Monday, December 9, 2013

WorldCast Anglers Mexico Trip Report!



 

Snook, tarpon, bonefish and laughs were all in great abundance during  the 2013 Fall Classic at PlayaBlanca Mexico with WorldCast Anglers.  Mike Dawes and Jim Hickey of WorldCast Anglers hosted 10 anglers for a week of flats fishing in this idyllic setting.  Each day 7 boats sped into the pristine waters of Espiritu Santu Bay south of Cancun for some of the finest flats fishing for bonefish, tarpon, snook, and permit in the world.  The guests of Playa Blanca had the whole bay almost to themselves.  


On this year’s edition of the Fall Classic the fishing for baby tarpon, snook  and bonefish was exceptionally productive.  Heavy rains in the previous weeks had given the bay a large infusion of freshwater.  As a result, the backcountry flats species were very happy and hungry.  Anglers jumped dozens of tarpon and snook and landed even more bonefish.  Ben Cart completed the Slam, landing permit (21 pounds!), bonefish, and tarpon all in one day, and Whitney McDowell and Kay Jones both completed the Super Slam, landing permit, bonefish, tarpon and snook all in one day.  The group celebrated all of the angling accomplishments during the week over cocktails in the beach-side tiki bar and during gourmet dinners each night.  


The charter flight off the Island at the end of the week was bittersweet – memories of exciting fishing and day dreams of the next trip back to the flats of Mexico.  
                 

Be sure to contact WorldCast Anglers if you have any questions about this trip or any other Fly Fishing Travel opportunities.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

WCA Mongolia Trip Report!!!

In the first week of October, WorldCast Anglers hosted its annual trip to the Onon River in Northeastern region of Mongolia in pursuit of the legendary Taimen. This year’s group of anglers arrived from across the world including Hong Kong, Beijing, Colorado and Southern California. Apart from one trip host, CG Sipe (WorldCast Anglers' Outfitting Manager), this was everyone’s first time to Mongolia and first Taimen fishing trip.


Following a beautiful charter flight from the capital city of Ulaanbaatar to the remote river town of Binder, the group arrived on the banks of the Onon only to realize that the river was high, very high. In fact, the Onon was receding from a 100 year flood caused by some very significant spring and summer rainfall. The WorldCast trip is always slotted for the fifth of the six weeks that Mongolia River Outfitters does each summer and fall on the Onon. Looking at the state of the river, one could only imagine how it must have appeared and fished during the season’ first week. Thankfully, the clarity was improving daily and subsequently the fishing was as well.


Six full days of fishing and 67 river miles later, everyone on the trip caught at least one Taimen including a couple fish over the 40 inch mark. One of the best parts of the Onon River as a fishery is the diversity of species. Apart from the prized Taimen, many other unique species native to central Asia including the Amur Trout (up to 24 inches), the Lenok Trout and even the Amur Pike were caught over the course of the trip. In spite of unfavorable river conditions, the fishing success of the trip is a true testament to the guiding capabilities of the staff at Mongolia River Outfitters.


Beyond the fishing, Mongolia River Outfitters and Nomadic Journeys worked tirelessly to provide an amazingly comfortable and enjoyable remote camping experience. The fire warmed, cozy ger (Mongolian yert) camps in a new, spectacular settings each night awaited the group after long days of casting 9wts and giant streamers. A hot camp shower followed by a glass of wine and full of plate of local Mongolian inspired comfort food amongst wonderful company was the ultimate finish to each spectacular day on the Mongolian Steppe.


The cherry on the top for the entire group was the cultural and historical education that accompanied the trip. Not only is the upper Onon River the birthplace of the infamous Chinggis Khan and the origin of the Mongolian Empire, the camp leader Honda often told historic Mongolian tales and explained the significance of many Mongolian traditions and norms. For instance, Honda would bathe in the frigid river (high 40’s Fahrenheit) every day because it is considered healthy in Mongolian lore to swim in the cold water and weather as winter approaches. Special anecdotes about the local history and customs were among many of the illuminating and unique aspects of the trip that make it much more than simply a fishing adventure.


 Once again, another group of WCA hosted anglers left Mongolia with the gratification of catching the remarkable and predatory Taimen amongst many other species along with the satisfaction of seeing, feeling and tasting part of a fascinating and unique civilization.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Summer Time Lapses from 2013!



