Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I've always been a big fan of footage like this. The weeds and pike no better match made! If your out and about I have found for me the weed edges in the evening with a 6-7inch long darker colored streamer works great. Though I have to confess that one evening last week I did no change my fly once. it was working for me and hence no need to mess with a good thing. If they seem to be picky then by all means switch and twitch! i have a pool noodle along the shelf rail in my boat and it's not uncommon to see 15 or so soggy patterns stuck in there. Tight Lines and find those weeds hunt those pike and catch and release!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
In a 3 hour period I stuck 14 pike. I had fun. Pretty Boy Floyd....yes sir....1 fly all nite. I had plans to toss an assortment of goodies....why change what's workin son. Get out there and get ya some. Ice cold PBR oh Nelly look out! Tight Lines and enjoy!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
You don't need giant pike to love pike on the fly. The big ones will come in due time. I am doing some of my musky homework so may be off the pike for a bit cause I need to crack down on the local population. Tight Lines and to all who visit P.A. I trully appreciate it and I thank you it's all your positive feedback that makes this blog what it is.....
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
The local pike have been showing their toothy faces again...I love em with all my heart............need me some muskies ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! Tight lines. Happy Father's Day to all the chaps out their and a raised can of PBR to ya!!! Cheers to my Mrs for the 30 rack!
Friday, June 18, 2010
Antique Pike Pattern No. 1
tied by Bruce E. Harang
Hook: 2/0 10X Long Shank Pike Hook
Thread: Bright Yellow 6/0
Tag: Gold Oval Tinsel
Body: Bright Red Seal's fur or Salmo Web twisted in a dubbing loop and brushed out
Rib: Flat Gold Tinsel
Wing: Pair of Peacock Swords
Hackle: Bright Yellow
Head: Bright Yellow Thread
In his Book of Angling the third edition of 1872, Francis Francis advises that pike flies are "as thick as a man's little finger" and that "this apparatus, more like a good size humming bird than anything else, is cast and worked like a salmon fly, and when pike are inclined to take it, it is the most sporting and agreeable way of fishing for them.
Earlier advise on pike fly size was given by Alexander Mackintosh in The Driffield Angler, published about 1806 including "about the thickness of a tomtit and about three inches long."
This rendition of an old pattern utilizes the peacock sword feathers for the wings. Interestingly the stem of these feathers is so stiff that the wing can not become fouled around the hook. This is a definite advantage when casting a fly that in this particular case is six inches long.
Antique Pike Pattern No. 2
tied by Bruce E. Harang
Hook: 2/0 10X Long Shank Pike Hook
Thread: Black 6/0
Tail: Bright Red Turkey Quill Slips tied like biot tails on a stonefly nymph
Body: Black Angora Yarn built up to a very thick body
Wing: Pair of Peacock Eyes
Hackle: Bright Red
Head: Black thread
In his Hand Book of Angling in 1847 Ephemera observes that "in the latter summer months, and on fine days in Autumn, when the deeps are curled with a fine breeze, pike are to be taken very pleasantly by means of the artificial fly. The best imitation is a very large one of the Dragon Fly. I have seen nondescript large gaudy flies kill Pike well, and Mr. Blacker, of Dean Street, Soho, is the best dresser of them I know."
If you need further convincing to try Pike fishing with a fly consider what David Foster says in the third edition of his The Scientific Angler. "The largest fish seem most partial to the fly; whether it is that they are hunger-bitten, or whether they rise in the spirit of wantonness, we cannot presume to say."
If you are partial to a "wanton rise" Pike fishing with the fly rod may be just your ticket.http://www.beaucatcher.com
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
How To Make Your Own FlyTying Vice for $6.00
By Ed Engelman
By chance I happened to meet Ed Engelman. Ed works for the SAREP (Sportfishing and Aquatic Resources Education Program) program in New York which is a program designed to help kids get involved in the outdoors. When I saw Ed's tools, I got a jolt and a laugh as I honestly couldn't believe that anyone could actually tie flies on a Blender, a Hub Cap or a Frying Pan.
After spending some time talking to Ed and convincing him to use his material, I have edited Ed's material for all of you. I will say this.........this is very, imaginative, creative and unique. I honestly have not tried these vises, but Ed assures me that these vises will tie from a size 4 to 18 without any trouble. While I seriously doubt if the Engelman Vises will put much of a dent in Regal's sales, I think these ideals are useful, fun and interesting.
For all of you Scout Leaders, 4Her's and other folks that always hound me for donations........here you go. Knock yourself out. I should think that a few bottle and can drives ought to raise the $25 you need to make these for a tying class. As a side note: I really have no idea how to make these and I have left Ed's e-mail at the bottom of the page for you to contact him regarding any questions or "warranty" issues. Thanks again to Ed Engelman for some neat ideas and a great story.
Why make a Vise for $6.00?
This fly tying vise can be built and used as a low cost way to introduce tying flies and jigs. It is designed to be built by or for those who may not be willing to commit the financial resources to purchase quality equipment. I have introduced children to tying foam bugs for panfish on these vises. The foam bugs can then be fished on a fly rod or can be used with a spinning outfit when a casting bubble is used. When children catch a fish on a bug of their own creation, it is almost as though they are catching their first fish again! And of course, the participants experience the connection between insect, fish and themselves. The price tag of under six dollars fits into the common cost range of a 4-H project that results in an item that can be exhibited at their county fair. It is also less than the price of a movie ticket with popcorn.
