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April 21st, 2015: Dragging Bottom for Freshwater Drum

Its that time of year again… time to sample the Freshwater Drum population in your local creek or river.  Get yourself an appropriate sink tip or long leader and a couple weedless lead eyed Hammerhead Missouri Buggers/ roughdubs/ or HH sculpins and its on like donkey kong… I’m using a 16 ft fast sink tip, 6ft leader and lead eyed, weedless fly. Tap bottom till something taps back. Likely spots are around boulders, rock piles, gravel bottoms, heads and tails of pools, water outlets, and tail-waters.




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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Some Big Bass and a Very Very Rare Catch!

In order

nice bass


Big Bass fly fishig with hammerhead sculpin fly




#2  Spot the Crappie….


Yes that's a tail coming out of his throat.



big bass on a hammerhead weedless warm water fly for all species


That point in his belly is probably the Crappie's head






Both of these fish took a size 2 weedless dark olive hammerhead Sculpin…

hammerhead sculpin warm water fly

Junk in the Trunk Hammerhead sculpin with turkey flat pecs


And now for the Real Surprise…

trout caught in a st. louis, mo creek on weedless wooly bugger fly

My mind is blown...This fella must have an interesting story to tell

This is a warm water creek…so I can’t image the journey this fish has been on…I think his days are numbered.

Totally Awesome.  This fish took a size 6 weedless woolly bugger with beadchain eyes.  A new sure winner that I am now offering, but you will have to contact me to get them…weedless flies will let you do things you’d never try with your normal flies, talk about a confidence booster when your banging structure or sinking the fly deep next to a beaver damn…the difference between losing 4 flies in a day vs none…I chose none.

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Perfection Loop to Fly Knot

Back in the day I told myself that one of my claims to fame was going to be….drum roll please, using a perfection loop to tie on my fly.  If youtube views and comments are any indicator, I’ve made quite an impression with my idea.   Now, I know, I know…45,000 views isn’t that many..but it blows all my other stuff out of the water!  I’d have never guessed this video would rack up the hits.

The pro con on this knot In my view is all pro.  Some will tell you its weaker than the no slip mono loop, I say “whatever”.  The knot is smaller, quicker, easier, and won’t slip on mono or fluoro or wire for that matter, something the no slip mono can not do.  And, I use that knot exclusively for everything, except in the rare case I need to nail knot to my fly line.  One knot does it all, plus chances are its already the knot you use to add tippet to your leader, why do yo need more strength at the fly than you have in the leader chain?

Those are my views, but I’m open to others.

On a side note I hit lake 35 at Busch this am.  Saw a big musky come up on the surface…exciting shit.

Here’s what all the fuss is about