Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Christmas Chuckers........

HO HO HO from the pike ranch....and a Happy 20011!!!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

"Money in the Bank" late season on the big lake...

Late season with good buddy Brendan. Lucky guy is heading on his honey moon to Honduras. Lucky guy!!! He is going to be targeting bones and cuda's......enjoy the flick and I hope B sticks a cuda for the blog will keep our finger's crossed here at the ranch! Tight Lines fluff chuckers!!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Spring 2011!!!!

Been a little slow at the ranch and on the blog. I apologize for that. Looking forward to 2011 and a rejuvenated spirit and sense of direction. The tying has been good as my trip to Florida is around the corner and peacock bass are on the hit list. I will put up my latest flies from the vise as soon as I can. As for now tight lines where ever you and big smiles!!! Looking forward to getting back to my pike in the spring.....hang tight esox and keep away from the big tempting minnows through the ice holes...there bad news!!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Compliments to my sisters!!

I will be back on the peacock trail from Jan 15th-23rd. Throwing flies at these fish are amazing and they fight like Mike Tyson 10 fold! So to the bench I go.. The plan is to visit the family chase some largemouth bass and peacocks...sunfish and all the other strange fish living in the Miami canals as well as big bass with my sister in the St Pete area on the fly...topwater...mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm tasty.... here's a preview to wet your whistle. I hope to top the 5lb peacock I stuck last time....

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I'm back !!!

Bare with me folks of fluff as pikepicker's location has changed but the same nutty craziness is still abound. To all my friends and followers who have stuck by my side I thank you from the bottom of my redneck heart...now go grab a beer!!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010


hello pike pickers and Friends around the world
going to be taking a little sabbatical over the winter to sort some stuff out , for full updates check out mcfluffchuckers blog
my brother Dave will let you all know when I'm back up

thanks Friends

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Saturday's Pike Session............

54 degrees no wind..well a slight chop and alot of sun. Get out while the gettins good I say. Big double bunnies , deceiver's and the "money in the bank" pink version drew us strikes fished slow on the bottom in sub shallow water with intermediate lines worked well. The lake level is high and the shallows are getting some small ice up..but not much. All in all We had a great day , laughs and a few follows and some hook ups. Like to try and get back out today as the weather this week is not looking so sharp but who knows. A big shout out to my buddy Brendan who is turning up the heat with his camera...the thing has a telescope lens that might reach the out reaches of space. thanks alot B! Tight Lines get out there and chuck some fluff..be safe!!! Ill post more pics of the weekends venture in the next post!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

My son starts to tie pike flies............

My son Kaiden a.k.a "little Fluff" has been asking to sit a tie a pike fly for a while. It's hard when he's all about spongebob and shows with trains and such. He sat down tonite and with a little help...some but not much tied up a pattern he calls the "dumb bell". I think he did a wonderful job for 6years old and he came away happy and proud of his work. I found that setting out materials that were easy to tie with big and bulky so he could get a handle on them worked best. An assortment of colors for him to pick from really helped too! I don't want to push him into anything but I figure the more he asks the more interested he is and that's a good thing!!! Very proud of you Kaiden and we will keep at it. He picked out his own thread...orange danville + and a 2/0 mustad. It was alot of fun listening to him ask questions and talk about flyfishing..........these are things you will never forget! Get your sons and daughters ..... grand kids , students or who ever into tying , it's a great feeling!! Tight Lines!

Sunday, November 7, 2010


For a full line of predator snacks..look no further. There on the menu today for me in smaller 4-5 inch versions and the pike love em!!! Just waiting for the water to warm up so another cup of coffee is in order! All step by steps can be found there so don't worry Dave and I try not to leave anything out and want things to be as clear as possible so anyone can enjoy tying and fishing these patterns! My personal favorite is red and white. Tie and fishem....become a subbug nut!!! Let us know what you think!! Tight Lines and fish em hard it's the subbug way!!!!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Dycker's Pike on the Fly

This is a great video and visit the web site http://www.dyckers.com Cheers Edwin! A pickpicker 2 thumbs up!!!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Bucktails...My point of view.

