Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Here are a few things that help me out while I am tying pike patterns. Now don't be afraid to hit the women's section of the grocery store. Yes they have useful goodies for your tying needs. You may get some looks when your looking for hair clips and nail polish but hey what the hell who cares...they may even give you some advice. Sally Hansen's "hard as nails" I like to use this on my mono pike patterns. Seals the deal leaves a nice slick finish and yes it is hard as nails. I like to do at least 3 coats and takes no time to dry. Small coats work well so you don't get so much droopy drip. 2- emery board nail files. They are great for sanding down the stems after you clip the animal eyes and also work great for sanding bass bugs and such...just a handy tool to have and is as cheap as chips. And last but not least...hair clips. I like the small ones for holding materials feathers back and for use on my bunny bugs. Also when these guys are spinning around the dryer keeps materials at bay from getting into the 5 min epoxy. I am sure these are not new ideas, just ones I have found useful for me. Try it for yourself and see what you think! Tight lines!
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
The water temp was still on the nut chillin cold side
as next time I will be puttin on some neoprene
waders. I have 3 different spots to try
and this week I will have the option of
wade or boat. So pending on the weather we will see. The wind kicked up pretty hard on me as the lake started crappin white caps so I took a stroll up along my local creek. This pushes warmer water into the lake so when the time is right I should see some good action. This week is calling for temps on the 40's and some rain nicer warmer weather for the end of the week upper 60 mark. Gate was closed so I had to pack light which was a good thing cause I had to burn off 2 slim jim's and a giant candy bar. Anyway you can see my home water still has some ice. The boat is ready to go motor is tuned and all I have to do is find some pike. Feel free to contact me if you have any question at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes I know I look like I ate 50 candy bars...it's just layers ....really! Keep ya all posted as to the next adventure coming up this week. May 10th pike adventures will be turning 1 year old...I'll have a couple of pabst to that!!! Tight Lines .....
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Did a half dozen purple and white bait fish off the vise last nite. The material from the guys at Piketrek is really great to work with...I love it! Here I used "Indigo" and "snow white" and "berry red" check out the material list and have a look.... http://www.pikeflyrod.com/search.php?tag=Body%20Fibre I found when doing this type of pattern a little goes a long way and you can make a 7 inch pattern in no time at all. I also used pearl flashabou mixed in and Piketrek gel eyes. I have more colors ready to be mixed and matched so stay tuned. Tight lines and HAPPY FRICKEN FRIDAY!!!! Scratch this week off the books I need to find some water!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
The Gill-Plate Grab: Catch & Release Pike Without a Net
Handling a big pike or muskie means you have to control its head to prevent wild thrashing. A gill-plate grab is the easiest way and will keep your fingers away from the fish’s sharp teeth: (1) Curl all four fingers of your right hand into a U shape, then slip them under the fish’s right-side gill plate. Your fingers should be touching the inside surface of that covering—not the gills themselves. Your right thumb, meanwhile, is extended forward, parallel to the fish’s head. (2) Squeeze your fingers toward your thumb, thereby getting a firm grip. (3) Now you can safely unhook the fish and hoist it for a photo. Always support the fish’s body horizontally.
