Fly Fishing in Slow Motion..

Fly Fishing in Slow Motion..

Fly Fishing requires one to slow down and focus on the task at hand.

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The Beauty of Fly Fishing!

Fly Fishing has and will always be an art practiced and sought out by those with a adventurous spirit! Fly Fishing gives the angler the challenge of slowing down and connecting with the elements. The key in becoming a successful fly fisher is harnessed with the ability to slow down ones mind.

The truth of the matter is; most people who want to learn how to fly fish will never become successful at catching fish because they don’t take the time  to slow down. We are not being dogmatic by any means but our world is cluttered with one challenge after another. The pursuit of living a satisfying life seems to be a daunting task and doesn’t make room for meditation.

But out of the cloud caused by the giant rat race comes the few who find their strengths through fly fishing. These people have a hunger for life and it’s adventure. They seem to leave their work at work and hone in on the task at hand. The journey they are on is met with one joy after another.

It brings us great joy to see not only individuals but family’s leave their struggles behind and connect with the outdoors. We also understand that there are a lot of people who want to start fly fishing but can never find the time. With this in mind we have brought together our experience and information across the web to get you motivated  and make time to #optoutside!

Our First Fly Fishing Resource is a video by Latitude Guiding. Enjoy!

Did you notice how beautiful the day was? Perfect Fly Fishing Weather!

It’s days like these that make catching fish just that much more rewarding. A huge part of  their success was slowing down and reading the water. In the beginning it showed them tying on a couple of dry flies. This required them to focus and think about what was hatching and what the fish were eating.

Key tip to remember:

They also were very cautious and stayed a good distance away from the fish.

Our next resource is a fly casting video by Orvis. This video will help you gain confidence with your cast and motivate you to try out your new skills.

 

Whether your just learning how to fly fish or have been fly fishing forever, perfecting the basic cast is the foundation to your overall success on the water. Orvis has always put out great how to fly casting videos and we encourage you to read up on ways to improve your casting.

Last but not least is another amazing video put out by Todd Moen. Here we will learn about the entomology of the water through observation.

Just a little bit of love!! 

Huge brown trout in Montana are an amazing fish to catch. As you may have noticed the hatch of the day were PMDs and boy oh boy were the fish hungry. The number one thing we hope you take away from this video:

Fish are selective about their food. Did you see the huge selection of different sizes and colored flies they had? Matching the hatch is crucial if you want to be successful on the water.

Today we have focused on three key elements of fly fishing:

  1. Slowing Down– Taking the time to take it all in.
  2. Fly Casting– Presenting the fly in a manner that fools the fish.
  3. Entomology– Matching the hatch means more fish.

We hope you enjoyed these videos as much as we did. As you continue to learn more about fly fishing, remember to slow down and take fly fishing one step at a time. What seems impossible will become easy if you practice a few simple disciplines on the water. If you enjoyed these videos and want to learn more please feel free to join Seamwater on the journey of fly fishing in slow motion. Fish On!

The Psychology of Fly Fishing

The Psychology of Fly Fishing

 

A study in the Psychology of Fly Fishing shows to be one of the best methods to cope with stress and enjoy the human experience.

 

Healing Waters from Brent Foster (Foster Visuals) on Vimeo.

It has been proven that the Art of fly fishing gives one the ability

to focus on the task at hand.The psychology of fly fishing has become a study to help civilians, Enlisted men, women and veterans, cope with stress.

As a Marine Veteran, I have found fly fishing not only rewarding but also a way to cope with the stress of everyday life and that of past experiences.

It has been a motivation of mine to connect others with this amazing sport and reap the benefits it offers. There has been a great amount of work done by the medical field to prove the benefits of fly fishing on the brain. Take a look at this study done by Harvard!

In the mid-nineteenth century, the avid fly-fisherman and physician James A. Hensall, MD, elucidated what for many is the allure of that often solitary form of angling. “Fly-fishers,” he said, “are usually brain-workers in society. Along the banks of purling streams, beneath the shadows of umbrageous trees, or in the secluded nooks of charming lakes, they have ever been found, drinking deep of the invigorating forces of nature—giving rest and tone to over-taxed brains and wearied nerves—while gracefully wielding the supple rod, the invisible leader, and the fairylike fly.”