Bucktails to me are a special when chasing pike on the fly. Without a doubt one of the most deadliest materials to tie pike flies with. One can mix match colors...Hollow tie with it and so on. It takes well to synthetics blended in and is a great material for beginners to tie with. Being a self taught tier I learned alot through trail and error back in the day and when I accidentally caught a pike on a bucktail well the rest is history. So down to business. I like to keep a bulk profile on my patterns. Now these are not big about 4-5 inches long but this so happens to be what the pike for me a keying in on right now so give 'em what they want! The top pattern has stuck a few pike as of late and a poattern that has been a good stand by for me. Krystal flash , chenille and peacock herl all of a tiers basic goods. This is as solid as the day is long and aint going to bust to shit on ya. With the addition of an epoxy head you can't go wrong.
Ole Red and Yellow. Can't beat it! Now the body was made with mylar diamond braid...great except I forgot to zap a gap the body before wrapping. Bad mistake shred to shit after 3 fish. Now this pattern will still catch it's fair share without the flash body but it could have been prevented. One thing to remember is that your building a pattern to catch and trick pike , pickerel , musky and so on. build your patterns solid. I say this because in the past I have tied patterns molded after famous streamers and such. Some of those patterns call for ribbing tinsel and what not. To me and this is just my point of view..... is to avoid the tinsel but keep with the color scheme instead. Use tinsel but coat it with a hardener or Mr. bond even epoxy. If you don't like that approach then use a solid material such as wool yarn or chenille. This will last you alot longer then wrapping the tinsel through a dubbed body and after 1 pike have the rib fall apart. Another thing to remember is that not all bucktails are created equal. Some are stiff and wiry and near impossible to tie with. Be selective at the local shop. Pick through till you find ones that have nice long solid straight hairs. Those for me are the best to make pike flies with. Also a 3/0 thread or a gsp and mono are all good threads for pike flies. Budget your $ and buy the best hooks you can afford. I like the orvis pike and musky hooks and at 4.95 you can't go wrong. They are sharp as hell and are nice to tie with. anything from 4/0-8/0 are my standard size but you can go with what's workin for you. Hope this helps aid in your quest for building better bucktails and fishing them for pike and so on. These are just my thoughts. You may agree or disagree and that what makes the world go round! Feel free to contact me if you want. Till then tight lines strong fish and enjoy!!!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Jack Attack.........

Well 1 hr to fish stuck 3 fish. Not big at all but it aint about the size. I'm not going to sit here and bullshit and lie and say all I catch are big pike and such. I just like the whole esox family and yes it's nice to tag a big boy and have him run ya hard but that's what the pikesaber is for...brakes on landed fast and back in the water..done deal. Love me or hate me it's what I do... Tomorrow I want to get into detail about bucktails and how they play a big roll in pike fly fishing my thoughts and ideas so if your interested people of the fluff......stay tuned...just like McFluff said don't forget your camera and stay safe it's cold in the water.......

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Monday, November 1, 2010

Do It Yourself

From "stripers online". This is a great step by step on cleaning up bucktails. I have a friend who cuts deer on the side so I've been promised 50+ bucktails. At 6.00 a pop at the flyshop you do the math...I say i'm coming out on top.......Tight Lines and sharp hooks!

What you will need:
Wisk Laundry Detergent - red bottle
Ivory Liquid soap
RIT White-Wash
Piping hot water
1 5 gal. bucket
1 milk crate or huge collendar
1 wicked shahp knife
1 pair utility shears
1 large comb
1 hair brush
3/4" plywood
1 fan
tons of bloody, greezy, snotty, muddy BT

1. Debone the BT. Take the knife and insert under the hide at the base of the tail and make a continuous cut exposing the bone underneath. You will now know why you need a "wicked shahp knife." Peel back the hide and remove the tail bone. I like to have two people if you are going to be doing a ton of them. 1 person debones and the other preps for degreasing.

