Creekside Tidbits & On the Vise

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

It's not about numbers,
but that moment where
you feel it and all the
individual components
comes together ... then,
it's "Fish On"

Obessive Compulsive
Fly Fishing Disorder
     
 
 
     
 
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
 
 
On the Fly ... 10/7/2014

Conditions - Coming-off a pasting cold front
   Mid 50's, Strong southwest winds, Overcast sky
   Normal water levels, Stained

A tough day on the local ponds ... started-off fishing from the
canoe, the strong winds made it very difficult to effectively
control the canoe and target submerge humps and deep
water breaklines.  Beached the canoe and fished from the
shore, targeting shallow water breaklines, flats and edges of
weedlines.  Managed to hook-up and land two largemouth
bass with a Clouser's Minnow, Yellow / White (size 8) using a
strip, strip, strip 'n pause retrieve ... both takes coming-off the
inside corner of the weedline in three feet of water on the
strip.

Clouser's Minnow, Yellow / White
Hook - TMC 200R / Size - 6 to 10
Thread - White and Light Yellow
Eyes - Black Lead-Free Dumbbell
Tail - White Bucktail
Body - White Tying Thread
Wing - Yellow Bucktail over Gold Krystal Flash
Nose - Light Yellow Tying Thread
   



Black Lead-Free Dumbbell
is mounted on top of the hook
shank to invert the hook ...
along with imparting a dipping
and darting motion.
       
 

On the Drift with Mark ... 10/4/2014

Dropping temperatures, rain and strong winds
resulting in high and stain water ... didn't stop
Mark "Ironman" Spiewak from wetting a line on
Northwest Indiana's creeks.  Despite the tough
conditions, Mark was able to hook-up and land
several nice fish (steelhead and salmon) with the
center pin.  The hot ticket was drifting spawn
sacks at the 2 foot mark.

   
 
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