Tuesday, May 31, 2011

"nettles" a river bank pain in the ass!!

Here's a good article on these little buggers. I found myself in a patch along my parents brook trout stream. Ouch is all I have to say. The little stinging needles make you want to swear and hit something....really. I know this is kinda off the fish subject but , it's not really because I am sure at one time or another you have ran into these guys fly fishing too. Be safe!

Common nettle
Name: Common nettle( stinging nettle )Latin name: Urtica dioica L.Occurrence: A rhizomatous to stoloniferous perennial, common nettle is abundant and generally distributed in the UK and is recorded up to 2,700 ft. It is native on riverbanks and in hedgerows, grassy places, near buildings and where the ground is littered with rubble. Common nettle is favoured by conditions in woodland clearings and at the early stages of coppicing. It likes high nitrogen levels and can survive in moderate shade. The rhizomes have difficulty penetrating compacted soil and it prefers open textured soils of pH 5.0 to 8.0.As a perennial weed, common nettle is troublesome around the margins of arable fields and in gardens. It is also prolific on the rich land that borders meadows and pastures, often encroaching into the field. However, it does not spread far into arable fields except as isolated seedlings. In a study of seedbanks in arable soils in the English midlands sampled in 1972-3, common nettle seed was recorded in 13% of the fields sampled in Oxfordshire and 41% of those in Warwickshire but never in large numbers. Common nettle is variable in size, leaf shape and flower form, and several varieties have been described. Dried nettles provide excellent fodder and are readily eaten by farm animals. If cut before flowering and thoroughly dried, nettles make excellent hay with a protein content equivalent to Lucerne/clover. Despite the stalky nature it is well digested by stock animals even pigs, fowl and rabbits. Common nettle has been used as a food plant when young and tender. The plant accumulates iron, calcium and magnesium and is considered to have medicinal value. Fibres from the stem were used to make linen and ropes. Common nettle is an important alternative host of carrot fly and removal of nettles from hedgerows has been suggested as a means to suppress the pest. However, a range of aphid species that are fed on by beneficial predator insects also infests it. Common nettle is the main food plant for the caterpillars of several butterfly species.Biology: Common nettle flowers from May to September. Flowering on individual plants is protracted and may last several months. Plants do not flower in their first year. Plants bear only male or female flowers that are usually wind pollinated. Flowering is inhibited by drought and shade. Common nettle also requires long days to stimulate flowering. Plants cut down in flower do not produce viable seed. Plants cut when the perianths are green but with the seeds at the milk stage, ripen seeds that germinate normally. Seeds are able to germinate immediately on a bare soil in full sunlight but germination is delayed in closed vegetation. Seeds sown in field soil and cultivated periodically emerge sporadically through the year with a peak in April. Seedlings appear from March onwards mostly from bare soil. The concentration of phosphate in the soil can influence seedling distribution. A low concentration can restrict early growth. Nettle seedlings grow rapidly in the first few weeks to stay above the developing vegetation.Common nettle has tough yellow roots and creeping stems rooting at the nodes. The horizontal shoots develop a short distance below the soil surface. New rhizomes are formed in late summer or autumn from older rhizomes or from the stem bases of aerial shoots. They continue to grow until the death of the aerial shoots and they then turn upwards to form new shoots. The shoot tips may die back if frosted. Under prolonged drought conditions, vegetative growth is restricted. The plant overwinters as rhizomes with short green shoots. Persistence and Spread: Abundant seed is produced, most is short lived but some viable seeds remained after 5 years even in cultivated soil. Seeds have been recorded in large numbers in the soil beneath pastures even when the plant was poorly represented in the vegetation. Seed viability was not affected by dry storage in the first 2 years.The rootstock is tough, creeps extensively and enables the plant to spread rapidly. Rhizomes broken up by cultivation readily re-root. The seed enclosed in its perianth can catch on clothing and animal fur to aid dispersal. Common nettle seed has been found as a contaminant in samples of grass seed. Common nettle seeds are ingested by worms and excreted in wormcasts. Seeds are also dispersed in the droppings of cattle deer and magpies. The seeds can float in water for 1 week.Management: Control is by removing the rootstocks as thoroughly as possible when nettle patches are small. The collected material should be burnt. Repeated hoeing will exhaust the rootstocks eventually. Seedlings may be destroyed by frequent surface cultivations in spring and autumn. Common nettle cannot tolerate regular cultivations at rhizome depth. The shallow creeping rhizome does not regenerate well after repeated fragmentation. In grass, regular cutting beginning when shoots appear in spring and repeated each time shoots reach 6-12 inches should effectively destroy it. In a clover/grass pasture, it was noted that common nettle was more likely to be associated with areas where clover was dominant than where grasses made up the majority of the vegetation cover. In unimproved pasture, common nettle increased under annual cutting for hay.The regular trampling of cattle can wipe out common nettle. Salt licks around nettle clumps will attract stock to trample the weed. Overgrown areas of nettle are best cut in dry conditions to allow the surface roots to dry out in the sun and wind. On grazing land, stock will readily eat cut and wilted nettles but avoid the growing plant. Rabbits also avoid it.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Pike Art....

