Saturday, June 25, 2011

In the Field...



Had Zoie in the field yesterday with Garrett and Mike as well. I started out by having her on a 30' check cord, but removed it after I felt she wasn't going to run off. After her 1st big run, I noticed her having alot of natural ability. She is checking the wind and quartering back around on every pass. As you can see in the picture above, she was a muddy soaked mess afterwards. She found the pond on that property for a quick drink as well as an opportunity to get dirty. That got my mind going about packing a field bag to leave in the car for first aid, towels, etc. Here is a short video of her starting to work in the field. The video isn't all that much, just her running around. We just felt the need to not give her any commands and continue to walk in a direction. I think she got the idea of what was going on. Just a day in the field to see what she has. Enjoy...



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Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Peek Into the Scott Factory...


I do enjoy a well made rod and Scott makes one for sure. When I first started getting into the sport, this was one of the rods that I wanted for sure. Maybe I will get one of these soon.   Garrett, a guide with us, loves Scott rods. And why not, they are an great fishing tool. 


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

PM Trip, Angry Bluegill, and Zoie


Had a trip with Greg, Matt, and Aaron on Monday at the river. It was teaming with Caddis, but were a bit gun shy from the pressure from this past weekend. I used some of my CDC Caddis patterns that forced about 30 fish to rise. They did rather well for not having any experience fly fishing. Matt did the best by landing three bows and a brown.


After the trip, Mike and I left the Field Club to check out a pond on property. We caught one bass right at dusk and spooked two nice ones early on. We decided that we threw the mouse pattern too early. So we ended up with a bunch of angry looking Bluegills like this one pictured above. After this post, we are headed to an awesome farm pond for some bass tonight.
Last but not least, Zoie is officially house trained. Her is a picture of her telling it is time to go out. She is progressing rather well. Still working on basic obedience with her. Just picked up a Tri-Tronic collar for training later down the road as well. But none the less, a quick Zoie update.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sharptail Media..


Saw this video on Orvis News this morning while I was sitting on the deck.  Its a short clip, but it really does explain how simple a fly rod is. Well, need to get a shower and head up to the resort. Have a trip at 1pm...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Savage...

Mike working a few fish..

Typical Savage Brown...

After Mike and I landed five in this hole, we both tried working this 20 inch brown. We both missed him. He moved six feet to chase my dry fly. Mike missed him on a dropper. 

Nice Brown that I landed a few holes up. Real hard drift, but saw him rising. Any fish that we saw rise, we caught. Most of the day we blind casted dries in riffles and close to the banks. We had some success. Mike landed the Savage Slam. A Brook, Brown, and Bow. 



I love Fins...



The was was perfect with lots of bugs flying around. Garrett, Mike, AJ, and I did rather well on the river. Lime Sallies, Caddis, Olives, Sulfurs, and etc. Can't wait to get back down there rather soon. Every time I head to this river, I do get better and better. My patterns that I have been tying for here are finally working as well as reducing the micro drag on the fly helps as well. Enjoy the pics...
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Past Week....


Mike, Chuck, and I on the river with the fog rolling in....

Business is picking up a bit more now that people are starting to head out on vacation. This week I had a trip with Garrett and a group of men on the river. We ran into a solid caddis hatch which produced fish for all.
On Saturday, I had taken out Robert Young and his wife for an afternoon trip to our private stream. We had a few strikes and our best success was on a red copper john that afternoon. We tried some buggers but only a few chased. Around 4 o'clock, we were hit with a thunderstorm. At that point, we went back to the resort. Robert's wife, Mary, was a natural and really picked up the casting rather quickly. They are heading out to Montana in a few weeks and she wanted some instruction.


In the picture above, I have been tying alot since school has let out. I needed some rusty spinners in various sizes. I need them from #14 to #24 for the river. I have tied a dozen of each last night while my setter pup was past out. Zoie has been doing well. We have our ups and downs.  Jut working alot of basic obedience and hoping it sticks here soon. My wife is doing a good job with her as well due to the consistency we are using in training her.

Well off to finish my coffee on the deck.  Solid day ahead. Gotta work the dog some and then head to the river. And I'm a good husband and neighbor, cut the grass.





Sunday, June 5, 2011

Zoie on the Road....

Striking the pose...


Finding the tails planted by the tree...

My parents fox red lab, Tucker...



Just liked the lighting in this photo...

Zoie and I jumped in the care for a ride to my parents house. I wanted her to be around the labs as well as have my dad check her out in action. I had her out with the pheasant tails in the yard for about 30-35 minutes. I tried something different today just to see how it would go. Before we got over to my grandma's yard across the street, I had taken the tails and dragged them around the yard. I then place the tails in some high grass beside a tree. I had my dad bring her into the yard. She found the scent and with in 20 seconds was pointing on the tails. I have noticed that when I put the fishing pole away with the tails, Zoie would continue to work the yard in search of the tails. 
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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Day 2: Introduction to Pheasant

Starting to get her interested in the scent....





By the end of the short 20 minute session, Zoie would hold on a bird for 15 to 25 seconds until I started to move it a little bit. She would also let me stroke her tail upward to frame up her point. I was able to reward her a bit and started to use the "Whoa" command. We will work more on this today a bit to continue to introduce her to birds. After I get her introduced to the birds what is the next progression? Enjoy the pictures. My brother stopped by as well to assist in the training as well as pictures. 
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New Addition...



On Thursday, I picked up my English Setter pup. We named her Zoie. She has good energy and a solid nose. I am still working on her and Macie on getting along with each other at the house. I am sure they will work things out eventually. I have been reading up a good bit about training her, but it seems like there are many different views on how to start. It is somewhat overwhelming at times. I can fly fish with the best of them, but this new pup is going to be a challenge and a rewarding experience as well.  Any ideas are welcome. 
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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

1st Trip...



A little over a week ago I had the opportunity to take another person out for there first time fly fishing. Jeremy is 17 years old and had done a little fishing in the past with his mother Sharon, but this was the first go with the fly rod. This was a very interesting trip because Jeremy had his own personal photographer (mom). Sharon was able to document the day with some very nice pictures and video. Jeremy did quite well for a newbie, he was able to land fish using multiple techniques, and even got one to eat a dry... It was great for Sharon to spend this day with Jeremy. Hopefully this is the first of many fly fishing adventures they will enjoy together. I hope everyone enjoys the video, it's a great way to document the day...