The Father's Day Fish
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Monday, June 5, 2017
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Nisqually Sunset (Modified)
The Nisqually Sunset is a low-water salmon pattern given to me by a fisherman I would bump into while fishing for sea-run Cutthroat along the gravel beaches in the Nisqually River basin, in the early 90's. After going without a fish through an entire afternoon as I watched him land fish after fish, he was generous enough to offer up a sample for me to take home. I am assuming it was a personal pattern of his since I have never found the pattern elsewhere.
Originally tied on a low-water salmon hook with Grizzly wings and Jungle Cock eyes, I have modified it slightly over the years to fit my on-hand materials, while eventually tying it as a trout streamer in Rangeley fashion. Tied with both Cree or Grizzly winging to adjust light or dark and Starling shoulder for the eyes, the result has been a solid streamer for eastern trout.
Hook: #10 - #6 Daiichi 2370 7X Long
Body: Orange Uni-Floss
Rib: Gold Oval Tinsel
Under-wing: Rootbeer Bucktail
Wing: Cree or Grizzly Hackle 2-each side
at May 31, 2017
Saturday, May 27, 2017
at May 27, 2017
Monday, May 22, 2017
at May 22, 2017
Sunday, May 21, 2017
One fly entered the water and one fly left the water. But this poor little Wog was chewed and battered, and as a result was retired with honors at the end of it's swim.
at May 21, 2017
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Monday, May 15, 2017
at May 15, 2017
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Spinning an Olive
The Olive is one of my favorite large hair bugs. A popper that consistently pulls bass out of structure.
Hook: 2/0 Gamakatsu Stinger
Tail: Red Bucktail
Legs: Cree Neck Hackle
Collar: Cree Neck Hackle
Body: Olive Deer Hair
at May 07, 2017
Friday, May 5, 2017
at May 05, 2017
Saturday, April 29, 2017
With temps rising and a good forecast this morning, It seemed like a good time to head over to Gill's place for a 2017 test-run of the float tube.
First time for the tube 2017. The CGR 7/8 was the morning's rig.
The Gurgling Wog was all that was needed this morning.
Only 2 bass caught all morning. Both near clone of each other. But the gills were ready to chase big flies. First time of the year that colored-up Copper breasted males were found. A few were really good size and took the fly more like a bass than a bluegill.
One of the two bass
There is very little better than a big Gill on top. These were some of the prettiest fish I have caught. The pics do the colors little justice.
See you on the water.
Friday, April 28, 2017
(Golden Badger Whiting#2 / Dun Hoffman #1, Dun Grizzly Collins #1, Brown Whiting #2)
I have 2 sets of 1/2 Necks. Of the 4 hackles, here is what they are. The Golden Badger "may" have a dozen feathers used off of it. Same with the Dun Grizzly. The Brown is picked of #14 for the most part and the skin is ripped (careless on my part) . It's taped and has remained so for quite some time. Above and below #14 it is full. The Hoffman Dun is a wonderful neck. Unused and nearly worth the price of the set in itself. With all of them, they are duplicates in my bench.
Great starter packs covering most everything, with top quality hackle.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
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.