Sunday, December 30, 2012

Frio Rio

Fished the river during the holiday weekend while visiting the in-laws. Overall the fishing was decent and caught a good number of nice trout that were a lot of fun on the little 3wt. I also caught a couple of red horse suckers which put up a great fight for there size.

This fish's gill plates were chromed out
(pic doesn't do it justice)

Pretty Fish

Lots of ice on the guides 

Nice fat healthy fish

Jacob playing a fish

Red horse sucker 

Who you calling sucker

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Slow Day

Fished the river today and only caught 1 small striper, Scott caught a buffalo. It was a little cold this morning but it was good to be out there.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Angler Choice Flies

Just got some Drunk and Disorderly streamers in that Mike Schmidt tied up for me.The DD is a fly designed by Michigan guide Tommy Lynch of the Fish Whisperer Guide Service.  Mike is the owner and tyer of Anglers Choice Flies which is based out of Dublin, Ohio. Every fly that Mike designs gets real time being fished and must prove to be a fish catcher before it becomes available to the public. Mike ties a lot of big streamers with big eyes to entice that trophy fish your after. If there is a pattern that you do not see on ACF website, contact Mike and he will be glad to tie any pattern up for you.

-International Fly Tying Symposium, Somerset NJ 11/17/2012 - 11/18/2012
-Great Lakes Council FFF, Holt MI 12/01/2012
-Indiana on the Fly, Indianapolis IN 01/05/2013
-Wildcat Creek Outfitters, Indianapolis IN 01/12/2013
-The Fly Fishing Show, Somerset NJ 01/25/2013 - 01/27/2013
-Buckeye United Fly Show, Cincinnati OH 02/02/2013
-Bar Flies, Dexter MI 02/13/2013
-The Fly Fishing Show, Lancaster PA 03/02/2013 - 03/03/2013
-Midwest Fly Fishing Expo, Warren MI 03/09/2013 - 03/10/2013
-Swedish International Fly Fair, Jonkoping Sweden 04/05/2013 - 04/07/2013

I'll be using these flies in a few months for some white river browns.
They should also be a largemouth killer come spring time.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Brown or Bust

Made a quick trip to Arkansas this weekend looking for a big brown. The fish are just now starting to move up on the shoals. I momentarily hooked up with a nice 18-19" brown before he was able to shake the hook loose. I saw one really nice 10lb fish, but the moment we made eye contact she scooted off the shoal into the safety of deeper water. I fished to a nice 20" class fish but never got him to eat. There is a lot of small bows and small 10-14" browns that will readily take a well drifted fly. Looking forward to the next trip. I forgot my camera and all the pictures were taken with the GoPro.

Found this gar carcass, close to 4' long 

In a few years this will be a really nice fish.