Thursday, April 29, 2010

Retrograph Rod: Graphite Hunter, Glass Heart

My latests build...a longer, light-line graphite rod with fiberglass soul :-)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Last Week's Fly

Caribou & Elk Caddis
  • Body: Caribou hair (with under-fur)
  • Wing: Elk
  • Egg sack/hot butt: Green dubbing (optional)

As an afterthough, here 's another one, tied with caribou ...

Woodcock & Caribou Soft Hackle

  • Tail: Wood duck
  • Body: Caribou hair with under-fur
  • Hackle: Woodcock

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The River's Call

Windy, rainy, with thunderstorms-that's was today's forecast. We were ready for the river's call and by noon, the fishing gods were smiling. The rain stopped and the caddis hatch was on. Fish were lined up along the rocky bank.

The wind was blowing in strong gusts, and the greatest challenge was to get a perfect drift...

Little browns and one lonely brookie fell for caddis dries. We enjoyed our tea on the bridge after the fishing, while watching sporadic risers. The spring is finally here!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Orange-nose Minnow

A modern classic... Sculpted slinky fiber/flash blend, jig hook.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Easy Day Fly

I stumbled upon some of new Owner Wacky hooks in stealthy camo-green finish, and thought they would be perfect for slim sand eel imitations. I tied a few today, utilizing Liquid Fusion glue as a coating over the e-z body tubing... Nice and easy flies for Saturday afternoon!

Monday, April 05, 2010

This Morning...

I was getting ready...

To feed some hungry mouths! I found a typical spring scenario on the nearby spring creek: a smorgasboard of Early Stoneflies, BWO's, and some midges. Most fish took nymphs, but I had a couple of dry-fly takes. The weather turned blustery within a short time, but that is Wisconsin in the early spring!

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Casting Fun

Lake water was still too cold and high, but I had alot of fun casting the bass rod from the wooden dock. Waves and wind made my casting platform oscillate and shake wildly! I was throwing Crystal Schminnows and small Jig-hook Clousers, without much happening. With nice temperatures we've been having, it shouldn't take much longer... On a side note, trout fishing has been good-I had some nice action on both dries and nymphs a couple of days ago on a local spring creek.