Sunday, May 22, 2016

ITS ALL TRENDING NOW!!!...SULPHERS/DRAKES/BWO'S/CADDIS

                                ( big fatty taken during morning gray drake spinner fall yesterday on Muskegon                                                                              by Ben Lacey)
It's all happening now on the Muskegon.... mornings and at dusk ..gray drakes/sulphurs/caddis and BWO'S ...
                                   ( sulphers started in earnest yesterday..JG Miller image)
                                                           Gray Drakes are starting strong
                                                                        
(morning and evening drake spinner falls can be heavy given ideal conditions...)


NOTE: still have some spots left in my Gray Drake Hatch school first weekend in June...hope to see you there!..gonna be a huge instructional event and hopefully big trout catching also...call me to discuss...231-250-2846
Cheers!..get out and enjoy
Matt


                                                             

Thursday, May 19, 2016

YOU ASKED FOR IT!...HERE IT IS....ALSO MAYFLIES HAVE STARTED!

(APM (all purpose mayfly) PHEASANT TAIL)
I have never created a more deadly nymph...PERIOD!!!. It is extremely effective fished classic...down-and- across wet fly swing, with twitching and jigging movements manipulating the articulation. It is deadly on spring creeks sight fished to actively nymphing trout during baetis and sulpher/PMD hatches..A.K.A Frank Sawyer style. 
On tailwaters and freestone stream swung actively along with tight circular mends clockwise and counterclockwise to manipulate swim-and-drop movements....GOOD LUCK!, and go heavier on the tippets, and just tighten  line on the strike since fish will hit this nymph very hard!!! The articulated movement, soft hackle pulsing and very realistic look all add up to a triple whammy for the trout!!!

RECIPE- THIS FLY CAN BE USE FROM SIZE 10- THRU 18...TO IMITATE A LARGE ARRAY OF MAYFLIES- MOST DEADLY FOR HENDRICKSONS ,  QUILLS, DRAKES, PARALEPS, SULPHERS/PMD'S, BWO'S, STENONEMAS.... 

BACK HOOK: DAIICHI 1110 STRAIGHT EYE
THREAD: UNI BROWN 6/0
TAIL: WOOD DUCK OR GADWALL DUCK-HARELINE
BODY: NATURAL PHEASANT TAIL ( USE NUMBER OF STRANDS BASED ON SIZE-FEWER FOR SMALLER SIZES ETC.,, VISA VERSA
RIBBING: COPPER WIRE

(THEN BREAK HOOK GAPE OFF IN VICE BY TWISTING THE SHANK FORWARD AND BACKWARD GENTLY!!!!- NOT TO DISTURB THE MATERIALS ON THE HOOK (NOTE: IN PRODUCTION TYING, I USUALLY TIE A DOZEN OR SO TAILS FIRST



FRONT HOOK: DAIICHI X120....SIZES#10- THRU 18
THREAD:UNI  6/0 BROWN
BEAD HEAD: SMALL COPPER BEAD BASED ON HOOK SIZE
EYES:....HARELINE EX. SMALL/SMALL/LARGE BLACK MONO EYES
TIE IN THESE ITEMS FIRST TO UNDERSTAND SPACE REQUIREMENTS WHEN TYING IN MATERIALS

JOINING BACK SECTION- TAKE 5X MONO AND TIE INTO THREAD AND THRU THE EYE OF BACK HOOK AND KEEP A SMALL LOOSE LOOP SO ARTICULATION HAPPENS- SEAL WITH SUPER GLUE OR LOON FLOW UV LIGHT- LET DRY OR LIGHT TO DRY---CAUTION: DON'T USE HEAVIER MONO/FLOURO BECAUSE IT WILL NOT WIGGLE AND GET STUCK!  

FIRST STEP ONCE BACK HOOK IS JOINED: FORM THE OVERLAPPING BACK AND TIE IN  YOUR CHOICE OF :THE PICTURE ABOVE IS A WOOD DUCK FEATHER TIED TIPS FIRST, BUT YOU CAN USE  A STRAND OF THIN SKIN (WAPSI) INSTEAD...THEN TIE IN J;SON SWEDEN (HARELINE) REALISTIC NYMPH LEGS IN SIZES N5/S5 FOR SMALLEST SIZES ...AND WORK UP TO N3 ETC FOR BIGGER MAYFLIES- ( THE LARGER NUMBER IS THE SMALLER LEGS

NEXT: TIE IN A NICE HUNGARIAN SELECT PARTRIDGE SOFT HACKLE FEATHER( HARELINE GRADE 1)

