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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Wading A'muck in the Land of Lilies

Gurgling Wog Scores 1st Chain Pickerel of the year

With hopes of finding a sizable bass willing to look up, Today I grabbed the CGR 7/8 and the new chest pack courtesy of Gampa Mel, and headed for the newly showing lily pads. 



And what I found was a piscatorial cornucopia


First fish of the day was a Pickerel that crushed my fly like he hadn't  eaten all winter. I reckon that could have been the case?


Followed by a basket full of half-pounders that would not let the FBC go by. 


A handful of gills made a showing, But the day belonged to the bss.




Moving from the waders to walking the bank on another nearby pond, the bass got larger. 






The big fly was a #6 FBC twitched ever so slightly.

Looks like warmwater season may be here to stay!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Tying the RP Starling


RP Starling


The RPS Made an impressive debut. Tied over the winter, it was a long anticipated  pattern & proved up to the task.  


1st Fish on the RPS

Give it a chance on your water and let me know how it goes .


RP Starling Recipe

Hook:  #12-#10 Standard Nymph 

Thread:  8/0 Black

Abdomen:  Ginger Hareline Rabbit

Thorax:  Black Ice-Dub

Hackle:  Starling & March Brown Brahma



Saturday, April 15, 2017

2017 Opener in the Books

The 2017 season opener brought mild weather and great fish


After our clubs banquet Friday night, which is always a good time with friends, the opener greeted us in fine fashion.  My first fish coming to a C2C Nymph.




Ron was the first to hook up on the morning, as several heavy rainbows would test the bamboo.  

  

To include the biggest fish of the day




Fly of the day for me was the C2C Nymph, which accounted for 6 of he 7 fish I was able to bring to hand. 


The C2C Nymph






This 24 incher was my best if the day.



This 16 incher was the smallest fish on the day, proving one thing. I need a bigger net.


The largest Brown of the day was this Pretty colored 20"

2017 was christened with the Cane And Silk 7 1/2' 5Wt Glass Rod



And the Day also successfully tested a new pattern as well, which accounted for 2 fish on the day landed and 2 more broke off (my fault).


The RP Starling
(Video soon)

Another year of tradition with good friends.



Tuesday, April 11, 2017

CGR 7' 4/5wt Repairs

CGR 7' 4/5 Repairs


After 2 seasons with the first of the CGR's I purchased, the 7' 4/5wt, I fell on rocks last fall and aside from my pride being bruised the only real damage was to my rod. The rocks took a dime-sized chunk out of the cork at the juncture of the grip and seat, denting the seat cap as well.  

The Old Girl


In order to salvage things without rebuilding everything, the cork is now an inch shorter both to remove the damage and to fit the reel seat width. Likewise, an inch off the butt was trimmed to fit the seat length. 

Things worked out pretty well in the end. The seat is an upgrade, and is balanced nicely with the down locking hardware despite losing an inch of the backside.

She survives another year. 
Just a little shorter with age. :)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Tying the Spring Miller

The Spring Miller


The Spring Miller is an effective cross-over patter from warm to cold water. It takes most all species of fish the "look up". From Blue Gills year around, to Trout in the tail-outs in the evening and Smallmouth most everywhere you find them. I twitch-retrieve on still water and let it swing into the tail-out of a pool on rivers and streams then twitch-retrieve for several feet. 

Recipe

Hook:  #12 Caddis Emerger
Thread:  Black
Abdomen:  Brown Thin Razor Foam
Wing:  Bleached Calf Elk
Legs:  Brown-barred Centipede Legs


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Gills are on!

First Cast, First Fish

A little muggy rain and a warm breeze was all it took.  The Gills are on the beds and the bass are cutting through the shallows. 

Fly of the night, a #6 Dun FBC.



Best bass of the night.
The bass were cutting through the shallows like Pike, scattering fish and hitting anything that looked edible.


The big gill of the night. 
It sure was nice to get on some local water and see the beds forming.

The Cane and Silk was a joy to cast.




Monday, April 3, 2017

First Bug of the Year

FIRST BUG


With a sunny warm day waning to a clouding rain filled evening....it just felt like a buggy day. The result, the fist Mule Deer Diver of the year.


Recipe

Hook:  #4 Gamakatsu Stinger
Thread:  Black Danville
Tail:  Red Bucktail
Hackle:  Cree
Legs:  Orange Centipede 
Head:  Mule Deer

Saturday, April 1, 2017

RFB Lanyard 7th Color!

