|--Dock Talk 365 Interview--|
I took a look at Chris' blog, read some of the other interviews and thought it would be fun to give my perspective with some background of why I fish and love it so much. This sentence from the "About Us" helped seal the deal, "Our focus is on the recreational or local tournament anglers who love to spend time on the water and are willing to share their valuable knowledge of their local waters and techniques as well as their overall perspectives on our sport."
The full interview is posted under "Interview with Gin Clear Blog Author Dean Wormell" but here are a couple of the questions and answers from the interview (with some pictures added):
Your last blog post highlights your top 12 days on the water from 2015. What have been 5 of your best days for 2016?
I’ve had some excellent days on the water this year, including many firsts on the fly -- first albie, first shad, first saltwater white perch, first keeper stripers (4 to date from 28’ to 31”), first pike, first snapper blue (a small bluefish). I’m blessed to have the time and locations close to home. Also having a guide for a son in the Adirondacks makes for great opportunities to chase tail. I couldn’t keep it to 5 days so below are highlights of the 7 best days on the water in 2016 in chronological order.
Cheeky Schoolie Tourney” on Cape Cod. This is a catch and release striped bass tournament where the largest 4 fish of the day wins. I’ve fished the tourney the last three years and this past year was the best in terms of numbers of fish caught. My partner, Jeff, & I caught dozens of “micro” schoolies sized from 8” to 13”. My first catch of the day was a shad, another first on the fly. We didn’t place high, but did record the smallest schoolie at 8” which won new Simms waders, boots and a sling pack. My son, Matt, drove down to fish for his first striper after the tourney. After 3 years of trying, Jeff & I got Matt into his first stripers that weekend. A couple that night and a few more the next day.
Fly Fishing New England board invited me to join him in mid-September to a southern New England jetty to chase False Albacore. The albies show up in southern New England for September and October and many anglers take vacations to chase these powerful little tuna from shore. I watched my friend land 3 and was able to get my first late in the afternoon before leaving. Blind casting into current along the jetty for 6 hours and suddenly the line went tight and all the excess line cleared the stripping basket in seconds. Two strong runs and the second into my backing was exhilarating. I will be haunted by the albie for the rest of my days.
What percentage of time do you fish saltwater versus freshwater? What do you love about fly fishing?
This year, I’m fly fishing about 60% saltwater and 40% freshwater. I chase striped bass, false albacore, bluefish, shad, flounder and whatever I find on the end of the fly line in the salt. Trout, largemouth & smallmouth bass, bluegills, crappie, landlocked salmon, perch, carp and pike are some of the many species we find in the freshwater here in the northeast. I will fish for most any fish that’s willing to take a fly.
I also am very fortunate to have a son (@troutdoors) and wife (@valwormell) that like to fly fish. My son, Matt, got both myself and Val, my wife, into fly fishing over 10 years ago, so times we all get to fish together are very special. Matt currently guides for Wiley’s Flies (@wileysflies) in the Adirondacks so our trips to visit Matt and fish the ADK are also one of the things I love about fly fishing.
Go to the Dock Talk 365 Blog for the rest of the interview.