Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Having a look at the "Zero To Hero blog with Brad Bohen" was an inspiration ...thanks dude! P.A has been on a roll...the weather has been hot and the pike are deep......pickerel are great in the evenings. Fall is around the corner and that means insulated flannel and dark coffee in the boat.......ahhhhh the trees and the foliage man it's good!!!!!! Thanks to all my friends who have shared these memorable trips with me....your all stars!!!! tight Lines check those knots and keep those hooks sharp the big boys are coming!!!!
Monday, August 30, 2010
y Louis Porter Vermont Press Bureau - Published: April 12, 2010 MONTPELIER — Last month Alaska's Board of Fisheries voted to outlaw felt-soled fishing waders in that state by 2012. A much smaller, more liberal state at the opposite end of the country now seems poised to follow suit.
A bill which would prohibit the use of waders or fishing boots with felt soles has been approved by the Vermont House and is now being considered in the Senate's Natural Resources and Energy Committee.
Felt-soled waders provide better traction on wet underwater rocks for fishermen. But they also stay wet for a long time after they are used and can trap dirt and silt easily. That means they provide a good — if far from the only — vehicle for aquatic invasive species to be moved from one stream to another. And that matters to those worried about didymo (better known as rock snot), whirling disease and other invasive species.
"What are the species we don't even know about yet? We know they are out there," Robert Wiltshire of the Center for Aquatic Nuisance Species in Montana told lawmakers by telephone Thursday. And such felt-soled waders are, Wiltshire said, very difficult or impossible to completely disinfect.
"It presents a unique problem," he said. Members of the Senate committee were interested in limiting or banning the use of such waders (the bill as approved by the House would go into effect in 2011).
Sen. Virginia Lyons, D-Chittenden, the committee's chairwoman, said she was interested in putting in place immediate restrictions on those rivers with didymo already living in them, such as the White, Battenkill and Mad Rivers.
"The goal is to eliminate the spread of didymo," she said.
Such a ban on felt-soled waders would not stop the spread of invasive species which travel other ways besides fishing boots, but it would help, experts told lawmakers.
Some states have told their fish and game officials to not wear felt-soled waders and some have considered bans for all fishermen, but none had approved a an outright prohibition before Alaska did in March – partly at the urging of Trout Unlimited, said Dave Kumlien, whose Whirling Disease Foundation is now combined with the Trout organization. He spoke by telephone.
Whirling disease is a neurological disease which affects fish, particularly species like trout. "We have never really taken any action regarding anglers' equipment," he said.
Banning felt-soled waders in Vermont has drawn fairly muted opposition, at least so far. Manufacturers of wading boots have already begun to develop and offer alternatives and some like Simms are in the process of discontinuing felt-soled waders from their product lines.
The Vermont Traditions Coalition, which advocates on hunting the fishing issues, is supporting the ban because of the risk invasive species pose to fish, said Frank Stanley, who oversees government affairs for the organization.
"The science makes it pretty straightforward," he said. Vermont's Department of Fish and Wildlife opposed the ban in the House, but is neutral on the Senate version of the legislation which prohibits the use rather than sale of such boots, said Commissioner Wayne Laroche.
"There are pros and cons on either side," he said. "It could be useful and helpful in slowing down things like didymo and whirling disease."
On the other hand, the ban on waders will not solve the invasive species problem, Laroche said. "It is not the solution to the larger problem we have," he said.
Felt-soled waders are safer for anglers walking on hidden slippery rocks than rubber soles, Laroche said.
"They are probably the safest form of sole we have now," he said. "We are trying to make it easier for people to go fishing, not more difficult."
He is not sure that didymo is as big a problem in Vermont as was originally feared a few years ago, although the department is monitoring its spread, Laroche said.
Genetic studies show some indications the diatom, a tiny aquatic organism that can make dense mats on river beds and rocks, may have been in Vermont all along, Laroche said.
As for Vermont's fish and game workers they are not prohibited from using felt-soled waders, but they do dip their waders and clean them with bleach, he said.
In the long run, invasive species will probably not be stopped entirely, although his department is producing more educational materials about the issue, Laroche said.
"Some things are impossible to stop," he said. "We can slow them down."
