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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

5-31-11 Carp

Back to the carp today....I love these fish....everything about them...the color, their crazy lips, their perfectly even scales...the fact that they are ridiculously difficult to catch with a fly....the fact that if you hook into a good one, it will make your reel scream....It's more like hunting then fishing, I feel like Rambo sneaking through the jungle so the enemy doesn't know you're there.

The carp were in full spawn mode, which made thinga a little difficult to say the least. We managed to hook a couple, but it wasn't easy. Not all of the fish were spawning, some were still eating. Close to shore, near the banks and in the weeds these fish were to be found. The fish that weren't spawning were more spooky then usual. This is a video of some spawn action...If you've never seen carp spawn you should. They make the water boil, they jump, leap, partially beach themselves...

video

Dustin's hookup for the day, a little channel that was jammed full....



My two for the day...




A nice Perch I hooked into on the way home...




Tomorrow...more fish....Tight Lines....

Monday, May 30, 2011

5-29-11...Fishing Trip

This is a good start to any day....



We took a road trip today to meet up with my brother and do some bug chucking in a Cortland lake. The fish just got off there spawn so the action was a little slow to say the least. We did all end up on fish eventually.

My little bucket....



My brother with his big catch....he was so happy for the hookup he made out with it....but just a little....then it got weird...




Chris still pounding the water as Phil walks away....still feeling the weirdness after the bass to mouth session.....




By the end of the day we were tossing nymphs off a dock hooking little gills. Normally this is not a bad thing, but today it felt like the old days of unsuccessful angling. Fun was had and at the end of the day quality time with family is all that matters. We fished the day with my neices and a Friendly's meal and ice cream....now beat that....

Order out

Another order out the door to England. This guy is a Pike hunter and was looking for some different flies. He bought 10 Munch, 2 Articulated Deceivers and 2 Mice...Should be rocking the lakes in about a week when they land at his door......

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Cape Cod



I have to hand it to people that fly fish in the salt....Damn...that's tough business...but what a blast. The conditions on the Cape were a little rough...40 degrees the first day, overcast and 20 mph winds...If you are fishing from shore, wading sand flats and standing in the surf....you better be prepared to walk. We must have put on between 15-20 miles of sand walking in three days. If you can't double haul, forget it. I have never actually been this sore from fishing before. 10 hour days, none stop casting into headwinds up to 30 mph, double hauling sink lines with weighted flies....It will make you a tougher angler and a better one. The last day I cast an intermediate sink line with a deceiver into a 30 mph headwind 80 feet....It's going to make casting to carp this week seem like a dream...I can't wait to do this again though....



The first day....1 1/2 mile walk from the lot to the beach. We got on fish right off the bat...My second cast I caught my first schoolie. Tom caught one right before me...Then Mark hooked into his first as well. We all thought it was game on, but we worked our asses off for the rest of the day. We each got into a few more fish, we pulled about 20 fish between the three of us. Not terrible for the first day, I must say that I felt pretty satisfied catching my first stripers on the fly. We packed it in around 7:30pm, had the worst sub I've ever had in my life, and spent the night with indigestion. 4 hours of sleep, up and at it again.







Day 2...50 degrees, overcast, 20-25 mph winds...We make the same march to the beach...We decided to fish our way out into a tidal creek...On the way Tom hooked into this little crab. This thing would not let the fly go. In fact, he tried to escape us and burrow into the sand with it...Crazy little critter....






We make it to the sand flats out there. My first cast I hook a monster....Rod tip bouncing, reel starts going, then I realize my line is wrapped around my thumb...I give it a little slack so my finger doesn't get ripped off, fish off...My mistake, things happen....Tom got into some big fish, he pulled a few 30 inchers, then hit one that was pushing 40 inches. I have to hand it to him, he lives for this stuff and he's good at it. He's a striper magnet, the man has serious salt skills...We leave the creek and head to another location. This spot is a known haunting ground for the monster whites that are eating up the seals. We walk to the flats....as I'm wading out 100 yards off shore, every little thing I see moving I think is a shark. We're fishing this drop off edge, right at the end of the flats. It's a little nerve racking to say the least. You're waiting the whole time to see a fin pop up out of nowhere. There was eel grass everywhere, when that stuff moves it creates a dark flowing shadow like a huge fish...Crazy stuff....Anyway, we got into a few small fish there...ended the day a little early....Got a decent meal and some great beer...hit the sack early...




