Tom Larimer has guided for more than a decade in the Great Lakes, Alaska and Oregon. He currently owns and operates Larimer Outfitters, one of the premier guide services in the Northwest.
He also happens to like fishing on the Kanektok and the Dean. In addition to his hosted week at Alaska West in June of 2010, Tom’s hosting a group at BC West on the Dean in August of 2010 (which amazingly has a couple of spots open – drop us a line to learn more).
When Tom walks about of his cabin at BC West on August 7th and grabs a rod to take fishing, this is the rig he’s going to be grabbin’.
NOTE: This post is from 2009. For the updated version of what Tom’s fishing in 2013, check out this update. Gear has changed!
- Burkheimer 8139-3
- Ross Momentum LT 7
- Airflo Skagit Compact, 600 grains
- 30 pound dacron backing attached to the spool with an arbor knot
- Airflo Ridgeline running line, attached to the backing with an albright knot, sealed with superglue
- Skagit Compact head attached to front of the running line using factory loops and a loop-to-loop connection
- Airflo Custom Cut 200 and 330 tips, cut to 12 foot lengths attached to the head using factory loops and a loop-to-loop connection
- Loop created in the front end of the custom cut tip by stripping off the coating and tying a perfection loop in the mono core
- 3 to 6 feet of 12 pound Maxima Ultragreen leader, attached to the front end of the tip using a triple surgeon’s loop and a loop-to-loop connection
- Solitude Reverse Marabou Intruder tube fly
- Owner SSW hook, size 2, tied to the leader using a non-slip mono loop
- “A lot of the time I adjust my depth more by changing flies than by changing sinktips. I’ll have some heavier bugs in my box for fishing deeper.”
- “If I’m fishing an unweighted tube I fish a shorter leader because you’re really relying on the sink rate of the tip at that point – not the weight of the fly. For weighted flies I’ll step up to a little longer leader because I can get the fly to sink faster with a longer leader. That weighted fly will sink faster than the sinktip will.”