Sunday, February 28, 2010

Silver Pike

While still technically considered a Esox Lucius (Northern Pike) the “silver” pike as almost none of the normal markings of a normal pike. Typically northerns have a dark greenish body with lighter elongated yellow horizontal splotches. the Silver Pike however, is an all over steel blue/silver color and slightly goldish tips on its scales. Recently the national hall of fame has listed the silver pike as a new mutation of the northern pike for record keeping purposes. Reports received to date indicate silver pike rarely exceed 10lbs. However, this is not always the case. On little Vermilion lake silver pike can be found with some regularity and generally tip the 10 pound scale mark, some of these pike getting as big as 27lbs.

For many years silver pikes were believed to be a variation of the muskellunge, therefore it is encouraging to see a recording body record this fish as a mutant variety.

It seems silver pike only mate successfully with other silver pike. which would help explain why they are so scarce. the few times silver pike have been mated successfully with their normal counter parts the offspring produced has looked like neither parent.

All this gives credence to the fact that silver pike may be deserving of their own species name, and little vermilion lake will likely document this coming to pass.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010

Nice baitfish pattern

"on a personal note....tie flies and tie some more. Tie flies because you love to not cause you have to. Don't let anyone make you think different........"

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tiemco 600 SP......damn right!

The hook I have been tying my bunny patterns with and a host of superhair bait fish. Pricey -YES feckin sharp oh hell yeah! Now I know I am not the guy to preach buy, buy, buy, but if you happen to have a few extra bucks kickin around in your pocket and you just so happen to stroll into the local fly shop and want to get a good predator fly hook...well give these girls a go. I have caught plenty of pike on these hooks and they stick and stick hard. Short shank wide gap which I have found work great on bunny patterns. Here is a link and, yes I do like the hook so much I had it drilled in my arm! CHEERS FLUFFCHUCKERS!!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tuesday Tie Off

Hey Fluffflingers! Welcome to another "Tuesday Tie Off" Today's pick was well Bunny Rabbit, if you did not get the hint I dropped this morning. Anyway bunny is a great material to work with for pike tiers. You can as neat or well you couls probably lash the stuff on a big hook and add some flash and catch a pike because of it's seductive movement in the water. But hey Dave and I just don't lash stuff on a hook and call it close enough. Any way I got a little creative with the heads instead of materials. One the chinchilla bug I added glitter no big deal there but hey it may make a difference some how. I try to keep the rabbit a bit on the smaller side for the tail as you know this stuff tends to soak water up pretty good. I have found that by adding more tailing material you can make a respectable size pike snack and looks great in the water! The next pattern is a favorite color of mine and and white. Now I remember way back when I saw a Scott Sanchez pattern for pike with a heart bead. For some reason I could not find a picture of this pattern. This was about 10 years ago I think. Any way I was able to find some hearts at the local craft store in the big size. So here you have it the "heart stopper pike fly". This boy is 7 inches long perfect on a 9-10wt set up. Hope you enjoyed this weeks tie off and if anyone has any questions on tying these feel free to contact Dave or I. To see what McFluff has up his sleeve venture over to tight lines everyone!

Tuesday Tie Off

Stay tuned later this afternoon....tight lines!!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Vt Musky

August 21, 2008

Missisquoi River Muskie Restoration is Underway

WATERBURY, VT – The muskellunge, a famed and highly-prized sport fish, may once again establish residency in the Missisquoi River, thanks to cooperative efforts yesterday by the states of New York and Vermont. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department gave its recently-established muskie restoration effort a boost Tuesday when it stocked 250 four-month old muskellunge in the Missisquoi River Delta. The fish were donated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The muskellunge is a unique Vermont natural heritage species. Lake Champlain and the Missisquoi River are the only locations in New England that historically had a native muskellunge population. Local people, especially residents of Swanton and people of Abenaki descent can remember stories of their ancestors fishing for and catching big muskies in the area.

Muskellunge were native to Lake Champlain’s Missisquoi River and Missisquoi Bay but the population that last existed upstream of the Swanton Dam was apparently lost in the late 1970s following a chemical spill that occurred on the upper river.

