New Go Pro Studios

With an off day today from the river, did my usual run around, and then caught up on emails, and household chores.  One of the emails I had in that long scroll of inbox was from GoPro, with a link to the new studio download.  The new studio is a definite upgrade.

  • NEW GoPro Edit Templates make it easy to create GoPro-style videos
  • NEW Trim, edit and mix video clips
  • NEW Add titles, music, audio tracks and more
  • NEW Fisheye adjustment control
  • NEW Adjust video playback speed for fast or slow motion
  • NEW Export video still frames at full resolution

So I took the new software for a quick spin.  The GoPro Studio is by no means as good as FinalCut but for just looking and doing a quick edit of some GoPro footage it does some really cool stuff.

I really liked the fact that I could export still images from video.  Below is an example, as we continue to play around with the Muskie footage we shot this past month.  Also another great feature is playing with the fisheye adjustment.  Haven’t tried that but plan on it.  Anyway check out the download if you self edit.  Link is above.

Last Day Chasing Muskie

 sunrise on muskie waters

My 2013 Muskie chase has come to an end as of today, but had one of the best sun rises of the year.  Brings to mind the old sailors saying.  Red Sky in the morning, sailors take warning.  As the last day brought with it 20-30 mph winds that chased us off a little early.  Now back to my home waters and the steelhead chase begins in full swing.  It’s truly a mix bag of emotions though.  While Muskie absorb you in every way and almost eat at your sole, I do love my leaping, jumping, cartwheeling, quick-running, dime silver friends that I will be coming home too.  I will miss the muskie waters and look forward to the chase in 2014.  During the winter thoughts and patterns will be developed and new techniques will come to mind. If any of this muskie stuff interests you I am booking additional muskie fly fishing guide days in 2014.  Feel free to contact me direct at

Thank you to all that joined me this fall season!


Picture of the Day – Biggest Muskie for Jerome to date

Jerome S. who started this adventure 3 years ago, today achieved a new PB (personal best) muskie.  Great fish Jerome, nice job.  Any muskie on a fly is a great fish, but some are always a little more special.

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