Sunday, January 18, 2015

2015 Musky Skunk Off

It has been two long years since my last musky was caught.  I swear that catching a musky on the first outing ever for musky is a curse.  Yes, I caught a musky on my first trip, but I paid dearly for it with a two year streak of nothing to show for but a sore shoulder.  I have put in a couple ten's of thousands of casts in my 10 wt.  There has been plenty of follows, a few eats, but zero musky landed.

Yesterday I finally broke that curse.  It was a blue bird sky kind of day and the warmest day in the past two weeks of this cold winter.  The guys I was floating with thought the musky action would be plentiful with many follows.  We were very wrong.  It an uneventful float for the most part.  My friend had one good follow to the boat and the fish turned on the fly during the figure eight four times, but could not get his jaws around the fly.  He peeled off after a few failed attempts to eat.  For the next five hours we did not see another fish.  As we were stones throw from the take out, we were working the last section of pool before calling it a day.  I cast up towards the bank and was having a good time talking to my friends when in mid retrieve I felt a tug on the fly line.  I looked at my fly to see a good sized musky sitting vertical in the water with my fly in it's mouth.  I gave a poor poor hook set but somehow the 9/0 hook stuck.

Hopefully it isn't another two years before I catch the next one.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Cold Day's Fly Tying

It's been very cold here in Virginia for the past week.  So much so that I've heard you cannot even put in on the local striper lakes due to ice on the boat ramps.  Luckily the temps look to rise at the end of this week and I'll hopefully get a little fishing in this weekend.  Lately I've been preparing for an April-May trip in NNK Virginia to chase some ocean stripers.  Been tying up some big heavy weighted flies.

Friday, January 2, 2015

New Year's Day Musky Fishing

2015 started out better then all of 2014 as far as musky fishing goes.  Took the dog out downtown for a little musky fishing.  Had a mid 30 inch fish follow my fly and eat on the figure 8.  Stung him but couldn't hook up.  That is the first solid musky eat I have had since I caught my first one two years ago.  Long over due.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

High Water, Rainbows, and a Hogsucker

My little brother had a tournament in south VA so I hit a stream early beforehand.  Stream has running high and discolored, but found some trout willing to play.  Only one Brown wanted to tango, and it was a nice one.  Around the 15/16 inch mark and made a run into some fast riffles where he came unbuttoned.  Caught a bunch of rainbows and am odd ball northern hogsucker that fought like a champ.  Thought it was a big brown until I saw it's discoloration and fins.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Revisiting a Stream

I have been wanting to hit this stream for a while now.  I scouted this stream once two years ago on a cold day and caught one decent brookie and had another good one come unbuttoned.  Knew this stream had potential to be good.  Hit this stream again back in January during the week of the polar vortex and it looked like this:


Ever since that day I have been wanting to revisit this stream and see how it managed over the winter last year and summer this year.  I was disappointed in the stream results but think it has potential to be good in a couple years again.  Here is what I think happened to this stream.  It is a fairly shallow, low gradient stream and I think the deep freeze did a number to this streams older trout.  I caught a lot of 4 inch trout, but nothing bigger was seen or spooked.  I really like a lot of things that are going for this stream though and will give it a couple of years before I fish it again.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Streamers for Browns.

Fished a new section of a good brown trout fishery we have here in Virginia.  Long day of tough wading and throw big streamers for browns.  Was able to get the skunk off fairly early with a good trout.  Moved a couple more fish, but wasn't able to connect again.  It was a warm winter day and a good day to get out though.

Cold morning frost to start the day.  It ended up being in the 50's though by mid day.

This brown crushed the streamer.

Some cheap gas is always good.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Mid Week Brookie Outing

Got out last week for some trout fishing.  Dry flies are still getting hammered on the small streams. 

Some caddis.  Amazed at how many caddis are in this stream.

Rattlesnake Orchid