Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Here is a great deal on a saltwater tying kit from Rumpf. Everything you need to get stated tying pike flies. At 71.99 you get alot! No excuse to not tie your own and you can up the satisfaction level when you catch on your own patterns! Believe me...things aint getting any cheaper these days , and it pays to tie yourself.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Here we go. This has been a great producer for me so far this year so enjoy tie and catch some pike on it.Tie some up and catch on them, please feel free to contact me and send some pics that would be great!
Tiemco 600SP 2/0-6/0
Thread-danville + - color to match body
Bucktail- your choice of colors
topping-ultra hair and peacock herl
gills-red krystal flash
head- 5minute epoxy, 5/32 stick on eyes and fine glitter
tie in your thread - I start just behind the hook eye and make a nice base-rock solid. Tie in a small clump of bucktail , half the size diameter of a pencil at the bend or end of the hook. Next add a dap of zap a gap where you tied the bucktail in. Next take another clump of bucktail the same size and tie down. This will be your different color bucktail. Next tie in a piece of pearl flashabou. Repeat this process till your almost to the hook eye. Remember to zap a gap each step up the hook for maximum strength. "bucktail and a poorly tied fly= shred city"!! Next add in 2 pieces of ultra hair your choice of color-I try to match the bucktail but it's up to you. Tie down applying pressure each wrap. This is tough thread so you can get a little forceful with it to make a smooth head. Next add another clump of pearl flashabou. Next tie in 8-12 long strands of peacock herl for the dark back contrast. Rotate fly and add in a small clump of red flashabou. This is the where you finish off your head nice and neat. As Dave McFluff put it"there's nothing worse than a poorly whipped head"! too true brother!! Whip finish and clip off the thread. Next a small pin sized dap of zap glue and apply the eyes on each side. While those are drying mix 2 equal amounts of 5minute epoxy and fine glitter. Mix evenly and apply a nice smooth coat of your mix on the head. I use small brushes bought from the craft store dirt cheap like 50 to a pack which also helps with the mixing process when you use the other end. Place in rotary drier. Hope this works for you as well as it has for me. One of my 1st step by steps done on the blog so if you have any questions or if I managed to leave something out just let me know! Tight lines Fluffchuckers!!!
Here's few pictures from my last outing. Bastard minnows 2/0-4/0 were on the menu. I promise to get a step by step up this week as I have a ton of faith in this pattern. Tested and true and swim like the dickens...Tight lines fluffchuckers!!!!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Here's a few pics from some recent outings. Dave and I are trying to convert Aileen to Mrs Pike Fly Tier and she has done an excellent job with the flies she sent me. No real big pike yet but any pike at the end of my line makes me happy. Tight lines. If your in the market for a new rod for pike be sure to head over to the guys at piketrek and have a look see. They have tons of new stuff just waiting for your next pike trip!
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Some of the latest patterns. 2/0-4/0 Tiemco 600SP. Going out today. Weather is going to be on the warmer side light wind and bright skies. Water temp was 56 at 6pm the other nite so it's only going to be getting better! Tight lines fluffchuckers.............
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I may not be the most camera educated guy but I try. Bastard minnow and the saber using the force to get it done. I will have that baitfish step by step up soon just need some time to do it. Get out and chuck fluff!!! Tight lines....
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Today was my pic. Got hit with an idea the other day and threw it by Dave. He will be over in May and i need to get him on a few bass to up his "other" fish catches on a fly rod. Well he will be here when the Large and smallmouth bass will be smashing everything in site. Now we are pike guys by trade but a big fat bass well you can't knock it! So I wanted to have something a little different to toss at them. Here is a clip about Tom Nixon.... The Calcasieu Pig Boat was named after the Calcasieu River in southwest Louisiana. The fly was created by an innovative fly tier by the name of Tom Nixon. Nixon created his Calcasieu Pig Boat to imitate the Hawaiian Wiggler, a conventional lure that was a "hot bass producer" at the time and a early predecessor of today's spinner baits. Tom also was an advocate of attaching his Pig Boat (or any other fly) to spinner blades (in-line and off-set) and/or adding pork rind to the hook as a trailer.
Visit Dave's Blog and see what that predator nut has going on!!!