"Catch and release please" Tight Lines Fluffchuckers!!!!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Yo Mofo's! Welcome again....Spoke to McFluff this morning to smooth out the tie off details. Seems things were much easier when I was busted up with no feet for 3 months. But I love to tie pike flies so you can't keep a man down who love's to tie. Don't let anyone ever tell you you tie too much and all that horse shit. Tell that to Lefty or Clouser and Scott Sanchez or Barry Reynolds , these guys have hours of time behind a vise...get my drift. Watching Brad Bohen's work has me drooling for musky action this spring...cheers mate! Dave and I took up post on the bucktail side of things today. Only thing was we needed to use the piketrek gills with the bucktails. Well I have been messing around with jointed bucktails for a while and to tell you the truth they are frickin sweet in the water! My take was on the shad -alwive side of things. 5 inch snacks on the smaller side. Jointed with 45lb berkley wire and red beads for the guts. The profile is very sweet when wet and do think this will be a good bet when the esox want a little smaller treat. To see what Dave has whipped up scoot over to http://mcfluffchucker.blogspot.com Tight lines hope everyone is getting into some pike we have flood watches here so that puts a damper on things for a while.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Visit Zazzle for some great pike t-shirt ideas http://www.zazzle.com/i_love_pike_fishing_tshirt-235832758208151721 Tight lines ....Tuesday Tie Off is on so be on the look out!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Here are some of the latest patterns put out off the vise from the materials I was sent from the good fellas over at Piketrek http://www.pikeflyrod.com Tied on 3/0 tiemco 600sp. I have some 6/0 and 8/0 coming in the mail so I am looking forward to putting those to use. The material from Piketrek is fun to use. Your probably thinking o.k sure just like any other materials.....nope. The length and the fine diameter of the stuff lets you blend materials ans not create a ton of bulk. I am just scratching the surface on this. Visit Dave's blog to see his work with the materials and of course see the imitative patterns that Mr. Greg Strelley has over on the piketrek site really great stuff from 2 awesome tiers. Cheers and hope to be getting in some pike water this afternoon will see!!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Here are some pics as of late. My last 2 outings produced 2 follows and a quick hit.It is so good to be out chasing pike. The water temp today was 44 degrees. Instead of chasing pike flies I think the pike are ready to chase some hot tail......got a tip from an inside guy today as to where I can launch my boat to some prime pike water, ....thanks "Batch" will be loading up the wagon and heading over your way this weekend. Now on to some more serious business...http://www.pikeflyrod.com Our guys over at Piketrek have some serious pike goodies! I have been playing around with the new materials and bugger me...they are hot! The material is alot of fun to work with! The pikesaber..is a work horse and I love it! If I had one rod to fish the rest of my pike life with this is the one! Visit the guys look at the pike tying materials get a rod it's money well spent!!! Tight lines fluffchuckers!!!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Well chucker's were back! Dave's pick was BIG baitfish patterns http://mcfluffchucker.blogspot.com click here to see what the crazy highlander has up his sleeve! My shipment from the boys over a piketrek which you can get to via my blog or Dave's. I used the new piketrek materials for today's tie off hope you like it. I have alot of great ideas for this stuff and scince Dave has been tying with it for weeks now is giving me some pointers. This baitfish is 12 inches long and will be doing some more for our musky trip in May. this is gold and black barred with bait fish belly. Sorry so short but the wee little pikepicker was nipping at my heels last nite to play toys... Chucking Fluff tomorrow so stay tuned for a full report as it is going to be a cracker of a day!!!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Dave and I have a site over on facebook the we manage called "flyflinger's pattern swap". It's a place where all can get their tying fix post patterns and the like. We have patterns from small midge trout patterns to salmon works of art and predator patterns and all are welcome. Everyone has tons of talent. One person in particular that I would like to mention is Aileen Ellis. On top of being a master of tying trout flies which she sells through her web site http://mkflies.com she is one hell of a artist! Now I like to draw but nothing I do compares to this...nothing. She sells her art work over on her site and it's worth every nickel in my eyes. Cheers Aileen keep up the awesome work! Tight lines mid week pike fishing is on stay tuned!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
I am not a fan of posting pictures of dead pike...at all. But as in this case this was nature's course, survival of the fittest or opportunity knocks. This was a pic I found dragging a line through the net. My brother Dave may have already seen this or heard of it as this was a u.k based page. This is a big pike that ate a full size duck. Duck lost and the pike lost. I have heard stories of pike eating baby ducks but not a large duck. Think your patterns are too big...you may want to re-think your next pattern sittin in the vise. Tight Lines, got out on my 1st pike adventure today and had 2 follows and one hook up and lost it. Water is still cold but this weeks forecast looks to be in the 50's so will be taking the old row boat to work with me . Keep your eyes peeled for the pics and Pikesaber review part 2!
