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.