Sunday, April 27, 2014

A Short List....

The longer you fish the more you subconsciously compare things.  Last year the olives were hatching by now, the fish didn't seem to refuse foam bugs like this, the fish looked healthier last year and so on.  Today I found myself trying to compare the quality of fishing to other days on the river.  It probably wasn't my best day ever on the Provo but it is on a short list.

Pretty Bow

Brown Trout

Best reel ever?  Well it's for sure on the short list

Pheasant Tail Eater
Net Full O' Fish

Beautiful Spring Day

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Invasion Begins

While I am waiting for my order of tying goods for steelhead I figured I'd whip up some streamers.  I am a big fan of articulated flies but the home invader is a great fly that hunts.

Tan/Brown for the Green River.

Crayfish flavored...I'm thinking lower Madison.

 Brown/Yellow my favorite streamer combo.

Chartreuse/White cause big bass gotta eat too.

I am not gonna post a tutorial cause In The Riffle has a great one  I must state however that you should use temple fox for this fly though.  It is freakin' awesome stuff.  You won't be disappointed.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tootsie Roll

Here is a simple and super effective tie for the summer.  Fish it anywhere it'll get ate!

Tootsie Roll - Trout Fly
Hook: TMC 2312 #10-16
Thread: Black or Brown
Body: Rainy's Ant Foam
Body: UTC Holo Tinsel
Hackle: Brown Dyed Grizzly

Step 1: Secure the ant body to back of hook.  It helps to take a turn or two in front of the cylinder as well to keep it from rolling on you.
Step 2: Tie in and plamer hackle where you tied down the foam.
Step 3: Tie in and wrap holo tinsel body.
Step 4: Tie down foam leaving a little gap to tie off fly at the end.

Step 5: This is the same as step 2.  Then just lift the front part and whip finish.

That's all there is to it.  I like this fly in both cinnamon and black.  I use brown holo tinsel for the cinnamon one and red holo tinsel for the black one.  Tie some up for this summer you won't be disappointed.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Cane on Cottonwood

When spring hits you get busy...yard work, cleaning, work....but you still gotta get out for a couple hours now and again to chase some fish.  Broke out the ol' cane rod and hit Big Cottonwood Creek with a good friend today and we had a great time.

I love to fish with JP.  When we hit a little creek it isn't about the size of fish or stacking up numbers it is just about fishing and having a good time.  The best part of the day wasn't even about landing a fish, JP had one of the prettiest takes I've ever seen.  Thanks for the day buddy I'll whip up some more "Big Cottonwood Special" PMXs for next time.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Wasatch Back Quad-fishalon Day #3 Jordanelle Reservoir

The Rockport leg of the Quad-fishalon got canceled a week ago so I thought for sure the Jordanelle one would as well.  Then on thursday I got the email saying it was game on.  Since my dad was going to be down skiing with me on friday he was up for coming out.  I even got my buddy Ryan to tag along.

It was a pretty slow day overall.  Not many fish were caught but the ones that did get caught were quality.

This was the only fish I got all day.  A decent cuttbow but it was nowhere in the running for big fish.  The group right next to us only caught two fish all day but one was the winner...a 25 inch brown.  I was trying to get browns but to no avail.

My dad on the ice was a good call.  He cooked up breakfast and lunch on the ice.  An egg scramble thing, chili dogs, and hot coffee all day...nice!  He even managed a dink perch.  I think we could've caught a bunch of perch but we were targeting the trout mostly.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Thinking Outside of the Fly Box

Sometimes on hard fished rivers, like the Provo, it really pays to think out of the box when it comes to choosing your flies.  Just because everyone else is throwing black zebra midges doesn't mean that is the only thing that will take fish.

I really like fishing worms on the Provo.  This is a purple version of the eggs n' bacon fly.  Purple is a great trout color.

Even though the fish on the Provo see a lot of flies, this chunky brown didn't seem to realize that there are in fact no purple worms actually in the river.  I think tossing something different is helpful especially if you end up fishing a hole someone else just fished through.

