Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Fly Tying- "The Peacock Punisher"



"The Peacock Punisher"

Over the years I have played around and fished with countless different fly designs for Peacock Bass. I have settled on this and only a few others. There are a few characteristics that I look for in a Peacock Bass fly. First and foremost it has to be durable. Flies that cannot hold up simply don’t have a place in my box...if you run out flies in the jungle you can’t take a ride to the local fly shop and buy more. Secondly a fly needs to be easily cast all day. You can count on putting in ten hour days on these trips and if your fly casts like a waterlogged chicken you simply will not be on your A game throughout the course of the day. Last but certainly not least is it has to have mojo. The more stimulating your fly is the more confident and engaged you will be on each and every cast. It is a lot harder to space out while fishing in one of the most humid climates on earth if you think your fly looks amazing, often times I catch myself talking out loud to the fly while fishing. 


Brian Flechsig is heading up our January trip to the Amazon. The group leaves tomorrow, January 11th, for what will most definitely be an awesome week of fishing. I am looking forward to the pictures and stories that will follow upon the group’s return!    

Pat Kelly- January 2018


“Peacock Punisher”- Recipe

Thread: 100 Denier GSP- Click Here
First Shank: Flymen Fishing Co. Articulated Fish Spine 25mm- Click Here
Second Shank: Flymen Fishing Co. Articulated Shank 20mm- Click Here
Hook: Gamakatsu SL12S 4/0- Click Here
Flash: Mirage Flashabou- Fl. Yellow- Click Here
Flash: Holographic Flashabou- Red- Click Here
Flash: UV Pearl Polar Chenille- Click Here
Eyes: Flymen Fishing Co. Living Eyes 10mm (color of choice)- Click Here
Articulation Point: Flymen Fishing Co. Articulated Shank 35mm- Click Here
Tail: Strung Rooster Saddles- Yellow- Click Here
Body: Yellow Bucktail, Red Bucktail- Click Here
Cement: Brushable Zap-A-Gap- Click Here
Epoxy: Loon UV Resin Thick- Click Here





1. Secure 25mm Fish Spine in vise and lay a foundation of thread from the eye all the way back to the bend. 





2. Tie in UV Polar Chenille- Pearl and wrap to the mid-way point of the shank.





3. Select four Rooster Saddles approximately 5inches in length and tie in on the near and far side then top and bottom of the shank. By tying these feathers in the round you should have 360 degree coverage of the shank. This will give you a nice round and full profile. 
*You may be asking yourself what the purpose of UV Polar Chenille is if your just going to cover it all up with the saddles…this material serves as a prop for the feathers, giving you a nice 3D shape. It also ensures maximum movement out of the feathers because they can not mat together when being stripped through the water.





       4. At this stage of the fly we will introduce our first hollow tie of Yellow Bucktail.  Try and     aim for about a 45 degree angle in your bucktail before completing this step.





       5. Cut full length piece of Mirage Flashabou- Fl. Yellow. Before tying in you will want to   pull a few strands so that the fibers vary in length. Tie in your flashabou so that approximately 60 percent of the total length is extending back toward the fly and the remaining 40 percent is extending out in front of the eye. Once that is in place fold the remaining 40 percent back over itself and secure. This will allow you to begin introducing taper and shape to your fly. 





6. Connect both shanks and secure into the vice. Just as in steps 1 and 2 secure UV Polar Chenille and wrap to the mid-way point and tie off. 





7. Tie in a bundle of Yellow Bucktail that is slightly more dense than the one on our first station on the previous shank. When executing this hollow tie you want the angle of the bucktail to be a little taller than on the first. Again by doing this we are forming taper and shape to the fly. When finished whip finish and cut thread. *Always be aware and thinking about the taper and shape of your fly throughout the entire tying process this will make for a fly that looks and swims more naturally.





