|French Broad Rainbow On The Abel Reel|
Packing my new Abel Reel and Fall River Bamboo rod I went in search of new water. The Chattooga was preempted by a desire to do something different. My target - The delayed harvest section of the East Fork French Broad River in western North Carolina.
I had never fished The East Fork but it is somewhat legendary among the TU chapters and Fly shops around the South East. I figured with my Abel Reel and Bamboo stick as my weapons I would finally go and see what all the fuss was about.
When I arrived at the East Fork, I suited up and braced myself for the cold water. As expected, the cool mountain nights had chilled the water and with a few shadows along the river bank still showing traces of snow, I began to fish.
new Bamboo rod. Luckily not long after the sun cleared the trees, the ice gave way to a great morning and plenty of fish to be caught.
After trying my luck with nymphing and having only the moderate success of hooking into four fish (not landing any of them) and hooking myself, I paused a moment to look over the water. It was then that I noticed fish rising to take small midges. Quickly I cut the nymphs loose and tied on a small hackled fly I call the Orange Brookie Killer. To be honest I am sure it has another name since I got the recipe from an old man I met at the last Fly Fishing Show up in Ashville but He never named it and and I never asked.
The Brookie Killer
-Dry Fly Hook
-Hot Orange 6/0 Thread
-Light Dun Hackle
All the brookies I caught with a dry fly on this trip (with the exception of one caught on a black midge) were caught using this simple Orange fly. As if to prove my point, a Brown I tried catching late in the day refused this very fly time and time again until I changed it to a black version of the same fly. The brook trout pictured above however tore the hackle right off the fly.
Abel Reel worked on the Bamboo well I can honestly say that this Abel was the finest reel I have ever fished with. If you looked up smooth in the dictionary I believe that it would have a picture of this reel next to it. It looked awesome on the Fall River Bamboo rod and it had the perfect weight to balance the fishing action. The 5W line I put on with the modest 25y of backing was the perfect fit. The color, the clicking, the drag, even the reel seat made this the absolute perfect fit for this rod.
Abel web site I was amazed at their take on ordering your own reel. Their new Reel Designing tool allows you to pick your reel, choose the style, and then gives you so many options for customization that it makes your head spin. They even have an option to have beautiful artwork from the likes of Derek DeYoung (although it is pronounced the same - there is no relation to your truly) as a finish on your reel. If that isn't enough, you can choose the color of the working parts of the reel such as the handle and drag knob. Finally to top it all off - this is an American made product. How could I not try and send some business their way.
The price for the customization can get a bit pricey but the quality of this product is something you cant beat. It is something you could save up for and have no regrets purchasing. I feel proud that I will be able to hand this down to my kids and hopefully they could do the same for theirs. This Abel Reel will be in my family for a long long time.
And now for the FREE STUFF. I have been blessed with the growing success of my art and this blog. I have been presented with ever expanding opportunities to grow my artistic talents as well as my fishing knowledge through the use of this blog and my HexFishing.com site. Over the years many of you have purchased or received something of mine and many more have encouraged me more than you will know so I have decided to do something special. Today I will give away an few gifts to those that have kept me going.
But as my dad always says, nothing is free. This contest is however very easy to enter. Just follow the instructions at the bottom of the post.
|West Slope Cutthroat|
How to enter:
All you need to do is leave a comment on this post no later than midnight EST on March 15th indicating that you would like enter.
For additional points towards winning these prizes indicate that you have shared or re-posted this contest on your own blog.
For extreme extra points indicate you have shared this contest on a social networking site(s) (such as Facebook or Google+). I am not on Facebook (please hold your smirks) but I am told you can re-post something there.
On March 15 (or 16th) I will post the winner of these prizes which will be chosen by taking all the entries and doing it old school - drawing names from a hat. I will then get in contact with you for your shipping address. That is people, it just that simple. Good Luck and share the wealth!