Monday, April 19, 2010
Off to Hollywood to make movies now! A quick clip from yesterdays trip before mother nature unleashed her wild side. Have a bait fish pattern to do a step by step for and I will be doing a full length clip of that so be on the look out! Tight Lines and get out and chuck some fluff and please remember"catch-n-release"
Sunday, April 18, 2010
A big thanks to Aileen Ellis over at Mk flies. You can visit and buy flies for trout , flyfishing and nature art work over there. Scroll down the side bar. I asked her a few days ago to throw her hands into a couple of pike patterns of her choice. She stepped up to the plate and swung for the fence. She did an awesome job and I will be testing these this week for her pretty hard. Very good 1st try at a pike pattern! I know with out a doubt that they will get munched. McFluffchucker was very impressed as well. So from all of us pike nuts Aileen great job....need more ladies like you in the pike flyfishing world! Cheers and tight lines! The weather this week is going to be on the cool side. My usual days out are Weds-Sat. Saturdays are usually long mornings or evenings. On that note will keep you posted on my on goings...the Tuesday tie off will be in store. Dave is going to be hitting his local water way for some spring time pike so be looking for his report and on goings with his weather permitting as well. Hopefully no more volcanos decide to blow up in Iceland and send clouds of dust his way....
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
I have posted over on PFFA. If you are into pike on the fly and have not signed up yet check it out. Great group of guys who love to catch pike on the fly. McFluffchucker has been re- vamping the site so join and have some fun!!!! I have roadkill fan-base so from time to time I get some real good stuff. Here is a pic of a full bucktail I have been working with! Prime PA bucktail and have 4 more to boot! Nice long hairs for baitfish patterns and what nots. Enjoy and tight lines friends of the fluff!
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Sorry for the late posting. Talked to my brother this morning and gave him the heads up that I would be out late. Weather is going to turn sour for a few and tonite was the last nite of primo weather so I needed to take full advantage.....you fluffchuckers understand. Any way i picked clouser minnows. Dave and I have been on that kick so here it is. Now instead of the man cave shot that we normally do here is whats been working for me. And the pike did not mind them tonite as well! 2 pike and a good boy lost right at the boat...my fault. 3/0 chartreuse "plus Sized clouser's" as I like to tie them but I think Dave is on the better track...love his takes on those patterns. The guy thinks like a predator fish! Don't be affraid to stray from the norm and break the rules. That's half the fun and hey you may stumble onto something new! Now I am pike on the fly guy through and through but I aint no bass snob either! pound for pound smallies are bull dogs. Conditions were tough and the wind well lets just say I would love to kick old man wind right in the ball sack! Sometimes it plays in your favor and other times it just sucks! And yes Pike 1st of the year. yes the force was with me...I love pike!!! I love to tie pike flies and cherish all the great moments on the water. They were jacks but I don't care if I am catching I am a happy fluffchucker!!! Tight lines!!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Cindy’s “Lucky” Deceiver
An incredible but true story about trophy pike on the fly
by Dan Blanton
My wife, Cindy almost didn’t make the trip with me and my group to Scott Lake this past June, 1998 because she had developed a severe case of bursitis in her left shoulder. The pain had been nagging for several weeks but it finally began to subside just days before departure making it possible for her to join us for a phenomenal week of fly fishing for huge pike and lake trout at Scott Lake, Saskatchewan - and was she glad she did!
The following is a true story about a fly Cindy dubbed her “Lucky Deceiver”. Now I know there are a lot of lucky fly stories out there, but I’m sure there are none quite like this...
Cindy is right-handed so the bursitis in her left shoulder didn’t prevent her from using fly-casting tackle that first morning we hit the pike bays. I had rigged up a 7-weight, over-lined with an 8-weight floater, so she could easily toss the bright yellow and orange Lefty’s Deceivers I had tied especially for her. These were on a 2/0 hook with double wire weed guards, about 5-1/2 inches long, with silver/pearl flashtails. Scott Lake pike have always loved this particular Deceiver pattern.
Cindy was into the fish almost from her first cast, slamming pike ranging from 3 to ten pounds about every other cast and having a great time whooping it up and keeping our guide, Richard, busy releasing fish. Since pike are not line-burners, all of the fish she hooked were hand-stripped to the boat.
About midway into the morning, after releasing dozens of average pike, a Big Moe garbaged Cindy’s fly. Cindy struck hard and held on figuring to just hand-strip this one in like all the others. She didn’t realize the fish was in the 18-pound-plus range. Her rod humped and bucked, the surface turned into a cauldron of white water and the 20-pound tippet parted with an ear-piercing SNAP! Cindy’s left arm shot downward like she was double-hauling a cast into the next county. She didn’t say a word to Richard and me, but that unexpected arm-thrust caused her excruciating pain of which I didn’t pick up on until later that day. When I realized how much agony she was in, I asked Richard to take us in early. Cindy didn’t didn’t tell us how much she was hurting because she didn’t was to wuss out or spoil the day. She’s a trooper when it comes to things like that but decided not to fish the following day.
