Tuesday, June 30, 2009



While the REST of the fishing world is so often pockmarked by crime and crazy politics, LOS SUENOS remains my choice as the oasis of stability for angling travel!

CONTACT - www.stayincostarica.com

TOLL FREE PHONE 1-866-888-6424

Photographer Art Blank and I just cannot wait to get aboard this beauty.

Sunny One

BRAND NEW MAVERICK 32 feet Hard Top Express with large fishing cockpit

EQUIPMENT-U.S. Coast Guard approved equipped.-460 horsepower Caterpillar diesel.-Cruise speed 30 knots-2 Furuno GPS Chart Navigators-Furuno powerful 50/200 sounder-2 I-Com radios-Rupp spreader outriggers-Blue water marlin chair-Live bait well -Built in tuna tubes.

COMFORT-Full size marine head-2 well ventilated bunk beds below-Comfortable shaded fishing area.

FISHING TACKLE-50# Tiagra reels 30# Shimano Tyrnos reels 80# Tiagra reels 20# Shimano spinning rods. All on custom IGFA rods

CREW-Captain Walton Smith, fully bilingual, with 18 years of experience fishing different spots in Costa Rica. Mate Miguel Barrios is also bilingual with 14 years of experience fishing in Costa Rica.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Scenic Waterfall and Stream Near Water Shed Cabins by Jan Maizler...

This beautiful moving image of the trip was oh-so-enhanced by the rainbow trout in the pool below the falls!


Lakes Around Water Shed Cabins by Jan Maizler.....

The train we're on flies by over a weathered but safe bridge to reveal this come-dive-in-me lake.


Summer Transition: Trout to Tarpon...

Back in the SOFLA summer saddle, I released a 50-pound specimen this morning and lost two strikes. After that I anticipated a buildup to the west and scrammed it to port. I was safely done with the boat and marina when the squall hit.

The recollections of my Watershed Cabin in Bryson City, N.C. are tugging at me.


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Western North Carolina Images of WaterShed Cabins and Nantahala Outdoor Center by Jan Maizler...

Watershed Cabins
1-888-604-3075 office phone Toll-free reservations line
E-Mail- sharon@watershedcabins.com (reservations)

Nantahala Outdoor Center
13077 Highway 19W
Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone 828.488.2176
Cory Sutton
Fly Fishing Guide with NOC
Mobile Phone 828-736-3270

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Thanks to Watershed Cabins and Nantahala Outdoor Center

Well, despite a sunday of extreme showers and rising water levels of increasingly turbid stream water, we scored well on rainbow trout with guide Cory Sutton of Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC). We fly fished exclusively using fly tackle with nymphs and strike indicators.

Two special excitements were a huge brown trout bashing Corrie's hookless strike indicator ball float as well as my losing a trophy rainbow as it blasted my nymph as it dragged downstream after a drift: I was really shocked!

Last night we dined at Relia's Garden on the NOC property. I ordered the tomato dill soup and the pork chops which were pan seared with a sage gravy and served with sweet potato and collard with a butter garlic sauce. I hasten to add that some local microbrewery operations are turning out some good beers and ales, an ideal refreshment after a day of stream fishing.

The full story of this western North Carolina adventure will be appearing in a future article in CyberAngler- http://www.cyberangler.com/

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Hello from Bryson City, North Carolina

We're up here to do a trout fly fishing story in western North Carolina.

Once again, the pleasures of new pristine/pastoral environs soothe and offer a tonic from brusque and not really very hip Miami.

So far, 1 sunny day and we did the Nantahla Gorge via train with the evening topped off by a sumptuous wine, cheese, and fruit party. Today is a partly rainy day and the fishing is about to begin on the 'morow.

All possible thanks to Nantahala Outdoor Center. http://www.noc.com/

Super thanks to WaterShed Cabins!!!!! http://www.watershedcabins.com/

Much more to follow....

The excitement is building for taking some trout on fly..maybe even a brookie.


Travel Editor, CyberAngler http://www.cyberangler.com/

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

New Field Test- Pro-Cure Super Gel...

I had such excellent results using this product on weedless spoons (with Captain C.A. Richardson) on Sarasota redfish, I wanted some of my own.

For the balance of the year, I'll be testing the Pro-Cure Mullet and Shrimp Super-Gel against bare artificials on inshore fishing trips.


Jan Maizler
Jan Maizler's Amazon Blog

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Field Test Results on the Daiwa Saltist Spinning Rod STE70MFS

I've been about 6 weeks "deep" into my tarpon season. In a stretch of water from Belize to Biscayne Bay, I've released 14 tarpon with over 8 of the fish topping 80 pounds.
All of these fish have been on my Saltist rod and the rod has performed quite well. Guides, reel seat, and grips are intact. The blank puts a huge amount of pressure on fish despite its light weight. It's a great rod!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Fine Friday....

Thankfully, I was able to wrap 2 articles this week so I could finally get to fishing for tarpon. The week before, I got washed out by a dawn deluge that gave way to blue skies by 10 a.m., but the bite was long since over.

I returned to one of my tarpon spots and the fish were there, but not in an eating mood. One non-conformist grabbed my offering and ran like hell, punctuating it with a water-clearing jump 100 yards away. I fired up my engine and slowly gained line. After twenty more minutes of maximum pressure, give and take and a few jumps, I released a fish of around 80 pounds.

By then, the the balance of the fish were spread out and sounding.

Back at the marina, the ramp was loaded with garish muscle boats revving in ready for a run to Bimini and back...for what? To say I'm faster? Yet I'm sure should they have thought about my angling obsessions, they would be scratching their heads too.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Field Test Results on Cabela's Salt Striker Spinning Reel..

It's been about 4 months into prime bonefish and now, tarpon season.
I've brought my 2 Salt Strikers (loaded with Berkley 10-pound Big Game monofilament) to Abaco where the reel took 23 bonefish to ten pounds.
Then, I took them down to Belize where I employed them tarpon fishing to release 4 fish (out of 14 jumped) to 40 pounds.
The reels have done remarkably well. The bail mechanism, line roller, instant antireverse, spool stability, line capacity as well as ergonomically-designed reel handle have made these 2 reels some of my favorite items in my gamefish "power arsenal".
Jan Maizler