Monday, June 19, 2017

The Father's Day Fish

The Father's Day Fish


With a 2 hour window at the end of an otherwise great day, I was able to make a run for water. 

Only one fish on the day....but a memorable one for sure.


Hooked the fish in full daylight



The Cane and Silk 7 1/2' 5wt fought well.



After fishing through my entire box, the only fish on the day took a McFlyfoam Egg (Apricot / Steelhead Orange dot)



I need a bigger net



A 26" Hen



Light was nearly gone when it finally came to hand

The last Gift of the day?....sharing the moment!


Pics courtesy of my youngest daughter Becka.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Glass That's Always Half Full


An Old Friend

Lamiglass 7' 3wt With Ross Colorado "0"



This morning I had the opportunity to fish with an old friend. This little 3wt glass rod is the first and only rod build I have accomplished over the years. I believe it was built in 1995, and had it's faults. Sloppy wrapping, and a poorly glued cork that eventually began to squeak near the reel seat. I had nearly given up on the rod as a learning experience, when a good friend of mine "BassBug" offered to rebuild and fix my earlier errors. The result is the rod in the title pic.  Along the way I also sold the little Ross Colorado "0" with a custom Winston 3wt rod I had built. 

However, this past winter I was offered the opportunity to regain that reel, which was welcomed home.  The result....an old friend was put back together.



The original Lamiglass build on it's first journey to water. The first fish caught was a native Cutthroat from the coastal waters of the Clearwater River on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.




On today's trip to the "Tully" (Tulpehocken Creek in Central Pa) the fishing was tough. Low water sight fishing with fish rising and actively feeding. Just not on anything I had. Typical Tully. I was still able to salvage 2 fish on the day though. The first was a brown that took a #16  Sulfur LTD.




The LTD


The 2nd fish was a Rainbow, that took a #16 BWO  Nymph under an indicator. 


The BWO Nymph




The highlight of the morning either way was playing both fish and spending time on the water with a good friend....the Lamiglass rod. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Tying The Pond Leech

Pond Leech


The Pond Leech is tied like all Mohair/Marabou leeches, with the only distinction being it is the most effective color combination I have found for still-water.  Over the years it has replaced the wooly-buggers and other leech patterns in my pond boxes almost completely.


Pond Leech Recipe

Hook:  #6 - #4 3XLong Streamer Hook 
Thread:  Black
Bead:  Black Tungsten
Under-body:  .015 Lead substitute wire
Tail:  Marabou Black/Purple/Black
Abdomen:  Mohair Yarn Purple/Black


Monday, June 5, 2017

Bulls on Top

The Bulls were looking up!


After a few days of cool weather and rain, I knew the bass would be "iffy" and the water would be a bit cloudy. 

I was right. 


BUT....

In the clear water along the edges the big bull gills were on the hunt. Caught one hen of decent size on the night. The rest were all bulls.  Only a dozen or so fish over the course of 3 hours. But aside from that one hen, they were all big, bright and ready to slam a Wog.





Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Nisqually Sunset (Modified)

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. 



The Recipe


Hook:  #10 - #6 Daiichi 2370 7X Long

Thread:  Black

Body:  Orange Uni-Floss

Rib:  Gold Oval Tinsel

Under-wing:  Rootbeer Bucktail

Wing:  Cree or Grizzly Hackle 2-each side

Cheek:  Partridge

Eye:  Starling




Saturday, May 27, 2017

A Sunny Break In The Rain

A "Sunny" Start


With the previous week bringing rain and cooler weather, this mornings calm winds and sun felt like the chance to shed the shack-nasties. 


Finding the lake clear but cool and water high on the banks, I knew it may be a slow morning. After the first 30 minutes and not even a short rise, my fears became reality. 


With fish found in isolated pockets along the shore, though it took some searching, persistence paid off eventually.


After 3 hours of hard hunting, a few really nice fish came to hand (like the big hen above), but no double-digits would be had.

The highlight  of the day however, was the largest Pumpkinseed of the year so far that stole the show. 

Love the colors!


Monday, May 22, 2017

Gurgling Wog Revisited

The Gurgling Wog



The Gurgling Wog was the first pattern of the Wog Trio, and has proven itself tenfold year-after-year. After numerous calls for a better video and a current post, The original post has been revisited with hopes the pattern will do as much on the water for you as it continues to do for me.


Gurgling Wog Recipe


Hook:  #4 B10S Gamakatsu Stinger
Thread:  Black 210 Danville
Tail:  Olive Bucktail
Hackle:  Cree / Dark Barred Ginger
Abdomen:  Sculpin Brown Wooly Bugger Chenille
Legs:  Speckled-brown Centipede legs
Shell:  Black Razor Foam




Sunday, May 21, 2017

A Real Crappie Evening

Hit a pond last night and was pleasantly surprised to find the evenings special was "Crappie on top, with a side of Wog." 

 

Caught at least a dozen over the course of an hour on one end of the water and then....they stopped. And like a switch had been flipped, the Bluegill and Bass went back to their regularly scheduled programming. 



When they are on and surface feeding, it's fun to witness the "chase". The entire pond comes to life as minnows swim for their lives and fish are cutting the schools.


The usual suspects were at large as well, once the Crappie feeding bell rang an end to the nights festivities. 

I think this big bull thought it was a musky, judging by the way it chased and rolled over the popper. 



Where the Crappie left off the bass took over, scattering bait fish through the shallows on the other end. 

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.


Monday, May 15, 2017

GLASS N' GILLS

The CGR 7'6" 5/6 



A chance to walk the banks and toss bugs seemed like a good time to dust off the 5/6 CGR, my favorite of the CGR line. And tossing a WF6F Orvis Warmwater taper it proved once again why it is I like this rod so much. This rod just flat out shoots line.  This is the one rod in the CGR line that is perfectly capable of being an "all-around" rig for somebody looking for a one rod glass option.

The Gills were on-point with plenty of big bulls willing to out-hustle the bass for a sizable meal which always seemed too large for their mouths. I think there were only 2 or 3 dinks caught the entire evening.




The bass were willing to play along as well though, with the regulars always plentiful and a few decent fish looking up. 

The night was a little different however, with all the fish out in open water and virtually zero takes anywhere near the edges or in vegetation.



All-in-all just a relaxing evening throwing hair and foam at willing fish. 


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Spinning an Olive

Spinning an Olive


The Olive is one of my favorite large hair bugs. A popper that consistently pulls bass out of structure. 




Olive Recipe

Hook:  2/0 Gamakatsu Stinger

Thread:  Black

Tail:  Red Bucktail

Legs:  Cree Neck Hackle

Collar:  Cree Neck Hackle

Body:  Olive Deer Hair

Friday, May 5, 2017

Fresh Bugs, Friday Fish

Fresh Bugs


Closing out the workday as all day rain seemed to be dissipating, Hopes were a fresh set of bugs would be the ticket for some post-rain warmwater. Figuring anything stream fed would be off-color, and not wanting to be caught in a tube should storms return,  I headed for the nearest pond. 



The Big gills seemed to prefer the Gurgling Wog


The bass were on the feed as well. as the rain came to a stop.



But the big bulls seemed to be the most aggressive on the night. 

The evenings highlight however, was a 20 plus inch Pickerel attacking a 6" bluegill I had hooked. Taking both the fish, and my Wog as I was reaching to land it. Helluva fight while it lasted.

See you on the water!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Saturday Morning at Gill's Place

Gill

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.



Gill's Place



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

HACKLE SETS FOR SALE!

Hackle Set

Left-to-right
(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.

$50 Each
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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!