Posted by: Peter Kutzer
Welcome to another installment of “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor,” with me, Peter Kutzer. In this episode, I discuss the best way to grip a fly rod. This may seem ridiculously basic to some folks, but the grip is the foundation on which your whole cast is built. So it’s very important that you establish a comfortable grip that will help you put your fly where you want it to go.
The first thing to keep in mind is that you don’t want to try to squeeze the life out of the cork. A grip that’s too tight won’t allow your arm to move properly, and it will cause you to tire quickly. So if you want to be able to fish all day in comfort, start with a light grip. In this video, I offer three options for how you can hold the rod, but the thumb-on-top is my favorite. If you’re just getting started, it’s your best option. Good luck!
Posted by: Larry Kenney
Do you ever find yourself scratching your head when reading about fly rods, or do you find yourself lost when you hear a couple guys at your club meeting discussing their new rod-building projects? Do you know the difference between the prepreg and the scrim?
Some of the terms that describe fly-rod construction are pretty arcane, so here’s a brief glossary from longtime rod-builder Larry Kenney that will help you better understand what goes into making a fly rod and keep up with the conversation when the rod-builders start talking shop. It will also make it easier to understand what makes a new rod technology so new—as in the Helios’s “thermpolastic resin in the layup and unidirectional scrim”—and how such a new technology translates into better performance on the water.
Blank: The long, skinny thing—generally tubular—to which the handle, reel seat, guides, and often ugly graphics are added.
Butt section: The bottom, thick section of a rod or blank.
Ferrule: The device by which the sections of a rod or blank are connected.
Fighting butt: The short, cork- or foam-covered extension to the rear of the reel seat, designed to keep the reel out of one’s beer belly when fighting a fish.
Fixed hood: A fixed metal shroud over either the top or the bottom of the reel-seat cylinder into which one end of the reel seat is placed.
Layup: The specific way in which patterns of composite prepreg are layered around a mandrel. Specific layups may include different fibers (graphite and boron, graphite and fiberglass), different orientations (unidirectional, woven, or filament-wound) or a combination of fibers and fiber orientations—all designed to produce specific characteristics of flex, stiffness, and durability.
Locking ring: The nut that puts pressure against the sliding hook to keep the reel securely locked in place.
Material: The fibers (graphite, fiberglass, Kevlar, boron, or some combination of them) that do the work—supporting the load of the fly line or pulling on a fish. Most contemporary rods are fabricated principally from fibers that run unidirectionally along the length of the rod, although many rods also make use of fibers running around or at an angle to the unidirectional fibers, in order to provide additional strength.
Prepreg: The fabric created by impregnating the material with resin. The prepreg is cut into “flags,” which are rolled around the mandrel(s).
A worker at the Orvis rod shop in Manchester, Vermont, prepares some prepreg,
which will be cut into “flags” and rolled onto a mandrel.
photo by Tim Bronson
Reel seat: The threaded metal cylinder on which the reel is secured to the rod.
Resin: The matrix that holds the fibers together. Most modern rods are fabricated with thermoplastic epoxy resins.
Scrim: A lightweight fabric of fiberglass or graphite that forms a lining under the principal fibers and which aids in working with the material when it is rolled around a mandrel. Some scrims are woven, and some aren’t. Scrim fibers that go around, rather than up and down, the blank also add “hoop strength” to the finished product.
Sliding hood: A sliding metal shroud that slides over the end of the reel seat that isn’t under the fixed hood.
Taper: A term often used synonymously with “action” to describe the way a rod performs. Tapers in which the difference in diameter between butt and tip were relatively great (“fast” tapers) produced stiff-butted, light-tipped, fast-action rods. Slow-action rods came from blanks in which the difference between butt and tip diameters was smaller. The taper of a tubular rod is determined by the shape of the mandrel(s) around which it is fabricated. A rod’s action is, in large part, by that taper, but also by the material(s), the layup, the number of section a ferrules, and by the weight and placement of guides and wraps—a complicated alchemy to which this brief overview does benign disservice.
Tip section: The section of a rod or blank farthest from the butt section.
Larry Kenney is a well-known fly-rod builder who lives in San Francisco.
THIS TUESDAY WE NEED YOU TO COME TO SULLIVAN COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO SAY NO TO FRACKING AT THE DEC GAS HEARING
THIS IS ONE OF TWO CHANCES TO HAVE YOUR VOICE HEARD
IT’S YOUR WATER, YOUR AIR AND YOUR HEALTH
WHEN: 11:15 AM TUESDAY NOVEMBER 29
WHERE: SULLIVAN COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, SELIG THEATER, LOCH SHELDRAKE
If you believe that the Catskills and New York State will be at serious risk if gas drilling using hydrofracking is approved in our state, or if you have serious questions about the conditions under which fracking will commence, this is your opportunity to speak up, hear what other citizens like you think and show Governor Cuomo and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) your opposition and/or concern. The DEC is holding just 2 more public hearings (see list below) to hear public and expert testimony about their dSGEIS (draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement) – the permitting conditions under which fracking will take place in New York.
