Wednesday, September 12, 2012

howdy FOLKS! "musky madness" LOL

Well it's been a while on my blog........ probably wondering where that nut case went to?? Well its been a great year for pike and musky for me... so in not so many words less updates more time at school. I hope everyone has been well and catchin toothies..... So that being said if you aint heard of Vermont Fly Guys then look us up. We supply knarly flies to folks in need. Custom ties and what nots. Pike and musky patterns taking most of the heat and i l
ove it. So im not really going to bore you with that I have been doing........lots of pike and musky tying and gettin out to chase when I can. Here are some pics to hold ya over.......

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Pike cover info...........

Just borrowed this from a site on line. I was able to spot a fat 32 inch pike terrorizing bait in 3 feet of water using cattails for camo amush. Now most blogs and I do as well post about flies and rods and what not , why not about local pike ambush cover. So read on and enjoy I found this page very interesting!! Tight Lines folks hope your gettin some toothies too!!! Common Cattail Typha latifolia Common Cattails are a familiar sight along the shore of any marsh, pond, lake, or river. They can even be found in ditches. Cattails are tall, stiff plants, growing almost ten feet tall. The leaves look like giant blades of grass, about one inch wide. The flower has two parts; a brown cylinder (the female part), and a yellow spike (the male part). Cattails are usually found in a dense stand (many together). Common Cattails have roots that creep, called rhizomes. Rhizomes grow new shoots quickly. This creates the thick stands which are great cover for the many animals which live among them. Red-winged Blackbirds are probably the animal most associated with cattails. The blackbirds are often seen in groups perching on them. They also build their nests on them. Besides Red-winged Blackbirds, waterfowl, such as Mallards and Canada Geese, nest among cattails. Frogs and salamanders will lay their eggs in the water on and between them. Fish will hide or nest among them. Muskrats eat Common Cattails and use them to build their houses. White-tailed Deer, Raccoons, Eastern Cottontails, and Turkey all use cattails as cover. Many species of insects eat and live on them. Common Cattails flower from May to July. In early fall, the brown flower head pops open, letting its fluffy seeds emerge. These seeds are carried by wind or water to new places. Many species of birds use the fluff to line their nests. Save the Prairie Society Relationships in Nature: Animals Using as Food Source Animals Using as Shelter Associations With Other Plants OTHER Muskrat Red-winged Blackbird Yellow Pond Lily Tussock Sedge C Canada Goose Muskrat Common Duckweed Beaver Mu Stagnant Pond Snail Canada Goose Pickerelweed Downy Woodpecker FP Mallard Common Reed Wild Rice EC White-tailed Deer Tussock Sedge Raccoon Green Algae Bullfrog Lizard's Tail Wild Turkey Long-leaf Pondweed Golden Shiner Greater Bladderwort Eastern Painted Turtle Spotted Joe-pye Weed American Dog Tick Marsh Bulrush American Toad Arrow Arum Green Darner Swamp Rose Mallow Freshwater Leech Wild Rice Eastern Newt Northern Water Snake Large Diving Beetle Stagnant Pond Snail Paramecium Green Darner Relationship to Humans: All parts of the cattail plant are edible. American Indians prepared the different parts in many ways. The leaves of Common Cattail are used to weave baskets, chair seats, and mats. People sometimes plant cattails along the shores of water to prevent erosion. The fluffy seeds are used as insulation for pillows and coats. An adhesive (glue) can be made from the stems. The pollen is sometimes used in fireworks. SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION KINGDOM Plant DIVISION Magnoliophyta CLASS Liliopsida ORDER Typhales FAMILY Typhaceae GENUS Typha SPECIES Typha latifolia

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Howdy Folks!!!!

It's been a while since I posted been busy tying , fishing , film tour and our shop The Vermont Fly Guys. The pike action has picked up was in a lull there for a while. My biggest so far has been 35.25 and that was back in March!! So get out prowl the shallows and keep some flies at the ready! Ive been having good luck with subbugs , deceivers and bunnies. Seems anything with a little bit of white or red and chartreuse is the ticket. 5 inch long patterns and a bit of flash mixed in. As the season progresses amp your fly size up. This is not a rule of thumb per say I believe big or small if you get your fly in the right spot at the right time a pike is going to eat. Just seems smaller has been better lately. Ill be at GMT Tuesday nite from 6-9 so if your in the Jeffersonville area stop by and say Hey! Ill be twistin pike flies. Tight Lines and ill keep ya posted!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Pike Porn

Buddy Brian Cadoret sent me this pic of a decent pike caught on a VFG's "bastard minnow" This a great pattern for searchin around. I gave this fly the name 2 years ago after one early spring outing on my third cast a 30 inch pike inhaled the streamer making me outta the blue go BASTARD! Well names just come about like that and it's been in my box and a few others ever scince. Hope all you out in pike fly land are scrfeamin names of your own....looks like i'll be hollering on Friday afternoon............Tight Lines!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Here Kitty Kitty......