I have seen this shit 1st hand and it's not anything you want in your local system. I have been using rubber studded boots for 3 years now . Please don't spread this crap it's bad for us and the local wildlife.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Think you got what it takes to throw the vintage stuff at ole esox????? I did and loved every second of it. From the reel to the patterns I tried to keep the synthetics out and the the natural in. It paid off with a banner of and evening a few weeks back. Tarpon style patterns and bucktails were on point. Every now and then it's good to remember that bamboo at one time was state of the art....I love it! Tight Lines and if you do go out and try this please let me know what you thought!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Good buddy Brendan Hare with a nice 1st cast pike. This was one of the the best topwater takes on a surface pattern I have ever seen..damn! I figured he tossed his fly right on top of old esox's nose...cheers dude that was a fun session........
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The new baitfish off the vise for pike. This is a hollow tie style that I can really dig. Dave and i were on the skype a while back and while he was at work we kinda morphed this baitfish up. I am hoping to try it for some musky as well. Tapered layers and any color combo to suit your whim can be used. Thanks to the boys over at piketrek the chenille is awesome stuff guys!!! Take a visit and check out all the goods in store! http://www.pikeflyrod.com
1-Mustad 3407dt 6/0
2-Danville + to match head
4-ultra hair for the body
5-colored doll eyes
6-head-piketrek's mega chenille
The size is up to you these can be short or long. This guy is about 7.5 inches long.
Enjoy and tight lines....keep those hooks sharp and stick some toothies!!!
Monday, August 16, 2010
A big shout out to brother in fluff for making me laugh today ....a real pick me up for sure. While our man was running for a cause and saving the U.K world one dash and web toss at a time. He managed to put up a great picture of me over on his blog with my lovlies world famous burger...too bad it was much of a blurr to eat.....remember yard work + alot of sun and beers makes for a good time....tight lines and back to normal Tuesday.....
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Warm one today! Topped out at 85 sun and clouds. Slipped over to location "x" for an evening of pickerel fun. A quick rain shower and a t-storm half way out in the crap-a-craft sent me back to the truck for a 20 min wait for the skies to clear. Glad that some people let their dogs shit where people slide their canoes and rowboats in ...nice cause I stepped in it on my way back out. I need a gripe every now and then. So got back out and tore into a few pickerel. Pretty Boys and P.P. baitfish in the 4inch size worked well. All white and chartreuse and white. Was hoping for a hex hatch...hex hatch + baitfish eating hexes= big esox! Not going to happen tonite...slight wind threw that off...did see a few big duns but not enough to say so. This was the best of the nite taping out at 22.50 inches long.
I said earlier I would be doing a review for Ugly Duck. http://uglyducksrodcare.com well so far so good. The ferrule wax is a snap to put on and is made of all natural ingredients!! I will be doing a full review at the end of the month when the 4 piece rods have had a work out...till then visit Ugly Duck and have a look around. Tight lines and sharp hooks fluffchuckers!!
Sunday, August 8, 2010
little pickerel, mud pickerel, grass pickerel, banded pickerel, redfinned pike
Redfin pickerels have 15 to 36 dark, wavy, vertical bars and reddish-orange lower fins. Otherwise the coloration is similar to that of chain pickerels. There is a dark, backward-slanting bar below the eye. The snout is shorter and broader than that of a chain pickerel. Normally there are 11 to 13 branchiosstegal rays on the underside of the lower jaw. The cheek and gill covers are completely scaled.
Usually found among heavy growths of aquatic plants in sluggish streams, in shallow coves of lakes or in ponds. Redfin pickerels may be the dominant predator fish in small creeks.
Small fish make up most of their diet, but they also eat aquatic insects and various other invertebrates.
Age and Growth
This species grows much slower than other members of the pike family. The maximum age is about 8 years, but the usual life span is 7years. There is little difference in growth between males and females, although females live longer. Redfin pickerels rarely exceed 12 inches long.
These pickerel are scrappy fighters, but their small size limits their popularity as sport fish. They can be caught on minnows, streamers, small spinners, spoons and plugs. Redfin pickerel are a lot of fun to catch on light spinning tackle.
White, flaky, sweet-tasting meat, but quite bony.