Day 3....55 degrees, overcast, 30 mph winds. We get to the tidal creek again. We fished out asses off....When people on the Cape tell you that it is foggy outside...prepare to be wet...Fog out here seems to mist a fine mist of rain coming down. So it was windy and a little rainy...No big deal....We fished from 7 am until noon....Tom caught one nice fish....Mark caught a clam....I mean really caught a clam. The thing ate a 4 inch fly. He had to pry it open to get his fly back. As Mark was unhooking his clam, I hooked into a really nice fish....Ripped out line, hit my backing at one point, I get it about 10 feet from me, it's layed out across the surface, my rod is bent in half, the hook pulls....By striper....We packed it in and made our way back to New York....




What a great trip. I can't thank my friend Tom for inviting me out to share this. I can't wait to do it again...I even got humped but a horseshoe crab. When the tides go out, they come in and spawn...If you stand still, the will mount your shoe....This little guy made it all the way down the beach, went from my foot, to Tom's, then to Marks....Horny little man.....







My biggest fish landed of the trip...Tight lines my friends....

Saturday, May 21, 2011

5-21-11 Order up

A fairly big order out the door this morning. This is off to a fellow warm water fly angler. I hope they help him catch a monster this season. On to the next....

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

5-16-11 Carp

It rained all day, all weekend actually and continues to rain today....I loked at the ten day forecast, all I see is rain. So I geared up, called Dustin and we went carping. Carp on the fly is something relatively new to me. I learned to target them last year with flies. It is the most difficult fly fishing I have done to date. They are smart, selective and spooky. One fish runs, the entire school is put down. These are the first carp landed of the year.....

Dustin's catch of the day...



My catch of the day...I landed two this trip....




Orange Carp'n Crunch in action...



Look at those lips...Irresistible

Cape Cod

So I'm heading to Cape Cod this weekend to try out Striper fly fishing for the first time. This is the collection of flies that I have worked up to bring. I would be lying if I said the reports of Whites in the area already didn't concern me, but I am a tattoo artist which means I could probably rock a peg leg. I am told there is nothing to worry about. The couple of guys that I'm going with have been doing this for longer then I'm alive. I can't wait, first time in the slat with a fly rod...


Monday, May 9, 2011

5-9-11...Divers

This is an order I completed yesterday for a man in the UK....This flies were tied on 4/0 salt water Mustad hooks, they range from 6 to9 inches in length...All of these flies have double 25lb mono weedguards, rubber legs for added motion and hologram eyes. The collars, the nose and the belly of each fly is coated in Clear Cure Goo for added durability. The CCG also adds a little bit of weight so the flies sit in the film instead of on top, creating a more realistic situation. Happy Pike chasing my man....Tight Lines....








Sunday, May 8, 2011

5-8-11....Motor adventure

This is the new (old) canoe that I purchased. Oscodo 17 foot fiberglass canoe from 1986...I through a 40lb thrust trolling motor on it for fun as well...I have to say, I'm used to my yak so being in this thing, sitting down...is a little tough. It's a little unstable at first, but once you figure out the balance it's not too bad. Casting is a bit of a challenge sitting down as well, but it's manageable. Now...I've never really had a boat with a motor, especially a canoe. We had a few close call tip overs...but we managed in the end to not get wet. My buddy Dustin and I motored all over this lake and had a blast.



The porn...
Dustin with his first Rock Bass on the fly...and a little Smallie as well...




One of the things that I enjoy the most about fly fishing is the wildlife. These little turtles were everywhere basking in the sun today...probably making up for the cloud and rain filled post winter we've been having...




My first couple of Smallmouth were hooked up with my Fleeing Bucktail fly...It's my take on a Half and Half...This one was tied in yellow...They were smashing it...





A few of my catches for the day...We got into Smallies, some Largemouth, Bluegills, Crappie and Rock Bass....My Flashback Damsel Fly Nymph was a killer today....Fish after fish, every species ate it today....
















Tight Lines and Screaming Reels....