“The muskellunge has a unique role as Lake Champlain’s apex aquatic predator among the lake’s fishes,” said Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Wayne Laroche. “It also was important historically on the lower Missisquoi River as an almost mythical large fish that was present but very difficult to catch.”

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department recently completed a genetic assessment of a very small number of muskellunge caught since 2005 in the Lake Champlain Basin.

“In the last couple years, anglers have reported catching an occasional muskie in the lower Missisquoi River and Missisquoi Bay,” said Shawn Good, Chair of the department’s Muskellunge Team, and the fisheries biologist leading the restoration efforts. “Through a very successful outreach effort, we were able to work with local anglers and taxidermists in the Swanton area and obtain tissue samples from a number of these incidental muskie catches. Genetic analysis of these tissue samples reveal the muskellunge anglers have been catching in the area are not from the original native strain.”

“The muskie that anglers have been catching in the Missisquoi came from the Great Chazy River in New York, as their genetic makeup is identical to the Lake Chautauqua-strain muskie the NYDEC have stocked there for many years,” said Good.

Good says they now know some of those fish make their way down the Chazy and out into Lake Champlain to the Missisquoi Bay and River.

There are also a small number of muskellunge in Otter Creek. These fish originated from Pennsylvania following a Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department stocking effort more than 20 years ago.

The department’s genetic work also showed that the state record muskellunge, a 38.22 lb. fish caught in the Missisquoi River in September of 2005 by Chris Beebe, came from fish stocked by the State of New York in the Chazy River.

Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife

" Keep your eyes peeled as Dave and I are on the musky quest. Over at Pike and Predators we will have a site dedicated to our search on the "Missisquoi Musky on the Fly"..with great patterns that we will be using and our progress on the target musky."

Saturday, February 20, 2010

From a brother!

Well a long awaited parcel came from my brother Dave over at "A Matter Of Life, Death and Fluffchucking". Well we were both up in the air as to where it was as he had sent it over with Christopher Columbus when he arrived to America. Anyway as I have been sick with this stomach bug head cold thing that every fecker seems to have my fiance says....Dave's parcel arrived today. Take note I got out of bed at 2pm in the afternoon still trying to figure out what the hell day it was. Well what parcel would not be complete with a Braveheart DVD and some thrash metal and all other goodies from a brother in Scotland. As I opened the box, well my eyes tell the story....goodies galore and candy!!!cheers if I can only fit a whole woodchuck in the mail you got one coming!!!!

Friday, February 19, 2010

More Pike ink and art.....

Here is another pike tattoo. I really like searching around to see the different pike ink people have...good stuff. To mix it up a little here is a great piece of pike art to boot. Check out our pike and predator site for new bunny bug patterns. Dave and I will be puttin some wicked pike snacks up so be sure to have a look around. Will be doing a step by step on them as well. Enjoy Fluffchuckers!!!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tuesday Tie Off

Hey folks!!! Happy Tuesday and a great day here at the pike ranch nice and sunny and a sweaty 33 degrees!! This weeks pick was spun deer hair and would like to thank Pat Cohen for that as I am sure Ole McFluff feels the same way...when you see inspiration you must act quickly! Any way I turned out a couple of flies as this week has been a busy one. I tell one word of advice with deer hair you don't rush it and you need to be in the mood at least that's how I roll. So here we are a sub bug in purple my last tie of the nite and a spun deer hair "SPLAYER". 2/0 on the splayer and a 5/0 onj the purple and white sub bug which I am quite pleased with. I had a banner of an evening last fall with purple and white sub bugs for pike and made a point to have a few more in the arsenal. Head on over to Dave's site and see what he has up his sleeve as he is one hell of a hair man himself and self taught as well which means if you put your mind to something you can and will get the job done!!! htt://
Tight Lines!!!

Monday, February 15, 2010


Having face hair has advantages...even a super long choo......built in fly patch...sweet!

