Monday, August 31, 2009

When the going gets tough.......

Yeah like I said when the going gets tough the tough get creative..... Tandam rigged pike flies ...2 at once....oh man I thought?I think more of a joke at 1st but then when Brian pulled out the the mother of all Largemouth bass well then I guess pikepicker can eat his words and stop laughing. We did have an ok day.....sub bugs and bunnybugs and Brian missed a GOOD pike that rolled a blew up on one of my red and white with silver EP flies.Waited out a massive rain storm and after that the fishing just seemed to go to the pots. Soaked like drowned rats and cold we jetted off for home with crazy smiles and good times! Remember pike like Dave Lindsays "sub bugs"......alot!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Few hours out......

Was out on the lake for a few last nite and was real slow. Not really much to say...wanted to test out some new patterns. Had a small pike follow up Dave's red and white sub bug and caught a small bass on one of the sub bugs I tied up. Wind was sharp and blowing from s,sw. Alot of weeds and crap in the water and with little visibility. Temps this weekend are going to be in the high 60-70 degrees so the cooler water should make a few pike start moving closer as the weather starts to do the Fall thing once again in Vermont. Will see what this weekend holds....should be good, tight lines!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

"Ode to the SUB BUG".....

Went out on an early morning pike adventure this morning and was quite unsure how the pikepickin would be. When we arrived to the lake , rain was just starting to peeter off and there was a bit of chop on the water as we had a pretty good north wind. Fished on the outskirts of the weed line to where we thought the bait would be pushed in. Started out slow changed up a pattern and then decided to put on Dave's "SUB BUG" in red and white. What a hell of a pattern this ! If this fly does not look like a wounded baitfish then I don't know what does. I believe my 4th cast and Bam! pike on. I guess the side to side and dive action was just too much. Any way to make a short story, we fished different patterns bunny bugs and perch patterns. Brian had good luck with one of my 7inch long white ,yellow and green slink-n-flash patterns but for me the sub bug was the ticket! I talked with Dave about tying techniques and then made it off to the vise for a go. Dave Lindsay has a site Pike and Predator flies with a great step by step on sub bugs .....visit, tie and hang on. I will be filling a box of these bad boys. Credit to Dave Lindsay for a killer pattern bro!

Friday, August 21, 2009

SCHLAPPEN Pike Picker....

Was at the local shop the other day and was pickin through the discount bin and came across tons of schlappen feathers! I thought I hit the lottery! They were on discount and for dirt cheap! I picked up 6 packages of all the good colors like grizzley, red, yellow, orange and black. I had recently seen some flies that Simon Graham had done over on his blogg and was really impressed with them. I figured I needed to do some and so be it , found these great feathers what timing! Now the pattern I tied, I put a little bit of my own twist to it with out straying too far from the simple fly itself. I will be hitting the pike lake this weekend and will be tossin out a few of these. So if you want a fly that has length and great action and does not soak up half of the the water in the lake or pond, give these old patterns a try! Enjoy and tight lines. Also be sure to drop by 700TEETH.com and poke around drop Ulf a line and say HI. Just scroll down my link list and click on 700TEETH...you won't be let down!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Little Fella.....

Well I know we all love to look at the big pike right! Well the big guys start out small too. Here is a cool pic of a little pike learning his way around dog eat dog world! Camo's real good and ready to strike! I am sure he is just waiting for some small crayfish or baitfish to scoot by and BAM all done! Pike know when opportunity knocks don't pass it up! Tight lines and enjoy fellas!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Orvis..Pike and Musky Hooks.....


One of my favorite materials to work with is a good hook. Lets face it your going to build a pike fly that is going to take a beating better put it together on a good hook right? So far my favorite for big patterns like bunny bugs and big baitfish patterns is the orvis pike and musky hook. I use the 4/0-6/0 sizes and think they are great! They come in black finish, chemically sharpened so these hooks are SHARP! They are wide gaped round bend 3xlong straight eye hooks. If you get a chance to try these hooks I don't think you will be let down, and I know everyone of us pike tiers has their own favorites. I do have some other hooks I prefer as well but when it comes to the big boy stuff these are the ticket..enjoy and tight lines. If you have a hook that is your favorite feel free to share I would love to hear about it.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Gartside's Gurglers................