According to yesterday’s New York Times Expose “Millions Spent in Albany Fight to Drill for Gas” the pro frackers have spent MILLIONS OF DOLLARS on lobbyists in New York State in the last year and have given Governor Cuomo over $100,000 in campaign contributions and UNTOLD AMOUNTS ON SLICK ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. According the Wall Street Journal we have outnumbered the pro gassers at the last two hearings by 4 to 1. We know that they are going to spend as much money as they need to to get pro gassers at this next hearing. That is why we need you more then ever before. Our home grown grass roots can beat the paid gassers but you need to TAKE THE DAY OFF FROM WORK OR SCHOOL and join us. Be a part of Democracy in Action.
Mountainkeeper and many other partner organizations are mobilizing our constituencies to attend the press conference and rally at the hearing in Sullivan County on November 29th at the Sullivan County Community College, Seelig Theatre, 112 College Rd, Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759
The last hearing is in New York City on November 30.
Forward this message to your friends, family and neighbors and ask them to forward it on. Get educated, especially about the health issues and threats.
The Catskill Mountainkeeper website is here as a resource for you, please use it.
SOUTH PORTLAND — Bamboo fly rods run upward of $1,500 and $2,000. That’s not the kind of cottage industry that would make it in a poor economy. Unless you’re in Maine.
Recently, four of Maine’s most prolific bamboo fly rod makers gathered to teach, talk and maybe preach bamboo fly rod making at Maine’s first Fly Fishing Show. And convert after convert stopped at their display tables to ask about the naturally grown material that forms the rods, the silk thread that colors the guides, the process that takes up to 40 hours to produce a beautiful and effective fishing tool.
“His waiting list extends beyond his life span,” said Kathy Scott, wife of bamboo fly rod maker David Van Burgel.
It’s a hobby for these craftsmen who are dentists, engineers, teachers and yes, fishermen.
But it’s a calling more than a pastime. Their work is both part of the thread of history and a celebration of their sport.
“It’s like a disease,” said Joel Anderson of Auburn, who made his first bamboo fly rod in 2006.
The recreational season reminders listed below include season dates that extend over the next two weeks. For all season dates and to view more information about hunting and fishing in New York, visit DEC’s Outdoor Activities(http://www.dec.ny.gov/62.html) webpage.
(IMPORTANT: Some waterbodies have different regulations than the general statewide regulations listed below; therefore, please review the special regulations by county(http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/71546.html) to determine if there are any differences near you.)
November 30. Final day to fish for the following:
· Largemouth and smallmouth bass (catch and release opens on December 1);
· Muskellunge; and,
· Hudson River striped bass and hickory shad in waters north of the Tappan Zee Bridge.
December 1. Opening day of catch and release fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass.
Please review the special regulations by county as noted in the important information above to ensure this is permissible in your specific waterbody.
DRBC POSTPONES NOVEMBER 21 SPECIAL MEETING New Meeting Date Still To Be Determined
WEST TRENTON, N.J. (Nov. 18) – The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) today announced that the special meeting scheduled for Nov. 21 to consider draft natural gas development regulations has been postponed to allow additional time for review by the five commission members.
No additional information is available at this time.
The DRBC is a federal/interstate government agency responsible for managing the water resources within the 13,539 square-mile Delaware River Basin. The five commission members are the governors of the basin states (Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania) and the commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ North Atlantic Division, who represents the federal government.
Please visit the commission’s web site at www.drbc.net for updates as they become available.
PERHAPS THE REASON IS DELAWARE GOVERNOR MARKELL IS NOT VOTING IN FAVOR OF PROPOSAL.
Thanks to all of your great efforts, the state of Delaware announced yesterday that it will vote “no” to DRBC’s proposed gas drilling regulations, which would allow fracking to go forward in the Delaware River Basin. As a result of Delaware’s commitment, DRBC has postponed the vote and set no new vote date!
READ MORE BELOW:
Urgent Alert_Army Corps of Engineers taking Tally of Calls Pro/Con DRBC …
The Army Corps is “tallying” the number of calls for and against approving the regulations for drilling in the Delaware River Basin. The deciding vote is on Nov. 21.
Call the Army Corps of Engineers:
You’ll get the secretary for the fed govt’s DRBC representative, Jo Ellen Darcy. Just leave your message urging the Army Corps to vote NO FRACKING in the Delaware River Basin and that we expect leadership on this issue from Pres. Obama!
The DRBC (Delaware River Basin Commission) was funded by Congress under US Supreme Court to “protect and manage” the waters of the Delaware River. Unbelievably, despite this watershed providing drinking water to 15.6 million people — 5% of ALL Americans — including NYC, Philadelphia, Trenton, Camden, most of S. Jersey. almost all of Delaware State, the DRBC plans to vote on finalizing draft fracking regulations on Nov. 21. Composed of governor-appointed commissioners from NY, NJ, PA and DE, plus the Army Corps of Engineers as the federal representative, this body needs 3 votes to pass a resolution. NJ and PA will vote for fracking. NY and DE very likely will vote against it. That makes the federal government the deciding factor.