Sunday, February 14, 2010


Took off for the weekend with my fiance and had some great down time. Got a fresh tattoo had some great drinks and awesome food! With my camera at my side I was able to get some good photos for up coming adventures this spring for pike. This being on the N.Y side of things. I will be picking up N.Y license to hit the water soon as I was able to find some open water with some possibilities. If all else fails getting some patterns in the water will be as rewarding. Here are a few pics of Champlain and of Fort Blunder....This fort was built in 1844 and has never seen war action, long story but very interesting non the less. Fingers crossed for pike this week and temps in the upper 30's!!!! Tight lines fluffchuckers!!!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Wabbits in the "Cave"

Been playing around with bunny bug type pike patterns again. I am really liking them with a tad bit shorter tail and longer flash material to make up for the longer portion of the pattern. Epoxy heads and sweet eyes bought from Rich these patterns will be making Mr. Pike drool or Elmer Fudd go ape shit. These are being tied on Tiemco 600sp 2/0-3/0. Get some bunny's tied up for your pike season they are Elmer Fudd approved....Tight Lines !!!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

DickHead ALERT!!!!!

Fly shop thief.....!*&^$*& loser! Get this up on your post stealing is low this piece of crap needs to to get a dropkick to the cranium....lucky I don't catch him.....

Candy of the ear hole........

Kick off your Thursday with some Megadeth and Christina Scabbia.... Tight Lines Flufchuckers!!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tuesday Tie In....

Welcome Tuesday!!! Today was a a crazy fast paced day full of "I want to go tie pike flies" in my mind at work!!! Any way I will keep it short and sweet. I cranked out a couple of 8 inch "MUTT DOGS". I worked out a "SPLAYER" pike pattern which I will be doing a step by step on our pike and predator site for Ole Tony Harkin. And last but not least a black and yellow yakceiver......cheers Fluffchuckers sorry it's so short...long day and now I need a brew!!!!

Monday, February 8, 2010


Here is a great idea! Your old waders....when they die where do they end up. This guy has it! Wader's recycled into fly fishing bags and packs. Obviously water proof and very durable!!! Check out this site and go to product reviews and have a look!
Cheers Fluffchuckers!!!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Taste's like chicken

Wonder why pike and big bass like frogs......they are friggin tasty! Now pike and bass eat them on the run sushi style but I tell you what when I was a kid, I ate these buggers deep fried "the legs" of course like hot wings. Yum period. Now if you never had tried them well you need to. Make them spicy or just deep fry them. Get some beers and your on to a hell of an afternoon! I would peck them off with a pellet gun when I was a kid at home which is a the way to go. Get only the big bull frogs as their legs are the biggest. Here is a recipe for some deep fried frog legs. Cheers Pike nuts!!!!

2 c. flour
4 eggs
1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. white wine
1 tsp. hot sauce
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 c. yellow cornmeal
1/4 c. plain flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder

DRENCH: Beat eggs. Sift flour into eggs. Mix well. Add other ingredients in order given. Mix after each
addition. Set aside.

DREDGE: Mix all ingredients in order given, mix after each addition. Set aside. Dip frog legs into
drench; then into dredge. Deep fry until done.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Dave god bless him sent me this really nice video post card from the battle front. Now you are about to witness a predator nut in his element ......I can relate as I tend to act the same way. Cheers bro for this and all you fluffchuckers out there enjoy!!!!

Thursday, February 4, 2010


I few more KC's off the vise. Yellow and black and some purple and grizzly. Thinking and know these will look great in the water and make ole Mr. Pike drool his pants off. For all of you pike nuts throwing fluff your damn lucky.....

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Rio Striped Bass

This line offers a 40 ft clear AquaLux intermediate head and a super slick, luminous running line on a supple coldwater monofilament core. Based on the Clouser line, the short bullet taper propels large flies to stripers. Includes welded loop on the front end. The perfect saltwater intermediate line in cooler conditions.
* AquaLux WF7I to WF11I
* Length: 100 ft (30.5 m)
* Color: Green Tint/Clear AquaLux
"Thanks Seb for getting me hooked up......this will definitely help up the game. Matched with a Wynchwood Large arbor wt reel I am fired up and ready to go....common SPRING!!!!!"

Monday, February 1, 2010

Sharpen up....

One little device no fly fisherman should be without. Stuck up in snags or to drive that hook home...sharpen up. The one I use is from "Luhr-Jensen". Though I have not tried this one it looks to be a good file. Have a look and tight lines!!!!! The Tuesday tie off will be next week as Dave is gone on a recon mission to put the" who's your daddy" to some pike on the fly...good luck bro!!!