2. Prep for degreasing. Take the deboned BT and scrape off the residual fat and trim away any and all that you can at this point. Fat is what makes that rancid smell later in the year and endears your to your betrothed. I also like to use a knife or utility shears to trim the base of the tail and eliminate the parts of the BT that I won't be using. Now it your time to get a nice, clean BT shape. Take your time.

3. Take the 5 gal. pail and fill 2/3 with piping hot water. Add in 1 packet of RIT White Wash, 1/2 cup or so of Ivory liquid dish washing sop and 1/4 a cup of Wisk Liquid Laundry Detergent. Put in upto 12 BT per pail and swish around thoroughly. When you think your done, swish some more.

4. Let it soak for three (3) days. Yes that is correct three (3) days. Stir occasionally. I do mine in my basement garage and give it a swish with a smashed hockey stick every time I come in or go out of the garage. DO NOT POUND the BT. The longer they soak, the more supple and tear able the BT becomes. Swishing in a circular motion seems to work very well.

5. After three (3) days, take and train the whole bucket into a sink into a milk crate or VERY large colander. Keep luke warm water running and rinse off each individual tail. By this time, all the blood clots, mud spots and other nasties should be sufficiently loosened or gone completely. Play the BT back and forth in your hand, removing all the degreasing solution. Again, be very gentle during this phase. The BT can tear easily.

6. As you rinse out the BT, squeeze out as much of the water as possible. DO NOT WRING THE BT - it will disnetgrate. Then place each BT in between 2-4 sheets of papertowels.

7. Now bring the BT to that sheet of plywood. Lay them out nicely and neatly. How they look now, is how they will dry and harden. Take some pride and time in laying them out. I usually lay them out with the hide facing up. Make sure they are all lined up nicely and there are no wrinkles or folds in the hide. Take a second sheet of plywood and place it gently over the BT making a nice plywood - BT - plywood sandwich. I like to clamp the sides and put bricks scattered randomly on the top. Point the fan to go between the plywood sheets and leave them like that for one (1) day. Do not let them get moldy. The purpose of this step is to simple yield your nice, straight, clean BT. All you are doing it shaping the final hide imprint.

8. After one (1) day, remove the clamps and plywood. Be gentle as some of the BT will stick to the top sheet of plywood as it is removed. While the BT is still fragile, it is beginning to toughen up.

9. Flip over all the BT with the hair side up. Use the brush and comb to stylize all the hair. If you want straight BT, this is how you do it. Be sure to follow the natural flow of the BT hide.

10. Carefully, not ruining your nice Paul Mitchell-like styling job, flip the BT over again with the hide side up. Liberally encrust the hide with the Borax. When in doubt, use more. The borax draws out the moisture and serves to cure the hide. I now put that second plywood sheet pack on, clamps back on and bricks back on and leave for 2-3 days with the fan blowing on it.

11. After about two or three days, take the clamps, bricks and plywood off. You will now see what I mean by nice, clean straight BT.

12. Now flip over the BT with the hair side up and let the fan dry that side for 3-4 days or better yet, a week. I know it seems long, but if you short cut this phase, when you put your BT away and then take them out to tie, they will be all moldy and rancid and you will have to start all over again.

13. After a week of fanning the fur side, flip the BT over again and re apply borax liberally. Use new Borax as the stuff on the plywood has a high moisture content weather you can feel it or not. Now put the fan on the BT and dry this side, with the Borax for 1 week. If you have done everything correctly, you are now done. You should have nice, clean, degreased, flat and straight BT with amazing fur to tie up flies, cod flies, jigs or anything you desire.

