Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Deer Traffic...

First time I caught a raccoon on the camera... 


Not sure what this deer is doing but caught in the action...


What was interesting about the last three photos are the times that I am seeing them pass through. I have yet to have a day time shot of deer, but in time. 


Checked the camera before work this morning and yet again, my raccoon is back...

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

K31 Swiss Carbine....

K31 Swiss 

Really unique action for sure...



Dad stopped over to help me with an electrical issue that I had a question about. I also knew that he wanted to show me his new purchase. He bought a K31 Swiss Military Rifle. What an accurate gun. The open sights are set for a range of 100 - 1500 meters. This gun has been know for its accuracy and dependability. One draw back about these guns is the beech stocks are rather beat up.  My dad plans on getting some work done on the stock, but that is for purely cosmetic reasons. Otherwise, this is one fun gun to shoot. We went in to the field across the street from my house to try it out. Very little recoil and its accuracy is its best feature. Looking forward to shooting this more often. 
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Saturday, February 25, 2012

A Little of Everything....


This past Tuesday day was the first day that I did not have Football or Basketball practice after school. I can be honest that I had no clue what to do with my spare time. After speaking to Mike on the phone, he mentioned that they were putting on a Fly Tying class at Woodlands World in downtown Uniontown. I meet Mike, Larry, Lynn and Garrett for the event they are going to try to hold every Tuesday evening at the store.     Lynn showed how to tie his Sac Fry pattern which is pretty solid. I will try to get a photo up of that soon. Larry, pictured above, was showing about eight to nine new guys to the sport on some basic patterns. 


Over the past week, OrvisNews.com has had some sweet easy patterns for some meaty streamers to try. Its hard for myself to not use a Woolybugger anyway, but they looked like they would be worth a shot. Pictured above is some Moto Minnows that I tied. Here is the video that I followed for this tie.  This has been the best series by far on OrvisNews.com. I truly believe these are the best tying videos out there in terms of quality of video and patterns selection available.  




Picture of a solid evening of tying.... Notice how messy my desk looks. I also want to add that having a bird dog in the house as well as a curious cat watching you tie flies can make for an interesting evening. 


Another streamer pattern that uses marabou, estaz, and rubber legs to attract some aggressive strikes from big fish. These Monster Buggers are really easy to tie. I think I may sit down in a few an tie up some Olive and White Monster Buggers to add in the streamer box as well. 


Matt's Monster Bugger from Tightline Productions on Vimeo.

Yet another great tying video from Tightline Production. Its worth checking out their collection on Vimeo. 


Last night, I headed down the road to catch the WVU vs. Marquette hoops game. It was great game, but I was hoping my Mountaineers would pull it out in the end. Just too many bad turnover at key situations.


These guys have been at the feeder over the past week consistently. I have noticed that the Crunch Block has been a huge success for attracting more deer. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Hungry Brown...



Got a text while I was coaching hoops today at the high school. Mike sent this picture of Brian holding a solid pig brown. Can't wait to get up his way this year for our annual spring trip to chase these hogs.  It also looks like Brian was using that toothy critter fly box.


Photo from  last night at the feeder in the rain...


Back again in the morning for the next round. Starting to see alot of rabbits in the mix as well...

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

50 Degree Weather to 6" of Snow....

Talk about a "Deer in Headlights" look.....



Been seeing these few deer about every other night. With the warmer weather that we have been having, I figured that there was more food available. I will see if that is the difference with the six inches of snow outside now.

Last Saturday, Jim and I went to a gun shop in New Florence, PA. he had won a new rifle at a Gun Bash in October, but did not pick it up till now. While at the shop, I was looking for a .22 Long Rifle for general use. I settled on a Savage Mark II .22 Long Rifle. I am very pleased with it as well. Sunday morning, I ran about 250 rounds through it. I need to add a scope at some point, but that will come in time. One feature that I really like is the Accu-Trigger. Really a smooth trigger for sure.

With the snow on the ground and the roads getting kinda nasty out, I made my way to the tying bench. Yesterday I tied about two and half dozen pheasant tails at a size #16. I do not know who is more of a nuisance when I am tying now, my cat ,Sidney, or my Setter, Zoie. Any feather I pull out is getting their full attention. I felt like I was tying in front of a crowd watching every move I made on the vise.

On Wednesday, I stopped in town to grab a few things for tying. I came across UV Knot Sense and the light that accompanies it. The light was rather expensive, but after using it, I am very impressed. It cures in seconds and easy to spread around the fly for application. Below I posted a video that I found on YouTube for some applications that can be used with this product. I personally like the scud pattern and the midge on the video.  Its worth the look..