The recent warm weather has my juices flowing. I have been home too many weekends of late. It is time to get out and chase some fish. While I am excited to get back on the rivers and chase some bronzebacks, my thoughts right now are centered on the mighty Muskie. The way I figure it, as soon as the ice exits the local lakes, there should be some mighty hungry Muskies.
One place in particular that I am watching is Spring Lake. Everyone has told me how incredible the ice-out bite can be. I must admit that I have only fished Spring in the Fall. Spring Lake and I, in the past, have had some disagreements. I have fly fished it numerous times the last few years and just cannot put a fish in the boat. I have had follows and one fish hooked, but landing a Muskie on Spring has eluded me. What makes this fact so frustrating is the fact that the lake is just full of Muskies.
When I fish Evergreen Lake with my good buddy and guide, Thad Hinshaw, and I come up empty, I don’t feel too bad as Evergreen is a big lake with not near the number of Muskies per acre as Spring.
When the ice exits Spring, I must kill the curse of Spring Lake. For now, I have been tying muskie flies in anticipation of the real spring thaw. Below are two flies that I tied for fellow HO blogger Andrew Ragas. Andrew ordered these articulated flies in his own custom colors back in February. Andrew, a very accomplished Muskie angler, has caught the Muskie on the fly bug as well:
I hope they put a big Muskie in the boat for Andrew.
Thiis coming weekend is the big Elmwood All Outdoors Show. The show starts on Saturday and runs through Sunday (9 to 5 both days). I will be setting up a booth and giving a seminar at 11:00 on Saturday. Here is a brief look at what I will be displaying and/or selling at my booth:
Above you can see the famous swim jig box. As you can see the box is completely full with around 200 swim jigs ready for sale. In addition, I have another 30 jigs that are considered “back stock”. My daughter, father in law, and myself have worked very hard to get all these jigs done for the show. Here are the six color schemes that will be available:
Below are three new colors that I released for the first time at the Tinley Park show…............they were a big hit!
My swim jigs (known as Scouts) are $4 apiece or a dozen for $44. Keep in mind that when you purchase my jigs you also receive Big Hammer swimbaits free of charge to use as trailers…..............while supplies last. So, if you want to get “pick of the litter” when it comes to my jigs and trailers, GET TO THE SHOW EARLY ON SATURDAY.
In addition to the swim jigs, I will also have a limited number of flies for sale. I will have some smallmouth bass flies along with a few muskie flies:
And cannot forget the float n fly jigs that are personally tied by my father in law:
Lastly, I will have information on my guiding service for 2014. I have a few new and exciting things in store for Camp Smallmouth for 2014.
I hope to see a lot of familiar faces and possibly others who are not familiar, but are readers of this blog. Stop by and say hi.
AS ALWAYS…..........................HAIL TO THE SMALLIE
Had the chance last Sunday to get out for the first time and fish some water that was not frozen. My good buddy Eric invited me out to chase a little winter bronze. Wow! What a feeling to get back out and actually cast and work a bait without having to jig up and down through an ice hole. The river was in great shape and the air temps. were down-right balmy. While we did not catch any fish, we had a great time getting out and shaking off the rust.
Hopefully, real spring is not too far off…..............................
Here are some shots that Eric took while we were fishing. Eric is quite the photographer.
After that great day on Sunday, it was back to the vise as I prepare jigs for Elmwood. The Tinley Park show was great as I sold about 200 swim jigs along with some float n fly jigs. If you are coming to Elmwood, make sure you at least stop by the booth and say hi. I will have over 200 swim jigs ready to go for the show. In addition, I will be doing a seminar at 11:00. I have to admit that I am not real sure right now what my topic will be for the seminar. I have given so many seminars that it is tough sometimes to come up with a new topic. Anyone out there got any ideas on what they may want to hear about river smallies??? All ideas are good ideas…............thanks for the help and input.
AS ALWAYS…................HAIL TO THE SMALLIE