Thursday, April 2, 2020

A little fun

While everyone is stuck inside, Vedavoo gear and Pig Farm Ink are running a fun fly tying contest for the next 4 weeks.  The challenge for week 1 is to create fly with "materials" from your bathroom.  If you are interested check out the rules here.  Have some fun with this!  Here's my Professor tied with dental floss and cover-roll stretch adhesive bandage.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

More pond streamers

Here are a few more streamers for the Adirondack ponds.  Starting from left to right are the Montreal, in the middle is a no-name streamer that I saw referred when reading about Adirondack pond fishing.  The streamer is tied with a silver tinsel body, grey marabou wing topped with peacock herl, and an orange head.  The one on the right is the well known Mickey Finn.  I hope that these will provide some alternative options for pond fishing.

Stay healthy friends!

Thursday, March 26, 2020

More tying

The fleet ready to go 
Tying has been a nice break during this time of social distancing.  I've been working on patterns that have been problematic for me like the Muddler Minnow. Feather wing streamers are also a classic fly that I have little experience tying.  Motivated by the lack Gray Ghosts in my box for fishing Adirondack Ponds, I decided to work on tying a few.

If you look closely, you will see I've used imitation jungle cock nails.  While these could use a lot of improvement, they should prove to be fish-able streamers!

Stay healthy friends!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020


Wings, tails and tinsel bodies stagged
and ready for the deer hair head

During this period of social distancing, it's a good time to restock for spring.  I don't tie Muddler minnows particularly well so I thought I would work on some traditional ones, as well as black and white marabou ones for Adirondack brook trout.  These were tied on a #6 4XL streamer hook.  I will also tie the traditional ones on a mustad 9671 #12 as well.  I staged this batch tying the wings, tails, and body and then doing all the heads at once.

The Muddler fleet ready for the next mission

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Top 5 brook trout of 2019 - Number 1

 This past October, I had my first opportunity to fish a few small Adirondack ponds.  A friend and I camped and fished in an area of the Adirondack Park that I was unfamiliar, which isn't too hard to understand when you realize that the park encompasses 6 million acres and has some diverse landscape.  The area we fished is not particularly mountainous but is loaded with lakes and ponds of various sizes that have recovered from the damage of acid rain in the 70's which devastated brook trout populations.

We packed and portaged to some amazingly beautiful small and medium sized ponds.  It took me a few days to get the paddling and trolling down but the last day I did catch some of the largest and stoutest brook trout of my life.  These trout were by no means large for the ponds, where the trout can grow up to 4 lbs with trophy fish approaching 5 lbs.  But I have to say that the males were were the most stunning brook trout I've caught in my life.  Period.

Below is a picture of one of two similarly sized and colored males that were caught trolling a hare's ear wet fly.  This was a trip that I will long remember and plans are in motion to fish the ponds this spring.

Is there a more beautiful fish than and pre-spawn Adirondack brook trout?

Friday, January 3, 2020

Top 5 brook trout of 2019 - Number 2

Number 2 on the top brook trout of 2019 countdown is this bruiser caught by David Knapp of Troutzone Anglers.  We had planned a trip to the Great Smokey Mountain National Park in June.  The brook trout below was one of the last fish of the day that from a trip up a small mountain stream that was a highlight of the entire trip for me.  It was classic mountain pocket water and we caught brook trout and wild rainbows by the bucketful as we worked our way upstream over some massive hemlock log jams.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Top 5 brook trout of 2019 - Number 3

This past summer I made an effort to do some exploring.  I found the stream on the right while studying maps and the contour lines looked like it might have a waterfall on it so off I went one summer morning to find out.  

I found the waterfall alright and I also found a few beautiful Adirondack brook trout.  The fish below reminds me to take the time to study maps to find new adventures. 

Happy New year everyone!