Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Ladybug Fly

On my last trip up into a Uintas lake we kept a couple fish.  I don't keep trout that often but when I do I like to see what they've been eating so I can come back with flies to match.  One thing I found in all the trout I kept on this trip was ladybugs and some of the fish had a lot of ladybugs.  I seem to remember seeing some ladybug flies somewhere but here is the version I came up with.

Ladybug Fly - Trout Fly
Hook: TMC 900BL #18
Thread: Uni 8/0 Black
Foamback: Red Foam
Hackle: Brown
Body: UV Ice Dub Peacock
Post: Golden McFlylon

Side View

Top View

They're coming for ya!
If you are headed into the mountains try some out you may be surprised.  I know I was to see how important a food source ladybugs were to fish in high mountain lakes.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Bass Pond

The bass pond isn't in any magazines.  It is the kind of place you find on your way home from one of the places in the magazines.   You don't set out to find the bass pond it finds you.

You: Hey slow down, is that water over there?
Buddy: Maybe.
You: I wonder if there are fish in it?
Buddy: I doubt it.
You: We probably better take a look.
Buddy: You read my mind.

If you were watching the road  a little closer you'd never see this place.

"The Bass Pond"

Little Bass

Good Sized Bluegill
Thats what makes places like this special.  You find them by happenstance and they turn out to have some pretty good fishing.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Trout Filled Days and Soggy Nights in the Uintas

Last weekend my dad and I went on a little backpacking trip into the high Uintas.  Trips like this always put things into perspective.  One, my dad is 65 and who knows how many more trips like this he will be able to do and two, life gets kinda crazy and a trip like this makes you slow down.

On the first day after setting up camp we bushwhacked to an off trail lake.  Sometimes these off the grid lakes are devoid of life and other times they have some pleasant surprises.  The fishing wasn't fast but I did manage to connect on a couple fish including this nice cuttie.

If I've said it once I'll say it again...if you can't get them to bite switch to an ant, or in this case a flying ant.
We found a great campsite right off the trail near a small lake.  There were fish in the lake but nothing of much size and they proved reasonably hard to catch though I did manage a few.
 My dad doesn't fly fish all that much so the next morning we got up early and headed to a lake that is sure to please with little brookies.  It is a great place to knock the dust of the casting arm and really you can catch fish a foot or two from shore.

These brookies will smash about any fly my dad used a stimulator since he can see it well and the fish seemed to like it.
 There are some pretty cool spots on this lake to sight fish from which makes it all the more fun.

It was one of the best mornings I can remember catching fish like crazy, having mountain goats graze the rocks above us and watching the sun peak over the mountains.
 We headed back to camp around noon as the clouds began to fill in and boy did they ever fill in.  Usually you can count on a thunderstorm in the high Uintas in the summer but they usually last an hour or so and then you can go on your merry way.

Not so this trip.  We spent most of the rest of the day in the tent playing cribbage.

We finally abandoned the tent to make some dinner and get some fresh air.  The rain finally tapered off around 8 or so.

The last morning came way to fast and now I am back in the world of work, computers, and noise.  

On the positive side we have some great memories and plans for next year...

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Carp Quickie

The beautiful thing about carp is you can be sitting at home doing nothing waiting to go to work and think I have an hour I should go fishing.....

Went to a local spot I've fished many times before.  I almost always use a worm but today I switched it up and tried a Primordial Carp-Stew.  This fly was the brain child of Trevor Tanner.  Trevor is a die hard carp guy who puts a lot of thought into his bugs.  Well, long story short I had two hook ups and landed this I gotta get ready for another night of work.  
Battle Royale

Short n' Fat
Oh, and check out Trevor's site at

Monday, May 7, 2012

Bass Worm

Here is a great little bass fly from Ryan at Dakota Anglers. The only modification I made to his bug was adding the rubber legs. This fly has a lot going on for it: (1)It is an easy tie. I have a bunch of friends who fish and not many who tie so handing over a fly that take 5-10 minutes to tie can be tough to swallow. (2)It is light. Most guys who fish for bass on the fly a lot would recommend an 8, 9 or even 10 weight. It isn't because bass are particularly strong fighters but a lot of the flies you end up fishing with are big suckers and need a big rod to "cast", and I use "cast" in more of a lob/chuck kind of way. You can cast this fly easily on a 5 or 6 weight. (3)Despite being light the tungsten cone at the front really allows the fly to plummet between strips and this is when most bass hit the fly.