Now that summer time is over, we all have a little extra free time to reflect on the season behind us and get ready for the winter ahead.  This usually entails going back through photos, text and stories that we enjoyed from the summer fishing season and reflecting upon all those places that we have grown to love and fish.  

Check out some timelapses from some of our favorite places like the South Fork Hilton and Cottonwood Camp on the South Fork of the Snake, the WCA Fly Shop, and Lower Mesa Falls.  Thanks to everyone that helped make our summer season one of the best yet! 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Streamers are the pick to win during the fall!

WCA Guide and Shop Staff Member Ben Rodgers

Its that time of year.  The time we all love.  Things have slowed down and the fishing improves.  The leaves are changing, the days are cooler and the brown trout are aggressive.  It's Fall in Teton Valley and Jackson Hole!  To be honest, the is nothing like it.

Fishing on the South Fork, Teton River, and Henry's Fork has been spectacular that past two weeks.  Baetis are hatching and the trout are looking up.  Dry fly fishing has been good on favorable weather days.  Streamers have proved to be effective, especially on the South Fork and lower Teton River.  Flows are low, so fish can be warey and spooky this time of year; however, they are hungry!


A Streamer got the best of this South Fork Brown Trout!

The current water drawdown schedule on the Snake River will end on October 15th.  Look for fishing conditions to improve on the Snake River as flows stabilize and settle down.  Unfortunately, Flat Creek, Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park are all closed due to the Federal Government Shut Down.  Hopefully they will get their act together so we can go fish the Lewis Channel before it closes on the first weekend of November!


Curious about Streamers?  We have compiled a collection of our favorite streamers to target fish during the fall fly fishing season!  It is everything you need to target the big fish we love while the leaves are changing.  We'll even throw in a free WCA Fly Box and Sticker with each purchase.  Available via the WorldCast Anglers Online Store!  Free USPS shipping with any domestic purchase over $50.00!

Selection includes:
2 - Flesh Meatstick #4
2 - JJ CH Sparkle Minnow #4
2 - Sculpin CH Sparkle Minnow #6
2 - Black Dungeon #2
2 - CH White Zuddler #4
2 - Sculpzilla #4
2 - Lead Eye Olive Bugger #6
2 - CH JJ Special #6
2 - McCune's Sculpin #4
2 - Natural Dungeon #2


Friday, September 27, 2013

Snake River Flows to drop on 9/30/13


As summer leaves Jackson Hole and Teton Valley, fall arrives with open and welcome arms.  Day time temperatures as decreasing, we are receiving precipitation and gone are the days of the heat and dryness.  Fishing has improved with the cooler water temps as fish get ready for the long winter ahead.  This also means a change of flows on many of our area rivers.

The ramp down schedule for the Snake River at Jackson Lake Dam is listed above and scheduled from 9/30/13 to 10/15/13.

Henry's Fork Ora Bridge Rainbow

The Henry's Fork has come back into shape during the last couple of weeks and has been offering some great fishing opportunities.  Plenty of Baetis have been hatching and providing some good times chasing fish with dries.  Nymphing with baetis imitations, zebra midges, small pheasant tails, SJ worms and rubberlegs has been very productive as well as stripping streamers.  Fall on the Henry's can be very hard to beat.

WCA Guide Kasey Collins

While the South Fork defiantly had it's slow times during the previous portion of this month of September, fishing has picked up and improving daily.  Guide Kasey Collins shows off a great South Fork Brown trout his client caught while fishing streamers on the upper section.  There were plenty of other fish landed as well and we forecast the fishing to only improve as water temperatures cool down.  Baetis have also been spotted but let's be honest, we all love tossing streamers on the South Fork this time of year!

Dry Fly Fishing on the Teton River

Don't forget about the Teton River, the Snake in Jackson this time of year, as well as Flat Creek and the Green.  Our fish are defiantly reacting to the cooler temperatures and enjoying it very much.  The summer crowds are gone, the fish are happy and hungry and the bugs are hatching.  Defiantly a good combination and formula to create some great fall days on the water!


Friday, September 20, 2013

Anglo American withdraws from Pebble Mine!!!

Whether you are a salmon, steelhead or rainbow angler, this is important.  Whether you have visited Alaksa before or never plan on steeping foot in that US Sate, this is important.  It is an issue that effects all fisherman and the resources that we love and love to protect, because we love to fish.  It is an example that if we stand up and express our disapproval as angler and conservations, we can win a fight and eventually win the war!