One small note, If you never use the brown center of the BT, you can trim it out with a new razor blade. Flip the BT hide side up and trace the dark hide from the light hide. This will cut away the left, center and right parts of the BT leaving you with nice clean, straight white BT to tie.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from pike adventures....now gimmee some damn CANDY!!!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

This and that............

Looking back over my pike season this year I have learned a and gained a little more......I have been blessed to be part of piketrek and handle the pikesaber. I v'e clocked alot of hours in on the water and some real good days and some slow days. Any day out chasin pike on the fly aint a bad day......From early season right up to ice up....throwing some fluff.......Life is grand to say the least. Red and white bunny flies E.P flies , big bucktail's..."my favorite".....and top water poppers. The pickerel bite for me was outstanding and I learned alot there as well. If anyone would like to be featured on Pike Adventures I would love to start a reader's followers favorite pike pattern. Just e-mail me the details tying instructions or story...what ever you want and I'll feature this on a picked day...so come on be the 1st!!! E-Mail me at Ken.Capsey@hotmail.com Thank you for all who have made P.A a success! Tight Lines and keep those hooks sharp....and send those pike...pickerel and musky fly photos and stories over!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Variations on a theme

Variations on a theme. Originated by Bill Murdich tied by many. These just plain catch fish. Tied for striped bass these have proved themselves as a top predator snack. this is good for us esox guys. top fly was tied by myself and the bottom 2 were from the guru of pike fly tying and fishing McFluffchucker. I have had good success with these baitfish patterns and find that they adapt well to tweaking and adding different materials. So have at it enjoy. My version was tied on a 2/0 mustad but have also tied some on tiemco 600 sp 3/0-5/0 hooks. Enjoy the flick.....Pikepicker.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

That's how we roll in Pike Country....

Yep that's about it...pike flies laughs ...cigars and good times with good friends...Thanks to John and Brendan for a bankers hours invite..I missed 2 but I don't care I love being around it all and I got to handle B'S 30 inch esox...right on dude...tight lines and get'em wet it's a great time to be out!!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

PT's Rattles and some Fun!!!


Received a parcel from my brother via piketrek.....very nice.!!! I am currently playing with the rattles. They are a breeze to tie with making noisy pike patterns a breeze!!! I cranked out a few deceivers and to say the least I am very impressed!!
For now I need to head back to the lab tie some more snacks up give 2 thumbs up to the fellas at Piketrek......nice work fellas.. i'm impressed!!! Tight lines for now!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

Sunday's best................

Here's a sweet pic of a pike I caught Sunday not a big guy but the take was down right angry...vicious and well out to kill. That's why I fly fish for pike...I feel sometimes the smaller pike seem to be more aggressive than the bigger guys. I mean this in a angry way..not always but sometimes. I have had big pike take real gentle then the hook set.....you know the drill. Any way enjoy and I hope your getting your line wet as well or tying some pike flies ..... maybe even thinking about making the switch from baitcasting and lures to fly fishing....

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Ugly Duck's Rod Care Products

A while back I spoke with U.D's via facebook about their innovative rod products. Come to find out they are Maine neighbors pretty sweet !!!. Being a Vermont fella we could relate to each other. Any way a few days later low and behold 3 sample pucks of formula "2" ferrule wax were sitting in my mailbox!!! Scribed on the package said "Ken The Pike Man Capsey"....very nice!!!! Now I promised them I would put it to use on all the rods I fished with for pike and so on. I can honestly say that I have never givin ferrule wax a second thought but I do now. I put it on and immediately liked the stuff. It makes sense to wax the ferrules up now and again....kinda like puttin oil in your car and keeping it tuned up...same concept. Well that's at least how I see it. They came in a handy small round metal canister that you can easily store in your boat bag or chest pack...shirt pocket if need be. I found that all my rods slid together nicely and did not have any rod twist that you may sometimes get with 4 piece rods. I chuck a hell of alotta fluff...well every second I get and I got alot of seconds!! I tested their formula "2" on a 2 piece rod when I was chasing pickerel this year..no problems there as well and I believe that was at least 20 trips to that secret pond alone....I also and this is big for me like to chase pickerel on vintage gear meaning the old bamboo rods I have. Getting that sweet smooth pop when you take a rod apart is good meaning you have a tight connection and being able to gently put the rod together is a must!!! I used their formula "2" religiously in this aspect. To top that off their products are all environmentally friendly and all natural and that's a bonus in this day and age. All in all Pikepicker gives U.D. a big 2 thumbs up and continued support and best wishes for future success!!! Thanks guys!!! Also this is a little bit of gratitude they offer off their web site now how can you argue with that!!!!

