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Bamboo And Chili Peppers

Bamboo And Chili Peppers

A gentle breeze swayed the Queen Anne's Lace and Black Eyed Susans as I descended into the river valley in search of bronze. Armed with a 4-wt. bamboo rod, intermediate sinking line, and size-8 copper-colored Woolly Buggers called "Red Hot Chili Peppers." The fly is...

NEW FLY!

NEW FLY!

Just in time for June bass! After having dozens of big bass grab our hooked sunfish, we learned it was the vibrations of the frantic fish that triggered the lunkers' interest. Our desire to replicate that vulnerability resulted in the creation of the H.O.T. Streamer....

Weeds ‘n’ Frogs

Weeds ‘n’ Frogs

More rain led to an evening float tube pond trip with a 7 wt. and our weedless Diving Frog. I cast to the tops of the weed beds and crawled the fly to the edge before stipping them to dive and resurface. Often an explosion of weeds and a small tsunami of water...

Lovely Longear; Beautiful Evening

Lovely Longear; Beautiful Evening

Some days it's not about size; it's about the beauty of the fish that delights me. Three smallmouths of 9 to 11 inches came to hand (one lept 7 times) before I became fascinated with Longear Sunfish. Their bright orange bodies flecked with turquoise nearly glowed in...

Finally!

Finally!

The rains have slowed enough to permit wet wading a favorite stream. While still a bit high, there were fishable eddies and pockets. Most held big green sunfish and brightly-colored longear sunfish that hit black Bully Spiders. Just as the sun dipped behind the ridge...

The Fishing’s Good Upstream

The Fishing’s Good Upstream

Frustrated by persistent rains and raging rivers, I've turned my attention to the upstream portion of smaller tributaries. My hope was that the smallmouth population sought more placid pools there. I spent midafternoon drifting North Fork Nymphs along the seams below...