Unseasonable weather has lead P.A's to some great March Madness. March Madness just aint for basketball I guess. So The last few outing had me seeing some pike and hookin a few to boot. Natural colored patterns and a slow retrieve on a 10 wt rio intermediate is my set up. The flies Iv'e been chuckin have been anywhere from 6-9 inches long. Learn how to tie a Lefty's deceiver and put faith in it ....they work. Another sure bet is Barry's bunny bug , however you enjoy tying it. My favorite colors in that at black , chartreuse and all white and the ever famous red and white. I do a twin tail souped up version with has a jigging fluttering action that is hard to resist to Mike. Ina cold front now so will be hittin the pond later this week to scope the shallows by my house. Get in the back attention to the wind direction and water temps. Wind pushing into a shallow mucky bay in spring usually is your best starting point folks. If not target the deep outside edge of the bay.....Mike will be around. Tight Lines!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

PIKE ART and new blog!

Love it hands down!! Check out this awesome work!!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Spring Pike ................

Stalking Early Spring Trophy Pike
by Ed Carlson

Winters grip now reluctantly fades as ice peals slowly away from bays an creek arms all over the frozen North. As Mother Nature Sheds her winter blanket we too can dare to peal a few layers away and again feel the growing warmth of the sun. Ah, could it be time to dust off a few long rods and make preparations for wonderful things to come?

Very soon some of the best opportunities of the year will arise for trophy pike, true bruisers, and very possibly a chance for that fish of a lifetime.

Wake up, its spring
Winter becomes shorter and the days become slowly but steadily longer. Sun light increases while temperature's creep up beginning the process of eliminating the accumulated snow pack.

Small streams of water meander into slightly larger ones, and thousands of tiny trickles eventually merge into creeks, streams, and rivers.

Through out this process the water will pick up sediments and also gather precious solar heat while gradually eroding the ice and snow it pass's over in rout.

A drop to a trickle, a trickle to a stream, a stream to a torrent, ever flowing faster an wider becoming dark warm and rich searching for a creek, river, lake, or bay to rush into and spread it's warmth and treasures.

At last, spring has shown promise and the scent of this promise is quickly picked up by baitfish, and very soon after that by hungry pre-spawn Northern Pike.

This pre-swawn behavior may begin long before the ice retreats from the banks of the creek arms. Pike start late winter migrations into back bays and channels both in the search for baitfish and to satisfy the urge to seek out spawning habitat.

Pike spawn in very cool water in comparison to other game fish. They are often the first to spawn in many systems, as their preferred temperature range for spawning is 33 to 45 degrees.

Pike Females deposit up to 100,000 eggs at random in what areas they find to be most suitable or avalable. On occasion they have even been known to spawn under the ice during late thaw years.

The scent of spring seeping into the water below the ice appears to triger a response that tells the pike spawn is nearing. The egg mass has been developing in the females since last fall but more energy is needed to fill out the eggs and prepare for the rigors of spawning.

To store energy they need to feed aggressively by means of hunting avalable forage, or scavenging upon winterkilled fish or amphibians left by retreating ice.

The stage is now set for the biggest pike of the year to be highly concentrated and ready to feed.

Scouting pike
Evan considering that large portions of the bays or adjoining lakes or reservoirs feed by the early spring run off are most likely still largely covered by ice, the time for scout prime areas to fish is now.

Water temperature has now become the crucial ingredient to locating trophy pike and prospective shore angling locations. As ice recedes from shoreline areas the nutrient and sediment rich waters left behind are rapidly warmed by the growing strength of the sun.

During this period muddy bottom sheltered bay areas and murky creek flowages quickly heat up producing the ideal area for a multitude of pike to lounge in and ripen their bulging egg mass in preparation for spawning.

