July 1st, 2nd 2015: Warry Hybrids hit only in the flow.

I haven’t seen a multiple bass day in some time… the fish I do catch are bout 2 ft off the bank… and they only hit when the pumps are flowing or have just stopped, which today was once per hour or so.  I fished through the spot with a HH sculpin/leech for 30 min or so and wandered off looking for something more fun, all the while knowing my chances were about 3% .  The Pumps blasted off and I wast just barely too far down the bank to get back.  “I’ll make the next one” I told myself and that held true.  I cast multiple times into the full blast outflow with no luck…its a bit strong where the fish like to hold… the pumps stopped and the bubble clouded water began to clear, I cast across to the far side of the prior flow right out about 3 ft off the rip rap, I strip, stripped and wham… big solid not moving much fish then rips off the bank at lightspeed leaving a visible wake…he’s burning line through my fingers as I look down to see line somehow not right … I increase the finger tension danger tight while still allowing the fish to run praying for just a second of time to get my line in order, before he broke me off or reached  the other side.  The fix was as easy as letting go of my coils and removing my hand from the mess. Within a second or two the fish hit the reel.. boss hog.  The day before was very similar.  NO action whatsoever …accept in the flow, and just one fish is all you might get. So time is getting away from me but here’s the fish from the last two days and a couple others for fun! enjoy. Carp fishing is on hold… but I will get back soon I hope.  One last thing before I go… water has been falling in the creek for about 3 days, with minimal rain. Its a beautiful clear brown…always good for the bass fishing, and the soul.

Hybrid bass big ?

Satisfaction (july 2nd)

hybrid bass St. louis, mo

July 1st YES!

Who’s fly? pretty close on the tie! …. “July 1st” tried to hang me up and did…I went in with rod tip to free him and your fly came too…

Here’s the whole photo pile…

Oh Yeah! The 50ft Stretch of Rock Pile Pays Off Again with a Big Hybrid Striped Bass!

Big Fish of the Day


This little stretch is almost always holding a couple Hybrids, a Drum or two and sometimes you might find catfish. Thanks to the pumps that come on every 10-15 minutes and discharge into the creek, this spot is usually hot…sometime more than others. You might have heard me lamenting a big fish i hooked in the discharge a week or two ago…it was a super powerful fish that struck a big hammerhead sculpin right in the discharge as it erupted about 6ft off the bank. I went back today as i often do… I started out with the same fly…I started by dappling the outer edges of the rocks right around some submerged vegetation and wouldn’t you know it, before my very eyes a big hybrid comes up and gulps the fly! it was a really nice fish like some of the others I’ve been catching lately..

hybrid striper up high

That was nice! and look who showed up on the very next cast straight into the rushing discharge.

That was enough to keep me casting for another hour or so, the fish usually hit real quick when they are present so any lul indicates the fishing is probably done, but I don’t quit easy.  When the pumps went off I knew it was time to throw right up in the discharge…a tap on the line and bingo! Big fish on.  Forgive my self photography

This bad boy ran me up the creek then came back down…and ran me a couple more times… i had to crank down the drag danger tight just to make sure he didn’t get me in the snags. what a fish! I never checked for broken stripes, but the fish did seem flatish and broad so im going to say Hybrid striped bass, cuz I’ve never seen a stripper, but on second inspection of all the photos I don’t see any broken stripes..?.  This fish was a good 5 inches bigger than any of my previous catches and did about 2-3x the running.  All time best or damn close.

After that I got a drum on the same fly.  summing it up….

June 20th: Hybrid Bass in the Creek


….and a lone fish from several nights later… this fish was right in front of me probably for hours…as i rolled up to move/go home the fly dragged across the surface just before pulling up. I saw the fish make a swipe literally 5 feet away. I dappled 8 ft casts and had him shortly thereafter. I hear they are down on the Meramec river too..the river is up real high and the fish are up most creeks.

And the Fly Shop is Re-Opened

Its been at least a year since I filled an order, and there’s still work to be done, some new images are needed and some flies need to be added, but for the time being, if you need flies..I’m open for business once again! Inventory and Selection has been reduced so that i can focus on what I do best; specialty/custom dubbing blends on my core group of flies that I fish day in and day out. When you buy my flies you can rest assured that your fishing with the very same patterns I am. All tested and proven to the max. If you’ve not seen it yet, here’s a little something to light your fire.



Weather you tie or not don’t forget to go out and get the

The Orvis Beginner’s Guide to Carp Flies: 101 Patterns & How and When to Use Them

by Dan Frasier

and the

The Best Carp Flies: How to Tie and Fish Them

by Jay Zimmerman

you’ll find some of my best patterns with tying recipes and some notes on how and when to fish them, along with many other patterns by the top tiers in the sport.