Fishing From A Drift Boat VS Wade Fishing

People often ask me what do you prefer fly fishing out of a drift boat?  Or simply wade fishing?

 

Wade fishing

Wade fishing

 

Wade fishing is simply putting on your boots, grabbing your fly rod and walking up or down the river, stalking and casting to fish that you want to catch. It’s fun and exciting because you are navigating the river and you are trying to read the water to figure out where to cast your fly, and if you’re like me you find yourself in crazy situations that you wouldn’t necessarily think about unless you were stalking that next big fish.

When you are wade fishing you are taking your time, you are extremely aware of your surroundings and are paying particular attention to riffs, ripples, runs and holes (those are all fishing terms). Basically fish feed in riffs, ripples and runs and hold in holes, all of these are important to fish. While wade fishing you can take your time and explore all sides of, say a run, and fish from the bottom to the top and from one side to the other. This takes some accurate casting skills and, sometimes, some sort of patience. Don’t forget the riffs, ripples and holes though, fish will take a fly in all of these situations.

 

Fishing out of a drift boat

Drift boat

 

What is a drift boat? It’s a uniquely designed boat specifically designed for fishing rivers. It’s meant to float down the river and put the angler in great positions that a wading angler can not access. It also opens up a whole new world of fishing and casting techniques. However, this kind of boat is not meant for big white water, we will leave that to the rubber rafts.

When you are floating down a river you are going to cover a lot more water than if you were wading or walking it (a good days float is around 4 miles, it depends on how fast the river is flowing that day though). The biggest difference is that while floating you are covering more water and you’re not necessarily stalking fish you are casting to areas that you think the fish will be holding. Not to be confused because I think it’s still stalking but not as deliberate. You also have more opportunities to get your fly to float differently than if you were standing in the river.

When I first started fly fishing I seriously didn’t even know what a drift boat was, it was crazy amazing how naïve I was. I finally figured out that those people rowing down the river where getting to fish in areas that i could not get to just by wading.

When you first fish out of a drift boat you soon realize that it’s a bit different than simply wade fishing. You need to cast a little different and anticipate where the boat is going. You need to take into consideration how fast you are drifting as well as the direction and adjust your cast from there. However, the best news is, is that you find yourself casting to fish in areas that you may never have been able to when wade fishing. The downside is, is that you usually only have one or two casts into an area until the boat has drifted on by. The upside is you are going to cover a lot more water.

So what is the verdict?
Well I really don’t have a favorite. I love wet wading, getting my feet wet and exploring a river, figuring out where the fish are and taking my time to cast to every inch of an area that I think a fish will be feeding or holding. It’s exciting to put on your wading boots and waders and walk up, or down a river with the opportunity and hopes of landing a nice fish.

Fishing out of a drift boat is fantastic fun! You seriously feel like you’re a bit spoiled. You find yourself casting to areas you never thought you could before, hoping to find that monster fish you just couldn’t cast to while wade fishing. Its awesome to see and fish more water than you would while wading and let’s face it you’re in a boat.

I will say this though. I have caught as many fish during a day while wade fishing than I have out of a drift boat. In truth I can’t say one is a better way to fish than the other, they are simply different.

Fishing is fun and a good time for families as well as friends!!

 

 

 

Best Fly Fishing Waders Reviews

Ok folks let’s take a look at our best fly fishing waders reviews.

Before we get started though let’s talk about waders. Waders can be expensive, if you really want you can spend a thousand dollars on a pair of waders, so unless you’re made of money  we don’t think that is at all necessary. Here is how we like to think about it. If you are a beginners angler, on a budget and not sure where this journey is going to take you then don’t spend a ton of money on waders that you may only use a handful of times. On the flip side, if you think this is the sport for you, then by all means, step it up a little and invest in something that will last more than a year or two. Now if you’re more than serious and have some cash then the higher end wader is a great option and won’t disappoint.

With that said, there are a few things everyone needs to know about waders. First of all, the best ones need to be lightweight and breathable. Most new waders are made of nylon or Gore-Tex, these are great lightweight materials that breathe well and are comfortable. Secondly, the construction is important for durability, the more layers the more durable the wader is going to be. Durability is important but that all depends on how much time you will be spending on the water.

 

Ok let’s get started with our best suggestions!

Hodgman H3. This is a good entry level wader that will do the trick for the beginner. This wader is made of a 3 layer construction, yes that is at the lower end as far as construction goes but for the price it may be all a beginner needs to get started in this great sport.

What This Wader Has

  • This is a 3 layer construction

    Waders Hodgeman H3
    Hodgeman H3

  • It has neoprene booties
  • Wading belt
  • pocket
  • Fleece hand warmers
  • Gravel guards
  • This wader also comes in many sizes

What This Wader Does Not Have

This wader does not have reinforced knee and lower leg guards

Overview
This is a good wader for the price and has a lot going on. Yes it is a entry level wader that will probably not last more than a few years but for the money we would certainly take our chances.

