Sunday, February 12, 2012

Copperhead Streamer

Hook:  Tiemco 8089 (Size 6)
Thread:  6/0 Uni (Brown)
Tail: Spirit River Mottlebou
Flash:  Copper Flashabou
Head/Body:  Copper Polar Flash (Large)
Weight:  Lead

This little pattern doesn't look like much, but it is a very productive little streamer.  I used it up on the Mississippi River a few weeks back and the smallies wouldn't leave it alone.  There is something about copper flash up here in these waters.

Super simple to tie and plenty durable!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Fly Box Hero - Gabe Schubert

I attended an amazing fly tying seminar today at Bob Mitchell's Fly Shop in Lake Elmo.  The subject of the seminar was on "Big Flies," no way I can miss that one.  Gabe Schubert was the instructor.  Gabe is without question the best fly tier and fisherman I know.  Gabe's flies are absolutely incredible and best of all Gabe is a very humble and down to earth guy.  You'd be hard pressed to find a person  with so much talent and so little ego...especially in this sport!

Gabe tied a series of big ole reverse or hollow tied buck tail streamers.  I took pictures and posted them below.  Nothing short of incredible, in a class of his own for sure.  The layering effect and attention to detail makes these flies works of art.  Take a look and I'm sure you will agree.

Don't think these flies are destined for a glass box because Gabe has been hauling out huge muskies from the river with these patterns.  He had a picture of a muskie he caught on Super Bowl Sunday that was just huge (24" girth I think!).  Eli can have the Super Bowl...

If you ever see the name Gabe Schubert on a fly tying presentation make sure to clear your calendar.  Gabe is a true artist and is equally skilled on the water!