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Fins to Feathers is devoted to the art and science of fly fishing, featuring Marc Martyn.
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The Corixa Bug or “Water Boatman”
In the early spring, just after the ice leaves the lakes, figuring out what trout are feeding on can be perplexing. The lingering winter weather with it’s cold nights, cool days and water temperatures in the low 40’s, is a time of year when there are not many insect hatches. There may be a large midge hatch, but matching that hatch can be difficult.The first area of a lake to warm up after ice out is the shallows. By late March and early April, the sun is quite warm and the shallows will be...
Category: Trout  Date: 5/7/2009  Author: Marc Martyn
The Shadowy St. Joe River
In the announcement of Feathers To Fins this spring, I said that I would welcome guest writers for the column. In September, Joe Sanders (Lotech Joe) and I made a day of fly fishing the St. Joe River. On the return home, Joe mentioned that he would like to write an article about the river. He sent it to me the other day. I really enjoyed reading it and I'm sure that you will also. Marc Martyn In those tales & fables written by venerable old friends, we hear stories of ancient r...
Category: Rivers  Date: 11/4/2008  Author: Lotech Joe
Personal Watercraft for Fishing
What fits your needs? Much like how the astronomers wanted to go to another planet and inventors wanted to fly like birds, fisherman have always wanted to be freed from the boundries of the shoreline to fish. From the dawn of time, man has been innovative in finding ways to get out on the water. From hollowing out logs to make a Dugout, to stretching animal hides over a wood frame, they have found ways to get out to where the fish are.In the last couple of decades we have seen ma...
Category: General  Date: 10/27/2008  Author: Marc Martyn
The Thermocline's Effect on Fishing
Fishing for trout in a lake and not knowing what or where the thermocline is can make the chances of being successful slim. It could be compared to looking for Huckleberries in Odessa, WA. You are just not in the correct temperature range.A typical lake in the summer time consists of three stratified layers. The upper or warmer layer is known as the Epilimnion. The bottom or colder layer is called the Hypolimnion. The Thermocline is the layer that is between both the bottom and top layers. ...
Category: Trout  Date: 8/18/2008  Author: Marc Martyn
Blending Fur for Dubbing
There are times when creating a fly pattern, the pre-packaged blended furs with sparkle or flash materials mixed in isn’t really what you want. Often the flash is very short in length and the color isn’t right. When tying my Wooly Leech pattern, I want the Angel Hair longer so that after the body is dubbed, I can pull out the material with a piece of velcro. The effect that I want is to have the Angel Hair the same length as the hackle that is palmered on the body. I searched through all the fl...
Category: Tackle  Date: 7/7/2008  Author: Marc Martyn
Fly Fishing: It's Noble Beginnings
Many historians agree that the art of fly fishing began in the Late Middle Ages around 1496 in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England about 22 miles north of London.The first published text on the subject of fly fishing was in The Treatyse of Fysshynge (Fishing) With An Angle. It is the most complete early reference writing on the sport of fly fishing. Included are instructions on how to make a rod, line and hooks. The treatise (pronounced: tree-tes) also includes instruction on how to ma...
Category: Trout  Date: 6/5/2008  Author: Marc Martyn