Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Late Nov Notes

It's been another mix of everything since the last post.
The biggest thing I was working on was, well.............. It was about time. More details later.
There have been some dangerously windy days and seriously cold days. Today, I was able to get out to fish DePuy's Spring Creek.
Typical of this time of year, rainbows are active at the tail end of brown's spawning season.

Atlantic salmon fly projects are going strong, indeed occupying most of my time and attention recently. Here's a Rosy Dawn (Dr. T.E. Pryce-Tannatt). This is for my customer (will be framed, of course).

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Save turkey feathers for fly-tying!

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Man, The Flies, & The Frame (and Some Trout Fishing)

It's hard to say what kind of winter we are expecting right now. Average? Cold? Dry? We are having mix of everything so far.

My projects are keeping me busy.
Black Dose - Geo. M. Kelson
With this installment, I started working on framing. It was very elaborated and challenging, just like these 6 flies. One small mistake would make me work all over. Plan & measure well before cutting into...... I completed one by one. It went just as I had planned in advance.

Signed and approved by GMK?
I used a new mounting system for the season.
With this accomplishment, I went fishing to DePuy's Spring Creek in the afternoon.
And I forgot my camera again! So I used my i-phone to capture some images solely for this blog. Well, job got done!
 However, it turned out to be some of very productive days at the creek. I hauled in so many trout and one of them was.........
Another trophy for this fall/winter!! So I had to manage a "selfie" with my i-phone (somewhat technical).

It's not a great picture, due to glare and choppy surface waves caused by winds, but this trout remained still after release. I could even tape-measure. Although my i-phone wears a protective case, I wouldn't dare to try my favorite underwater shots......

So the project is successfully completed and now I'm into the second major framing project!!
Then of course, it looks like Fall-run of brown trout is strong in this November again! I wouldn't mind catching another one or two!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Into Winter Hour

I have started working on my usual winter projects!
Fly catalog has been updated with brandnew patterns!
A series of YouTube tying videos has just begun too! I intend to upload one video a week. In order to keep up, you are welcome to Subscribe.

As the title and the greeting above suggest, I've shifted to winter mode. For my own fishing, I go out in the afternoon. Rest, I work inside for Atlantic Salmon Flies, tying trout flies, and what's said above, etc.
My Outfitting business is OPEN all year around. There is NO winter hour for it. I guide you all day!!

Following report is, well, about a week old - which was my last full-day fishing at DePuy's Spring Creek (www.depuyspringcreek.com). Perhaps in late March, I might go back to "full-day" again!?

Anyway, for the first thing in the morning, Mr. O-O was inhaled - there would be a consequence of this later in the day.

It was Monday 2nd, so we already adjusted our clocks and watches. I was anticipating baetis hatch "an hour earlier" with my newly adjusted watch!! - seriously this is important!!
Baetis hatch occurred just as I anticipated at one of my favorite spots.
After two near-misses, I wasn't discouraged, rather focused more. Then on my size 20 baetis dry-fly, I got a rise and set the hook successfully!!  BIIIIIIIGG!! Leaping out of creek several times!!
It was a river-run brown!!
I'd like to call it #20-20" (= catching a 20-inch trout on size 20 dry-fly).........honestly just a bit shorter........But certainly one of my happiest catches!!
I got a nice rainbow next!!

With the new time, yes, the evening and dark approach quicker........
Evening was again O-O time!! At one particular spot, a group of river-run trout kept attacking on the swinging Mr. O-O!!
It was also interesting that next trout was larger than the previous one. And the last one was the largest!! Happy!!
 And.........I can't believe the medium gold wire literally got ripped!!
Some bucks.........
I fished really hard and late........
And today, it turned out to be nice, especially after a series of snow and winds. I visited the creek in the afternoon. I caught a very ending glimpse of baetis hatch (lazy boy...). There are many more numbers of large brown trout are running up from Yellowstone River. I don't say "all through the creek" but also "not necessarily looking for redds or redds area". Over the seasons, I have developed spots to keep my eyes on.
A solid buck!!
Since I came late, I stayed late. This time, it was even larger than the above specimen!!

1-inch larger!! - same size as the one from a week ago. These two are 2nd largest for this fall.

Oh, by the way, I'm with a new scarf from this week..........
Last but not the least, my Atlantic Salmon Flies projects are going stronger this season. Perhaps bigger........at least I'm using larger hooks!!

Black Ranger (Geo. M. Kelson)
Jock Scott (Geo. M. Kelson)
Project #1 is progressing really well!! I keep you posted!!

