Ian Devlin will share his knowledge of striper fishing in the Housatonic and salt water fishing in the Sound at the Nutmeg Trout Unlimited meeting Tuesday, Dec. 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Port 5, 69 Brewster St, Bridgeport.
If there is time after the presentation, Ian also would like to give an in-depth overview of fly lines (tapers, stiffness/limpness for different temperatures), and when to use a line that floats or sinks or something in between. Proper leader tapers and construction/knots for saltwater angling may also be covered.
Ian has been a guide for more than 20 years in both Florida and Connecticut, specializing in fly casting and plug. He holds a current fly rod world record for bluefish caught in 1999 on 20 pound weight tippet.
He has worked in fly fishing retail for more than 25 years including four different shops in both Connecticut and Florida.
Lou Tabory certified Ian as a FFF fly casting instructor in 1996. He learned to routinely cast 100 foot or more at the early age of 15 years old.
His Devil N’ Blends synthetic blend fibers that he makes since 2000 have been purchased by people from all over the planet (literally South America, Australia, Europe, Japan, and all over the USA). He has been tying flies for warm freshwater, and mostly saltwater since for many years.
He is a keen observer of the various skiff types and is designing his skiff from scratch; likely his biggest project to date.
He has also developed fly rods for G. Loomis.
Photography is becoming more than a pastime, and he plans to integrate it into more trips.
Ian is an avid birder and nature enthusiast, and recognizes the value of coastal cleanups.
Lastly, Ian tends to think outside the box and often tries new ideas keep him on a progressive path to innovation.
During the spring of 2013, Westport Outfitters, in conjunction with legendary angler, product developer and author, Lou Tabory, will continue our quest to introduce the wonderful world of Fly Fishing to beginners, as well as refine those skills of more advanced fisherman and women.
Intro/Intermediate Classes will meet:
• May 11 at 6 a.m. at Compo Beach, Westport
• June 8 at 6 a.m. at Compo Beach, Westport
This intro/intermediate course will begin promptly at 6 a.m. in the water, in your waders. Lou and the crew from W.O. will work with you in learning the general casting stroke for fly fishing; teach you how to read the water to identify bait movement, current, structure and feeding fish patterns and lanes. You will have the opportunity to cast some additional rods with varying types of lines for saltwater fly fishing. After the fishing, we will return to the shop where Lou will go over several formal slide presentations, that will reiterate what was learned on the water, including gear selection, knot tying, fly presentation and much, much more! After lunch, we will have an extended Q&A and then finally return to the park to wrap things up with more hands on casting. The day will end at approximately 3 p.m.
Cost is $150.00, which includes a light breakfast, full lunch and refreshments throughout the day.
• TBD-Fall 2011 Compo Beach, Westport
The advanced class with Lou & the crew from W.O. will begin with a similar agenda as the intro/intermediate. Focus will be given to more technical casting skills such as mastering the double haul, increasing your distance, carrying more line in the air, accuracy of casts, improving fly presentation and tips on fishing/casting with heavier sinking lines and bigger flies. When we return to the shop after the fishing, more advanced knot tying will be discussed/demonstrated as well as a much closer look at reading the water and more effective wading tips to increase your catch. After lunch, we will return to the lawn for more hands on casting and demonstrations. The day will end at approximately 3:00 P.M. Cost is $150.00, which includes a light breakfast, full lunch and refreshments throughout the day.
To reserve your spot for any of the above events, call 203.341.9490 or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) the shop. Class size will be limited to insure an effective student to teacher ratio.