Friday, July 31, 2015

Photos from Another Camera

Here are a bunch of shots from our overnight trip from Rob's Camera. Thanks Rob!!!

Rob with a beautiful Juniata River Smallmouth Bass.

Four Days on the River

I'm not going to bore you with all the small details, but the smallies are biting. I had Jim and two of is buddies on the boat this past Sunday and Monday. We fished the Schuylkill on Sunday and the yearlings were hungry, I'm not sure how many fish we caught but it was a lot. Nothing over 13 inches though. Then we headed to the Juniata River, the water was a perfect level and we had cloud cover most of the day. All the fish we landed were eating frog poppers!

Now this next trip was a trip of epic proportions, it was my first over night guide trip camping on an island. John and Rob accompanied me on the journey. We fished all day Wednesday and then camped on an island at the half way point, then fished all day Thursday. It was hot so the guys decided to jump in a few times each day to cool off. The water was low with high sun both days, but we worked hard and it paid off. We had decent action both days, hooking a couple big fish, but only landing the mid range fish. That is until over half way through the second day, when they each caught their personal best smallies .

Interested in overnight camping and fishing? Andy and I will be offering several of these for groups up to 4 anglers, all meals included! Email me at the shop

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Featured Fly - Ghost Minnow

This is a variation of one of my favorite smallmouth flies, the zuddler minnow. It i the completely white version with a few twists.

Hook: TMC 5263 - 4
Conehead: Conehead - Lrg. - Pearl White 
Body: Pearl Braid - Pearl
Rib: Schlappen Feather - White 
Tail: Rabbit Zonker - White 
Legs: Sili Legs - Pearl with Orange Tips
Collar: Schlappen Feathers - White 

1. Add about 15 wraps of .025 lead
2. Tie in the rabbit zonker just before the hook bend
3. Tie in the Pearl Braid
4. Tie in the Schlappen Feather tip first
5. Wrap the Pearl Braid forward, leaving a small space behind the Cone
6. Palmer the Schalppen Forward
7. Pull the Zonker forward an tie off right behind the Cone
8. Tie in 4 legs on each side, making them half the length of the body
9. Wrap a collar of schlappen in front of the rabbit

Finished Fly - Ghost Minnow - Smallmouth Bass Fly

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Things are Looking Up

My boys were out on the Juniata this morning. Bryan informed me that the popper bite is on! The water is still a little up and off color, but less than a half hour into the trip they had two fish in the boat. Check out the Photos Bryan Doyle took, he's one hell of a photographer. Want a piece of the action shoot me an email, and we will set you up!

Juniata River Smallmouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass of PA eating Poppers