By Austin Green – Check out the original post on the 3-TAND.COM Blog!
The species known as the “fish of ten thousand casts” becomes no more predictable when you have a video camera on the boat. No amount of heavy planning or whether watching guarantees you capturing an eat while you are recording. Being with the right guide, in the right boat, and on the right river does boost your chances, however, training your batteries and memory cards to last an entire day of rolling can be improbable—nor is it realistic to keep your eyes glued to the LCD monitor all day long. Once in a blue moon a filmmaker gets lucky, and has the camera rolling at the right time, and in the right direction.
While filming in Virginia with Rock On Charters, I was mid-interview with Josh Laferty when such luck was afforded to us. Josh was wrapping up a comment about the success of musky research in Virginia, when in the top left corner of the frame, Mark Erdosy hooks into a feisty Musky. Zooming out and quickly finding focus, I managed to seamlessly capture the fight and netting of the fish. Mark joyously holds up his fish exclaiming, “Third Musky ever, second with Rock On Charters. Pretty badass time in Virginia!” You can’t plan a scene like that.
Every filmmaker needs a break on the boat, particularly when playing the role of cinematographer in a film focusing primarily on Musky. On every leg of filming Pursuing Esox, I have put the camera back in its case, and picked up a fly rod. When I am fishing for any big predator, I prefer the 3-TAND T-Series. Most Musky and Pike won’t ever get on the drag of your reel, and one could easily catch a trophy Esox of any sort with just a line and rod. However, I enjoy traveling around with a T-90 for other reasons than its drag performance. In my opinion, the most crucial attribute is its durability.
I can beat up the T-90 on muddy, rocky Musky Rivers for months on end through the winter, and without any maintenance, I can take off to New Orleans and put a thirty pound redfish on its drag. It is dependable, it is tough, and it never underperforms. The 3-TAND T-90 is my reel of choice when fishing in extreme conditions—and the reel that lives in my rod case when filming Pursuing Esox.
The Uncommon Angler is excited to announce our partnership with 3-TAND Fly Reels! Austin Green is proudly a member of their Pros+Bros team and we look forward to continuing fishing, photographing, and filming with their reels! Their new website looks incredible–be sure to check it out and buy a new reel. A huge thanks to Ron, John, and Alex!
We are so grateful to have our article “Pursuing Esox” featured in this month’s online issue of This Is Fly Magazine! Jeff Brennan wrote the words and I took the photos! A huge thanks to everyone who helped make this project (the article and the documentary) possible! You all know who you are: Katie Blizzard, Brian Bergeson, Jon Bukowski, Kevin Ramirez, Brian Cadoret, Charlie Gordon, David Hegburg, Adam Silvis, Mike Ball, and Justin Damude! The list goes on and on and on, with too many to remember!
Check it out here: http://www.thisisfly.com/issue52_4.html?startPage=70&
We are having a great season of smallmouth bass fishing! Katie Blizzard and I have been tearing of the smallies since late-April and we are continuing to catch them extremely consistently. A lot of the bass are on the smaller side, but we are also landing some hogs! The bass are extremely eager to take black wholly buggers, bucktail minnows, and Pat Cohen’s Fat Head Deceivers. While fishing deeper holes, a good sinking line is a must. Otherwise, fat-shooting head bass floating lines are the way to go. A good, short 6 weight is our go-to. We use FlyStik’s and CLAs from Ross–paired with Sage or Airflo Bass Taper fly lines.
Very excited to have Jaybo Art producing the logo for our documentary “Pursuing Esox!” A very polished first draft will appear in a cut of the documentary created for the Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) to Benefit CCA Maryland in Annapolis, MD tomorrow evening!
Check out all of his work at www.jaybofishart.com!
The pickerel season is heating up! May is the month, so grab your 6wt and head to your local pickerel waters. Katie Blizzard landed this beautiful fish on a Stryker’s Custom Flies buck-tail minnow. The Pickerel have been slamming buck-tail flies in color variations of white, white & tan, light brown & tan, chartreuse & white, and chartreuse & orange. Be sure to use a short length of bite tippet (we prefer 20 pound fluorocarbon) to avoid breaking off. Their teeth are very sharp, so avoid putting your finger in their mouth and behind their gill plates. Be sure to remove all of your flies with pliers, and de-barb all of your hooks ahead of time to make this process easier–and to protect the health of the fish and the people on your boat.