What is it about this so-called quiet sport, with its incantation of rod and fly, river, and nature, a sport of both stealth and strategy, that helps to lessen stress and calm the brain? Herbert Benson, MD ’61, the Mind Body Medicine Professor of Medicine at HMS and director emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital, says humankind has learned over millennia how to turn off stress by “breaking the train of everyday thinking.”

“What better example of this than fly-fishing,” says Benson, “with the repetitive back-and-forth motion of the rod and line and fly? You’re focusing on where that fly is going to land on the water and that breaks the train of everyday thought.”

Sensing danger

Many fishing historians credit the first use of an artificial fly for fishing to Macedonian fisherman whose technique was described by Claudius Aelianus, a Roman author, in one of his works produced near the end of the second century: “They throw their snare, and the fish, attracted and maddened by the color, comes straight at it, thinking from the pretty sight to gain a dainty mouthful; when, however, it opens its jaw, it is caught by the hook, and enjoys a bitter repast, a captive.”

Today, in the United States, more than 38 million people participate in the sport annually, mostly on cold-water rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds west of the Mississippi River.

The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation and the Outdoor Foundation reports that among the people in this country hope to take up fly-fishing and other forms of angling, 38 percent say they see fishing as a means to relax and relieve stress. Many of these prospective anglers think the soothing sound of flowing water and the pull of a fishing line would be enough to drive their stress away.

That stress response is triggered when we perceive threats to our well-being. This protective mechanism has given humans an edge when faced with a life-threatening situations throughout the millennia. Although we don’t face some of the dangers of yesteryear, such as being chronically vulnerable to death or injury, the modern stressful situations of unemployment, financial distress, divorce, or chronic illness, can also be permanently damaging.

When our brain senses danger, it sends signals along the spinal nerves to the adrenal glands, prompting the adrenals to release the hormone adrenaline, which helps activate the fight-or-flight response by affecting certain physiological processes, such as by initiating increases heart rate and blood pressure. At the same time, the hypothalamus signals the pituitary gland, located near the base of the brain, to release substances that travel through the bloodstream to the adrenal cortex, where a stress hormone called cortisol is produced.

This process is a perfect stopgap measure for dealing with short-term stress, says Benson, but experiencing stress on a prolonged basis can damage our brains and bodies. If cortisol levels remain too high for too long, the immune system can be harmed, increasing our susceptibility to infection and illness and decreasing the number of brain cells, impairing memory and other neural functions.

Relaxing the brain

In 1975, Benson described the relaxation response, a mechanism that can counterbalance the stress response. The relaxation response is the purposeful initiation of a physical state of deep rest, one that changes a person’s physical and emotional responses to stress. When practiced, the relaxation response slows down breathing rate, relaxes muscles, and reduces blood pressure.

A 2008 study by the Benson-Henry Institute, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, found that more than half of the study participants who practiced the relaxation response experienced a drop in blood pressure values after eight weeks, and 50 percent of those who practiced the technique were able to have their dosages of blood pressure medication lowered. With its meditative-like repetitive motion, Benson says fly-fishing is a “beautiful way” of evoking the relaxation response.

The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation describes fly-fishing as a natural stress reliever because fly anglers are surrounded by nature, unplugged from electronics, and distanced from the so-called real world. That notion is buttressed by a 2009 study by a team of researchers drawn from the University of Southern Maine, the University of Utah, and the VA in Salt Lake City. In their study involving combat veterans found that participants had significant reductions in stress and post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and improvements in sleep quality after participating in a fly-fishing retreat.

In other ways, fly-fishing has been compared to meditation, in that fly-fishers perform a simple, repeated task, often for hours on end. “The motion of fly-fishing is part and parcel of the activity itself and may contribute to its calming effect,” says Benson. “Besides, it’s achieving something—you might catch a fish!”

 

Scott Edwards is a freelance science writer based in Massachusetts.

