Saturday, June 27, 2015

Rainy Day Hot Fly

The "BIG" Foam-Butt Caddis

With the rain putting dampers on the recent fishing both local and on the northern streams, all that is left to do is replace the hottest fly for my summer to date.  Hopefully this rain will improve fishing through the remainder of the summer. 

The "BFBC"...or the BIG Foam-Butt Caddis is tied in larger fashion has been the ticket for pulling both the largest gills and bass to the top, crossing over in popper fashion as well.

Here is the pattern: 

(Tied same as the standard FBC)

Hook:  #6 Gamakatsu Stinger
Thread:  6/0 Black
Tail/Abdomen:  2mm x 1/4" Black Fly Foam
Hackle:  #10 Black Dry
Legs:  Medium Speckled-Brown Centipede Legs
Wing:  Ginger Elk Hair

Friday, June 26, 2015

Tying the Neon Moose

The Neon Moose

The Neon Moose is a Caddis Larva pattern. I fish this pattern very effectively alone under an indicator, but it excels as the bottom fly on a tandem rig along with a #14 C2C Nymph. The moose hair abdomen provides a realistic larva appearance, and the Chartreuse ultra-wire ribbing seems to be an irresistible trigger. It's been in my box for 4 seasons now and has been steady each year.

Neon Moose Recipe

Hook:  #18 Curved Nymph
Bead: 3/32 Black Tungsten
Thread:  8/0 Black Uni-thread
Abdomen: Moose Body Hair
Rib: Small Chartreuse Ultra-wire
Thorax:  Black Ice-dub
Coating:  Bug Bond

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Fathers Day

Fathers Day

We had hoped originally to visit some trout waters for the afternoon, however overnight thunderstorms had their own thoughts on how the day should go. Not to be deterred, a non-drainage or creek-fed pond was identified. Like expected, it was the only non-muddied water within a 30 minute drive. 

Both fat gills and Bass were eager to chase on top.  

For mid-day, the fish were more active and willing to look up than expected.

Being 100% sold on Tenkara, this was his first try at warmwater with the 12' rod. It proved up to the task and he adapted just fine. The 3wt Sylk level line and 6' 8lb tippet was just the ticket for the #10 Foam-Butt Caddis, even with a steady wind to deal with. He took quick to flipping the fly into the small pockets among the lily pads.

 Add to that my girls all called home from abroad, my wife cooked me breakfast, plus a huge steak for dinner and I found out I was to be a Grandpop to a soon-to-arrive grand-daughter....Life is good.  

Hard to beat that on Fathers Day. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Tying The Sulphur Crackleback

The Sulphur Crackleback

"Ed Story 1952"

The Crackleback has proven itself over scores of seasons and by several generations of fly fishermen. A favorite among many, it catches fish and is easy to tie. Its a must-have in any fly box be it warm or cold water. 

Crackleback Recipe

Hook: #18-#16 Standard Dry fly
Thread:  8/0 Olive Dun
Abdodmen:  Sulphur Turkey Biot
Shellback: Eyed-Peackock Herl
Hackle:  Greenwell / Furnace

Monday, June 15, 2015

Angler Under Glass

Vintage LLBean Angler-2 Reel

Recently, I was fortunate enough to find a mint condition never lined LLBean reel of 70's vintage.  The Angler-2 reel is a copy of the Martin model MG-7SS reel, re-dressed for LLBean. While these reels are not uncommon to find in expected used condition, seldom do you find a 40 year old reel that was built for fishing, yet had never even been christened with line. Let alone a fish.

This had me thinking. To pair this reel up with a modern graphite rod for it's maiden voyage would not only feel odd, it would simply be wrong. SO....turning to a 7' 5wt Glass rod I was hopeful the reel seat would accommodate the reel. Surprisingly, it was a perfect match, fitting better than the new reel in which I had originally purchased for the rod. It felt natural that this reel was paired with the style rod it was built for so many years ago.

Next was a line. I chose a late model Cortland DT5 line to complete the package, and headed for the closest water known to hold fish. 

I can honestly say this rig performed flawlessly. It balanced well and threw a line as far as I tried to throw it. With a #8 Foam-Butt Caddis on the terminal end, the reel was fittingly christened as it was designed to do. It brought a good number of smallish bass to hand, as well as a couple dozen panfish.  And I even put a few of the bass on the reel just so I could here it "sing" as they ran through the lily pads. Pictured above is the first fish hooked. I think this rig will stay together a long, long time. Even with all the state-of-the-art machined reels we have flooding the sport, this classic cast & painted reel shined on the day in simple perfection.

See you on the water