True Mangled Fly

The death of a fly at the hands of a fish, is the inspiration that started the name Mangled Fly Media.The sad part of this story is this fly was never the same.  After Mr. Esox got ahold of it and turned it into true Mangled Fly.  It did not swim right ever again.  We had to put to rest this buck tail, rabbit strip, rubber leg, flashabou creation.  Will always have found memories of the fish we shared.

2013 week 1 Muskie Adventure

Well not really a week but 12 days of Muskie 2013 just came to an end, still have 3 more days planned and can’t wait to get back.  Wanted to throw up a quick pic, and give a couple highlights to the first part of the adventure.

    • First trip was 2 days with two new muskie anglers and we popped the muskie cherry on day one.  With each angler landing muskie, as I reported in a previous post we found the first tiger muskie on that trip.
    • First muskie on topwater was accomplished going into the next week.  Have this also on video and will be editing this with Erik Rambo.  Muskie video highlights from a couple days filming above and below the surface will be coming shortly.  Look for more on that soon.
    • Had a chance to guide two women for the first time for Muskie, with a bunch of rain falling the day before river came up and seemed like most fish changed there feeding lines, but we did land a Muskie that day along with a half dozen pike.  Ann M. picture to the (lower right) with her first ever Muskie on a fly.


  • Jay Hickey (below) first time Muskie angler with his first and also my biggest fish of the trip, was an end to the first part.  Great fish Jay!

First Tiger Muskie

Guided Chuck Hawkins to his first Tiger Muskie.  For those that don't know a Tiger Muksie is a hybrid between a Muskie and a Northern Pike.

Had a chance to guide Chuck Hawkins for a couple days, and we scored the first ever Tiger Muskie for both Chuck and myself.  For those that do not know I found this definition online at Wikipedia

The tiger muskie is the result of the true muskellunge (Esox masquinongy) and the northern pike (Esox lucius) interbreeding. The tiger muskie has some of the characteristics of both of these fish. The pattern of the tiger muskie is varying amounts of color with vertical dark stripes on a light background. The pattern on a tiger muskie very rarely is the same as a northern pike. The body is deeper than the body of either parent fish, but that is common in hybrid fish. The caudal fins are more rounded than the tails of true muskies. The tiger muskie has ten to sixteen pores on the lower part of its jaw.

Fly in the picture is one of my favorite sunny day streamer patterns for predator fish such as muskie, pike and now tiger muskie.  Fly is tied by Eli from Great Lakes Fly.  Called the Bingo.  If your a predator chaser you should get some, they work best for me personally when the sun is shining.  Here is a link to Eli’s site and other patterns.

Irons in the Fire

scott muskie rod

Working on a new clip for the Scott Rod Muskie Stick, Erik Rambo captured some very cool imagery here is a cropped out  pic (below) to keep you guessing but again with about 4 projects going on at once, some good stuff is almost on the way.  Another teaser but had to share, continue to check back as the next few weeks.  I would say 2-3 would should be able to release some new footage, and if you like the predator stuff this video will be to your liking.

muskie on a fly


Flymen Fish Masks

Experimenting and liking what the vise is turning out.  But the tail of the tape is on the river.  How will it swim, how are the materials acting?  But so far so good, the new Fish Mask from the Flymen Fishing Co. are pretty cool.  Check them out here.  A great product that really finishes off a fly well.  Again the water test will determine how it effects swim action.  I look forward to the testing.

More to come of this type of pattern (feel like I’ve been saying this allot lately), but seriously more to come soon.  Hoping video and still pics of this pattern in action.  Tying up more muskie patterns for the annual adventures.  Love the chase of this predator before the chrome.

Working with new materials from Flymen Fishing Co.  The fish mask -

Predator hunt has started

Had the chance to get out with the bigger guns for one of first times and took a pic of my Scott S4s with a foam based Dahlberg that I’m working on.  Almost have the weight to foam figured and will post more pics in the future.

scott fly rod

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


Public Meeting for Pike and Muskie regulations

Follow this link for more information about public meetings in your area for the NEW regulations regarding pike and muskie for 2013.  Public meetings will be held in March and April.

Titan Taper now in a New Color

Titan Taper

Smallmouth and Musky Favorite!

The Titan Taper has been a standard line in my boat for a couple years, and now that it’s coming out in a new color, I have a list of waters that are going to get the Titan treatment. Thank you SA!

This heavily weight forward fly line has been so good in the boat and from shore. If you are fishing large wind resistant flies, like bass poppers or 6-10″ Musky Flies this line works awesome. With it’s thin running line and textured surface you will be able to deliver your flies to the furthest target. The Titan now comes in sunset / willow which features a willow head to sneak up on wary fish and sunset running line to sight the direction of your cast.

The new Titan is available in 6-10 weight which is perfect for midwest waters.


Exciting new things for Musky in Michigan

Was just sent this article about the future of Musky in Michigan.  Have my fingers crossed that some new regulations and different tactics by the DNR will lead to exciting new fishing in our inland lakes.

Article by the DNR about what they have been up too regarding Musky!