BODY : HARELINE UV ICE DUB PEACOCK

NEXT: PALMER SOFT HACKLE FORWARD TO THE EYES OVER THE ICE DUB- AND PRESS DOWN FIBERS TO THE SIDE OR CLIP TOP FIBERS TO ALLOW FOR BACK

BACK; LUUL LEGS FORWARD FIRST AND THEN WOOD DUCK OR THIN SKIN OVER AND ALIGNED PROPERLY...FOR WOOD DUCK AND LEGS, MOTTLE WITH COPIC BROWN MARKER FOR COLOR/BANDING/SPOTTING

WHIP FINISH AND SEAL BY BEAD WITH LOON/OR CLEAR CURE UV- JUST A DASH AND LIGHT SEAL SO MATERIALS DON'T
 UNRAVEL 

THERE YOU HAVE IT!!!...THE ULTIMATE TROUT NYMPH FROM THE BIG HORN , THE SPRING CREEKS TO THE CATSKILLS !!!

ALL I ASK IS FOR YOU TO POST YOUR PICTURES ON FACEBOOK!!!- AND TAG ME/SELECTIVITY

GOOD LUCK!!!!





Tuesday, May 17, 2016

MAY 17 MUSKEGON RIVER /MICHIGAN LAKES/RIVER UPDATE

STEELHEAD: Good news is that fresh runs of mid- May spring steelhead have trickled in on this up/down... cold /warm /wet weather. We always have fish coming in thru early June and this year will see more of this pattern due to our water temps, which are well below normal due to snow last weekend and very cold weather- it has warmed up into 60's and will remain nice.

STREAMER TROUT: There has been a ton of streamer pressure last couple weeks and it looked like the White in AR..I'm glad to see all the guys drifting and tossing meat. But we have to protect or larger browns and we need tophy brown trout regulations. I am spearheading a plan to discuss with the DNR to make it happen. I will need all the trout streamer bums to help and join in on the fight. This river has produced insane sized big truttas and they need our protection!! Rowing 14 miles to turn a couple good fish or hook one doesn't have to be that way. It makes you sick when you see a few worm dunkers come out with stringers of 14-20 inch browns and toss them in their boat to dry in the sun and then just trash them in the garbage- a heinous disgrace!!!..SORRY FOR MY CANDID VIEWS, BUT IT'S A FACT! The Eagle lake rainbows stocked to the tune of 80,000 each year are perfect for eating and harvesting by the IGLOO Brigade...they dont get as big as the browns anyways.
                                                    (The amazing Moser brown this spring!)

HATCHES: With 52F RIVER WATER TEMPS....AND LAKE TEMPS ICY COLD AT 42.9F, the hatches have been delayed but should start up with the warm days coming. A few gray drakes that hatched are confused with the weather and caddis and larger BWO'S, along with Siphlopecton quills have been out in warmer afternoons.


                                               (JG Miller image)

TORCH ATLANTIC'S: Fish are spread out all over - 75 feet to shallows...you can now troll with fly/switch rods New England style for these beasts and browns and lakers

SMALL SPRING CREEKS: The local small spring creeks. There are hundreds of miles with wild browns,brookies and rainbows that never see a soul!!!- get out and explore these little wooded spring streams that have been stocked with wild strain browns and get little to no pressure.  They are fishing well /excellent water levels, with streamers, caddis and Hendricksons




Hope to see you at the Gray Drake!


Saturday, May 14, 2016

MIGRATING NYMPH/EMERGER SUNKEN SPINNER..ALL PURPOSE DRAKE/QUILL/SIPHLOPECTON

Got out for an hour on my first day off after getting caught up in the office.. Yep!...in a global warming May, I had an ice/snow event for a few moments that caught me off guard. I targeted a riffle near a bog where swimming siphlonurus gray drake /siphlopecton nymphs are migrating..(P.S. : If you fish the Rogue near Rockford, there are Black Quills ( Leptophlebia cupida)....I got this trutta on the single handed rod- /down-and-across wet fly traditional swing -Orvis Helios II (10FT/5 wght) , with my new swimming/emerging nymph/sunken spinner-
 I know!, sounds complicated, but an AP (all purpose pattern that does drakes/quills/ Siphlo's), this is the money fly ...AND YES!!!... I always can't wait to have a day off so I can go "fishing!"- every day I get to go fishing is like my first day ever when I was six years old..its a passion I can't suppress ... but unfortunately many guides treat their job as " just another day at the office/or punching into the guide time clock and "cha-ching$$$ gig" ...Before you book a guide trip, ask your guide how many days he actually goes fishing?, does he or she branch out of their fish tank?.....you will be surprised on the varied comments...I'm not lecturing, but "just sayin"