Bass Worm
Hook: TMC 8089 #6 or 10 (I used a Daiichi but I was just finishing off a random stash)
Thread: Mono (to match body)
Cone: Large Black Tungsten Cone
Body and Tail: Estaz Chenille or similar
Legs: Sili Legs
Collar: Marabou

The color combinations are endless so get tying. Don't wrap weight on the body of this fly you want it to nosedive.  If you want the instructions check 'em out at

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Good trips

A good fishing trip isn't always measured in size or number of fish. It can be that one fish that changes the day, the setting or the company.
I just finished one of the good trips. We hit the Madison for a couple days and rented a cabin in Ennis. Fishing was good most days and when it wasn't we made up for it with whiskey gingers. Most of the fishing was on nymphs but dry fly fishing isn't too far off. It'd be really hard to say what bug worked the best as we got fish on a lot of different flies.
The great thing about the good trips is when you first realize it was one of the "good trips". It's usually on the last night over cocktails as you make plans for next year. As my buddy put it the day after the trip "felt odd (and a little sad) this morning to wake up clear headed and not have to put on waders and soggy boots." Indeed Jared, indeed.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Winter Weber

My buddy Jared and I got out and hit the Weber. It was really nice to get out. It feels like I've been working a lot and not fishing much. Can't complain about having a job though. Things should be getting better plus working 3 twelve hours shifts is gonna be sweet for fishing time. I think a Green River trip is in order.

Fishing was pretty good we caught fish on midges, scuds, worms, and other trash. Fishing wasn't on fire but it was good. I didn't catch a single stiffie which is odd for the Weber in the winter. The pics are small cause of some technical difficulties with blogger.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

2012 In With a Bang

In with the bang of a 12 gauge that is....

Got an early start and did what every chukar hunter does in the morning.  Hike up hill until the hill stops or you have a heart attack.  It was a little bit of work punching holes through the crusted over snow.

It was even more work for Cholla as the snow was about belly deep on her.  Good thing she is just a youngster.

We knew we might get into some birds when we saw fresh tracks in the snow.  Sure enough birds flushed unfortunately not in front of me.  Jay got some shots off but chukars shots are seldom gimmes so we had to watch them soar.  We hunted farther up the ridge with no luck but figured we'd try and come down the ridge the birds we had flushed earlier headed to.  Well, we got it done.  Couple more flushes, couple more shots and we managed to scratch out a bird.

I really like the pics Jay got of Cholla.  Thanks buddy.

First chukar of 2012.  A sign of good things to come!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Photo Tips for Dinks

Just a photography tip - if you hold the fish out at arms lengths they look bigger!
Trust me, my friend is a pro!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Provo River Czech Nymph

Here is a version of a czech nymph that I designed for local waters.  It is more of a scud type imitation than a lot of the caddis style czech nymphs.  Give it a try you'll like it.

Provo River Czech Nymph
Hook: TMC 2457 #14
Bead: 7/64 Gold Tungsten Bead
Thread: Black 6/0
Rib: Small Silver Wire
Shellback: 1/8 Clear Scud Back
Abdomen: Olive Scud Dubbing
Hot Spot: UV Orange Ice Dub
Thorax: Olive Scud Dubbing

I fold the scud back over and rib right after dubbing the hot spot and then pick out the dubbed thorax.
Sorry about the shadows in the pic.  I am trying to figure out how to make them go away.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

More Ice Jiggin'

It is kinda nice working weird shifts.  You get to go fishing when most people have to work.  Today I took my father in-law out ice fishing for his first time.  Fishing was slow again but he didn't hate it and wants to go again.  Currant creek reservoir is a beautiful place and it was a beautiful spring...errr winter day.  I can't believe how little snow is up in the mountains.  It's gotta start soon.

Bill taking in the sights.

Currant Creek Reservoir capped with ice.

At least I don't smell like skunk.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Fishing With Ice Holes

Headed out to fish some hard water yesterday.  Being that it was Jared and Dylan's first time ice fishing I figured we'd hit Pineview Reservoir as the perch fishing is always good there.  Well, yesterday not so much.

First fish of 2012 was a dink.

I won't say anything worked super well but we caught most of our fish on a green rat finkee tipped with a wax worm right off the bottom in depths between 30 and 40 feet.
Jared seems pretty excited to get out and try ice fishing again.  Jay is a big fan of fish tacos.  Cholla loves to do anything outside so she's in.  However, I am pretty sure my buddy Dylan is retiring from ice fishing.  We'll see maybe if we bring more booze and the love ewe from my bachelor party he will be enticed.

This fish was so big I had to get the scale out and weigh it.