Friday, April 29, 2011

Chaotic Pike Action - Almost

My long awaited trip to fish for pike and have three days off to fish finally came.  Headed out yesterday morning to Flagstaff.  My first glance at the lake and I knew the float tube was a no go with the wind.

I rigged up as the wind continued to blow.  I was glad I had packed the 10 weight cause it would've been a long day  with a 7 weight.  I have been super happy with my  ten weight  it is one of the new Cabela's HDT and can bomb  some serious line.   

Started off with a big eyed baitfish which I lost in short order.  

One thing about pike flies is that it is easy to have too much weight on them, especially in the spring or fall when the pike are shallow.  Unweighted deceivers are a great choice for this time of year.

I had good action on deceivers, pikesicles and another fly I came up with.  I'll try and post up more details on it later and give it a name.  The best colors were red/white and yellow/chartreuse.

Hooked up on the red/white version of my pike fly. 

Upper Lake Mary

The next fish was a little smaller guy.

 I caught three pike from the same spot without moving.  Now by this time the wind is really starting to go.  I knew it was in the forecast but hell they are never right about the forecast.

Another tip about pike fishing in the wind is duck.  Gamakatsu B10S hooks will go right through your ear.  I tried to get a pic of a deceiver stuck in my ear but it is hard to take that pic when you are fishing solo.

 It was time to go find someplace to camp.  It was quite the feat to set up the tent in the wind but I managed.  I knew it was a bad sign when I was awoken by what sounded like a tornado outside of my tent.  I drove out to Ashurst in the morning and it looked like waves on the ocean.  A pic wouldn't have done it justice.  On the way back to ULM I heard the radio guy say "sustained gusts of up to 44 mph" in Flagstaff today.  Hmmm, sounds fun but I'll pass.  It was time to grab some breakfast and hit the road back to Tucson.

In short the fishing was good and the wind was awful.  Worse than awful actually. I have only fished in wind that bad one other time, on the Green below Flaming Gorge.  I'm already planning a trip back one with some buddies to take pictures of fly earrings.  It sucks to be home right now on a friggin' computer instead of fishing, but it is better than getting nuked by the wind I guess.

One last thing I have to say is the S.A. Textured Magnum line is the prefect pike line.  Even in the wind it was able to turn over those big flies.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Quick Easter Trip

I managed to get a hour or so of fishing in on an urban lake today.  I ended up getting it handed to me by the carp.  I had one solid hookup that broke me off and missed two others.  The water clarity was off but the fish were on the feed and you just had to keep your eyes on the lookout. 

Muddy waters.

Someone else thinks it's good fishing too.

At least I didn't get skunked thanks to a bluegill or two.  I played around with the color on the last pic cause it was blurry anyway.  A rust colored backstabber accounted for all the action today.  I am sure if I'd had more time I could have gotten my revenge on the carp.  Headed for Flagstaff thursday so stay tuned for some pike on the fly action!!  

Saturday, April 23, 2011


I got a package in the mail today from OBN.  I scored a free reel and fly box from Montana Fly Co.  Thanks for hooking a brotha up!  Stayed tuned for reviews.....

Madison Reel 5/6 wt.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

P.T. Cruzer Tying Instructions

This is a sweet little nymph developed by Tim Tollett of Frontier Anglers in Dillon, MT.  This one is a PMD colored version but get creative and mix it up.  I am surprised that this fly isn't in the box of every western angler but I'd recommend adding it to yours.

P.T. Cruzer - Trout Fly
Hook: TMC 2487 #16-18
Tail: Pheasant Tail
Rib: Copper Wire
Body: Pheasant Tail
Shuck: Yellow Krystal Flash
Wingcase: Black Thinskin
Thorax: PMD Dubbing

Step 1: Tie in the wire rib.

Step 2: Tie in pheasant tail and wrap body

Step 3: Rib pheasant tail with wire.

Step 4: Tie in 3 strands of krystal flash.

Step 5: Tie in thin skin.

Step 6: Dub thorax, tie down thinskin, and clip krystal flash.
Yeah step 6 is like three steps but oh well what are you gonna do.

In larger sizes this fly is a hella good steelhead nymph too.  Give it a try you'll like it.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


I gotta give a shout out to Dylan at Rising Fish.  I found a very small error on his site and he was nice enough to send me some nippers and stickers.

They make great fishing tools that are no nonsense and reasonable.   Thanks again.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Bluegill Gurgler

This fly is a money topwater fly for bluegill.  In larger sizes it is a great bass fly too.  It was originated by the late Jack Gartside to catch stripers.  I have been amazed this spring how much better the bluegill have responded to a gurgler as compared with a traditional popper, maybe it how the gurgler lays in the water.  Another nice thing about the gurgler is that it is a simple fly to tie which is great for someone just getting into tying.  Here's the recipe. I nicknamed it the taco maker because it has consistently been keeping us in fish tacos this season.

Gill Gurgler - aka "The Taco Maker"
Hook: TMC 200R or 2312 #10-12
Tail: Bucktail and Krystal Flash
Overbody: 2mm Foam
Body: Estaz Chenille
Legs: Rubber Legs
Hackle: Saddle Hackle

Here is an all black one.  I add a little contrasting piece of foam for visibility.

Some white ones with a red foam accent.

Top view of the gurgler.

I didn't put color on the material list as you can mix and match all you want.  The tie is pretty straight forward but if you have questions let me know.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Pike Pliers

I wanted to get a good pair of pliers for cutting wire tippets and was long to remove flies from the mouths of pike and other toothy critters.  If you haven't seen some fishing pliers are crazy expensive.  This came in the mail yesterday and I think it'll work perfectly and I still have some money for gas.

These are the 8.5" long ones which should do the trick and have a wire cutter.  I need to get a lanyard now.  Check 'em out

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Super Yummy Yellow

The yellow yummy was one of my favorite streamer patterns for a long time.  I came across this new improved version and it'll hunt.

Super Yummy Yellow - Streamer
Hook: TMC 5263 #2-4
Thread: UTC 140 Woodduck
Eyes: Lead Dumbbell Eyes
Tail: Chartreuse Simi Seal Dubbing
Wing: Sand Variant Rabbit Strip
Body: Yellow Chenille
Legs: Yellow Rubber Legs

Step 1: Mount the eyes on the hook.

If you want a weedless fly mount them on top and tie the fly upside down.  I think they swim better this way but it is really up to you.

Step 2: Tie in simi seal for tail.

Step 3: Tie the wing on top of the hook.

Step 4: Tie in the chenille and three sets of legs.

Step 5: Wrap the chenille, pull the rabbit over and tie off.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

EP Perch withdrawal tremors

I need to go on a fishing trip in a bad way and not just a day trip either but a couple days to do nothing but fish.  My first real trip of the season is in less than three weeks and I'm gonna go chase some pike and since the plan is to get after tiger muskies later in May I had to do something to combat my withdrawal tremors.  So I poured a gin and tonic and made some bugs.

EP Perch - The perfect treat for a big toothy fish

Sunday, April 3, 2011

East Fork Verde River

Went camping up near Payson this weekend.  I actually didn't fish too much as we visited my Aunt and Uncle who live there and he drew an archery tag so we had to go for a walk and see if any elk were about. We found some good areas we'll have to check back on as it gets closer to the fall.

Back to the fishing the river was bit off color but I managed a couple bows from 6-12 inches.  

This was the money run right before it got too dark.

I fished an olive crazy dad most of the time. The river is loaded with crawfish and even the smaller fish were hammering the fly.

Gotta be some elk around here.  Yep found 'em.

If you were waiting to get up to the rim and fish you might as well get after it.