On Monday, September 16th, 2013, the major partner behind the proposed Pebble Mine has decided to exit the project.


“The American people have spoken: they simply do not want the Pebble Mine built on top of one of the world’s great sport and commercial fisheries,” said Tim Bristol, Director of Trout Unlimited’s Alaska Program. “The EPA should quickly finalize its Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment and use its Clean Water Act authority to ensure the long term protection of Bristol Bay and its fishery. The science supports it, Alaskans support it, and hunters and anglers across the lower 48 support the EPA as well.”


Check out the Alaska Dispatch Article for more details!

However, the fight is not over!

Please help  in any of the following ways:

-Spread the press release below, discussing the overwhelming public support shown for EPA protecting Bristol Bay. The release is available online at http://www.savebristolbay.org/blog/sportsmen-to-epa-stop-pebble

-Check out the posts on https://www.facebook.com/SaveBristolBay, the Save Bristol Bay Facebook group. There will be info graphics and posts all week, discussing the support shown nationally, in Alaska, and in Bristol Bay. Please re-post throughout the week!

-Post the story (above) of Anglo American’s decision to exit the Pebble project, along with Tim Bristol’s (Trout Unlimited) statement above.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Casting 4 A Cure on the South Fork!


Casting 4 A Cure from Trout TV on Vimeo.


"Casting 4 A Cure started with a need to help a little girl live a life up to her full potential. And an idea to connect that need with an industry filled with compassionate, caring, and generous people. By combining two of his passions, fly fishing and fund-raising, Bill Farnum and his wife Beth set off to help save their daughter Ella from a cruel and destructive disorder that has taken much from her and thousands of girls like her."


WorldCast Anglers is a proud sponsor and supporter of Casting 4 A Cure!  We do and help to make every cast one step closure to a cure

Friday, September 6, 2013

Airflo Fly Line Questions Asked and Answered!

If you haven't heard about or seen Airflo fly lines in the WorldCast Angler shop, we apologize.  We have been big fans and advocates of the Airflo products for sometime now and they quickly have been some of our favorite lines to fish with in the Rocky Mountain West, Tropical Destinations throughout the world and their spey lines, heads, and tips are some of the best in the business.

The Super Dri Story

Airflo's new SuperDir Compound is basically like a teflon coated fly line.  They repel water, dirt, and scum better than any fly line on the market while maintaining superior floatability and extreme shootability via the ridge design.  Did we mention they are PVC free so they will not crack and dry out like your normal fly line?  What's not to like here?


Choosing a fly line can be very difficult, especially with all the different options and tapers available. These helpful videos were just released by our friends at Airflo to help describe and break down the barriers of the different fly line tapers and applications.

 Super Dri Xceed Taper

 Super Dri Elite Taper

Super Dri Mend Taper

Super Dri River and Stream Taper


Just to reiterate the Airflo motto - "Float One!"

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Hecuba Drakes Hatching!


To be honest, Timanoga hecuba, or Hecuba as many anglers commonly know it as, is one of our most favorite mayflies.  You ask why?  The Hecuba shows us the first sign of fall.  While the summer heat has been pouring it on us, the rain we have been receiving as of late has helped us cool down.  That in essence has cooled our water temps and kick started some hatches.  Like the Hecuba!  The other key point to remember is that you get to break out your drake fly box that you have stashed away since the end of June and beginning of July.  Get those Green and Grey Drakes out and fish away!


Now for the most important reason the Hecuba is one of our favorite bugs, the fish love them!  The Hecuba, or also called "Snake Drake," is the last large mayfly hatch of the year and the fish really need them to build up energy reserves for the winter.  Think of a bear's eating and consumption program before hibernation!  It's very similar.  As we said, this is the kick off to fall and no one is more excited for fall fishing (and football) than the WCA Guides and Staff.  Maybe the fish are excited too!


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

4th Annual Labor Day Sale!


We know you love a good sale, especially one that involves fly fishing gear.  Don't miss out on the WorldCast Anglers 4th Annual Labor Day Sale!  Save on some of your favorite fly fishing brands and stock up on the bugs for the rest of the year or next summer! 