Source: Fly-Fishing and the Brain | Department of Neurobiology

Fall Fly Patterns

Fall Fly Patterns

fall fly patternsRustling against the brush you break through an old trail leading to one of your little secret holes. As the trail meets the rivers edge you take in a breath of sweet pine air, so rich and clean you can almost taste it. Your eyes glance from left to right as your swept away by the beauty of the cold morning breeze lifting the warmth of the water into a mist.

 

A rush of tranquility takes hold of you. So excited, so focused, a sense of peace and happiness take root as you see in your minds eye; a monster steel head on the end of your line.

fall fly patterns

These moments plant seeds in our heart and flower into a desire to continue mastering the art of fly fishing. Part of this quest involves finding out what flies are working.

Lets focus for a moment on Bill Castaways Question?

“To the crew  at seamwater; I have been fly fishing off and on for the past 2 years, as my busy schedule allows. During this time I have built confidence in my presentation and choice of water, but the fish just don’t seam to wanna bite my fly. I live in the Pacific Northwest and fish for salmon. Can you give me an idea what the fish are biting on this time of year?”

The joy of the hunt! Finding the right pattern can seem challenging and we have spent hours not catching fish, so we know how you feel. There are so many patterns available and everyone has their own idea of  “The Fly” that’s hooking fish. Along With Pattern selection, its also important that we understand why the fish bite certain patterns. This will be covered in more detail in in upcoming article.

For now we will focus on fall fly patterns that are working for local experts: We have compiled a list of go to flies for the Pacific Northwest. Free Download below, Enjoy!

 

 

Fall Fly Patterns

 

Fall Fly Fishing

Fall Fly Fishing


By Douglas Scott

grays harbor tourismAs the cooler air makes its way down from Alaska and the days grow shorter, most of the Pacific Northwest turns inward, preparing for the winter. Yet, when the signs of fall first become visible in Grays Harbor, the region starts bustling with excitement. As the trees turn colors and and the first cold raindrops fall, the rivers and streams become full once again, bringing life to the once dry waterways. In the water, numerous species of fish congregate, bringing in eagles, bobcat and of course, anglers from around the world. While Grays Harbor has amazing fishing year round, the fall months are when the region’s rivers transform into the fishing mecca of the Pacific Northwest.

fishing grays harbor

Trevor Brearty is a Grays Harbor local, and owner of a new fly fishing company called Seamwater.Seamwater was created with one simple idea in mind: seaming the art of fly fishing together with a splash of quality fly supplies. Offering quality custom hand-tied flies, Seamwater also gives casting lessons and classes, helping everyone become hooked on fishing in the region. For Trevor, this started while he was growing up in the Pacific Northwest. Trevor recalls fall fishing during his youth as a transformative time in becoming who he is today.

“My best fishing memory is when I was about 16 years old, on a family camping trip on the Wynoochee River. Being 16, I had nothing on my mind but girls and fishing. With no girls around, I decided to spend my time fishing,” Trevor recalled. “As I was fishing a remote hole, I gave my line a quick nudge, only to feel the weight of what I thought was a log or snag. I gave it one more quick pull and saw a huge flash in the water. It was a fish, a big fish, and it was on my line! I fought this fish for about 30 minutes, while whooping and hollering for someone to come down to me. A few minutes after yelling ‘Fish On, Baby,’ my uncle comes running down the river to help pull the fish to shore. I had caught an 8 pound, 22 inch rainbow trout.”

Today, Trevor is an avid fly fisherman, making flys that hit on all the rivers of the region. He does so, because for him, it is hard to see a more beautiful place to fly fish than Grays Harbor. Fishing in the region is a way of life and is constantly a challenge of timing and patience; the rivers and creeks are large, the fish are monsters and the weather supports an active explorer and fly fisher. During the fall, Grays Harbor’s rivers, creeks and lakes are vibrant with color and life, making a perfect location to learn how to fish along with becoming successful with catching many different species.

fishing grays harbor

While all you theoretically need to fish is a permit, a hook, some line and a pole, you also need confidence, a positive attitude, and an open mind. The latter three are just as important as the first four. While confidence and a positive attitude can’t be bought in stores, having the right gear can help you with everything. Trevor shared a few suggestions of what gear you need to start out.

