Monday, October 29, 2012

Garbage Bag Sulpher Mayfly

Jim Misiura ties a series of flies he calls his "Garbage Bag Series".  These are a group of flies featuring wings made of various plastic bags.  The bags are those of which I get my groceries in and other big box store purchases.  I saw his videos and was intrigued and decided to give them a try.  In the end, as you can see below, I think the wings worked very well.  Easy to do and I have grey, tan, white and green bags to try... I like 'em!

See Jim's "how to" video's on YouTube here: Garbage Bag Flies by Jim Misiura


I tied three variations of Sulphurs using tan garbage bags as wings on size #16 scud hooks.

PT tail, dubbed body and thorax and garbage bag wings - no hackle.

Same tie as the first fly only with a PT body as well as the tail.

Here I added a light ginger hackle... 


Monday, October 22, 2012

Meat fishing - Perch with my buddies




Some of my old friends and I went perch fishing out on Irondequoit Bay here in NY.  We had lots of fun and laughs.  Good friends and excellent perch fishing is hard to beat.  We were out to put some meat in the freezer and we did just that taking about 200 perch... I can almost taste them now!














Sunday, October 21, 2012

Turkey hunt...


Yesterday was opening weekend for turkeys in NY and my buddy Ben and I both took birds.  Ben shot his in the morning and I took mine in the afternoon... This was my only weekend to hunt with my knee surgery scheduled for October 30th.  The doctor says I'll be down and out of hunting and fishing for about 4 weeks... Even so I am planning to hunt opening day of the gun deer season on Nov. 17th.  Lucky for me the birds were working the fields and I could drive the four wheeler right near my blind.

Ben with his bird, a double bearded gobbler 7" and 2".



I took this hen at 5 pm. in the pouring rain at 48 yards.


Monday, October 15, 2012

a "Crossing Over" of sorts - to fish the cane...

I've been looking for a long time for my first bamboo fly rod... I wanted a classic.  Last week I purchased it and she came today.  An original Orvis Impregnated Battenkill, 5 3/4 oz., 9 foot, 3/2 (3 piece with 2 tips), HCH or 7 wt., built in 1949 at the Orvis shop by John Rosencrantz.  Just what I wanted and she's in excellent all original condition... perfect.

I just came in from lawn casting it with a 6 weight line.  The rod seems to like that line but more casting will be done to find just the right line weight for this fine rod, but oh she feels good.  I bought it for the bigger waters of the Yellowstone, Gardiner and the Delaware Rivers to cast big flies and catch big fish, can't wait.

she's a beauty...




Monday, October 8, 2012

On the Delaware - it's not just about the fishing...

My son Scott and I fished the Delaware River this weekend.  We fished the Main Stem on Saturday and the West Branch on Sunday.  This trip had a little bit of everything.  Saturday it was cold and windy with rain on and off making for some difficult fishing with only a few bugs hatching.  BWO's, Sulphers and some dark brown caddis were all that I saw in very small numbers and zero Isonychia's on this trip.  Later in the evening, just before dark we were able to catch a few and lose a few on Wiese's Coachman Clacka Caddis and some dark brown Korn's Spent Wing Caddis flies.  But the highlight of the day for me was seeing a bald eagle flying low, down the river towards us with a fish in it's talons.  It landed on the bank right behind us and started tearing and eating it... very cool.


A Bald Eagle and his fish... 


Later in the day we watched a Heron as it hunted not 10 yards from Scott.  It caught a mouse, killed it and then swallowed it whole... Seems everybody was on the hunt this weekend.


On Sunday morning the fishing was off with no bugs hatching and a cold front moving through.  Needless to say we didn't catch anything, however I did manage to sink a size #14 caddis fly deep into my ring finger well beyond the barb, which by-the-way was not mashed down.  That got me hopping.  Scott then got a "hands on" lesson on hook removal 101.   He did the honors using some 2x leader around the bend of the hook while I pushed down hard on the eye of the hook, giving him the nod to yank away, he popped it out... Yooowza!  (sorry no photos of that)

Near mid-day it got a little nicer with temps rising from the 40's into the 50's.  Even so, we saw very few trout rising and had some slow fishing until we went to throwing some meat.  The old faithful Simi-Seal Leech in black seemed to do the trick and we were back in action.  (for tying instructions see my YouTube video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJ4A9VM0FtQ&feature=plcp)

Then it was back to Scott's house for some football and Erin's hot minestrone soup to warm us up for dinner.

All-in-all a great weekend with my son and more memories made, who could ask for more!

Scott with a nice West Branch Delaware River brown trout caught on a black Simi-Seal Leech.