Saturday Shoutout / Gone Missing

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What’s the point of even owning a fly rod if no one ever files a missing persons report on you?

Maybe I just love this because I have been that guy. Dry fly season is time for us all to go missing, even if only in our own minds. Who hasn’t pushed the envelope a little? Josh Greenberg, writing for Gates Au Sable Lodge, sums the feeling up perfectly.

TAKE A FEW MINUTES FOR A GOOD READ AND A CHANCE TO GO MISSING ON THE AU SABLE.

“GONE MISSING”

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Fishing Dog Friday / Indy

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Meet Indy, half lab, all awesome.

Indy calls Roscoe, NY home and can often be seen chasing, and sometimes catching, waterfowl on the Delaware River. His dad, Bryn Bode, can always count on Indy for some decomposing deer parts he finds along the bank. Thanks Indy! I guess that explains the tongue action.

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Fly Fishing Runoff Can Mean Fish On

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by Johnny Spillane

HAVE YOU EVER SHOWED UP AT A RIVER AND FOUND THAT INSTEAD OF THE CRYSTAL CLEAR WATER YOU WERE EXPECTING, YOU’RE STARING AT CHOCOLATE MILK?

Here in the Rocky Mountain this is a relatively common experience. It can happen for a number of reasons, huge rainstorms, someone doing river work above you or just your normal spring runoff. Don’t fret; while it might not be ideal, here are a few tips that can help you find some fish.

If the water is only slightly off color, you can basically use the same flies that you would if it was clear, just make everything a size or two larger. Instead of a size 18, put on a 16 or a 14. If that is not working, try adding a little bit more flash to your rig. We typically use flies with very little flash, but if the water is off color it can make a big difference in the amount of fish you stick just by changing to something that will reflect a little more light. If you were using a pheasant tail, try tying on a flash back pheasant tail and sometimes that is the only thing you will need to change.

If the water looks like chocolate milk, go big and go flashy. Those size 22 zebra midges that you planned on tying to 6x, that aint gonna work. I like to tie on a large white zonker and dead drift it with some sort of big buggy stonefly like a Pats Rubber leg. In off color water, fish will lose some of their inhibitions and hit anything that they can see. You just have to make sure that they see it. This is also a great time to experiment with different streamers that make noise, anything that will help draw a fish towards you fly.

Fishing runoff can also be one of the best times to hit a river. If it is fully blown, it might be better to explore other options but if a river is on the downside of its peak flows and it is starting to clear up, fishing can be phenomenal. Fish that are spread out all over the river during normal flows will congregate in areas of softer water during runoff and usually if you find one fish, you find 20. When the river is really high

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You Can Mouse Just About Anywhere

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EIGHT YEARS AGO, I GOT FED UP WITH READING ARTICLES ABOUT PEOPLE ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY AND ABROAD FLY FISHING WITH MOUSE PATTERNS AND LANDING TRULY GIANT TROUT.

It seemed every medium I read or watched, there were people showcasing how productive mouse fishing could be. The only problem was, where I lived in North Georgia, as well as the majority of my neighboring states, I heard very little about anyone fishing mouse patterns. You’d find a few patterns here and there in the fly bins at the local fly shops, but in actuality, I think most of those were being fished on farm ponds for bass not for trout. I couldn’t take it any longer, so I decided to go on a mousing binge, strictly fishing mouse patterns on my days off. I really wanted to figure out if mouse patterns would work just as well on my home waters as they did on blue ribbon caliber trout streams.

My first big brown trout fishing a mouse pattern.
It didn’t take long to find success. My second trip out I landed a 26 1/2″ wild brown trout on my home tailwater. It was one of the biggest documented fly caught brown trout on the surface that anyone could remember for quite some time. I then moved on to some of my favorite small mountain streams where I’d never heard of anyone tying on and fishing a mouse pattern. Again, my mouse experiment yielded incredible success, and I quickly turned into a mouse fishing enthusiast. I didn’t know if I was having luck because no other anglers were fishing these big mouse patterns, or if it was simply that very few anglers in my area were willing to accept mice were regularly being preyed upon by our local trout. I didn’t know for sure, but in all honesty, I didn’t really care. Success was success, and I was going to milk it before everyone caught on.

Here’s What I learned about Fishing Mouse Patterns that first year.
You can just about fishing mouse patterns anywhere with success. Do not exclude small trout streams.
Although you seem to catch bigger trout on average with mouse patterns, I did find smaller trout will aggressively eat them as well.
Brown trout aren’t alone, rainbow trout, brook trout (char), and steelhead will chomp on mouse patterns too.
I learned there are other ways of fishing mouse patterns other than the traditional down and across skating technique. On smaller streams in particular, I had very good success

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Dunnigan’s Panty Dropper Nymph

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By Bob Reece Dunnigan’s P.D. Nymph is a trout magnet. As I’ve moved further into my fly tying and fishing journey, I’ve been blessed to meet some outstanding people.  Casey Dunnigan happens to be one of them.  A skilled welder by trade, his ability to create with his hands is evident in his fly tying as well. Casey’s inspiration for designing his Panty Dropper (P.D.) nymph pattern, came as a result of extensive time collecting live specimens.  He wanted a highly accurate P.M.D. imitation that combined realistic traits, like the fibbett antennae, with enough subtle flash to set it apart from the underwater mix.  The enlarged wing case of the pattern is perhaps its most dynamic characteristic.  This element was included to parallel the distended state of that feature in naturals as they near emergence. I was lucky enough to get my hands on this pattern a few years ago when I traded Casey a dozen of my Beefcake Beetles for equal amount of his P.D. nymphs. The dozen that I received were size sixteens.  Casey typically ties and carries the range of eighteen to fourteen.   It was late summer when we made this exchange.   In the weeks that followed I spent several days on a few of my favorite steams throughout Wyoming and Colorado.  I was blown away by the effectiveness of this pattern as it produced multiple days of more than thirty fish to my net. Every once in a while a pattern comes along that truly sets itself apart from others.  I firmly believe Dunnigan’s Panty Dropper to be one of those.  This highly accurate imitation turns fish at level that I’ve seldom seen.  Whether you tie or buy, take the time to add this bug to your nymphing arsenal this year. Watch this video … Continue reading

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The Finer points Of the Client Guide Relationship

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There’s not much better than the feeling you get when angler and fishing guide work together like a well oiled machine.

