New Toys!

Fall is basically Christmas in the fly fishing industry – all the new goodies announced at the show start showing up at our doorstep, and Remy, our UPS guy is the best surrogate Santa ever. Today the Sage Train came for a visit! We received our first TXL-F (F for Four Piece) ultralight rods, two VXPs (a 5- and 8-weight), and the new 5-weight Xi3.

From the left: TXL-F in 00-, 2-, and 3-weights, VXP in 5- and 8-weight, and my favorite: a 8'9" 5-wt Xi3. Photo by: Bart Larmouth

We also now have two of the DXL line of luggage – the large waist pack with a TRUE waterproof zipper, and the DXL Boat Bag – one of the newest and freshest ideas in tackle storage. Oh yeah, and that’s waterproof too. C’mon down and take a look at them all!

Sage Typhoon DXL Large waistpack and boat bag. Photo by: Bart Larmouth


Film Tour Time! Click Poster to buy Tickets!

It’s back! The Drake Film Fest will be back at the Magnolia Theatre next month, November 11, 2010, with a big fiesta to be held again at Tailwaters beforehand! Get your tickets now, last year’s show EASILY sold out! Click on the above picture to buy tickets today! ……now. Click now……..ok, you’ve had plenty of time, why are you still reading? Clicky-clicky! Get moving! These puppies aren’t going to last!

Apologies on the length between posts folks – we have been ripping and tearing, rending and pulling, stripping and setting to bring you the new and improved: www.tailwatersflyfishing.com – head on over and check it out! Also, Tex Moore and I just had the pleasure of casting the new (and unbelievably hyped-up) Loomis NRX rods.

Tailwaters' new baby. Say hello.

After some reel-seat snafus, Shimano (Loomis’ parent company) is finally shipping these things. We currently have a 10 and 11-weight in stock, with a 5 and 8 to follow. So Tex and I took our new, stylish sunglasses and headed across the street to see exactly how overhyped these rods are.

Not the prettiest things in the world. Photo from G. Loomis

Well, I stand corrected. I took the first spin with the 11, which is generally just like casting a 12 – unpleasant, with a bit of concentration on form to keep from smacking your head. Well, not with this rod. It is a bit hard to articulate, but aside from ginormous amounts of power (and spell check actually accepts “ginormous” as a word now without me adding it – awesome), I felt like I was casting a 6-wt, at least technique-wise. The rod loads and unloads with ease – no need to put a ton of muscle to it, but it still had plenty energy and strength to yield screen-door loops with just a typical cast.

Specifically, the rod loads ‘normally,’ meaning more like a 6 or an 8 – you feel it bend, you begin the forward cast. Basically, no extra amount of thinking, concentration, or power needed. Tex picked up on this instantly, it took my brain a second to clue in, which I’m sure has nothing to do with the inordinate amount of girls in skirts and cowboy boots parading around for UT/OU weekend. I really can’t wait to see what the other weights have to offer!

Matt Jones has finally released the Twintail Clothing Co. catalog! This is the 2010 Fall season release. Take a gabber at what Twintail Clothing has to offer and please follow the simple instructions below!

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Twintail Fall 2010 Catalog

Just over a week ago, I had the pleasure of heading down to Port Sulphur, LA to FINALLY complete a Redfish trip that had been planned since January. Then re-booked due to weather. Then again due to weather. Then again due to weather. Then due to oil. My fishing partner Paul Wharton was starting to be convinced that I was in fact cursed when it comes to Saltwater. Well, the curse has been broken! With somewhere between 35-40 reds (and 1 Sheepshead!) in the boat over the course of 3 days, I’d call it a big success. There would be epic video of this trip to share, but someone whose name rhymes with “Cat Phones” left the camera’s power on when checking it for me prior to the trip. So, enjoy the still-photo fish porn below – not sure why WordPress insists on making our photos a bit blurry after they are uploaded, so I’ll apologize for that.

A big purpose for heading down to Louisiana was to gauge the mood and effect of the oil spill on the fishing. Well, after speaking with several guides and Woodland Plantation owner Foster Creppel, it’s confirmed – the worst thing for the area economy is the Media. Yes, the oil spill is certainly the worst ecological disaster we have ever faced as a country, and it will affect the Gulf region for generations, but contrary to what CNN would have you believe, the fish are alive and well, and fishing is great! The both the East and West Banks of the Mississippi are open to fishing,  and these guys (and our guide, Rich Waldner in particular) still know where those sneaky reds are hiding. So it is not all gloom and doom – the fish are there – go get them!

