Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Check Out This Hexagenia Hatch Along the Mississippi

Via: Singlebarbed.com

Monday, July 27, 2009

Mercer's GlassTail Yellow Sally

Here's the recipe for the Yellow Sally dry in previous post.

Thread: Yellow
Hook: #10-12 dry fly
Tail/abdomen: One bright orange and 3 or 4 yellow glass beads on clear mono. Thread orange bead first then thread tags ends through each yellow bead. Knot the mono just past the last yellow bead and tie down - the knot will keep mono from slipping.
Body: Yellow dubbing
Underwing: Thin closed cell foam clipped to shape and tinted with yellow permanent marker
Overwing: Dyed yellow elk hair
Hackle: Grizzly or grizzly dyed yellow - the fish don't seem to care.

Have at it. Right now it's a killer in broken water.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Food (Imitations) for Thought

I'm not sure trout have the neurons in their noggin to remember a particular food that they would consider comfort food. But I can tell you that right now, their short-term memory has a hankering for these hatching, falling morsels.

Tricos, early morning. Over by 9:00AM, but a blast when you're still half-asleep and the air is cool and moist.
The above is a fairly standard imitation, the one below is Al's Trico, a wonderfully simple pattern that is very effective.
Evenings bring all kinds of falling bugs, and one of the best right now is the Isonychia spinner. It's a big meal and trout love 'em. This is my extended body deer body hair pattern.
And finally, a daytime into evening favorite, the Yellow Sally. This small, pale yellow stonefly hatches sporatically throughout the day and when they return to the choppy water sections of our streams to lay their eggs they draw trout up to them like a kid to candy.
Don't forget to fish terrestrials any time of the day - ants, beetles and hoppers - as they are definitely a trout comfort food if ever there was one......I think. All I know is they work.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Comfort Food

Do trout have comfort food?

Yep, I'm back....more tomorrow, need to sleep.


Friday, July 10, 2009

It's a Beautiful Day, So Why Am I Here?

As much as I love the concrete jungle, today would be much better spent where it's green and lush, thanks to weeks of rain and cool temps.

That's all, just thinking before the next meeting. Cell phone takes a nice pic, huh? Hung it out of the sun roof. Can you hang something out of the sun roof? Not likely. Hang, hung, who cares? Got to go, almost post time.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Back From Paradise

Took advantage of having Friday off and hit the links. There's nothing like whacking a little white ball around ridiculously manicured turf, trying to avoid strategically placed little sandy beaches and thick horticulture lining the green carpet, with a couple of good friends.

Or is there?

Yes, there is something better...........

After spending the 4th with friends and family, I took off with a couple of friends to a distant watery, wooded paradise for a few days to fish. Who needs fireworks anyway? Take a look at this place:
And here's one of the denizens of this wonderful, far off slice of heaven:

This brown trout was one of many other salmonoids we caught during this outing. In addition to the browns, there were some very acrobatic rainbows and a few brook trout with colors that only nature can paint with her delicate, rainbow covered palette.

And then today, it was back to reality and even a meeting tonight in good old Jersey City.

When is the next trip? Are we there yet?