8. Secure hook in vise and lay a foundation of thread from the eye back to just into the bend of the hook. Take the 35mm Articulated Shank and with a pair of side cutters remove the equivalent of about three eye widths from the shank. You want the shank to be roughly the same length as the shank of the Gamakatsu SL12S 4/0. Now once you are finished thread the back two sections onto the 35mm Articulated Shank and lay it along the side of the hook shank. Begin at the back of the hook with very tight side by side wraps all the way up to the eye. At this point I like to apply a coating of UV Resin along the shank. Once cured lay down a coat of Hard as Hull head cement. These two steps ensure that the articulation point cannot be ripped out or compromised in any way by the fish. 





9. Tie in UV Polar Chenille- pearl and wrap a 1/3 of the way up the hook shank and secure. 





10. Now you are ready for the last hollow tie of yellow bucktail. This time slightly more hair than the last. Next you will hollow tie two cones of red bucktail. Each cone consisting of slightly more hair and a slightly steeper angle than the previous tie. *You will notice that throughout the course of tying this pattern I have increased the amount or density of bucktail in each hollow tie as I move toward the front of the fly. By doing this I have constructed a fly that progressively becomes more dense toward the head. This is a very over looked and often not mentioned detail. By tying a fly that is significantly denser at the head it will create a greater diversion of water, one of the keys for getting a fly to dart and kick side to side or jack knifing on the pause.





11. To finish the fly we will fold a bundle of Holographic Flashabou- Red around your thread and secure on top of the hook shank. Take your thumb and distribute these fibers around the hook and secure. 





12. This step is completely optional. I like to finish the fly off with yellow tying thread for no other reason than to accent the yellow body of the fly. (Without this step fish will not eat your fly).




13. Take a pair of Flymen Fishing Co. Living eyes in 10mm and attach to each side of the head. Fill in the gaps between the eyes on top and bottom with a thick UV Resin. Finish by laying a nice even coat of the same UV resin all around the eyes ensuring they are completely covered up and protected. To remove the tacky finish left behind by the UV resin wipe down with some rubbing alcohol and then coat with Hard as Hull head cement.

So there you have it! If you find yourself chasing after Peacock Bass, this is a fly you NEED to have!


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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

2018 Fly Fishing Film Tour


Thursday, March 8th 2018

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Fly Tying- The Hollow Fly- "Sexy Shad"




Hollow Fly- "Sexy Shad"


Most who know me can attest to my obsession and addiction to Hollow Tying and Hollow Flies. The way a properly constructed hollow moves through the water is nothing less than seductive.  There is so much movement and life in the fly whether at rest or swimming through the water. We as fly tyers and fishermen owe a great debt of gratitude to Bob Popovics whose fertile mind spawned this and many other techniques that have changed the way most us approach fly tying. If you look at any Musky, Pike or Smallmouth fly created over the last decade chances are you will see Bob’s influence peeking through somewhere.
 

For those who are not familiar with hollow flies hopefully will walk away from this tutorial with a more open mind and will see the endless opportunities this technique can be used for regardless of what species you target. Hollow tying is also not limited by just using bucktail, it can be executed with countless other materials whether it be natural or synthetic.     

Pat Kelly - December 2017 


 

“The Sexy Shad” Hollow Fly- Recipe

Hook: Partridge Predator 2/0- Click Here
Thread: UTC 140- White- Click Here
Tail: White Bucktail- Click Here
Tail Flash Material: Lateral Scale- Click Here
Hollow Ties #1-3: White Bucktail- Click Here
Body Flash Material: EP Sparkle Holographic Silver- Click Here
Chocklett’s Body Tubing: ¼” Clear- Click Here
Hollow Tie #4: Fl. Yellow Bucktail- Click Here
Hollow Tie #5: Fl. Blue Bucktail- Click Here
Eyes: Pro Sport Fisher Tab Eye- 10mm or Pro Sport Fisher Pro Jungle Cock Large- Blue or Red- Click Here
(We'll add the PSF Tab Eyes here  once they are on the website)

Cement: Brushable Zap-A-Gap- Click Here




 
1. Secure hook in the vise. Lay a foundation of thread from the hook eye all the way back to just beyond the barb, then advance thread to just in front of the barb as this will be our initial tie in point.





