Friday, December 15, 2017

Fishing Reports- 12/15/17


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Warmwater


With the cold temps we have not been out fishing around town.  Water levels are starting to settle providing the hardcore fisherman some good opportunities for Saugeye and a few Hybrid Stripers.
    
Seasonal Tactics: 
Make sure to have some of Loon's Stanley's Ice Off Paste!  Focusing on Saugeye you will need sink tips fly lines with shad patterns, but most of your Smallmouth flies will do the trick.  The main objective here is to focus on patterns that give off plenty of vibration and have a lazy jigging motion.  Focus on hard bottom flats close to deep water during low light periods. This goes for both lakes and streams.  6-8wts with a sinking line like the Scientific Anglers Sonar series or Rio Streamer tip are your rigs of choice.  Flies will include Clousers, Mojo Minnows, Half and Halfs, Barely Legals, Mini and regular Dungeons, Meat Whistles, Whitlock's Deep Shad, Articulated Fat Head Minnow, Zoo Cougar, and other similar flies that push later and give off vibration.  If you tie your own flies make sure to add rattles, rubber legs, and Bucktail to your own versions of above.  

For the Crappie bite this time of the year (and when everything is not iced up) we like to borrow some tactics from the conventional fishing side the "Float n Fly Rig."  Fishing a float/bobber/indicator (whatever you want to call it) with a heavy minnow pattern like a Clouser and trail it with a smaller lightly weighted fly like a Crappie Special, Little Devil, or Wooly Worm is a great setup.  Target structure on drop offs either from shore or by boat.  These areas in the local reservoirs generally mean the dam faces and secondary or long points in the main lake.  

Do not forget that Pike and Musky fishing continues throughout the winter as long as conditions remain in our favor.  Shoot us a call if you are looking to book a trip!

Forecast:
Next week looks like things will warm up slightly.  Early on in the week with a touch of rain and above freezing temps look for the local waters to have a little stain from runoff as the top layers of soil thaw out.  Saugeye fishing will continue to be good along with Crappies if the ice melts off the local still waters.  



Mad River


Fishing has continued to be great despite the cold temps.  Icy guides and lines are just a part of the game this time of the year though.  Nymphing and swinging soft hackles deep have been the tickets.  Those fishing small streamers have also been picking up a fish or two, but with the air temps it has been a challenge.  Most individuals are focusing on the mid to lower river.  

We have some of the new Kelly Galloup's AirFlo lines in the shop!  These are what we have been waiting for a long time!  

Seasonal Tactics: 
Nymphing is the key this time of the year.  For this we like to fish long rods, indicators, and two flies.  The Rio Indicator leaders really help you cast these rigs.  The main go to nymphing sticks are the Sage ESN, Redington Hydrogen, TFO BVK and the new Pieroway Renegade 9'6" 5wt to name a few.  Tight line, High Stick, or Euro style tactics are also very productive. Grab a Euro Nymph and Euro Nymph line for that style or the Trout/Steelhead line for indicator/bobber fishing.  If you want to build your own leaders then add some Amnesia, Maxima Chameleon, Rio Two Tone Indicator tippet and a pack of tippet rings to your cart.  Don't forget the Fluorocarbon tippet also.

Flies to have right now are nymphs like Double Stones, Cranefly Larva, Guides Choice Hares Ear, Trophy Nymphs, Psycho Prince and your typical trout nymphs like the Prince, Copper John, and Hares Ear.  As we move further into winter conditions have some Phlamin Pheasants, Steelhead Candy, Formerly Known as Prince, Shop Dips, and Chicken Hawks to name a few.

Streamer fishing into the winter will consist of timing flows that are on the fall.  This window is very small, but well worth the wait.  Without the crops in the fields look for the water to take a bit longer to clear out, but that just means a few more hours for us streamer junkies.  When the conditions hover around freezing ice in the guides is just something that we deal with.  Stanley's Ice off Paste helps along with tapping the grip of the rod to shake off the excess water.  

Rigs for streamer fishing consist of 6-8wts and a sink tip line.  Fill your fly boxes with a vast array of fly colors and designs.  Galloup's Dungeons, Bottoms Up, and Atriculated Fatheads flies are a good start.  Also take a look at Kelly Galloup's book Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout to help you sort things out.  As always shoot us a call if you want a guided streamer trip. We run these all winter and typically produce some of our biggest fish of the year.  

Adding some spey casts to your arsenal can help keep the ice in the guides to a minimum. This is specifically helpful when nymphing.  The 9'6" 5wt or 10'6" 6wt Pieroway Renegade combined with the appropriate SA Anadro or Spey Lite Scandi are the top choices.  Also bring along your tenkara rods as this is a great option for the winter.  Combine these with the 4.5 Tenkara USA Level line and a yarn indicator if needed and your set.  