“I recommend an 8 foot light to medium action rod for cutthroat and trout and a 10 foot medium to heavy action rod for steelhead and salmon,” Trevor explains. “The line you use also depends on the size of fish you are hoping to to catch. I recommend 4-10 pound monofilament for trout and 15-30 pound monofilament for steelhead and salmon.”

Now, this may be a bit overwhelming to those new to fishing, but Trevor also strongly recommends going to your nearest Dennis Company store. Dennis Company has a fantastic selection of gear and with a staff who are very friendly and helpful, you are sure to be given exactly what you need to have a productive day out on the water. Plus, you get to support a local store right here in Grays Harbor and get the peace of mind that you are being helped by experts.

Grays Harbor has a plethora of fishing destinations to choose from, and while you can fish anywhere that the Washington State Fish and Wildlife allows, there are a few spots that local experts like Trevor recommends. While he wouldn’t share his secret spots, the five locations he shared are perfect for anglers who are looking to explore some of the non-traditional locations.

To start, local experts agree that you should try your luck out at Decker Creek which is located north of Satsop. At Decker Creek, you are likely to catch salmon, steelhead or cutthroat trout, depending on the season. The cutthroat are both resident and sea-run trout, while the steelhead have both a summer and winter run. The salmon that return each year to Decker Creek are chinook, chum and coho.

fishing grays harbor

Wynoochee River, or “The Nooch,” is a world class steelhead river and famous for the size of fish caught. There are many places to fish on The Nooch, but Trevor recommends fishing below the dam, because the fish become much more selective up top. With a winter and summer run of steelhead, as well as sea-run cutthroat and chinook, coho and chum salmon, it is hard to find a better location than the Wynoochee River.

Next, Cloquallum Creek, which is a small creek flowing into the Chehalis, produces both sea-run cutthroat and steelhead. Fall is the best time to catch cutthroat, while the steelhead are best caught in early winter. It is said that this region is great for all styles of fishing: fly, spinning and bait casting. It is rumored that the best fishing on Cloquallum Creek is between 5:00 – 8:00 a.m., so early risers should be pleased fishing here.

The Satsop River is a great river to hook a massive salmon. Coho weighing between 15 and 20 pounds are frequently caught here, though all species of salmon run up this river, along with steelhead and cutthroat. Trevor recommends fishing up near Schaffer State Park to avoid the larger crowds that can appear when the fall salmon fishing is busiest. The east fork of the Satsop is also amazing and can can get crowded.

Finally, Black Creek is another great place to fish in Grays Harbor. Located west of Montesano via Wynoochee Valley Road, Black Creek is often overlooked despite having great fishing options for salmon, steelhead and both rainbow and cutthroat trout. Largemouth bass have also been caught here, making it perfect year round. While Black Creek doesn’t have the reputation of the Satsop or Wynoochee, it is a great place to test your skill against a wider variety of fish.

Contact Trevor Brearty at trevor@seamwater.com for fall fly fishing tips

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The Art of Fly Fishing

The Art of Fly Fishing

art of fly fishing

art of fly fishing

Nested in our heart and consuming our imagination, the art of fly fishing becomes a healthy obsession.

As we fall in love with the art of fly fishing, the early gratifications are heady and decidedly unscientific. They exist for that moment and that’s enough. As the infatuation continues you want to know more:

  • HOW DO I FIND THAT PERFECT POCKET OF WATER?
  • WHAT ARE THE TROUT EATING?
  • WHAT IS THE IDEAL TEMPERATURE OF WATER NEEDED TO SUPPORT BIG TROUT?

And the questions are many……

Here at SeamWater, we want to help you find the answers to your questions pertaining to the art of fly fishing. Over time you will find our blogs rewarding and informative.

We will reveal top tips for catching big fish, secret holes around Northwest Washington and content that will boost your confidence within the world of fly fishing.

 

We will also be show casing guide choice flies, that are up to date and are catching fish right now. We will add experiences and reviews to support the top tips and flies to use to catch more fish.

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We are excited that you are interested in the art of fly fishing!Please leave us a question and we will go fishing for the answers. Hope to see you on the water!

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