They swim shallow, are hard to feed a fly, are hardy in warm water, and are beautiful in their own right. You don’t like them? Great. More flats for me! I have fished carp for three decades and have caught them from West Coast to East Coast and even a few in Europe where they have quite a different reputation.
Since the company first proposed this mine, Montana Trout Unlimited along with partners (Trout Unlimited, EarthWorks, MEIC, American Rivers and EarthJustice) have been battling to protect the Smith from the risks of the mine. After the state’s mine permitting agency, the Department of Environmental Quality, permitted the Black Butte Copper Mine, failing to heed the comments of more than 12,000 Montanans opposing this mine, as well as the extensive independent research that we provided that shows the risks this mine poses to the river and fishery, MTU and partners filed a lawsuit in the Meagher County District Court challenging the mine permit.
One of the redeemable qualities about striped bass is that, when they are plentiful, these fish are incredibly accessible. We fish for them on foot in downtown Boston, from quiet beaches in Rhode Island, in the brackish water of the Chesapeake Bay, and by boat all the way from North Carolina to Maine. In fact, data from 2017 shows that almost 18 million angler fishing trips were taken in pursuit of stripers.
Cheers to the new year and here’s to making this year one of the best ever. While COVID continues to dominate the airwaves and life’s still undoubtedly strange, it’s important now more than ever that we embrace the opportunities to celebrate the outdoors and get out on the water.
As fly fishing has expanded from the pursuit of traditional cold water and flats fishing to all kinds of different species, the need for more robust fishing tools is at an all-time high. Instead of dangling a clogged-up lanyard with everything (nippers, forceps, and knot tightener) hanging at your hands, many anglers are adopting the single tool that does most of the heavy lifting— fly fishing pliers.
Fly fishing reels are an essential part of your fishing equipment. At Cheeky Fishing we have developed a number of different fly reels to give you the best experience when on the water. When you are preparing to buy fly reels, we want to help you select the correct reel for your angling needs. Below you will find a description of what makes up a great reel which can be useful for selecting the right reel.