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Monday, September 2, 2013

No Carp at Beaver Island but My Smallie Won Something!

Back in July I entered the big fish contest that Stream and Brook Fly Fishing has each month on Facebook.  For those that don't know, Stream and Brook Fly Fishing is a guide service based in Vermont.  They have access to water for those that want to pursue brooks, browns, and rainbows as well as large and smallmouth bass and pike all on the fly.  I have had the pleasure of speaking with Brian Cadoret a few times via Facebook and email.  Nice guy.  Anyways, I entered the big fish contest in July with a photograph of the biggest smallie I landed while I was on the carp trip that wasn't at Beaver Island.  I was using a Steffen Brothers fiberglass 8/9wt rod loaded with Rio Redfish 9wt line. My fly was picked by my guide that day, Steve Martinez. It was a small crab pattern that worked like a charm. This fish went 18.5 inches and was 4 pounds. Quite the little piggy. My biggest smallie ever. I asked our fans, followers and friends to please vote for me, which they did.  Much to my surprise, I won!!  Brian contacted me shortly thereafter and told me that I had won Fly Waters Near & Far by Barry & Cathy Beck.  Awesome!

Well I got the book the other day and all I have to say is damn!  This book is amazing.  It has some stunning photographs in it.  The book must weigh like 5 pounds and has over 300 pages with over 400 photographs.  The chapters cover the following destinations: The Beck's home waters, New England, The American West, Alaska, Mexico, The Bahamas, Belize, Los Roques, Venezuela, Patagonia Argentia, The Sea Trout of Argentia, Christmas Island, New Zeland, and Russia. Without a doubt this is a very cool book and I am going to enjoy reading it.  Well maybe not since I will get sad at not being able to fish and/or at not being able to visit these places.  But that's just me!  Thanks to all who voted and many thanks to Stream and Brook Fly Fishing for holding the contest each month.  I do appreciate it.
My Big Fish Entry


Smallies in the book too!! 

I really want to go out west to fish 

1 comment:

  1. That is a "PIG" of a Smallmouth my friend. Don't see those kind very often. Congratulations on winning and sure looks like a great book. You are right, you need to get out west fishing. Perhaps, Colorado, Howard will show you around. Me, I would too, however, some guy from Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Obsessed, has me focused seriously on pond fishing for warmwater fish.