Monday, October 19, 2015

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Rapidan River Trip with Rav and Matthew

Rav and Matthew took up fly fishing this past June.  They’ve become avid fly fishers and wanted to experience the Rapidan River. They contacted me and signed up for WorkShop #2 on the Rapidan River this past week. Luckily for us, October Caddis and Tan Caddis were coming off and the fish were looking up and obliging.  Eighteen Brookies to hand, several in the 12″ category, an awesome day on a beautiful river.


Saturday, September 26, 2015

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Epic Fly Rod Blanks and Epic Custom Fly Rods from 

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Fly Rod ‘N Reel is pleased to announce the addition of Epic Fly Rods to its offerings.  I provide Custom Fly Rods built on Epic blanks, or you can buy a rod blank and build your own. Shop for Blanks here: EPIC Blanks





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Saturday, August 15, 2015

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The fly rod is the focal point of your fly fishing gear, so selecting the
right fly rod length, weight and action will make a huge difference to
your casting performance in a given situation...keep reading
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Friday, July 10, 2015

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Mayfly Life Cycle

Mayfly Life Cycle – Overview

The mayfly life cycle is one of the most fascinating and fleeting stories in the natural world.  One of the many characteristics that makes mayflies unique is the two distinct winged adult stages of their life cycle. The nymph emerges from the water as a dull-coloured sub-imago (or dun) that seeks shelter on bankside vegetation. Mayfly Life CycleAfter a period of a couple of hours or more, the dun sheds its skin to transform into the brightly coloured imago (or spinner).  It is not clear why mayflies have retained this unique step in their life cycle, however it is thought that they may not be able to achieve the change from nymph to sexually mature adult in one step. During the adult stage, mayflies do not eat, this is another unique characteristic of the mayfly.

Mayfly Life Cycle – Spinner Mating

Mayfly mating starts with the male spinners forming a swarm above the water and the females joining the swarm in order to mate.  The male grabs a passing female with its elongated front legs and the pair mate in flight. After copulation, the male releases the female, which then descends to the surface of the water where she lays her eggs. Once mated she will fall, spent, onto the water surface and die, with her wings flat on the surface, where fish pick them off at their leisure. Males will eventually die as well either falling in the water or dying nearby.
Mayfly Life Cycle

Mayfly Life Cycle – Nymph

The eggs fall to the bottom of the water where they stick to plants and stones.  They will hatch anywhere between a few days to a few weeks depending on the water conditions and the species.  
Mayfly Life Cycle
The nymphs will then spend ~one year foraging on the bottom before emerging as an adult fly.

Mayfly Life Cycle – Emerger

When it is time to emerge, the nymphs make their way to the surface where they pull themselves free of their nymphal shuck and emerge as a sub-imago or dun. While they rest here to dry their newly exposed wings, they are at their most vulnerable to attack from fish. 
Mayfly Life Cycle
The duns that don’t get eaten by the trout quickly fly up to nearby vegetation and morph into spinners within a few hours and the cycle resumes.