The Arsenal

26 02 2015
The Arsenal

The Arsenal

Heading to the Muskegon River this Saturday for my first real attempt at a Michigan Steelhead on a fly.  I hope one of these things works.

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Flying Tiger of Steelhead Flies

10 02 2015
Flying Tiger

Flying Tiger

I think it needs more orange.

The other day I was in Schultz’s Outfitters and I saw a pack of tiger striped rabbit zonker strips.  I couldn’t help but think of all my Flying Tiger Spike Spoons and I started to wonder if I could make a steelhead equivalent.  I bought some orange guinea hen as well and put them all together.  The design is based on a Zudweg Wicked Leech.  His design is a pretty easy tie and the color combinations are endless.  Now all I have to do is to see if a steelhead will eat it.

 





Steelhead Flies

18 01 2015

Now that I am a Swinger I of course have to tie up some flies.  These flies are nothing like anything I have tied before.  They don’t even use a traditional hook.  They are tied on a Senyo Articulated Shank which is just that, a shank with a loop on the back end and an eyelet up front.  The hooks are attached to a loop of 30 pound Fireline that is tied on to the shank.  The rest of the fly is all flash, lots of flashabou and materials to help fluff it out and create a larger profile in the water.  These are some of my first ones and the have been a little skimpy on the flash.  I’ll get it figured out eventually.  Just like anything else new……practice, practice, practice.

 

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I am now a Swinger….

9 01 2015

 

 

I Shall Fear No Fish.

I Shall Fear No Fish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that you have gone past the title and got over your initial thought of what kind of a pervert I have turned into the picture should answer any questions you may have had.  Swingers in the Steelhead world are fly fishermen that swing cast or swing flies downstream.  Seems simple enough but it is rather overwhelming.  Skagit lines, Mow tips, t-7, t-11, t-14, perfection knots and the big flashy flies are a little daunting.  I won’t even get into the 11′ – 7″ rod and Ross reel that holds the 3 colors of backing, Shooting Line, Skagit Head and Mow tip.  It made my head spin when I took the steelhead fishing class back in November.  I learned how to cast on one of the I never knew existed steelhead streams in northern Ohio.  Problem was that was back in November and now several months later I have forgotten everything I learned.  Swinging “D”, Reverse “C”, Roll Cast……all seemed very easy back on November 2nd.  Not so much now.  That is what got me out on the Lower Huron this cold Sunday afternoon.  A need to practice before I hit the AuSable and thoroughly embarrass myself.

I need a lot of practice.