Creekside Tidbits ... the World according to Andy


An amflyfishing's life tip ... "If someone says you fly tie and fly fish too much, stop talking to them, smile and walk away.  You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.".

October 28, 2014
Air Conditions - Upper 50's, 9 to 17 mph west and southwest winds, Partly sunny
Water Conditions - Lightly stained, Approximately a foot above normal water levels

After several days of above normal temperatures and light winds, I get an opportunity to do some pond hopping and the wind picks-up, temperatures drops (15+ degrees) and rains the night before ... oh well, the weather wasn't going to stop my desire of grabbing the 4-weight and wetting a line.  Fished the mid-morning, targeting the flats in 2 to 4 feet of water with a Beckster Foam Fly (dark orange / size 10) and Beadhead Woolly Bugger (purple / size 10) scoring 4 largemouth bass that ranged from 10 to 12 inches and 3 bluegills in the 6 inch class ... 3 of the 4 bass came on the Bugger using a a slow / steady retrieve.  Didn't do too bad given the conditions ... definitely, better than watching the television or raking leaves.  See you on the water and tight lines, Andy

On the Fly ...
   The first of 4 bass

Despite the drop in the water
temperature, strikes were
aggressive.

A slow / steady retrieve was
the ticket to drawing a strike.
   

"I look into my fly box, and think about all the elements I should
consider in choosing the perfect fly, water temperature, what stage
of developent the bugs are in, what the fish are eating right now.
Then, I remember what a guide told me, "Ninety percent of what a
trout eats is brown and fuzzy and about five-eights of an inch long.".
~ Allison Moir


What ever became of ...
       Jonathan Livingston Seagull?


For those too young, It's a 70's thing ...
a novel about life and self-perfection.

Check-out amflyfishing's new category -
   Lighter Side of Angling
   
 
 
    October 23, 2014 ...
Air Conditions - High 50's, 4 to 8 mph southwest winds, Sunny
Water Conditions - Slightly stained, Normal water levels

Definitely, a two thumbs-up day on the creek.  Fished with one of my best buddies ... Becca (10) scored her first steelhead driftng a spawn sack along a gravel bed in four feet of water.  After several dash attempts and head shakes the fish was landed, a photo taken and released.

Overall, a productive outing ... didn't see numbers, but the steelhead that we hooked-up were fresh, active and staging along the deep side of gravel beds.  On the fly .. the hot ticket was swinging a Beadhead Woolly Bugger, Olive 'n Black / Size 6.  See you on the water and tight lines, Andy

   
   
    October 21, 2014 ...
Air Conditions - Low 50's, 4 to 9 mph northwest winds, Overcast
Water Conditions - Slightly stained, Normal water levels

Delivered a roll cast that softly landed my Beadhead Woolly Bugger (Black / Size 6) approximately 15 degrees downstream and 1-1/2 feet off the adjacent shoreline where the water was laiden with gravel, threw a downstream mend and on the second strip as my fly started turning broadside to the current, I felt a tap and quickly responded with a strip set ... Wham, Fish On.  After the tug-a-war that included 3 attempts to power itself downstream, the fish was landed ... an 8-plus pound female steelhead.  As she swam off and disappeared into deeper water, I realized how special that catch was ... "sometimes, things just falls into place", the correct read of the water, selecting the right fly, delivering an accurate cast, executing the proper presentation and playing out the fish.  See you on the water and tight lines, Andy
       
 
     
 
Beadhead Egg-Sucking Woolly Bugger

Hook - Mustad R73
Sizes - 4 to 10
Beadhead - Hot Orange
Thread - Black
Weight - 0.015 Lead-free Wire
Tail - Black Marabou
Rib - Gold Wire
   (to hold and protect hackle)
Hackle - Black Hen
   (tie-in behind the beadhead and
    palmered back)
     
size 6 shown
 
Beadhead Egg-Sucking Bunny Leech

Hook - Mustad R73
Sizes - 4 to 8
Beadhead - Orange
Thread - Black
Weight -0.015 Lead-free Wire (optional)
Tail - Black Bunny Strip
   (length of the hook shank)
Body - Black Bunny Strip
   (palmered)
     
size 6 shown
 
Beadhead Bunny Leech,
         Olive with Black Barred


Hook - Mustad R73
Sizes - 4 to 8
Beadhead - Gold
Thread - Black
Tail - Olive with Black Barred Rabbit Strip
   (length of the hook shank)
Body - Olive with Black Barred Rabbit Strip
   (palmered)
Collar Hackle - Black India Hen Back
 
   
size 6 shown
 
The below ties are for a special girl, who is always in my heart and prays ...
  Katie Bugger, Purple 'n Red

Hook - Mustad R73
Sizes - 4 to 8
Beadhead - Gold
Thread - Red
Tail - Red Marabou w/ Gold Krystal Flash
   (4 per side)
Rib - Gold Wire
   (tied-in at the rear, wrapped forward to hold and
   protect the hackle)
Body - Purple Chenille
Body Hackle - Purple Grizzly Hen
   (barbs are 1 to 1-1/4 the length of the hook gap;
   tied-in behind the beadhead and palmered back)
Collar Hackle - Red Hen
   (2 to 2-1/4 the length of the hook gap)
   
size 6 shown
 
           
  Katie Bugger, Brown 'n Black

Hook - Mustad R73
Sizes - 4 to 8
Beadhead - Gold
Thread - Black
Tail - Black Marabou
Rib - Gold Wire
   (tied-in at the rear, wrappedforward to hold and
   protect the hackle)
Body - Brown Chenille
Body Hackle - Black Hen
   (barbs are 1 to 1-1/4 the length of the hook gap;
   tied-in behind the beadhead and palmered back)
Collar Hackle - Crawfish Orange India Hen Back
   (2 to 2-1/4 the length of the hook gap) 
   
size 4 shown
 
 
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Andy ... cheese & onions
Michael ... margherita

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