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.