Month – January 2012

Noah’s Minnow

The Noah’s minnow will catch largemouth bass, huge sunfish, perch, crappie, and trout. You can either fish it by doing three strips and a pause, one long strip and a pause, or just strip it in. Overall this fly is a great addition to anyone’s trout, bass, or panfish box.

Hook: 6-12 wet
Tail: Marabou
Body: The rest of the marabou plume from the tail, wrapped to form a body
Eyes: Black bead chain or dumbell

Step 1

1.First tie in your thread and wrap it to the end of the hook shank.

Step 2

2. Then measure your marabou the size of the hook shank and tie it in.

Step 3

3.Next take the marabou plume from the tail and wrap it 3/4 of the way up and tie it down. Clip the excess.

Step 4

4. Finally tie in bead chain or dumbell eyes, whip finish, clip, and catch some fish.

Tight Wraps,


Cdc BWO Comparadun

The Cdc Bwo Comparadun is great for imitating small mayflies and midges. Often the only thing a trout will take when rising to midges is a well presented tiny cdc pattern. The cdc gives it a good silhouette and lots of movement. It is durable and relatively easy to tie, and you can crank out a bunch of these in a half hour. Tie them in a variety of colors to match your local midge and mayfly hatches. It fooled plenty of trout for me on a trip to the Ozarks, including a 16″ rainbow. Ok, enough talk, here’s the recipe:

Hook: #16-20 dry

Thread: Black 8/0 UNI

Tail:Grizzly hackle fibers

Body: Olive superfine dubbing

Wing: Natural gray cdc, tied comparadun style

Check out our Fly Box page, which contains many more fly patterns that we tie and fish.

Happy Tying!



1-14…Finally Winter

Only a foot of ice in mid January in the middle of Minnesota is not a common occurrence at all. Usually we have at least twenty inches and are driving out to our fishing spot. The fish didn’t care….

The fishing was great on day one. A warm front kept the fish active and hungry. The perch were hitting hard for about an hour after we got set up. All of us caught lots of fish. Jigging with minnow heads was really productive. Noah landed a monster 12″ perch, and Dad caught a small walleye. He also had a big northern right up to the hole, but it sliced through his 4 pound test with ease. Our tipup sprang twice, but came up empty. After that the fishing slowed down quite a bit. Managed a few small perch for the next hour or two, but that was about it. Mom came out, and the fishing heated up again. She caught her first couple of fish through the ice, and dad and I hammered the perch. I tested a few ice flies, which worked pretty well with and without a waxie. Near sunset the walleye started to bite a little. I caught my first three, a twelve incher and two baby walleye. Dad and I caught at least thirty fish today, and the other two a little less only because they went in early.

A cold front slowed down the fishing for day two. The fish were sluggish and not  very activeat all. Noah pulled in a small walleye, and each of us caught a handful of perch. The highlight of the day was a big pike trying to eat our fish camera, which looks like a baby bluegill. He swam by a few times, and then swam right up to it. He was so close his nose was almost touching the camera. I jiggled it a little and BANG, he hammered it! He was pretty mad that it wouldn’t swim away from him.

It was a great weekend on the ice. Hopefully we will be able to get out again soon. Also, check back soon because we will be having a giveaway in the next week or so.

Comment and Enjoy!



How to Tie the Flash Bugger

The flash bugger is a killer fly for panfish, bass, and smaller pike. It is really easy to tie and extremely productive given the right conditions.
Hook: #12+
Thread: 6/0 any color
Bead: 1/8″ copper
Tail: 1 generous plume of marabou (any color)
Body: Eztaz (any color)

Step 1


1. Place the bead on the hook, and tie in your thread at the rear end of the hook shank.

Step 2

2. Measure the marabou about the size of the hook shank, and tie it in.

Step 3

3. Bring the thread back to the tail. Strip the fibers from one end of the Estaz and tie it in.

Step 4

4. Wrap it up to the bead and tie it off.

Step 5

5.Whip, clip, and there you have it. A killer fish catching Flash Bugger.

You can tie them in a variety of colors. My favorite colors are cotton candy(blue/pink), and watermelon(green/pink). They work best if you let them sink for a few seconds before you start stripping. Strip in short, brisk jerks. My favorite sequence is jerk-jerk-jerk-pause (repeat).

My favorite Flash Buggers

My favorite Flash Buggers

A nice bass I caught on a Flash Bugger

Tight Lines,





2011 Year in Review

2011 was a great year for us. We caught tons of fish in many different places and had lots of fun doing it. Here is a brief overview.

The Quarry

One of our favorite things about fly fishing is discovering new places. This year we found a gem. There is a park a short drive from our grandparent’s cabin full of old granite quarries stocked with trout (food for the monster bass) that also hold bass and sunfish. It has become one of our favorite places to fish. Because of the deep, cold water, the bass will stay shallow even in the heat of summer.

 The Cabin

Our grandparents have a spot on a lake in central MN, and we spend a lot of time fishing there in the summer.

Lake Michigan

Sunrise salmon fishing was awesome…

Trout in the Driftless Area

We hit the Driftless a few times this fall for some great spring creek trout fishing in the bluffs of SE Minnesota, a few hours from our house. Camping, tricos, and rising trout. Good times.

Arkansas and Missouri Tailwaters

Over Thanksgiving week we fished the Little Red River in Arkansas and Lake Taneycomo in Missouri. The fishing was great. We caught lots of fish on dries in Missouri.

Little Red River with Greers Ferry Dam in the background

Lake Taneycomo (Missouri) rainbow caught on a Cdc BWO Comparadun

Winter Trout

On New Years Eve day we went to Iowa. It didn’t really seem like winter. 45 degrees and no snow.

Tight Lines,

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