2. Tie in your first bundle of white bucktail. This tail section should be approximately 3-4 times the length of your hook shank. After the hair has been cut off the hide hold the tips between your thumb and forefinger and preen out the shortest fibers and discard them. Once complete lay bucktail on top of half of the hook shank and secure with 3-4 locking wraps. *Be aware of how much hair isn’t used in the tail. Less is more anytime you are tying hollow fleye’s. If you think you have the right amount use half of that! 

 



3. Select a liberal amount of Lateral Scale and tie it in reverse so that the longest fibers are facing forward to the eye of the hook. 




Once secure fold the flash back on top of itself and distribute 180 degrees around the bucktail and finish with 3-4 locking wraps. Apply brushable Zap-A-Gap to thread wraps. When finished I like to cut my flash so that it extends about a ½” beyond the tail. 





 
4. At this point we are ready for our first hollow tie. Select a bundle of hair that is a little less than was used in the tail. Before tying in be sure to preen out the shortest fibers like we did with previous step. Take the time to measure this bundle of hair against the previous one before tying in. You want this section to be about 75% the length of the tail. Now with your material hand lay your bucktail in reverse on top of the hook and trap with three loose thread wraps. Before securing the hair you want to take your thumb and forefinger and distribute the hair evenly 360 degrees around the hook. 




Once the bucktail is evenly distributed pull tight on the thread locking the bucktail in place. 




Once secured you will want to pull the fibers backwards toward the rear of the fly and advance your thread in front of the bucktail and begin building your thread dam.


 


5. Continue building up your thread dam until you have achieved a fairly flat angle to your hair. That larger your thread dam the flatter the hair will want to lay. At this point in we do not need much height as we are still building the rear portion of the fly.

 



6. At this point in the pattern I like to add some flash to the body. My preferred material is EP Sparkle because it has good length, is very light and blends well into the bucktail. Take a generous clump and center tie it on top of the hook shank. Fold back over itself and distribute evenly around the fly. Finish off by applying a little brushable Zap to lock everything in place.
 




7. Now at this stage of the fly we will begin to build up the profile by starting to form the back and shoulders of the fly. Repeat the same process as we did in the last step. Only difference being in the angle of your bucktail. Make your thread dam a little smaller so that the bucktail wing sits up a little taller as seen in the picture above.
 




8. After this stage is complete I like to incorporate Chocklett’s Body Tubing so that the fly will push more water causing a much more dramatic side to side swimming motion. This stage is optional. I recommend tying this pattern both with and without this addition as the action is very different in each variation.
 


9.    From this point on we will be tying in two more hollow ties. First one being with Fl. Yellow Bucktail and the last one with Fl. Blue Bucktail. At this point you have a finished product.  

 



10. Once you are finished with the last two hollow ties you have the option of adding eyes. I prefer to use either Pro Sport Fisher Pro Jungle Cock Eyes in Large or the Pro Sport Fisher 3D Tab Eyes, which is what you see on the photo above. This is a new product and will be available for purchase in the store soon.  After you are finished tying in your eyes whip finish and add a coat of brushable Zap-A-Gap and let dry. I typically will run the fly under some hot water for about thirty seconds then hang upright in my vise to dry. This will tame all the stray hairs and allow the fly to take on that beautiful fusiform shape and taper.


I generally fish this fly on a 6-8wt rod with some sort of an intermediate or sinking tip fly line with a 3-6ft leader. Due to the buoyant properties of bucktail fishing this fly on a floating line just doesn’t do it justice. Now with the solstice behind us we are gaining daylight everyday and Smallmouth season will be here before you know it! Once water temps consistently hit the 45 degree mark fish will start taking flies regularly. Early season fishing will generally produce the biggest fish of the year so fill your box with some Hollow Fleye’s and be ready…won’t be long!       



