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.
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.
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?
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
Thank you the Fiberglass Manifesto for the review – http://thefiberglassmanifesto.blogspot.com/2014/05/midnight-creeper.html
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.
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.
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.
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.
Found a new material from Spirit River at The Northern Angler in Traverse City to play with on these cold Northern MI days and nights. It’s called Swamp Rat Zonker strips(SRZ). This material comes in Natural, Hot Pink, King Fisher Blue, Orange and Purple. I have been experimenting with the blue and orange for steelhead tubes. There is a sexy translucency to the fur that makes it shimmer in and out of the water.
When the weather breaks I will put in some more on the water R&D, but I fished these flies on the Big River with Jon Ray and Erik Rambo back when the weather co-operated in January and had 2 grabs on the swing, so the fish seem to like them too!
These flies are kind of a hybrid of old school streamer and “scandi style” tubes with few little twists. The first twist is that the SRZ has a hole punched into it and then is slid onto the tube so that it stands up nicely against the hackles as opposed to being lashed down flat on the tube. The other technique is that the front collar(s) are the SRZ spun in a dubbing loop with the skin cut away. It is then picked out with a needle. Speaking of the skin, it’s very thin and holds very little water making these flies very easy to cast. The wing also undulates, shimmies and shakes very freely.
This material is perfect for substituting in any fly that uses rabbit strips- Zuddlers, strip leaches etc.