Friday, October 18, 2013

White River DRiFT Trip

(Above picture is of an old creek mill just outside of Arkansas in Missouri)
Last week was the annual DuPage River Fly Tiers trip down to Cotter, Arkansas to fish the tailwaters of the White River.  The fishing was from Sunday - Thursday and with nine guys floating out of different launch points, we covered some water as a group on a daily basis.

A member of the club was nice enough to let me borrow an extra pontoon boat for the week.  I am not sure how I would have managed fishing from just a wading standpoint.  The red  beast pictured above is what my ride looked like for the entire week.  With the change in water flows on an hourly basis, it is important to fish with people who have been on the water before.  Luckily for me, most guys on this trip were seasoned vets and I had safety tips coming at me from all angles.
I was warned going into this trip that it is a river that fishes like no other river.  It might take me a few days to get a hang of it.  With that information and my history of fish catching skills, I had very low expectations.  The first day produced just under 10 trout (all rainbows) about the size of the one in the net above.  I ended up doing fairly good for the week with getting around 50 trout (all but one were rainbows the other was a small brown).
All in all it was an amazing trip.  I will do more of an extensive write up but will have to figure out how to do it.  I normally do a fishing story day by day per post but I have never been on a trip as long as this with so many things that went on.  I just wanted to let the readers know that the trip was a blast and I actually caught a few fish.  Keep checking back to get the full write up on the trip and experiences staying with 10 other individuals.

Friday, October 4, 2013

The Eve before a Trip

I'm not one that takes many full blown fishing trips these days with having 2 kids under three in the house.  But here we are on the eve of my first ever trip to the White River.  5am pick up and then its 10 hours between me and the historic trout fishery.
This is my first time targeting strictly trout for such a long trip (5 days of fishing) and even though I doubt I'll have much luck, I plan on fishing the hell out of that river.  Not sure if I'll be able to leave teasers during the trip, or if I'll have anything worth teasing but either way, a trip report will be in the future.
Until then...tight lines (I hope).

Saturday, September 28, 2013

In the Now

Hello everyone.  It has been too long since I have updated the blog.  I was a busy summer in the Lost and Found world.  Moved into a new house back in April, welcomed our second baby boy into the family on July 4, and finally got back into fly tying.
DRiFT started up a few weeks ago and that means the signs of nice fishing weather is upon us.  Unfortunately I am not going on a salmon trip this fall.  I am however going to the White River in Cotter, AR next weekend for 5 full days for drifting and fishing.  I have been busy tying flies for the trip and cannot wait to get a line wet on such a pristine body of water.
I will have to take some pics of the new tying spot along with the fly patterns I've been working on for this trip.
Look for more in the next week before I head south...

Sunday, March 3, 2013

A Night with Bob Clouser

On Tuesday night, during a Chicagoland snow storm, I had the privilege to not only have dinner with, but also sit in on a presentation by Fly Fishing Royalty, Mr. Bob Clouser.
Mr. Couser was DRiFT's guest speaker this week after he was at the Great Outdoor Expo this past weekend in Woodstock, IL.  His presentation was entertaining while educating the small audience of about 50 people.  I took notes like I was in a college lecture writing down any new information about flies, water, rods, reels, lines, and fish.  I even took a video on my iPhone of Mr. Clouser tying his newer pattern called a "Half and Half."
The "Half and Half" is a cross between Lefty's Deceiver and The Clouser Minnow.  He tied the fly on a size 4/0 hook which made it big and juicy for toothy critters.  For those of you who read my blog knows I am fascinated with Musky and Pike patterns from tying them to reading about them.  The pictures below show you a completed "Half and Half."
Both of the above images are of the same fly from different views.  As you can see from the photos, this is a deadly fly for big fish.
Here are a few other tips Mr. Clouser shared with us:
Use  a 6 or 7wt. rod when fishing size 4 or smaller hooks, 8 or 9 wt. for larger hooks, especially in windy conditions.
Slow sinking line (No. 3) allows for a suspended retrieve.  The fly can actually be retrieved at the same water level it is when it is started.
Twistons Line Sinkers work great to add weight to your leader without having a bulky split shot.  They are easy to use and help keep the line from getting stuck in between  rocks.
The top 2/3 of a bucktail has the thicker fur.
Big Fly Fiber is a long 8'' material with some bulk which is great to tie big flies without having to add heavy material.  This keeps the fly easy to cast and dry.
The one thing Mr. Clouser said that I really found interesting is that he uses a River Master Skiff by Towee.  Towee is a boat company out of Tennessee which Brad Bohen uses at Musky Country Outfitters.  The boat that Bob uses is very difficult to tip and is extremely lightweight.  I will be looking into these a little more since it seems like a great small boat to use on local bodies of water and even get onto some of the bigger rivers.
 The night was memorable and I had a great time laughing and learning from Bob Clouser.  The weather kept people away but for those that came out, they had a great time.  I appreciate DRiFT for having Bob Clouser come out and not only tie us a few flies, but also share with us his knowledge for Bass fishing on the fly.