Friday, March 12, 2010
Dave over on his blog has done a excellent review on this rod. Had my 1st run in the other nite out in the yard. Well before I tell you what a crackin rod this is, let me tell you what I like about the rods simple features. 1st off alignment dots. I think every rod should have these. There no guess work involved when you put the rod together....this saves more time for you on the water. I am a firm believer in the little things make a difference. 2nd- the cork handle. VERY comfortable. Some handles feel too big or too small....some have shitty cork work done. Not on the pikesaber. Perfect size and a treat to handle. 3rd- the fighting butt. Now some 9,10 and 11wts feel like they have a soccer ball for a fighting butt. The pike saber's fighting butt is lite weight and to me the perfect size, balance is key! And 4-it is a 4piece rod so you can go on any travel destination with it locked to your side as you battle pike here and there. Nice hard case , cloth bag and feels like nothing you have ever cast before. If you love pike on the fly and are in the market for a new rod...May The Force Be With YOU and go over to pike trek via my blog or Dave's or on my side bar...get yourself one it's worth every damn nickle! Tight Lines....and be on the look out for part 2!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
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Keep your eyes peeled as I am going to be trying 3 different lines out on the pikesaber. The guys over at pike trek are a great bunch of lads!!! Dave loves the saber as I talked with him yesterday morning he was throwing 12inch pike flies with ease. Yard test tonite session 1 can't wait!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
More "Plain Jane" s-n-f bait fish. I like these...why? They catch fish plain and simple. Simple to the point easy to tie pike snacks. Whats great is that my bro McFluff sent me these hooks. When the material gets wet you can see the red hook like it's gills. Good luck to Dave and Tony as they head off to a nice pike lake some many miles away. To my understanding Tony is at the helm on this one as boat pusher a man must pay his dues CHEERS TONY!!! Tuesday tie off will be out this week but we promise to pick it up when Dave gets back for next Tuesday till then tight lines friends!
Sunday, March 7, 2010
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Thanks Phil for the permission and will be wanting some art of my own for sure! Have a look at some great art work and it's right here in good ole VT! Tight lines fluffchuckers!!!
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
7inch tasty pike snack. I did up a run of these last nite after I got of the skype with our super hero across the pond "SPIDERDAVE". cheers bro....I won't give out your real identity.... Can't wait to get my hands on the new material from Piketrek. If you have not visited them yet, get your seat cushions in gear and go.... Spring is in the air I can feel it and I am anxious for a pike on the fly like this...........Tight lines and keep tying pike fluff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Black and purple are a fantastic color for me...........
Pink and white........with a uv pearl topping.
I got a message from a guy over at "FLY FLINGER'S". He said is that synthetic material on a deceiver??? O cont rare my good chap...not a deceiver. Layered bucktail and yes with a synthetic tail. I have used this style before late last year and the profile is damn nice. Mixing and matching materials -especially natural and synthetic opens a whole new world to your pike patterns. These are some awesome hooks Dave McFluffchucker sent me-4/0 he says. They are awesome to work with and build a base real well. Till next time....tie , tie , tie and don't let the man get you down.....Tight Lines
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
For the last week or so McFluff's been tearing into the new materials from the guys over at PIKETREK. He loves the new materials. Now if you have not been over to their site you need to. Here's the link and you can visit via the side bar anytime as well http://www.pikeflyrod.com These guys have it all. They have some killer hot tying materials which I can't wait to get some for myself. The pikesaber, Bling for your pike patterns, body material and great tying eyes. A great one stop pike on the fly shop. I am sure they have more goodies up their sleeve's for the future. Do yourself a favor go and take a visit drop by have a look. Great job guys! Tight lines Fluffchuckers...ice meltdown is on!
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
IN THE MEANTIME IF YOU WANT TO SEE SOME SHIT HOT FLIES FROM PROBABLY THE BEST LOOKING FLY TIER IN THE WORLD (ACCORDING TO MY WIFE ) GO TO
SEE YA LATER FOLKS
KEN "I WISH I WAS A HOT AS MCFLUFFCHUCKER"CAPSEY
Monday, March 1, 2010
Proof that Joe Dirt has relatives! 2 thoughts come to mind..... 1-how much you figure they spend on hairspray? 2-all I can see is this little kid diggin around in trash cans for packs of Marlboro Reds for his dad. Figure when they do cut their hair some sweet pike patterns could be made...but I won't hold my breath....