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Ed. Note:

For those un-familiar, Pat Kelly strongly feels that these two books are two of the most influential of all-time in world of baitfish fly tying. He's a Bob Popovics "groupie".




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Saturday, December 23, 2017

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Fishing Reports- 12/23/17


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Mad River


Conditions are low and clear.  Individuals focusing on nymphing with long drifts have been catching some fish.  Also those fishing small streamers like Wooly Buggers, Trick or Treats, Orange Blossom Specials, and other traditional minnow patterns have also been catching fish.  Most of the fishing pressure has been focused on the lower river though covering water in the upper river is a great choice.  

Seasonal Tactics: 
Nymphing is the key this time of the year.  For this we like to fish long rods, indicators, and two flies.  The Rio Indicator leaders really help you cast these rigs.  The main go to nymphing sticks are the Sage ESN, Redington Hydrogen, TFO BVK and the new Pieroway Renegade 9'6" 5wt to name a few.  Tight line, High Stick, or Euro style tactics are also very productive. Grab a Euro Nymph and Euro Nymph line for that style or the Trout/Steelhead line for indicator/bobber fishing.  If you want to build your own leaders then add some Amnesia, Maxima Chameleon, Rio Two Tone Indicator tippet and a pack of tippet rings to your cart.  Don't forget the Fluorocarbon tippet also.

Flies to have right now are nymphs like Double Stones, Cranefly Larva, Guides Choice Hares Ear, Trophy Nymphs, Psycho Prince and your typical trout nymphs like the Prince, Copper John, and Hares Ear.  As we move further into winter conditions have some Phlamin Pheasants, Steelhead Candy, Formerly Known as Prince, Shop Dips, and Chicken Hawks to name a few.

Streamer fishing into the winter will consist of timing flows that are on the fall.  This window is very small, but well worth the wait.  Without the crops in the fields look for the water to take a bit longer to clear out, but that just means a few more hours for us streamer junkies.  When the conditions hover around freezing ice in the guides is just something that we deal with.  Stanley's Ice off Paste helps along with tapping the grip of the rod to shake off the excess water.  

Rigs for streamer fishing consist of 6-8wts and a sink tip line.  Fill your fly boxes with a vast array of fly colors and designs.  Galloup's Dungeons, Bottoms Up, and Atriculated Fatheads flies are a good start.  Also take a look at Kelly Galloup's book Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout to help you sort things out.  As always shoot us a call if you want a guided streamer trip. We run these all winter and typically produce some of our biggest fish of the year.  

Adding some spey casts to your arsenal can help keep the ice in the guides to a minimum. This is specifically helpful when nymphing.  The 9'6" 5wt or 10'6" 6wt Pieroway Renegade combined with the appropriate SA Anadro or Spey Lite Scandi are the top choices.  Also bring along your tenkara rods as this is a great option for the winter.  Combine these with the 4.5 Tenkara USA Level line and a yarn indicator if needed and your set.  

Forecast: This weekend conditions are changing fast.  A huge cold front with lows into the single digits will make fishing tough.  Nymphing heavy flies and split shot will put the numbers to hand.  Also do not overlook swinging soft hackles or small streamers slow and deep.  Ice in your guides will be a big challenge.  Make sure to have some Ice off Paste and be careful if you do bust the ice out by hand as your rod tip can break very easily.  



Clearfork River


Clearfork Map


The upper river is currently low with a touch of stain in the deeper runs and holes.  Fishing has been good for those who put in the effort to get away from the typical locations.  Remember that getting access permission is a must so refresh yourself with requirements.  Below Pleasant Hill Dam is park property so there are no access issues.  Flows have been good below the dam.  Individuals have found success fishing streamers and nymphing. 

