Monday, September 30, 2013

Catch and Release; The Misconception

We were expecting some rain here this past weekend so I tied up a "game changer" with a purple body and a chartreuse tail section. I figured this color combo would work really good in the stained/muddy water I was expecting to be fishing in Sunday morning. We really needed the rain, surprisingly the weatherman was wrong on the amount of rain he expected we would be getting. the little bit of rain we did get got soaked up by the drought infected ground. There was no run off and no off colored water. The fly still caught some fish, but I think it was to bright for most fish in the clear water. The white "game changer" was the fly of choice.

I think instead of gold eyes on this fly, a darker eye 
will make the fly a little sharper looking. 

First cast with the new color combo landed 
this cookie cutter largemouth.  

So one of the misconceptions with catch and release fishing is that it is good management practices and will result in more fish and bigger fish. This couldn't be further from the truth. In small ponds or lakes were you have a prolific predator like the largemouth bass, it only takes a few years for them to become over populated. Do you have a favorite fishing pond where you can go and catch handfulls of cookie cutter bass up to 2lbs but nothing bigger. Most likely this pond is over populated and the bass have knocked down the baitfish population. The bass have become stunted because they can't get enough to eat to gain weight and grow. On average it takes 10lbs of consumed baitfish for a bass to gain 1 pound in weight. All it takes is a bad winter or bad drought to knock out a lot of your baitfish and then with a strong bass population it is almost impossible for the baitfish to completely recover in small waters. I had some buddies out over the weekend and the 3 of us caught probably close to 75 bass in just a few hours of fishing, 55 of those were culled from the pond and filleted. This is a private pond and in Texas this practice is perfectly legal and must be done if you want to produce trophy caliber bucketmouths. Between now and next spring I'll be trying to take another 75-100 bass out of this particular pond to properly manage this water for big bass. Catch and release practice is all about catching and releasing the correct fish and there is nothing wrong with putting some fish in the skillet. There is a misconception that bass aren't that good to eat, but if you like bluegill you'll love bass.  

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Blast From The Past

I fished the Llano River several years ago. I had a great time and have no idea why I haven't been back, I defiantly need to get back down there soon. Caught lots of Red Breasted Sunfish, Guads and Rios. Make sure to check out Enchanted Rock State Park also, just a short drive from the Llano.

Enchanted Rock State Park

Hooked up while cooling off in the clear water of the Llano.

First Rio

 Gorgeous rock bluffs along the river. 

Lots of doubles on these feisty Red Breasts. 

 Some whitetails getting a drink. 

Its all about the hat. 

More bluffs. 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Early Morning Bass'n

Had a great morning catching bass on the Hawg Tied. It was a beautiful sunrise with the sky reflecting off the water as the sun came up. I tell ya what, you have to have a lot of video to be able to put a decent clip together. With todays filming I was only able to put this short clip together. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Game Changer Fly

So I have been tying several different styles of game changers with different hooks, different material, incorporating rattles, lead eyes, cone heads, and even made some with paddle tails that I cut off some old plastic swim baits. I like them all, but have found that using CCT Body Fur gives the fly great action, the perfect sink rate to imitate a dying/wounded baitfish and gives the fly a nice full look with no gaps between the segments. Not to mention the CCT Body Fur is what the guys over at Flymen Fishing Company are using.

I wanted to throw this out there to anyone that is interested. The below pattern is tied on a #2 Gamakatsu B10 hook, the fly is roughly 4 1/2" to 5" long and is made up of 4 segmented fish spines not including the hook. I have all colors of CCT body fur and can tie them up in any color scheme you would like. I also have an assortment of Prismacolors to produce any specific request like a trout pattern or bluegill pattern. You can request any color tail you would like, white, yellow, chartreuse, you name it.

If you are interested, please email me at
Starting at $10 per fly
Thanks Casey