Ice storms kept us indoors for three days so we used the time to sort our fly boxes. Flies battered beyond use were discarded and replaced. We designed and tied a new streamer then took it to a nearby Continue reading →
We’re enjoying time at the bench until we can go fishing again. We like soft hackle flies for pre-season bluegill. This one uses turkey biot and hen hackle and we think it will generate interest from the fish in Continue reading →
Two sub-freezing nights prompted rock bass and smallmouth bass to migrate from their 36-degree stream into a spring branch with 54-degree water. Warmer water increased their metabolisms to the point they were actively feeding. Mini-Minnies and Ozark Woolly Buggers brought Continue reading →
Arctic winds gave us an opportunity to go exploring for new fishing sites. Armed with an atlas marked with public access fishing areas we took a road trip. We investigated three new (to us) areas within 40 miles of home. Continue reading →
Beautiful weather for fishing today. 59-degree air temp but 43-degree water. Caught green sunfish and longear like this one located among deadfall branches and rockpiles. They took size-10 white/silver Mini Minnies at a depth of 3 feet. Warmth caused them Continue reading →
Two frosty nights have dropped river water temperatures into the upper forties. Only 4 pale-colored bluegills were caught on our last trip. We suspect they were stream residents who are assuming their winter colors and feeding habits. For success Continue reading →
In late autumn/early winter fish can’t rely on insects to satisfy their hunger. Their primary target becomes minnows and other little fish, so Mini Minnie is our “go to” fly. It has supple marabou for action, contrasting red Continue reading →
Stream smallmouths are vagabonds in spring and fall. Stay on the move to find them, even targeting isolated structure in areas that are otherwise devoid of holding areas. These features may hold several fish that are resting before moving.