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amflyfishing tidbits, ties, or whatever is on Andy's mind ...
On the vise ... Thread Midges, Size 20 (J. Stockard 105 hook)
        > On the Vise ... White Miracle (size 16 shown)

When faced with east winds and the fish are in a negative feeding mood ... the White Miracle is one of those few patterns that can save an outing.  Whether fishing still or moving water, this fly is very effective worked slowly with a hand-twist retrieve throughout the water column (from in the surface film and all the way to the bottom).

Hook - J. Stockard 105
Sizes - 14 to 22
Rib - Gold Wire
Body - White Thread
Head - Black Thread
      > I'm getting a little bit itchy ... armed and ready to start targeting panfish and carp on the local ponds and creeks.  On the vise this week, Teeny Nymphs (tied on J. Stockard #217 traditional nymph hook / size 10).  A 150 Teeny Nymphs should get me through this season or two. lol

Click here to view ... Jim Teeny tying and talk about his nymph pattern


A shout out to Steve Stewart
(Representative for TFO Fly
Rods) "Thank you for the hat, it
goes nicely with my BVK, 3-weight"

  > As daylight grows longer and temperatures continues to rise, the shallow water activity is picking-up on Northwest Indiana's ponds ... it's time to start flinging flies.

In your rush to get out and on the water, don't forget the polarized sunglasses.  A good pair of polarized sunglasses are an essential for an angler's eye protection from physical objects (i.e. a fly, another angler's rod tip) and the sun's ultra violet rays ... polarized lens also reduces glare, thus increasing angler's ability to see underwater structures and spot fish.

Side note.  Understanding the role that refraction plays when spotting a fish is critical.  The fish that you spot is closer and deeper than it appears - along with the fish looking larger.
        > At amflyfishing, we are excited to add J. Stockard Fly Fishing in the right side banner.  They are a prime supplier of fly tying materials and tools, hooks, rod building components, fly lines and tippets, and fly fishing accessories.  They are amflyfishing's choice because of their wide product selection, excellent customer service, quality of packaging, prompt deliveries, and very reasonbly prices.  If you're a fly tier and fisherman, you need to check-out J. Stockard Fly Fishing ... along with an informative blog.

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      > If the fly, leader and fly line is slapping the water or the ground behind you ... it's usually caused by the angler going back too far on the backcast and / or allowing the wrist to break too far back.  There's a fine balance between the arm and wrist motion.  The arm provides the power (distance) and the wrist is use to aim (guide) the cast.  If you allow the wrist to both power and target the cast ... oh well, you're screwed - hope you enjoy untangling wind knots or removing the hook of the fly from the back of your shirt.

The fly line, leader, tippet, and fly follows the rod tip ... the rod tip follows the thumb.  Therefore, it's critical that the thumb is position on top of the grip.  Keeping the thumb pointed at the intended target, the cast will be online to hit the intended mark.

Attending a certified fly casting and fishing school (i.e. Federation of Fly Fishers, Orvis, Mel Krueger) is definitely recommended and is an investment well made.  If that is not possible, there are several excellent fly casting videos ... such as Mel Krueger's The Essence of Flycasting.
      > Small bluegills will tolerate a good amount of disturbance ... but a trophy bluegill will spook and disappear into deeper water at the slightest bit of commotion.  Bluegills don't become trophies by being careless.  When targeting large gills, it's critical to approach in casting position quietly, deliver the fly softly, and fish slowly.  One of the ways to hook-up on a trophy is with an un-weighted fly (sinking slowly and fluttering).  Also, the bigger gills treads to take a position below the rest of a school (this is where a sinking tip fly line will pay off.      
Molly Mouse, UV Peacock 
(size 10)
  > An update to all you feather flingers targeeting largemouth bass ...
Small Flies Do Catch Big Bass

Here in Northwest Indiana, I have hooked-up and landed a number of large bass (4 pounds and up) on small flies.  The majority of my pond hopping is with a 5-weight fly rod.  There's lots of small baitfish and insects during late spring and summer ... down-sizing the fly to mmatch the size of the dominant food sources has proved to be successful.  List below are a few proven patterns / sizes,

Molly Mouse / size 10         Clouser Minnow / size 10
Woolly Buggers / size 10 & 12         Andy's Foam Fly / size 8 & 10
Teeny Nymph / size 10         Hare's Ear Nymph / size 12
        > On the Vise ... Zebra Midge
Wayne Novak (a.k.a. Trophy Bluegill Guru) requested that I tie him a dozen Zebra Midges.  Wayne likes to fish this fly as a dropper under a surface fly when the gills are in a non-aggressive mood.  Also, the Zebra Midge is a very effective nymph pattern for trout in streams, imitating the midge pupae.

