Sunday, 15 June 2014

Vision MAG 10' 4#

MAG Fly Rod Overview from Jim Williams on Vimeo.

A video we shot earlier this year using the superb Vision MAG 10' 4# ending with a stunning big wild brownie!

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Cuba Saltwater Flyfishing.

Early season weather at home was miserable, wet, cold and uninviting, so in conversation with good friend Gary Wilkinson a trip we had been planning to Cuba was finally booked for early March. Initially we'd planned to do a DIY trip and on our first day we did catch a variety of fish from the beach and flats close to our hotel but as the guides are a very reasonable price we ended up spending the majority of the trip under the guidance of Orlando ,a really nice guy and good guide from Cayo Paradon. We had emailed Orlando to arrange days prior to arriving at Cayo Coco and he arranged the rest, including transfers to and from our all inclusive hotel. The month you go can make a big difference because if tarpon are on your wish list, then the guides told me that May onwards is better as this is when the majority of the migration arrives. March seems to be the most settled month as far as weather goes and for us early march had suitable tide times so these were big factors in choosing this month.
There are some good sized Bonefish and plenty of Baracuda on the flats at this time of year and we did see and get a cast at a few Permit, but it's as if every time I cast a fly at this fish my fly turns invisible as soon as it hits the water, so once again they ignored me. The Bonefish however were playing ball and we had some crackers, Gary had his first Bonefish and between us we had some really good fishing.

Walking along this stunning beach from our hotel towards the flats.
Gary in the distance just minutes from the hotel.
Scanning for any sign of Bones approaching.
The rewards.
Amazing fish.
Gary's first Bonefish.
A better second, look at that tail!!!!
Gary and Orlando with one each.
A proper fight and Proper teeth!!!

We had various outfits with us but both of us opted for 8 weight rods for our Bone fishing, for me the 8# pretty much covers all the bases from wind speeds, fly sizes and just about whatever gets thrown at you on the day, Out of the various rods we had, one that stood out for me was the Venus sws from Vision, it recovers fast so it's waiting for you to make the next move instead of you waiting for it, it has bags of power so winds are less of a problem, high line speeds and quick fire casts are easy, and fish are soon tamed, it was everything i needed from a Bonefishing rod and I would be more than happy using it for a lot of other species in the UK such as Pike, Carp, Bass, Mullet, etc, etc.

Can't wait to get back, it won't be long.