TFO on the Situk River in Alaska

TFO By Robert Jones for Temple Fork Outfitters

 

TFO rep (Rockies/West) and owner of Glade Park Associates, Bobby Jones, recently returned from a steelhead trip in Alaska.

Below is his report from fishing the Situk River in Southeast Alaska.

“Water flows hovered around 100 CFS on the Situk, about half of what would have been optimum flows.

Bobby Jones with a nice steelhead from the Situk.  Photo by Bobby Jones.

Bobby Jones with a nice steelhead from the Situk.
Photo by Bobby Jones.

With the lack of rain and mostly sunny days, conditions were not the best, but, we still managed to catch some fish.  Because of the low water, we were not seeing  fresh fish moving up into the river from the estuary each day, although some were coming on the high tide during the night.

Early morning and late evening was the best of it when the sun was behind the trees and the water was shady. It was getting light at around 5 a.m. and not getting dark until around 9:30 p.m.

The deeper pools held the most fish which made it more challenging for fly fishing around all the sweepers and snags in the pools, so, our group ended up catching a good number of fish in these buckets on gear, both spinning and baitcast. We used jigs under floats and some spoons in the holes.

I spent a good amount of my time with the fly rod and quickly found out that the fish holding on the gravel just above the tail outs in very low sunny water were incredibly spooky and were very difficult to get to eat.

I had the best luck using a Teeny Mini-Tip line with a single yarn egg pattern with dumbell eyes or some variation of that with some maribou and estaz in pinks and purples and black, orange and red combos. line was 8-pound P Line CFX fluorocarbon.

I was using the 8-weight Mangrove mostly, with some time on the 8-weight BVK. My reel of choice as the BVK III.  Both were perfect outfits for this type of fishing in some tight water.

It started raining the second to last day and the water tinged up to a more stained color, which improved conditions a little.”

Pontoon rigged and ready to float the Situk. Jones fished the Mangrove series fly rods as well as the four-piece TRS/TRC rods.  Photo courtesy Bobby Jones.

Pontoon rigged and ready to float the Situk. Jones fished the Mangrove series fly rods as well as the four-piece TRS/TRC rods.
Photo courtesy Bobby Jones.

 

 

Gearing up for the Situk. Jones fished both fly and conventional gear throughout the several day float. Despite low water conditions, Jones and the group managed to land a few fish.  Photo courtesy of Bobby Jones.

Jones fished both fly and conventional gear throughout the several day float. Despite low water conditions, Jones and the group managed to land a few fish.
Photo courtesy of Bobby Jones 

Temple Fork Outfitters GTS Rod Review GTS C695-1

TFOLogo-NoTextBy G. Wayne Byrd

 

 

First Impressions/Technical Specifics:

Gary Loomis and TFO have teamed up and put together yet another great versatile rod called the C695-1. A few of the first things that come to mind are …lightweight, balanced, tough-as-nails, clean and precision crafted with attention to details.

In The Field:

I have used the C695-1 for everything from worms, stickworms, tubes, small jigs, spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, cranks and lipless-cranks. This stick has performed remarkably well in all areas, but I really would have to call it my go to rod for spinnerbaits. Most manufactures these days label their medium heavy rods in the 6’6” to 6’10” range as spinnerbait rods. To me, 6’9” is the perfect length for spinnerbait usage and TFO has one again produced a rod to fill in that important niche in their Tactical Series line-up. The rear grip/handle section is the perfect length and it’s long enough to get the leverage you need when throwing deep pockets but not so long that it will catch on your jacket or shirt when retrieving and putting action on the lure. The Tactical Series guides are exceptionally smooth and slick guides and perform very well and they are nice and quiet. I have used everything from 8lb P-Line Floroclear to 20lb line and have even used 20lb braid on the C695-1 and had great results.

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Casting:

Casting the aforementioned lures with the C695-1 is very pleasurable. I was more than able to throw the lures out there as far as I needed to with ease. During a typical day of practice or tournament fishing, I usually make over two thousand cast and a rod that loads properly and is easy to cast is a huge advantage. The C695-1 loads up from the tip and becomes progressively stiffer the more it loads. Being of a lightweight nature, this rod is an ease to cast and feels great in my hands. I would put this rod on the “must-have” list for all bass anglers arsenals!

Sensitivity:

Sensitivity is very important when throwing spinnerbaits and more important when trying to detect the subtle hits you often receive when rolling lightweight spinnerbaits over weed beds. Many times, you don’t actually feel a hit on your lure, but you can feel the extra weight when you lift the tip. When running spinnerbaits over weedbeds you can feel the hook and trailer hook grazing over the top of the grass which is exactly what you want to feel. As you run your spinners through sand or bounce them off rocks, wood and structures, everything can be felt through this extremely sensitive blank and these factors in turn mean more hook-ups for you the angler. The C695-1 is one sensitive rod!

Power:

The C695-1 is rated as Medium Heavy power and I feel that it’s rated properly even though it seems to possess a bit more power than your average Medium Heavy power rod. I would not call it a Heavy power by any means but maybe somewhere between the two such as a Medium Heavy and a 1/2. When throwing lures in the recommended weight range or slightly over and under, this rod performs impeccably well. If you are trying to horse a heavy fish out of cover, the C695-1 has plenty of backbone to get the task accomplished. The rod is rated for 3/8 to 1-ounce lures and my findings reveal that the sweet spot for this rod is right around the 1/2 to 5/8-ounces range for my spinnerbaits although I have thrown 1-ounce spinnerbaits and done so with great sensitivity, power and outstanding results.