Forecast:  
Looking into this coming week things are going to be much easier.  The air temps will be above freezing pushing 50.  There is a slight bit of rain predicted that will only color up the water for a few hours.  This stain in the water will give us a small window to fish a few streamers.  Do not look for the flows to raise though.  Continue to fish your small streamers like Barely Legals, Sumps, Peanuts, Cactus Woolys, Cougars, and the like all on a sink tip lines.  Nymphing will continue to be your numbers choice though.  For things to get really good we need some significant rain really bad!  Nothing is in the forecast that will bring up the levels, but keep your fingers crossed! 




Clearfork River


Clearfork Map


The upper river is very low, slushy, and locking up in a few places.  With these conditions few individuals have been out fishing.  The lower river below Pleasant Hill Dam has been the most consistent water in the state.  Those that have made it up that way have found good flows with some shelf ice along the banks.  Most have been fishing tandem nymph rigs with a Double Stone trailed by a caddis nymph.   Ice in the guides has been a problem so those limiting the amount of line stripped through the guides have been the most successful.  Streamer fishing below the dam has also been a good choice, but with the air temps and icy guides it has been a challenge.

Seasonal Tactics: 
Like on the Mad, nymphing is the key this time of the year.  For this we like to fish long rods, indicators, and two flies.  The Rio Indicator leaders really help you cast these rigs.  The main go to nymphing sticks are the Sage ESN, Redington Hydrogen, TFO BVK and the new Pieroway Renegade 9'6" 5wt to name a few.  Tight line, High Stick, or Euro style tactics are also very productive. Grab a Euro Nymph and Euro Nymph line for that style or the Trout/Steelhead line for indicator/bobber fishing.  If you want to build your own leaders then add some Amnesia, Maxima Chameleon, Rio Two Tone Indicator tippet and a pack of tippet rings to your cart. Don't forget the Fluorocarbon tippet also.

Flies to have right now are nymphs like Double Stones, Cranefly Larva, Guide's Choice Hares Ear, Trophy Nymphs, Psycho Prince and your typical trout nymphs like the Prince, Copper John, and Hares Ear.  As we move further into winter conditions have some Phlamin Pheasants, Steelhead Candy, Formally Known as Prince, Shop Dips, and Chicken Hawks to name a few.

Streamer fishing into the winter will consist of timing flows that are on the fall.  This window is very small, but well worth the wait.  Without the crops in the fields look for the water to take a bit longer to clear out, but that just means a few more hours for us streamer junkies.  When the conditions hover around freezing ice in the guides is just something that we deal with.  Stanley's Ice off Paste helps along with tapping the grip of the rod to shake off the excess water.  

Rigs for streamer fishing consist of 6-8wts and a sink tip line.  We have some of the new Kelly Galloup's AirFlo lines in the shop that will be perfect for this type of fishing.  These are what we have been waiting for a long time!  Fill your fly boxes with a vast array of fly colors and designs. Galloup's Dungeons, Bottoms Up, and Atriculated Fatheads flies are a good start.  Also take a look at Kelly Galloup's book Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout to help you sort things out.  As always shoot us a call if you want a guided streamer trip.  We run these all winter and typically produce some of our biggest fish of the year.  


Adding some spey casts to your arsenal can help keep the ice in the guides to a minimum. This is specifically helpful when nymphing.  The 9'6" 5wt or 10'6" 6wt Pieroway Renegade combined with the appropriate SA Anadro or Spey Lite Scandi are the top choices.  Also bring along your tenkara rods as this is a great option for the winter.  Combine these with the 4.5 Tenkara USA Level line and a yarn indicator if needed and your set.  

Forecast:  
We are finally going to get some above freezing air temps.  Look for both sections of the river to be fishing well next week.  The upper will continue to be very low.  Long casts and drifts will be the top technique.  Euro nymphing tactics will put numbers to hand as well as slowly swinging small soft hackles.  Make sure to have your winter dry fly box handy as we can see some midge activity.  The lower river will continue to produce fish both nymphing and stripping streamers.  With the flows in the upper river being low look for most people to be heading to the Covered Bridge area below the dam.  We need some rain bad, but we will at least have decent conditions going into Christmas weekend. 



Clear Creek

Clear Creek Map


Fishing has been tough as the flows are low and the water is Gin clear.  Combine that with slushy water and most people have just been heading to the Mad River.  For those that have found some good water nymphing continues to be the best bet.  A small bead head fly like the Phlamin’ Pheasant, Psycho Prince, Copper John, and Trouphy Nymphs have produced the most success.  Trail these with an unweighted Hares Ear, Prince, or wet fly and your set. Tenkara setups are also a great choice for this creek.