What utter beauty!!!!! Happy Memorial Day and thanks to all service men and women past and present. Tight Lines!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


From "pike on the fly.com" Very cool info here for sure!!! Here is a pic of a pike I caught with black spots the other day.....

The northern pike is host to a vast assemblage of parasites. Toner (1966) in his summary of information on the pike listed almost a full page of published records. Hoffman (1967) listed the following parasites for this species in North America: fungi, Protozoa, Trematoda, Cestoda, Nematoda, Acanthocephala, leeches, Mollusca, and Crustacea. The parasite most often seen and of concern to anglers is the strigeid fluke Uvulifer ambloplitis. The externally encysted stage of this trematode, called black-spot, is often present in extreme numbers on individual pike. This parasite is not transferable to man, is readily killed by adequate cooking or removed by skinning the fish. This species also suffers from a septicaemic "red sore" disease caused by the bacterium Pseudomonas hydrophila, which is also responsible for the condition in frogs known as "red leg." In northern pike it results in ugly red necrotic lesions involving the muscle tissue (Margolis 1951). The pike also are subject to neoplastic tumors that are true cancerous lymphosarcoma. Both render the fish unsightly and can cause concern to those who catch the infected fish. Neither of these "diseases" is known to be transferable by contact to man.

Monday, May 23, 2011


I can't praise this product enough. I have the pike version and it is a necessity in my gear bag. From U.V. protection and insecta sheild this product kicks ass. They even have a page dedicated to the many different ways to use your BUFF. My buddy Brian turned his into a koozie over the weekend end.....good stuff. Have a look for yourself. http://www.planetbuff.com/ Tight lines!!!

Saturday, May 21, 2011


Do some damage today.......enjoy and tight lines pike nuts!!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Drew ties a Pike Double Bunny

A great pattern to get some pike excited!! Enjoy!


Monday, May 16, 2011


Full of piss and bad attitude for sure...........................

Brian with the custom 7wt.......cool rod for sure!!!!

happy angler!!!

Pucker up pretty girl!!!!

A solid hook up for sure!!!!!

Some of the most recent Pike Adventures. If you aint fly fished for Pickerel your trully missin out. Geared down to smaller pike sized rods and flies you can have a ball.....ENJOY!!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Monday, May 9, 2011

A Fly's Life.........

Hands tying your own flies is the way to go. Ask yourself how many times in a pinch or when you bought flies after a few casts they just fell apart. Hard earned cash wasted and that's no good. I remember way back in the day I bought a selection of clouser minnows from the big chain sports store. Was a good deal so I got them and tied one on my leader...2 casts and all I had left was the dumbell eyes. WTF!!! I had been tying flies and after that I decided that I was never going to buy another fly again and tie all my own flies. I was 15 then and did not have allot of cash. So what I'm trying to get at you can't buy quality only make quality. That's how I feel every time I tie my pike flies and bass flies. I know hands down that each step , each thread is tight , glued , and using only the best materials and hooks. Case in point I have been tying E.P. patterns for pike for a while. When my brother Dave came over last year he sat down and did a E.P. style using his touch and method. I watched in amazement how he builds his flies and the quality that goes into them as well. This was no special pattern just a generic olive and white E.P. pattern with some flash and some marker stripes. This bait fish pattern has landed well over 50 fish for me. I fish it because it works , it's VERY durable and just because Dave tied it for me. I was thinking of retiring it but then why would I do that it's still got 100 more fish to go and probably more I think. My point is if you know someone who ties flies support them. ask to sit and watch so you can make your own flies. Care and quality are things you can't really buy. Plus catching fish on your own hand tied flies....now it don't get much better than that. tight lines ...tight wraps and hang on tight!!!!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Some of P.A.'s best Pickerel Pics

Looking to beat my masterclass pickerel length from last year by an inch or 2. Setting personal goals keeps the drive on!!! Tight Lines and double Huals!!!!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Pike Slayers......

Money in the bank........

E.P perchy

sub bug


Some of my latest pike snacks from the box. They have been eatin them pretty good...Enjoy and Tight Lines!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Window Bling

Now the neighbors and passer bys will know what a pike nut is....pretty awesome find lets see if Naomi will go for it now...hmmmmmmmmmmm. Tight Lines!!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Subbuggin action at it's finest!!


A big mouth full!!!

26 inches and full of piss and vinagar!!!

For those of you who follow the blog you know that Dave and I have a sub bug site. It's all things sub bugs for predators. These are simply some of the best pike snacks around period. It's like the fly rod version of a stick bait and jerk bait all in one. I had a good morning out for ole esox and caught 3 with a yellow version I whipped up. Fished on an intermediate line these seemed to irresistible for Mr. pike. Here's some pics and go over to our sub bug site for step by step tying instruction and videos...Tight Lines all!!!