Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Fly Fishing Film Tour

It is coming back. Thanks to the Black Hills Fly Fishers. The film tour is going to be at the Journey Museum on Sept. 10th at 7:00pm. Come early for good conversation and snacks and drinks. The films this year are going to be great. Let's pack the house. Tickets are $5 at the door.

More details on the films etc at: http://www.flyfishingfilmtour.com/

Spearfish Creek Trout

There are a bunch of them in Maurice Intake. It isn't out of the ordinary to catch several fish, but most of the little stinkers continue to feed right at your feet. They ignore countless imitations of midge larvae and baetis nymphs- even though you can pick up a rock just upstream and see nothing but small black midge larvae and baetis nymphs. They have to be eating something awfully close to our imitations. Nevertheless, it's cast and switch flies, cast and switch flies...

And I'm not complaining. A small strange part of me actually enjoys getting snubbed by the majority of the fish. It is what fuels all night tying binges. Several good patterns have resulted from those bleary eyed tie fests. There have also been far too many disasters- of the variety that you hope are never seen by your angling pals. These are promptly razor bladed and the hook recycled.

The fish in the picture above were about four feet away and ignored most of our offerings. We had a good time anyway. It was fun to watch all the fish feeding. We did manage to catch a few on bubble backs, WD-40's, and Scuds. One of the fish was a beauty- 16" and fat. A great Spearfish Creek Rainbow.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Yellow Maylies

It is yellow mayfly time. The PMDs, PEDs, and sulfurs are hatching. Fish are happy. We have been seeing more heads up below Pactola than any time this summer. These same bugs are hatching in Spearfish. They are some of my favorite bugs of the year. We will have these bugs around for awhile go give them a shot.

Top Flies:

*No Hackle Dun- Size 16-18
*CDC Thorax Dun Size 16-18
*Brook's Sprout PMD Emerger Size 16-18
* Smiths CDC PMD Emerger size 18