03/20/09

Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives (Baetis) - sparse hatches
2. Blue Quills - hatching
3. Quill Gordons - hatching
4. Hendricksons - could start within a couple more weeks
5. Little Black Caddis - hatching
6. Little Brown Stoneflies - hatching
7. Midges - hatching in isolated locations
8. Streamers - matching sculpin, baitfish and small crawfish

Fly Rod Weight
First, let me explain that I mean the actual weight of the fly rod, not the weight of the
line it is designed to cast. There has been a lot of recent emphasis put of the
weight of a fly rod. I think this mostly came about with some of the latest "series" of
Orvis fly rods. I'll have to go back and look. I get them mixed up. Lets see, they had
the Helios or was it the zero gravity that was lighter than air? I think the T3 rod is
three years old so I suppose it is obsolete. At least they claim that weight is a big
part of their reason one series is better than another - whichever series it was or
still is. Orvis, along with other manufacturers, have got the weight of the fly rods
down so low, it feels like you have a feather in your hand instead of a fly rod. If they
didn't have a fly reel on them and a fly line, you would have to hold them tightly to
prevent them from blowing away on most western streams. I am making a joke of it
but I actually do like the light weight feel. They do cast easier or at least they feel
like they do. I just think some of the rod companies have overdone it.

It is too sad that they can't get the weight of the fly lines down. They can of course,
but the light lines will not cast as far as the heavier lines. When you cast a fly you
are actually casting the weight of the fly line. It has to weight something or it
wouldn't cast, would it? Try casting sewing thread.  Instead of a 4 weight rod you
can get a 3 weight fly rod that is lighter. What you can't get is a 4 weight fly line that
is lighter than a three weight fly line. There is no zero gravity weight fly line. If
Scientific Anglers keeps putting little dents in their Shark Skin lines they may wind
up weighting nothing. That would be great. If they weighted nothing most likely the
fish couldn't see them.

I noticed the Feds are going to cut the interest rate down to a half of one percent.
Now that is pretty low, isn't it? I was wondering if they could get it down below zero
percent. That way they would be paying us money to borrow it. Wouldn't that be
great. I would borrow a bunch if that were the case. Heck, I probably wouldn't qualify
though. I probably don't need it badly enough.

I'm am getting completely off the subject but back to the fly rods, I wonder if they will
ever be able to get a fly rod that weights less than nothing or zero. Maybe if they
find water on the moon (those finger canals Jimmy Carter thinks are there), then
maybe we could use a fly rod that at least felt like it weighted less than nothing to
catch the Marsion trout. A fly rod that weights three ounces doesn't weight much,
does it?

How do they make some fly rods that weight less than other fly rods? Lets see - you
could make them slimmer and thinner and folks wouldn't notice that much. You
could make the handles with a smaller diameter. You could get them down to where
it felt like you was holding a pencil. I guess you could use hollow guides instead of
solid metal guides. I guess you could add some boron.

How do they even go about making a fly rod? I see videos and DVDs on how you
can make them but when it gets down to it, all of them show how to add handles to
blanks that someone already made. Even the handles are usually already made by
someone. So are the guides. You don't really make them, you just add them to a
blank with thread and glue. You can't get much lighter than cork. I guess you could
use hollow cork. How do they get the fly rods so light. Why is it so important to get
the weight lighter?

It seems that light fly rods would be easier to cast over a period of a long time, such
as all day long. At least I don't give out casting my four weights like I do casting my
twelve weight. Thank goodness you don't blind cast to tarpon or only the steroid
guys would be able to fish for them.

Tomorrow I will write about how they make fly rods. Not how they assemble parts to
make a fly rod but how they make the fly rod blanks. I have been dealing with that
subject a lot during the past year.

Copyright 2009 James Marsh