Homemade Cutting Edge Topwater Pattern

Have to say I like Jeff Hickman’s style.  Go Big or Go Home!

Spicy Crab and Smallmouth equals good fun

Sunny Day, high pressure (from anglers and mother nature) try the spicy crab.  Featured pattern in the Big Appetite Smallmouth DVD.  The next 4 months are prime smallmouth time.  Crabs other wise none as crayfish are not the big fly, sexy to tie patterns you read about they flat out catch fish. Plenty of open smallmouth dates open starting in July, once I get through the Hex cycle. Give me a call or shoot me an email.  July – September great months to chase the bronze back before muskie and steelhead seasons.

Brook trout or a Great White?

The aggressive nature of a brook trout reminds me of a Great White Shark sometimes, now the size and teeth on the other hand.  Just a different view of a brook trout coming to the boat on a soft hackle tied by John Ingham.  Thank you John.

Spot the Real McCoy – Picture of the Day

Been playing with Gray Drakes on a couple different rivers, and by far the best pattern I’ve found is the Real McCoy Gray Drake Spinner, today’s picture of the day is a bin full of real gray drakes and a couple imitations , can you see the difference?

 Need a Gray Drake spinner find the Real McCoy Spinner at Orvis.  Best Gray drake spinner out there.

Midnight Creeper Comment

Here is a comment from a happy customer regarding the Midnight Creeper.

Downloaded the Midnight Creeper video, amazed myself that I could do it given my Luddite acumen with computers. In looking at the fly’s action in the water wonderfully illustrated from a below the water shot I figured there was no way an average fly tier like myself could possibly tie it. The rabbit strip legs move like a real frogs and the foam cap would be way too complex for me to cut out. However, in a very well filmed illustration it is really a fly that anyone with basic tying skills can readily do. Ed’s clear and stepwise tying prompted by Jon Ray’s questions, that often were the very ones I was thinking of, makes this a great video to watch if you want a killer fly for night time fishing. The one thing that can drive you a bit crazy is Ed wraps backwards around the hook. I tried tying the Midnight Creeper but on a large streamer hook because I don’t have a bass hook yet and got a great result if its action in my bathtub is any test. As I don’t have that neat cutter to use on the foam I free hand cut it out and got a passable result. Now if I can just get a chance to use it! – Doc

The Fiberglass Manifesto Midnight Creeper Review

Thank you the Fiberglass Manifesto for the review – http://thefiberglassmanifesto.blogspot.com/2014/05/midnight-creeper.html

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https://vimeo.com/ondemand/midnightcreeper

Midnight Creeper is LIVE

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Check out our latest project.  A step-by-step educational fly tying experience with Ed McCoy, learn how he ties one of his best mouse patterns.  With many extra’s filmed in Night Vision.

Thank you Erik Rambo for all your work.  Very fun project to be a part of.

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/midnightcreeper

 

Smallmouth DVD now On Demand

With future project just around the corner about to be released, working with Vimeo Mangled Fly and Snap T Pictures have launched a Vimeo on Demand page.  First video  on our page is the Big Appetite Small Mouth DVD that we launched a couple summers ago.  Now you can watch this DVD at anytime on your computer.  Look for this page to grow over the next couple months, as Erik and I will be releasing more videos here very shortly.  Next video to be released with be the Midnight Creeper.

Big Appetite Small Mouth DVD from Mangled Fly Media on Vimeo.

Michigan is home to many great freshwater game fish. In this DVD, Michigan guides Jon Ray and Kevin Feenstra explore some of the great waters of West Michigan for smallmouth bass. Both Jon and Kevin have a great deal of experience with these hard fighting gamefish. The complete DVD features tips and techniques, as well as detailed, step-by-step instructions for a handful of their favorite smallmouth bass flies. Basics such as equipment and knots are also covered. This DVD is produced by Erik Rambo of Snap T productions. Erik is a professional videographer, known for his work in other fly fishing films. Music done by Mike Moran check out more of his work on his website.

Fly Minnow’s and Jigs

If you have heard me talk about smallmouth the past couple years you know all about the crabbing technique, well  the annual spring minnow hatch (salmon fry) has started on the most of our western streams, steelhead and trout are taking notice.  Using the same techniques that I use for smallmouth (chapter 3 of the DVD) , only instead of using a crayfish or hellgrammite pattern, but fishing with a 1-2″ minnow pattern and a float (bobber) can bring a couple extra fish a day.  One of the perfect size steelhead jigs that I’ve found is made by Wapsi, I like them in 1/32 size 6 or 1/16 size 4.  Here is a link to FishUSA.  I powder paint mine to match the colors that I like, white, pink, light blue, and black.  But fishing a small baitfish pattern near the bottom dead drift style in the spring is worth the little extra effort.