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 guy....now I gotta get ready for another night of work.  
Battle Royale

Short n' Fat
Oh, and check out Trevor's site at http://www.flycarpin.com/.

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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thPH7DiexN8.

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.