Archive for the Hybrid Stripped Bass Category

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….

How to Beef Up Your Backstabber and More…

 

great lakes carp fly bass fly saltwater fly

bass carp saltwater fly

Stationary fighting craw mode...strips spread legs flare

 

looks like a dad!

 

 

In my book, the backstabber carp fly should be as ubiquitous as the clouser minnow, or the wooly bugger.  Not only is the fly in the same class, but its far more versatile as far as  materials and styles in which it can be tied.  Perhaps I exaggerate.  In my last post I showed how to use mallard feathers to make delicate backstabbers.  In this post you get a recipe for a fly at he opposite end of the spectrum.   Weather its a crayfish or a sculpin …this fly is sure to do the trick.

In order to get the big fly I wanted here, I tied on size 2 and 4 hooks and used my Hammerhead style to get some size, rattle, and stability on these babies.  This fly gets turkey flat pecs, and two 1/8th inch barred zonker stirps for wings, finished with a collar hackle and a weed guard for bottom work.  The end product is certainly worthy of large freshwater species and saltwater species as well.

Take note that the pecs look quite large.  However, in wet testing the flies, I found a good looking delta wing shape that looks a lot like a sculpin or gobi.  And when stationary in the water the wings seem to be just about right for crayfish legs.   All in all, I expect to take some heavy fish on these boys soon.  This would probably make for a really nice Great Lakes carp fly, and general predator probe.

bouble bunny backstabber with pecs

First the turkey flat pectorals get tied in. The the rabbit goes on top. Whats cool about this fly is that the feathers flare to the sides, but also vertically between the two strips, forming a dorsal fin of sorts.

 

 

 

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Carp fly bass fly

These Claws tend to float relative to the rest of the fly and waive around quite a bit. I decided to hit the under side of the claws with some marker to put this fly over the edge, don't forget the flared mallard tail.

 

 

Carp fly, warm water fly fishing fly

I'd eat this!

 

 

Carp fly pattern warm water fly bass fly weedless

 

 

vargo's carp fly Missouriflies carp

 

looks like a crayfish carp fly great lakes

 

Carp on the fly weedless warm water flies

Notice on this fly how the pectoral fins meet in the center and shoot up. I like this a lot! (Turkey Flats)

 

 

carp fly pattern

 

Weedless great lakes carp fly

This basic color, shape and make up of fly has been absolutely deadly in the past coupled with a weedguard and you have one bad ass sculpin or giant tadpole. This fly rocks. The second set of double eyes went on the rear of this fly. the set up rocks...gives extra room for mid body tie ins and is supper stable for bottom dragging.

 

 

great spring catfish fly

Great pattern to have in your Midwestern warm water arsenal. Can be tremendous on Catfish Hybrid Bass and Drum

 

 

great for fly fishing for catfish hybrid bass drum etc

Same here. Tie this fly with your favorite bright dubbing or estez, nothing to it. Deadly in the right circumstances.

 

 

 

carp flies

 

carp flies that can be used for any species

 

Carp flies or warm water flies or saltwater flies weedless flies

 

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Dragon Buggers

Missouri Goes Big : New Additions and Old Favorites…Part 1

Here’s a quick teaser for all you Great Lakes guys and general warm-water guys,  no particular order…more coming soon. Oh yeah, check out the
Great Lakes and all around freshwater Page too if your interested.

 

 

freshwater crayfish fly with wide body and extra eyes for rattle and size

Hammerhead Rough Dub Crayfish

 

Carp fly

Great Lakes Blind Squirrel

 

carp fly for the great lakes

Depth Charge

 

Hammerhead Depth Charge Carp fly freshwater fly fishing

Hammerhead Depth Charge

 

big backstabber fly for big game and big carp

Hammerhead Backstabber

 

awesome great lakes carp fly

Rabbit Charger Deep

 

big fat freshwater saltwater fly good for great lakes carp

HH Fatboy 2 Tone

 

freshwater saltwater fly carp in the great lakes

HH Rock Dartrer

 

Killer fly

Pink Mallard Meat

 

Carp fly for great lakes tied with mallard on stainless with rattle hammer head

Mallard Meat

 

Crayfish fly for carp and other freshwater species

Painted Puglisi Craw

 

Carp fly for Great lakes carp

HH Barred Reactor Bug

 

barred carp fly

Barred Bugger

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!