With these conditions nymphing has been the most productive.  Yarn indicators and small bead heads have produces the best results.  Tenkara rods are a great choice for Clear Creek also.  For those willing to cover water and adjust tactics they have been rewarded with fish.  These fish are small, but the scenery is what usually brings people to the area.  

Seasonal Tactics:
Rigs for nymphing will consist of 3-5wt 9-10' + rods.  These rods provide great control, feel, and reach.  Although this creek is not very big a long rod allows for the best presentation and longer drifts.  Use a Rio Indicator Leader when float/bobber/indicator fishing or a Rio Euro Nymph leader when using Tightline tactics.  Streamer rods for this situation will be fast 4wts or 5-6wts. An aggressive Scientific Anglers MPX, Wulff Ambush or Rio Grand a 9' leader and a weighted streamer will set you on the right path.  As for Tenkara we really like the TFO Cutthroat, Tenkara USA Rhodo, Amago or Iwana for this creek.  Match those rods with either the Level Line 3.5/2.5 or the Tapered Nylon leader by Tenkara USA and you are ready to go.  If you want to use a small yarn indicator then bump your line up to the 4.5 Level Line or a Furled Mono that matches the rod length or slightly longer.  

Flies to have going into winter will be nymphs like Double Stones, Cranefly Larva, Guide's Choice Hares Ear, Trophy Nymphs, Psycho Prince and your typical trout nymphs like the Prince, Copper John, and Hares Ear.  Streamer fishing will require Mini Dungeons, Barely Legals, Wooly Buggers, Autumn Splendor, Clousers, Trick or Treats, Orange Blossoms, Cougars, Wooly Sculpins, Cactus Wooly, and Near Nuff Sculpin to name a few. 


Forecast:  
Looking ahead the warm up will be very welcomed.  Look for fish to be well distributed throughout the park.  Nymphing with your typical flies will be a good choice.  Make sure to have small indicators like the New Zealand yarn or the Loon Tip Toppers as the water is very clear. Make sure to have your winter dry fly box handy also as the midge fishing can be very good. We need some water bad.  So let’s hope for some rain or snow runoff soon.




Erie Steelhead

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Good friend and great customer John Myers started taking classes with us and buying gear this Summer. This was his 1st "official" fish on a fly rod.....on a MRO Float Trip with Josh McQueen last week.


ICE!  ICE!  ICE!  There is some open water, but it is very limited and only found in the fastest runs.  Most people have been heading to the Clear Fork, Mad River, or tying flies.  Those willing to cover miles of water and spend a lot of time in the car have found a FEW fish.  

Seasonal Tactics:
You will want to be prepared for just about any situation this time of the year as the weather can change very quickly.  Ideal conditions for us are flows with stain that keeps the fish comfortably on the feed and move.  The typical Indicator rig for us is either an Air Lock or Thingamabobber float on a custom build leader tied to our 7-8wt Scientific Anglers Anadro or Rio Trout Steelhead line.  These lines offer you the best line control and short roll casting ease.  

Our go to rods are 10' single handers or a switch rod in the 6-8wt range.  On this rig we will usually fish tandem fly rigs of two eggs, an egg and a nymph or a Wooly Bugger and an egg. Actual patterns for this type of fishing will include various colors of Wooly Buggers, Glo Bugs, Crystal Meth and Scrambled Egg also in various colors, Bloody Mary nymphs, Steelhead Candy, Chicken Littles, Steelhead and Wiggle Stones.  Do not overlook having a box of Trout Beads and Daiichi X510s or Tiemco 105s especially for those low clear flows.  Tippet sizes will range from 0x-3x fluorocarbon.  

The typical rig for swinging flies will consist of a switch rod in the 10'6"-11'9" 6-8wt range.  The new Jerry French Pieroway Renegade rods are the big talk in the shop as they are effortless to cast and light weight making them a dream to fish all day.  We have a great assortment of rods in the shop to meet your specific needs so make sure to stop by or shoot us a call.  Matching your switch rod with the right line can be intimidating if you do not have the proper guidance so make sure to also give us a call for advice!  For swinging either a Skagit or Scandi line with a  Rio or SA sink tip that meets your needs will get the job done.  Add a short piece of 12-20lb tippet and a Flow Ryder, A.I Intruder or others and you will be ready to find those "grabby" fish fresh out of the "Big Lake."  

