Monday, March 22, 2010

Tributary Kick Sample

On a trip to the tribs last week in search of steel I decided to get kick samples to see what the migratory fish could be feeding on. I was pleasantly surprised to say the least as both samples were filled with life! Below are the results of the two kick samples I took, in one tiny section of the stream. While you are out this early season, and any time for that matter, get a sample and see what is tumbling around in your stream, take some photos, and go home and tie. Try to take the samples from a gravel section with flowing water. My next post I will show you how to make a cheap homemade seine.

Caddis Larva.

Sow Bug.

Midge larva.


Thursday, March 11, 2010


Hendrickson nymph and imitation.

If you live anywhere near my latitude (Western NY approx. 42 degrees) you still have a few weeks until the first major mayfly hatch... this does not mean the fishing stinks, it actually means the opposite! The fishing this time of year can be incredible (no fisherman + plenty of food = successful fly fishing)... so find out what is going to hatch in your local stream, and use the appropriate nymph. The best way to do this is to take stream samples so you can accurately match the nymph size and color. Why does using nymphs before the hatch work? Since the mayfly emergence is approaching the nymphs are fully mature, and becoming more active... some will begin to drift in the current, and that's why trout are keying in on them already. Do a little research, tie up some nymphs, and go catch some trout!

Monday, March 8, 2010

JP Ross Fly Tying Symposium

Had a great time this past weekend traveling to Utica for the 2010 Fly Tying Symposium, created by JP Ross Fly Rods & Co. Had a chance to grab a ride with my good friend Brian Bradfield and his son... my other fishing buddy Jessie Hollenbeck joined us for the long ride, which was a nice bonus to the road trip. All three of us rarely get to hang out together, so we had a lot of 'fishing' talk to catch up on.

This years event was a full day of fly fishing fun, with tying demonstrations by over 30 professional tiers (Brian and I were fortunate to be on the list of tiers), and fly fishing seminars running all day long. Great vendors, raffles, and even fly tying for the kids, made the day interesting and applicable for every age and level of fishing/tying experience.

If you didn't go this year make sure you stop over to JP's website and tell him you are interested in attending next year!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Useful Midge Patterns

Here are a few midge patterns I like. Some are straight copies of popular patterns, some are variations of popular patterns, and some are created from my own research.

CDC midge emerger. Use this when trout are sipping (small rise rings) for midge in the film, or try it subsurface if nothing is going on up top.

BH Blue Ribbed midge pupa. You can use this in the film to catch rising trout, but I often use this when adults are hatching but there is little/no surface activity. A tiny split shot may be needed to get this through the film. Keep adding or subtracting weight until you determine where the trout are feeding in the water column.

Midge mini bubble pupa/emerger. This is a kind of in-between pattern... fish dry in the film, or add weight and fish it subsurface.

Foam wing midge emerger. This pattern was modified from my friend Brian's pattern and success. Use this in the film or subsurface.

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