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My Weapon of Choice for Grass Carp, Catfish, and Bluegill: Dubbing and Tie.

Here’s a how to piece on a simple fly that outperforms almost everything else where I fish.   Throw on a Marabou tail and boom, another killer pattern, though geared more towards catfish and bass.  Do a hackle with that and get a hook point up wooly bugger!  Really though, I’ve barely tied on anything else the last month.  Did I mention how simple it is? You don’t need anything special just some black dubbing, eye’s, turkey feather in black or similar, and a hook.  Mix your own dubbing and you’ll have endless fun with this pattern… The flies below are all on size 4, which is good for bigger fish during the berry drop, maybe year round? Its a step up in size for me, but just barely.  Deadly effective, no matter what you fish for.  Have fun with it! Change the colors up and do whatever, but black and brown are my favorites.

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Never Say Never: Winter Carp and More…

 

Grass carp caught on the fly december 2012

Back in early December I made three trips to warm water discharges on the lower Missouri River.  The first trip was to the Labadie, MO power plant discharge.  Access is from boat launch 1 mile down river on the opposite side.  I made the trip in search of Hybrid Bass, but landed a number of Skipjack Herring and even a little largemouth.

 

 

Above is the view down river to the boat launch. Getting up and across river in a kayak is one hell of an adventure…add freezing weather and…well you get the idea.  Best to have a boat.

 

This is a Skipjack Herring.  This fish really seems to love a two handed fast as you can go retrieve.  The fly is back to you in about 3-4 seconds when your going really fast.  The fish will slash the fly repeatedly until you can set the hook, sometime bursting out of the water on the take.  I’ve heard these fish are excellent light tackle sport.  I enjoyed catching them even with my 8wt…

 

Oh yeah! This is the bad ass I came for.  This fish had me hootin and hollarin, man these fish are a blast!  Just wish I could find more of em in one spot.

 

Another nice skipjack

 

Largemouth

 

The next two trips were to Portage Des Sioux warm water outlet via Dresser Island boat launch.   Its a mile plus to the next portage over the rock wall into the Mississippi and then into the power plant outlet.

on the road again…

 

View of the plant from the launch site.

 

There was a lot of Grass carp action going on in the shallow mud flats, I only managed one fish this day…

 

Closer to the discharge the water was thick with Goldeye…I’ve never seen so many goldeye in one place!  I got hits on virtually every cast, getting a hook set was another mater all together.  Somehow, someway they are tough to hook….but 1 in 3 or 4 usually came to hand.

 

 

 

Oh yeah!  I love you Hybrid Bass….Tickle tickle.

 

Till next time!

P.S.  if you haven’t already , Check out the latest “all fly” issue of Carppro Magazine for my piece on Carp flies, and lots of other great topics all relating to carp on the fly!

Alton Lock and Dam Fall 2012

 

Freshwater drum caught on a crayfish bottom bounced St. louis, MO

Wow… I hit up Alton Lock and Dam again.  Water temps are starting to cool and at least some fish are feeding.  As has been the case all year, water levels are low and clear!  I ran into all sorts of fish this time, but the action was hit and miss requiring lots of treacherous hiking over worn rip rap walls.   Day 1 I started with a drum followed by a smallmouth, both on the big crayfish pictured later.

 

That is my first ever St. Louis smallmouth!

 

I hiked back a side channel branch and landed a bunch of grass carp, some drum, a few gar, and even a bowfin! That doesn’t happen every day.  In the evening I ran into a bunch of Hybrid Bass landing about 6 of them, and then they were gone.

 

Bowfin on a tiny carp fly (same as below)

 

Grass Carp on a size 8 Scorpion Gaper Headstand Backstabber

 

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Headstand Backstabbers on Scorpion Gaper hooks size 8

 

Hybrid Bass on Size 6 Scorpion Gaper Squirrel Tail Clouser

 

Gold Eye

 

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Squirrel Tail Clouser on size 6 Scorpion Gaper hook

 

On day two, I fished and hiked my way downstream about as far as anyone should ever care to walk.  At the point where I stopped heading downstream I also got into a good sized group of Freshwater Drum.  These fish tend to be caught along rocky drop offs and points with good depth and boulders.

 

drum on the fly

This Rip Rap wall drops off to depths of 10-15 ft quickly and also pushes out into the current (which there isn't much of these days). Look for fish in the upstream pocket of such " small outcroppings" or anywhere along rip rap walls or wing dikes. In low current conditions try to find the most current!

 

 

 

 

Fish will seldom bite unless your fly is ON the bottom!  In this case I was using a size 2 weedless hammerhead Roughdub.

 

The Most Bad Ass Crayfish I Have Ever Fished

 

Weedless Hammerhead RoughDub Crayfish in the Water

 

The whole trick is to get the fly on the rocks about 8-20 ft down and creep it up the bank wall with some dunt dunt dunt burst to get that crayfish vibe going, followed by slow creeping.  You will see or feel the hit…usually right around the time your about to pull your leader through your rod tip….right in close.   Sometimes long casts and leaders are required to get the fly in the right depth and possition…and of course your full array of whatever sinking line/head you like to use.  I have a full float or a full sink (which isn’t real friendly) so this time I used up to a 15 ft leader and the heaviest big rattle crayfish I had(forgot the split shot).  All in all I had a great time landing in the neighborhood of 30 fish, not bad!

Big shout out to Dan Frasier for the Scorpion Hooks, so far so good!  Dan is involved with CarpPro.net and is doing a Carp on the Fly podcast everyone should check out!….I know I learned a lot of stuff from the first airing, I wasn’t expecting that!

 

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