After resting her arm for a day, Cindy was ready to give the pike another go, but instead of using traditional fly tackle, she was armed with a spinning outfit rigged with a clear casting bubble and fly combo, I had set up for her - a deadly combination for pike fishing. She had used a similar rig for tarpon and snook in Venezuela a few years back and had lots of faith in the system. She again was back in the “bucket” as we say, ripping pike lips, one after the other, landing an 18-pounder on the outfit, her first Scott Lake “trophy” pike.
At dinner the third night in camp, two days after Cindy had lost her Deceiver to that big fish, Jay Remely, an old friend and one of my group, handed Cindy the very fly which that monster pike had broken off. He and his wife, Debbie, had been fishing the same bay in which Cindy had lost the big fish, and had spotted the flashy fly laying on bottom.
“Hey, thanks, Jay!” Cindy exclaimed, “Can you imagine the luck of someone finding my lost fly in all of this water...” “This has got to be my lucky fly!”
She insisted I tie it on the leader of her spin/bubble-fly outfit. “I’m going to nail a Big Moe on this lucky fly”, she pronounced.
The next morning Jay Remely and I, along with Mike McKenzie and Don Langrock flew out to another lake for a shot at nearly virgin pike and lake trout, while Cindy and Debbie headed out for a “girls” day on Scott Lake with Jay’s guide, Tim.
Cindy and Debbie were into the fish from the first cast. Cindy’s bubble and Lucky Deceiver combo were slamming the big pike and she hooked and landed another trophy, making it two in just four days.
Problem was, though, that I hadn’t rigged the bubble/fly combo quite correctly for pike fishing. Pike, as most well know, have a set of dentures like a brush chipping machine and can slice through thin mono like it was cooked linguini. I should have run a short section of coated, braided wire through the bubble to act as a bite leader, since pike will readily strike a waking casting bubble perceiving it edible as it slides along the surface, dragging the fly. Cindy had her bubble “piked-off” about a half dozen times during the course of the morning but Tim was always able to recover it as it floated back to the surface after the pike released it, saving the bubble and Cindy’s lucky fly.
Finally the inevitable happened. A pike ate the bubble and wouldn’t let it go, swimming away with it in its mouth, Cindy’s lucky fly trailing behind, with pike after pike trying to eat it.
“Oh no!” Cindy exclaimed, “there goes my lucky fly!” “Tim, you’ve got to get back my bubble and lucky fly!” she urged.
“Cindy, I can’t get it back!” Tim responded, “the pike ate it!”
“You’ve got to get it back!”, she insisted!
Tim agreed to give it a try and started following the pike around the small bay with the boat. The pike finally stopped and Cindy’s fly settled to bottom, leader hanging from the pike’s massive maw.
“Tim.”, Cindy urged, “You’ve got to catch that pike and get back my lucky fly and bubble!”
“Cindy!” Tim retorted, “That pike isn’t going to eat again!”
“Give it a try!”, she pleaded, “I want my lucky fly back!”
They all were howling with laughter by this time, tears streaming down both women’s faces. Talk about a comedy...
Tim picked up Cindy’s fly rod, rigged with an identical twin to her lucky Deceiver, cast the fly to the bubble-eating pike and the pike jumped on it like a rat on cheese!
Tim landed the pike, amidst uncontrollable laughter, removed the fly from its jaw and upon looking inside the fish’s mouth, allowed that the pike had swallowed the bubble. He then gently pulled the bubble from the pike’s stomach, released the critter and re-rigged the bubble outfit for Cindy with her tattered, lucky, lost and found fly that had already survived the jaws of dozens of big pike, including two trophies, and several break-offs.
Cindy, elated to have her bubble and luck fly back, went back into action and two casts later nailed a 21-pounder, her third trophy pike and the one which also turned out to be the largest pike of the week at Scott Lake. Now you know why she re-named her Lefty’s Deceiver, the “Lucky Deceiver”.
The fly and bubble along with this great shot of Cindy with Tim holding her Big Moe, are being framed for her office wall. An incredible story for sure - but it’s all true!
By the way, I asked Lefty if he minded Cindy re-naming his great fly for this occasion. “Not at all!”, he said. “That fly certainly earned the name “Lucky”!”
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Well 1st predator of the year comes to hand. 2 walleyes to be exact. I knew it was a matter of time when we had a few days of warm rain that the fish may turn on. Throwing 5-6 inch pike patterns in 6ft of rocky weedy water. A little on the smaller side I thought that maybe a smaller snack may be the ticket. Chartreuse and white clouser minnow did the trick. I also had another quick tease from a decent sized pike. I still think they still got the ladies on their mind so will just need to wait this out. When the spawn is on your in some tough times till they are ready to eat. A nice evening out and the Pikesaber was such a great rod to fight a fish on. I think I could do anything I wanted with this rod. 8 inch bunny bugs are a breeze to cast! Hands down the best rod I have ever used ..period. Tight Lines...will be out Friday nite for another session lets see what happens!!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
In the late 1950’s
After one of these forays we were returning home when I began to discuss the problem. I said to Tom, "I'm going to design a fly that won't foul on the cast! It will have a fish shape, but can be made in many lengths. You can vary the color combinations; it will also swim well but when lifted for the back cast it will be sleek and have little air-resistance."
