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.
Looks like warmwater season may be here to stay!
Friday, April 21, 2017
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
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
Hook: #12 Caddis Emerger
Abdomen: Brown Thin Razor Foam
Wing: Bleached Calf Elk
Legs: Brown-barred Centipede Legs
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
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.