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Testing the four-piece wonder and five-sided whomper

I have not fished for three days during the past two weeks. And they were a sad few days. Ok, dry your tears and I'll continue to describe a couple days I got some fishing done.

A little while back, I got to float a river with Scott Anderson of Montana Fishing Company. He is the outfitter I will be guiding for this season, and being that we both love Sweetgrass bamboo and fish, we thought to spend a couple days testing rods and waters. I primarily fished the prototype four-piece, six weight rod that Glenn and I have been working on. It turned out to be a smooth-casting, powerful and sensitive rod. It will be the perfect traveling rod and available this season from Sweetgrass.


Getting ready to launch, and hanging loose. Or, that was the size fish Scott caught. 


Check the bend on my back-cast! As a rod designer and maker, I pay lots of attention to what the rod and line is doing most every cast. Fishing is as much enjoying the outdoors as it is enjoying your equipment. We hooked up with many fish on this day, primarily swinging wet flies. Once Glenn gets back from fishing this rod in the Bahamas, we will discuss any changes that we need to make, and get to the second round of prototypes. Might mess with the ferrules a bit...

And later that week, I made it to another great river, but waded around some islands. I used my three-piece pent with the five-weight tip, and had a great time fishing midges, and stoneflies. I had some luck in the surface, but most the fish were feeding on midge pupae just below the surface, so that's what I fed them!


Ariell watches as I show her how to catch fish on midge pupae. It was an over-cast day that varied from calm gray to blustery gray, that ripped whitecaps on the main channel. I stayed on a side channel, and fed flies to rising Rainbows most the afternoon.


"Look at this fine Rainbow trout! Can I eat it?"


Even though Ariell could have eaten this little beauty, we released it, hoping that it will grow a bit larger. I was not able to get to all the water I planned to fish, as we were surrounded by other anglers (weekends are not the best time to fish alone...), but I stayed on my side channel and landed around eight fish with the Sweetgrass pent, while none of the other six anglers that worked around me caught a thing, with their silly graphite sticks! It's all in the grass, eh. It's all in the sweet, sweet grass.

Then it rained really hard and blew harder and harder.

In Wild Waters,

Zac Sexton

The Meandering Booboy
Only a few minutes a-stream
So much fishing, so little internet!
 

Comments 1

Guest - Chase on Friday, 22 June 2012 15:54

Great blog Zac! I've enjoyed watching your show on com-cast here in Eugene, Oregon. I'm just getting into fly fishing and I can easily say that your show was great influence on me getting into the sport. Hope you keep doing this a long time! Maybe someday a bamboo rod will be an option for me (financially) but for now Im just one of those silly graphite stick using dudes who's not really catching much :-) Take care and happy fishing, Peace - Chase

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Great blog Zac! I've enjoyed watching your show on com-cast here in Eugene, Oregon. I'm just getting into fly fishing and I can easily say that your show was great influence on me getting into the sport. Hope you keep doing this a long time! Maybe someday a bamboo rod will be an option for me (financially) but for now Im just one of those silly graphite stick using dudes who's not really catching much :-) Take care and happy fishing, Peace - Chase



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