Seasonal Tactics: 
Like on the Mad, nymphing is the key this time of the year.  For this we like to fish long rods, indicators, and two flies.  The Rio Indicator leaders really help you cast these rigs.  The main go to nymphing sticks are the Sage ESN, Redington Hydrogen, TFO BVK and the new Pieroway Renegade 9'6" 5wt to name a few.  Tight line, High Stick, or Euro style tactics are also very productive. Grab a Euro Nymph and Euro Nymph line for that style or the Trout/Steelhead line for indicator/bobber fishing.  If you want to build your own leaders then add some Amnesia, Maxima Chameleon, Rio Two Tone Indicator tippet and a pack of tippet rings to your cart. Don't forget the Fluorocarbon tippet also.

Flies to have right now are nymphs like Double Stones, Cranefly Larva, Guide's Choice Hares Ear, Trophy Nymphs, Psycho Prince and your typical trout nymphs like the Prince, Copper John, and Hares Ear.  As we move further into winter conditions have some Phlamin Pheasants, Steelhead Candy, Formally Known as Prince, Shop Dips, and Chicken Hawks to name a few.

Streamer fishing into the winter will consist of timing flows that are on the fall.  This window is very small, but well worth the wait.  Without the crops in the fields look for the water to take a bit longer to clear out, but that just means a few more hours for us streamer junkies.  When the conditions hover around freezing ice in the guides is just something that we deal with.  Stanley's Ice off Paste helps along with tapping the grip of the rod to shake off the excess water.  


Rigs for streamer fishing consist of 6-8wts and a sink tip line.  We have some of the new Kelly Galloup's AirFlo lines in the shop that will be perfect for this type of fishing.  These are what we have been waiting for a long time!  Fill your fly boxes with a vast array of fly colors and designs. Galloup's Dungeons, Bottoms Up, and Atriculated Fatheads flies are a good start.  Also take a look at Kelly Galloup's book Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout to help you sort things out.  As always shoot us a call if you want a guided streamer trip.  We run these all winter and typically produce some of our biggest fish of the year.  


Adding some spey casts to your arsenal can help keep the ice in the guides to a minimum. This is specifically helpful when nymphing.  The 9'6" 5wt or 10'6" 6wt Pieroway Renegade combined with the appropriate SA Anadro or Spey Lite Scandi are the top choices.  Also bring along your tenkara rods as this is a great option for the winter.  Combine these with the 4.5 Tenkara USA Level line and a yarn indicator if needed and your set.  

Forecast: 
This coming week is going to be tough.  The rain has the water high and muddy.  Levels will settle down into early week just in time for the cold temps.  Daily and night temps in combination with dropping water levels will start to slush up the majority of the upper.  Fishing in the lower river will continue to be good as long as you prepare for the cold conditions.  Nymphing in both areas will be your best bet.




Clear Creek

Clear Creek Map


The creek continued to fish well last week despite the very low and crystal clear conditions.  Nymphing small caddis and mayfly imitations have been the staple.  Midge activity has been good with the warmer weather, but fish looking up for dries have been very few.  Small streamer continues to bring a few flashes and follows.  With the clear water the catch rate on streamers has been low.  

Seasonal Tactics:
Rigs for nymphing will consist of 3-5wt 9-10' + rods.  These rods provide great control, feel, and reach.  Although this creek is not very big a long rod allows for the best presentation and longer drifts.  Use a Rio Indicator Leader when float/bobber/indicator fishing or a Rio Euro Nymph leader when using Tightline tactics.  Streamer rods for this situation will be fast 4wts or 5-6wts. An aggressive Scientific Anglers MPX, Wulff Ambush or Rio Grand a 9' leader and a weighted streamer will set you on the right path.  As for Tenkara we really like the TFO Cutthroat, Tenkara USA Rhodo, Amago or Iwana for this creek.  Match those rods with either the Level Line 3.5/2.5 or the Tapered Nylon leader by Tenkara USA and you are ready to go.  If you want to use a small yarn indicator then bump your line up to the 4.5 Level Line or a Furled Mono that matches the rod length or slightly longer.  