Please join us in supporting all the guides of Plaquemines Parish – book a trip to the Woodland through Tailwaters today!

Solid Gold. Photo by: Paul Wharton

Finally! It may be a little Rat Red, but the CURSE IS BROKEN! Photo by: Paul Wharton

Did I mention we fished 6-weights nearly the whole trip? Photo by: Bart Larmouth

These guys didn't fool around when they took our spoon flies. Photo by: Bart Larmouth

One of Paul's 6-pounders. *Moose knuckle omitted in order to retain our PG rating* Photo by: Bart Larmouth

Playing with the panoramic settings on my camera. Click the image to get a better look. Photo by: Bart Larmouth

More Pano love. Photo by: Bart Larmouth

Putting my "carp spotting" skills to good use. I always knew they'd come in handy. Thanks Joel. Photo by: Paul Wharton

Are they related?? That is definitely the same expression. Photo by: Bart Larmouth

Ok. Definitely related. Photoshopping by: Bart Larmouth

Trying to pimp Matt's hats. Photo by: Paul Wharton

Have I told you yet how much I LOVE my Winston BIImX 6? Photo by: Paul Wharton

Paul with his big boy from the trip. Photo by: Bart Larmouth

The Sheepshead - a.k.a. Shithead, since we saw so many and only caught this one. Photo by: Paul Wharton

This guy had some of the coolest purple iridescence . Photo by: Bart Larmouth

Can you say "Hillybilly Fish?" Photo by: Bart Larmouth

Nope. Not a hillbilly - he has all his teeth. Photo by: Bart Larmouth

Flying the team colors on the last day. Photo by: Paul Wharton

My good buddy (and Somethin’s Fishy Regular) Jeff  White sent me some AWESOME bug pics from my home waters in NE Pennsyltucky – the Delaware. Very cool insect shots, make me miss home!

A genus Stenonema male spinner - hard to identify EXACT species - notice the clear abdomen. So cool! Photo by: Jeff White

A female Steno spinner of (possibly) the same species as the previous pic. White abdomen instead of clear. Photo by: Jeff White

My favorite Mayfly - the Isonychia Bicolor (Slate Drake or Trout Crack), with a steno spinner above it on the leaf. They'll ALWAYS eat an Iso! Photo by: Jeff White

An Isonychia dun that didn't quite make it. Photo by: Jeff White

A Isonychia female dun in the missionary position. Little does she know that she'll be on top later. Photo by: Jeff White

Baja 2010

I just returned home from my third visit to southern Baja, particularly the La Ribera/Los Barriles area.  This year I joined Jeff de Brown of The Reel Baja and The Moldy Chum group (blog run by Eric Rathbun and Brian Bennett). The fishing was great and we all had shots at GRANDES. Read on…

I decided to beat the group by three days to spend some time relaxing and shoot photos, and of course fish a little. A friend, Lance Peterson, hooked me up with some guys from Washington who are running a secluded, gem of an operation.  They call it Lagunas de Palmas.  They have built a beautiful bungalow palapa situated among palm trees, banana trees, and plantain trees. The bungalow is equipped with a full kitchen, microwave, fridge (for all the cold beer of course), and two full sized beds. You also have access to a private bathroom with a working shower! There is no AC, but I can attest that you won’t need it.  The shade that this place provides keeps you cool during the day, and cold at night as the temperatures dip into the mid 60’s while you sleep.

Morning light at the lagoon. Photo:: Matt Jones

Bungalow! :: Photo: Matt Jones

Each morning after sunrise Jaime brings me a fresh cup of coffee, and a wonderful smoothie blended from their home grown watermelons, and bananas – the perfect way to start a day! Lagunas de Palmas sits atop one of the largest underwater aquifers in Baja, providing this freshwater lagoon with constant flow into the Sea of Cortez. If you have seen the famous “Running Down the Man” you will recognize the area known as “the sticks” which is a 5 minute walk up the beach. This area is also known as “roosterfish highway.” My fishing experience those three days was halted by a strong north wind, but I managed. The food alone was enough to get me back. Josh’s fiance whipped up some authentic Baja meals that were out of this world. First night – triggerfish tacos.  Second night – chicken enchiladas. Third night – black bean chili w/ quesadillas (not American style). Best food I’ve ever eaten, seriously.

