every take – and then they’d go deep into the backing every single time! It was a terrific experience!
All the best,
Thanks to Josh Reider for the photos and gear review of his lucky Patagonia River Salt Jacket. We have a ready supply of these waterproof, breathable and durable wading jackets in stock ready to ship.
After fishing today in the freezing rain I found out two things: One, fish don’t care how miserable the weather is; and two, a nice rain jacket is a must. A friend and I fished in the dismal weather for 3 hours and were able to pick up close to 10 fish; hooking nearly twice that. We landed a few nice fish and a lot in the smaller 8-12 inch range. Fishing the Gunpowder this time of year is very productive and can be a lot of fun if you’re dressed properly. We were nymphing small pheasant tails and zebra midges with the most success. I switched to a streamer later in the day and had some fish chase it but none would commit.
My Patagonia Riversalt jacket kept me dry and warm in the miserable weather. I’ve had it nearly a year now and it works just as well as when I took it out of the box. It is great length, the cuffs work and because it is longer than most wading jackets it can be worn as a normal rain jacket. I use it whenever I fish and recommend it to anyone serious about staying comfortable fly fishing in a host of conditions.
Thanks to Justin Nolan for stopping in and giving us a first look at the Umpqua line of packs, bags and vests. He is pictured above with the Umpqua Surveyor 1100 backpack and Overlook 500 chest pack. We just received a shipment of the full line in the shop so stop on up and give them a look. Thanks to Mike Colegrove for the gear review of the Ledges 500 waist pack.
For the past few months I have been fishing with a rep sample of the new Ledges 500 Waist Pack from Umpqua. Early on in my fly fishing career I realized that vests were not for me and I have been using lumbar packs ever since. I am always on the search for a better mouse trap and have been through a number of waist packs over the years. Some were better than others, but none got enough things right for me to definitely say “this is the one.” , that is until now. The Umpqua Ledges pack has taken all of the positive attributes of the existing packs on the market along with adding a few innovate features of their own to create the best waist pack I have ever used.
Do you have an opinion of the Patagonia Stealth Hip Pack or have them in stock? I’ve been fishing a Fishpond chest pack for a few years now and while fishing the North Brach this week I thought how nice it would be to keep the weight off my back. Also I fished in the rain for a few hours on Sunday and the chest pack, along with my gear inside got soaked. The DWR treatment on Patagonia’s hip pack sounds like a nice feature if it keeps the elements out.The fishing was pretty slow but I did mange this rainbow. Oh and I got to break in my Backwater Angler hat!
I met Jerry K. in 1997 when I started working at the R. L. Winston Rod Co. as the Eastern Sales Rep. At the time I had a gas card, a small pickup with a topper and a U.S. map with a line roughly drawn down the middle from Minnesota to Louisiana that included all points east from Maine to the Keys. Traveling 28 states back then was always an adventure and the dealers always took great care of me. Visiting with Jerry, Glenn, and Jeff in the old airplane hangar that served as the boo shop was always a treat. One afternoon Jerry invited me to join him for an evening fishing craneflies patterns on the Beaverhead. On the drive, Jerry asked me how someone from Louisiana grew up fishing and guiding for trout in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina. About 6 months later I received my first bamboo rod from the boo boys signed by Jerry and built with pocket water, Cahills and long leaders in mind. The rod has always allowed me to show the art of the old guard to those interested in the beauty and craft that bamboo brings to the sport. Last year Jerry K. made a pilgrimage to the Gunpowder and ran into the likes of Jack (right) and Dave (left)–true Gunpowder regulars that appreciate bamboo and a good story.
Please join us at Backwater Angler from 11:00 AM till 2:00 PM next Saturday the 24th of August. Jerry will be stopping in to talk about bamboo and you’ll have an opportunity to cast some beautiful Sweetgrass bamboo fly rods. Please RSVP at 410-357-9557.
Thanks to Sweetgrass for the use of the following bio of Jerry: Sweetgrass Rods website:
Jerry Kustich has been a part of the “Boo Boy” team for the past twenty years learning the many intricacies of rod building. Always found on a stream testing anything from flies to waders to pentagonal bamboo designs, he has become an outspoken advocate for public access to Montana’s rivers. Author, writer, devoted environmentalist, rod designer, and dedicated angler, he spends much time on the road as a fly fishing ambassador lecturing on and representing the ideals for which all serious fly anglers stand.
We have a full size run of these Patagonia Ultralight Wading Boots in stock at Backwater Angler. We’ve waited most of the Spring Season for these but did not want to bring them in until Josh, Jennie and Jeff put them through the paces on the upper and lower stretches of the Gunpowder River. This week, after reading Josh’s review I even picked up a pair of the new sticky shoes. So far I’ve been in mine for an evening fish, during two fly fishing schools and a guide trip in the canyon stretch of the Gunpowder in just the past week and have been impressed.
Thanks to Josh Reider for the Gear Review:
I have worked in a fly shop the past five years and have used about every rubber-soled wading boot under the sun. Up until Patagonia came out with this boot I used Simms Guide-Boot which at the time seemed great. The Patagonia Ultralight Wading Boot is significantly lighter and WAY MORE COMFORTABLE. When in the water I feel just as safe as any other top boot on the market. I have been using the boot hard for the last month (I fish about 3-4 days a week) and have had no problems with them! It is a great product design and look forward to using them in the future!
Theaux & Jennie,
Thanks for moving me towards the Winston Boron IIIX rods–6 and 7 weights as well as the Bauer reels. In Labrador the 6wt landed 6 lb brook trout in very heavy water. But for me the best feature of the Borons was line management and line handling ability-particularly hitting small pockets in heavy water. The CFX3 Bauer reel never missed a beat when I landed a 18 lb lake trout on the 7 weight.This equipment has been a good match up for my skill level. Thanks for all your help and great service.
The light is fading and fish are rising in front of you in a shallow flat and they’ve just switched to emerges. You’ve just spotted a big fish hanging in a root ball and it’s time to change to that articulated streamer from you-know-where. The above photo is evidence that, after Sulphur season, my own kit needed a quick makeover. If yours looks like this in the middle of a spinner fall you won’t soon forget it. As they say, it’s a long walk back to the truck. Rest assured we have tippet and some mighty helpful folks who fish the river a few times a week working at Backwater Angler. And like me, they’re happy to-with apologies to Aaron Neville -”Tell it like it is.” If you have not bought tippet since 1967, (when that one hit the charts), this is a friendly reminder that we do sell all manner of things that will, in fact, get you into more wild fish on the Gunpowder.This is the first post of the revised site that has a few more local stream gauge links in the sidebar and larger pictures and text for those tired old eyes at the office.As always we welcome both your feedback and your stream reports and pictures. A quick look at the archives tells me that we could not have gotten this far without website contributions from our staff and loyal customers. FYI: The shop online portion will be down for a bit but we’ll get to it as soon as the fishing allows. Until then, we welcome one and all to drop in to see the new shop, visit with old friends, tell a fish story or two and get ready for some hot trico and terrestrial fishing. The rocking chairs on the front porch are waiting and the snowball stand in front of the shop is sure to be welcome relief through August.