Conveniently lots of other tasty fish have the same idea so feeding is high on Momma pike's mind, however she is not likely to pursue aggressive presentations in per-spawn mode but key on winterkilled meals more easily consumed.

With all this in mind we look to sheltered back bays allowing warmth and security near likely spawning habitat. Prime habitat for successful spawning has proven to be newly flooded grass or brush.

Cattail bays may hold fish but grass is a better spawning habitat and more easily functions as a good place for pike to spread there eggs and offers a high degree of protection after the hatch has begun.

The ambient air and water temperature will dictate the degree of hunting that pike may pursue during this phase. Experance has shown me that a mid, to late afternoon bite is the norm in these very early seasonal conditions.

Scouting in the evenings or early morning pays dividends in huge pike. Map out several good bay's and creek arms noting the best wind direction for fishing each individual area. Many times the wind will change direction cooling a bay and sending the pike off to hunt for warmer waters near by.

I like to fish pre-spawn monster pike on the creek arms associated with a major resivoire, such as Lake Oahe in South Dakota, and Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota. Both systems yield monster pike that have hit the high 30-lb. range, with some approaching 40, huge pike in anyone's book.

These location tactics are not just restricted to these systems but often will prove productive in smaller lake systems and flowages anywhere in the pike's home range.

One handy trick I picked up years back from a long time pike wrangler was to take a pair of binoculars and scan the shoreline from one of the abundant bluffs that line the bays or creeks.

Borrwed this from the Fishing Minnesota site. It's a general start for your spring hunt. To tell ya the truth nothin beats acutal leg work and scoutin g. Do yur home work and it will pay off for sure. My local lake by my house , I was able to find one early spawning spot and was so happy when I did. I try and learn something every year I go out in the spring. Pay attention to the wind direction and temperature as these are 2 key factors to your success. Tight Lines and good luck!!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Top Water.........

Iv'e been on the top water kick at the vise for a while now. These being made up for top water musky and pike in mind. One of the most exciting ways to fish predators for sure because it's all visual.Desined for pushing water to get that good ole "GLUUG" sound the way I like. You can alter these anyway you like with a dremel tool to get all sorts of results. Keep tuned in ..this week Iwill go over my top water box with you all. Tight Lines!!

Monday, February 27, 2012


It aint over till the fat lady sings. This pike aint goin down that shit brirds neck that easy , never under-estimate the under dog!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Retro Pike it!!

Things have been slow over here and on the blog. Things will pick up soon with flies and fish and all sorts of adventures just trying to keep things short and sweet for now...have snacks to tie and stories to tell. Tight Lines folks and thanks for being a part of P.A. in 2012!!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Ad Swier pike on the fly.

Visit Ad Swier. Artist pike on the fly nut and all around great guy. I call Ad a friend. He rings me from time to time and so on. He has a book call "passion for pike" it's fly fishing for pike , tying and glimpse of Ad's world all rolled in. A read you will never put down. Ad sent me this pic a while back of him with a cracker of a pike from one of his drains.............what a beauty!!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Pike Stamps U.K.

From the U.K. Stamp it and send er out. Tight Lines from a snowy.....sick PikePicker In northern Vermont.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Daffy Duckyness!!!!

Geared for pike and musky after a meal. Prototype #1. Quak Quak.............stay tuned.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Pike Stamps from around the world...

This stamp hails fron Sweden. Good stuff.this is a cool way for P.A. to post pics for the readers , once a week on these cool stamps from around the world!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

McFluff's quick and easy baitfish

A great pattern from Dave. Quick easy pike snacks. it's like fast food for pike!!!!">

Friday, January 20, 2012

P.A's Favorites of 2011

Just a few good memories from 20011. From pickerel pike and musky........if it's got teeth then that's where we'll be. 2012 is already lookin good and when 1st thaw hits well red rag to a bull...look out!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday, January 6, 2012

Hey HO!

A crossover deceiver type pattern tied with super hair and a 4/0 mustad 34007. This was our Beer challenge Dave. Lost in the Cobb webs of our heads I guess bro.........Any way I like the looks of this guys at around 6.5 inches long I think this will be a good ice out pattern. Deer Creek eyes of course and some of this and that. I found that by using mono thread made this fly more to my liking. If you haven't twisted bugs with mono give it a go. Tight Lines folks from a snowy Pike Ranch in Northern VT!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Dirty Harry Callahan twists some bugs!!!

Do ya feel lucky punk???