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Fall Time and woodstoves!

Last nite was a great nite to be out on the water chucking fluff. We are expected to get 2 inches of rain starting today so the weather has turned to shit for a few days. I stuck 2 small jacks and a walleye. I was just enjoying being out but it's always better with a pike on your line eating big streamers. Flat calm and the smell of a wood stove burning hardwood......that's a great smell. Anyway 6inch perch colored e.p baitfish was what I was tossing. I had a quick snap at a chartreuse and white "Money in the Bank" before I switched. Full sink rio line and the pikesaber are my tools of the trade. Keep an eye on the weather and play it sfe when you venture out. Tight Lines Pike chasers!!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Oh Yeah!!!!

Working on some pike patterns and getting out Weds evening for some pike. Happier than Uncle Jimmy and his 1 tooth! Be safe on the water Fall temps are cold and the water is too. New poster put up for the PFFA thanks to Dave McFluffchucker...tight work bro. If you like pike on the fly check out the PFFA it's a right bunch of good guys!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Great Baitfish step by step

eat me baitfish from PFFA on Vimeo.

This pattern screams eat me!!!! The lay out is great for pause and start tying. I will knocking out a few of these myself...well done brother!!!! Enjoy the video and get out and chuck some flies. If you can't tie some pike flies!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

"Money In the Bank"

Another simple variation a top producing pike fly for me. Same principle as tied originally just splayed the hackles outwards. I think this will add some drop dead sexy movement in the water that no predator will resist. 8 inches long back hook is a tiemco 600sp 1/0 and the front hook(clipped) 3/0 orvis pike and musky. Enjoy and tight lines remember brave the cold days pick and choose safe water... get out and chase some pike on the fly...fall is the time to strike it rich with big fish!!!
Oh and don't leave the glue cap off for too long...it will get to ya after a while....or maybe not!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Front cover son!!!

Me on the hot new magazine sure to make a giant stir in the pike on the fly world. Not for sale in FINLAND. I asked my uncle a while back if he had ever been there to flyfish for pike...he said hed rather stick his finger in his eye socket for the price it costs to fish there. Lesson learned respect your elders and listen to uncle Jim even after 50 cans of steel reserve....

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Winter time project............

This is a great step by step. Also having a good buddy who has built a few is an added bonus.....Click on the main part of the video for the rest of the steps!!Tight lines!!!!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Pike Aventures " Clip of the day"

Been a while since I updated a video. This was from this evening trip to location "x". Stuck 5 nice pickerel the biggest being 22 inches. Tight Lines and enjoy suckas!!!!!! Bro...thanks for the PFFA hoodie man....keepin me warm! The holes in the arm pits make for proper ventilation when things start to heat up!!!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

What's going on????

