Just spent a some time tying up a few bass bugs. Not a specific fly recipe consulted on any of these flies (as you might be able to tell) just tied up with as much material and as ugly as I could muster. Rabbit strips, squirrel tail, deer hair, and a touch of flash on all these jigs. Hopefully I can brave the temps soon to test them out. Maybe there will be a winner in there somewhere.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Next on the list, I hooked into a pool of sunfish with the brightest yellows and reddest eyes I have seen. There is always something about mountain streams and their effect on the colors of the fish that inhabit them.
As noon approached and the temps reached into the mid 90's I started to make my way back to the car. I figured that the fish were done and the snaked would soon control the waters edge and I do not like battling with snakes for a stream side spot. As I waded the stream back I saw a few rises in front of me. suspecting a sunfish was the culprit I tossed a fly in his direction and got a hit. Imagine my surprise when in the next jump from the hooked fish, I noticed that a nice Brown trout had made an appearance. In sun drenched 95 deg temps and in less than a foot of rushing water, a brown trout was actively feeding on the surface. Amazing! No pic because as I reached for the fish, he leaped into the air, gave a wave of the fin and broke free. I hooked two more in the next five minutes, both of which where released in relativity the same manner. I guess it goes to show that you never know what to expect while chasing those blue lines.
A few minutes later a large snake crossed the stream a few feet from me and gave me the eye. I took his suggestion and headed for the car. I cant wait to see what the stream gives me when the temps begin to cool down.
Also For those of you that are wanting a Tenkara Shirt, I have decided to offer the shirt in all THREE colors. They are only $17 plus Shipping (5.40) and can be purchased with Paypal or any major credit card HERE. The shirts will be printed on the tenth and shipped out as soon as possible.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
With such a split in the colors selection, I have decided to provide a choice when you purchase one of these shirts. Like I said, I will only be doing a small printing run for these shirts so if you want one, make SURE you pre-order yours by the 10th of next month.
First we have the Pebble color tee.
These shirts are quality Hanes 100% cotton tees that are preshrunk. As I said before, they are quality screen printed tees by a local American owned printing business.
(The above pics are representative of what the shirt should look like on the color tee. These are not the actual printed shirts. The actual print might vary slightly in size and color.)
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
I recently, or should I say my kids, were recent winners of a set of Olive The Woolly Bigger books by Kirk Werner. I'm not sure who were more excited when they arrived but thanks to the new website - takekidsflyfishing.com we both have new reading material.
Thanks to Kirk for the great books and nice messages he wrote in each. They will be treasured in my family for years to come.
If you have a minute, head over and visit takekidsflyfishing.com . It will be well worth your time.
Also, news on the tenkara shirts. I have gotten a good response to them and look forward to having them printed. I should have a button up for payment in the next few days. Thanks for the support.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Hexfishing.com, just a simple shirt with a simple design to sport your love of Tenkara. If you are interested please let me know in a comment or an email so I will have a good idea the quantity and sizes to order. They will be high quality screen prints done locally and not by a Zazzle type company. The cost will be @ $22-$24 total (That's including Shipping!!!!! @ $18 per shirt + @ $5 shipping) I need to know who is in before the 10th of next month in order to get them printed and shipped in time for the Tenkara Summit in late August.
I will also be posting a paypal button for purchase soon so you can get off the couch and commit to the purchase.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
HexFishing.com (Shameless Plug) and while I was driving the car around my wife did her best to sell him on getting one of those cases for himself. When I returned the ensuing conversation led to this spectacular lead.
Due to packing constraints I chose to leave my waders at home in SC and brave the cold waters like a fisherman of the old days when waders were only for the rich. It was a cold first step into that river but with the adrenaline of that first take from the surface my blood warmed me up. My brother and I hooked a number of these beautiful cuts here on dry midges and yellowish olive sulfurs but the vast amount of strikes came from what has developed into my favorite fly - the Black Nose Dace.
I have a variety of these little guys in my box at all times and they always do well. They often are tied a bit different from each other, some with black ribs, some with a bit of yellow buck tail, others with a brown or red nose, some with a tag of red or black and others so sparse of hair that if I didn't know better I would just pluck it from the box and toss it in the trash. Why do I like these little minnow imitations Honestly, I am not a very good master of the presentation and this streamer is a great way for me to hide my faults with fish.
One other reason is the tug one feels when a fish attacks the fly. This fish hit the fly so hard and in the current that it added a bit of red blood to his already red cut. He still had a lot of fight in him when I released him so I hope he survived. If not then he just became food for one of the many forms of wildlife around the area.
Most of the fish we caught were all in the 6-9in range but man they are fun. Every one of these fought like a champ with so much head bobbing and dancing one might have thought he had a fish twice the size on the end of his line.
Our next section of river was about two miles up stream and just around a bend in the road. I saw how the river took a sharp turn with a number of runs and bends up stream then cut far back from the road and against a mountain and out of sight. We decided to pull off at the next turn out and fish this great looking stretch. Up to this point I believe we had seen only about 3-4 other people in about as many hours and wouldn't you know it as we cleared a tree we spotted another truck with a big spey fly sticker in his window.