Also, don't miss out on a fantastic opportunity to win a $50 WCA Gift Card!  Complete our Retail Survey and let us know if there are any angling items that you love, want, need or hate.  Whether you are joining us a WCA guide trip, a local customer stopping in before getting on the water, or just visiting on your trout fishing adventure, we would love to hear from you!  A random winner will be chosen on September 4th, so don't delay!!!

Monday, August 19, 2013

#WydahoSummer Instagram Contest!


We and our friends at Grand Targhee Resort love summer as much as you.  We are in the final home stretch of summer in the Wyoming and Idaho areas and want to see what makes your #wydahosummer special!  Share your #wydahosummer pics via Instagram and tag @worldcast_gofish @Grandtargheeresort and #wydahosummer and you may win a Go Pro Hero 3 Silver Edition, two nights lodging at Grand Targhee Resort and two bike haul lift tickets.  Go Luck!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Smoke Surrounding Teton Valley and Jackson Hole!

Smoky Sunset at WCA Victor

With the consistant hot temperatures, afternoon thunderstorms, and dry conditions; we are experiencing some incredibly beautiful sunrises and sunsets due to the addition of smoke in our atmosphere from wildfires around the region.  The Jackson Hole and Teton Valley area are under a red flag warning for most afternoons.  What does this mean?  The National Weather Service classifies a Red Flag warning as : "A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR."

An expanded version of this red flag warning can be read here.

Most of the smoke we are expericing in the area is coming from Central Idaho as well as Northern Utah.  The Elk Fire in Central Idaho just reached over 123,000 acres and is now 50% contained.  Keep up the good work firefighters!  All fire information can be found at the Incident Information System.  However, campfires and smoking have been banned in central and southwestern Idaho due to dry conditions.  Eastern Idaho currently has no bans in place.

Elk Complex Fire near Mountain Home

If you are out camping, please be careful with any type of flammable source or devices.  We don't want to add to any of the wildfire issues that are being experienced in the Rocky Mountain West.  Once again, there are no fire bans in place for Bridger Teton National Forrest or Caribou Targhee National Forrest

South Fork Rainbow

Unlike many areas of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, Jackson Hole and Teton Valley currently have no major fires in close proximity to our fishing areas.   Fishing in our area is still very good.  Early mornings and late evenings continue to be very productive and the surplus of hoppers and terrestials that tend to thrive in hot summer conditions are provided some great dry fly fishing.  Nocturnal Stones (Classenia Sabulosa/Mutant Stones) are enjoying the cool mornings on the Snake, South Fork and Henry's Fork rivers.  PMD hatches are diminishing as summer progresses and making way for the Mahoganies and Baetis of the fall months.  The Snake and South Fork flows continue to drop and fishing has been consistent.  The first cool down we receive will kick these bugs into high gear!  Get Ready!


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Mutant Stone Provide Action On Top!

With the current water drops on the South Fork and Snake River, we have seen our large dry fly fishing pick up from the Classenia Sabulosa.  Classenia Sabulosa or commonly refereed to as Mutant or Nocturnal Stone, hatch during the middle of the night and skate on the water surface.  Skating big dry fly patterns in the early morning hours can provide some of the greatest takes and eat we see outside of the Salmonfly hatch during the early summer.



The PMDs are on their way out and Mahoganies are on their way in, especially on dark, cloudy days.  Fish are hiding on the riffles and ready to eat but not revealing themselves as much as we would like.  Believe us, they are there but sometimes are difficult to find.



Flat Creek in the National Elk Refuge is now open as well as the other spring creeks in the Jackson Hole area.  If you are looking to get out of the boat and hunt some fish on foot, this will be the place.  Things will be busy out there this time of year so be sure to show up early and be ready to stay out late. 



Summer is in full effect here and water temps are fish can get easily stressed this time of year.  Try to use the strongest tippet available and land fish as quick as possible.  Photos are ok, but minimize your catch's time out of the water




Thursday, July 18, 2013

New WCA Trucker Hats in Stock!!!





Is your favorite fishing hat looking haggard, ratty, and gross.  We'll you are in luck!!!  We received a new shipment of Trucker Hats and they are fresh out of the box.  Don't despair if you are not in town or around the shop!  Check out our webstore, we have 6 different colors this year!  Fish on!!!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

South Fork Fires Up! Teton and Snake Fishing Well!