Ladder up to bed

Ladder up to bed. Photo :: Matt Jones

Chicken Enchiladas! Photo:: Matt Jones

My three days were up, and I hitched a ride with Jaime in his badass T100. That fella had 194,000 miles on it, and purred like a kitten. Next destination was the moldy chum house. On the way we happened to spot a few Mexican Eagles – very cool looking. After Jaime dropped me at the house, I thought to myself, “are we staying at the same house as last year?” I quickly called Rathbun, but no answer. I was worried, but when I went to the lower level I discovered a beautiful sight – boooooz, lots of it. Pacifico, Carona, Tequila, Rum, Wine.  We had a full friggin bar!


At that moment, I knew that this was the Moldy Chum house and immediately popped open a Paco (short for Pa-ci-fi-co). Ten minutes later, Tailwaters friend and customer, Jared Louviere arrived. We shook hands and started unpacking.

By the time the entire group arrived, a few of us were found to be fishing or drinking. Once settled, we gathered for a toast to start the week. A special thank you to Kate Taylor for the incredible food preparation and hospitality. You rock K8! The food that week was to die for. African Pompano I believe was my favorite (funny story), and the tenderloin was soon to follow.

Beer. Dip. Get Some Tail

Ceviche, avacado crema, and pico de gallo always met us after a long day of fishing to fill our void bellies. On to the fishing…

I only had one day in the boat, but it was a great one. After breakfast, Jared and I joined Jeff de Brown on a short boat run to grab some sardina, and right back to La Ribera. Fishing for roosters from the back of a panga is crazy. Jeff will slow troll a live sardina or cast a teaser rod, either of which will bring up tons of fish, both roosters and jacks. Once the fish is hot and chasing the bait, you make your presentation and strip the fly – fast. Jared and I both had constant action on roosters. They were everywhere.

Nice little rooster. Photo :: Matt Jones

Justin Crump with a huge African Pompano. Photo: Matt Jones

The boat is fun, I like it, but my place is on the beach. In 2007 I managed to land an awesome rooster from the beach and ever since, the memory keeps me going back. If the beach fishing is on, there is no better thrill than to see a 40-50lb rooster riding a wave in, happy, and willing to chase a fly. If you hook up and land it, well……. Fortunately for the Chum group, this action was seen all week. We were blessed with a south wind all week, granting perfect beach conditions for BIG roosters. I don’t think we saw fish under 20lbs.

I love the beach routine. Stand, stare. Walk, stare. Catch yourself losing concentration. Sprint, cast. Drink a Tecate, stare.  Drop your Tecate in the sand, sprint, trip on your tangled line, go fetch your now hot Tecate you dropped in the sand. Drink your hot Tecate, choke as you watch a 50lb grande pez gallo – AKA BIG ASS ROOSTERFISH surf a wave in, come within casting distance, cast, frantically strip your fly, watch as the 18″ comb emerges as he charges your fly, and…….!!!!!! scream every cuss word in the dictionary. Why didn’t he eat my fly? That’s they’re way of saying, FU. That routine obviously changes from time to time, sometimes you are drinking a Paco. I had a few scenarios play out like this, but the fish weren’t 50lbs, more in the 25-30lb range. If you have a rooster comb up on your fly at the end of your rod tip, consider it a successful day. This doesn’t always happen and it’s amazing in itself to watch.

Overall, the group had an incredible time.  We all caught fish, that’s what matters. There were no grandes taken from the beach, but we all had our crazy shots. Brian Bennett, did however catch two very nice fish from the boat, a 35lb jack and an 18lb roosterfish. Justin Crump managed to land a beautiful African Pompano as he was giving me a few tips on how to strengthen my backcast. “Do a little of this, a little of….oh crap! I just caught an African Pompano!!” That was a tasty fish! This trip wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of Justin, Kate, Jeff, and Jay.  Thanks guys and thanks Eric and Brian for hosting us!

If you plan to visit Baja, please contact us at the shop so we can set you up with Jeff de Brown of The Reel Baja. Also, if you would like more information on Lagunas de Palmas please email me. matt@tailwatersflyfishing.com