Orvis encounter. Orvis is a great company and has wonderful gear. This wader is a 4 layer nylon construction and is inexpensive for what you get. Plenty of value and extras here. Depending on how much time you spend on the water this wader could last for years.

What This Wader Has

  • A 4 layer, stylish nylon construction

    Encounter waders
    Encounter

  • Hand warmer pockets
  • Zippered chest storage pocket
  • Lower leg protection
  • Wading belt
  • Neoprene booties
  • Gravel guards
  • Sizes for all

What This Wader Does Not Have

  • Not much, it’s just not a 5 layer construction

Overview

Obviously Orvis is a great name in all of fly fishing. For the price this wader has a lot going on, it’s stylish comfortable and well built. For the beginner this is highly recommended and should last for many years.

 

Hodgman H5. Hodgman decided to do something special with this hybrid of 3 layer and 5 layer construction. They put 5 layer where it counts on the legs and seat and decided to put the 3 layer where comfort is important. This works well and helps keep the price down.

What This Wader Has

  • A hybrid of 5 layer and 3 layer construction. We like thisHodgman h5 wader
  • Water repellent outer coating
  • External pocket with water resistant zipper
  • Micro-fleece lined hand warmer
  • Internal storage pocket
  • Wade belt
  • Neoprene booties

Overview

Hodgman is making sense with this 3 layer and 5 layer construction. They have decided to take comfort and durability in mind when delivering this awesome wader.  This is highly recommended for any angler who is serious about getting into this great sport.

We hope you enjoyed our best fly fishing waders reviews. Fly fishing gear for beginners has more information about all of these waders and more on our Fishing Waders page.

 

 

 

The Beginning!

Fly fishing is a great sport for all, young, old, women, men and kids. A beginner fly fishing combo will help you get out in nature and experience how fun and exciting fishing can be. This sport gets you one on one with nature, this is my favorite part, and lets you enjoy everything that our wonderful planet has to offer.

When you decide to start to get into fly fishing, sometimes its nice to hear about how some of us “old timers” got into this great sport. It is also good to realize that you do not have to spend a ton of money on you first fly fishing rod and reel. Check this out and then visit our recommendations to get a good idea on getting started.

Rainbow trout
Rainbow trout

The beginning of my fly fishing journey started over thirty years ago. When I first stared, just so I could get on the river, I borrowed gear from my father and friends and when it came time to purchase my own rod, real, fly line etc. I turned to my local fly shop. I had been visiting the shop for months purchasing flies, asking questions regarding the local rivers,  like what type of flies should I be using? What’s the best time to fish? What hatches are coming up, etc..

The owner was always great to me and when I told him It was finally time for me to make the investment into the fly fishing world, he was more than helpful. The days of the local fly shop are pretty much gone now and we all look to the internet for helpful advise when making first time purchases.

I will never forget how the owner of that fly shop advised me to purchase a beginner fly fishing package that was versatile for many types of fishing in our area. I liked that It was affordable so in the event that I decided that fly fishing wasn’t for me I wouldn’t regret my purchase. I ended  up purchasing a beginner package, from Sage, that included a 8’5″ rod and reel with fly line and backing for under $300.00. It was actually a fantastic suggestion and a great decision for me. I fished with that package for about five years and only replaced the reel and fly line. Although I have purchased several other rods and reels through out the years, I still have and use that first rod and reel.

When you are at the beginning of your fly fishing adventure it is a great idea to check out the packages, combos or kits out there. Be carful though, not everything is what it seams. We suggest you stick with the reputable companies like Orvis, Redington and Sage. To check out our suggestions for a great beginner fly fishing combo or package, with value, that will work for you click here.

Fly fishing is fun and we are here to help those who need it to make good decisions when looking for fishing gear. If you have a question or comment please leave them below.

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Types Of Flies For Fly Fishing

 

Have you ever wondered what fish want to eat and why?  Breaking down what trout want to or have to eat and why. Taking a look at the three types of flies for fly fishing.Flies

Fish need to eat every day, just like us, however fish can’t go to the fridge for a sando when they get hungry. Fish basically are waiting to see what will float their way on that particular day. Anyway, It’s important to understand that fish are food opportunist, they have to eat every day however they know the math of expending energy vs the amount of food they are chasing and whether it’s worth the amount of energy they will spend for that one meal. So basically fish will eat what’s in front of them unless they think that chasing a bigger meal will suit them better.

It’s important to understand the progression of an insect and how it progresses from and infant to and adult. A caddis fly, for example, lay their eggs beneath the surface of the water, the egg then progresses into a larva and then into a pupa as the caddis pupates they will eventually hatch into an adult and then float to the surface (emerger). If they make it all the way to this stage without becoming fish food, the caddis flies away. Unfortunately only to fall back to the surface of the water where the fish are waiting. This is where the fishing term “hatch” comes from. Fish feed on all stages of this life cycle.

Here we go, The 3 Main Types Of Flies

Nymphs Nymphs

Or as my grandfather use to call them wet files, are the larva and the pupa of the flies life cycle. Insects spend the majority of their life cycle underneath the surface of the water and because fish spend about 80% of their time eating below the water’s surface nymphs can be an effective way of fishing.  It’s also important to know that nymphs are in abundance in the river and trout feed primarily on this type of fly.

