Friday, August 4, 2017

Hex Time. Again.

That time of year again, when the Hexes are popping and the fish are noticing. Now, these are a
mayfly that comes off the water in the dark. So the numbers I actually see on the water are minimal. Also, we don't see any of the massive blanket hatches that hexes are famous for on other waters. More likely I'll be clued into them by the fish. First off, the bass become reluctant to take other offerings. I will also see increased surface activity as the fish starting hitting duns and emergers.

Towards dusk, I can often count on some good topwater action on flies designed for this time of year. Usually Hex duns and emergers. This year I introduced an new pattern to this mix. It's a variant of my GFC in yellow, and appropriately sized. So far it has done very well.

Vid clip of some of last season Hexing included.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tie it, Try it: The Clouser.

A little bit of a spot light on the Clouser Minnow. If you fish for smallmouth, this fly should be in your arsenal.

What I did was tie one up, take it from the vise and tied it on the line, then took it out and fished it.

I've talked about the clouser on this blog before I am sure. It would have been hard not to have. Every year this pattern gets me a lot of fish, and a lot of really good fish. It's one of those patterns that just seems to be able to produce more exceptional fish than others.

The colours I use on my flies are Red ( or orange ) over yellow, with a few strands of red crystal flash. Most of my ties are sizes 2 - 4.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

From Dunlop 7-10-17

Some video footage from the other night. Exemplifies the lakes issue with juvenile bass. I do not see this type of ratio on other lakes. Far. far less juveniles on those. A bigger fish closes out the clip. A Clouser minnow did all the damage on this night. The large fish took me way longer to land than usual. Not sure what was up with that. You can see in the video that I'm not being easy on him. You can also see he's not being easy on me, fighting hard right till the end.

Monday, July 10, 2017

On Dunlop tonight.

I've talked about why the bass season up here was extended all year. Non native fish with a disproportionate population of juvenile fish depriving native species of forage. This doesn't apply to all lakes in the region. Some I fish I rarely see juvenile fish. On others you see them mixed into the catch like one would expect. Then there's the lake I live on. Dunlop. The number of juvenile bass in this lake is extraordinary. Just silly. There are some nights were I am literally catching them one after the other on seemingly every cast. As a result of this overpopulation of juveniles, the lake gives up it's bigger fish far more rarely than most other lakes I fish. It should say something in the that if I want good bass, I will travel from this lake to other locales.

Tonight was a good night by Dunlop standards. Not only did I catch a lot of bass, but the there were some better fish in the mix, with one decent fish. The vast majority were caught on a floating line setup with a clouser. After a couple of hours though, it stopped producing, and I went to the full sink. This did get into fish, but notalotta.

The release.
Now, the one good thing about the juvenile population on that I have no more qualms about culling those fish than I do panfish. They should be culled. It's a good thing for the lake in general.