Monday, April 30, 2012
Everyone one who follows my blog probably knows I love fishing with foam flies best. Top water action is what I enjoy best about fly fishing. I tied a simple popping bug for bass and panfish. Simple and effective. Don't forget, I love to drift foam flies too.
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Friday, April 27, 2012
If you want Gurglers, I got 'em. If you want panfish Gurglers, I got those too. I've got foam flies for sale all the time on the ebay. I love fly fishing and fly tying. Come and get them like those panfish do because I can catch those little buggers all day.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
I tied up several of these today. Obviously, they are for bass and panfish but more than likely, if you know me, it's for panfish - big ol' rock bass, warmouth or bluegills. What can I say? I'm always in the mood to fly fish. Especially, when the last outing was awesome. It's always that last good trip out there that gets ya' thinking about heading back out again.
On Saturday, I was catching a lot of big panfish in riffles. I'm thinking these riffles were about 1 ft. to about 4ft. It was probably a medium to light riffle - heavy rains being a few weeks back. The riffles I was fly fishing were shaded but low, overhanging trees. There was also brush and branches in the stream in which the fish were taking cover. The temperature outside was 70 degrees and the water temperature was about 60 - we had a dip back into a cold spell that night. I was slapping my fly out about 8 to 10 feet out from where I waded. Sometimes, the popping bug was hit right away but most times, it drifted before the fish slammed it. I could see those big boys following the drift. They would come out of hiding, chase it and pounce. A big pounce it was too. They way those panfish pounced, they made me thing of some bass I previously caught in which the fish got ticked I slammed his home with a bug again. The best thing to do in riffles isn't necessarily to cast the water and immediately pop it. You may need to wait for a few shy guys. There's a reason those big panfish got HUGE - they are thinkers . . . and lookers. I hate lookers!! I get worked up and love to chum the waters with a popper because I can't wait for action. But, it's good to take it easy to because isn't it just fishing??
I've been tying up a bunch of flies to sell. I'm gonna get a good stockpile going. Hope I can keep myself out of them. Tight lines!!
I'm gonna take some Gurglers out this weekend and drift for smallmouth and panfish. I'm am getting worked up. Some stormy weather is on the way but I'm gonna squeeze it in somewhere. Feel free to contact me to purchase foam flies that you see here on this blog or on ebay!!
Monday, April 23, 2012
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Friday, April 20, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Drying flies is important, after all, as to take proper care of your flies. I've put wet flies back in the fly box and had colors run into other flies.
I still have some bass bugs that I've tied up about 9 years ago because I dry them out . . . and they are foam, lol.
Also, if you fish in mossy, algae like or dirty water, it doesn't hurt to rinse your flies out. Don't just leave your fly on the line after your trip. It can make the fly brittle and bacteria will eat away at the fly.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
I couldn't believe it when I found a small anchor at Academy for only $5. This is so exciting! If I had this last month, I may have actually caught some crappie.
I'm a gear minimalist and this anchor will leave me with room to spare on the kayak. No more watching the weather for wind patterns.
Maybe now I can catch up to Bill's bream count. I only have 10 but I've got the rest of the year!
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Rare is it that I fish ponds and lakes. I am more accustomed to fishing streams. So, call me a newb to fishing ponds (which I have done quite a bit) but am still picking up on new strategies. Yesterday the weather was quite blustery, so I spent more time with the paddle than the rod. (I was in my kayak).
However, I did something that to which I may have not previously paid attention. I began the day with a bass bug. Just as last week, the bass were on their beds (earlier than usual due to warmer weather) and were slashing and swirling at my fly. As the wind pushed my kayak along the bank, I bass bugged along the bank. And those bass were getting ticked off but not enough to chomp down on my foam bass bug.
I knew that more than likely, the bass were going to be on their beds. BUT, top water action is my preferred mode of fly fishing. So, after giving the ol' bass bug a try, I tied on a Clouser. Usually, I used sinking line to get down to the bass and crappie. However, this time, I used floating line as to use jigging action over the bass beds. I floated by the same bank as before and since I knew where the bass where due to having set them up with my bass bug, I hit the same spots with my Clouser. I landed four bass on a chartreuse and white Clouser fly.
If you didn't catch that, I found out where the largemouth bass were sitting due to having used a bass bug they didn't want (they gave away they're position by swirling and slashing at the fly) - and then went back with a streamer and jigged it over the beds with floating line and a weighted fly.
I've got a lot of things to do today around the house and yard. So, I'll have to head out next weekend. Maybe then, I can figure out more about this pond.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
It's been a while since I hit a pond. Shoot, I guess it's been about a year. And much as I fly fish streams, it was almost foreign to fish that pond. I have driven pay this pond hundreds of times but not thought much about it.
I hit the water at day break. The bass and bluegills were pretty active around the banks for about 10 minutes or so but then it died.
I caught several bass and about 10 decent size bluegills on a Betts popper. I fished for about an hour just walking the bank and working the water slowly. The bass seemed to slash at the fly a bit. So, I'm gonna head back to catch then another time. There's a creek that flows into the large pond. I had to cast out past the mud line at the mouth of the creek about 15 feet from the bank and worked the fly in slowly. Those large bream tugged at it hard.
The sun came up and the fish went into hiding. The fish are in some pretty warm water. Those fish were warm to the touch, the water is dirty and it's terribly unseasonably warm. Sure, I tie up my own flies but for some reason, Betts peppers ate my go to fly. Today, I was going slow. Those bass don't seem to be in full effect. For the most part, I stripped the fly in slowly. And that's after counting to ten after the fly hit the water. Since there was an abundance of brush, I couldn't access as much water as I would've liked. I'm gonna take out the kayak next time. With gas prices going up, I'm gonna fish closer to home. I'm not landing big fish but I am enjoying myself. Feels good to have warm weather early this year. It's gonna be 85 degrees today. up