Until next post!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

October Summary: Fall Baetis Hatch (& Some Other Bugs)

Looking back the last fall, midge hatch & rise actions of trout were tremendous. Instead, fall baetis activities were somehow very low. Midge actions were more than compensating poor baetis actions so no anglers were complaining. So this fall, most regular creek anglers are hoping to see fall baetis hatch and delighted rise actions of trout, just as we know, yet we are all prepared for midge hatches due to the last fall.

I have already found out the tendency for this season. Again, every year is different. On the contrary to the last fall, midge activities are much lower. Instead, we got fall baetis back!! - just as classic & typical as we know & expect!!

One thing that's common every season - at least in my opinion: fall baetis is the ultimate match-the-hatch challenge of the year. By the fall, trout have seen all kinds of flies and presentations. Furthermore, they are not eagerly feeding any more. When hatch is good, they "might" rise and feed a few. Flies, Presentations, and Timing their rises!! We have to show every fly pattern and skill that we have developed through summer months in order to wrap up the season with the happy notes.

Let's look back how I've been doing with more pictures than in the previous post!

In the afternoon of the opening day, Oct 15th, I was at the spot!! Baetis hatch was good! and promising for the rest of month. Furthermore, my new emerger pattern turned out to be a very successful & killing pattern right off the bat!! I have already developed a couple of color & hook variations. I will unfold each and all during this winter.

 In the morning of 18th, I had several midge actions that's worth noting.
Massive Whities (I got two.......)

 In the afternoon of the same day, baetis did hatch and my new emerger kept catching trout!!

Then the afternoon of 20th was the "classic" fall baetis fishing!!
It was overcast with light rain, no winds to speak of. I started to see rings of rises one by one. I started catching smaller individuals.

One of the most iconic and technically challenging section of DePuy's = Annie's Run holds some nice trout that show themselves only during heavy hatches!! I was able to make a perfect drift right along the edge!!

 Actions went on.

The way actions ended was also classic - trickling down to 3PM.
 Another morning catch with midges.
This fall, I have discovered a new spot for me and it would perhaps be the most challenging spot in the entire creek. Certainly I have known the spot but haven't fished much. That is why I keep visiting DePuy's!! There's always something to learn, observe, and develop!!
In the afternoon of 21st, I observed repetitive rise actions that I ended up spooking all. Since then, I've been devoting myself to this challenging spot and trout swimming there!!
Look at this tremendous hatch!!
 I observed and studied the spot. Weedbeds, current speed, where trout are rising......... I decoded one at a time, day by day. I started getting in touch with trout!!

 Again on my new emerger!!
Any sizes can be enjoyable!

 Another shot of surface world.
By the afternoon of 27th, I developed some strategies to be successful at this challenging and physically demanding spot though that does not mean I was hooking every and each rise!
Also, it turned out to be another classic baetis afternoon - hatches came in waves = 3 big swarm = then tapered down.

Inch by inch, I was catching larger ones........

Action ended with this hefty leaping rainbow, connecting at the end of 6X tippet and size 22 dry-fly. This is definitely one of my most proud catch on the creek!!
Regardless of sizes, all the trout in this spot were challenging = fly patterns, presentations, and timing!!
 I say "a spot" but actually there are two currents that I've been working on. Both are equally challenging!!
In the afternoon of 30th, we finally experienced tough winds = nearly 30mph = from SW that had been cooperative over two weeks. Although baetis would hatch, they would be immediately blown away to Canada. Hence trout rising actions wouldn't be counted much......... However, I know a spot that I might be able to fish for the hatch & rise with dry-flies. I patiently waited and observed. I spotted continuous rises, just as I thought. I can't tell whether those were caused by one fish or couple of trout. I was sure rises were to feed duns. Yet, as always, presentations of flies and timing of presentations!! Furthermore, I had to deal with gust. Actually winds did me a favor regarding my positioning. Vision for my dry-flies were terrible but I detected a very small sipping rise where my fly should be........ Another proud catch!!


So fall baetis are hatching and midges are offering some surface actions then. Yet those are not all. Indeed trout are feeding on different stuffs.
As seen right above, what's this bigger mayfly?
Yes, that's a PMD and here's the one flying - not from this June!! Indeed PMD are observed hatching during winter months and almost all through the year.
Orange scud!
A big snail collected by pumping!!
 Even from one trout caught during the baetis hatch on a baetis dry-fly.........

Just like predicting fall-run trout, baetis hatch can progress to any results. Considering all these classic and typical hatches so far, and including my wish!, I have a strong hunch that hatch will go on till mid November. It will taper down as the days go by but those hours will still be worth assembling my dry-fly rig!! I will keep working on!