Friday, August 31, 2012

Firetiger Popper with Weedguard

Hook: Gamakatsu straight shank Bass Hook 2/0
Body: Balsa, Sally Hansen's, Sharpy and Paint
Eyes: 8mm Montana Fly Company 3d Eyes
Tail: Light Olive Marabou
Skirt: Chartreuse Grizzly Saddle Hackle
Flash: Orange MFC Crystal Flash
Weedguard: 50 Pound Mono

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Saltwater Flies- A New Frontier

So I haven't really ever done any serious saltwater fishing.  I did once try to catch a redfish in Destin and all I ended up getting was a nasty cut on my foot.  Just planned a trip to the Caribbean and, though it is not technically a fishing trip, I had to have a few flies to throw...

This one is mostly Arizona Big Fish Fibers and Bucktail.

Apparently crabs are a must.

Getting there.

Little white baitfish.

Decievers work everywhere right?

Don't know what this emulates but I feel good about it.

Pop Pop- Balsa Popper Flies

I've been on a serious balsa kick.  These things are super fun to tie and even more fun to fish.  I have been experimenting with all kinds of options and finishes.

This one is purple nail polish I stole from my fiance.
This frog is tied on a Gama worm hook- super weedless.
You can really drag these through some junk, gotta let the fish really take it to get a good hookset though.
Classic colors.
First attempt.

Most of my poppers are just balsa, spray paint and sharpy artwork.  I even got out the dremel tool and did some serious cupping.  Be careful with balsa, the dust you inhale as you sand it seems to be highly addictive.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Home Invader- Fly Recipe

The Home Invader

Hook- #2 Wide Gap Streamer- I used Mustad 3366
Thread- 6/0 Brown Uni
Eyes- Extra Large Presentation Eyes
Tail- Marabou- one black puff, one cream puff
Body- Rootbeer Estaz (not really visible in pics)
Head- Tan Craft Fur in a dubbing brush (or dubbing loop)- replacement for Arctic Fox
Flash- Black Mirror Flash
Lateral Line- Matching brown saddle hackles- one on each side.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Little Red River Report

Things have been busy lately.  Got a wedding to plan, just took the BAR exam and I am looking for a place to live in a new city for my future wife and I.  With all of this adult type stuff going on, I have hardly had time to sleep, much less fish.  So, now that the BAR is over, I took this week off to renew my mind and fish a little.  Unfortunately, this has been about the hottest week of the year.  Despite this, my buddy Brad and I got to hit up the Little Red river today for a few hours.  The temperature actually felt nice and we waded in just sandals and shorts.  The fish were feeling the heat and were super spooky and picky.  We got a few on midges up by the dam and had a really nice day trying to trick those little boogers into biting.  The most successful flies we tried were size 16 sow bugs and red zebra midges.  Felt good to get out after staring at ridiculous law books all summer.  

I always know it was tough when my drying patch is covered in the flies that didn't produce.