It is midge season though and zebra midges always take fish.  I love the trout hunter tippets for fishing the small stuff this time of year.  Pauly and I had a great day on the river today.  We both caught some fish.  I was hoping the midge hatch was going to pop but we didn't see too much action up top.  I am sure the overcast weather didn't help the hatch.  Looking forward to fishing the buffalo midges in the coming weeks for sure!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Wasatch Back Quad-fishalon Day #2 Deer Creek Reservoir

The second day of the Quad-fishalon was at Deer Creek Reservoir.  I had planned on hitting it solo again but we'd had some friends over last night to put in for Smith River permits and I mentioned it to my buddy Pauly and he was more that willing to go waste some time out on the ice.

The weather was pretty awful today.  Started with wind and snow...then switched to wind and rain...then some more wind.  P.S. wind is a douchebag.

The fishing however was pretty dang good though.  It seems like all the pics I took were of Pauly with fish...what can I say he had the hot hand today.   I did catch a couple and we'll see how the scores go for the overall fish total.  I know about half the field got skunked on East Canyon.

Goggles were actually a pretty good idea today with all the wind.

All the bows we caught were in pretty spawning colors.  They did suck to clean though as they milted (i.e. spermed) all over the place when I went to clean them.  The are now destined for the smoker.
Next up is Rockport where we'll be targeting more bows and big browns. 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Wasatch Back Quad-fishalon Day #1 East Canyon Reservoir

I have to admit that I have a little secret.  Yeah I actually like ice fishing.  I know people do it to get out of the inversion and it has been a bad ski season and there are other excuses people use but I actually enjoy it.  Maybe its my Minnesota roots.  Oh and if you judge me cause I occasionally drop a tube jig with a worm on it down a hole - guess what I don't care.

I decided to sign up for the wasatch back quad-fishalon ice tournament this year just for shits and giggles.  It was kind of crazy seeing all the ice huts out.

Fishing was pretty poor by most accounts today.  The top three trout get prizes and then if you sign up for all four lakes you can win a combined grand prize of your biggest trout from each location.  I was sweating bullets as I still had the skunk going with 45 minutes left.  Fortunately this fat 13.5 inch bow decided to stop by and play.

The biggest fish to come out of the ice today was only 18 inches so assuming I avoid skunage and can manage a few bigger fish I'll still be in the running for the grand prize.

As you can see the east canyon boat ramp was packed.  It was a nice day on the lake.  I may have got a little too much sun on my face but my sun screen was too cold to squeeze out.  Next up Deer Creek February 8th...stay tuned.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Frosty Fingers

One of my new year's resolutions was to fish the Provo at least one time every month.  It seems like such a simple thing to accomplish making it to a river that is 45 minutes from my house but last year I probably only got 6 days on the Provo.  Today was the first time in January.  I hit the lower which is always colder than the middle cause it takes so long for the sun to hit the water.

Fishing was really good but mostly little guys.  This brown just happens to be my first trout on the fly in 2014.  I lost one good fish and caught maybe half a dozen in the 8-12 inch range.

I did get a couple on top which was fun and frustrating.  I had to sneak into position downstream of the risers in a back eddy and shoot a fair bit of line.  It is really hard to shoot any line when your guides look like this.

It turned out to be a super pretty day with the sun out by the time I left.  It was a good day to be out.  Bald eagles, brown trout, and I have the feeling back in my toes and fingers now.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Covered in Schlappen

Sometimes you need a little inspiration to get back to doing the things you enjoy.  It is amazing how easily your time can slip away and you realize you didn't get out as much as you wanted to last year.  My inspiration right now is a BWCA fly fishing trip with my brother this fall.  Getting psyched to chase smallies and northerns and camp in one of the most beautiful spots on earth.

Tying pike flies means digging out the bucktail.


I imagine you could tie pike flies without flat waxed nylon but I wouldn't recommend it.

Tying flies in fleece pants always seems like a good idea........

Half and Half's in red/white and chartreuse/white tied on a little smaller hook than usual for pike so the smallmouth can enjoy too.  

I tell you it feels really good to be covered in schlappen right now!