The way to fish a nymph fly is kind of like fishing with worms, we have all done that right? Because the fly is beneath the water’s surface a strike indicator is normally used to allow the angler to detect a fish strike. Once the indicator reacts then you simply set the hook and wha la you’ve caught yourself a fish. It’s not always quite as easy as that but you get the idea.

Dry fliesDry fly

Fishing with dry flies are fun because dry flies sit on top of the water and the fish has to breach the water’s surface to take the fly. To say the least it is exhilarating to watch a fish com out of the water and go after your presentation or fly.

The way to fish a dry fly is a bit more technical. Dry flies are all about presentation, what does that mean? Well a dry fly needs to look natural, casting is the key, the fly needs to float on the surface of the water just like a real fly. It may sound easy but currents as well as your fly line can make it hard to replicate a natural fly. The key is to try and make the float of your fly go the same speed as anything else that is on the water. If you can do that you have a great chance of watching a nice fish come up to take your fly or as we say it your presentation.

Streamers

Oh boy streamers, what a fun way to catch or try to catch fish. It’s been said that bigger fish like the streamer. A streamer basically replicates a a leach, minnows, fry, sculpins or other swimming fish food. Fish go after streamers aggressively, it’s a big meal for them and they don’t want it to get away, “ they want it in their belly”, When a fish hits your streamer you know it and then the fight is on. Oh ya, fishing streamers is fun!

The way to fish a steamer is actually quite simple. You want to cast it ¾  of the way upstream and let the current take it downstream, all the while giving it a short or longish tug or at least some type of action. If you get it in the vicinity of a fish well, they have a hard time resisting a somewhat bigger meal and they will definitely try to eat. If you can figure out where the big fish are holding, log jams, rock pockets, back eddies, etc. You can present your streamer and the bigger fish will chase after it. It’s exciting just writing about it!

There you go the Tree main types of flies for fly fishing. The type or kind of nymphs, dries or streamers for your river or area may be specific so it’s best to ask around. Hit up your local fly shop and ask question, talk to local anglers and get their insight. If you just ask, you will find that most folks will gladly give up great information and maybe some well kept secrets.

As always “happy fishing” and check out our site for more quality information, Here.

 

 

Fly Fishing Combos For Beginners

 

Sage Approach Fly Rod Outfit Review

The Sage Approach Fly Rod Outfits, for around $500.00, are one of the best performance value in high end fly fishing combos for beginners available today.  Featuring the Sage 2250 Reel and premium RIO Gold Floating fly line, Sage approach Outfits include a high-modulus graphite blank, built using improved Technologies based on previous Sage Models. Sage approach offers an easy-to-cast medium-fast action rod with excellent line feel, responsiveness and control.  Built to Sage’s high quality standards and backed by Sage’s Lifetime Warranty, you can depend on this Rod to last for many years, and like all of Sage Rods they are built right here in the USA.  To view Sage approach combo click http://

This outfit is perfect for the beginning angler who is serious about getting into this great sport. You can be assured that this will get you headed down the right path with the confidence that this rod and reel will be the only thing you need for years to come. This is a rod designed to make casting easy for beginner to Intermediate casters, and for the seasoned anglers that prefer a more moderate action rod. When this rod is paired with an unbelievable reel and fly line this is everything a beginner, intermediate or seasoned angler needs to get on the river, lake or salt water.

Lets face it, everyone wants to get a great product at the lowest price and that is just what this package delivers and Sage only ups the stakes with their lifetime warrantee on the fly rod.

 

What’s to like

  • Great value
  • A fantastic medium-fast action rod perfect for the beginner
  • The rod comes in many different lengths and weights for all beginners, other than the 9’ – 5 weight
    • 8.5’ 5 weight, great for small to medium size rivers and lakes. Perfect for young teenagers and kids
    • 9’ 5 weight, this is the perfect rod for all around fishing, it’s great for small to medium and even larger rivers and all lakes
    • 9’ – 6 weight, best for fishing larger rivers with terrestrials and streamers
    • 9’ – 8 and 9 weights are designed for fishing the saltwater
  • A rod and reel that can last for years if not a lifetime
  • The confidence of owning a Sage rod that is backed by their lifetime warranty on all their rods is amazing (make sure you register your rod with Sage)
  • Built in the USA

 

What’s not to like

  • Hmmm, really can’t think of anything

 

The Bottom Line

I really like The Sage fly fishing combos because, for the beginner, it really takes the guesswork out of their first purchase. It seems simple to me. Sage has already done the work for you, they have matched a great rod, reel and fly line that work extremely well together. Believe me Sage has a clue when it comes to making quality fishing gear. Think about it, if Sage is willing to offer a lifetime warranty on all their rods they must be confident about what they are building and selling.

If you have been searching for one of the best fly fishing combos for beginners out there This is the perfect fly fishing rod and reel combo for the serious beginner, intermediate or even those who are getting back into the sport. Click here to see more