Thursday, June 30, 2011

Homemade Micarta Reel Seat

I have just finished this uplocking reel seat and turned the grip for the new 7pc pack rod. The completed rod pics will be coming soon...

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Today's Mini Slam

The closest thing to SWFF in the Upper Midwest would be lake fishing for warmwater predators. While packing for a morning of fishing, I took a photo of this little swift resting on the tree near my place.

I was on the lake jetty at 9AM today, throwing 185 grain med-sink head/Slickshooter combo with my Ultralight SW 4wt... This combo makes effortless casts even in gentle to moderate breeze.

This has been a strange year, with lots of rain. The jetty was covered with 2-3ft of water, and I had to wade out there to reach the end. I had slight hopes for white bass, but didn't find any. Instead, I landed a crappie and a nice sized sauger, even though it shook the DNA Clouser while I was fumbling with the camera in a thigh-high water. The fishing was slow!

Little later, I stopped by the nearby trout stream, to add a trout to the list of species. The water was high and murky, but I was able to land a little tiger trout on the swung leech. Ultralight SW proved to be a fun rod on a trout stream with WF4F line-a true dual purpose stick.

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Thread: pale olive; Body: palmered ginger CDC ; Wing: pale dun CDC; Soft hackle: snipe

Striper, Spigola, Suzuki

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Bluewater Glass/Graphite 8'6" 12wt

Bluewater/offshore fly rod, built on Lamiglas composite 12wt blank, featuring EVA grip, and EVA/Syncork fighting butt. I used Fuji K's for strippers and Minima 4's for the running guides.