Wednesday, December 4, 2013

This was a crazy year

Well, hopefully I can get back into the blogging spirit.  It's been a crazy year.

My son went off to college (University of Kentucky).  Getting him ready for school, taking a last minute vacation to Rocky Mountain National Park, an absolutely insane work schedule and no big fishing trips equals not much in the blogging sphere.

I did manage to catch a few fish this year.

I even tied a few flies over last winter and this summer.

Guess that's about it.

Happy fishing and tight lines.  Hope to get some time at the tying bench this winter.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

It's Beeh Awhile

Wow, it's been a while since I've posted here.  I didn't realize it has been that long.  Life and work get in the way and then next thing you know, it's been a year.

I have been doing some fishing this year contrary to what my blog looks like.

This past weekend I went with a friend to the South Holston in Tennessee and caught a few trout.
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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Been too hot to fish

Here in Old Kentucky, it's been too hot to do much fishing these past few weeks.  With water temperatures in the upper 80's the lakes and streams are more like warm baths than cool and refreshing.  My friend, Paul in Oregon says I'm catching pre-cooked fish.  I think he may be right.

Last night, it was just a bit cooler with the daytime high only "nearing" 90 instead of being well beyond the mid 90's so I decided to put the SS Pond Scum (my pontoon boat) on top of the van and head to a local lake.

I took both a spinning rod and a fly rod.  The fish I caught were both on the spinning rod trolling plastic worms in 25-30 feet of water.  As evening neared, I put a popper on the fly rod but only had a few half hearted strikes.  It was windy and that may have had something to do with the lack of success.

Here are a couple photos of the fish I caught last night.

These are some random fish I've caught this summer, as you can see, the pickings have been pretty slim.  Read more after the break:

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Catfish on a Fly Rod

Yes, you read that right, a catfish on a fly rod.  I know a lot of guys catch them on a regular basis, but this spring was the first time I've caught catfish on a fly.  2 catfish in 2 days.  Both on a size 12 bead head pheasant tail nymph that I was using to chase bluegill.

Since my last post, I've also caught some trout in my local lake.  The state of Kentucky decided to stock some trout on a put and take basis.  The water in the summer months is far too warm for trout to survive, but they were fun while they lasted.

I do need to get to the tying bench soon to replace all the flies I lost last summer and this spring.  Finding the time to tie flies has been a problem for me this year.  Work has been busy and settling down to tie flies has been difficult.

Hope all are catching a bunch of fish this spring.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

This Ain't Fishing

This is, unfortunately, the view out of my office window today.

The facts that 1) this is a view out of the office window, and 2) you can see rain, snow, ice, fog and generally miserable weather should be sufficient information to deduce that I'm working and not fishing!:-)

Unfortunately, I haven't gotten up the energy to dig out the vice and tying materials to start tying flies yet.  I really need to because, according to the most recent information I have, Springtime will be coming sometime in the next 5 or 6 years. 

Given the amount of flies I left to decorate trees all over the US last summer, I really do need to be prepared for such time as spring may really happen.

So, on with the most brutal winter we've had in years.  Even though it's pretty bleak outside, Spring will really come in about 8 more weeks and I'll be posting fishing reports once again. All will be right in the universe.

Hope folks are staying warm, dry, and maybe even getting some fishing in.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

It's Still Winter!

Yep, it's still winter.  My friend German from Chile sent some photos of one of his recent fishing trips.  The fishing report was complete with the required smiling guys holding up HUGE trout, beautiful Chilean Mountains, and the guys sitting around a small picnic table eating lunch stream side.

It was green, it was warm, and it was summer there.  Yes, Chile is south of the equator which means as we're looking out our Kentucky windows at a winter wonderland of ice, snow, frozen tundra and freezing our backsides off, German and his buddies are enjoying the height of summer, HUGE trout, and stream side lunches.

German, you, my dear friend, are a cruel man!  But, thanks for sending the pictures.  Your photos gave me hope that springtime will be here soon and that I can send photos of HUGE fish I will catch this summer (while it's the dead of winter where you live )

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Winter's a bummer for fishing

Wow, I didn't realize it had been so long since I last posted.  Sorry.

The fishing is, in a word, lousy.  The water conditions here in good old Kentucky are "solid".  Unfortunately, it's not solid enough to go ice fishing without taking a very cold bath, but just solid enough to make it impossible to get a fly line through the ice.  We finally have some snow melt today but looking at the future of the weather, that won't last long.


I will be tying a few flies over the coming 6-8 weeks.  Mostly to replenish all the ones that I left hanging in trees, under rocks, and wrapped around submerged branches last summer's fishing season.  I will be posting some photos and step by step on how I tie.

Like with my blog posts last winter, I'm not going to claim to be "all that" when it comes to fly tying and critique is welcome.  The intent here is to make us all better and to tie some flies that are to be used to catch fish more than to be looked at.

I have some ideas on improving on some of last year's patterns and will post the experiments here (good or bad) so you all can look over them, copy if desired, or more likely, laugh!

So, you may ask, what does a fly fisher do in the dead of winter while he can't fish?

Play with electric guitars, what else?

Here's my latest project.
It started life as a standard made in Mexico Fender Strat.  I've since added the black 3ply pick guard, upgraded the pick ups to HSS (Humbucker, Single, Single) configuration and the pick ups came from an American Deluxe Fender.  I'm upgrading the tuners to US Spec locking tuners, added a switchcraft output jack, and fully shielded & grounded the pickup and control cavities in the body.

For those of you who play guitar, this makes sense.  For those who don't play guitar, I'm speaking a foregoing language.  Let's just say, all these changes are to make it play and sound better.

Just how fly fishers are always searching for that perfect combination of fly line, reel, rod, tippet and fly, guitar players are always searching for the perfect tone.

So far, I haven't found the perfect tone, but this beast is getting close.  The closest I've ever found to that perfect tone is my Martin HD28V acoustic guitar.  It's about as close to a perfect sounding bluegrass music guitar as I've ever heard (and I've played with some $30K + guitars).

So, banging away on some classic rock, picking out some bluegrass, and trying to stay warm this winter is about all I've been doing.

Again, keep posted, I'll be updating the blog more this winter.