Cobia Fly Design: Hook Shape

Here’s a scenario:  You lay a beautiful cast in front of a cruising fish (snook, striper, cobia – the species doesn’t particularly matter).  Your fly lands in front of the fish, and as you strip once, then twice, the fish lights up and engulfs your fly.  You strip-strike (the sure fire way to sink a…

Redington Behemoth Fly Reel

After seeing a few demo videos and doing a little research, I was able to get my hands on Redington’s new fly reel, the Behemoth.  It’s a really unusual offering in the big-game fly reel market, with looks straight from a science-fiction movie, and a price point (around ~$100) far below similar reels.  How? This reel is die-cast – something that…

Chesapeake Cobia and Fly Design: What fly pattern works best?

I did not have a good year sight casting for cobia.  Over four days in July and August, I hunted these fish, armed with my 10 weight and a number of hand-tied flies.  I found small fish (24″-30″) on two of those days, and in those cases, I either could not get sighted fish to eat,…