Fly Fishing Inland Ocean

If you love taking your fly rod to different places and chasing anything that swims, this book is going to help you update your “to do” list.  Jerry Darkes has just published a new book about all the great lakes and how to target anything that swims within these bodies of water.  From Salmon to smallmouth to carp.  So many ports, beaches, breakwaters, and river mouths to try, that an angler couldn’t do them all in a couple years.  But this untapped frontier needed a book like this, pick it up from your local fly shop or follow the link to amazon here.  The book will cover how to, when to, fly patterns, and so much more.

Also a bounce you might know the guy on the cover.  Will also be an assortment of Mangled Fly Media images within the pages as well.  Great job Jerry!

fly fishing the great lakes

Mis Fit Heads and future Muskie Flies

With a fresh 13″ of snow that fell have a couple days off to hit the vise pretty hard.  Have a new product I’ve been wanting to play with.  They are called Mis Fit Heads you can find them here at the Lund Fly Shop.  I think one of the hardest parts of finishing big flies, is making your heads look nice and sexy.  Also epoxy products can weigh down your patterns, so I’m excited to see how these new flies swim in open water once we thaw out.


Muskie Mis Fit Pattern


B&W Fly Underwater

Working on a project had the camera out yesterday, did a little taping here is a snippet.  Might take a few minutes to load, as I’m still figuring out the WP format for hosted videos.

Video was shot with the New GoPro3 Black 

B&W Fly

Trout Highlight Video

Ed McCoy had a couple trout presentations this winter so we dragged and dropped a couple video files together, here is what we came up with.  Sitting here in single digit temps the last week, really excited to go hit the water again this spring.

Mangled Fly Roberts Yellow Drake – Picture of the Day

photo by Kean Oh

Will always be one of my favorite shots, the mangled fly in the chompers of a nice fish.  Even though this Roberts Yellow Drake will never fish again, as this 19″ brown trout caught by Kean OH, was  disassembled in the battle.  Nothing better than holding a great fish caught on a great fly.  Nice job Kean!

Picture of the Day, – Pumpkin Seed

The panfish family has always had a special place in my heart.  Most likely from the fact that they are the first fish I can really remember targeting as a pip squeak youngster sitting on an end of a dock.  Fishing for hours upon hours.  So when this time of year comes around, I always have to head out and throw around the poppers.  If you have not visited bream  I would highly recommend them for the best assortment of poppers and other flies for warm water fishing.




Circus Peanut video on the way

Last week during one of the strong thunderstorms that rolled through our area.  Had a chance to sit down with Russ Maddin and Alex Lafkas,  and talk about fishing and watch them tie up a couple patterns.  Hope to get a chance to edit the video I shot with Russ on the vise, with one of his signature patterns the Circus Peanut.  Listening to Russ and Alex talk about patterns and techniques is an experience everybody should get a chance to have.  Monitor the blog for a the video post over the next couple weeks, listening and watching Russ tie will help everybody create better streamer patterns.  Thank you Russ for sharing this pattern.  If you do not have the Peanut in your arsenal you should!

Rag Style Clown Egg

I would say about 10 years ago a good friend and fellow fly-fishing guide at the time Fred Stueber showed me my first clown egg.  He also showed me a popular way how to tie an egg, popular that is out west, and the rag style clown has been a staple in my fly box since.

Just finished a how to tie video for the Hawkins site and thought I would also post it here, as it is one of my KISS Flies (Keep It Simple Stupid).

Rag Style Clown Egg

Indoor vs Outdoor Photography

South Bound Trucker on display

I find indoor photography much harder to do than outdoor photography.  I’m not sure why.  Maybe it’s all the prep work.  Setting up the tripod, finding the correct amount of lighting, getting the proper backdrop, and de-terming the proper depth of field.  Most of my indoor photography is step-by-step fly patterns.  Like the Russ Maddin South Bound Trucker that is on display above.  Where I shoot most my outdoor photography  free hand, and the mistakes that I make outside I can blame on mother nature, moving boat, or unhappy fish.  Where I find I have less excuses with indoor.  When a photo goes bad it’s on me.  I’m also more critical of my indoor photography.  Are the colors coming out, did I capture what the fly tier was creating.  As I continue to build my studio and purchase additional products to help with backdrops and lighting, I know I will capture better images.  Until then, enjoy some of the patterns, and hope they help you catch more fish.  Additional patterns can be found at the Hawkins Outfitters Articles page.