As conditions hover around or below the freezing point learning some spey casts with mid to long belly lines keep the ice in the guides to a minimum.  These casts can be done with any fishing tactic not just swinging.  The most versatile lines for this are the Rio Switch and SA Anadro lines. Keep in mind that swinging flies can be done at any flow or condition, but a couple grabs will be a great day this time of the year.  

Forecast:
Going into next week we will see warmer temps and more open water.  Once the tribs open up, look for fish to be active and feeding.  Nymph rigs will put numbers in the net, but do not overlook your switch rod and swinging.  It only takes a few degree temperature change to make these fish fire up get grabby.  The flows will continue to be low, but will spike slightly due to runoff and the slight chance of rain.  Make sure to be prepared for any water condition as things change very quickly up there this time of the year.  



Good friend and great customer Erik Arce on a float trip with Josh last weekend. Yet another Midwest Fly Fishing School Alumni. Love to see our students and their successes.


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Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Welcome Note from Ross Fly Reels



Ross Reels Leaving Big Box Stores to
Focus On Specialty Fly Shops


Our team at Ross Reels has been working hard to bring you the most compelling new products while bringing the brand back to its roots as the go-to reel company for quality, 100% USA-made reels and unmatched customer service. The support of our dealers has been paramount in this endeavor.

Since we began producing reels in 1973, our greatest asset has always been you, our independent dealer base. Now, in an effort to further support that base, we are ending our sales relationships with major big box retailers, effective January 1, 2018.

By making this decision, we are renewing our commitment to you by focusing sales through the independent retailer network that is the backbone of our industry. The knowledge and expertise of specialty local fly shops cannot be matched, and there is no other place that the Ross Reels® brand should be.

Thank you as always for your continued support. 


The Ross Reels Team



Ed Note:

What a refreshing twist this holiday season!

All of us at Mad River Outfitters would like to THANK those at Ross for taking this bold move to help support "the small guys" like us. You can bet the support will come right back at you from us!

There has never been any question as to where the customer gets the best service, and where the brand gets the best representation. But the last 10 years or so, we have seen companies dropping to their knees to be in these "Big Box" stores....and it's obvious why. $$$$$$

Now, it seems that many are learning the lesson that this was a stupid move and they are pullling their products out of "Big Box" and throwing their support back to REAL FLY SHOPS.

Let's hope more brands learn this lesson and follow suit! Time will tell as to who is interested in making great products and having them represented/sold by folks who actually use them.....and who is interested in big profits only. 

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Fly Tying- The Plantation Crab



The Plantation Crab

This fly came about a few years back while hanging out at my favorite haunt, the Woodland Plantation down in Southern Louisiana. We had been tossing a few different crab patterns for a few years and really hadn't found anything that consistently fooled the fish. I hesitate to say that I invented this fly for sure....it's certainly copied off of something I had seen previously. It's basically a variation on a Tarpon Toad. Regardless, over the past few years this fly has become a staple on our trips as well as a "Guides Favorite". Seems like I'm constantly tying them to send down there for many of the guides that we work with. The fly is also gaining some popularity for Permit as well and a couple of customers have had good results in Belize and Cuba with the pattern.

Posted here is the recipe and the step-by-step photos to go along with our YouTube tutorial. This is the format we will be using going forward with these tutorials that we'll be posting to the channel. As always, we appreciate you tuning in and be sure to let us know if you have any questions or comments.

Best,

Brian Flechsig- December 2017




A big bull Redfish taken on the Plantation Crab last year on the  MRO Woodland Plantation Trip


The Plantation Crab- Recipe

Hook: Gamakatsu SL11-3H size 1/0- Click Here
Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon- Fluorescent Green- Click Here
Eyes: Medium- 7/32 Lead Dumbell Eyes- Chartreuse- Click Here
            -or- Large Gold Bead Chain Eyes- Click Here
Tail #1: Pro Sportfisher Finn Raccoon- Light Gray- Click Here
Tail #2: Barred and Speckled Crazy Legs- Orange- Click Here
Tail #3: Pearl Flashabou- Click Here
Tail #4: Light Olive Marabou- Click Here
Tail #5: Enrico Puglisi Tarantula Brush- Tan- Click Here
Body: Enrico Puglisi EP 3D Fibers- Eel Green and Sand- Click Here
Cement: Zap-a-Gap- Click Here
Epoxy: Loon UV Clear Finish- Thin- Click Here



1. Score the hook! This is a technique that Dave Whitlock taught us many years ago. It pretty much eliminates the thread and materials from spinning around the hook. One of the problems with the early versions of this fly was that they didn't last long and would spin and rotate after a fish or two. Adding this step has made these flies virtually indestructible.




