Greetings from the “Show Me State”! Let’s start this post by saying that if you follow me or have followed me in the past, I apologize for a very disappointing blogging year regarding “Carp on the fly” and “warm-water fly fishing”. Life Happens. As for offering flies, I am always happy to tie up orders, and despite hardly blogging at all this year, business has been pretty darn good. To all my customers and friends in the Industry I want to say thank you for your support! Big shout out to Feather-Craft.com, Evan Muskopf, Ted and the gang, T. Hargroves, and Dan Frasier. I couldn’t have don’t it without you!
Moving forward, those of you who know me personally probably already know I’m fairly outspoken on social media, and I’m always happy to have new friends on facebook. You can find me at Christopher Michael Vargo or Missouriflies.com (on Fb). Now, knowing that blending fly fishing with Current world events, politics, social activism, etcetera has probably never been done before, and that trying this might be a really bad idea….I Fucking Refuse to be Silent. So from now on I will be sharing some of the reality I am looking at on a day to day basis. I fully expect that most of you don’t venture into the nether-worlds of reality lying just beneath the surface…What most of you are looking at is only the tip of a very massive iceberg of secrecy and deceit, I hope to expose you to what lies hidden just beneath the surface of our all too often petty little lives (myself included). If you Call yourself an American, or just a Global Citizen….you might want to check this out. Love and Peace, eyes wide open… and no I haven’t been hacked.
I thought the Gopro would make shooting easier and it does, but getting edited product to youtube has been a night mare. So while I work out the bugs, here’s a little footage to help you understand lower Missouri, and middle Mississippi river drainage prospects, and how to make the most of what you got. The two flies in these videos are the “Black Ops” for the grass carp and weedless “Hammerhead Sculpins”, mostly in dark olive, for the drum. Hopefully these videos give a little more insight into whats in your Midwestern back yard, and what It takes to catch these fish… I will be back soon with a follow up on my favorite fly of 2013….the weedless Hammerhead Sculpin. A great choice for any big fish…from great lakes carp, to large and small mouth bass, to freshwater drum, trout, and even catfish.
and one more blast from the past…. Big shout out to my friend Geoff for reminding me the berries had been dropping for 3 weeks, and that I might want to go check the spot…I only got 1 day of a couple berries falling while I fished….the very last day of the drop! and that’s after no berries the year before due to low water. Thanks buddy, I owe you one!
Visit Tight Lined Tales of a fly fisherman.com starting soon (8/11) for “Carp Week” and a chance to win a Free 12 piece “Carp and More” pack!
These are my top 12 Midwestern carp flies, which just happen to be the best flies for everything else around here, and many other parts of the country too. Classic themes, like the wooly bugger and the backstabber, along with my personal top producing patterns filling out the selection. 1/3 of the flies are weedless. To the skeptics all I can say is try it and see. I personally never leave the house without weedless flies! you shouldn’t either…
The pack is tied on size 6 saltwater hooks, and Includes; 2 Hookup Buggers, 2 Missouri Buggers, 2 rough dub crayfish, 2 Rabbit Tail Dragons, 2 Special Op’s, and 2 Creek Stabbers, covering your Midwestern Common Carp, Grass Carp, Bluegill, Bass, Catfish, Freshwater Drum, trout and more!