Sunday, November 21, 2010

Turkey, Trout, and Grandma

Happy Thanksgiving from Wild River Angler! 

While you are at the family gathering doing this...

It's ok if you would rather be doing this...

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, November 13, 2010


November can be temperamental. Warm and mild, or cold and bitter. But when the sun is shining and the air is warm, you better be taking advantage of her good side before she turns her back on you and old man winter comes calling. We can make all kinds of excuses to sit on the sidelines- it's too cold, too hot, the water is too high, too low, it's deer hunting season, there is firewood to stack, the Patriots are playing, my wife won't let me, etc; or you can get your priorities squared away and go catch some fish. One thing is certain, it isn't going to happen if you don't get out there. It takes commitment and a certain amount of grit to get results sometimes- but those who are willing are paid with memories that last the long winter. 


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Dust off the Vise!

There is still some good fishing in the right places this time of year. Tributaries that remain open can be jammed full of trout getting ready to spawn; which is a delicate subject. Your best bet is to land them fast and release them quick. Pinch your barbs, and don't walk all over the stream. Granted these are not all wild fish, and survival of the eggs and fry may be low, but it certainly doesn't help matters to go and trample the redds. I'd like to at least imagine that some of the fish in these areas were actually born in a stream. As for flies, well, there a some things that work better than others this time of year- but some things you just need to figure out the old fashion way.

I have started filling the voids in the fly boxes. Right now I am working on blue wings, and this is one of my favorites. It's a parachute tied on a CDC post. I use CDC mostly because I have a ton of the stuff from plucking it off the oil glands of ducks. CDC is a pure trout killer- it's really buggy, and if I want to get the fly lower in the film I can trim the barbs from the parachute hackle to get it a little deeper or even add some weight and fish it like an emerger in the swing. Versatility is a good thing.

Here is the recipe:

Hook: TMC 2487 (#22 to #18)

Abdomen: Turkey Biot

Tail: Antron

Thorax: Superfine Dubbing

Hackle: Dark Dun

Post: CDC