Monday, September 15, 2014


One thing I've learned about musky fishing is it takes patience.  I've been spoiled over the years with catching a couple fish every single outing when I go for brook trout.  When exploring new streams I always have a backup plan in case a stream ends up being sterile for trout.  Brook trout also are not picky eaters.  If you get the fly to them in the presentation they want, they will eat for the most part.  For brook trout it is more about their beauty and getting away from the hustle and bustle of every day life.  Getting on some little trickle coming off the side of a mountain and flinging a 2 wt with a size 14 dry is a great way to relax and enjoy a little bit of God's creation.

Musky fishing on the other hand is completely different, especially with a fly rod.  It is exhausting.  It takes patience.   It takes focus.  It has been going on two years since I have even hooked one.  It is a completely different kind of unwinding.  It is satisfying to go out on the river and get your butt handed to you by a fish.  Throwing ten inch flies on a ten wt all day long just for a little hope of coaxing this predator to bite.  Patience is something that musky fishing teaches you. It is probably one of the only species that just seeing them follow your fly is like having a hundred trout day on the stream.  So while there are days where I need to be on a mountain stream catching a couple dozen 6 inch brook trout, there will also be days where I need to be out on the river throwing out my arm for a fish that I shouldn't be targeting with a fly rod.

And the tying of musky flies is a therapeutic activity as well.  Expensive, but fun.  I have gone through more bucktails this week tying musky flies than I like to admit.

I went out again Saturday to again not see a single follow.  I caught my first musky on my first outing for them and now I'm having to pay with 20,000 casts instead of 10,000.......Patience.

Monday, September 8, 2014

SNP Bear Hounds, Trees, and Brookies

Been a while since I've gotten out for some trout and been even longer since I've made it up to the SNP.  Contemplated about taking the boat out but was just in a trout kind of mood so it was off to the SNP.  When I was hiking into the stream I saw a spin fishermen hiking out.  Had a chat with him for a while and found out the locals have been running dogs in the area for bear hound training.  Guy said he had dogs chase a bear right in front of him on the stream and decided to call it quits.  I picked up where he left off fishing and the fishing was good.  The fish were not interested in dries at all.  I had two swipes at my dry, the rest were on the dropper.  I did catch one late in the afternoon on a dry.  This big boy demolished the stimi.

Only fish to taken on a dry.  An odd ball but I'll take it.

This tree was pretty cool too.  It was a single tree that about 5 feet up slip into three separate trunks.  Learned that this is due to Apical Dominance.

Here are the rest of the pictures.

Stream levels were surprisingly well for this time of the year.

Can't complain about this much needed relaxing trip.  Thanks for reading.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Christening the new boat

I took the new boat out Sunday to try to lure up a musky/get a feel for the boat.

And threw these to get Mr. Toothy to eat.

The only thing that was eaten though was this.

I'm determined to boat a few more musky before this year ends.  I think I've been 7 or 8 trips without getting a single eat from a musky.  Anticipating the fall bite to pick up.

Monday, August 18, 2014

New Boat

Picked up a 1970 Crestliner 16 ft jon boat.  Has a good trailer, casting decks, radio, fish finder, seats, pump, solar panel to charge batteries, 50 lb thrust trolling motor, and a need to get out on the river.

See you out on the river sometime.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Brookie Streams Low Water

This past weekend VA got hit with a lot of rain and some cool temperatures.  I decided to hit a stream that had been good to me earlier this year.  Even with all the rain, the stream looked like this:

It was low to say the least.  It amazes me that fish can live in a stream like this.  I was catching 10 inch trout out there this spring and this has been a very mild and wet summer compared to the past five years.  Brook trout are a resilient fish.  I tossed a fly into a couple pools and caught a couple trout this size:

I'm eager to get back this fall and see what the normal stream flow is and how the larger trout did hiding under rocks.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Summer Time Musky Fishing

Virginia has been experiencing some fall like temperatures the past week so a friend and I decided to fish the New River.  The fishing was slow but what can you expect from summer musky fishing?  Only saw one fish and it popped up right behind my friend's fly right at the boat.  The musky backed off as quick as he showed up.  He started the figure 8's all around the boat and after a few seconds the musky popped back up and inhaled.  He got a good hook set and then re hook set him again. Pop goes his 30 lb weak spot in his leader and off swims an angry musky with a fly in his mouth. It was worth the float just to watch that and be out on a pretty section of water.

I shall be back after the musky this weekend.  I have put in my 10,000 casts as it has been a year and a half since I've caught a musky.  I am due for one.  Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fly Tying and Miscellaneous Update

I have recently been on a musky fly tying kick.  There is something almost therapeutic about tying these big bucktail flies on big hooks.  Dry flies are my most despised fly to tie.  They are tedious and I usually can only crank out half a dozen before I'm over tying the pattern.  I enjoy tying up nymph patterns, but streamers are by far my most favorite style to tie. 

On an unrelated note, fresh market bacon is by far the best purchase a person can buy outside of fly fishing.  It is a new requirement for any over night fishing/camping trip.  I'm against the whole hipster movement and fresh market craze, but I shall return to fresh market often just for their bacon.

And this past week we have been watching Holly's brother Baxter.  Our friends got Holly's brother and are out of town so we are watching him.  I have come to realize that they are better together than separated.  They keep each other entertained and wear each other out.  This picture was taken at 7:30 this morning.  They were already exhausted from playing.  If Holly was by herself she would still be doing laps at 7:30 from the living room to the kitchen to the dining room to the living room to the kitchen on repeat. 

Hope to get out soon for the musky bite while VA is experiencing this cooler weather.  Thanks for reading.