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07
Apr
09

October Caddis Fly Pattern (Not just in October)

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October Caddis~ Dicosmoecus by G. Muncy

The October Caddis are available at current edges or slower water by June or July according to Westfly, where I imagine they stage or prepare for the late Summer hatch.

Peeking Caddis~SwittersB

Peeking Caddis~SwittersB

October Caddis Dry~Smokey Mtn. Fly Guide

October Caddis Dry~Smokey Mtn. Fly Guide

 “There are apparently a number of different sub-species in what is commonly called October Caddis or Fall Caddis or Giant Caddis.  Most belong to the family Dicosmoecus. They range from California to Alaska.  
The larva of these giant caddis build tube-like cases.  During the winter months when the larva are tiny, these cases are made from vegetable matter attached to a foundation of silk.  As the larva grows in size through the spring months they abruptly switch to cases made from small gravel.  You can observe these larvae crawling around on the streambed dragging their cases with them as the forage for algae and decaying plant and animal matter.  During the the summer months of June and July Dicosmoecus larvae are important trout foods.  Daily behavioral drift cycles occur in the early afternoon, usually peaking about 4:00 P.M.  They are one of the few families of caddis that leave their cases before behavioral drift cycles.  This makes them extremely enticing to large trout.  In August these larvae seal themselves in their cases and by September they are ready to emerge as adults.”

05
Apr
09

Skin Protection with a UV Buff Tube

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I recently had a brief stint in front of news camera. The results provided proof of two things: One, I looked ghastly because of repetitive sun damage and two, I am more vain than I imagined as I saw how aged I looked from the years of sunburns and damage. Today, I saw a TV angler named Henry Waszczuk promoting the UV Buff. I had previously noticed this on saltwater anglers and suspected it was to protect from wind burn. The Cool Max fabric and the ability to wear the tube around the top of the head or around the neck and face does offer sound protection. I am surprised my ears have not fallen off yet, given the baseball cap and scorched ears. I do wear lots of sunscreen and reapply it a lot now…but the damage is done and I will not be in front of a TV camera again…   Check outhe Angler UV Buff Info     Saw them at Caddis Fly Shop in Eugene on 4/7/09.

04
Apr
09

Bonefish Tailing (a surreal recollection)

Fish Tailing

Fish Tailing

I have written here a few times about my Christmas Island adventure. I had not been in that environment before and may never again. It was bizarre dozens of times over. I cannot put into words the images and spatial adjustments your vision and mind have to try to adjust to. It is, by virtue of never ending horizons, a tilting, catawhompus world.

The above picture by no means is related to a salt flat, but it made me think of standing with a guide facing outward toward the edge of the flat, as the light sand gave way to the blue abyss. I saw nothing. The guide stared out seeing or sensing something through those copper colored lens. And, then they were there.  A dozen pointy tails lined across my path some fifty feet out. The tails were sticking up out of the water ever so slightly and the bonefish were nose down feeding…  A surreal scene of contrasts, wind, shimmer and life.

The Tail

The Tail

I was instructed to carefully cast before the fish and not on top of the fish. As much as you can judge distance so easily on a stream or lake and plop that fly down where you want, on the flat I was never sure if that was really fifty feet, one hundred feet or shorter. This time, I fought the wind and succeeded in placing the fly before the approaching, feeding bones. The take was immediate and the run was beyond description for speed and power. I have tried to explain what that is like compared to my freshwater experiences, but nothing compares for speed or power (by size). The bonefish screamed out so quickly toward the deep and then down and down until the leader was cut from the coral.

My lasting memory from that moment was the fish yes, but really those bobbing tails out of the water just enough to excite and bring the stealth mode out, always enter my mind.  It was like casting to the rising trout or the stillwater fish up in the shallows picking off damsels from the reeds. The stalking is the same.     

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02
Apr
09

Mexico Trucha’s (Yes, they are there)

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Baja Trout

Baja Trout

The Trout Species of Mexico are highlighted with pleasant pictures and good general habitat information. No doubt the fly fishers of Arizona and New Mexico are familiar with trout in the Chihuahua and Sonora states. Baja Trout, even with the mountains of the peninsula, seem impossible, yet there they are. I have to let you in on a glimpse of my adult ignorance: since I started my blog, I have been amazed at the locations of trout in such places as SE Europe, Tasmania, South Africa, West Virginia to Arkansas. So, Mexico should not surprise me. These native species are beautiful to behold.

02
Apr
09

Justin Carroll (looking, really looking; then learning)

Justin Carroll, Founder Winona Fly Factory

“I decided a while ago that this is what fishing is to me. It is hunting. To catch a trout one must be smart, quiet, prepared and have a willingness to travel into the wild.”

Yes, I know there are, no doubt, many fly fishers out there chasing many species of fish around the world that exhibit the pioneer spirit. But, out of the gazillion sites I study and learn from, I can think of few that show the unadulterated, genuine passion of Justin Carroll

We mostly are borrowers, takers of information and then trying it out, and if generous, sharing it back for others to learn from. We all do this. But, we don’t all go out and explore the stream side, to observe, specifically identify, catalogue, document, and oh yes, fish. You know Haefle and  Hughes did/do it. Trout Nut obviously does it.

minn1But, with no slight intended toward Justin, his amateur status makes him all the more interesting. You actually sense his amazement and excitement as he looks for big fish, small fish and insects. I go to a stream and look for fish rising. I look for insects and can make a general mayfly or caddis designation, but that is pretty much it (I am much better with the simpler lake’s environment). But, I do not really look, question and later understand like Justin is doing. Does that make sense? Study his blog from its inception, then watch the development of style, images, knowledge…all on his home waters…I suspect not even on fabled waters…and see how much he has learned. Keep track of this blog. You will see it saved at some very worthy sites/blogs. There is a reason for that..Justin Carroll of Winona, Minnesota.     

30
Mar
09

Early Yellowstone Stillwater Success

 

HellIfIKnow Streamer Pattern

HellIfIKnow Streamer Pattern

Recipe for “HELLIFIKNOW”

Tail: dyed red squirrel, or red synthetic fibers, Body: silver tinsel, (mylar works, we use French metal,) Beard: reddish brown rump feather fibers from golden pheasant, Head: red thread. Hook: heavy nymph, size 4-12. Fish on short light leader in shallow clear water or long heavy leader in colored water. Brookies, Grayling, and other precocious young trout take this just the way a Bluegill takes an empty gold-plated hook.

29
Mar
09

Damsel Fly ‘nymph’ de Argentina

Damsel Fly w/ Bead Chain Eyes de BrownTroutArgentina

Damsel Fly w/ Bead Chain Eyes de BrownTroutArgentina

Trucha Marrón a la Argentina, lo siento, pero su fotografía recortada. Espero que sea bien.
I like this pattern because of the Ostrich Herl tail (check out my The Orb Callibaetis Emerger too) and the dubbed sgraggily abdomen/thorax as well. This fly was shown along with an article about the Rio Grande de San Luis in the Valley of Pancanta. I mention this only in that if the pattern is fished in a stream the tumbling of the fly would be expected. I wonder if in a stillwater-lago if the bead chain eyes would cause the fly to flip over and ride point up? Not necessarily a bad thing….just wondering. 



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