Mar 27, 2011
Mar 22, 2011
My rods are all dusted off minus my steelhead rods which are still thawing out, I've gone through my gear and stocked most of my flies save for the infamous esoxabox which has a few more slots in it. I'm saving those slots for a new creation of mine that you will see soon. I can't wait to throw them at something other than my pet arowanas ( they make great testors).
As much as I'd like to tell you about my new chew toys it will have to wait for the reveal. I can tell you it's a mouse/frog hyrbrid tube fly that's durable as hell, floats like a cork, pops, dives and anything else you want it to. I'm most exited by the fact that's it's so versatile I can fish it on flouro or straight mono and I've had succes fishing it with both pre fab and knottable bite leaders. Stand by soldiers, more info and orders to come.
Aug 10, 2010
Although that is not a mouse hanging from this fishes mouth I wanted to post this photo because it is an identical fish to the one that did eat the scuba mouse only an hour before, of course I didnt get a photo but any musky that eats a fly is badass anyway.
Aug 6, 2010
Aug 5, 2010
Aug 2, 2010
A few weeks ago I stumbled upon McNeil's Mad Mouse. Carl sent me some great mouse fishing wisdom from the other side of the planet. The mouse fishing sequences in Carl's movie Once in a Blue Moon are truly incredible. In one scene Carl mouses up a big Rainbow in broad daylight. Anyhow here are some tips on tying mouse patterns and fishing them courtesy of Carl McNeil...
Jul 26, 2010
Jul 25, 2010
We discussed the pattern and night fishing for a little while afterwards and came to the conclusion that we are extremely excited to throw them in the darkness and are very appreciative for Mike introducing it to us.
I took the Mouseketeer and really ran with it. And by ran with it I mean that I tied the fly the exact same way, and then added a bunch of rubber legs. Call me an innovator.
I have also been tying a non-articulated pattern. It is another version of the venerable Gartside Gurgler.
It is tied on a size 2 TMC 8089 with a size 8 octopus hook dropped off the back with furled 20lb Maxima. Some people may disagree with a stinger, but I have also been told that big trout have been known to drag varmints underwater by their tails. So I figure, if a leviathan grabs the tail of my fly, I would prefer that tail to have a hook.
The tail is a marabou on top of some bucktail. The back and head is 3/8" evasote foam, the body is palmered schlappen, and the legs are rubber. Gurgler and Mouseketeer inspired. A Gurglerketeer. Yeah, I don't think that name is sticking.
--Will Parke (---Read more about Will's exploits at his home blog: The Chicago Trout Bum---)
Jul 19, 2010
July 31st, 2010
Arguably one of the most exciting and reliable ways to target “Trophy Class Trout” today is fishing at night with surface flies. Join Hawkins Outfitters this summer and learn more about the popular technique commonly referred to as “Mousing”. This class will cover everything from fly selection to fly presentation. We will discuss rod and line selection, rigging, fly presentation, casting safety with large flies, and reading water. Physical factors such as temperature and moon phase can also be critical to your success and we will cover these aspects as well. This class is designed for the intermediate to advanced angler and some casting experience will be required to benefit from this course. The “night time is the right time” and Big Trout can often be caught off their guard when the lights go out. I suspect a couple of trophies will be blinded by our flashing lights during this course! This class will be taught on either the Pere Marquette or Manistee Rivers. The cost of the school is $200/ person.
Jul 17, 2010
Manic Tackle Project
Jul 14, 2010
Thread: UTC140, black
Hook: Gamagatsu B10S size 2 and 4
Tail: Round rubber legs, black
Body1: Evasote sheet foam (1/8"), black
Body2: Schlappen, black
Body3: Medium foam tube, black (optional)
STEP 8B: (OPTIONAL) If you are fishing faster water or simply want the pattern to sit just a little higher in the water then you can do so by adding a bit more foam to the front hook. After you tie in the schlappen then secure a piece of 1/8" evasote foam tubing. Prepare the tubing by cutting it to length and cut a slit down the length of the piece to allow it to form around the hook. Once the tubing is tied in the palmer the feather forward over the tubing.
Thanks for the great step-by-step on your Mouseketeer Mike. You can find Mike Schmidt's patterns online at Angler's Choice Flies. Mike lives in Ohio and fishes widely in the Midwest.
This salient point's of this pattern such as over-wrapped foam and semi-circle lip at the head of the fly re-appear in many of the popular mouse patterns we tie today. I'm going to peel away from the keyboard right now and tie a few of these guys up.