Regardless of which role you play in that relationship, it’s in your best interest to work together toward a common goal. Unfortunately that’s not always the way it works. Often the relationship is strained and stressful for both parties. If you have a regular guide you fish with, it’s probably not an issue, but getting to know a new guide, or client, can be tricky.

Since I do a lot of saltwater fly fishing, I do a lot of fishing with guides, both as a client and just swopping turns on the bow with a friend. I’ve had good and bad experiences and learned how to get along fishing with just about anybody.

I’ll try and share a few thoughts that might make your days on the water more productive and pleasant, whether your the angler or the guide.

COMMUNICATION

Most human relationships boil down to communication. I mentioned working together to achieve a common goal. All too often flies hit the water with guide and angler having different goals in mind. It’s worth having a conversation about early on, and it should be a conversation. If the angler has a goal in mind that just isn’t realistic, a good guide will give them some perspective on the challenges. A good angler will listen to the guide and decide if they are willing to accept the risk of failure.

It’s important to be realistic about your needs. If you are an angler who needs to catch fish to be happy, don’t fight your guide when they try to put you on fish. If as a guide, you have an angler who is truly more interested in the challenge than the numbers, respect that. Never bullshit your guide about your skill level. They will find out soon enough exactly what kind of angler you are.

RESPECT

The foundation of any good relationship is mutual respect. It has nothing to do with who’s a better caster or who’s paying who. It’s the kind of basic respect due any good person and it will make your day a whole lot better. A good guide never assumes his client is an idiot, even if the last hundred were and a good angler never judges his guide on his bank account. Always remember that a boat only has one captain and in the end, especially where safety is concerned, his word is final.

ACCEPT THE LEVEL AT WHICH YOU’RE OPERATING

It’s important for the guide and angler to each understand their strengths and weaknesses. I’ll give you an example of what I mean.

I recently spent a very windy day on a flats boat with a guide I’d never fished with before. The first bonefish I had a shot at was

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Sunday Classic / 3 Tips For Better Bonefishing

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CHANGE THE RETRIEVE BEFORE THE FLY

If the bonefish are following your fly but not eating it, the fly may not be the problem. As fly fishermen, we always want to blame our fly. I think this comes from trout fishing and the idea of matching the hatch but often, whether fishing in fresh water or salt, the problem is the presentation and not the fly.

When you cast your fly to a bonefish and he keys on it and follows the fly for a good ways, then turns off, generally it’s the retrieve he doesn’t like. Often changing it up will solicit the bite. If you’re stripping slow, speed up. If you’re stripping long, go short. Most often I find that a series of short fast strips followed by a pause does the trick. The beauty is that you can make this change immediately and catch the fish at hand.

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Saturday Shoutout / Drop Off Panic

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Cast, mend, drift…Panic ensues.

Every angler knows that drop-offs are trout magnets. Anywhere our friends are found, you can drift a dry fly through a riffle and out over deep water and expect something good to happen. Take that scenario to the Limay river in Argentina and the experience can be magical.

In this short film, Argentine film maker Pablo Saracco does just that. I had the pleasure of fishing with Pablo on the Limay a couple of years ago and I’ll never forget it. You can check out Pablo’s Youtube Channel for more great fishing action in Argentina.

JOIN ME ON THE LIMAY AND PARANA IN FEB OF 2008. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.

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Fishing Dog Fridays: Trigger

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MEET TRIGGER, THE GERMAN SHORTHAIRED POINTER.

Those ears tell the story of a happy dog. Trigger calls Wheat Ridge, Colorado home. He started his career as a bird dog but these days he’s taken to the river with his dad, Josh Duplechian. Trigger is known along the mighty Colorado for taking a dip at the worst possible time. His special skill is his flawless impression of a pyramid anchor. His favorite treats include children socks, entire bags of M&M’s and chicken feed.

Trigger looks like a dog who has his priorities in order. I think we call all learn a lesson from him and let our ears fly once in a while. Thanks for sharing Josh!

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G&G / Fishpond Fishing Dog Photo Contest: Winner

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If that dog can’t find fish I’ll eat my trucker hat.

Congratulations to Ryan Forbus. This photo of his fishing buddy Mason, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. That’s as regal a fishing dog as I’ve ever seen. For his good looks, Mason will enjoy a new collar, food and water bowls, and dog bed from Fishpond. Ryan has chosen XXX to receive a $250 donation from G&G and Fishpond.

We received a landslide of great dog photos for this contest. So many beautiful images it was hard to pick just one. Since it doesn’t seem fair to keep them to ourselves, over the next few weeks, we will be sharing some selections on Fridays. Stop by for Fishing Dog Fridays and get your dog fix from G&G.

Thanks to everyone who contributed and a big thanks to Fishpond for their generosity and support.

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