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



Anonymous said...

Hey Tyler, I was checking my bookmarked Maine flyfishing sites,trying to find a place that's not blown out, since I have the day off tomorrow.

Anyway, I had your site bookmarked for a while, but didn't realize that we had talked about a month ago on the Dead, you gave me a ride up to the dam at Flagstaff. I should check back more often, you've got some interesting things on here.

I think I'll try the St George tomorrow since I won't have to go too far. Thanks again for the ride.

John Hughes

Wild River Angler said...

Hey John,

Good to hear from you. I may check out a couple of spots tomorrow. I think it's going to be tough for a few days at least. It would have been nice it we could have had some this rain this summer. It's getting to the point where I can't even drive on my lawn to get wood in the cellar. I may do some fly tying stuff on here this winter and maybe some gear reviews (although- I've still got to think about that one).

Thanks for reading, and see you on the river.