By: Kalle Grahn, Guideline Power Team Sweden
Unfortunately, I’m a rod breaker and reel smasher by nature. Well I use my gear, it spends more time along boulder strewn slippery river paths, on bushwhacks back and forth to the waters than on the shelf in my garage. Heavy sink line fishing in early high water puts the rods in close contact with trees. Flies catch the bottom sooner or later and may put up a fight. I fight fish hard. For me that’s a matter of proper CnR. I often hear that I should be more careful. But it’s the way I fish. Kind of quickly I find out the gear that does the trick for me. And that gear, I can promise, will hold out for loads of beating.
On a resent trip to The Florida Keys for some tarpon I got asked by Leif Stävmo to test some of the new RSi rods and the new Vosso reel.
– Give them a beating, he said.
I could see a slight worried shiver in the corner of his eye when he handled over the gear – he knows the way I fish. Fighting big fish is not done with long pumping moves. Fighting big fish is a matter of short pumps with the rod tip pointing towards the fish and loads of pressure on the reel. I’ve had reels not coping so well with this hard pressure and off course I’ve broken a few rods in the process. Through a week of fishing the guide put me in position to hook more big fish than I ever experienced before. Fighting the fish was the time consuming part, not finding them – a once in lifetime fishing.
The Vosso reel is light and might, by the nimble look and weight of it, be thought of as not being so strong. The whole thing is about the torsion of the main shaft. If it bends just a tiny hint, the spool will hit the housing and make a screeching sound and in worst case hinder reeling. This is a flaw in many reels out there that does not show itself until it might be to late, at a time you might be hooked up with the fish of your life. The main shaft matters! The Vosso got thoroughly tested and its strength surprised me. The perfect heavy-duty drag just added to the experience.
The RSi rods are fast, lift line out of the water and carry the big flies. That I figured out on the first day, it’s what I expected them to do. During a week of fishing, as confidence in them rose, I pressed them harder. I loved the idea of some grip tape on the handle for sweaty fights that Leif had suggested. And I heard his words ringing in my head: Give them a b… So I pressed hard, I put them in angles that have broken rods for me before and I pumped the rod in all the stupid ways I could come up with. The guide shouted at me and asked in many f-word what the f… I was doing?
-Have you gone mental?
Home again I delivered the rods back to Leif with a blank expression on my face. I saw his worried hands fingering the rod sleeves nervously looking me sternly in the eyes. Probably thinking: The bastard’s broken rods again… When he took the rods out wrinkles turned up in the corner of his eyes.
– Did you give them a beating – your way?
-Yes, I did.
In late October Guideline will move from its premises in Mölndal to renovated warehouses and offices in Jonsered about 10 minutes east of Gothenburg. Guideline develop modern products for the active fly angler.
In Jonsereds genuine old factory area, dating back to the 1830s, we can operate in an inspiring environment where lovely little river Säveån literally runs outside the door. In addition to this, we get more efficient premises for warehouse and logistics to ensure a high and stable level of service in the future.
Important times where the move will affect the business.
We will during October run business as usual in parallel with that we prepare for our move from Mölndal to Jonsered. Wednesday October 19 to Friday October 21, we will have closed for the delivery of goods. Monday, October 24, we are underway again and delivers the goods from our new premises.
– 19 to 21 October 2016, we are completely closed for delivery.
– Monday October 24, 2016 ready for deliveries from our new premises.
Company postal adress:
GUIDELINE SWEDEN AB
William Gibsons väg 1A
433 76 JONSERED
New addresses above apply fr.o.m – Monday, October 24, 2016.
We have been fishing river Emån quite a few times this season with our friends from fly tying company FutureFly in Denmark. The fishing during the last days of the season was very good and Guideline staff member Andreas Möller landed some hefty fish on the new fly MVD Muddler. We are preparing a tying video but in the meantime you here get a quick screenshot Step-by-Step of the fly + the materials used.
Tube – FF Tube Clear 1,85 mm
Front disk – MV Disk ´Glow in the dark´
Weight – FF Balance Tungsten Tube, under dubbing
Head – Black deer hair, muddler style
Wing – Black tanuki
Hackle – Black hen
Legs – Orange barred rubber legs
Dubbing – FF Signature, After Midnight
Body – Flat braid, silver
Butt – UNI yarn, Hot orange
1. Add butt, flatbraid body and rubberlegs.
2. Add the balance tube and dubbing.
3. Tie in the tanuki wing in two steps, first an underwing of some stiffer hair.
4. Tie in and wrap the black hen hackle.
5. Tie in the black deer hair muddler style.
6. Slide a MV Disk on to the tube in front of the deer hair. Secure with glue.
7. Cut the tube and burn the end to secure the MV Disk. Trim deer hair.
Words & image by Chris Hague
As a professional fly fishing instructor / guide I often get asked about rod selection. So I am going to give you some feedback on the single handed rods I have used this year.
