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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Brand Loyalty Podcast S01E40

S01E40 Brand Loyalty



  • Base layer – Patagonia, Layer 8, Marmot, Smartwool
  • Beer- lagunitas
  • Boots – Ariat 
  • Camera – Nikon, Iphone, Cannon, Olympus, GoPro
  • Camera case – Pelican
  • Cigars – Padron, Gloria De Cubana, Romeo y Julieta, JR
  • Fingertip-less gloves – Barbour, Patagonia, Military surplus
  • Fishing pants – Bass Pro Shops
  • Fishing Shirts – Orvis, Simms, Reddington
  • Flies – Orvis, Idlwilde, Umpqua
  • Flip flops - Chaco
  • Gloves – Simms Mitts, Northface Mitts
  • Hat – Charlie 1 Horse, Dorfman Pacific  
  • Headlamp- Black Diamond
  • Hemostats – Orvis
  • Lanyards - Mine
  • Leaders – Berkley Vanish, Seaguar
  • Lines – Orvis, Rio, Cortland, Polyfuse
  • Magazines – Angling trade, American angler, fly rod and reel, fly tyer, fly fisherman, American angler
  • Microphone  - ATR USB
  • Neck gator – Buff
  • Nets – Cabelas, Orvis
  • Nippers – nail clippers, fishpond pitchfork
  • Outboard - Mercury
  • Phone - Iphone
  • Reels – Orvis, Cortland, Tibor
  • Rods – Orvis, T.F.O, Cortland, Sage, Reddington, Tenkara USA
  • Shoulder bag – Simms headwaters tackle bag
  • Sling pack – Orvis, Patagonia
  • Socks - Smartwool
  • Strike indicator - Thingamabobber
  • Sunglass strap - Chums
  • Sunglasses – Costa Del mar
  • Sunscreen – Dermatone
  • Sunflower Seeds – Davids Ranch
  • Sweater – Barbour
  • Wader boots – Korkers, Simms
  • Waders – Orvis, Patagonia
  • Wading jacket – Kokatat, Patagonia
  • Watch – Casio Pathfinder
  • Wellies – Le Chamou
  • Winter Hat – Patagonia platypus, marmot and northface windstopper
Tying
  • Hooks – Fly Shack, Gamakatsu,  Orvis, Mustad, Tiemco,
  • Material- Wapsi, Umpqua, Harline dubbing, Spirit River
  • Thread – Unithread, Danville
  • Vise – Regal
  • Scissors - Orvis, Fiskarss
Fly  Shops
  • All Seasons Sports
  • Sommerset Show - Badger Creek | Bears Den | great feathers | fly shack
  • Bob Marriots
  • Breckenridge Outfitters
  • Chagrin River Outfitters
  • Mad River Outfiters
  • Malindas
  • Orvis
  • Urban Angler
  • Whittakers
  • World Wide Sportsman
  • The Fly Shop
  • The Grizzly Hackle
Catalogs
  • Bass Pro
  • Cabelas
  • Hagens
  • Orvis
  • The Fly Fishers
  • The fly shop
  • The Fly Shack

Monday, July 23, 2012

Client Catches Potomac River Snakehead

Brian called me up the other day. He was in town on business from Portland. He wanted to get some fishing in before he had to return home on Sunday. We talked about the local fishery and the gear I would provide.

The plan was to pick up Brian at National Harbor. I told him we would fish some two handed rods. I got a hunch that this was going to be a good trip when Brian called back a few minutes after our initial conversation to ask what lines would be on the 2-handers. Technical questions I don't often hear from clients.

I pulled in to the hotel at 0645 yesterday. I was in the wife's car as mine died the day before (it died when I tried to start it to pull the boat out. Having a dead car with a boat floating at the docks is not a fun scenario).

We started off talking fly fishing. Turns out Brian is quite an accomplished angler. He works with rod makers  and fly makers. We discussed his Federation of Fly Fishers casting certification and how I want to do that one day.

