Archive for April, 2010

Baby Speywing

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Trout will hit these on the swing.

Materials in order used:

Hook: Daiichi 2161 up-eye Salmon hook #6

Hook: Dai-Riki 280 Hopper hook #8

Thread: Danville 3/0 Waxed Monocord Green

Thread: UTC Yellow Waxed 140 denier

Tag: cheap gold or silver tinsel (not the French stuff)

Body: Danville 4-strand Rayon silk

Head: Sally’s

Wing: 2 Whiting Spey Hackles, black, curves facing each other

Trippy Goldenstone

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Copy and variation of Rich Strolis’ Golden Stonefly Tied In The Round.

Materials in order used:

Dai-Riki 280 Hopper hook #8

.030 lead free wire wraparound shank

4mm gold bead

Tail: Brown pheasant tail tips, brown saddle hackle tips, or brown mallard flank tips, or a combination of these materials

Thread: UTC 140 denier any shade brown or tan

Rib: UTC gold wire medium, advance rib from rear to thorax area

Dubbing: Hares Ear Dubbin Plus mix, “Gold” “Tan” “Hares Ear” or mix of these colors

Wings: Pheasant tail tips mixed with brown mallard flank tips

Collar: more of same dubbing above

Stormy Saugatuck Apr 27 2010

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

I had the place to myself for four hours, a private stream, what with threatening rain and strong gusty winds, and freezing temperatures.

I arrived armed with a boatload of newly tied CDC Elk Hair Caddis, planning to fish on top, like last Sunday but nothing was happening on top, except savage freezing wind gusts blowing sticks into the leaf hatches.

Started out with a dropper rig with bead head princes, PTN and scuddly duddlies on the point and smaller #18 midges. Got two tugs that amounted to … NOTHING! The water was up 100% over the past 2 days due to rain.

Switched to swinging #8 spey style flies, using a fast sink Snowbee polyleader and a short length of 5X tippet. A couple of slams! Then a reluctant take which felt more like a stick, and suddenly there is a Rainbow making 4 straight psycho wiggly crack addled jumps, one after the other. He came unbuttoned as the leader was nearing the rod tip… Lost 2 more fish in rapid succession, but this brown stayed on the hook long enough for a pic.

And then it was dark.

I was thinking about Shaq while swinging the flies, because he showed me how to swing flies on the Salmon River NY, and here, I was doing a mini version of that. All of my fish today struck pretty much on the dangle, or at the end of the swing, while I waited. And waited. That’s what Shaq taught me, he doesn’t say much but he did yell when he said “fish it all the way to the end and WAIT! Sometimes they take it there.”

When I got home tonight I find out on speynation.com that, it’s Shaq’s birthday today. Thanks Shaq!

Harold’s Clouser Replacement

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

This here is a Lead(free)-wrapped bigass Epoxy headed 2/0 Eagle Claw embedded flatwing and bucktail beastie, don’t let that hit you in the back of the head on a quartering wind.

Striped Bass quick fight on 13′ 9wt spey rod

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Even small bass in the current ROCK!!!! The rig is overkill (9/10wt Loop 13′ G3, Airflo 720 Skagit head, 8ft T14 Zinktip from Bob Meiser’s Skandit kit), but bringing the fish in fast keeps em young and strong:)

Please do not talk to fish

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Swans on the River

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

badfish66 Examines A Fish

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Nasty little N’oreaster in the Western Sound

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Fun starts at 0:58 …… A lovely spring day, bass fishing gone ta shit, at least I can cast with the airflo 720gr skagit head and 8ft of T14 Zinktip.

Shore Angling IS ON FIRE

Monday, April 5th, 2010