There's no doubt that I love showing my love for fly fishing and fishing in general. I have so many stickers that showcase this stuck to my car, coolers, water bottles, fly boxes, etc. I have plenty of shirts that also showcase the sport. I now have a bracelet from Sight Line Provisions that showcases my absolute favorite fish - The Bass (Small and Largemouth). I love fishing for pike, and musky...but fishing for bass is where this passion really began.
Before fly fishing, my favorite method to fish was with my casting rod and a hollow rubber frog. Nothing got me more stoked than tossing one of those frogs in the thick of the Lilly pads or weeds, anticipating the explosion of a bass bursting through the surface to destroy that frog. Then came along a fly rod and a size 4 sneaky Pete fly in yellow. Tossing that little fly along the edge of the weeds, Lilly pads, or over the top of some submerged vegetation to see that little fly get annihilated by some bass. Endless fun.
Now I can really showcase my love for those fish...in style! At first, I wasn't so sure about the purchase, because, I didn't really know how I was going to like wearing a bracelet. I've been super happy with the purchase, and it has been the start of quite a few conversations about fishing. I think I see a musky or pike bracelet being added to my Christmas list for Santa.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
It's warm water season, and the bass are going to want to eat some bigger bugs off the surface. Top water bass fishing is no doubt my favorite type of fishing. 5 - 7 wt rods with a floating line while fishing lakes or rivers. It's a blast!
Below you'll find some advanced instructions on how to achieve a popper that will get the job done, and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comment sections or shoot me a message.
Step 1 - Take your Partridge of Redditch popper hook and place it in your vise.
Step 2 - Tie in a clump of Lund's Fly Shop Misfit Wampa Hair for a tail.
Step 3 - Tie in a small amount of flash over the top of the Wampa Hair.
Step 4 - Tie in 2 small hackles from your Whitings Farms bugger pack.
Step 5 - Tie in your Polar Chenille to make a hot spot in the middle of the fly.
Step 6 - Put some superglue down on the thread that the body will be pushed on, and push on the body.
Step 7 (optional) - Poke through some rubber legs on the side to add some extra wiggle.
Step 8 - Super glue some eye on the popper body.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
The snow and ice have melted, and I've awoken from a bit of blogging hibernation. There is so much to catch up on around here, and especially out there with all of my fellow bloggers. Yesterday (May 15th) during lunch I opted to not eat - what a lie! I never eat during my lunch time. There's more important things to do with my time like fish, edit photos/video, or nap. (I just eat while I'm working. I mean who doesn't!?!)
So, during lunch yesterday, I stopped by a spot really close to work. I didn't have any fly rods set up and I wanted to maximize my time fishing, so, I grabbed my casting rod and tossed a swim jig with a paddle tail trailer. I was sure to have a steel leader on, because, I know there are gators present.
Stirred up quite a few of these during lunch, it must have been the new gator hat from 720 Fly. I even managed to cast my rod and reel into the water! Hilarious! It wasn't hard to retrieve out of the water, so, that's a plus. It is full of dirt and sand, so, I'll definitely have to clean it up. I have it on video, so, be on the look out for that sometime in the very near future.
After work, I decided to head over to the same spot with my fly rod. I hooked several trees and thought I was going to break my fly line each time I was trying to rip my fly line out of them. I managed to hook up with one gator, and I'm pretty sure it was one I had hooked earlier with the swim jig. It's great to be fishing in short sleeve again. Shorts were needed. It was too damn hot out for my jeans.
Hat - 720 Fly
Net - Rising Fish
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