Some of the friends and flies I have been hanging out with as of late. Stickin some nice Pickerel and a few pike and the occasional bass. Life's good and feelin fine!!! This is a great time of year to be a VT boy. Fall foliage , fresh apples , fresh hot cooked pies and the smell of a fresh wood stove burning. Ahh I love it!! You know when you surround yourself with positive things you enjoy and a loving familiy and good friends it don't get no better. Course big fall pike hittin streamers is a plus. Iv'e been throwing a rio full sink that my buddy Barry Reynolds sent me and I tell ya what it's a great line for probing those drop offs! Handles well a quick count down strip seem s to work the best for me. The middle picture is of a baby snapping turtle which my buddy Drew saw while we were floating a pike trip a few weeks ago. The big versions of these guys are not to be messed with as I have personally seen them snap a broom stick in half.........clean in half so let -em be!!! Bottom pic is one of my favorite big pike patterns "money in the bank" My buddy Brendan inspired this pattern...thanks dude!!! After a few Sam Adams I think I finally nailed it down to a T!!! So for now tight lines sharp hooks...get out and enjoy the fall air and remember to take a deep breath smell the air and have a look at whats around you...life's way too short!!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


I use these quite a bit and like them very much. A little more unique than sharpies these have a 2 tip selection. You can use the wide end for thicker stripes or the fine point for dotting and detail. Check out the link on top and get ya some sure to be a hit for the tying bench and on your pike flies!!! They have all the best colors and some real crazy colors that are sure to please!! Tight lines!!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

The "Beaver Hut Brawler"

I found out his game and and know I know he likes perch patterns........Chain Pickerel in the fall rock...tight lines. Get out and chase some toothy critters!!!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Tandem Pickerel fly by Brian Wiprud

Snap Tandem Pickerel Fly: Perch
(Schmudts Surprise)

Schmudts Surprise

By Brian Wiprud

Publishers Note: A year or so ago Brian wrote an article for FAOL on Snap Tandems for Pickerel. The pickerel season is approaching and here is Brian's favorite fly for them - with the method of course.

1. Materials Required Include: 50lb+ Mono, 6lb Mono Tying Thread, Permanent Black Marker, Epoxy, Green/White/Red/Black Super Hair, Yellow/Pearl Krystal Flash, Two 2/0 Hooks Mustad 3366 or Equivalent), Yellow Flash Woven Plastic Weave Tube.

2. Thread two six-inch strands of 50lb mono through snap, fold in half, and weave four strands into one. Affix to shank of fore hook, making sure snap is positioned so that rear hook will be aligned vertically.

3. Slide on body tube from rear, slitting the front so that it reached the head of the fore hook. Tie in pace behind eye of fore hook, and tie in large lead eyes on top. Apply Crazy glue.

4. Tie in White Super hair for length of body, with Red Super Hair approximately the length of the shank on top of that. (This is the bottom of the fly.) Apply Crazy glue.

5. Turn the fly 180 degrees. Stack three materials: Black Super Hair on Green on Yellow Krystal Flash for length of body. Tie in at head, trying not to bind too tightly behind the lead eyes to keep a high profile for the fly's back. (This is the top of the fly.) Apply Crazy glue.

6. Spin fly 180 degrees to tie off rear of body tube at snap. Hold hair out of way with binder clip. Apply Crazy Glue.

7. Put second hook in vice and tie in tuft of Yellow Krystal Flash. This is the tail. Extra hooks in different colors can be tied and snapped onto the fly while angling to suit the mood of the fish. Apply Crazy glue.

8. Apply stick-on reflective eyes to ends of lead eyes. With permanent black marker, draw in side stripes from black top hair to top of the body tube.

9. Mix 5-minute epoxy, stirring gently to limit air bubbles. Apply epoxy with flat tooth pick to head of fly, completely encasing the stick-on eyes and hair tie-in. Avoid cementing shut the hook eye. Put fly on electric rotator or turn by hand until glue sets evenly. Also apply epoxy to head of rear hook and to body tube connection at head of snap. Allow epoxy to cure for 24 hours before use.

10. Completed and assembled snap-tandem fly. ~ Brian Wiprud

About Brian: Brian M. Wiprud is a New York City writer who fishes Pennsylvania and Massachusetts waters for pickerel and has published previously in American Angler, Mid Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide and Fly Fishing Journal. He is also the author of the novel, Sleeps With Fishes, Reviewed here.