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Rivers to salt
Hi - I live and fish in New York state.. spring is trout in creeks, summer is smallmouth in rivers and lakes, and in the fall - salmon and steelhead in the tributaries. I mostly flyfish all the above,
February Flies from the Vise
Made these for smallmouth in the Finger Lakes of New York. First time trying out Surface Seducer 'double-barreled' popper bodies by Flymen. Won't know how they fish for a few months yet.
Guess what....a 2wt
that,s interesting Steve..i really enjoy bluegill fishing with a 4# rod, so i tried a 3# rod..what a difference 20 grains makes..i did not like it at the slightest wind you had to back off y
Any of you kayak guys have thoughts about the Anchor Wizard?
I know a few people who have the Anchor Wizard. The real advantage of this system is when fishing lakes or ponds that are real deep. Easier to crank the anchor up than trying to pull it up from 30 to
Itís Popper Time again
Philly and Mike, thank you for the info. Good advice and insights, have several long Winter months here to work and experiment. Have lot of foams, propellers, balsa, basswood, tiny spin blades; even
Stocker trout
Ah, this discussion just in time for trout camp! Camping and fishing to rainbows and browns for 5 days this week in southeast OK. In Oklahoma you have winter time put and take fisheries, where the tro
December flies from the Vise
Interesting! Any other big smallmouth flies tied this month?
hello all from ohio
Hello,           Ive lurked here for awhile,  finally joined. Been Fly Fishing and tying right close to 30 years now. Awesome sport and hobby. I mainly target the Brown T
Fast Action Rod?
In what way did the fast action rod feel better? What casting experience provides you with a baseline for judging rods? Not trying to pick at you or your question (which is a good one), just trying
November Flies from the Vise
Recipe, please.   scorpio   (i omitted rubber legs)
Show Us Your Tube Flies
Here's a different take on tube flies.   I tied them up a couple of years ago.  The picture quality is hit and miss and so are the flies.  I've used them a couple of times.  T
Fly Tying Events
pat cohen is coming to the early show nov 12 in oakbrook il    sponsored by illinois smallmouth alliance and drift
Bass fly line question
You said the S/T line that you have has been working for you, so, if it was me, I wouldn't spend the money on another sink tip unless it was going to do something that the current one doesn't, e.g. si
What flies to start with?
Where can you find lake trout within 1 or 2 hours of Philadelphia? I've lived and fished my entire life in this area and Don't know of a single lake close to philly with lake trout. I assume you are t
Crazy Dad With Under Water Footage
This small crawdad streamer works so well, I was catching fish I want even targeting with it.  I went out fishing for carp, and got a carp and even some smallmouth bass.  In fact, the carp I
Materials List for a Beginner
I’m  new to the Fly Tying Forum and  I’m very new to fly tying and fly fishing for that matter.  I started tying flies just a few weeks ago.  Right now I have a very ba
Couple days on the Au Sable
Spent a couple days back up on the Au Sable with my fishing buddy Mark. Had a great time as always. Nothing overly big this time but some decent 12"-14" trout and a wide variety of species on the spey
Swap fly caught fish pictures,
From my first swap a year ago.   2nd Annual Largemouth/ Smallmouth..As long as it floats swap.   Dorado. bentwing.  jjs89y.  Mandog.    The last two were caught today on
Nymph or Flymph or Soft hackle wet fly
What differentiates the three. What would you call this, besides ugly.  I've noticed some fairly large mayfies, I believe they are Isonychia, on a local river. I'm going out this evening to try t
Thousands of 10-pound Atlantic salmon were accidentally released
blah blah blah.    Turns out even the ecosystem-destroying northern snakehead is having next to no quantifiable impact in the waterways it is inhabiting- tidal reaches of the Potomac, e
I catch more bass on this pattern than any other topwater -- it produces good fish from April through October here in Michigan. It kind of splits the difference between poppers and divers--it gives no
Substitution for a new, old fly pattern
I get what you are doing. I to like to tie some of the old patterns. But some of what I have tied substitution was a must because some materials can't be had or are very difficult to obtain. I even li
Sage Bass rod....
