Saturday, May 25, 2013

Out for dusk

  Well got out to hit the sulphurs at dusk but got word that they came earlier in the day.  Got down to a nice pool and hung out till the trout decided to pop. Or rather bugs got going. .  
  I got a dink first but then I got 2 nice hens. Both trout fought like hell on my 2 wt.  I sure do love nice size wild browns on that rod. 
  There wasn't much of a hatch or spinner fall at lights out and no trout were rising. So with a smile on my face from the 2 hens, I hiked back to the car. 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Rainy day flying

  Got out to fly today with my friend. We hit a local stream where the water was up a little but still low and slightly off color.  We found some trout rising in a tail out of a pool to bwo spinners, but the trout didnt mind taking a skittering caddis I had on my line already.
  The rising stopped, so we went to nymph rigs. The fishing was HOT. Lots of trout hitting the nymphs hard and fighting even harder. The fish were all over a size 16 High test hares ear. I twist up the little h.t.h.e. with a little tungsten bead to get the small fly down in deeper or heavier water areas.
  By early afternoon, the mayflies began to hatch.  Quill gordons and Hendrickson mixed with olives started pouring off  and the trout eagerly fed upon them.  Didnt see any march browns or caddis other than the chimaras hiding under the leaves.  Josh did well with a parachute hendrickson he tied and I did well with a hackle stacker adams emerger.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The H.O.H. dun and the sulphur hatch.

   Ok, so I belong to a group on a fly fishing website called the fly of the month group. This months fly was any H.O.H. fly. H.O.H. meaning hackle on hook.

 My friend Tom tied up some duns in a variant style, with the trimmed hackle for bodies.  I thought they looked pretty cool. So I decided to twist up a thorax dun.  I figured why not do a favorite dry fly pattern of mine and seeing how the hackle was getting trimmed for the body the v cut hackle just made sense to me.

 The fly consists of only hackle and thread. So there is nothing on it that can absorb water, thus making it a perfect dry fly. The idea that Tom had behind the hackle cut body was for it to give the translucent effects that the naturals have to them.  Sounds reasonable to me, so I twisted one up in sulphur and headed on out to a local freestoner for the sulphur hatch. 

  So with my trusty 2 wt and H.O.H. I made my way to the stream at the last bit of twilight.  I went a favorite pool of mine. It consist of heavy riffle leading into and long tail out.  I can always find some trout sipping and gulping insects near or in the tail out. 
  On the way to the water I was being buzzed by sulphur duns and spinners flying about.  I just hoped the rain would hold out long enough for me to get a trout or two.

The clouds cleared a bit and the moon came out and bathed the pool in moon light. I could see fishy noses poking up from the water every so often. I made my first cast and landed a bit short of the feeding lane. The next was on point and the trout took the H.O.H.. A good fight later I had the hen landed.
   I hooked several fish and one was very large as i couldnt really move the fish with my 2 wt. haha. The fly popped on that fish and I remembered why I didnt use mustad hooks anymore...... I ran out of daiichi 1100 in 14! and had some mustad laying around.

I'm not a great photographer by any means! but I'm no photographer at all in the dark! But you can still make out the fly. The proofs in the pudding as they say.  I will do a tutorial of this technique very soon.  And my daiichi hooks should be on there way! Thank you J.W trout

Spring in full swing

Been a while since I have been online.  Been busy working and of coarse, fishing!  Hit some really great hatches so far this spring on the upper Delaware and the local limestoners.  So far it's been Bwos, Hendrickson, march browns, sister sedges, tan caddis, and sulphurs. 
 Sulphurs are a prolific mayfly species and occur almost every where. Be sure to get out for an evening!   
 Here's a few pics from recent sessions