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How to tie the Mahler Single strand mono shrimp fly video

We shot this at ICAST 2014 Orlando at the Mustad booth a few days ago. The tier is no other than Joe Mahler, the inventor of the fly himself.

Joe shows us how to use one strand of mono to tie his fly from start to finish. The video is uncut and it runs under 8 minutes.

8 foot long 30lb test mono
#2 hook

Mono shrimp fly

Mono shrimp fly

Installation video: Hobie Pro Angler Power Pole micro bracket

In this video I install the Hobie Pro Angler bracket made specifically to mount the Powerpole micro.

Power Pole micro bracke made for Hobie PA

Power Pole micro bracke made for Hobie PA

Hobie PA power pole micro mounting backet

Hobie PA power pole micro mounting backet

The item looks to be sturdy and it is made to last in the marine environment. I fish saltwater so this is a must.

The packaging comes with all the parts needed. All you need is a screw driver and wrench. The entire install was very straight forward and took less than 15minutes.

The price I was told would be less than $100.00

How to shoot a self portrait when Kayak fishing that is not the same old lame shots.


When I can only go out fishing for a couple hours I prefer to kayak fish. It is fast, convenient, easy to clean after and you can be pretty stealthy.

When I catch a nice fish, one of the thing that annoys me most is how limited you are, with the inability to take good photos. When fishing solo like I often do, it’s tough to get a good photos to share.


It’s either sitting on your lap or you can set the camera on your kayak and get a hunchback of notre dame shot.

hunchback kayak pose
So the other day I figured a way to get a better shot. Though not perfect by any means, it’s much better than the alternative.

-Iphone with a lifeproof case(water proof)
-Handle bar mount(easy mount and pivots for good composition)
-Camera timer app(321 camera timer is what I use as it allows for multi timer shots. it’s 99 cents but I think it’s worth it for the multishot functions.)
-Stake out pole (Wang Anchor is what I use)

The concept is quite easy. Once the fish is landed. You mount the camera/iphone/lifeproof on your stake out pole and stake it out. Set the timer app and take as many cool photos as you want.

This way you get your kayak in there, the scenery as well as your gear and envy try some action shots like water dripping etc. It’s looks a ton better and not to mention you are not hunched over like you are having back issues.

The iphone allows for front facing camera so you can frame your shots properly. Also with the app you can set it for multiple shots as well as the time between shots so you can try different angles and be creative.

Here is quick demonstration video. I wanted to shoot it outside but it was raining today.

Power Pole and Rhodan GPS trolling motor at Gasperilla for perfect anchoring

Here is a little tip I’ve been using if you have a Power Pole and My Rhodan gps trolling motor combination. I was the Gasperilla parade and wanted to get out of the boat so we could mingle with the crowd and see the parade better.

If we would just throw the anchor,or put the power pole down the boat would swing crashing into things. Besides it would be too close the crowd and no telling what drunk person might jump into the boat when we were not looking.

After we got off I just use the remote to move the boat away from the sea wall/crowd. I then press anchor(to keep the bow and position stationary) then put the power pole down for a back up as well as not allowing the boat to swing. It works perfectly for beer storage as well.

When we were done, I used the remote to bring the boat right to us.

Power Pole and Rhodan GPS trolling motor

How to change a treble hook on your lures. No tools needed

Changing out treble hooks, no tools needed

How often have you loose a trophy fish because your treble hook just got rusty and breaks or bend out? I don’t know about you guys but to me it gets pretty darn frustrating.

As you may or may not know, 80% of the fishing market is freshwater. Logically, the manufacture of the lures put fresh water hooks on their lures. This works great if you fish mostly fresh water.

When we use the same lure in saltwater they often get rusty or bend out easily when you have a nice fish on. This can be quite frustrating to say the least but in a tournament situation it can cost you a trophy of even hard cold cash.

Here is a easy quick way to upgrade your treble hooks to a saltwater or stronger version. The one I’m using in the video is a Daiichi xxxx hooks, size 4 .

Ashley’s of Don’s Bait and Tackle How to tie his bend back Fly, AC Laid Back Fly

The AC Laid Back by Ashley of Don’s Bait and Tackle in Homestead, FL.

Here’s my variation on a bend back style fly. The great thing about Ben back patterns is they ride hook up and the materials act as a weed guard. This variation has a large head for pushing water and allows for not only sight casting but, works well for pounding shorelines. A customer recently picked some up in a peacock bass color scheme and liked the fact that he could throw the fly up on the bank and drag it in the water, directly in front of the fish with it snagging.

Also, after much debate I’ve decided to go back to naming my patterns not so much out of ego but, the inability I’m having understanding which flies people are asking questions about and ordering. After almost 20 years of tying I’ve regressed back to trying to come up with witty and catchy names.

Hook: Gamakatsu B10 Stinger #1/0
Thread: Match fly
Body: unique (supreme or ultra hair), SF Fiber, and Ice wing
Head: dubbing of your choice
Eyes: 3D epoxy

Camera Gear I normally bring on a Fishing shoot

Here is a video that is probably long over due.

Whether it comes from facebook or email, people ask me constantly what camera gear I normally use on fishing shoot.

So I decided to shoot a quick video showing the gear I normally bring with me.

Here is a quick list.

Camera Body:
Nikon D3
Nikon D300s
Nikon D7000

Tokina 10-17
Tokina 11-16 2.8
Nikon 17-55 2.8
Nikon 70-200 2.8

Pelican 1600 case
3 SB 600 flashes
1.4x teleconverter
Loads of memory cards
Snorkeling gear

Ikelite housing 8″ dome
Canon 7D w/ Tokina 10-17mm

Mantis Shrimp fly by Ashely of Don’s Bait and Tackle

Just about everyone in South Florida knows the shrimp here become microscopic in the summer and the fish that feed on these ever present crustaceans change their feeding patterns to offset this annual tradition. The bonefish in Biscayne Bay average 8 lbs. or so and must adapt to the quality of the food source available to them.

Working at Don’s has given me as a fly tier a unique experience in seeing all kinds of food items available from Biscayne Bay ( Biscayne Bay is where almost all the shrimp that are delivered from Miami to Key West are caught). This time of year we begin to see a lot more mantis shrimp in the tanks and this is after they have cleaned and culled their nighttime catches. This leads me to believe that the mantis shrimp are extremely abundant this time of year and they certainly offer a much better food source for the larger bone fish in the Bay.

Here’s a fly I have had a lot of luck with over the years for summer time bone fishing especially during the hottest months of July- Sept. This is a large bone fish fly (3 -4 inches) and not for flat calm slicked off days or the faint of heart. If you get this meal in front of a fish and she doesn’t spook its game on!

More questions please visit.

Don’s Bait and Tackle Homestead Florida

Hook: Gamakatsu b10stinger #2
Tail/ body: barred jumbo zonker
Head: arctic fox or cross cut rabbit in dubbing loop
Eyes: situation specific