Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Quick Trip...



Ryan called this morning and wanted to fish. It doesn't take much for myself to answer "Yes." We met at Ramcat and fished the riffle. I missed a few on dries and tried to swing some nymphs as well. The river was flowing at 613cfs. We decided to drive closer to town to fish some dries where I knew the fish would cooperate more and boy did they ever. Ryan and I fished a X-Caddis and a Beetle. We each landed a few bows. Not bad for a quick trip to the river. Not many people fishing, but the cold water felt good on a day with the weather in the high 80's. After a few errands tomorrow, I will tie up some Yellow & Lime Sallies. I believe Mike and Larry are fishing the North Branch. Should be a good trip. The state record trout come from there year after year.  Hopefully they produce some photos....
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Savage River....



Had a good feeling about the Savage when I went out to my car and seen these on the roof of my car. 



Larry landing one quickly...



In the evening, I ended up here and caught some rising fish...



Fish Rising....


The hook set...



Fish on...



The Browns on this stream are awesome...







Sunday, we decided to fish the Savage River instead of floating the river. The river is flowing at 683cfs and felt like dry fly fishing over some wild fish too. We got on the stream around 8am and fish were rising in the first section we stopped at. My first cast I landed a brown. Larry caught two in the first few minutes as well.  I landed mine on a #18 Parachute Adams and Larry got his on a #14 Sulphur. We then each went our separate ways. Larry moved upstream and either missed or landed a fish in each section of pocket water section that he fished. Mike and I went down stream and we landed seven more respectively.  But the theme of the day was how many we missed. We met back up at the car and Larry surprised us with what he was tossing to all of these fish. He put on a #12 Western Green Drake. That confirmed that these fish were just feeding opportunistically.  We headed to the next section and found a pod of rising fish through a slow section. This is where your see the fish rising photos as well as the Brown pictured above. After messing around in that section we went the cement bridge and didn't have much luck except for the Brookie and Larry got one on a nymph. Around 640pm, we decided to work a few of those sections that we started on. Larry and Mike worked up above and landed a few fish and I work a bridge that has some risers. I caught one more, but these fish are very wary of fisherman. Not a bad day on the river and the Savage River is not as bad as I thought since all of the work that was completed last year. I will be back down there soon as well as packing some Lime Sallies too. 

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Training Day....




Started out by landing 3 browns in the first 20 minutes of the float.


Close up of a Yough Brown.



We landed about 15 Smallmouth from the Cassellman to Ramcat. Bead-chain Clouser never fails.



Nice Smallie that I landed.






Stonefly and Pupa....produces all of the time.


If you look in his mouth, tons of Caddis pupa and adults.







Larry go this one on a Circus Peanut...


Nice Brown..


My point fly that I was using on my nymph rig. This stone really produced as well.



Got a new toy yesterday and had to break it in. New Hydros.



Orvis Water Ninja...

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What a wonderful day to be on the river. The weather was very overcast for the first three hours of the trip, but no rain showed up. I was all geared up for the trout, but the Smallmouth were on fire for Larry and I. He threw a Circus Peanut and I launched a Clouser. We also saw some massive ones along this tree that I got snagged on as well. After that snag, I switch to my Tungsten Stone fly and a Cinnamon Caddis Pupa nymph rig. Every other cast I was landing a fish. All of those fish were nice looking rainbows. Larry then landed a nice brown on white CP. Saw some fish rise,but we did our job fishing and learning this river more in preparation for our Float trips to begin next week. 
The flow of the river was 800 cfs. Tons of Olives, Cahills, Caddis, and Slate Drakes around. It made some of my favorite spots very thin, especially my place where the monsters lay. In a deeper pool from the area, Mike had about a 6lb brown chase his CP about 20 feet, but would not strike. I think if I fish it again, I may just run a big stimulator and a long dropper with a stone fly nymph on the end of it. This being my 11th time floating this river, I feel that we have the line down and located alot of fish as well.  I also feel that my tactics have changed. I truly believe that people think big water and streamers are the answer. I think if you nymph it, you can have a 30 fish day like we did today. 
I usually fish the river with my 7wt Helios, but getting my 9' 5wt hydros out was fun. What an awesome rod and it really made myself nymph more since some of my beefy streamers were too heavy to throw with this rod. 
Long week as well for myself. Had my last week of work and summer has began too. I tied a ton of clousers and alot of Caddis. I have also been working on my Masters project too. So sorry about posting a ton, but that will change. 

