Saturday, January 30, 2010

Fly Tying Series #7 Foam gurglers

This week, I'm going to post some foam bodied surface flies.  The first, is by no means an original design.  In fact, I first learned of it over on Fly Angler's Online.  I'm not even sure the postings there are original designs.  This fly can be tied in a lot of different configurations to make a spider, or just about any surface fly one can imagine.  The ones I tie are VERY simple and the basic method to make this fly is the same regardless of the final style or what you're tying.

So as you look over the pictures, use your imagination on shape, size, if you want to sandwich different colors together, use rubber legs, use hackle instead of marabou, paint them, use dubbing on the hook, etc.

I catch a lot of bass (on the larger sizes) and bluegill on these flies.

Follow the jump to read more.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Best time to fish and apology

First, I apologize for not getting the popping bugs up yet.  It has been crazy with work the past few days and by the time I get off and wind down enough to concentrate on writing up a tying article, the last thing I want to do is write up an article.  I promise I'll have it up before teh weekend.  Over the weekend, if I can get some energy and it's not too awful cold in my tying room, I'm going to attempt some deer hair which may be next week's flies.  If nothing else, it should be good for a laugh so I'd advise you to check it out when they're posted.  I'm not much of a deer hair spinner so it may be a good exercise in what not to do..

OK, when is the best time to fish?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Cold, Cold and more Cold

I will be so glad when springtime actually comes.  This morning, for a brief hour or so, there was a strange yellow ball glowing in the Eastern sky.  In addition to the strange yellow ball, the sky was a very strange color.  It looked something like the font in this sentence.  Now, for some of you, a "blue" sky may not be a bug deal, but if the weather guy is to be believed, this was the first time we've seen the sky that color and had a clear view of that strange glowing yellow ball for about 21 days and it may be even longer.

Here's what greeted me out the window yesterday afternoon.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sunday Morning Coming Down - Confession Time

Well, it's actually 3:30pm on Sunday.  If the guy on the weather forecast is right, today is 21 days without sunshine.  One of my co-workers said something to the order of "only 2 month until spring".  At this rate, I think it's going to be  a long 2 months.

At least it's been a little warmer the past couple days and most of the lakes have lost their surface film of ice.  So, we once again have liquid water but my beloved warm water fish are still not very active.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

First fish of 2010 - when will it be?

One of my friends posted on Twitter yesterday that we only have 2 more months of winter. She's probably right in one sense but in the "fishing" sense, I wonder when my first fish of 2010 will be?

Read more after the jump to see predictions and discussion and your challenge:

Monday, January 18, 2010

Fly Tying Series #6 Experimental Flies

This week in the fly tying series, I'm going to show a couple fies which should work but I haven't fished with them yet so I'm calling them experimental.  These are all pretty well tried and true patterns using some unconventional materials..

Read more about these flies after the break.  The first fly is a boa yarn leach and the second is similar but using "fun fur" from Joann's Fabrics.

Have fun and remember, what other fishermen think of your flies is far less important than what the fish think!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Fishing vs. Work

In the left corner, weighing in at 1,795 pounds is work.
In the right corner, weighing in at 75 pounds is fishing.

OK, men, I want this to be a fair fight.  No hitting below the belt, no biting, and no gouging of eyes.

At the bell come out fighting.  May the best man win, good luck gentlemen.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Fly Tying Series # 5 Poppers

Today we're going to be discussing one of my favorite flies for bluegill (the ultimate fly rod fish) and bass, the popper.  There are probably as many different ways to tie this fly as there are fishermen who tie it.  I do not think there is a right or wrong way to tie it.  The essential elements are cork or foam body (spun deer hair can be used as well), a tail and (optional) hackle at the back edge of the popper body.

Friday, January 8, 2010

The Ultimate Fly Rod Fish

What to do on a warm summer evening after work?  For me, it’s go in search of the perfect fish for fly fishing. Nope, I’m not talking about any member of the family Salmonidae.  I’m not even talking about the mighty largemouth bass.  The perfect fish for a warm summer evening with a fly rod is the lowly bluegill.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

What the fly tying series is all about

t seems someone suggested I need to take lessons.  In a way, that is pretty funny and I like the guy's sense of humor.

