Archive for January, 2009

Heeeeeee’s Back!

Brent has returned to us from the wilds of South America, so we will have him make a full, overview-style report on his amazing trip to Chile! Guest appearances by the Spring Valley Angler boys should also add an interesting flavor to the overall story! Check back soon!


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Sunday I managed to sneak away from Dallas to fish in the quiet glory of South Fort Worth, to hunt for the Golden Bonefish. With me in this adventure were Matt Jones of Tailwaters and photography fame, and Carp guide extraordinaire Joel Hays.

The conditions could not be more perfect – light breezes (if any), the sun high in the sky with cobalt blue all around. Just as a little bit of icing on the cake, the water was about 6″ lower than the last time Joel and I headed that way, exposing the flats even more – all that we needed was to start shooting at all the huge tails we were sure to see. Did I say “sure?” Perhaps a poor choice of words.

Upon arrival, we noticed that we were not alone – about a dozen bait slingers were already  on scene, attempting to nab the elusive native (read: stocked) Rainbow Trout found in the Trinity River. We were able to see one of these that had become Heron food, but that was all. After some serious stalking, we quickly realized that we were excellent at creeping up on ducks(as evidenced by the dozen or so mallards that scared the living crap out of us as they flew out from under the bank), and that ducks do an excellent job creating muds similar to those that Carp make.

We managed to “see” two fish, but only flashes of their bodies, so getting a bead on them was not the easy task we anticipated. Needless to say, it was a low percentage game, and we definitely finished with nothing to show except a bit of a sun tan.

All that doom and gloom being said, we discovered exactly WHY we had a lack of luck – we carried not only a very, very nice camera, but a landing net as well. Instead of the two jinxes negating each other, there was a multiplication factor. Live and learn, live and learn.

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Hola Amigos!

Cuarta poste de Chile

Our guests arrived safely in Balmaceda on Saturday..only one delayed bag, which made it by that evening. After a wonderful dinner and a good night sleep everyone was ready for a big day of fishing.

My fishing partner this week will be my best friend: my Father, Don Boone. We’ve fished together on many rivers in the west and I’m anxious to begin our international fishing trip together.

Cinco Rios Lodge is very beautiful and well appointed. Finished just two years ago, the log lodge overlooks the Rio Simpson and is only 5 km from Coyhaique.

The first day we drifted the lower Simpson and Aysen rivers and had a great day catching 18 inch Rainbows on size 14 PMD’s. At the end of the day, our estimate was 25 fish from 16 to 20 inches.

The second day may have been the best day of fishing I’ve had since I arrived 3 weeks ago. We caught 20 big browns over 19 inches with the biggest measuring 23 inches and 6 pounds. I caught the big fish on a streamer in crystal clear water..he moved 20 feet off the bank to come and grab the fly!!!!

This morning was incredible for my dad..we went to a small lagoon and he caught 7 fish in 2 hours over 20 inches..after lunch we went looking for King Salmon. We hooked 2 –  my fish was a big female estimated at 25 pounds. I fought her for 25 minutes and finally got her into the shallow water..when the guide grabbed her tail she ran one more time and broke me off! Bummer, but well worth the fight!

It’s time for dinner so I will sign off..Ciao!

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Due to some techincal difficulties, Brent has been unable to update the blog with some fresh posts – we will put them up as soon as they emerge from the ether that is Cyberspace. For now, we do have some fresh photos! Enjoy!

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Hola Amigos!

Sorry for the delayed posts, but you can’t believe where I’ve been the past few days. I have been in the wildest country on the planet, and experienced true Patagonia! I’ve been eating lamb with the locals, drinking yerba matte, and watched a 60-year old woman spin her own clothes from lambswool!

The country is as rugged as it is beautiful – every corner exposes something different as the ecosystems are extremely diverse – from dry and arid rocky mountains to lush rain forest, all within 30 miles of each other.

Now to the fishing – it is incredible!! I’ve fished many lakes and rivers over the past two days, and have caught the largest brown trout of my life many times over, with the culmination being a 30-inch, 12 – 15lb monster that took me to my backing twice, and jumped countless times. I’ve caught more 18 – 25 inch browns than I can count.

Needless to say, the fishing has been everything I imagined and more!

I’m off today for a 4-hour drive into the Cines Valley for a 4-day adventure in the wild. I’ll try to post again when I get there!


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From Science Teacher (and carp-guide extrordinaire) Joel Hays:

hey Bart –

cool stuff! Now, here’s some real chemical geekness . . .

Boron has never “taken off” as a sole rod component because of its goofy metalloidal proprties. It’s in the same group as aluminum and shares similar proprties like incredibly high strength-to-weight ratio. And, it’s a smaller atom than carbon so you think that would extrapolate out to a lighter rod. Unfortunately, the bonding characteristics of boron make it difficult to produce a small fiber. A boron fiber IS very strong, but it’s also big. One boron fiber is about 15-20x larger than a carbon fiber (it’s about the same size as a fiberglass “S”glass fiber).
When a manufacturer like Winston uses boron, it’s usually sandwiched between two graphite sheets, and usually only in the butt section. What boron probably DOES give you is some great dampening characteristics as well as a favorable strength to weight ratio. Other manufacturers achieve the same result with more,”finer” graphite fibers in ever-increasingly complex lay-ups (like the TCX!).
what a geek!

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Or, more correctly – carbon fibre (I like the British spelling). This morning I gave a lesson to Dick Murtland, a golf-club guru with Adams Golf, who has done more with the manufacturing carbon fibre and shaft making than anyone I know (or have heard of).

First and foremost, our clubs (rods) are NOT made of graphite – graphite is merely the powder or powdery solid form of pure carbon (atomic #12 for those chem geeks out there like me). The material they are constructed of is carbon fibre in sheet form. What drives the costs up is the type used – mainly its tensile strength. The higher the tensile strength, typically the greater the modulus (number of fibers per square inch on the sheet), the lower the weight, and the higer the cost. Your higher end rods will be made with these types of material, which gives us the cool strength-to-weight ratio we all love.

Another interesting tidbit I garnered was how the thickness of the fibre is supposed to be uniform throughout the length of the rod, butt to tip.  “But Bart, that doesn’t make sense – the tip is much smaller than the butt.” That statement is true, but the THICKNESS of the fibre is the same – it is just rolled over a smaller area at the top. The thickness of the rod decreases, but the fibre sheet does not. This is why rod makers must be careful with sanding – you can end up with flat spots where the fibre is thinner than in the rest of the rod, resulting in a weak spot.

I have a few other questions for Dick the next time I see him, about things like Boron and the like,  and I will be sure to post the answers once I do – a great lesson for me, and he will be double hauling by his trip to Argentina!

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