Grey & Orange is #7

For the Simms Folks


Just add the Grey as #7 when ordering.
#1 thru #6 Left-to-Right

Sunday, March 26, 2017

AVAILABLE NOW!! The RFB Lanyaard

THE RFB LANYARD 


Left-to-right Colors Numbered 1-through 6

The RFB History

Having fished with a standard “around the neck” lanyard for many years, I began to realize that it had become a cumbersome part of my fly fishing gear since leaving the vest and going to a chest/hip pack for most of my fishing. Adding a shoulder strap from my bag over waders, then layering a lanyard over that was becoming too much. Also, it wasn’t comfortable for me when fishing from a float tube. However, there really was no option out there that suited me. As a result, I continued on with a standard lanyard.

Then several years ago I developed Parkinsons disease and the situation became even more cumbersome due to shoulder and neck muscle involvement. Out of necessity I began looking at a design of my own. And after several prototypes over the past few seasons and with the acknowledgment of friends who had interest in another form of lanyard as well, I settled on a final design.

The result is the "RFB Lanyard".

  1. t clips comfortably to any wader, pack, belt loop, vest or float tube with ease.
  2. The top holds 3-4 tippet spools along with 3 additional clips to hold accouterments.
  3. It is hand knotted with stainless hardware, which along with the fact that it gets tighter with use, makes it extremely durable.
  4. It comes with an additional Floatant Carrier. A simple but effective method that does not slip and requires no adjustment for standard sized floatant bottles. It is removable.

Example:  Lanyard comes without added accessories shown.

Clip it on wherever works the best for you

Floatant Carrier


How to Order

Identify the color desired (1-thru-6) from the picture below, then send payment via Paypal to:  relong50@gmail.com


$20 Shipping & Handling Included

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Rig For All Seasons



A Rig For All Seasons



When it comes to gear, I am resistant to change, and can be admittedly stubborn to a fault. A fact that I acknowledge and the reason why I am so picky about my methods and gear. I want to identify something that works to a point that I feel leaves only my own performance to blame should I fail to either accurately place my fly in front of the fish, or get a hooked fish to the net.  I was in need of a setup that would require little change between water conditions and switch easily from nymph to dry without rebuilding. It also needed to be both accommodating to the casting stroke of glass and adaptable to multiple line weights.  Yet most importantly, it needed to be able to protect light tippets, with short glass rods on 20"and larger fish.


Here is my solution.


I begin with furled leaders. I have found they are great shock absorbers, fish both wet and dry perfectly and last an entire season barring a catastrophic incident. I use two versions, both made by "Furl Girl". 

The first is my all-around leader, a Uni-thread built 5' leader with a tippet ring. I use them in 3/4wt and 5/7



My second is a 6' mono-thread leader with a micro-swivel in 5/7wt. I use it for winter fishing and heavy nymphing.


Aside from their durability and shock absorbing properties, They cast virtually any size tippet that is even remotely close at anywhere from 4'-8' in length. Fly size within reason. Also, they work perfectly with Thing-A-Ma-Bobbers, which are prone to slide on mono tapered leaders, but stay relatively in place on furled leaders.  Why use an indicator? Well....they are effective. 

So how do I rig? 

To begin with, I never need to go above 5X fluorocarbon unless throwing very large streamers, and never lighter than 6X. Due to the properties of the furled leaders & Fluorocarbon with glass.


Using  a handshake knot leader to fly line, everything else is an improved clinch knot.  I try to keep my base tippet when nymphing at "depth of the water" plus 24" for a single fly rig. Or depth of the water plus and 18-24" dropper for tandem rigs. My indicator is above the tippet ring or swivel. I avoid additional weight as much as possible by using an over-weighted anchor fly tied with full-shank wire wrap and a tungsten bead when required. 



Typical tandems with anchor fly on the left.


The rig. 
All tippet is 5x flouro unless the situation calls for midges & 6x, or on the rare occasion a huge streamer requiring 3x.

Need to go dry?  Remove the indicator and extend a 5x tippet to 6'.


Does it work as hoped?




I never doubt how much pressure I can put on a fish.  Between the glass and rig I trust that the rig will not fail. That says a lot when using a single action palming reel. 

All of the above fish were landed with 5X tippet. None of them were played to exhaustion. 

This rig is not new & is fairly common. My intent is to show you a rig that is forgiving. One that is adaptable to most water, while being capable of landing large fish without fishing "large".

Hope it adds to your time on the water.