Saturday, April 18, 2015

Oh Baby ............ Gonga

 With the 12-17" of snow that fell the day before, I was hoping for a little more of the nasty, overcast 
weather to bring on the streamer bite. The past couple of weeks, just have not been there, but he dry fly fishing has, so one cannot complain.
Well back to the days fishing, waking to the hopeful day, only to forget that the 15" inches of snow and ice would be waiting in the boat to be scooped out and removed before any fishing would be done.
Being smarter than the average bear,we decided to head up river to the car wash and put hot water to work and remove the ice and snow. A mere 6.75 later and 12 minutes, along with a stop for breakfast,
we were back on track.
Blue skies graced us, much to my dismay, we trudged on , hell bent to make streamers work anyway.
Having slight color to the water, was certainly a help, but it took many changes until we found the pattern the fish would not leave alone.
Damn , yet another Charlie Craven pattern that railed fish all morning long. 
If you have not fished the Baby Gonga Pattern is worth tying or buying as it along with the Dirty Hippy is a proven fish catching machine. The Baby has two hooks in the body, and no fish that hits the fly, escapes. Not only did we bring many to the net, the chases were incredible.
Another great morning on the ditch, nice to see a little snow and moisture.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ye Ole Pigsticker

A simple and easy pattern that is a deadly dropper tied on with a Pat's Rubber leg in higher runoff, and dirty water situations.
Hook: Mustad 37160 , Sz: 6-12
Body: Hot Orange Ultra Wire
(substitute various colors of wire for variation)
Hot Spot: Glo-Brite Floss- Red
(Substitute floss color on hot spot)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Going Big

In preparation for a couple of trips later this season for some large redfish, king salmon and other large fish that could get in our way, Ms. Floatfisher and I continue to add to our quiver of new rods. Add in the new Sage SALT 1090-4. We cast it this weekend for the first time and what a joy, of course , this big gun, is just a little out of our normal league, so we want to get a little time practicing. Matching it with our Hatch #9 , this is a dream duo. 

It throws a nice short line at 40-50' ft. , but also extending it out, it will punch into a breeze.
As mentioned, we have a lot more practice to go, look forward to more on future blogs.

Sage's Website Information on the SALT Series:


For the incredible diverse range of casting demands placed on the saltwater angler, the accuracy, strength and precision of Konnetic Technology, has enabled us to craft a fly rod like no other saltwater rod before it. The SALT is a fast loading, high-line speed salt-action rod that gives you the confidence to know that you're ready for anything that salt can throw at you. Sight casting smaller flies out to nervous bones finning along the flat in only four inches of water? Quickly and precisely drop the fly where they'll see it without spooking. Casting to tarpon that appear suddenly in a gusting wind? The SALT's decidedly robust salt-action taper gives you the power to maximize today's heavier fly lines to deliver flies of all ranges with effortless precision.


Accurately putting a fly where you need it - every time - is the foundation of fly fishing 
success. Improved accuracy is a result of smoother tracking, increased line speed and line control, 
all features of our revolutionary Konnetic Technology. Creating an impossibly light blank
with enhanced tip-to-hand sensitivity, Konnetic Technology utilizes our Advanced Modulus Positioning System (AMPS) that places carbon fiber to exacting tolerances for the greatest blank strength and efficient energy transfer throughout the shaft. This highly responsive and robust blank offers significant enhanced torsional stability and minimal vibration of casts that track effortlessly and accurately.

- New formulated proprietary carbon/ resin composite
- Advanced Modulus Positioning System (AMPS)
- High Compression Molding (HCM) for increased fiber density
- Denser wall for faster response and blank recovery
- Optimized core and axial fiber material positioning

Monday, April 13, 2015