- One 6 1/2" x 11" piece of plywood (1/2", 5/8" or 3/4" plywood can be used)
- One 3 1/2 x 8 piece of plywood (1/2", 5/8" or 3/4" plywood can be used) Note: This piece of plywood is a cap for the top of the brick. It should be the same size as the brick. Since the size of bricks vary, it is suggested that you acquire the brick first and then cut the plywood to match.
- Two 3/4" x 1 1/2" x 11" pieces of softwood.
- One brick (formed with one or more holes though the brick)
- Three 5/16" nuts
- One 5/16" wing nut
- Three 5/16" lock washers
- Two 5/16" flat washers
- One 5/16" threaded rod coupling nut
- One 5/16" threaded rod 9" long (Threaded rod normally is sold in 3 foot and 6 foot lengths. Generally the longer pieces cost less per foot of rod)
- One X-ACTO knife # 1 (5/16 diameter handle)
- Six 1" Brads
- Wood Glue
How To Build:
1. Use a die to thread the bottom end of the aluminum knife handle with a 5/16 NC (national coarse) thread. (This is a common die in a tap and die kit.) Continue threading until you have threaded a length equal to one half of the length of the coupling nut.
2. Screw a 5/16 nut onto the knife handle and place a lock washer on next. Now screw the knife into the coupling nut and tighten until the lock washer is compressed and the knife is held securely.
3. Measure and mark a nine-inch length of 5/16 threaded rod. Place a nut on each side of the mark. Place the rod in a shop vise and cut the rod with a hacksaw. Use a file to smooth the sharp edges of the rod. Now you can remove the nuts which will align the threads that may have been damaged during the cutting and filing process.
4. Make a mark five and one-half inches from one end of the threaded rod. Place the threaded rod in a shop vise so that the mark that you just made is at the vise jaw. Now bend the exposed five and one-half inch portion of the threaded rod 45 degrees. The easiest way to do this is to slide a piece of pipe over the rod and pull on the pipe until
you have reached the desired angle. The bend can also be made by placing and holding a piece of wood on the rod and hitting the piece of wood with a hammer so that the rod is bent. If you hit the rod with a hammer directly, you will damage its threads.
5. Drill a 3/8-inch hole in the center of each piece of plywood.
6. Place wood glue on each 3/4" x 1 1/2" x 11" piece of wood. Position each one in place under the larger piece of plywood so that the smaller pieces of wood act as feet for the vise. Nail the one-inch brads through the plywood base to hold the pieces together while the glue sets.
7. Put a nut onto the rod and thread it near to the middle of the rod. Next place a lock washer, and flat washer onto the rod. Next place the small piece of plywood, the brick, and the larger piece of plywood onto the rod. Now put the
flat washer, lock washer and nut onto the rod. Thread the nut on until the rod is flush with the end of the nut. Next tighten the nut that is close to the midpoint of the rod until the lock washers are fully compressed.
8. The wing nut can now be put in place. Thread it on the rod so that the wings point towards the brick. Last, but not least, thread the "knife assembly" onto the rod. The vise is now complete.
To put a hook in place, loosen the knurled portion of the knife. Insert the hook into the slot in the knife head. Tighten the hook by turning the knurled ring clockwise, while pulling the knurled ring against the knife head. After the hook is tight, turn the coupling nut to align the hook in the vertical position. Screw the wing nut until it jams the coupling nut in place. This will maintain the hook in the vertical position.
You may wish to fill any voids in the plywood with a latex wood putty. Sand and finish as you wish. Happy tying!
More Low Budget Vise Designs
(These are Cool!......Mike)
The vises shown here show some alternatives. The cast iron frying pan is heavy enough so that no additional weight is necessary.
The Osterizer blender base is filled with large pieces of gravel.
The hub cap (from my pick-up truck that was towed to the great auto recycling center) is filled with concrete. I have helped others build their vises out of detergent bottles partially filled with concrete and aluminum frying pans filled with concrete. ( Ed also has an antique blow torch as a base! Wow is that one ever hot!.....Mike)
Let your imagination be your guide to building your own special vise!
I thought since alot of tiers are do-it- themselves people that this piece from Ed was great hope you enjoyed this as much as I did!!
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Fished with the 8.5 Fenwick this morning and topped it off with the Floog RC reel. Missed a bunch of pike and managed to stick 3 one being a pickerel. It's nice to get back and try some of the older gear like the stuff our dad's and grandad's fished. The pike I managed were small but I aint knockin it. This week will be a fluffchucking fury so watch out! E.P patterns were the ticket for me and Brian stuck some on top water gurglers. I hear some PBR calling my name so until next time tight lines...sharp hooks and don't let the man get ya down!!
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Thanks to good friend and C.V.T.U president Barry Parker for the pics of a great day he had with his 9wt on Champlain. For some damn reason I could not open the file so I did it the old fashioned redneck way. Cheers Barry..be seeing you soon mate!
Saturday, June 5, 2010
The other blog I run with Dave. Created a year a ago or so. This is a back burner project I started and kinda forgot about...not sure why but if you enjoy this blog then I hope you like S.C! All top water bass addicts and streamers addicts enjoy!!! Feel free to share your thoughts and let me know what you think...tight lines!!!