Do you love big bluegill?
Calling Jeffrey Abney
Added by David, aka, "McScruff" on December 2, 2018 at 4:52pm — No Comments
Calling Jeffrey Abney
Added by David, aka, "McScruff" on December 2, 2018 at 4:51pm — No Comments
I have been doing some slip-floating lately. One morning I just decided to stop by BJ's bait supply and get me some of his extra fine red worms. In my kit were various slip floats, hooks and small split shot. I was in business, and the fly rod stayed in the car.
I re-learned that long floats and teeny rigs are definitely out, for me. The best floats for my use are stout 2" models, with a single 3/0 shot to balance them. These cast like bullets, and they don't have long, dangly stems…Continue
Using poppers with a fly rod is pretty much a standard, but casting these flies can be awkward. The popper is light, relatively bulky, and usually festooned with feathers. This combination catches air and causes drag on the popper on the cast. The net effect is to hinder both control and distance. To remedy this, try this trick:
Drill a small hole in the belly of the popper, right at the center of gravity. Insert a small BB, or buckshot. Drilling the hole just undersize ensures the…
I made one to help get in and out of the canyak.
Works great - no more tipping over getting out!
Got the P-Max 170 installed in the Blue Beast the other day. I added an omni-directional, flat faced transducer instead of the directional one that comes from the factory. Because of the flat, disc-shaped face, I was able to silicone the transducer hard and fast to the flat bottom of the hull. None of the usual bedding usually seen, the flat puck sounder stuck wit a thin well squeezed out layer of silicone. My hope was there would be no bubbles or air pockets, and it appears I achieved…Continue
September 20, 2014
Took the Mad River Adventure 14 'yakkanoe' out again. As I mentioned before, it takes 21 days to make a habit stick. That said, more trips are definitely needed!
My Secret Fishing Trousers - Try cotton sleep pants for fair…Continue
Added by David, aka, "McScruff" on July 23, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments
I got to meet with Don today. He lives about 20 miles from me and we got together to tie a few flies and yak about fishing.
I also met his gracious wife, Dianne and shared a bowl of her home made, award winning chili... and they shared the secret recipe with me. The Schmotzers share a lovely, welcoming home and a long marriage spanning decades.
Don is the kind of fly tyer that likes his work to look as good as it fishes. He has a supply of tying materials that is to be envied,…Continue
Got the book, "Simple Flies... Flies You Can Tie With Three Materials or Less," by C. Boyd Pfeiffer.
This is an interesting study in what is really essential. Mr. Boyd strips the fly types we know to their basic elements, proving simple can be as good as complicated.
How about an Upside Down Winged wet fly?
Coffee Bean Beetle?
They're in here.
I got the book used on www.alibris.com. A lot of…Continue
Floating Damselfly Nymph
by Gary LaFontaine
• HOOK: 8-12; TMC 5262—2X long nymph hook
• FLOTATION: an underbody of high-density foam, wrapped along the hook shank as a thin strip
• TAIL: olive marabou and clear Antron fibers (combed together)
• ABDOMEN: olive fur and olive Antron dubbing (chopped, blended, and dubbed)
• THORAX: olive…
Ive been doing an inventory of the flies I've got on hand, both my own and those from others. I have reached a momentous decision:
I will stop tying new flies for myself.
Okay, thats not gonna happen, But it should.
Added by David, aka, "McScruff" on December 25, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Been digging around the internet, looking for the common insect nymph forms in my region. I found one source that is perfect, listing all the taxonomic names. Pictures abound and my file is full. I have the four main types to tie.
Odonata - dragon and damsel flies
Diptera - aka, chironomids, blood worms, etc.
So now I'm a ding-danged entomologist! All hail the internet.
PS I dont know what a "wazoo" is, but stuff…Continue
Literally, blew a gasket. Last week, I was heading out on Saturday to a local pond when I noted a cloud of smoke following me. I pulled off the road and to my amazement, found oil pouring from my engine. Luckily I was still close to home and got back without damage to the engine.
On a positive note, my truck is running again. I had to tear down the front and bottom of the engine, as in totally removed. I've replaced all the seals, oil pump, timing belts, re-timed and tested it this…Continue