We pulled into Roaches Run around 0715 and suited up. We swung streamers in the incoming tide. The tide was already high. We had no love at the inflow. I decided to move us to the spatterdock to fish for snakeheads. Brian got a few tugs on the fly on the walk over the flats. We got to the mouth of Roaches Run. The sky was overcast, the water temps were cooler as the spring fed water entered the tidal waters. Brian cast to a sunken tree and hooked a big crappie. 

The crappie took the big Clouser (I'm just about out of bass/snakehead flies as I lost my big fly box). The 1" Clouser trailer was untouched. We got a picture of Brian with the Washington Monument just over the right side of his hat. We got a plane taking off in the picture too.

Brian Cast again to the same spot and got a tug. He set the hook. We instantly knew this fish was bigger. It was tugging and pulling out line. This of course happens when I don't bring my new GoPro camera or a net.

The fish comes to the surface and I see a small mouth. A small mouth with a fish that size is a snakehead. And it was. We get the fish close and since they won't open their mouth's, I can get the grips on it. I grab the fish behind the shoulders/pec fins and land it. We pry the mouth open with my new hemostats and get the grips in.



A beautiful specimen. The scale was not working. We estimated the fish at 7lbs. It had a beautiful pattern on the sides. 




The dorsal fin was perfect. The mouth was covered in several types of sharp teeth. There was a chunk of styrafoam in the back of its throat.  It obviously ate that. What else do these things eat. 


The stomach was empty. 




 Its a mouth that looks like a hybrid of largemouth bass x barracuda x cat (mammal not fish).






















We decided to keep the fish on the grips while Brian fished some more. He fished a bit longer and to lots of moving bait balls. He did not land another fish. 

We walked out with our catch. We headed over to Four Mile Run to try sight casting to largemouth. The tide there was super high, like a foot plus than normal. Brian didn't get a repeat of his earlier day's success. 



As Brian is my first client of the year (first client ever) to land a snakehead,  he won the 2012 Snakehead Challenge. We were unable to go to the Liberty Tavern for lunch. We instead headed over to the Vienna Inn for some chili dogs and fries for lunch. 
Brian is an phenomenal angler, he proved it yesterday. I hope we get to fish together soon again-hopefully he can guide me for steelehead on the west coast.

Check out the iphone video (all pictures taken with iphone)




Monday, July 16, 2012

Heatwave Fishing Pictures

Its been hot here for a few weeks. Temps in the triple digits keep the clients away. I got out to do some fishing with the baby before the temps got too hot. And we fished some 90 degree days. Here are some of the recent pics.

I'm using the iphone more and more to take pictures. In no particular order

Fishing Four Mile Run. 3.73lb largemouth on Snowhite Hellgrammite
 There is the hellgrammite in its mouth. Note the clarity of the water, its knee deep.
 Weighing the fish.
 Got this one on the scorpion bug. Didn't get a chance to weigh it. Look how happy the little pixie is in the background.
 Me and Miles took the boat out last Monday. We got into some nice bass. Had one gar bite but didn't get 'hooked'.
 This bass took my gar Clouser
 The wife and pixie were out of town during the heat wave. So I had some time to fish by myself and with Miles. Here is a pic along the C&O canal. Had one channel cat spit out my damsel, caught a handfull of bluegill. No carp.
 Tying flies for Holt's trip to Scotland. And a Whisky tasting
 Looked down and noticed I stepped on a water snake.
 Wet flies for Scotland. We looked at a Scottish site and didn't have the materials. We improvised.
 Donna with a nice Roaches Run striper on Saturday. It was way to hot and humid.
 Damsel on damsel action.
 Tabatha with her 2nd fly caught fish. On a damsel. On a 4wt rod too.
 Gene hooking up with some stripers on Saturday at Gravelly.
 I stopped at Gravelly one night last week. Was getting double hook ups on the swing.
 One of the fish I caught at Gravelly. SO pretty.
 Anyone else have an infestation of these outside their house at night?
 A Hendricks and Fever Tree tonic outside in the heat.

 
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