The Rats Nest

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Doors About To Shut On Summer...........

I hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend, grilling, chilling and spending time with those that matter in your life; well, and maybe some finned friends too.  I actually had the weekend off for a change, and spent some Q-T with the ladies in my life.   I even managed to notch some water time, albeit I had to improvise at the last minute due to a rapidly rising river of chocolate milk as the result of an overnight thunderous deluge.
Hungry? This Guy Sure Was

Pike were on the menu, but due to the unfortunate predicament my friend and I decided to forgo the notion.  He went back to bed, I hit the bricks for a first light foray of slinging meat, I had to get it out of my system.  It had been a while since I slung some meaty treats in hopes of a buttery slab.  Just so happens I killed two birds with one stone on this day, as I had a newly concocted streamer on hand and some decent conditions under which to put her through the paces.  BONUS!

So off I went at O-dark-thirty in the truck to swing for the fences in hopes of enticing a river donkey.  Initially, I wanted to see how this particular pattern behaved in various river environments, and as I suspected she's got a pretty sexy shimmy and shake if I do say so myself.

Now, I know I am a bit behind on tying videos folks, and I made a promise to get a few out there on a couple of my other patterns that have gotten some attention.  My goal is to spin a few out this week, so hopefully I can wet your appetite for a while by weeks end.  I also realize that things have been VERY streamer heavy in the last year, no need to fear, I have some bugs out there for you hatch matcher's too.  But, this new streamer I've concocted is pretty stellar.  Oh, but wait, remember a while back I mentioned that I had a couple, not one style of crayfish on the menu?  Well here is a sneak peak at the dead drift crayfish I've been using all summer long, and it's been doing very well.

This little guy is a rather simple pattern to replicate, courtesy of the Craw bodies by Flymen Fishing Company.  Plan on seeing a tying video on this one, as well as it's availability in the store very shortly.

Lets get back to that streamer I mentioned, the recipe utilizes the new Fish Mask from the Flymen Fishing Company, as well as a bunch of my favorite materials,  but in a new light.   The "Masked Avenger" as I like to call this new creation, is essentially an in the round streamer, with a topping of Icelandic sheep.  I was looking to tie up something fairly solid in color with softer contrasts, but it had to have a larger profile as the body tapered to the head.  Essentially this creates a great searching pattern under various conditions, most notably higher and dirtier one's for the most part.  Although the fly is not a super-realistic offering, it has enough in there that it could definitely pass for just about anything in the forage fish department.

Coming in at the six (6) inch mark, this fly will turn the heads of most larger browns, smallmouth and even other species in my estimates, but only time will tell.  The fly has already raised my eyebrow to say the least, as it stuck this long but thin headstrong brown on that early morning excursion.
Butter Baby, It's What's For Dinner

Now my only task is to conjure up a variety of color combinations to round her out, and expect to see this one in the store very soon, like maybe even next week; just in time for fall streamer fishing.  As of right now, this fly is best fished on an integrated sinking line as it is virtually weightless.

On a side note, it is once again that time of year when I head out to various clubs and spend an evening talking about what brings us all together; fly fishing.  Starting in October, I have presentations booked on a weekly to biweekly basis right through January.  Hopefully I will get to see some of you at some of these events, and we can do some catching up.  I am eager to let the cat out of the bag on some other really exciting news that I have for you all, but unfortunately it is a little too soon to do so.  So that being said, I'll keep you all biting your nails on that one.  Expect my next post to be the announcement of a tying video...... or two?

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