2. Start the thread behind the eye and wrap back to the bend. I then coat the thread with Zap-a-Gap and wind back to behind the eye. It is not critical to get the underwraps perfectly spaced here and I think that some "criss-crossing" even adds to the durability.




3. Tie-in the Chartreuse Medium Lead Eye just behind the eye of the hook using the "figure 8" method. I then add some Zap-a-Gap and repeat the process with the thread.




4. Wrap the thread back to the bend of the hook. Then tie-in the Finn Raccoon as the "under tail". The tie-in point should be right at the bend and you should secure all the tail materials right up to the point. I make this measurement prior to tying in so that I can make the perfect cut on the material before I tie it in. This way you don't have to trim anything after you have secured to the hook.




5. Next comes the Crazy Legs. I cut three legs out of the bunch and use the entire length. Make sure that your thread is at the POINT of the hook and I then fold the legs under the hook shank and bring them above the hook as shown. Make sure you have three legs on each side. Then I take the thread and start to wrap towards the bend. The first few wraps you will continue to hold the legs up, and then as you continue to wrap back to the bend, you will begin to bring them down along the sides of the hook shank. At this point you will seperate the legs, making sure that you have 3 on each side, and use the thread wraps to get the proper placement. Wind up with the thread at the bend of the hook.




6. Now you are going to add the Pearl Flashabou. I usually grab about 6 strands and cut from the top of the hank. This gives you plenty of length. Starting at the bend, I lay the strands along the hook shank and get the proper length on the side closest to me. I usually want this a bit longer than the Raccoon tail. I then begin to wrap towards the hook point to secure the flash in place. Once I get to the point of the hook, I fold the remaining flash over and hold in place along the shank while I then wrap back to the bend. This allows you to get the flash on both sides without having to tie in two separate bunches. You can then trim the bunch on the far side to match the length on the near side.



7. Now you will add the Light Olive marabou to the top of the tail. Again, make your "measurement cut" so that you tie this in from the bend to the point and don't have to trim any excess once secured. I like for the marabou to be slightly shorter than the Finn Raccoon on the underside. Wrap the thread back to the bend.




8. Tie in the Enrico Tarantula Brush. Again using the area from the bend to the point to secure. I then wrap the Tarantula Brush forward and usually get about 5 or 6 wraps jammed into that "space" between the bend and the point. In between each wrap it is very important to stroke the brush fibers back and out of the way of the next wrap. Otherwise, the fibers and rubber legs get trapped down and it becomes a mess.




The finished "Tail Section". I typically come in with a Bodkin or my Scissor Points and pluck out and fluff the Tarantula brush making sure that all the fibers and rubber legs are able to do their job. Your thread should be hanging right in front of the tail section, which should be right about even with the hook point.




9. Now we are going to grab our 3D EP Fibers. Eel Green and Sand are the colors that I use. A little trick I learned and show in the video is when you open the package, pull all the fibers out as a unit and use a stout rubber band on one end to secure them. This keeps them from getting tangled and makes it much easier to cut the amount that you want.




10. Cut off a hunk of the EP Fiber say about the diameter of a pencil or so. I then cut off pieces about 2" or so as I am tying them in. Lay the 2"  piece perpendicular to the hook shank and on top. Then take your thread and cross over the Fiber twice forward, and twice backwards, creating an "X" of thread. I will then take two or three wraps right in front while stroking the fibers back. I will then repeat this process moving up the hook shank until I jam the last bunch right behind the eye. I start with the Eel Green and usually get 5 bunches tied in. Eel Green, Sand, Eel Green, Sand and Eel Green right behind the eye.




11. You can now secure the thread and I do this in front of the lead eye. You can of course use whatever method you prefer but I typically just throw a few half hitches in there. As well, the Zap-a-Gap is typically still a little wet so it will grab onto the thread as well and add some extra security.




12. Now I take my Zap-a-Gap and run it right along the hook shank on top of the EP Fibers. This glues the material and the thread wraps to the under thread and helps to keep the entire fly in place and keep the fibers from pulling out.




13. After allowing the Zap-a-Gap to set-up. I then remove the fly and use my Curved Scissors (All-Purpose Curved from Dr. Slick) and trim the EP Fibers to a rounded, crab shape. The fibers on each side I usually trim to right about 1", making the fly approximately 2" at the widest point.




After trimming I put the hook back into the vise.





14. Run a thread of Loon UV Thin along the hook shank, again covering up the thread wraps and center of the EP Fibers. I allow a bit to seep onto each side a bit as well....adding more security and making this a more durable fly. Cure the Epoxy with your UV Light. Then I turn the fly over and do the top side as well.


Now....take it for a swim! 


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