the sage bass rod i have is the "largemouth" and it came with 330 grain line (roughly 10 wt)   no model number but it does have a serial number             there w
Spike fly
Here are the materials for "Spike".   Hook: Mustad 3366 Size 2 Body: Spun and clipped natural deer hair Hackle: one or two natural red or black rooster palmered Legs: 4 or six white rubber  
The value of the roll cast
Well the wet test definitely changed things. I Got some good casts but a lot of weird ones too. I think for one thing the overall leader is too long and I'm punching the rod too hard. Can't tell if th
Sculpin are a very popular food source for trout, specifically steelhead and large brown trout.  Basically any trout that has become predatory seeking out baitfish for food.  They also work
U.P. Trip Report (photo heavy)
My dad and I took a trip to the U.P. when I had my learner's permit too, and I remember the wide open spaces of hwy 2 very well. Those waterfall pics bring back memories, although we never found any
Maggie valley Trip report.
But in similar conditions, both trout and Bluegill (Sunfish in general) can be equally easy to catch ... or equally difficult.   Absolutely true.  I've had days in high mountain streams
is tenkara catching on?
It's all good natured fun Rick. I consider myself an angler and enjoy many varied angling opportunities from fly fishing to spin fishing, bait fishing, chunking catfish and stripers and ice fishing. I
Au Sable 2017 vacation
Back from 2 weeks on the Au Sable. Fishing was up & down but put in a lot of hours and managed some really nice smallmouth. Will have tons more pics to upload later but for now here's the two big
Great day at the pond
Well I got out and had a banner morning. I did take the flyrod but my boat is not conducive to fly fishing so I quickly went to the spin gear. I'm gonna have to get a stripping basket for the boat. Hi
Crayfish Bunny Bugger
Nice bugger! I'll have to tie a couple for my smallmouth trip next weekend. Thanks for posting it.
Rigging For Pike
When I go up to Northern Ontario, I'm in the same situation.  The lake's known for it's walleye and smallmouth but it does have a good population of pike.  My main target with the fly rod is
Sparkle Clouser
There are so many variations of the clouser minnow, its hard to keep track of them all.  One of my favorites though is this sparkle clouser.  Especially when I have fish that are super aggre
Bass Bonanza!
Kyle took me out fishing again on his boat and wow!  We had a blast!  Caught fish non stop!  Most of them smallmouth bass, however we caught 5 different species.  Smallmouth bass,
Redeye Bass = patterns and info.
Common names can be confusing, with similar or identical names applied to different species.  What I think you're referring to as redeye (or Coosa bass- M. coosae) look a little bit like a s
Catching fish with my beard!
Many people have already asked me to tie a fly with my beard hair, so here it is!  I cut some hair from my beard, then tied a clouser minnow with it.  I even went out and tested it on the wa
Is there really a wrong way to tie a fly?
Something to remember, too, about established patterns is that they, like so many other patterns, were often informed as much by what materials the original tier had on hand as anything else. A good e
Not a video fail, Anecdote
One of the first flys I tied was the zug bug. I found that "old series" {must have been from at least the eighties} The Anglers Art with Dave Engebretson and Leroy Hyatt. I set the tablet up on the je
Jeff Creamer deer hair spook?
Creamer, When you do work up a smaller version for late evening smallmouth and LM, please post details. Regards, FKu
What is your favorite fly pattern?
Since I spend most of my time fishing for river smallmouth I'm going with the clouser. One of my favorites to tie as well since it's quick, simple, inexpensive material and eternally customizable.
