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Cool flies Kim, would you mind sharing a recipe for the Vaskebjørn? That is a really cool looking bug

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mikechell, Golfer, thank you for the kind words and I agree about Kim's flys thumbs up.

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Thank you agn54 and Betty.

 

You start by tying a grizzly hackle at the hook bend, not by the tip buy the bottom of the feather were it's soft and webby. You take as many turns as you like. (I forgot to add bead chain eyes) then you tie in the bead chain eyes on top with two turns and twist them to the underside. The bead chain eyes should be more towards the back of the fly if you split the fly at the middle.

Then you add the hotspot (in my case Ice dub fluo. Hot pink) going from the eyes toward the back of the fly.

Then you use the same feather and tie it in by the but and do 3 turns in front of the bead chain eyes.

I don't remember the name of the dubbing color, but it was STF dubbing. You add more dubbing and at the eye of the hook you tie in the same hackle again by the butt, 1 maby 2 turns and you are done.

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mikechell, Golfer, thank you for the kind words and I agree about Kim's flys thumbs up.

Great stuff, guys. Hey Jack - last I heard, there's been some serious albacore fishing going on up north. A friend of mine went 7 for 8 one day last week, and the guy who was with him did even better. And that's from the rocks. You guys should be seeing some in your neck of the woods.

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Hey Peter, did those Redfish ever show up down your way? I had planned to check out the area near the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, but didn't quite get that far. Unlike last year there's not been many reports of them being caught up this way. At least not any place I could go.

 

I went fishing Thursday in one of the creeks near Cambridge & tried to find a few bass. That's all I found, a few. Landed one small bass, one small Crappie & lost a larger bass when my line got tangled in my Gheenoe & couldn't keep pressure on the fish. Still, I had the river to myself, the weather was great & it was better than staying at home with the honey do list! smile.png

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Jim, I've been checking all summer, every day at low and again at high, and I've seen exactly TWO fish that could possibly have been reds. (I'm not even sure what they were) Everybody's been finding the same over here - nada - zilch. There were some fish on bait at high tide last night in the channel behind the crab shacks, but I couldn't get them to hit and I couldn't tell what they were. They didn't make that popping noise that stripers make with their mouths, so they might have been reds. (???????) Whatever they were, they were sizable - I'm going back over at sunset & see if lightning's gonna strike twice. If they won't hit a snake fly or a woolly bugger, I might as well auction off my gear, because it's hopeless. The amount of bait around is amazing. Talked to a guy today who seines silversides to sell, and he says he's never seen so many. Something out there's gotta be hungry.

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Tidewater and PJ, I haven't seen many this summer either (not since mid June anyway). I did get this little guy in a trib off the lower Potomac last week on a goat hair/rabbit baitfish pattern. Caught a bunch of real small specks too so that bodes well for the future as long as it doesn't get too cold too quick.

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Yeah John, I'm convinced last winter's weather is what pushed the reds out of here. Maybe we'll get lucky this year; Mother Nature owes us one. Didn't see anything tonight (north wind howling) but there were definitely some interesting fish around last night. The old-timers here say we've still got time to salvage the season, so I'm trying to stay positive. FWIW - I talked to a guy today who has been catching a lot of stripers over in the Bay. I'd happily settle for bass at this point.

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I've read some recent reports that some Bulls are being caught in the Crisfield/ lower Honga area, but heck last year we had pups up here in the tribs of the Severn near Annapolis & up in the Potomac in the DC area! There was reported to have been a small trout caught this past week in the Severn however, so there's hope I guess. Funny how things change so drastically from one year to the next! wacko.png

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Guess that's what makes saltwater fishing such a challenge. You absolutely never know what's gonna happen. Hey, there have been a lot of bull reds down around the mouth of the Bay as well. Also, some kid weighed in an eight-pound trout recently, and my doctor caught a six-pounder, so I guess they're around. Could be that's what I saw the other night. I don't have enough experience with trout to identify them when they're on bait, but those fish weren't stripers or blues - that much I'm pretty sure of. The good trout fishermen around here are notoriously closed-mouthed when it comes to their spots. It's easier to get information on tarpon than trout. Every man for himself.

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Peter, it's gotten to the point that the good anglers keep their mouths shut everywhere these days. If they don't next time they visit a favorite spot, there will be 100 boats there. Can't blame them. I've been checking Tidalfish quite a bit & there's been reports of both trout & Reds down in VA, but most are from the other side of the bay from where you are, and all are "general" reports. There's some being caught up in MD, but the few reports are from the lower end of the bay. I've yet to read any from fly anglers unless they're fishing from a boat. Capt Brady Bounds has reported some fly caught Reds & trout, but again he's fishing from a boat & most of his on flies are after they find them with other tackle I believe.

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