Wednesday, September 26, 2012

DRiFT Meeting 9/25

The meeting last night was outstanding.  I did not learn a new pattern, but did learn a new method of fishing.  The pattern we tied was a mayfly emerger, but with a parasol attached to it.  This allows the fly to float just below the film and because the parasol is above the fly, the fish never see it.  This fly can also be used as a strike indicator while keeping a hook in the water. 

As you can see, the fly just has a small white parachute on top of it.  This keeps the fly at the surface, easily visible for the fisher to see, to detect any strikes.  A trailer fly can be used with this fly as well.
Using a fly as a strike indicator is a great way of keeping the back cast nice and tout without causing the line to loop and open on you.  This allows the fly to softly land on the water and not spook any fish.  It will also save you from sore shoulders at the end of a long day drifting flies.  Strike indicators are extremely light but can be bulky causing more of a strain during each cast from the wind resistance.
Two meetings down and it is easy to see why I missed them all summer long.  Great group of guys, great learning environment, and a reason to talk fly fishing all winter long.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

First DRiFT Meeting of 2012-2013 Season

Well last night was my first DRiFT meeting for the up coming tying season.  I guess I should start off by letting you know what DRiFT stands for.  DuPage River Fly Tyers is a group of about 65 fly fisher people that get together every Tuesday at College of DuPage from September to May to learn and talk everything fly fishing.  Most nights involve a member that demonstrates a fly pattern as everyone else ties along.  It is a great group of people and I have already learned a lot in the few months of going.
It was great to see new faces and to catch up with old friends that I have not seen since the beginning of summer.  It was nice to know I was not the only one that did not fish a lot this summer.  With the high temps in the Midwest, it made it unsafe not only for angler, but for the fish as well.  The few that did get out traveled out of the area to find better conditions to get a line wet and chase some fish.
The big talk of the group was the White River trip that some of the guys are going on at the beginning of October.  I had my heart set on this trip since we parted back in May, but with this being a yearly trip, I will wait until next year to go.  This way I can hear all about it first hand when they return so I know what to expect.  Either way, I hope they have a great trip and that the water levels stay up for everyone to bring some gorgeous fish to hand.
We tied two flies at the meeting.  Mike Miller is a certified caster and excellent tier.  He demonstrated two flies that he did very well on rivers in Montana, but would still be excellent flies right here in our backyards.
The fly above is called a slammer.  Mine has a little variation to the actual fly that was demonstrated.  Usually this top water fly has rubber legs that come off both sides.  In the mix of folding foam and tying off my thread, all four legs were ripped off.  I think this fly still has some ability to catch panfish and maybe even small bass if the water is right.  Hopefully I can get this fly wet over the upcoming weekend to see what it can do.
This next fly is a crane fly.  This is another fly that I look forward to trying on local ponds since we have had a good number of these giant mosquito looking flies this summer.  With the weather cooling in the Midwest, I am not sure how much longer they can work, but it is worth a try.  The crane fly is pretty close to what was shown except my legs do not have a break in them to make them fan out.  Both flies will be fished before the snow falls and I look forward to both flies producing fish.

For more information on DRiFT, please feel free to visit their website. The website will give more information on other programs the club is involved in.