Monday, January 26, 2015

Some Fly Tying

Been continuing to work on building up more striper fly arsenal for the spring run on the Potomac.  Slowly but surely getting there.

Took a break tonight though and tied up a musky fly.  Will probably get out this weekend to chase those musky again.

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.