Hook - TMC 2487 / Sizes - 12 to 18
Beadhead - Silver
Thread - Black
Rib - Silver Wire
Body - Tying Thread
      > Bass and panfish will setup along and in woody structure.  However, I have found that newly submerged timber usually don't hold fish, due to decaying of leaves and fresh wood which depletes the oxygen content in the area.  Also, newly wood structure rarely holds enough food for a trophy fish.  Therefore, I will look for and target old wood ... older submerged timber will offer fish the combination of shelter and food (i.e. minnows, damselfly, dragonfly, leeches and scuds).      
      > For those that has been fortunate to fish with Wayne Novak a.k.a. Trophy Bluegill Guru, you'll notice that his tackle setup is pretty straight forward .... a 3-weight rod (7-1/2 foot, progressive fast) matched with a double taper line in a dull olive color and a 9 foot long 5X or 6X taper leader (depending on the size / weight of the fly).  The key is landing the fly "softly" before the leader and line to avoid spooking or sending the fish into a negative mood.  When faced with windly conditions, he will move up to a 4-weight rod matched with a weight forward fly line and a shorter 7-1/2 foot leader for added punch.      
      > When targeting panfish with an un-weighted nymph pattern, I will use a leader constructed of a tapered monofilament butt section with a fluorocarbon tippet ... overall length of 9 to 10 feet.  This setup allows the fly to drop naturally and be worked effectively throughout the water column.  From time spent on the water, I found that a 9 foot leader has provided better results (both, size and numbers) than a shorter 7-1/2 foot leader when panfish are in a negative feeding mood and dealing with unfavorable water conditions.  I don't use a strike indiicator, I will apply Line & Lure Conditioner on the butt section of the leader and the first couple feet of the fly line.  This keeps the fly line floating high and will telegraph a ligth strike.  Tight line and see you on the water.      
        > Crappies have started staging for the spawn and working nymph patterns is effective way to hook-up on these slabs.  My choice nymph pattern is the Hare's Ear Nymph in sizes 12 and 14 ... using a slow and consistent moving hand-twist retrieve.

Hare's Ear Nymph (size 12 shown)
Hook - TMC 3761 (1XL / 2XH)
Thread - Dark Brown
Tail - Ringneck Pheasant Tail Fibers
Rib - Gold Wire
Abdomen - Light Hare's Ear Dubbing
Wingcase - Ringneck Pheasant Tail Fibers
Thorax - Light Hare's Ear Dubbing
Head - Dark Brown Tying Thread
        > Whether you're targeting trout, panfish or carp in moving or still waters ... the Teeny Nymph is a must have pattern.  Jim Teeny is the originator, the pattern is straight forward and quick tie ... along with using a single material "Hen Ringneck Pheasant Tail Fibers".

Teeny Nymph (size 10 shown)
Hook - TMC 3761 (1XL / 2XH)
Thread - Black
Body - Ringneck Pheasant Tail Fibers
Legs - Ringneck Pheasant Tail Fibers (fibers from the body are tied back and down)
Head - Black Tying Thread
      > On the vise and tying-up Woolly Buggers, cause the "Tug is the Drug".  The Woolly Bugger is classified as a streamer.  It is effective fishing moving water (creeks, streams, rivers), still water (ponds, lakes, reservoirs), a vary of water conditions (clear, stain, tannic) and catches a vary of species (trout, steelhead, panfish, bass, rough fish), making the Woolly Bugger a must have pattern in your  fly box.  This pattern imitates a wide range of food forms such as hellgrammites, dragonflies, damsels, sculpins, leeches and crawfish ... these are subsurface food where fish spend the bulk of their time feeding.      
        Beadhead Woolly Bugger, Brown (size 10 shown)
Hook - Mustad R73 / Sizes - 6 to 12
Beadhead - Black Nickel
Thread - Brown
Tail - Brown Marabou (1-1/2 the length of the hook shank)
Rib - Gold Wire (counter-wrapped, to hold and protect the hackle)
Body - Brown Chenille
Hackle - Grizzly Brown Hen
        Beadhead Woolly Bugger, Black (size 10)
Hook - Mustad R73 / Sizes - 6 to 12
Beadhead - Black Nickel
Thread - Black
Tail - Black Marabou (1-1/2 the length of the hook shank)
Rib - Gold Wire (counter-wrapped, to hold and protect the hackle)
Body - Black Chenille
Hackle - Black Hen

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        Line & Lure Conditioner is the reel deal ...
Since the spring of 2012, I have been using Line & Lure on my fly lines, leaders, tippets, dry flies and bass bugs … and its performance has been “two thumbs-up”.  Cleaning and coating my fly line with this conditioner reduces line-to-guide friction and repels debris which increases line control (improved casting accuracy, line speed and distance) and better line floatability (easier line mending and pick-up, improved fly presentation).  On leaders and tippets, they float higher and cleaner.  Dressing my dry flies and bass bugs with Line & Lure has proven to be a major plus … they ride higher and longer than other dressings that I have used in the past.  Therefore, I have spend less time drying / re-dressing my fly and more time fishing.  Yes, it’s like adding “power steering” for your fishing.  Also, using Line & Lure on your sunglasses adds a scratch resistant and dust repelling coating … along with, reduce glare and minimizes water spotting.
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