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It may not feel like spring in much of the country (I awoke to snow flurries), but the days are certainly getting longer. Fred is still in Montana and keeps fishing the Missouri River between Craig and Great Falls. Stacy is stalking the beaches and off-shore reaches of the southern Baja Peninsula, chasing Rooter Fish and whatever else will eat a fly.  Baja Beach Rooster FishHe now has a 23’ Cobia in the Cabo harbor to base from.  I know he made it down safely, after driving up and back from Tucson to fetch it.  I’m waiting for the first fishing report.  Stacy will be ready to host some trips on the Baja in 2012 and I hope to join him along with some of you.

Get Connected

Facebook for those that fishMystic Waters is connected on Facebook, Twitter, WordPress and Blogger. The Social Network is unavoidable these days and truly is a useful way to follow and connect with your friends, the businesses you support and the topics (like fly fishing) that you love.  If you are on Facebook, please stop by and “Like” Mystic Waters Fly Fishing. Even if you are not on Facebook, you can still check out the Mystic Waters Fly Fishing Page to see what is happening.

I have been maintaining this blog for a couple years now. I also feature a site for seasonal fishing reports at http://www.kenairiverfishingreport.com Using a smart phone, I will be able to update regularly this coming season.  Over the next few weeks, I plan to rebuild mysticfishing.com to include the blog and a storefront for some upcoming logo apparel.  I hope you follow along.  Look for the new mysticwaters.com very soon.

Dates to Consider for 2011

Searching for SalmonYou are going to need a shoe horn to find space from mid August through September.  There are still some open dates scattered between June 11 and August 18. October remains an excellent month to fish the Kenai and we are taking reservations to the 15th.  Some of our best rainbows come in the late fall as well as some impressive silvers.

I am entering my fourth spring in Montana. Despite some lousy weather this year, I love it here. Several Mystic Waters guests and friends have dropped by and fished with me on the Missouri River.  I will soon have my Montana Guide license and plan to do some guiding here before the Kenai calls again.

The Good Stuff

If you fish often, then you certainly love great fly fishing gear.  When you join Mystic Waters, you get to use the good stuff.

For 2011, our primary brands are SageRossBeulahRio, Airflo, and Simms.  This is not to say we don’t use others, but that we feature these premium brands to help make your time on the water more enjoyable.

Deathstar RainbowLast season, I picked up a Sage 10’7wt TCX.  It fished great for large trout and silvers and was my favorite single hand streamer rod.  I also fished with the infamous “Deathstar”; the 12’6” 7wt. spey rod that George Cook nicknamed, because it can cast line to a far off galaxy.  It worked on everything from Anchor River Kings to Sockeye and big Rainbows and Silvers on the Kenai.  It even pulled some nice browns from the Missouri River in Montana.  This year, I am adding the new TCX 11’9” 6wt Switch Rod.

Ross has unveiled the new “revolutionary” F1 Reel.  Can’t wait to see how it rolls. We feature many great Ross Reels on our fly rods.  I’ve been fishing the 8wt Essence FW for several seasons and it continues to be one of the most pleasant casting 9’ 8 weights I have thrown.  We also fished the 12’6” 6wt Reach Spey rod.  It was deadly for sockeye salmon and worked out well for a fair number of big trout and silvers.  Ross also added some new 5 and 6wt Reach rods to the line up that look interesting.

Leaping Silver Salmon on the Kenai RiverBeulah is a great company for switch and spey rods at a reasonable price. I fished the 11’7” 5wt Platinum Spey last season.  It quickly became my favorite trout rod for nymphing and swinging lighter streamers.  From the drift boat, it became the favored rod of any guest who fished it, and was responsible for landing some impressive fish throughout the season. I’ve had the pleasure of spending time on the Missouri River with Bruce Berry (pro staff/rep) for Beulah, and had my spey casting tuned up a bit.

Rio continues to offer the largest variety of specialty lines. I had great success with the clear intermediate Outbound.  I have also found that the 8wt Rio Grand works well as a switch line for spey casting with my 10’ 6wt XPs.  This year, Rio has added a Switch Line to their inventory, and I can’t wait to run it.  I just ordered the complete set of MOW (spey) Tips in the Medium and Heavy weights to cover all water levels and sinking tip needs.

Airflo – Ridge lines have become my standard on the trout rods and I love them.  I started using the Supple Impact last season.  The ridge design works very well and they are durable and perform day after day without constant attention.  They cast and fish like no other.  On the spey side, the Skagit Compact designed by my friend Tom Larimer is the bomb for launching sink tips.