Ok I am a pike nut...no if and or buts..! I missed 2 nice pike tonite on top right by the boat made my heart jump to my throat!..Love top water! The lake was calm as shit and no better time to throw big noisy bugs! I fished the umpqua pike fly and missed a decent pike and then it was water logged as shit. I switched over to a Gartside gurgler and well the rest is history. I love this fly I have been tying it for years and has never let me down when conditions are right. I missed a small pike as soon as I tied on and then the big bass just ate the hell out of it! This pattern was designed by Jack Gartside from Boston mass and is as simple and effective as it gets. Dave Edwards over at Deesox blogg just did up a bunch and you can check those out. You can also visit Dave Skok's site on my page and get to Jack's site from there as well. It is worth checking out for sure!!! Do yourself a favor if you love top water and love pike and bass give these a go....you won't be let down. I f any one also has any questions on tying these just drop me a line at ken.capsey@hotmail.com....thanks!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Pike Ink.....

Saw this pic and thought oh my god! I can't believe the awesome detail and art work is top notch! I have a pike tattoo done and love it. I plan in the future to have more added to it like lake bottom and all the surroundings. Maybe have a wrap around bunny bug on my arm.....ahh who knows. anyway the bills come first so that won't be for quite a while. Can't wait for some cooler weather when the pike start moving shallow again.........tight lines all!


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

pike flies and some grub........

Just a quicky on some of the latest ties. Really into bunny bugs and the slink-n-flash. Ties some nice sharp lookin perch patterns.....water was shit tonit so came back slurped a few brews and am going to hit the vise... Wanted to also share with ya the grub from the latest trip with my buddy Brian......try not to drool too much over the key board.........

Monday, August 10, 2009

Weather or not.......

Well to start off would like to thank my buddy Dave over at a matter of life and fluffchucking for helping me sort out all the nonsense crap I had going on with my blogg. It was a big help like I said....Pals.......! Had an interesting but sort pike trip tonite. I fish the evening and hooked up with 3 pike and one nice trailer right to the boat. Perch patterns in the 6-8inch range started me off on the right path! Then came the shitty weather. Dave was kind enough to add in the Champlain weather map for me. Now if you visit this blogg and are going to venture out on the lake use this link! I always check to see what the wind is doing and the forecast sunrise ect... I was ready for the storm and new when I needed shit and git. Don't take any chances with bad weather, we all have families and people that care about us. I don't mess with the thunder and lightning which we got both of tonite and still have as I write this. Play it safe and live to pike fish another day.....cheers
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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Pals........


If you have seen the movie "Young Guns"...then you know what it means to have pals. I have been lucky enough to make a few over the past months. Pals are guys you can count on....well here's to you Dave....I was surprised to find he made up a pattern after me and my last name and a top job he did! This is on a 6/0 Orvis pike and musky hook. Simple and laid back. Dave knows I am fond of the bunny bug style pike flies so here is one for you..."Scotland Pride". This is after Dave's country flag. I am sure this pike pattern will be a hit!!! Pals!..................

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

pikepicker's brew of choice......


Well when the pike flyfishing is done or lets say when your in the lab, there's nothin like a good brew mates! Now my brew of choice is always a dark beer. I like the thickness and the roasty taste. I love the foam that flows over an ice cold mug on a 90 degree day that says man you have earned this!I have had some good one, Otter Creek Stove pipe porter, Iron Rat stout.....which will kick your ass....and Gritty's Black fly to name a small few. I want to mention Sam Adams Black Lager. This beer has a very dark brown look. It smells like a smokey dark burnt brew. The taste is a dark roast and very smooth. I love the stuff and if your a dark beer fan like me than you will too...trust me! Whats your favorite and would like to here about it.....raise a glass boys you've earned it.....cheers!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Fly Tying.....

Had a nice talk with Dave Lindsay today. I was telling him about a recent fly I had been using for bass bugging in the lily pads. This fly looked great in the shop. Normally I don't buy flies but if I see something that catches my eye and has potential modification then i will drop the $4.50 a fly for this great looking weedless thing. Well it worked great until the second bass crunched it. This is where the shit hit the fan. Eyes fell off, rubber legs deer hair...you get the picture. Nothing like taking your hard earned cash and pissin it away! Anyway what I am trying to say is it can be much more enjoyable and rewarding tying your own patterns. You make them very durable and to fit your needs! I am in the process of taking a new fly fisherman under my wing...and he asked me to...show him how to tie some patterns. I hope this sparks an addiction for life! Tight Lines!