Sunday, June 4, 2017

Chequamegon Bay Trip 2017 trip to Ashalnd Wisconsin to fish the Chequamegon Bay was excellent again this year.  My youngest son came along and had a blast.  The trip was one of my highlights of my life too.  Captain Luke Kavajecz is not only a fantastic guide he is a great teacher!  He took my son under his wing and showed him the in's and out's of casting a fly rod, he also knew when to switch my son over to a spinning rod.  Making that switch to conventional gear was a good move as we all know how frustrating a fly rod can be when you are just learning.

My son had a ball casting plastic grubs while I spend the day casting the Murdich Minnow.  The fish were very healthy and fought hard.

We had a beautiful day out there with temps into the low 70's.  The wind was not even a big factor!

If you want to hire out a guide for the trip of a lifetime you should call Luke and get on his schedule.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Protect Yourself From Lyme Disease - Link to Gink and Gasoline

Here is a link to a great article on Gink and Gasoline.   Lymes disease is no joke, I have a few close friends that suffered before the disease was identified....untreated Lymes can have serious consequences.

I thought the article was excellent.

Chad Johnson's Freaky Frog - Steve Dally YouTube Link

Dally's Ozark Fly Fisher guide and Umpqua fly designer Chad Johnson ties his Freak Frog. (Materials List below)

The Freaky Frog is an awesome surface fly for largemouth and smallmouth bass: and if you fish froggy stillwaters in trout country don't be surprised that it works there as well.

Click to shop the Freaky Frog here

Video produced by Brian Wise: Fly Fishing the Ozarks
in conjunction with Dally's Ozark Fly Fisher, Cotter Arkansas.

Materials List
Hook -- 8089 Size 2
Frog Foam -- Olive
Foam Ant Body -- Large Black
Sheet of 1/8" Tan Fly Foam
Silly Legs -- Hopper Yellow Perfectly Barred & Olive/ Black Flake
Eyes -- Hareline 5/16 Oval Pupil 3D -- Red/ Black Pupil 
Prism SLF Dubbing—Olive— Multi -- Laminated Synthetic 
Thread -- UTC 100 Olive GSP
Stainless Wire Weed Guard
.035 Lead Wire

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Single and Double Gonga by Charlie Craven

I ran across this pattern at the Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo in St Paul last week.  Got home and found a tutorial online.  The single Gonga tutorial was posted by InTheRiffle.  Charlie Craven is the inventor of the pattern.  He also ties a articulated or double Gonga.

Here is a link that shows Charlie Craven tying up a Double Gonga.  The video clip was posted by EbersoleMEDIA.  Talk about an awesome setting.

Fishing Vibes Smallmouth Bass Streamer

Here is a tutorial from the Fishing Vibes YouTube channel.  I like the size of this streamer.

Mixed Media Tutorial

Joe Cornwall from Fly Fish Ohio was the creator of this pattern (I believe).  Iowaflytyer on YouTube posted this tutorial....really nice.

Here is Joe Cornwall's original tutorial.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Cobra Storage - Garage Door Rod Holder

My boys got me a few of these Cobra Garage Door Rod Holders for Christmas this year.  Just getting around to installing them on my garage door.  No fasteners to ruin the door...  The rack mounts to the backside of your garage door and holds several fishing rods.  Seems like a gag gift, but with the price of gear these days they are actually practical.

Here is a link to the Cobra website.  ABS plastic and made in the USA.