Since I was just making another pattern, I really didn't record the exact date I tied the first Deceiver - just like most anyone who was tying something new. I only hoped it would work and didn't consider it might become a part of fly-fishing history.
The First Lefty's Deceivers were pretty simple. They were tied with a wing of four to eight saddle hackles tied in at the bend of the hook, and they had a simple bucktail or calftail collar at the front of the hook. The fly was all white, which is still one of the best all-round colors. It may have been two or three years before I added other colors. As I recall the first color change I made was to have a white wing and red collar. Other combinations followed.
The Fly worked just as we wished and Tom and I began to spread the word among the few local saltwater fly fishermen. I wrote an article about the fly in the Maryland Conservation magazine in the late 1950's.
It wasn't until I later moved to Miami that I learned about Mylar. Captain Mack McChristian (who made Sea Master fly reels) introduced me to Mylar, which was 1/8-inch wide and I added it to the fly.
The Lefty's Deceiver is a type of fly design, not a specific pattern. That is, it can be an inch long or 14 inches long and can be of any combination of colors to suit the fly fisherman - or the fish. You can make it of natural or synthetic materials, or as I often do, use a combination of both. However, over the years and around the planet, the pattern that has been most successful for me has been one with either a lower portion of the wing being yellow or white with a collar of the same color or a collar of chartreuse. The top of the wing is chartreuse. The past several years I have had great success in deeper water with a cone head Lefty's Deceiver. In very clear water I use synthetic materials, such as Unique Hair. These more translucent versions draw more strikes in clear water than do the more opaque versions constructed of hair and feathers.
I believe eyes on a Lefty Deceiver often out-produce those without eyes. If the eyes are secured to the head with epoxy a different action (dipping) will be achieved than those constructed without the use of epoxy. By dressing the fly heavily with bucktail it can be fished near the surface or it can be "suspended"; using less dressing will cause it to sink faster. Of course the fly can be weighted with lead wire and even be dressed with lead eyes or bead eyes for additional weight. Slimmer dressings better resemble a thin baitfish, such as the sandlance.
The fly is now used globally and it and the Clouser Minnow are the two most copied saltwater fly patterns I know of. May tiers have added a feather or two or made an epoxy head or added large plastic eyes and other minor additions and have labeled it with their name. This doesn't bother me so long as they are enjoying using the pattern and are successful with it.
I have long believed that with the exception of permit, milkfish and bonefish, you can carry five basic styles of flies in various sizes and colors and will be well-armed to fish anywhere in the world. They are: Lefty's Deceiver, Clouser Minnow, popping bug, foam Gurgler and a Whistler.
Well, now you have the story and history of my Lefty's Deceiver, a fly I am very proud of and one I certainly hope has been as great a winner for you as it has been for me.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Welcome to the Tuesday tie off. This week was Dave's pick...a good pick at that ole boy! FOAM. Tied any way we like pike pattern and Dave mentioned bass as well. I have 3 patterns 1 I use on a regular basis for pike the "Pikey Pete" series I came up with. This is what I would call the working man's diver. Easy to tie can be tied as long as you want or as short. I used the the material "berry red" from the fellas at Piketrek. 7inches long and will fish like a dream on a sinking line. The other is a flat nosed bunny bug. Same concept like the diver style am looking forward to see the action on this pattern. The last well I have a mouse problem! Can't get rid of them...yes Dave I sent you a mouse in the mail....it's your problem now. This pattern was made from the order I placed for Dave from the Rainy's site. We saw these and had to have some. Tied on 3/0 long shank 34011 mustad hook. The other 2 on s71sss 4/0 mustads. To see what McFluff has whipped up go to http://mcfluffchucker.blogspot.com Enjoy and thanks for all the support Dave and I have received for doing the Tuesday tie off and feel free to contact us at any time. Tight lines!!!
Saturday, April 3, 2010
This is a great picture of a pike skull. I had an ice fisherman give me one back in Feb. To honor the pike it will be in the man cave on the tying bench. Also visit Piketrek they have some new goodies out. Hooks and lines , tying materials ans snips just a few things to mention go have a look! http://www.pikeflyrod.com their products a re second to none!!! Tight lines and am off on day 3 of pike. The pikesaber is a work horse and I love it. Ask McFluffchucker and he will tell you the same...loves it so much he kicked the Xi2 to the curb...whats that tell ya.