The crew just got back from a great week of fishing and hanging out in Steamboat Springs Colorado. The Yampa River flows right through town, and though the weather was a bit tough, we had lots of great opportunities to fish. I’ll post a full report soon, but meanwhile here are a few pics from the trip…..
Mountain Whitefish! Noah stuck this whitey on a midge that he tied while fishing the Elk River.
The duck feathers from early season hunting have been begging me to tie a few flies, so when they came out of the freezer a few nights ago I had to sit down and stock the boxes. Wood duck feathers are some of my absolute favorites to tie with. The chocolate brown feathers on a hen wood duck are awesome for Baetis-style flies, and since Baetis are hatching right now on the streams, I decided to go with a BWO theme. I’ve been wanting to tie a soft hackle with the tiny feathers on the shoulder of a duck’s wing, so I tied up this little soft hackle emerger that ended up faintly resembling a BWO…
Wood Duck Soft Hackle
Hook: Nymph or wet fly hook of your preference
Bead: Gold brass
Thread: Brown 8/0 UNI (I used black on this one)
Tail: Chocolate brown hen wood duck breast/neck feather fibers
Body: Brown thread
Rib: Fine gold copper wire
Thorax: Natural red squirrel
Hackle: Dark brown duck soft hackle feather (not sure what it’s called but I used the small feather on the top side of the wing close to the body)
Here is a recent order of ice flies that just came off the vise. While it’s hard to think about winter right now, ice fishing will be here before we know it and I’m really excited to chase a few panfish and walleye through the ice this season! Some TUNGSTEN Slab Spikes are in the works and will be available later this fall…
The first week of duck season here in Minnesota was pretty good. We hunted opener with our cousin and had some great action with lots of woodies and a few mallards hanging around the small rice-filled lake we hunted. We also got out a few times during the week and found some wood ducks on the swamp. Definitely need to shoot some clays, though :)
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Three young guys fly fishing Minnesota's 10,000 lakes, the Driftless Area, and wherever family vacations take us (some great fishing!). Trout and bass are the main targets of our pursuits with a fly rod, but we'll often chase panfish or pick up a spin rod for some walleye on one of Minnesota's awesome lakes. All of us love to tie anything from trout nymphs to bass bugs to saltwater patterns, and are constantly coming up with new patterns and tweaking old ones.
Fly fishing is extremely addictive and our flies may cause insomnia, hallucinations, excessive travel, loss of appetite, bankruptcy, recklessness, and has been known to the state of Colorado to raise the unemployment rate. Use with caution.