Monday, July 22, 2013

Of Cutties and Creeks

 I don't know why I love fishing little creeks so much.  I think it is because they are just fun and simple.  When I fish the Green or the Ranch I usually have so many flies in my vest my back starts to hurt.  On creeks like this you only need one box, some 5X, and gink.  Definitely a refreshing change from all the crap I usually pack.

 I got to fish one of my favorite little creeks this past with weekend with my buddy Ryan and his nephew.  If I had to pick my favorite fish to catch it would be a cutt...probably because they live in places like this.  We had a great day, everybody caught plenty of pretty cutts.

It is good to be able to hit a spot like this and not see anybody fishing especially because this time of year if you head to the Provo it can be shoulder to shoulder.

I think we did best on a royal yellow humpy.  I got pretty excited by the numbers of hoppers I saw.  It should produce some great fishing in the next couple of weeks.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

WILD & CLEAR - Fishing Montana's Backcountry



If this video doesn't make you want to go fishing...you probably better call 911 because your heart is no longer doing anything and you need CPR.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Water's High....

...and the trout don't want to rise to the cicadas...

...but when they don't rise....


...you can always feed 'em a pig sticker!


Thursday, June 6, 2013

Possibilities

Success on some trips is not measured purely by size of fish, number of fish, or even fishing in general. They are deemed successes by the nature of the possibilities a return trip may hold.

I headed to Lake Powell for a little backcountry kayaking/camping trip with my wife and a good friend last weekend.







The fishing was pretty good I caught a ton of little smallies and hooked one nice striper I lost right at the kayak.  I caught everything on a bellyache minnow pattern with a gray rabbit strip and white ice dub body.

Smallmouth freakin' love that fly.  I think it is probably the jigging action.

This is definitely a trip I would love to do again.  I would like to dedicate a lot more time to fishing and less to tooling around in a kayak.  I would do a couple of things differently...

1. Bring carp flies.  There were a pile of carp on some of the sandy beaches.

2. Go with people who want to fish so when you find a good area for stripers you can fish it hard.

3. Spend more time in the early morning fishing. That seemed like when the fish were most active.

We rented kayaks from http://www.kayakpowell.com/ and they were kind of spendy but super convenient.  So...if you are looking for a fun trip that is a change of pace from trout check out Lake Powell in early June.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Thunder Chickens


Turkey season started this year with much anticipation.  I was pretty much planning on dedicating my free time in May to finding some birds in Utah.  I've had good luck hunting turkeys in Idaho but never here in Utah.


One of the best parts of turkey hunting in the sunrises.  Turkey hunting at least for me is a morning gig and you need an early start.


Spent a lot of time in woods looking for birds.  Saw a bunch of elk the first couple times out but only a few birds.  One day I had several birds gobbling in close and I knew I had to get one more day in that area despite an upcoming fishing trip with my buddy Jay.  Fortunately it was easy to talk him into heading out for a morning.

 

It turned out to be a good decision and I harvested a jake.  It may not be a big ol' tom but he'll eat!
Just doing our part to keep the world safe from thunder chickens one bird at a time.






Monday, May 27, 2013

I tie blood knots way better hammered...



There are trips I gotta do every year. One of them is heading out on a bass/bluegill expedition every spring.  Most of these trips have been with my buddy Jay and it is about fun as you can have fly fishing.


 As Jay says "if you aren't smiling when you are catching bluegill then something is just wrong with you."
You know for once Jay said something really intelligent...
Decided to try making some camp style bangers n' mash...crushed it!  Camp cooking is one of the best parts of trips like this.

We did well for both bass and bluegill.  Most of the bluegill we caught on rubber legged dragons and I had the best luck for bass on a purple jiggy bugger, a rust pirate hooker, or a purple bass killer.
Redneck boat dock.


We had one epic day of fishing.  The kind of day you get up super early, fish hard, head in for a break to fillet some fish, have a couple beers, realize you are kinda buzzed, and look at you watch which says its only eleven.  Then you grab a nap wake up to wind have a couple more beers, realize you are buzzed again, and make dinner.  Then you head out in the boat wail on fish and get buzzed for a third time in the same day.  It was out on the water that night that Jay said "man, I tie blood knots better when I'm hammered".   Well I don't know about that but it is sure a lot more fun.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Hogan's Good and Plenty Caddis Pupa

This caddis pupa has become one of my favorite dropper flies throughout the summer.  It is an easy tie. I am not 100% how much my version differs from Hogan Brown's original but it work well on the Provo, Weber, and South Fork.  I tie it in green and amber.

Good n' Plenty - Trout Fly
Hook: TMC 2487 #12-18
Thread: Uni 6/0 Olive
Bead: Black Tungsten
Rib: Chartreuse Holo Tinsel
Body: Mercer's Buggy Dubbing
Legs: Black Pheasant Tail
Wing: Light Blue or Pearl Krystal Flash
Collar: Black Ostrich Herl


Step 1: Slide bead on hook.


Step 2: Tie in holo tinsel for rib.  You could use chartreuse wire as well.


Step 3: Dub tapered body.


Step 4: Rib body with tinsel.


Step 5: Tie in four pheasant tails on far side of hook.


Step 6: Tie in four more pheasant tails on near side of hook.


Step 7: Fold a piece of krystal flash in half and tie in for wings.  Trim to roughly body length.


Step 8: Tie in ostrich herl and make 3-4 wraps for thorax.  Whip finish.


This is the top view.

The original fly has 6-8 strands of krystal flash for the wing but just the two seem to work for me.  I think it also has a tail but caddis don't have tails or maybe I'm just lazy.  Tie some up and try 'em out.  You won't be disappointed.  


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A Deliberate Life Trailer

I already pre-ordered my copy.  Looks awesome.



Seasons


 If you asked me my what my favorite season is I'd without a doubt tell you fall.  I love fall but I am really enjoying spring.  I think I enjoy spring so much because of the anticipation of warmer days, bigger flies, and tomatoes that don't taste like wax.





I think one of the harbingers of spring for me is the skwalla.  It is an underrated hatch for sure and the fish will eat both nymphs and dries.  I know the olive hatch signals spring for many but if you've fished a good olive hatch here in Utah it sure as shit doesn't feel like spring...more like a blizzard.







Here is a fatty from the Weber my buddy nailed on a skwalla nymph the other day.  The bow is the fatty....


Another bonus in spring is when a cold beer starts to taste better than a hot cup of coffee.


This brown fell to a pig sticker...yeah I fish worms and like to catch whitefish...sue me!

Caught some more trout while trying to stick whitefish.  Oh well at least they fight well and looked pretty.  This brown ate a deep blue poison tung.  If you want to see how to tie it check Charlie's Fly Box online which one of the best resources out there if you tie.

Cheers!  Glad to get out the last couple days with some good friends and catch some fish.  Also for all my friends reading this I am WAY ahead on the season whitefish tally so you'd better get to work.