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General Discussion / Mounting rod holders
« Last post by Flydude on February 22, 2018, 03:36:41 PM »
Hello everybody,

A while back I sold my 17-foot Xpress bass boat and custom ordered a smaller 15-foot Jon-boat. The challenge is to utilize as much space as possible now that I do not have all that under-deck storage area. I also want to carry as many assembled and ready for use fly rods as I can. I found these BoatBuckle rod holders at Academy. I made the wood bases, stained and clear coated them to mount on the top lid of the long rod box. Then I screwed the BoatBuckle rod holders onto the wood bases. The Velcro straps hold everything secure when in transit or when I open the lid.

Have a great day,
Thomas
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Warmwater Fly Fishing / Re: What flies are you tying?
« Last post by Flydude on February 21, 2018, 03:13:30 PM »
Looks like bream food to me!   :smile:

I don't think you can go wrong with either something that looks like a bug or that looks like a minnow.  I do think colors matter but what colors depend on the water clarity, weather (sunny or dark), and food sources.  I have a trio of "confidence flies" that I'll fish in different colors and depending on which color scheme works best, I'll then throw a variety of flies in that color and see what the fish like most. I'll then restrict my tying to those specific patterns.

Otherwise too many different flies + too many different colors = one crazed fly tier!   :wink-new:

Hello catch,

Most likely I could only take about one dozen flies with me out on the lake and catch plenty fish. However I like to take about a dozen 24-compartment fly boxes and every compartment full of flies when I go out. Never have too many...he he

My favorite color fishing on Sam Rayburn is Chartreuse and use it on most flies. The flies shown below that look yellow is actually Chartreuse. I do use both the Yellow Chartreuse and Green Chartreuse. I like Black, Dark Blue and Dark Purple for wet flies on overcast days.

I just really enjoy tying flies and give away most of what I tie up.

Hopefully the weather will settle a bit and I can get on the lake this coming week.

Have a great day,
Thomas
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Warmwater Fly Fishing / Re: What flies are you tying?
« Last post by Catch on February 21, 2018, 01:35:49 PM »
Looks like bream food to me!   :smile:

I don't think you can go wrong with either something that looks like a bug or that looks like a minnow.  I do think colors matter but what colors depend on the water clarity, weather (sunny or dark), and food sources.  I have a trio of "confidence flies" that I'll fish in different colors and depending on which color scheme works best, I'll then throw a variety of flies in that color and see what the fish like most. I'll then restrict my tying to those specific patterns.

Otherwise too many different flies + too many different colors = one crazed fly tier!   :wink-new:
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Fly Fishing Events / 26th annual Red Stick Day - Sat, March 3rd
« Last post by Catch on February 21, 2018, 01:25:15 PM »
26th annual Red Stick Day
Saturday, March 3, 2018
8:30am - 3:30pm
Perkins Road Community Park
7122 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge, LA
FREE admission!

Hosted by the Red Stick Fly Fishers, Red Stick Day is a celebration of fly fishing. The event features seminars, fly tying demonstrations, casting clinics, vendors, and more. There's even fishing on the premises!

Guest speakers and their programs include:
- Eddie Mullen, saltwater fishing expert and owner of Eddies Kayak Rentals, "Kayak Fishing Pointe aux Chenes"
- Bill Laminack, famed Florida fly tier and angler, "Bass On The Fly"
- Ben Roussel, Jackson Kayak pro-staffer and award-winning blogger, "Trout Fishing North Georgia"
- Tristian Daire, inshore fly fishing guide and owner of Olde Towne Fly Shop, "Redfish Techniques" 

Fly tyers from Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and Alabama will be demonstrating their patterns. Learn about the best flies for catching reds, specks, bass, bream, trout and more.

RSFF member Roger del Rio, a Fly Fishers International Certified Instructor, will be giving casting instruction in the morning and afternoon. Bring your tackle or learn on one of the club rods.

A jambalaya lunch will be available. There's the big raffle for flies, tackle, equipment, and other items, and a Gamblers Draw at noon. Proceeds from the raffle benefit the club's conservation projects.

For more details, click on the flyer below -or- go to the Red Stick Fly Fishers website at www.rsff.org and click on 'Red Stick Day'.
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Fishing Reports / Re: Spring has sprung
« Last post by Rick Z on February 21, 2018, 09:35:53 AM »
Water is still covered with ice here.  Catch two for me.

Rick
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Fishing Reports / Re: Spring has sprung
« Last post by Catch on February 20, 2018, 03:45:43 PM »
Sweet! 

Might be a bit early for the bluegills, but the redears should be active.  I was shocked how much warmer the water temperature in the lake was today from last week.  It was 49 and today it's 64.
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Fishing Reports / Spring has sprung
« Last post by Butch Ammons on February 19, 2018, 05:45:57 PM »
At least is has down here in the deep south...

Stopped by my local pond this afternoon to check conditions. Water was clear but not much activity. I was standing by the bank and saw some bass getting ready to spawn right in front of me in a couple of feet of water. I teased them with a purple/char fluff bug and they tried to pull it off the bed. Hooked this one twice and landed it the second time. She was released  to finish the spawn.




That pond has some huge bream in it, I will go back with my kayak soon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EEh5a95ELI&t=53s



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Warmwater Fly Fishing / Re: What flies are you tying?
« Last post by Flydude on February 16, 2018, 06:03:59 AM »
Hello again everyone,

I have been at the fly tying bench some of this week tying up almost 100 more flies of all shapes and configurations. I am attaching photos of a few patterns both standard and non-standard: example Wooly Bugger tied on a Jig Hook some with eyes an some not: Wooly Bugger tied on a standard size 8 hook 2x long, with and without eyes: Some size 8 dry flies with various locations for the Hackle: Some size 8 Tenkara flies: Some small "bug" flies.

All of these flies / patterns have produced good catches in the past for me in the colors shown and a mix of various other colors.

Hopefully Spring weather is just around the corner and we can all get out and do a lot of Fly Fishing.

Have a great day,
Thomas
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Warmwater Fly Fishing / What flies are you tying?
« Last post by Flydude on February 10, 2018, 04:16:30 AM »
G’ day to everyone,

Although the weather has been too cold and unsettled here on Sam Rayburn Lake to do any Fly Fishing of late, I have been tying up a lot of flies to get ready for Spring. I generally start each year using mostly wet flies and as the water warms up begin using more dry flies. As the Perch slowly move out of the deeper waters up into the shallows, I enjoy getting some of the first surface strikes.

I tie up a lot of non-traditional patterns, in other words, flies that just “look good”. For an example, I tie a dry fly that is kind-of-like a Drake Spinner / or Pale Spinner but leave off the tail. I don’t consider this to be an original pattern because I might tie up 6 at a time and each one be slightly different from the others. I will also tie up some more with a tail and each one will be slightly different but still not true to the traditional pattern.

I am curious if you have a non-traditional wet or dry fly pattern that you tie up each year that produces good results with the Perch family.

Have a great day,
Thomas

I am adding 2 photos; one of the Dry Fly and the second of some mixed flies that I tied this week. The Dry Fly is tied using Polypropylene Floating Yarn for the body and the wings, instead of a dubbing material. Tied on a size 10 hook; TMC-101.
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General Discussion / Re: Introduction
« Last post by kjnengr on February 01, 2018, 09:05:17 AM »
Awesome intro and great pictures ! What creeks and bayous are you hitting ?

Check your PMs, man.
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