It's that time of year.  The time of year we all wait for and dream about during the winter months, early spring days on the water and early summer season.  The South Fork Salmonflies have made their way up to the Upper sections of the South Fork.  PMDs, Goldens, and Yellow Sallies are all over the riffles and fish are looking up and consuming dry flies!

The downside: the South Fork will be very busy the next couple of weeks.  Early and late floats are going to be very advantageous as well as thinking outside of the box and getting to water the masses have not touched or fished effectively.  As you may know, the South Fork is a very big river system so it can accommodate a large volume of traffic.  Flows are stable at 12,800 cfs which is very average for the South Fork of the Snake. 

Don't forget about some of our other water and river systems if you don't like the crowds.  The Teton is heating up and we have seen some awesome dry fly fishing and streamer fishing in the Upper Valley sections.  Big Bugs are out in the Canyon section and down low, so you can get your foam fix, not see any people, and enjoy some of the most beautiful surroundings that Rocky Mountain West has to offer.  The Snake continues to run high and get used to it.  It will be that way all summer with 5,000 cfs coming out of Jackson Lake dam until August.  Fishing has improved on the Snake and the Snake River tributaries like the Gros Ventre and Hoback are prime for walk wade fishing!

Our number one tip for the week: get out fish!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Win some custom Kreelex Streamers!


WCA's Mike Dawkins is giving away 20 of his custom tied Kreelexs! These flies are all tied on Gamakatsu Size 1 Jig Hooks and Montana Fly Company Sparkle Eyes. Sign up for our e-newsletter here - http://eepurl.com/BiICn. We will pick a random winner next Friday.  Spread this post and we'll enter your name twice! All email addresses must be confirmed. Good luck!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Henry's Fork Salmonflies!!!!


Henry's Fork Salmonfly
Fishing Report:

The Henry's Fork proves to shine in it's traditional spring fashion.  Caddis and Baetis hatches are diminishing as well as the March Browns; however, Salmonflies are all over the Warm River to Ashton stretch as well as Vernon to Chester.  Golden stones will soon follow.  The Fall River is off color and causing muddy flows below the Chester backwater.  Salmonflies should continue to creep up the river towards Lower Mesa and the Box as warmer weather progresses this week.   The Teton, Snake, Green and Salt are all high and muddy.  The South Fork flow are being dropped as we speak and should be around 13,000 cfs by this weekend.  Nymphing by the dam proves to be productive; however, expect some crowds.  Mud flow from Palisades Creek, Rainey Creek, Fall Creek and Pine Creek make fishing below Spring Creek bridge not the best option.

A Big Brown below Ora Bridge in 2012
Ora Bridge opens this coming weekend and you can bet we are excited as everyone to get up on this piece of water.  Technical nymphing will prevail as the preferred method; however, there is something about his section that everyone really enjoys.  Maybe it is just that we can't fish it all the time!  Days are getting longer and the fishing on the Henry's Fork just keeps getting better.  The Yellowstone National Park Fishing Season opens this Saturday and it looks like the Firehole will be in prime shape.  Look for Caddis, Baetis and Midges if the cooler weather persists.  If the sun pops out, there should be some PMDs to be had.  Also, Salmonflies love the Firehole Canyon, just saying!

Now to gaze into the crystal ball of the summer flows:

The Bureau of Land Reclamation managers have decided to implement the following flow schedule for our local rivers this summer:

-South Fork was raised to 18,000 cfs last week and will be dropping in flow this week to a projected 13,000 cfs by Memorial Day weekend.  While large natural spikes in the hydro-graph are needed and wanted, this is a good compromise and will allow us to get on the South Fork soon than later.  Also, this is prime conditions for the Salmonflies this summer.  Consistent flows from Palisades provide the best opportunities for consistent dry fly fishing opportunities.

-The Snake rivers flows will stay at 4,000 cfs discharge from Jackson Lake Dam all summer.  Cutthroats like water and need plenty of it and they will enjoy the larger than average flows coming out of Jackson Lake Dam all summer.

The Bad News:

"The agency projects to draw down Jackson Lake reservoir to about 18 percent of capacity. At best, the bureau will fill Palisades Reservoir to about 50 percent of capacity before draining it nearly dry to meet irrigation needs in Idaho." - Full Story Here


We have all seen what happens to flows coming out of Palisades Reservoir when it is drained into the single digits capacity level.  Mud and silt are pulled off the lake and river bottom and clarity diminishes.