Creekside Tidbits
& On the Vise

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Creekside Tidbits
and On the Vise

Weather conditions - Low-70's, light north-west wind, clear sky
Water conitions - Clear, normal water level

After three days of heavy winds and cooling temperatures, slipped out for some night fly fishing on the local pond in the kayak ... no bragging trophy, but plenty of aggressive strikes and 5-weight rod bending largemouth bass action that ranged from 14- to 16-inchers.  The ticket was working weedy submerged humps near deep water with a Molly Mouse #6 (using a steady fast strip, strip, strip, pause and repeat retrieve) and hard bottom flats along the shoreline with a Black Foam Fly #8 (using a slow strip, strip, pause and repeat retrieve).  The majority of the takes occurred when the fly started moving after the pause and were explosive ... saying that they were trying to kill the fly on the initial hit would be an understatement.  The outing was definitely two thumbs-up and I will be heading out for another night of fishing in the very near future.  The photos below are the first bass of the night and the two flies used.  See you on the water and tight lines, Andy

Just a Chilling on the Vise ... Night Stalker
Size 8 shown; Tier - Andy
I came-up with this pattern to chase largemouth bass on local ponds after sunset.  The 3 features that I was targeting ... (1) to cast and work the fly with a 5-weight, (2) a light gurgling / water distubances, and (3) a large enough profile for the bass to key in on.
      On the Vise ... Molly Mouse

My concept behind the Molly Mouse was to come-up with a pattern for targeting panfish that could easily be cast and worked effectively with a 3 and 4 weight fly rod on local ponds.  A buggy looking pattern thats a straight forward tie using common materials and effective working the water column from 1 to 5 feet ... thus the Molly Mouse.  The results has exceeded my expeditions for catching gills along with crappies, largemouth bass, rainbow trout and brown trout ... 9 inch bluegill, 16 inch crappie, and 22-1/2 inch largemouth bass.  My set-up is straight forward ... weight forward floating fly line with fluorocarbon leader / tippet (8-1/2 to 10 foot length which is dictated by the depth being worked).  As with any pattern ~ your success depends on properly reading the water and presentation.  Listed below is the recipe for the Molly Mouse ... colors - black, dark olive, olive, and peacock.
    Bead-Eye Molly Mouse, Olive
Hook - Mustad 3366 / Size - 10
Thread - Olive
Eyes - Gold Bead-Chain
Tail - Olive Marabou
Body - Olive Senyo's Lazer Dub
(dubbing loop and brushed)
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