Sunday, March 27, 2016

Snorkeling Hol Chan, Shark Alley and Mexico Rocks in Ambergris Caye Belize!

Swimming With Sharks! 
My Belize trip with one that my wife wanted to be filled with relaxation, some good food, many Rum drinks and perhaps some snorkeling. What she did not want to partake in was to swim with sharks...really?
I grew up in the ocean and spending countless Summers swimming in the Gulf of Mexico snorkeling as well as scuba diving. What hit me the most when planning this trip recently was to chase as many fish as I possibly could -preferably with my fly rod, as well as play with a few sharks.
Well my wish came true, I got to catch a number of bonefish and score a tarpon but it was swimming with an 8 foot nurse shark that perhaps had me smiling the most!
 First day out and didn't disappoint!
 Look out Manatee approaching!
 Hey Don "I think that's like 20 sharks there"!
                                                        Ready to jump in for some playtime with some friends!

For an amazing time out on the water, contact my buddy Alphonse!
LilAlphonse Snorkeling-Incredible snorkeling adventure

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Fly Fishing Ambergris Caye Belize For Bonefish, Snook and Permit!

Spring Belize Fishing on the Fly!
We final did it, we were able to leave the kids behind and head to Belize for an amazing Tropical vacation with yes, a little fishing! My wife and I spent 7 days in Ambergris Caye Belize with our dear friends Don/Aury from Atlanta.
Besides doing the tourist activities while we were there, let's face it, we were there to do some fishing and see what this place was all about. Despite the windy season and clouds, we managed to get into some fish as well as rum drinks to get through the day!

 Nice Bonefish out on a wind day
 I will miss this gin clear water
 Bonefish release
 Donny B enjoying number 6
Another nice Bone on Christmas island fly

Can you say fatty snook near Mahagony villas

Abbie doing what he does best

Night time bite for Tarpon

My favorite fish!

Reach out to GoFish Belize for an amazing Adventure!

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Ambergris Caye Belize Vacation Trip Without Kids..Yes I fished!

We just returned from one of those great trips where you ask yourself, "why did we come home again?" Oh yeah that's right we have 2 boys at home, work and bills to pay!
We were treated to an amazing experience at the Victoria House in San Pedro, Belize. This resort typically books up well in advance so we were lucky to find 2 rooms for us and some friends. Besides spending most days poolside or trying out various rum drinks, you can find me in the water enjoying a number of activities.




GoFish Belize- Best fly fishing on the island with Abby

Victoria House Resort

LilAlphonse Snorkeling-Incredible snorkeling adventure

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

5 Tips to Have a Great Spring Fly Fishing North Carolina

Punxsutawney Phil said Spring would be here early. Of course we all hope he is correct and the weather patterns seem to indicate the groundhogs accuracy. Spring fly fishing in the Great Smokies is incredibly dynamic. No trout fishery is quite the same this time of the year. Below are a few tips to ensure a great trip to the Southern Highlands.

1.Make sure you understand the weather. Many times the new weather apps for smart phones will indicate snow in the forecast as a strong low pressure moves through the region. Often the valley’s will see snow showers all day but the snow never lays. With that said the very next day the high temperature may reach the 60s to low 70s. Spring is a wether roller coster so be prepared for everything mother nature has to throw at us. Layered clothing is best.

2.Above 3,000 feet the water is still cold. The tailraces such as the Tuckaseegee will be fishing great. Elevation 1,700 - 2,000 feet. Those day time temps heating the water up get the fish very active, not to mention the stockings that take place between Bryson City and the Jackson County sections. But the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is another story. Low elevation creeks such as Nolan, Deep Creek, Bradleys Fork and Straight Fork will see hatches kicking off all day. However the upper elevation creeks such as Lynn Camp Prong, Kephart Prong, Upper Oconoluftee, Upper Deep Creek or anything above 3,000 feet will not be as productive until later warm March days or April into May.

3.Expect the Crowds. We have all been in those situations where “this guy walks right up beside me and starts fishing MY hole” or “This fella just walked right through my hole” or “He caught my fish” and the inevitable “That drift boat just floated right though where I was fishing”. Delayed Harvest fishing is very fun, and many anglers know about it therefore it will be crowded. Keep in mind the river is public and no single person can posses a “spot” or “hole”. Everyone is there for the same reason you are. Have fun with it! If you are not catching anything but the guy 20 yards away need to humble yourself and start talking to the person about what they are doing right. And if you are the person netting fish after fish...don’t be prideful. Help grow the sport and produce more informed and educated anglers.

4.Pick a Skill to Improve on. Delayed Harvest is a great time to focus your skills to improve on certain tactics. The competitive side of the sport has certainly grown interest in European Style Nymphing and the newest book from George Daniel “Stripset” gives fly fishers a few things to work on. Western North Carolina trout streams serve those tactics well. At least you can try some things that may be new and have some fun netting fish while you grow.

5.Have Fun! The most important advice I could give you is a “no-brainer”. Just have fun! Give us a call or swing by the shop and we will do our best to help make sure that happens.

Tuckaseegee Fly Shop Article Link

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