We need a fly tying thread. Here is what I've been tying for the Chesapeake Bay spring striper run. As soon as I get some blue buck tails I'm going to start tying some white and blue ones for SML. These are 6/0 Mustad Tarpon Hooks with lots of lead wraps added to them.
Post by greenmonster on Jan 12, 2015 11:29:55 GMT -5
Awesome Big J thanks for creating! I'll add a few pics here when I get a chance! Did you get out this weekend? Ice, weather, and family activities kept me off the water - my boat is sitting there on her charger though, just waiting . . . .
I didn't. I got the no go from the wife on taking the boat down to the inlaws for the weekend. Something about I've been driving around fishing too much and the hauling the Jeep and Boat to Roanoke wasn't wise use of gas. Psh. I was going to get out for some trout, but the cold snap the past week really would of slowed down the small streams. Decided to just spend the time with the inlaws and cash in another day. I'll probably be fly fishing for some river musky this weekend. Need to get the musky skunk over early this year. Had a nice eat on a figure eight in beginning of January but couldn't connect.
Post by greenmonster on Jan 19, 2015 13:18:47 GMT -5
I would go with a gray, then slight blue on top, maybe a little darker blue or even just gray with some dark blue crystal flash. So, white on bottom, gray, then some sort of subtle accent of blue on top. That's a great looking fly, btw!
Post by greenmonster on Feb 17, 2015 10:52:01 GMT -5
Big J - Had an opportunity to fish with Blane Chocklett for Muskie the other day and picked up an interesting piece of info that I'll pass on. First, a little set up - 3 years ago, I was pretty much hooking up and usually landing at least one striper each time I went. This past year has been terrible for me. A few hook ups, but not nearly as productive. I keep increasing the fly size, thinking that they need to see it.
Talking to Blane about it, he told me to go the other direction. Match the hatch and go smaller. The fish are eating peanuts, put a peanut out there. When the school darts away, your fly is the only thing left.
I started thinking about it and realized that my buddy, who has been outfishing me 10 to 1 has been using a smaller fly all this time. His wiggle minnow is almost exactly the same size as the peanuts I was netting at Bay Roc. Give it a shot, I'll be curious to see if it works.
BTW, I have to recommend Blane - he lives up to his reputation. Great Guide, great guy too.
The important question is, did you have any follows?
Those flies in the last picture are for the Salty stripers in the bay come April. I stick them on the foam so I won't fish them. The temptation is strong.
I actually had a friend tell me the same think a few weeks ago. Which reminds me, he never did email me that picture of the fly they are using on SML. The funny think is though, we had a day in October I believe, where a friend matched the peanut shad perfectly. Same size, same color, fish moving all over the place, nothing. It was actually comical. That is what made me try larger, but I plan on downsizing my flies for SML. Plan on messing around with smaller EP fiber flies as soon as I get this musky/bay striper kick over.
Post by greenmonster on Feb 17, 2015 14:16:16 GMT -5
Speaking of great river boat set ups, I was BLOWN AWAY by what Blane was running - 16' hog island with a 40/30 jet. You want to talk about a true purpose-built boat that does it's job flawlessly, that's the one. If I'd known those existed, I would have bought it 10 years ago and probably wouldn't be leaving ROA.
Those Hog Island boats are beasts. Heavy, but heavy for a reason. You can really beat them. I got a 16 ft jon that does a good job for the rivers and wide so it's good for casting and drafts little water, but would love a raft for floating rivers in low water....which we have had this winter.