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This blog is about my life as a fly fisherman, guide, and fly fishing instructor in and around Northern Virginia and Washington D.C.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Brown Trout Podcast | A Life History + Memorable Brown Trout Caught While Fly Fishing

If  you want to stream the brown trout podcast, you can stream it by clicking here
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I talked about a few memorable brown trout that I have caught in the past 15 years. Here are the pictures and some stories behind them. I've gone through the computer and tried to find some good pics, can't find all of them.


This is the biggest trout I have caught in Virginia. Taken on the dumbest looking foam bug.
This small brown has a belly full of salmon eggs. It was barfing them up the whole time it took to unhook and photograph.

My largest brown trout ever. Taken on a sucker spawn meth fly in the DSR section of the Salmon River, NY.



My first trout landed on a mouse fly. This was on the Dream Stream section of the South Platte in Colorado. 

 It was also the week I started to cut my own hair. I've gotten better.
 This brown had the most amazing coloration. On a bacon streamer above Lake Dillon in Colorado in 1999.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Summer Turns To Fall

I can officially state that my mind has turned to fall fishing. I just put an order in with Orvis for a bunch of steelhead fly tying materials (which have arrived). I already have a bunch but needed to stock up on guinea fowl feathers and intruder shanks.

Take a listen to Mark Gardener (from  Ride) - Summer Turns To Fall 

It may be super hot this week in DC, the hottest weather of the year (and of course our condo pool closed on Monday).

Here are some of the other signs that fall fishing is about to blow up:

  • Pumpkins on sale today at the grocery store
  • Instagram accounts are having more and more salmon and steelhead TBT
  • (I took a week break and am picking back up here)
  • I've ordered a bunch of tying materials for the Salmon River
  • I just booked four nights at the Trestle Pool Lodge
  • Oreo's is releasing a pumpkin spice cookie
  • It gets darker earlier and lighter later in the day (lower photoperiod)
  • I'm drinking hot tea right now
  • Wet wading gear has been removed from my car
  • Where are the flannel sheets?
  • Lots of great salmon pics from Alaska on social media right now
  • Oktoberfest beer is in the fridge
  • This blog idea sounded good a week ago and now I've forgotten most of what I wanted to say
  • The discussions at Beer Tie this month were mostly about planning salmon and steelhead trips
  • Water temps are cooling down and the fish will start actively feeding more
  • River vegetation is going to start to die back
  • Orvis will send out Orvis Days reminders soon
  • The summer buzz cut is growing out
  • Acorns all over the sidewalk
  • The American shad fry are starting to school up and the bass (LM, SM, Striped) are gorging on them.


 I've been watching this video

Monday, September 1, 2014

Meade's Gutless Frog | It Works

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say I have not caught a bass (on the fly as opposed to any other method) since the Snakehead Tournament. That was the start of summer. Today summer ends as school starts back up, our pool closes, and traffic will become horrendous.

My family met up with Rebecca this morning out in Reston. My wife wanted to try her stand up paddle board aka SUP (do you have to change the name if you sit down on one?) and I brought the drift boat.

Summer may be over based on the calendar but this is going to be the hottest week of the year with temps around 96 tomorrow. I was uncomfortable in the heat for the first time today with morning temps at 91. We got on the water around 9am. The wife took to the SUP like a pro as she does with any athletic undertaking. Rebecca and I worked the shoreline. First we had a purple wormie on under a thingamabobber and it worked. One bluegill had a caterpillar sticking out of its throat yet still ate the wormie. Then a bass.

After we got the skunk off it was time to try the frog. I was on the oars while Rebecca cast an 8wt with the gutless frog. If you didn't watch the video on how to tie it, click below:


It was my goal to catch a bass on this fly today. The pixie wanted to row.


She wanted to cast. Ended up sticking the rod straight to the bottom. She's learning.

 This bluegill ate the wormie. It also had a huge caterpillar sticking out of its mouth.


Davenport throws the frog to shore and the water explodes. After a brief fight and a sweet rod bend the fish is landed. I am amazed. This fly is too fantastic. I feel like I just discovered Oreos or something.
Rebecca holds out her prize. That is a 3 year old bass from my home waters. I've now been fishing there for 34 years. Wow.
My turn to fish. It has been a long time since I fished from the boat, say, the snakehead tournament? All covered up with my +Virginia ProjectHealingWaters  buff and my Flyin' The Flats shirt. It is the softest shirt I own so expect to see it on me often.
Their first time on the boat. Looking like they've been there before.
I get my first bass in months and I get it on the gutless frog!
Then the ladies fished. The wife sight cast to a monster grass carp and a monster common. Both around 20+ pounds.
My turn again. Then the pixie got restless and we headed back.
We fished while they paddled.



 

I'm glad we got to fish this fly with fish eager to eat it. You'd be surprised at the size of this fly and the fish that ate them. Go tie one and fish it before summer is over.













Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Matching The Shad Fry Hatch | Stripers at Dusk

Last night was the first shad fry sighting of the season. All of the baby American shad born in the spring have suddenly appeared. We saw a school around the outflow of Four Mile Run just before dusk. As the tide came in (high tide was 9) we started to see the shad fry begin to breach the water's surface as they fed.

I cut off my client's fly and put on a 4" Clouser minnow as soon as the breaches became a regular event. Time to match the hatch. As the sun set we began to see signs of stripers moving up and into the top of Four Mile Run. Those splashes could not be mistaken for any other fish.

My client and I began our walk out and I had him casting to the Alexandria shoreline. Stripers were busting bait all around us. Baby shad lept out of the water to eat bugs all around us.

I began to film the shad popping out of the water. And as with all videos you see on Facebook, 'you'll never believe what happens next".

Enjoy:



If you don't know how to tie a Popsicle, here you go: 


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Simple Redfish Crab Fly Pattern



If you listened to the most recent podcast (Charleston) you know I got into a redfish recently. I was fairly unprepared for this trip as I'd never targeted redfish. I wanted to tie a fly that would bring fish to hand. I did some minimal research and found a simple crab pattern from the Itinerant Angler forum. I'd post a picture from there but you have to be a member of the forum to see images.


Ingredients:
  • Barred craft fur
  • Medium dumbell eye
  • Diamond braid (rootbeer, pink, etc)
  • Size 4 saltwater hook
  • Mason hard mono 20lb for weed guard (not in video)


 Here is the video:




 
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