I did want to take this opportunity to reinforce just what the fly tying on this blog is all about.
  • First, I do not have an expensive SLR digital camera so my photos should be seen as giving an idea.  I'd rather spend money on fly fishing and fly tying gear (and the occasional old Martin Guitar) than on expensive camera equipment.
  • The intent here is not to showcase a bunch of pretty flies.  Over the years, I've found fish just don't care a bit about how pretty a fly is.  If it is about the same size and color (and I'm not even too convinced about color) as what they are feeding on, and it is presented in a manner similar to what they are feeding upon appears in the water, the fish are going to check it out and see if it is food.  If you're lucky, you'll raise your rod tip before the fish spits it out realizing it is a bunch of feathers tied to a piece of wire.
  • The intent is not to teach fly tying.  My intent is to give ideas for some flies that have caught fish for me and may not be just like the ones in the books.  I like to experiment with different materials and techniques.  Some work, some don't.  The ones I place here are ones that have worked.
  • I would be more than pleased if you all saw something I tied and wanted to make it pretty or improve upon it.  That is the real intent, get the imagination flowing, have some fun tying some 5 minute flies that will catch fish and not spend a lot of time worrying if the hackle is just the right size for your hook, or if the hackle is tied in at the 2/3 point or the 5/6 point, or if you have 3 parts to the tail or 2 or 4 (I doubt if fish can count).
  • Lastly, I try to focus on flies for warm water.  There are thousands of pictures, books and websites dedicated to trout fishing and trout flies.  There are fewer covering warm water fishing.

So, have fun, look at the flies.  Maybe get a good laugh, but try a couple of these, improve upon them, make them pretty and catch a bunch of fish and if you don't catch a bunch of fish, have a great time fishing anyway.  That's what it's all about.

If you have something positive to say, please post.  If you want to tell me to go take lessons, well, I guess that's OK too.  Everyone has a right to their opinion.  I will remove any posts that are abusive, use foul language or are otherwise inappropriate for a family audience.


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Fly Tying Series #4 - Black Bird Soft Hackle

Hi, today we're going to tie my variation on the Blackbird Soft Hackle.  I don't really want this fly to get too confused with Hugh Hartsell's Smokey Mountain Black Bird Soft Hackle.  My fly is different but it is a very effective fly.

This is primarily a trout fly but I have found it to be VERY effective on bluegill and I've caught smallmouth bass on it too.  I think, in a fish's mind (remember, a fish has an IQ of about 3 so there's not a lot going on in there to begin with), this looks like some type of an emerging nymph or other "water bug". (Fish don't speak Latin either).

Read more about tying and fishing with this lovely fly after the jump.


Saturday, January 2, 2010


Today, I'll be talking about knots.  Mid week, I'm going to put up a couple more flies.  As promised, I'll put up the Black Bird Soft Hackle fly using starling feathers and I'll add a bonus fly too.  Next week, I'm going to be showing some basic foam bodied topwater flies and the week after will have some basic poppers.  Even though I don't use the fly that much, I will do a couple variations on the Woolie Bugger this winter and have a few more that need to be restocked in the fly box.  I may do some traditional trout flies closer to spring.  I'm going to the Smokey Mountains in April and will need to stock up on some Quill Gordans, Tellico Nymphs and George's Nymphs so I'll post them too as a change of pace to the warm water focus.  I'm looking forward to posting some new flies and hearing your comments.

Yes, there are thousands of knots out there and I suppose most of them work to one extent or another.  Most of the instructions to tie these knots must have been designed by Rube Goldberg or someone with 4 hands.  I couldn't imagine trying to tie these multi step knots out on a stream.  Fishing is supposed to be fun and if your idea of fun is to tie the most complex knot known to man, then this is probably not the article for you.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Prayers Answered - Not Fishing Related

At 3:10am this morning, after over 95 years of life, my grandmother passed on to be with the Lord.

A lot of members of the fly fishing community from LRO's forum and the FAOL forum have been praying for her so that she would go quickly, at peace and without pain or suffering.  The Lord did just that this morning.  I was able to be with her and my mother when she passed from this life to the next.  It was very peaceful.

She lived a long life, she was ready and it seems as if the Lord was ready.

No fly fishing content in this blog post.  This is my memorial to my grandmother.  She was a good woman, she was loved, and she will be missed.