Stealth Bomber Fly but soon realized that I had failed to add any pics of this fly in the mouth of a bass or any instruction on how to tie this little wonder bug. So with the purpose of getting a few bass pics with the fly in the mouth, I took an hour off and hit the local pond. They are not the biggest fish I have seen hooked with this fly but with the hour I had to fish in the heat of the afternoon, they ain't a bad catch.
Kent over at FlyFishGA.com who I come to find out was a native of my area of SC. Gotta love the local boys. On his website you will get one of the best in-depth descriptions of not only how to tie up this bad boy but also how to cut the pattern for the foam as well as how to fish it. This site came in especially handy for me since the first few hook sets I tried while fishing this fly very nearly ended up with the hook being neatly set in my right eye. I soon learned that a strip set is best despite the automatic reaction most of us have to raise the rod tip.
Anyway, click over and check it out, especially the PDF on how to tie this fly. Great fly Kent and thanks again to Kev for getting me hooked on this fly.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
got some instruction from Kevin. I tied a few up in white to augment my box and then a few more in black. I have to admit that I had to consult the instructions a few times during the first tie job - my memory for specifics of each fly is a bit hazy and I tend more often than not to just wing it.
As the hours passed I fell back on the good old Woolly Buggers and rabbit strip streamers and hooked into a few bass.
Overall it was a morning well spent even if it took me so long to tie those flies up. One things for sure, I would never make it as an expert tier. How those guys whip out dozens upon dozens of flies in as many minutes as it takes me to set up my vise I'll never know.
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Monday, April 16, 2012
I think panfishing is so fun because they always take stuff off the top. rarely if ever are you going to test your line strength on these fish (though I have landed a few that could have easily filled a standard sized skillet) but you are never going to be disappointed with their takes of stuff off the top.
Back then they would have scoffed at the idea of catch and release primarily because food was never something you threw away. In fact I imagine if you would have asked about their catch and release views they would have looked at you for a long minute and say something to the effect that 'occationaly one got off the hook but with a good set you can easily bring them in.'
Don't get me wrong, I would never pull a bugger out of a big bass's mouth in favor of hooking a bluegill and I would always choose a trout water over a bream pond if the two were side by side but for a few hours to kill and no time to head to the mountains, fishing for these little (and sometimes skillet sized) panfish is non stop action at its finest. All fly fisherman can agree that any fish that consistently takes dry flies off the top is a worthy and fun species to catch.
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Saturday, April 14, 2012
Watercolor on Paper
11in. x 14in.
I also thought that I would give you a quick photo montage of my activities of the past weeks. It is the least I could do for my absence from the blogging community.
First thing was a trip to the beach with the family and a few friends. We got rained on one night really hard but the kids and I loved it. The raccoon that stole my sausage from a cooler five feet from where my wife was washing the camping dishes also loved it.... We had grits for breakfast the next morning.
One thing I did get was an nomination for best in show. I of course didn't win anything but it was just nice to be noticed for my first show.
I also got some time to do some bass fishing on a fly rod. No biggies but It was still fun to wet a fly.
Barbos con Mosca for your own copy of the book. His publisher was kind enough to send me a few copies for myself and a few close friends but if you want one then you will have to look to him. If you have time, at least stop by his site and check how they do it over the pond. He has some great pics and great advise if you have a translate option on your computer.
I did do a whole lot more in my blogging absence but most of it was mundane or personal and would bore you to death so I'll end on a high note. I think was the longest I have gone in three years without posting or checking blogs. It was good to have the down time but now it feels good to be back at it. I hope you survived reading this post and if you didn't then your not reading this anyway
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