Flies to have going into winter will be nymphs like Double Stones, Cranefly Larva, Guide's Choice Hares Ear, Trophy Nymphs, Psycho Prince and your typical trout nymphs like the Prince, Copper John, and Hares Ear.  Streamer fishing will require Mini Dungeons, Barely Legals, Wooly Buggers, Autumn Splendor, Clousers, Trick or Treats, Orange Blossoms, Cougars, Wooly Sculpins, Cactus Wooly, and Near Nuff Sculpin to name a few. 


Forecast:  
The stream is currently muddy and high.  Look for it to take into early next week to settle down. By later in the week flows will be back down to clear and low.  Ice will start to be an issue, but there will be open water if you keep on the move.




Erie Steelhead

Gauge Links and Maps


There was a small window last week with some great fishing for those who could drop everything and head to the rivers.  The ice has all pushed out into the main lake and melted off. Also the snow pack has done the same causing the rivers to be elevated and muddy.  The second shot of rain elevated the rivers even more.  Swinging and indicator/bobber fishing eggs and brightly colored flies put a few fish in the net before this last rain.

Seasonal Tactics:
You will want to be prepared for just about any situation this time of the year as the weather can change very quickly.  Ideal conditions for us are flows with stain that keeps the fish comfortably on the feed and move.  The typical Indicator rig for us is either an Air Lock or Thingamabobber float on a custom build leader tied to our 7-8wt Scientific Anglers Anadro or Rio Trout Steelhead line.  These lines offer you the best line control and short roll casting ease.  


Our go to rods are 10' single handers or a switch rod in the 6-8wt range.  On this rig we will usually fish tandem fly rigs of two eggs, an egg and a nymph or a Wooly Bugger and an egg. Actual patterns for this type of fishing will include various colors of Wooly Buggers, Glo Bugs, Crystal Meth and Scrambled Egg also in various colors, Bloody Mary nymphs, Steelhead Candy, Chicken Littles, Steelhead and Wiggle Stones.  Do not overlook having a box of Trout Beads and Daiichi X510s or Tiemco 105s especially for those low clear flows.  Tippet sizes will range from 0x-3x fluorocarbon.  


The typical rig for swinging flies will consist of a switch rod in the 10'6"-11'9" 6-8wt range.  The new Jerry French Pieroway Renegade rods are the big talk in the shop as they are effortless to cast and light weight making them a dream to fish all day.  We have a great assortment of rods in the shop to meet your specific needs so make sure to stop by or shoot us a call.  Matching your switch rod with the right line can be intimidating if you do not have the proper guidance so make sure to also give us a call for advice!  For swinging either a Skagit or Scandi line with a  Rio or SA sink tip that meets your needs will get the job done.  Add a short piece of 12-20lb tippet and a Flow Ryder, A.I Intruder or others and you will be ready to find those "grabby" fish fresh out of the "Big Lake."  

As conditions hover around or below the freezing point learning some spey casts with mid to long belly lines keep the ice in the guides to a minimum.  These casts can be done with any fishing tactic not just swinging.  The most versatile lines for this are the Rio Switch and SA Anadro lines. Keep in mind that swinging flies can be done at any flow or condition, but a couple grabs will be a great day this time of the year.  

Forecast:
High water falling to slushy conditions will be the main theme of next week.  The good thing about the rain is that it will keep the tribs from locking back up as fast.  Look for a small window Tuesday - Thursday with fair conditions.  Later in the week will be tough as most of the tribs will start to lock up with ice.  Make sure to shoot us a call if you are heading up as conditions are going to be changing very quickly.  Lets hope for another warm up and some rain to keep the cycle going so we can stay on the water. 


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