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Sandy Moret...ESPN Video...


This is a video of Sandy Moret talking about his love for the sport of fly fishing. Where we stay in the Keys is just a three minute walk to his shop from the house. Great shop to visit and to just hang out in. Can't wait to get back down....

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Tying Midges....



Spent the evening tying up some midges to fill up one of the new boxes that I just bought Lots of wire, v-rib, and ice dubbing in this collection. This motivation for tying midges came about because I use them for sight nymphing at Spring Creek.  Would have finished the rest of this side of the box, but ran out of hooks in the size I was tying. Really didn't feel like tying #22 midges either. Over the next  few days, I plan on getting some Whiting 100 packs to finish the other side of the box with midge dries. Saw a neat pattern Larry tied for the Savage River. Looking forward to trying it out as well. Well off to get some rest. Five more days of school left. Perfect weather now really makes you wish that I did not have all of those snow days. 
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Monday, June 7, 2010

Old Photos I Found....

Where we stayed that week.

Sloppy Joe Fries



Nothing like Duval Street.



Mangroves....


Captain Larry and Alicia on our back country trip.


Sandy's leader formulas for tarpon and bonefish....


The other half....
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Friday, June 4, 2010

What Keeps Me Coming Back...

 
This brown had some girth.

 

 
We nicknamed this one "Hog boy Jr."



I was waiting on my brother to call me back to see if he wanted to fish last night, but he said he was too busy with work. Luckily, Matt called to let me know that Andy, Bill, and himself were fishing my favorite spot.
Once I got down there, there was a small amount of caddis, sulphurs, light cahills, and some coffin flies. The reason we wanted to make this trip is fact that this was most likely the end of the drakes for the year on this stream. Andy caught three little bows closer to the bank, but had a big boy rising before we got hit with a small shower. Billy had the same issue. One larger fish was feeding pretty good, then the rain put him down. After the rain ended, we just listened for rises on this glassy pool. Matt and I both heard a rise behind us and then worked towards the fish we heard. I was closer to the rise, but within a few cast Matt hooked into the fish pictured above. He smashed a coffin fly. We thought it was a decent size, but wasn't really sure. The Brown had taken him on a few decent runs until we got him into the net. In the low light conditions, I was rather nervous trying to net him because I did not want to hit the leader and dislodge the fly. This fish capped off an weird night of fishing. Sporadic rises, the big boys were out to play as well. The flow was 890 cfs too.  I missed one last night on a coffin fly, but I was actually moving and too much slack in my line to set the hook.

Ten people in the Orvis School this weekend, so I will most likely chase these guys again this weekend. Until then, I will be hunting the next "Hog Boy."


Here is the original "Hog Boy". And these fish are the reasons that keeps me coming back time after time. 

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Intriguing Stone Pattern...


Last night, I had taken care of some things around the house before I got a chance to tie some flies. Tied a dozen zebra midges last night while watching River Monsters. But I was looking for a Stone pattern that I could tie for trout as well as some steelhead fishing in the spring. This video and pattern was simple and it had ice dubbing included. Right now, ice dubbing is becoming one of my favorite body materials to use. I even mix in with existing dubbing to enhance some older patterns. Great stuff.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Brookies & Drakes....






After school I had to run up to the resort to take care of some stuff. As soon as I was done, Mike was finishing up his full day trip. We decided to hit a stream just off the mountain. There was a decent amount of people at the stream, but they were in all of the main pools. So we decided to hit all of the pocket water between all of the people. It paid off very quickly. I caught two in about eight casts. One on a #22 crystal midge dropper and the other on a #16 X-Caddis. Mike went to his goto, a foam beetle. Once again, One cast and a nice brookie. We went on to catch six out of the first spot we fished. We then moved to a pool further down the stream and we stayed there till dark. We caught them on many types of dries. Mike and I did some sight nymphing as well with a #14 yellow stone nymph. It was very productive and I got a bit better at sight nymphing to feeding fish. By 8:00pm, there were numerous Coffin Flies around. The fish would only take a Coffin Fly if it was skittering around. We watched one wild brookie do some serious leaps at these spinners in the air. About 20 fish rising throughout the pool. It was quite the treat. We ended the night with about 35 fish between us. All brookies with two browns mixed in. I will be back to this fishery in the next few days to fish after work. 
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