Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Bad Idea

Giving your 8 month old bird dog three weeks off training is a really bad idea.

We have a lot of work to do before September.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Royal Humpy Tying Instructions

The royal humpy seems to have fallen out of favor in the last couple years.  I am not really sure why but it probably has less bin appeal than the usually flashy, foam attractor patterns.  The royal humpy is one of my favorite small creek flies.  It float like cork and the fish seem to like it.  It just makes me think of little creeks and cutties.  Purple seems to be a new favorite color for attractor flies so I just switched out the color floss and there you have it.

Royal Humpy, Purple - Trout Fly
Hook: TMC 900BL or 100 #14-16
Thread: Black 6/0
Wing: White Poly Yarn
Tail/Humpback: Moose
Body: Purple Floss
Hackle: Brown and Grizzly

Step 1: Start you thread.

Step 2: Tie in poly yarn, clip and wrap over butts.

Step 3: Split yarn and x-wrap.

Step 4: Make a couple wraps around each wing section.

Step 5: Tie in tail and wrap forward.  DO NOT clip butts.

Step 6: Fold hair back and wrap over.

Step 7: Tie in floss and wrap body.

Step 8: Fold hair forward and tie off.

Step 9: Tie in hackle.

Step 10: Wrap hackle one at a time and tie off.

The last important step is head cement.  I like to hit the moose hair hump with a shot of cement in addition to the head for added durability.  I also love this fly in yellow with a tan elk hump.  Step 4 can be a little tricky to get the hang of.  The wraps you are making go around the circumference of each wing segment so it takes a little getting used to.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Bluegill Action

 I wanted to get my soon to be father-in law some practice with his new fly rod when I was up in Salt Lake City and what better fish than bluegill.  Fishing was pretty slow at the start due to the cold and rainy weather.  Bill did manage to hook up on one his first day but it was still not really a success.

 Dutch oven jambalaya....mmm.  One thing about having celiac disease is you pretty much assume the role of camp chef.  No one ever seems to complain though.
 Cholla's first trip in a drift boat.  It went relatively smoothly.  She slipped/jumped out of the boat three times the first day and by the last day she only took one spill.  I think she'll get the hang of it.

Bill finally got the hang of it the last day we were out.  He was pretty sick too so I guess we'll mark the trip as a success.  Next time hopefully the bass will be on the feed a little more.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

High Stickin'

With a little help from the pooches we were able to have a pretty good day on the Provo despite high water.  The olives hatched and we fished.  Even got a little dry fly action in.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Mirror, Mirror, on the Flats.....

Fishing has been hit or miss so far.  Lots of high water.  We had one really good day carp fishing and then went back a couple days later to find the water a foot or two higher, colder, breezy, and very little carp action.  Here are some pics of the mirror carp we were after.

Nice mirror.

Worm eater.

What's not to love about those lips?

Ugly dude, pretty fish.

Slippery bugger.

The best fly as usual was a roughfisher's carp assasin that I modified for more movement in the water.  He sells them on his site http://store.roughfisher.com/2009/02/flies.html and I'll try and post up a tying tutorial on my modified version sometime.  Hopefully it will stop snowing so we can get back out again.  Not sure where else we'll fish on this trip the Green is blown and so is the Henry's Fork but the plan is to chase bass and bluegills for several days and then head up to Idaho next week.  If you like the pics check out my buddy Jay's blog he wields a camera with the best of 'em.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Lees Ferry

Got the chance to stop at Lee's Ferry on the way up to Utah and Idaho.
 Rolled into Lees Ferry a little later than planned so no chance to fish last night.  It is nice they have the wind shelters there.....but it is obviously a bad omen as it was very windy.  I am having real problems with the wind this year.  Next time I see the wind I am going to punch it in the throat.

Woke up to a beautiful morning and only moderate wind.  I talked to some guys who had fished the day before so it didn't take long to get into the fish. Most of the fish were smallish but the fun thing about smallish bows is they have a habit of jumping like crazy.  Fishing was really good if you get a chance to head up that way in the near future you should.  Flows were high but the fish were on the feed.  I did try for the carp one of the guys told be were hanging out were the Paria River dumps in but didn't find any takers.

Far and away the best fly was a black zebra midge.  I caught all of my fish on midges.  I also threw a san juan worm and a pink/white ray charles as my lead fly above the dropped midge.  

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Boogity, boogity, boogity, let's go fishing!!!!!!!!!!

May has the makings of a good month.  Headed out tomorrow and not coming back until June.  
On tap - Lees Ferry, Green River, Henry's Fork, carp, bass, and hopefully a tiger muskie........

Photo by: Jay Beyer

Saying I'm a little excited is an understatement.  Yesterday I was packing and my fiancee said you really need to bring that many fly boxes, how are we going to have room in the car for the dogs?  Oh, we'll make room all right I mean Cholla is little and Orvis has spent his life getting comfy on a pair of stinky waders.  Stayed tuned I'll try and update as much as I can so there isn't one huge onslaught when I get home.  The only thing I'm not looking forward to is the gas pump.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Green River Rising Fish Eating Midges

I looks like they already bumped the flows on the Green so I am pretty sure I will get out there in a couple weeks when I am home.  Here is a little piece from the boys at Western Rivers Flyfisher  http://www.wrflyfisher.com/.  Eat up.

Sunday, May 1, 2011


This is a simple fly that works great on the Green in Utah.  I am not sure why ginger is such a great streamer color there and I don't even really care as long as it puts fish in the boat.  I've had good luck with it on the lower Henry's Fork in the fall too so give it a try wherever you fish.  This fly is just a woolly bugger with brass eyes.  You could tie it in any color but then you'd have to change the name.

 Goldilocks - Streamer
Hook: TMC 5263 #6
Eyes: Medium Brass Eyes
Tail: Tan Marabou
Flash: Copper Krystal Flash
Rib (optional): Copper Wire
Hackle: Ginger Schlappen
Body: Medium Tan Chenille

When you pick out the marabou for the tail try and get one with thick fibers instead of longer, slender fibers.  I'm not sure how well you can tell from the picture but the one on the left is preferable to the one on the right.  When you go to your local fly shop just look through all the packs they have of marabou to find the pack with the most tasty goodness.