My good buddy, Dustin Hinds, caught this fish about a week ago. His first on the fly for 2013. He caught it on one of the flies I had made for him. 38 inches
The background is blurred in respect for the other anglers who fish this area.
Congrats Dustin…...............hope I am next.
Been cranking out muskie flies the past few weeks. Tying these flies keeps my mind occupied until I can get back on the water and chase the toothy dragon….........
The above fly is Nick Granato’s El Chupacabra…...................pretty cool.
The above fly is my own design and was tied to mimic shad. This one was tied for my good buddy, Dustin Hinds. By the way, Dustin caught a 38 inch muskie on the fly last week. I will be posting a picture very soon…........
The above fly is an articulated (jointed with two hooks) model designed after Brad Bohen’s “Beuford”. This one will be truly sexy in the water.
That’s it for now. Hoping my 2013 muskie is going to happen in the near future.
Met up with Nate and Kelly this past Sunday. I met Nate through the Smallmouth Alliance and was immediately intrigued by Nate for a few reasons….......One, he has a drift boat, which is rare to see in Central IL. Secondly, he likes to fly fish, and third, he lives in my backyard (Peoria). For these reasons, I asked Nate if he would like to try his hand at fishing for muskie on the fly. Nate was game and asked if it would be ok for his wife, Kelly, to come along and row the boat. A wife that is willing to row a drift boat!?................WOW!! Of course I said “yes”. Kelly is quite a lady and did a great job “guiding” Nate and I.
Nate and I fished hard. Spring Lake was our destination and the upper end was still heavily vegetated. There were open areas that we targeted. Nate did hook up with a fish, but we were unable to see if it was a muskie before it got tangled in the masses of lilipads. My guess is it was a muskie. I had one follow from a fair sized muskie, but was unable to figure eight fast enough to interest the fish before he spooked off into the pads.
But, while fishing was tough for two fly roders, as it is quite often when targeting the muskellunge on the fly, we still had a great time. Anytime I can fish in a drift boat, I am a happy camper. Fishing from a drift boat is wonderful. You stand up fairly high, which is a huge advantage for fly fishing. Drift boats are super stable and quite roomy. I never turn down a chance to take a ride. Nate’s boat was made in Baldwin, Michigan by the StealthCraft company. I believe they are the only drift boat manufacturer in the Midwest (most are made out west). Here are a couple of shots of the boat:
I would like to thank Nate and Kelly for treating me to a great day. Without them, I would have had to sit home. I am presently nursing a broken foot. I have a walking boot on and the Doc says the only fishing I can do is in a boat….............no wading for awhile. If the bone is not healed in the next three weeks, it is going to be surgery and no fishing for six weeks (crutches).
I do have plans to continue to chase muskies on the fly throughout the next month or so. Gotta get one before December 1st.
Nate and our captain for the day, Kelly.