By Joe | February 27, 2019 at 12:24 AM EST | No Comments
NIRVANA SuperGLASS Rod By MoonLit Fly Fishing
During the 2018 NW Tyer and Fly Fishing Expo in Albany, OR, I met a two fly enthusiasts from a small fly fishing company in Chubbuck, ID, called MoonLit Fly Fishing (cool name). A relatively new business with innovative fly fishing and tying products. One of which is the NIRVANA Super GLASS fly rod in a gorgeous seafoam green color, the first thing that caught my eye. Made of the new S-glass material, for a lighter touch and slightly faster action. Currently they have two models, the 7-ft, 3wt. (2.8 oz), 4 pc. and the 8-ft 3-in, 6 wt. (3.9 oz), 4pc. On the pond they were so sweet and easy to cast and I was sold! But which one? The 6wt won out because I'm a streamer fanatic and this rod has the backbone for it. Needless to say when I had my first outing with it catching ice-out, feisty rainbows, it was a blast. I let a friend try it out and after he caught a trout with it, I thought I would never get the rod back! Needless to say, this one will stay in my collection for ever.
These rods are made of quality components in a beautiful design and include rod bag and fiberglass case at $349.99. Check out the details on their website and contact Brandon Moon at MoonLit Fly Fishing, www.moonlitflyfishing.com
The smallmouth bite is on! Finally had a brief moment to fish local water with two friends, Bill and John Thayer this last Saturday. At first, it was a slow start in the late afternoon but I finally manage to remove the skunk from the boat with a nice 16-incher to start the season off. As the day wore on, the fishing only got better. Quite a bit of flooding going on right now but the water color is good. Didn't really need a fast sinking line either as we caught bass with either floating or short, 6' sinktip fly lines. They certainly were not picky or selective on fly color either, but we stuck with black and did well (chartreuse also fished well). For now, I'd say stick to the inside water if you can and wait for the main stem to slow down a bit. Temps are well into the upper 50's, so fishing conditions will only improve from here to end of June. We saw plenty of nice bass from 15 to 19 inches and a few dinks too but overall good fishing!
Hope you make it out for some excellent smallie fly fishing and don't forget your poppers!
Hip-Hip Hooray!!! Tim Rajeff from Echo brought back the big sticks in fiberglass, 9-footers in 8,9,10 and 12 weights. Beautiful construction in 4pc with all the right stuff in an elegant sea blue color made in fast S glass material. One special feature I really noticed and appreciated was the special markings on the reel seat to quickly place the reel where it goes! So, last year I added the 10 wt to my arsenal and put to the test for tarpon in Puerto Rico. My biggest poon was 75 lbs and I had no problems to put the big fish down in good time. Most of all, it was a sensational feel to have that rod bent the way glass is meant to bend! When I first showed the guide this rod, he asked, "Glass?" After I nodded my head he said, "Fiberglass is old school, man!" Well, it wasn't old school after I demonstrated my casting and landed a nice tarpon on it. BAZINGA!
I've also used this rod for tiger muskies in Western WA throwing flies up to 10" long and also loved the pull on some nice muskies up to 36" long. Can't wait to battle the monsta one of these days.
If you want to go big with a modern glass fly rod like the BAGs you won't be disappointed. If you need help with sizing up the right fly line just ask the folks at Rajeff Sports and they'll set you up! Tite lines, Joe
Jackson Leong warms up with a nice Lahontan. (joe warren photo)
My first opportunity to wet a fly line for the year! I was able to fish 4 days last week with some friends that are hard core big trout hunters! First off, the lake has gained +10 feet, so that changed the presentation quite a bit at the North and South nets. You can pretty much have the South nets all to yourself. North nets was crowded and fishers are wading out to their armpits to position their platforms! Didn't even bother to fish there as we found plenty of space either further south towards Indian Head Beach and beyond or going to north towards Spider Pt. Basically the fishing was very tough and after 4 days I managed to pull out 8 fish (5 of which came on the last eve). There was virtually no morning bite and most fish came at late afternoon till dark. Our group stripped streamers and the hot fly was the white Popcorn Beetle. I did manage a few cutts on chub looking streamers 3-4" long. Unfortunately, our group did not hook up to any monsters, but the range was 20-26 inchers. I did see a pic on a guys phone from someone else of a 26 pounda caught that week, beauty!
My buddies hooked up with local guide, Doug Oulette, from Pyramid Lake Guide Service and a personal friend of mine. O'l Doug put us on the fish and we had our best day of the week with his best instincts. Well, the big cutthroat hawg eluded this year, but we'll be back again soon to prowl the beaches.