Short casts: The lure of bass; taimen research; the double-haul; and a floating tent

Photo courtesy of Hatch Magazine.

Like John Tobey, who crafted this excellent piece in Hatch Magazine, mo

st bass I’ve caught in recent years turned up while I was fishing for trout. I remember one sultry June evening on the Housatonic, while casting high-floating Adams at rising browns, when a gnarly smallmouth hit the fly in a riffle. Accidental bass.

Tobey, too, pens this piece from a trout angler’s perspective, only to realize that bass, while maybe not the sexiest of targets for fly rodders, have an allure all their own. If you’ve ever chased bass on the fly, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Here’s what else is happening the fishing world today:

  • The University of Nevada-Reno might be leading the way in taimen research, having collected 10 years of data on this massive trout that lives in Mongolia, eastern Russia and China.
  • Still struggling with the tricky double-haul cast? It’s not as tough as it looks, as Bruce Richards explains.
  • Former Buffalo Sabre Jim Lorentz scored 70 goals in 1974-75, and helped lead his team to the Stanley Cup finals against Philadelphia. Now he’s written a fishing book.
  • Louis Cahill reminds us that streamers aren’t just for big water. The work in small water, too.
  • For $1,500, you can have your own floating tent. Seriously. The Fiberglass Manifesto’s Cameron Mortenson offers up a preview.

And, finally, your moment of fly-fishing Zen:

Photo courtesy of the University of Nevada-Reno.

By Chris Hunt.