The Rats Nest

Monday, July 21, 2014

Making Up For Lost Time....

Had a day to myself today, and what better way to spend it reacquainting myself with my home waters.  I guess you could say I was in serious need of a trout fix, so I put the trophy stick away for a change and opted for a numbers rig instead.  A close friend of mine was breaking my stones recently saying that I probably couldn't buy a fish on a nymph anymore as I'd rather throw a 6 inch streamer instead.   Always up for the challenge, or maybe he had me wondering if that was the case, either way I gave it a shot and fished nymphs most of the day with great success.  I guess I haven't lost my touch so to speak, but hey who cares.

In the end, I had a pretty awesome day on the water with only mild pressure to say the least.  I managed to gather a generous sampling of what the river has to offer in a variety of shapes and sizes.  One thing I will note, many of the insect reports that I have read for the river are about 50% correct, so pay attention to whats out there.   Many of today's trout fell to a variety of small to larger nymphs making for a great day overall.  I can't quite tell you exactly how I made out, but it was a bountiful day for fish, and a nice way to spend a hot July day.  Hot flies were DDT's, Micro Stones, Rock Candy's in golden, and Crane Fly Larva,  Enjoy the photos.....

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hook Spotlight, Partridge Absolute Predator CS45

This Shovel Headed Brown was taken on an Absolute Predator tied articulated Streamer this past winter.
To hold true to my promises, I am starting out my hook spotlight with undoubtedly one of my favorites.  The Partridge Absolute Predator series of hooks is a hook that was an instant hit with me the day I laid on eyes on it.  A wide gape barbless predator hook, this particular iron will cover anything from large poppers, super sized singles, doubles and triples for pike and muskie, to some of the articulated streamers I fancy for trout.  The size range for this Ad Swier design is wide, starting from a size 4 all the way up to a monstrous 6/0 for those true apex predators, there really isn't a hook size that isn't well represented with this fantastic hook.

On some of my local waters, barbless hooks are required, and although I am a huge fan of the Gamakatsu B10s, the need for a true barbless predator hook was fulfilled with the Absolute Predator.  The two hook styles are very similar with the major difference being that the Absolute Predator has no barb, and an offset, upturned beak.   Although the bends are a bit different, the designs are fairly similar, with the Absolute Predator having a slightly longer shank, which in some cases comes in pretty handy for some of those larger profiled patterns.   I am certain that many of you who read this are skeptical with barbless hooks for predator fish, but I can assure you of their effectiveness and fish holding properties as every pike you've seen me post was taken on this exact hook.   I like this hook so much, that most of my larger articulated trout streamers are now tied on this particular hook in place of the B10s on the front portion of the fly.
From Left to right, 6/0, 4/0, 2/0, 1, and 2, the spool is for scale.

When incorporating tungsten cones or other large items to add weight to some of my weighted streamers, the barbless design makes it very easy to slide these items onto the hook where as on other models this task can be very problematic as they get hung up on the barb.  The black nickel straight eye design makes the Absolute Predator hook a very versatile streamer hook that can accommodate a variety of streamer styles without sacrificing gap.  Plus, the barbless design makes it easier to remove from any of my appendages if I inadvertently stick myself on the stream. 

This hook is now in a mass production  run, and all sizes will be available very shortly.  Keep your eyes peeled if you are looking for a true, wide gap predator hook, this one is tops in my book, and in my opinion, sets the bar rather for streamer hooks.

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