Not one to like to crowed out other fisherman I sat in the car and contemplated if I should even get out or just keep driving. In the end I am glad I did.
The guy was a guide from Double Spey Outfitters on his day off. After a bit of small talk about the weather I told him I was an eastern on vacation and was wondering if he cared if my brother and I might fish part of this big bend and that I didn't want to crowd him. "Sure" he said, "I'm not going to stray to far from this road but back up a ways is some great water you guys can have." He then proceeded to tell us were the fish were likely to be holding and what was the best flies to use. After a bit more talk we parted company and after a short walk through an elk traced meadow we lost sight our impromptu guide and never saw him again.
After a brief dry spell we beat down the brush and hopped a few large trees to a run that was cutting into a deep bank way back from the road. I perched myself on a downed tree that stretched out into the river about 20 feet and made two casts with my haggard Black Nose Dace. Careful not to hang up on the big spruce behind me I kept my casts out over the water and then let the fly settle on the calm water about a foot from the shore. Then a monster rose for my half submerged fly.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
I have spared you the bike riding photos but let me tell you, the kids loved riding in the kid trailer down the trail and through the tunnels. Even my wife, who was not so sure a 17 mile bike ride would be fun, had a great time on the tandem bike with my sister. We contemplated attaching the kids trailer to the tandem but thought better of it. The thought of loosing our whole family over the edge of a 3000ft mountain side due to faulty driving on my part was the deciding factor.
It was perfect the way the wind was blowing slightly off my back and extending the fly out into the stream. I hovered the fly for a few seconds just inches over where I wanted it (about 18 feet from where I was standing) and then let it hit the water.
After I found out how they where biting and the fly they liked, it was consistent fun. Time however was not standing still and the fun with the fish gave way to fun with the family. Before long we loaded up the truck and cars with bikes and tired kids and headed back to Spokane for pulled pork, beverages, and a few hands of cards. Such a sweet day!
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Here is a quick post of a eastern Washington sunset to wet your appetite for a few more post to come.
While driving around with my brother the other day, I took this shot as the sun was just setting over Spokane WA. Absolutely amazing views and some great weather!
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Saw this chainsawed art piece in a park the other day in a park. It was carved from the trunk if a downed tree, the roots still in the ground. Being an admirer if wood carved pieces, I was quite impressed with the quality of this work. Next time a tree comes down in my lot I think I found what I'm going to do with it.
Friday, July 8, 2011
While out visiting my brother I got to check out his in-house feather supplier. Is it wrong that when I look at a chicken I only see a source of fly tying material? I know it isn't class A material but for a Woolly the material doesn't need to be perfect right? My bother doesn't tie flies but after plucking a few choice feathers from the saddle of his annoying rooster I did an impromptu tie job of half a dozen woollies. (the bird is perfectly fine so no animal rights protests please.)
I have done things like this before - see my earlier spring post of a squirrel that got caught in my chimney. For that I got some prime tail hair for streamers. Even watching my wife with some yarn and I see tying material.
So is it wrong that I see innovative material for tying in the oddest places? My wife thinks I'm nuts but seriously, I can't be the only angler out there that sees material everywhere he looks.
Monday, July 4, 2011
Tonight I celebrate with a little fireworks and with any luck I will still have all my digits when its over. All the rest of you - Be Safe and God Bless.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
I am working on a few more pieces like this and I might share them in the future but for right now all you get is this small piece simply titled 'Bamboo #1'. I think it looks good in an over-sized frame.
Sakasa Gujo Kebari. A great little fly that is so versatile and simple, it can trace its origins back centuries. If it wasn't for the forward hackle construction and unique material used in this fly so typical in the Tenkara style, a fly like this might have done very well during the golden age of American or British fly fishing.
Friday, July 1, 2011
The discovery of Tenkara for me has been a milestone in my angling life and every time I surf the web for more information I find that more and more anglers flocking to this great take on a classic sport.
Also, some of you might know already that I have been involved with HexFishing.com but I thought I'd give you a bit more information on our signature product anyway. Hand crafted out of American Hard Woods, these truly unique cases will protect that special glass, graphite, or one of a kind bamboo fly rod of yours with a classic style unattainable from any other case out there. No longer will your favorite rod be relegated to collecting dust in a closet or garage. With the artisan style of this case, it will be a compliment to any decor. Guaranteed to protect your rods for years to come, this heirloom quality case will be a piece you will want to show off just as much as that rod.
Take a minute and head over to check out the two styles of cases that are available.
Also for those of you wanting a new trout t-shirt, don't go to your local Bass Pro for a mass produced fishing shirt. Instead support your local fishing community and head over to hexfishing.com. With two shirts to choose from, you can now own a piece of functional art designed by yours truly. The most popular is the Brown In Hand Tee.
Available in sizes XXL, XL, L, M, & S these shirts are professionally printed and ready to be worn to your next fly tying event. Show off your Hex Fishing addiction with these tees that that will make your friends wonder where you got such cool threads.
Now with a cheesy sales pitch like that, how can you resist not popping over to hexfishing.com and picking one up? Seriously, Its a great shirt! And as with all sales, all proceeds go to feeding an angling addiction.