Field Testing

Tying

Tying flies is a great way to relax and prepare for your next time out on the water.  I like tying a lot of different types of flies but my favorite flies to tie are definitely big and beefy articulated streamers.  It seems they are nearly impossible for a big trout to resist.   Although I love tying flies, my favorite part is the “field testing”.  It’s hard to beat the satisfaction that comes from catching a pig of a fish on something you tied up.  Field testing helps me quickly determine which flies I should tie up more of in the future.  Unfortunately, not all flies are created equal.  Despite how awesome the finished product may look while in the vice, there are certain patterns that just seem to work better than others.  The fish don’t really care how awesome your fly looks to you.  They care about how much it looks like a baitfish or a sculpin.  That’s all just part of the fly tying experience.

Tying Time

Woolhead

Something about red drives the fish crazy

Black and Red- A Deadly Color Combo

Zonk Strips Also Add Great Action in the Water

Field Testing

As I mentioned in my last post, school is now back in session.  My priorities are on my schooling and education, but I’ve still been able to manage a couple trips out in the past couple of week.  Both trips provided excellent fishing and we were able to land a decent amount of quality fish.  I’m blessed to live in such a great part of idaho.  World class fishing is just a hop and a skip away in almost any direction.  Out of all the patterns I’ve been messing around with lately, the olive, cream, and olive/black barred zonk strip color combo has been the most deadly.  I have fished it almost exclusively for the past two weeks.

First Cuttie of the Day

The fish are starting to be very active in the “classic” looking streamer water.  The cool weather has started to turn the fish on to their fall feeding habits. Low water has exposed a lot of the ledges and holes that are covered by water for most of the year.  Wading is also becoming much easier just about everywhere.

Another Aggressive Cutthroat

A Little bit Bigger Than Average 

The fish below was a lot of fun to catch.  I threw out on the far edge of a deep pool.  As I slowly stripped my streamer up to the edge of the hole, this chunky hybrid nonchalantly came up from the depths and inhaled the fly.  It was a blast watching the whole thing go down.

This Chunky Hybrid Fell Victim to the Black and Red Combo

Chris caught and hooked up with a couple of really nice trout on this trip too but we weren’t able to get any good photos.  One of the main reasons was because the net was too shallow and the fish jumped out of it at the last minute.  That fish had some serious shoulders on it.  Another fish was smart enough to run down through a canal head gate which put a quick end to the fight.  We needed some photographic proof that Chris had indeed been out fishing and at the end of the day he hooked into this chunker.  He was a little anxious to get a picture snapped.

Chris With a Good Sized Cutt

I was also able to get out and fish with Josh for a little while a couple days ago.  No real big fish but the little brownies were pretty good scrappers.  It’s always funny seeing an eight- inch fish with your four-inch fly hanging out of its mouth.

Scrapper

Last night I had the chance to go out and do a little more field testing on some chunky browns.  Once again, we didn’t land any monsters, but these fish had some serious shoulders!  I also had the chance to test out my new Cabelas waders I got for my birthday and I love them so far.

Chunky Little Brownie

Sparsely Spotted

Last of the Day

Fall fishing is pretty much in full swing now and it’s only going to keep getting better.  Cooler weather is in the forecast for the week and this should help the fish get even more active.

5 thoughts on “Field Testing

    1. “Your killing me Smalls” I always check this blog with great hesitation..I like to think that I’m not missing much in the world of great fishing…that is definitely not the case!! Well done !!

      You ever want to swap bamboo for intel…?

      1. Thanks for the kind words. I’ve never fished bamboo before and I do not know much about it. Is bamboo only for throwing dries or are there bamboo rods made for throwing heavy streamers? If so, I’d love to try one out!

      2. matt albaugh

        I loved that new post on the night fishing. Man, those looked like candidates for River Monsters.

        Today’s bamboo is no longer the 4 pound stick found in grandpa’s attic. There are a lot of misnomers regarding bamboo regarding it’s fragile nature and being best suited for the upstream dry fly fishing purist of the English Chalk stream.

        Pound for pound, bamboo is stronger than steel, more responsive than graphite, and has a strong blue collar nature that doesn’t shy away from chucking “ham n’ egg” rigs or swinging streamers.

        As far a nymphing….because bamboo is solid, it transmit vibrations with more sensitivity….not to spare the hyperbole…you can feel the fish’s heartbeat.

        I meant what I said about working out a swap for a rod building kit for some A list intel. I have some spots that have become ruts and between family and work scouting isn’t always feasible.

        Let me know if this is a consideration…either way, keep those grip n’ grin shots coming!!

        Matt

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