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Saltwater Fly Reels 101 With Ian Davis

Posted by Ian Davis on May 30, 2017 2:49:12 PM

 

SALTWATER REELS

Yellow Dog’s Ian Davis recently wrote up a piece for Outdoor Empire, talking about his favorite saltwater reels and the reasons why a quality reel will more than pay for itself. Here’s what he had to say: 

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Topics: Fly Fishing Gear

Yellow Dog Saltwater Fishing Lessons Part 11: Fly Weight and Color

Posted by Ian Davis on May 30, 2017 12:02:53 PM

PICKING YOUR FLIES 

 

How many times have you stared at the bins in a fly store, wondering what to purchase for that upcoming saltwater trip? Or laid out all your boxes at home and deliberated which patterns should make the voyage into your luggage and which should stay behind? 

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

Yellow Dog Saltwater Fishing Lessons Part 5: Loop Cast 

Posted by Ian Davis on May 30, 2017 12:02:37 PM

THE LOOP CAST

Managing heavy flies can be a bit of a challenge. And casting heavy flies all day can be downright exhausting. Ian Davis offers up a few tips on how to manage casting those heavy, sometimes awkward saltwater flies we all love. Lesson one? “Never really stop the fly” — keep the motion going! 

Watch our most recent Saltwater Flats Fishing Lessons video with Ian Davis for his tips on how to

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

Yellow Dog Saltwater Lessons Part 13: Line Management

Posted by Ian Davis on May 30, 2017 12:02:06 PM

LINE MANAGEMENT 

One of the most critical things a saltwater angler can learn is how to properly manage fly line in the boat. It’s all too easy to get your line tangled, to stand on a loop of line, and to hook the line around various objects in the boat. 

In this video, Ian Davis talks about how best to manage your fly line, avoid tangles, and be ready for fishing! He covers how to properly stack the line so you’re ready for a quick cast, and how best to be prepared when your guide calls out, “Cast, 40 feet, nine o’clock.” (Tune in next week for an explanation on how the clock system works!) 

Get your fly in hand and let’s go.

Stay tuned — next week we’ll talk about the clock system so often utilized in saltwater fishing.

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

Yellow Dog Saltwater Lessons Part 14: Using the Clock System

Posted by Ian Davis on May 30, 2017 12:01:34 PM

WHERE DO I CAST? 

Last week we talked about line management in the boat. Now we're ready to tackle the big one — just where do you cast?

You flew eight hours to another country. Made it past the cranky guy in customs. Rode in cars and boats and finally arrived at the lodge. After a celebratory drink, a big dinner, and a good night’s sleep, you’re finally ready for your first day of saltwater fishing. Once you’re out on the bow of the boat on a flat, the thought suddenly strikes you. How are you supposed to see a fish so you can cast to it?

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

Yellow Dog Saltwater Fishing Lessons Part 6: Footwear

Posted by Ian Davis on May 30, 2017 12:01:15 PM

 

 TALKING FOOTWEAR 

 

Jumping in between the boat and wading? Finding the best footwear for your needs can be a tough chore — you need something on your feet that’s comfortable, offers good movement and feel in the boat, and solid protection in the water.Watch our most recent Saltwater Flats Fishing Lessons video with Ian Davis for his tips on the best footwear for saltwater flats fishing. 

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

Recommendations On Selecting The Right Saltwater Fly | Part 3

Posted by Ian Davis on May 30, 2017 11:59:43 AM

In part one and two of this collection on selecting the right flies for the saltwater, we talked a lot about size, color and weight of your flies – especially when it comes to bonefish and permit patterns. For tarpon, you will obviously want to apply different standards, and a basic selection of 1/0, 2/0 and 3/0 flies in a variety of colors will cover the majority of situation encountered just about anywhere in the Caribbean (outside of the Florida Keys!)

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Saltwater Fly Fishing

Yellow Dog Saltwater Fishing Lessons: Stripping The Fly

Posted by Ian Davis on May 30, 2017 11:57:06 AM

MIX IT UP

On a recent trip down to the Yucatan, Yellow Dog’s Ian Davis teamed with filmmaker Christian Ihrybauer to create a series of instructional videos for saltwater anglers. Whether you’re a seasoned international angler or looking to prep for your first saltwater trip, this series of short films will set you on your way to a successful trip.

In the second video of the series, Ian works with Capt. Miguel Encalada of Grand Slam Lodge to show the different ways to strip your fly in varying conditions. The pair covers tactics for bonefish, permit, and tarpon. Long and slow? Short and fast? Learn how to maximize your odds while fishing for saltwater species.

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

Recommendations On Selecting The Right Saltwater Flies | Part 1

Posted by Ian Davis on May 30, 2017 11:55:13 AM

Of the many questions that we receive here at Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures regarding destinations, fishing equipment, techniques and travel, we probably get more about fly patterns and fly selection than anything else. This is especially true when people are headed to the saltwater flats for the first time or to a new saltwater destination. With that in mind, we’re happy to make a few general recommendations and suggestions when it comes to tying, selecting or purchasing your saltwater fly selection for the flats.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Saltwater Fly Fishing

Yellow Dog Saltwater Fishing Lessons: Power Distribution and Wind

Posted by Ian Davis on May 30, 2017 11:54:00 AM

 

 DEALING WITH THE “W”

 

Wondering where and when to apply power in your cast? Struggling to manage your backcast in breezy conditions? Can the wind direction severely influence the outcome of your fishing day? Yellow Dog’s Ian Davis teams with Tara from Grand Slam Lodge to talk about how to best manage your application of power in the windy conditions we all too often encounter in saltwater fishing situations in part three of our Saltwater Fishing Lessons series. 

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing