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May Fishing Video

Did a quick edit from this past weeks for the Hawkins YouTube Channel.  Highlights are from a good week of Dry Fly Fishing for Trout on the Upper Manistee River.

Hendrickson Hatch

Hendrickson Hatch Started

It’s a few days behind schedule but the Hendrickson Hatch has started, had a great day with Doc yesterday on the Upper Manistee beating up on some nice mid teener’s.  On our journey I did a quick highlight video for the Hawkins Outfitters YouTube page.  Thinking about doing more of this type of highlight video from a day’s journey please let me know your thoughts.

Also please subscribe to the Hawkins Channel on YouTube as the Boyz and I have plans to do more videos in 2018 and beyond.  Thank you for subscribing.

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Tying Streamers Continues – Pic of the Day

 

Spring Clearance Sale

Have limited sizes left on two of our popular Long Sleeve Performance shirts.  The remaining sizes are now 50% off .  Check out the Shop Page 

 

Brown Trout Sun Shirt

long sleeve camo shirt

tying streamers

Streamer season back to tying big flies

tying streamers

I’m back on the vise, after 6 months of steelhead flies, back to the big flies that can be used for trout, smallmouth, pike and muskie.  Had the last few days off and playing around with a few new patterns.  Working on dialing the weight so that the patterns will swim correctly.  While most of my water is still frozen (the northern Michigan inland lakes), getting a few patterns wet in the bath tub helps.

Picture above is the seeing eye rattle weight , curious what this guy does.  While most patterns that incorporate rattles have them lying parallel to the shank, thought I would try a little perpendicular , allowing the rattles to tumble from side to side.  Now will this cause the fly to walk the dog more?

Can’t really tell until you get out on the water and throw it with the sink tips and floating lines.  But the creative juices are once again flowing, and for the guys who have been checking out the site.  I’m sorry for the lack of content.  Promise to kick it up a notch for a while.  Thank you again.

JR

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Finished Huron Drifter

Here is a link below to the Finished Huron Drifter on their Facebook page,  if you followed along in the building process post. A don’t be worried I’ll be taking many more water pics with this craft in the coming months.  Happy with how she turned out, thank you Jason and Tracy for all your hard work.  Any questions about this boat give Tracy a call, let them know I sent ya, you will be well taken care of.

Jon Ray

Mangled Fly Stickers

Thoughts for a new Top Water Fly

These flying fish have me inspired to work on a new fly pattern and  retrieve, defiantly two handed retiree  to  the match speed needed, and just need to figure out how to cast a fly that has wings.  No mater this is a cool little video.

Mangled Fly Sticker

New Swing Fly Sticker

Mangled Fly Sticker

Have a new sticker, from our popular Swing Fly logo from last fall had a few requests for a sticker.  Now you can add the Mangled Fly Swing logo to your favorite cooler, truck window, or coffee mug.  Same great quality as the rest of our stickers.  Check it out and get yours today.

Sticker is approximately 7″x4″

Huron Drifter Boats

Huron Drifter

Excited to announce that 2018 I’ll have a new drift boat in the arsenal, working with Jason and Tracy I’ll be rowing a Huron Drifter this year.  I want to share a few pictures during the process as its being built.  But if your looking for a new drift boat make sure to give the guys a call.  During the test row last summer I was very impressed, and look forward to putting more time in the rowers seat in the coming months.  Will have a few custom touches that I’m excited about, especially for the dry fly angler. Follow along as the new 15″ Huron Drifter is being built.

Check out the Huron Drift online

Step 1: Laying out of the 15″ Foot Drifter

Step 2: Front Casting Brace

Step 3 : Working on the Floor

Figure Eight Super Light Video

With it being streamer tying season we have a new video on our Vimeo page to share.  Russ Maddin shares another streamer that is a must tie.  Using Egg Yarn for the head gives this Maddin creation great action.  Add a few of his techniques to your box and have a great trout season.  Make sure to watch until the end, as Russ breaks down what line and leader setup to use when fishing this great fly.