Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Dead Ringer Caddis Pupa

This fly got its name from being a very close mimic of a real caddis pupa. I have spent hours on the water trying to find live(or dead) caddis pupa to study. Some would say Im a little obsessed, but thats ok I need something to do in my free time. Anyway back to the fly, it has barred rubber legs to imitate wing pads, long wood duck to add the effect of horns, and a tungsten bead hidden under the shellback for weight. I use a bead one size smaller than usual to keep down on the bulk. This bug floats down the river looking as close to the real thing as it gets. Check out the video and tie some up.

This is a Caddis Pupa fly pattern - Dead Ringer Caddis Pupa 

Monday, May 23, 2016

What a Week!

I was on the water 5 out of the last 7 days from the Little J to the Tully, we even spent a day fishing out of the boat. The fishing has continued to be fantastic. Sulphurs are around but all the fish still seem to be keying in on caddis. They are taking the pupas all day long, and when the opportunity to eat an adult floats by they take that as well. The water is at a perfect level just about everywhere but with all the rain look for the Tully to go up soon. If you are in the state college area, the Sulphurs are still coming off strong and there have been sightings of Drakes on many different creeks. The stoneflies are starting to crawl towards the banks, sot they won't be long either.

Hot Flies: CDC Sulphur Dun, Bird of Prey Caddis, Primetime Caddis Pupa, CDC Bubble Back Caddis, CDC Caddis.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Fish Photos and Some Guide Days

The season is now in full swing. Sulphurs are starting all over the state, however the caddis are still pretty thick and fish seem to still be keying in on them. Sulphurs will only get thicker as the month moves on. Look for fish rising in the soft water on our favorite local stream, and remember if they are super splashy rises and you see caddis, don't be afraid to nymph over those fish. 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Stripers (Rock Fish) on the Bay

I received a call from my buddy Mike a couple weeks back, he wanted to go striper fishing last minute. He has a buddy that guides on the Susquehanna flats and he had a last minute cancelation, so he wanted us to come down. That morning they put a solid 40 fish in the boat, all on flies so we were pretty pumped to get out. Unfortunately, it was a flood tide and the water was moving very slow, so we had to work to find some fish. Jeff kept us thinking the next cast was going to be a fish, and we eventually found some willing fish. About a half hour before dark I got crushed by a 40" plus fish and fought it right to the boat, Mike went to lip it and it took one last run under the boat and popped off. We all just about cried, but we went back at it looking for another one. If you ever need a recommendation for a guide on the flats I would Highly recommend giving Jeff Lewatowski a call.