Friday, May 8, 2015

Turkey Hunting 2015 - tagged out in week #1

Had a great time hunting with friends this week. The three of us all took birds, 4 total...... here are my two.

Bird #1 - Bearded hen, some people might balk at taking a hen in the spring..... But, I consider a bearded hen a rare trophy. We hardly ever shoot hens on the property even in the fall. This is the second one I've taken in 40 years of turkey hunting. 


Bird #2 - Gobbler 


my buddy Jim (left) and I with my gobbler....


tools of the trade - Richard Hudson Hen Box (the turkey's love this call) and my own homemade Ebony Trumpet Call....


Jim's bow killed gobbler...

Monday, April 27, 2015

Flying Ants in April?

Hey folks - I know summer is coming when the shop has me tying 30 dozen flying Cinnamon Ants.

That's a lot of ants.... but hey, they work and the fish love them. If a hopper is the cheeseburger in a Happy Meal then Cinnamon Ants are the french fries...... Fished as a dropper off the hopper it's a great combo for those dog days of summer. Here is the PFS version.

side view

bottom view - what the fish see...

PATTERN: 
Hook: #16 MFC 7000
Thread: 8/0 Uni Rusty Brown 
Front hump: small ball rusty brown DK dub 
Rear hump: rusty brown DK dub 
Wing: white MFC Widow Web, fairly thick, split. 
Hackle: 5-6 turns brown or furnace Whiting saddle. 
Use high-end hackle, we want this sucker to float on the Yellowstone!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Turpin Style Trumpet Call in Ebony

Hi folks - turned this turpin style trumpet today. Ebony horn with an ivory spacer, copper ferrule and Delrin mouth piece.





thanks for checking it out, Doug.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

I made this call today..... Osage with stacked leather mid section and a Delrin mouth piece...



thanks Doug.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Out for a Scout...

I went for a scout today to check out a new piece of land to turkey hunt.

I took along some toys to play with, from top to bottom: Richard Hudson Hen Box Snakewood over Spalted Pecan and my own Osage Trumpet and crow call...



What a great morning I had. Sunny and almost 65 degrees.... I was scouting a new area and slowly worked along the edges of it, lots of glassing the fields and looking for sign, but not seeing much.... I got to a likely looking corner of the field and woods and crow called into the woods.... nothing.... So, I sat down and had a snack and a cup of coffee, just enjoying the day. I had been sitting there about 30 minutes or so and decided to give my Hudson box a run and sent out a series of sweet old hen yelps.... A couple of clucks was my reward, from a hen not very far away..... I sent out a second series of yelps and got a reply yelp and then spotted the hen coming down the edge of the field coming right to me. I froze with no mask or gloves and a steaming cup of coffee by my side as I sat with my back up against a tree...... She came in to ten yards and then walked along looking for the hen down thru the woods.... yelping as she went. Well, we have at least one bird here I thought to myself, that's a good sign. After a while I moved on to the far side of the property.

At the far side of the of the property the woods meets a swamp and creek bed. I sat down on a fallen log and took out my osage trumpet that I had just made a few weeks ago. I sent out a few clucks and yelps as I leaned back against a tree and then heard a faint cluck in return.  Then another series of clucks, I clucked back and she yelped.  I yelped and then saw her coming, walking and looking for the hen she had heard. She was coming from my left looking intently for me...... She came to within 8 yards and kee-kee'd, yelp, yelp, yelp..... standing right in front of me. She then circled looking and walking a step or two and yelping and kee-keeing all over the place..... She walked all around me yelping and looking for the hen she just couldn't find...jumping up on logs and looking almost in a panic for a full 10 minutes or more..... what fun.... I think I'll be back here at some point in the season and see if we can find a gobbler!  Enjoy your hunts folks....

Sunday, April 5, 2015

My first.....

This is my first crack at making a crow call..... I used some beechnut and a plastic reed assembly. I'm not sure I like the shape of the call, but it sure sounds great...



Monday, March 23, 2015

I'm thinking turkey's and turkey tail nymphs. How about you?

Hi folks - it's been a while since I last posted but it's good to be back at the lathe turning a call. I've been looking forward to hunting season and taking a bird to supply more tail-feathers for tying my turkey tail stone fly nymphs. These nymph's are very active in early spring and a sure bet in our local streams, the trout love them.

Korn's Wire Head Turkey-tail Nymph


I made this simple, clean lined osage call yesterday for a little lathe practice. The trumpet has a delrin mouth piece that I turned and is 8-1/4" overall. My thanks for giving it a look.