Proudly wearing Simms WadersSimms – Simms is the king when it comes to the soft gear that I rely on day in and day out.  I can’t imagine working through the fishing season without them.  I use the G4 waders and jacket. I rotate several soft shells and the River Tech top is one of my all-time favorites.  The Rivershed Boot with the new streamtread soles has been my footwear of choice.  I like the long sleeved solarflex shirts for any day of the season.  They work for layering in cold weather and as the perfect sun shield layer when it gets hot.

What Else:

I’m becoming a regular contributor to Fish Alaska Magazine.  My third article is coming out in May, with others soon to follow.  Since you enjoy Alaska Fishing, you might enjoy checking out Fish Alaska’s interactive website.

Simms Fish BowlI’m heading down to Bozeman in a week for the 2011 Simms Ice Out Guide Event.  It was great fun last year and looks to be even more action packed this time around.  I look forward to meeting up with guide associates and friends from Alaska, Montana and around the country.

At the end of the month, I am flying to Florida to meet up with my buddy Captain Eric Lund.  Eric and two other guide associates will be hosting me along with a small party of Mystic Waters Fly Fishing guests.  We will be chasing Tarpon on-the-fly along with all the other inshore and flats glamor species.

Roland Martin

We will be staying on a property owned by Roland Martin.  Talk about legendary.  I can’t wait, and I’ll be providing blog and social media updates during and after the trip.

In 2012, we are planning a trip to the incredible bonefish flats of Andros South. We are also considering a Fly Fishing for Kings option in Western Alaska and of course Stacy will be dialed in for Baja.  Stay tuned and let us know if you would like us to put you on a list for specific details on any or all of these options.

Let’s Stay Connected

Kenai Moose CalvesIf you avoid all the social connectivity tools, you can still fire me an email or a text. Even if you are not planning to fish with Mystic Waters this season, I’d love to hear about where you are going.  If you have time to share a story from a previous trip, I’d love to hear about it and possibly use it for a new blog post.  I know there are lots of great stories and pictures out there among you.

Tight Lines and I hope to see you on the Mystic Waters very soon!

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Rainbow Trout

Fred is in Montana and has been fishing the Missouri River between Craig and Great Falls.

Stacy is stalking the beaches of Baja chasing a very special fish.  I am waiting for a new report.

Our Alaska fishing will begin in June with the opening of Trout season the 11th .

This is a Pink Salmon (even year), so late fall fishing should not be missed for fat and greedy Troutzilla’s

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Denny Crum 30inch Rainbow

September Madness

It may be March madness now and Denny is off following and commentating on the games, but come September, he will be on the Kenai.  Here is a picture of his 30″ rainbow from last season.  Now he will be going bigger.

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Noteworthy Gear

I am adding a Sage 7126 TCX  (12’6″ 7wt), 7100 TCX (10′ 7wt) and a Beulah 11’7″ 5wt Trout Spey to my arsenal this year (so far).  There are so many great new rods, reels and fly lines on the market, that the choices can be mind boggling.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about possible new gear purchases.  I know quite a few people in the fly fishing industry and have a general knowledge of many of the products as well as some opinions of my own.

I will be rolling with SageRossBeulahRio and Airflo.

Sage – I am holding on to my XPs, but the  newer ZAxis and TCX rods are truly great. The Sage 4500 and 6000 series reels work very well.

Ross – Check out the new Evolution LT for a fantastic trout reel. The new Momentum LT is great for larger game.

Beulah – Great company for switch and spey rods at a reasonable price.

Rio – The largest variety of specialty lines. Check out the Outbound and Clouser Lines for streamers.

Airflo – Ridge lines are on my trout rods and I love them.

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Dates to Consider

Mike King had planned two visits this season.  He still has his August week, but June 14-18 is open due to some conflicts with his party.  This is a great time for chrome sockeye and opportunistic rainbows.  The following week of June 21 to 25 also has space.  Last season, we were quickly limiting on 6 sockeye and experiencing steady trout fishing afterward during this window.

Bob Shannon has had the third week of September booked for the last eight years.  His daughter sprang a wedding on him, so September 20-24 is now open.  If anyone is interested in these prime dates, please let me know right away.  This is a pink year, so fishing should be very good on the Upper and the Middle Kenai during this week.  We will expect some very big rainbows and some of the first big late run silver salmon.

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Today was a beautiful day in Great Falls Montana and I really felt the pull of the Missouri River. Over the next few months and before I head back to Cooper Landing, I plan to spend time on Montana waters for some great spring fishing. Several Mystic Waters guests from Colorado and Idaho are planning to join me and check out fishing on the MO. I can have my boat in prime trout water in 30-60 min from home or put it in right around the corner in town for walleye and a few lower river browns.

The Kenai awaits in June and I look forward to seeing many familiar and a few new faces this coming season.  If you are sitting on any good pictures or have any interesting tidbits to add for a posting, please let me know.  I am always interested to hear what Mystic Waters guests are doing or planning.

Tight Lines and See You on the Mystic Waters

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