Thursday, April 18, 2019

Spring Openers 2019

Spring Openers


The Spring openers for both warm and cold water have come and gone.




Trout season offered up a nice buttered-up brown that chose to take an Apricot and Steelhead Orange McFly foam egg.


While a few days strung together in the 70's brought the fish in the local shallow ponds to the top.




The X-Gurgler was the only thing that caught their attention




While no big bulls in the shallows just yet, they were  aggressive enough to keep the dinks away.





One lone bass at dusk decided to leave its lily pad shelter




Good luck to all on this year waters.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Colors of Spring


The Colors of Spring


With Spring comes the reality of eggs and preparing yarn straws of your most effective color combinations.  Here are mine.



(Top-to-Bottom)

Iliamna Pink & Red, Apricot & Steelhead Orange, McCheese & Red, Steelhead Orange & Red


Spring is a time of fluctuating water levels and temps, making for tough fishing.  Quite often the result is fluctuating hatch activity or no hatch activity at all during fishable conditions.  The obvious solution is going subsurface, dredging nymphs and streamers which are very effective in their own right.  However quite often, the "hatch" that trumps them all is the egg in the current. like it or not it, regardless of the current subsurface activity, a trout will not ignore an egg. It is a fact of nature where a high-valued nutritional food source is identified and taken out of reflex. Quite often when visible, you will see trout move far greater distances to take an egg vs a nymph they are actively feeding on. 

I find McFlyFoam to do exceptionally well for me, and I tie them in 4 colors utilizing he "straw Method".   My best producer year in and year out is the Apricot and Steelhead Orange.  If you have not fished eggs in the past, give them a try.  You may be surprised.  

   Building an Egg Straw



Begin with 3 sections of the desired egg color, and 1 section of desired yoke color, a straw and a loop of wire longer than the tube.  


Align the McFlyfoam as such.  It will naturally cling together.  And run the loop of wire through the straw.


Place about 1" of material through the wire loop.


Pull the wire back through the straw


Pull about 3/4" through the other end.  That is about what you will need for each egg you tie. Tie your material in at the mid-point of the section extended out. When you cut off to form your egg. pull another 3/4" out for your next.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Tying The Rootbeer Caddis

The Rootbeer Caddis


The Rootbeer Caddis was tied last fall looking for a variation that would sink quickly, have a bit of flash along with good movement.  It proved very effective as the trailing fly on tandem rigs.  Hope it adds to your box.




Recipe

Hook:  Caddis Emerger #16-#12
Bead:  Gold Tungsten
Thread:  6/0 Dark Brown Uni-thread
Abdomen:  Rootbeer Body Glass
Thorax:  Wood Duck Dyed CDC
Wing-case:  Fire-brown Turkey Biots

See you on the water!

Friday, February 1, 2019

Using Your Indicator

Using Your Indicator

When fishing Indicators, we are all looking to achieve a "drag free drift" right? Well.....maybe a little drag can be a good thing. Especially when drifting streamers.

(Flies shown:  Little Crappie Fly, Guinness Trout, Golden Retriever, Ralph's Little Pine)


Dredging large weighted nymphs and Buggers with any mix of shot, anchor flies and any your choice of indicator is most commonly a pursuit aimed at attaining a dead-drift presentation. Meaning no outside influence is imparted on the fly. It drifts as naturally as possible along the bottom.  The fish are holding deep through the winter months, holding tight and not willing to expend unnecessary energy. They are selective....you want natural.  It is a very effective way to pull large fish through the cold months. 

But there are times when a dead-drift is not the most effective method, and managing the drift of your indicator to "apply" drag to the fly can be the ticket.  Many folks struggle to keep a wooly-bugger or small weighted streamer freely drifting under an indicator, but if you observe a drifting Bugger suspended, it will drift nose down  with some movement of the marabou tail.  Looks good and is effective. ....BUT.

Mend your line downstream and impart tension on the indicator and it becomes a manageable tool once downstream of your fly. Observe the fly in that position and the fly will "swim".  It now becomes a live minnow, struggling yet still swimming. The takes can become aggressive.


Once tension is applied to the indicator, any tailed nymph or streamer will swim  wherever you guide it through the water-column.  




While the majority of the time a natural drift is the way to go.  Just keep in mind when fishing  streamers beneath an indicator, applied drag can be as effective or even more so than stripping to impart action.

See you on the water!


Saturday, January 19, 2019

WINTERFEST 2019

WINTERFEST 2019 

Winterfest 2019 is in the books and a great time was had again. 


And the approaching storm was kind enough to offer up 2 days of mild weather before the hawk blew in. 




This years crew.


Good water, trout and great company.  


Add the balmy weather and its impossible to have anything but a good time. 




This year Jim not only caught the largest fish of the trip, But he smashed the previous years with this 36" hog.





And once again we were reminded....We are going to need a larger net. 





He then iced the cake with a beautiful brown buttered-up in winter colors.
Note the reminders of the past years flood damage.





The trip even gifted a trout in my direction.




1st trout of 2019!




Another year has begun, again kicked off by Winterfest.

My thanks to great friends, and welcome to another blog year.





Monday, November 19, 2018

The Thanksgiving Bug

The Thanksgiving Bug


I like to fish the Thanksgiving Bug at the tail end of the Little Wild Turkey hatch. Drifted through a pool and then left to skate across the tail-out can bring some exciting strikes.  At least that's how it will happen when I am sleeping off 5 pounds of turkey, gravy and stuffing in my recliner. 


A happy turkey day to all!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Tying The Skittle Special

The Skittle Special Wet Fly


The Skittle Special is a variation of the Skittle and the Carrie Special.  It's a very productive pattern fished as a classic wet, or deep with split-shot. It does very well for me with split-shot and an egg trailing on a 12" dropper. 



Skittle Special Recipe

Hook: #10  3X Long 1X Heavy
Thread:  Black Flat-waxed
Abdomen:  Tying Thread / Peacock Herl / Orange-dyed Grizzly Saddle
Hackle:  Hen Pheasant Shoulder