Conclusion:

If you are looking for a rod that has an abundance of sensitivity with a great dose of backbone, give the C695-1 Tactical Series casting rod a try! Another great feature on all GTS casting rods is the placement of the hook keeper. It is located and set on the bottom of the rod between the split grips and allows you the angler to keep your rods from getting tangled up especially when storing rods in a boat’s rod locker.

 

 

G. Wayne Byrd is a Professional Angler/Outdoor Writer & Seminar Speaker sponsored by the following manufactures:  BassWax, Buckeye Shad, Cablz, Gamakatsu, HooRag, Keen Footwear, P-Line, Rat-L-Trap, Reel Grip, Rudy Project Sunglasses, Shark Tooth, SmartShield Sunscreens, TackleTech, Temple Fork Outfitters/TFO Rods, Tuf-Line and Wave Spin Reels.

Things You Need to Know About Catch-and-Release

TFOCourtesy of Mia Sheppard, Teddy Roosevelt Conversation Partnership.

 

Mia Sheppard is an accomplished guide, casting teacher and conservationist. Recently, she penned this article about ‘catch-and-release’ and some of her tips on how to protect the resource.

For more on Mia and her work for the Teddy Roosevelt Conversation Partnership, please visit: trcp.org.

©Nicholas Conklin.

©Nicholas Conklin.

“When our daughter was three she watched her dad harvest a hatchery steelhead; it was the first time she had ever seen one of us kill a fish. Horrified, she almost started to cry. We had to console her and explain that it was OK, that the fish was from a hatchery and was produced for take. In her mind, all fish should be catch and release, and to this day she still believes all fish should be returned to the water.

I practice catch and release, but don’t take me for a purist. I love to eat fish! I commercial fished in Alaska for three years, harvesting millions of pounds of crab and salmon for consumption. I indulged in eating the catch of crab, sockeye, kings, cod and halibut. The decision to catch and release is a personal choice.

Sport fishing isn’t just about the catching; it’s an excuse to see beautiful places, fish new water and, when I’m lucky, feel the take of a curious fish, watching my reel spin and hang on for the ride. It’s the experience of connecting with a life form that is powerful and mysterious.  Catch and release is also about healthy returns for future anglers.

I believe every fish returned is an opportunity for another angler. Returning fish also gives that species a chance to spawn, and more spawners contribute to more angling opportunity and healthier runs. Plus, older fish produce more offspring.

As a sportswoman, I want to see more fishing opportunities in the future, and if releasing fish will increase my opportunity for healthier runs then it’s one less fish in the cooler and one more fish for the future.”

For Mia’s techniques on the best way to practice catch and release, read the rest of her blog post here, Three Things You Need to Know About Catch and Release.

Rare Goblin Shark Caught- Sport Fishing Magazine

Courtesy of Sport Fishing Magazine

 

If sharks weren’t scary enough, this one had to come along.

According to Sport Fishing Magazine, an estimated 15-foot goblin shark was caught south of Key West, Fla., on April 19.

“80 percent of these specimens have been caught off Japan, whereas this one was caught near the gulfstream south of Key West,” said John Carlson, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research biologist. “We were very excited — we were jumping up and down after seeing the photos.”

Photo courtesy Sport Fishing Magazine, sportfishingmag.com

Photo courtesy Sport Fishing Magazine, sportfishingmag.com

According to the article it was only the second ever-caught goblin shark in the Gulf of Mexico. The first being in 2000, which was an 18-footer accidentally wrapped up in a crab fishery off the coast of Louisiana.

The Key West-caught goblin shark estimated to be 15 feet. Carlson said this one was caught between 1,000 to 3,000 feet when the shrimp net was pulled back to the surface. He said that goblin sharks have been theorized as a mesopelagic (660 to 3300 feet) species and tend to feed on squid.

For the complete articlr, please check out: Rare Goblin Shark Caught off of Key West Fla.

 

 

TFO And Patagonia Team up on Tenkara

Temple Fork Outfitters

Temple Fork Outfitters is proud to announce a new partnership with Patagonia.

In the coming weeks a special TFO/Patagonia Tenkara series of rods, featuring the Patagonia ‘Fitzroy Trout’ logo will hit Patagonia shops nationwide.

Available in a 8’6-inch, 10’6-inch and 11’6-inch configuration, TFO is continuing their tradition of providing High-Performance-Affordable equipment to anglers.

Based on a traditional Japanese method of fishing using only a rod, line and fly, tenkara fishing permits anglers to make precise casts, delicate presentations, and manipulate their fly with extreme ease. Telescoping down to 20 and 20.5 inches, the Soft Hackle rods are perfect for the backpacking angler.

The rods come with a spare tip and second section. The rod sock has a unique line holder built-in to help organize your line when not in use.

Photo By Nicholas Conklin,  Temple Fork Outfitters Photo By Nicholas Conklin, Temple Fork Outfitters

For more information on the partnership and TFO’s work with Yvon Chouinard…

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