2 lbs. 4 ounces, Gall Berry Swamp, North Carolina
75 to 85
70 to 89
I have not yet caught one of these guys so I don't know too much on them. Being part of the esox family i thought it would be cool to post. I got this article from ESPN news. Tight Lines and good luck chasing...the pickerel bite is slow right now for me due to a 2 day stint of massive downpours!!!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Vermont offers unique fishing opportunities. Listed below find information about species of fish found in Vermont which may not be featured in the main section of AA-Fishing.com.
Musky - Muskellunge
World Record: 69.9 lbs
The largest of the pike family, they are found in about half the states, primarily the northern and northeastern states. They prefer clear water with temperatures from 60 to 70 degrees. Also known as musky, muskie and great pike, they eat any fish they can catch and prefer to ambush their prey. They also eat crayfish, frogs and birds. Use large lures (salt-water sizes) and heavy line when fishing for muskellunge. They will hit lures and fresh cut bait. They are known for their speed and are exceptionally strong for short runs.
Tiger Musky - Muskellunge
Esox lucius ~ Esox masquinongy
USA Record: 51.2 lbs.
The tiger muskellunge is a cross of the musky and northern pike. Male Tiger Muskellunge are most often sterile yet some females are fertile. Tiger muskies tend to be smaller than non-hybrid muskies but grow very fast. The body is often quite silvery with brownish fins and tail, without spots but displays broken vertical markings. Like their parent, they eat any fish they can catch and prefer to ambush their prey. They also eat crayfish, frogs and birds. Use large lures and stout line when fishing for tiger muskellunge. They will hit lures and fresh cut bait. They are known for their speed and are exceptionally strong for short runs.
IFGA Record: 55.1 lbs
The northern pike is a valient fighter and prefers water temperatures from 58 to 70 degrees. Also known as jack, jackfish, great northern pike and pickerel. While they have been transplanted into most states with cold water, they are native to the northern states and are abundant in the north-eastern states. Northern pike are basically olive in color with white and/or yellow bellies. The northern pike has light-colored marking on a dark body whish is opposite that of their cousins the muskies.They are an ambushing predator that eats frogs, crayfish, birds and virtually any fish they can get into their mouth. Use spinners, fish-immitating lures, jerk-baits or cutbait and fish close to cover.
World Record: 9.4 lbs.
A freshwater fish in the pike family easily identified by the "chain-like marking along its sides. It can be found in the northwest, northeast and southeast sections of the USA. Its primary food source is smaller fish and is known to lie in wait to ambush its prey. While it can be eaten it is not considered one of the better sport fishes for table fare. The chain peickere can be caught on fish-imitation lures and live or cut bait. Watch the sharp teeth when handling. Prefers water temperatures from 62 to 70 degrees. Also known as pickerel, eastern pickerel, pike, grass pike, jackfish, jack and others.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Playing dodge ball with the rain yesterday I set out from pike ranch 1 to meet up with buddy Chris Lynch of Green Mountain Troutfitters http://www.gmtrout.com for an evening of esox niger on the fly. Being that it looked like the shit weather was going to pass we met up around 5:30pm with high hopes of the rain staying away from us.... Well we got a few rain drops and breaks then more rain drops and then rain the size of marbles. Never forget your rain gear I keep a packable jacket in the gear bag though it's dryness is questionable!!! Anyway we took turns Chris being a good sport gave me 1st crack and a nice spot to target. 5 casts into it we had our 1st esox. Murdich minnows my man!!! Not a big guy but very feisty!! We switched off and on when we caught fish. I think our outing was a little over an hour before lighting finally sealed the deal....don't chance it your life is at risk when you see flashes!!!! No need for fried trout and pike in an hour session! The real kicker was being in the boat this thing has a real comfy casting platform and a 115 horse motor! Shit and git!!! Troutfitters guides clients outta this boat and if your coming to VT and want to be put on some fishy water look-em up and drop Chris and Mike a line they have a full service flyshop with all the stuff you need and no crap you don't!! Tight lines and be safe on the water it's shark week!!!!!!!
Also keep an eye out real soon for my review on Ugly Duck rod care products and the results of not having a 4 piece rod twist to shit on ya!!!