I have used the Guideline Fario Classic 10 ft, 3 weight this season. This rod is what I call a proper fishing tool. I like to use a high stick method when fishing nymph’s on the river. This rod is ideal for that type of fishing and the feel is excellent. A fish only needs to breathe on your fly sub surface and you feel it. This rod is also very capable of delivering a dry fly with delicacy. This means I can carry one rod on the river and cover numerous techniques with it. The line I have been using with this rod is the Guideline Presentation. I find this line superb and use it for all my river fishing.
Link to Fario Classic at the Guideline website:
Still Water Rod
I have used the Fario CRS 9 ft 6 weight this year and I can honestly say it is a long time since I had a rod in my hand that feels as nice as this one. It casts tight loops with ease and if I were taking my exams again this would be the rod I would use. The biggest compliment I can pay this rod is my Sage XP has now been retired. This rod is a credit to Chris Rownes and Leif Stavmo who developed this rod for Guideline. The line I have used with this rod is the Guideline 4 Cast. It is easy to cast, very accurate and turns over superb. This is one of my all time favourite lines.
Link to Fario CRS at the Guideline website:
I have used the RSI this year and I can honestly say this rod feels like it is fitted with a turbo. It has a fast action, but still retains great feel. I took both the 9ft 6 weight and 9 ft 8 weight on a Bone fishing trip this year to Mexico and they handled the task in hand easily no matter what the wind threw at them. I love my Fario CRS for still water fishing but the RSI would also do a job on the still water. The line I paired with this rod is the Guideline Pike Line, although this line is not designed for salt water fishing , I find it works excellent with the RSI and it stands up to the heat well.
Link to RSI at the Guideline website:
Best regards Chris Hague
Professional Fly Fishing Instructor/Guide.
APGAI Advanced Professional Instructor
Our boys over in Canada have had some nice time along the coast with striped bass on switch and light two-hand rods. Looks like a blast and so fun to see those young fly anglers in action!
The striped bass (Morone saxatilis), also called Atlantic striped bass, striper, linesider, pimpfish, rock, or rockfish, is an anadromous Perciforme fish of the Moronidae family found primarily along the Atlantic coast of North America. It has also been widely introduced into inland recreational fisheries across the United States. Striped bass found in the Gulf of Mexico are a separate strain referred to as Gulf Coast striped bass.
The striped bass is the state fish of Maryland, Rhode Island, and South Carolina, and the state saltwater (marine) fish of New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and New Hampshire. The history of the striped bass fishery in North America dates back to the Colonial period. Many written accounts by some of the first European settlers describe the immense abundance of striped bass, along with alewives, traveling and spawning up most rivers in the coastal Northeast.
By Fabrice Bergues – Guideline PowerTeam France
Many people regard bluefin tuna as the most powerful fish in saltwater and many fishermen consider bluefin tuna the ultimate big game fish to catch on a fly. So when some friends of mine called me to do some attempts in Golfe de Gascogne on Atlantic Ocean, my answer was « YEEESSSS !!! »
My lack of experience in saltwater fishing was not to my advantage, then Leif Stävmos advices on rods, reels and lines were very helpful. On the Atlantic waters, close to the shore between the cities of Bayonne and Hendaye in Basque country, it’s possible from July to October to find schools of blue fin tunas looking for baitfish close to the surface. Most of these baitfish are anchovies and these little fishes move in large shoals close to the surface. When the tuna finds them, the feeding frenzy begins, it’s an explosion on the surface. It’s the right time to try to cast a fly in front of them !
To catch a Blue fin Tuna on the fly in our waters is more than a challenge, It’s a long list of problems to solve in the best possible way….
To find the tunas in such a so large body of water, a guide who knows the area is a great help. The use of a depthfinder and seacharts are also important tools in the search.
Try to get the boat close to the hunting in order to have a chance to present the fly, this is the concertation between the angler and pilot, it’s determinant to have a chance to reach success. If tunas actively feeding on the surface, we have to try to determine the direction the school is traveling, then turn the motor off, drift and turn the boat in order for the fisherman to be in a good position to cast. The more tunas that are hunting in the surface, the better the chances to get a hook-up.
Keep the balance on the boat in the middle of the swell and lapping water during the cast and avoid to keep the feet in the slack line loop on the boat deck.
Keep calm, and try not to ruin the first cast in the excitement, because it won’t be often you will have a second chance, and then pray !
It’s very hard to tell the most effective presentation, stripping the fly, dead drift, for the moment whe have caught in the both way, but overall stripping the fly. A 12-weight Guideline RSi rod seems to be a good choice for Tuna in low to medium sized ( until around 25-30 kg) This rod usually has the power which helps when pump the bluefin up from the depths. Although stiffer, higher weight class rods could be more beneficial during the long fight, a 12 weight rod is more pleasant to cast. I paired it with a VOSSO 1113 and filled it with our new 80lbs PE backing.
The struggle with a Tuna is very gruelling for the fisherman, he needs to maintain a constant pressure on the fish through the fly rod, during the lift when pumping, the amount of line gained is generally very small, so it’ts only the constant pressure who can defeat the tuna, wich mean a lot of punishment for the arm, wrist, hand and fingers, overall when no harness are used.
This last image shows how the water looks like when a gang of tunas are done with the baitfish; the ocean is filled with tiny scales.
By Fabrice Bergues – Guideline PowerTeam France.