Monday, July 20, 2015

Musky Fly, is it fall?

Sat down behind the bench and needed to tie up some trout flies to replenish some of my fly boxes, but I ended up tying a musky fly.

I can't wait for fall to arrive so I can chase the musky again.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Crawfishing on Work

Yesterday was a beautiful day, overcast and low 80's, we have had lots of rain, how could I not take half a day from work for some brookie fishing?  It was by far the best July trout fishing I've experienced.  Usually by this point in July, we have to hang up the small stream fishing in Virginia due to low water and risk of killing all the fish we catch due to warm stream temps and low oxygen levels in water.  That is not the case for this year however.  All the rain we have been getting has helped keep the window of small stream fishing open a little longer this July. 

I revisited the red crawfish stream.  It has been a while since I have fished this odd stream and I am reminded of why I should really fish this stream more.  I'll go ahead and address it now too, for some reason, this stream is chucked full of bright red crawfish.  Literally saw 200+ in the couple hours I fished.  I was told a few years back by a biologist that it is one of two streams in the southeast that produces bright red crawfish.  They think it has something to do with the mineral make up of the waters.  Quite wild though to see what looks like fully cooked crawfish crawling around the stream bed.

The Red Crawfish

They suck at hiding.

Two crawfish in background. 

Probably the most colorful brookie I've caught in a while.

Big brookie of the day.

Capped the day off with some fresh marked bacon and shrimp. The dog approved.

Bacon wrapped shrimp.
Sure beat work.

Monday, July 6, 2015

New Addition to Family/Sneaking Out for Some Brookies

It has been a couple weeks since I've posted something in the blog.  That is because my wife and I welcomed this little girl to our family on June 12th. 

She has been great and a complete joy for my wife and I.  I've been adjusting from a life of little priorities, to a life with more important priorities when it comes to how I spend my free time for the past couple weeks.

The wife and baby have been doing great though and my wife gave me a pass to fish this past Friday.  My friend kidnapped me from the in-laws house and I headed for a trout stream that has been good to me over the years.

Brother was looking through my blog and said "you sure eat a lot of summer sausage".  Got that right, life is too short to eat a bologna sandwich on a trout stream.  I like to do it right. 

The stream thru the gorge section

Ring neck snake

Bushwhack out.

Good to get out for a little bit.  Might be the last time I'm able to hit a trout stream this summer if we keep getting 90 degree days.  Fingers crossed for more rain, cool days, and some free time soon.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Cell Phone Range Brookies

Saturday I had a few hours to kill so I decided to hit a brookie stream close by.  My wife and I are expecting our first kid any day now, so only requirement is I have cell phone service just in case.  Luckily I know just the stream where I get a bar or two of service.  Fish were very active and the scenery was perfect as always.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Norfolk & Western 611 Roanoke Homecoming

This past Saturday the Norfolk & Western 611 made a trip from Spencer, NC to Roanoke, VA where it will spend some time at the Virginia Museum of Transportation.  The 611 is the last of the J class steam locomotives still running and recently underwent a facelift.  Figured since it was running right through town I'd go check it out.  Neat little piece of history.

Holly thought it was cool too.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Memorial Day Musky Float

First off, thanks to the military servicemen who lost their lives serving the country and to all the people who have served in the military. 

Went on a musky float Monday and it was one of the oddest musky trips I've had.  Usually I can get a musky to eat a fly if it follows to the boat, and if it does peel off, odds are if you get another follow to the boat it will eat.  I usually will mess up the hook set or screw up on my part some how, but Monday we had 5 follows from 5 different fish and could not get them to commit to an eat.  One fish just hung out beside the boat and I switched flies 4 times and figured eight the fly in front of him with each fly.  Still a fun day on the river and getting the shaky legs seeing a big musky stalk your fly.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Restocking a Couple Musky Flies

It is always hurt breaking when you lose a musky fly.  It's like kissing an hour of your time and $20 down the drain.  I lost a couple flies in the last couple outings and decided to restock with what seems to be working for me.  A few flies from this weekend's tying.