Point Up Laser Bunny
This fly really is awesome!  Kyle was fishing this fly last time we went out fishing for smallmouth, and he got quite a few on it.  Also, while I was snagging up a few times, he didnt snag o
S.B.B. (Smallmouth Bunny Bugger)
There is no question that the wooly bugger is an effective and versatile fly.  This is a variation of it that I find make it more effective for targeting bass.  While I have used it for larg
Fish Car Project Part 2
I'll be at the cabin with the family for my annual 2 week Au Sable trip the middle two weeks of July. If you find yourself in the Glennie/Oscoda area during that time frame let me know and we'll hook
Smallmouth On The Fly
Smallmouth Bass are scrappy fighters that are willing to eat a large variety of baits.  They are fun to catch with conventional gear, and an absolute blast on a fly rod.  Especially when fis
Can you cast same distance as a #7/8 weight with a #6?
I've been told too many times that a 6 wgt is overkill for trout, but then I'm one of those folks who thinks a 7 or 8 wgt is overkill for smallmouth.  I own 5, 6 and 8 wgt rods.  I can accur
The Baby Bow Streamer
Trout, bass, pike and any other predatory freshwater fish will eat other fish.  Small trout are on the meal list for common foods.  Even trout will eat trout fry.  This rainbow trout st
The Baby Bow Streamer
Trout, bass, pike and any other predatory freshwater fish will eat other fish.  Small trout are on the meal list for common foods.  Even trout will eat trout fry.  This rainbow trout st
Hello From Vermont
Welcome to the forum.  My sister has a place between Ludlow and Andover  and before that one in Plymouth Union.  I try and get up there for a week or two each summer.  I've been fi
Broke My Sage Method!
The 8 wt is close enough for backup with those big browns anyway.  You should have tried it, it does work, especially in ponds with big fish and all the more if it gets windy.. Yes, I should
I use to fish for carp before I took up fly fishing.  I used to use balls of corn meal based on my grandmother's polenta.   Added sugar and either anise or vanilla flavoring.  A carp is
May Flies from the Vise
Cream, is that a goddess style slider!?   Yep.  Love the pattern, it consistently produces creek bass (spotted and smallmouth) for me.  I wanted to see how it looked with a slider s
Feather Craw: Crayfish Fly Tutortial
This is my new favorite fly for bass, Especially for smallmouth. Enjoy and thanks for watching!
Trolling a Clouser for bass in a kayak
There's absolutely no reason you can't fly fish, spin fish or bait cast. I fish in every conceivable manner and use whatever equipment I feel will catch fish. I don't have cravings to catch this or th
Monster Bugger
Nice looking fly.   Not sure I'd call it a bugger.   I'm with tidewaterfly.  I've got a half dozen tied on a size 1 3xl hook.  They measure about 6 inches.  I've caught a coup
April Flies from the Vise
Cream,      There is a lake full of pike and smallmouth near here that I would almost be afraid to cast that mouse. Beautiful looking critter !!            
Marabou Minnow Tying Video
Here is my latest tying video. This is one of my favorite flies for smallmouth and trout! Super easy but effective. Hope you enjoy!
Spey rod for trout, anyone here do it?
I have two of them -- an 11' TFO 5 wt, my heavy weight and an 11' 3" Redington Hydrogn 3wt as my middle weight.  (grin)    I have had the most time on the water with the 5 wt,  It
Wanted to introduce myself, my name is John and I live in the Pocono Mountains, in Pennsylvania. I have been a member for over a year, but never posted before.  When joining the site I
March Flies From The Vise
The Bronze Goddess. One of my all time favorite small stream smallmouth flies.   [attachment=61487:image1-2.JPG]    
Pontoon Frame or Frameless
I modified this outcast pontoon without altering the original manufacturing. I can asemble it riverside in an easy going ten minutes.  Its very stable, I sit higher and have the option of standin
Oh Snap !!
FRN. They worked great in the oswego river this summer, caught everything from rock bass to smallmouth on them, I even hooked into and fought a gar on one that one was a hoot.
First fish of the season
Vicrider,     I live on the border at Sault Ste. Marie. I guess that there are catfish in the St, Marys river but I don't fish there. Too close to home I guess and I don't want to look at a
Crappies & Bluegills
I tie primarily for warm water since I live in a warm water region. I look forward to spring crappie as much as I look forward to shad, stripers and smallmouth. Bluegills are fun but get annoying at t
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