Sunday, July 31, 2011

V Tach

I haven't posted in a bit.  I guess the final push of school and packing to move have made life pretty hectic. I have a trip planned for the South Fork of the Snake the last weekend in August.  Here is a fly I came up with for the trip.  I'm pretty sure it'll be killer on the Green too.  It is designed so the back portion sinks a little in the water and floats flush in the surface.

V Tach
Hook: MFC 7073 #8
Thread: Black 6/0 Uni
Tail: Peacock Krystal Flash 
Body: Peacock Ice Dub
Foam Back: Black 2mm Foam
Foam Spot: Yellow 2mm Foam
Legs: Medium Centipede Legs
Wing: Elk Hair

The packing may be a pain but I am ready to get outta the heat and be a lot closer to a lot more fishing.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

CDC Captive Dun Tying Instructions

Rene Harrop is pretty much a badass when it comes to developing flies for selective trout.  This one has always worked great for me.  I tied up a bunch for a trip on the South Fork in late August. I plan on selling these flies to my buddies mid-hatch for $5 a piece....except Jay he has to pay $10.

CDC Captive Dun - Mahogany Dun
Hook: TMC 100 #16
Thread: 8/0 Rusty Brown Uni
Tail: Mallard Dyed Woodduck
More Tail: Amber Antron
Body: Mahogany Turkey Biot
Wingcase: Natural Dun CDC
Thorax: Dark Hare's Ear Dubbing

Step 1: Tie in woodduck tail

Step 2: Tie in antron it should be about half as long as the woodduck.

Step 3: Tie in and wrap turkey biot.  Hit the thread with head cement before you wrap it for durability.

Step 4: Tie in a clump of cdc fibers.

Step 5: Dub thorax.

Step 6: Pull cdc forward and tie down.

Step 7: Split the fibers like a pheasant tail.

Step 8: Clip cdc and whip finish.

Trout Hunter makes the best CDC I've ever used hands down.  They also have some sweet dubbing.  Give their stuff a try you'll be glad you did.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Gonna Be A Good Fall

Thank you for your recent applications for the Antlerless Drawing.  Your results are:

Appl # Hunt #                                 Result
789218 4052,4035,    ,    ,     ANTLERLESS EL SUCCESSFUL for hunt 4052 MORGAN-SO RICH,HENEFER-ECHO WMA
789217 AND ,    ,    ,    ,     ANTLERLESS DE Preference Point Earned
789219 ANM ,    ,    ,    ,     ANTLERLESS MO Bonus Point Earned
791498 5501,    ,    ,    ,     PRONGHORN ANT SUCCESSFUL for hunt 5501 CACHE, NORTH RICH (2)

Plus archery deer and elk.  Should be able to fill up the depleted freezer.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Hoover Hits

I love when bass eat flies cause they engulf them like a fat kid at dunkin donuts.  Today they were acting like fat kids.
I started off with a pirate hooker as I kind of tend to do now days.  It always pretty cool to catch fish on flies that you have designed.  Most of the time bass like to hit flies as they drop.  The pirate hooker is heavy enough that you can feel them hit when you are casting out some distance.  Strip, wait a couple seconds and strip again.  I miss a lot of fish during that drop but it beats not having them eat in the first place.

If the water is shallower I like to fish a jiggy bugger in the same manner.  You can flip in it to an area without making a huge ruckus and spooking most fish.  The best way to fish bass on the drop though is to sight fish to them.  This is one of the reasons I love to fish for them.  It isn't like sight fishing for trout.  When sight fishing for trout you get advice like watch the fish for any unusual movement or look for the white of their mouth.

Sight fishing bass is a little less technical.  If all of the sudden your three inch fly disappears - SET- cause a bass has just vacuumed it in like that fat kid with a donut hole.

Got this guy to eat on top.  Took a foam frog.  Probably my biggest of the day.

One big ass panfish.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Jiggy Bugger

Daiichi 4600 jig hook, a black tungsten bead, and a old standby pattern.  Ready for action tomorrow.

The bass don't really stand a chance.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Hair Packers

Deer hair bugs are tough to tie.  I have been tying for a while and tied trout flies for a shop during college and they are still one of the hardest flies for me to tie.  One tool that makes it a little easier to tie them is a hair packer.

 Here are three types of hair packers: an anvil push packer, a brassie hair packer and a bic pen w/o the ink insert.  The following three pics are them in action.  I know the pics are dark but it is REAL hard to pack hair and man a camera at the same time.

When it comes down to it, at least for me, the brassie packer and the bic pen work equally well.  The anvil is definitely the best packer that I have used.  

As you can see I still need some practice with the deer hair bugs but this little diver will hunt.