October HFF Meeting
Several Members showed up for the first Official meeting of the season along with a few new faces. Meetings are open to anyone with an interest in fly fishing or fly tying and we invite you to join our group to gain all the benefits that our club offers. If you would like to become a member of the Hoosier Fly Fishers Group contact any of the guys on the contact page for more information.
Jonathan Busse of JL Waters Outfitters demonstrated how to make furled leaders. Several members were interested in the construction of those. Jonathan explained that many different kinds of materials could be used for leaders depending on the purpose and length of the leader. For the demonstration he used GSP Gel Spun fly tying thread to make a very durable 6 foot leader. Thanks Jonathan for sharing your knowledge with us. Jonathan is the “fly guy” at JL Waters, stop in and see him about fishing equipment and tying supplies. JL Waters is located on the west side of the square, downtown Bloomington.
Later in the meeting Tim Mather demonstrated how to tie a Bloomington Minnow fly. Both Tim and Paul Brown have caught many good fish on these flies that imitate a Lake Monroe Shad. Tim also shared some of his fly tying secrets about materials and specialized tools. The flies looked great! Thanks Tim.
Thanks to the staff at Bobby’s Colorado Steakhouse for the great food and service we always get there. Bobby’sÂ Colorado Steakhouse is located at 1635 North College Avenue just south of the bypass. Check the club calendar for our next meeting dates. Hope to see you there. I’m sure there will be a lot of wiper talk at the next HFF meeting.
June on the Menomonee River at Pembine , Wisconsin
Paul and I took our second trip with Tight Lines Fly Fishing to fish for Smallmouth Bass on the Menominee River in northern Wisconsin. Great fish, great guide, great trip. The number of fish caught can only be measured as â€śenough.â€ť
Catching big, fat river Smallies up to 20+ inches on a beautiful river, with a great guide and a reasonably competent fish partner makes for a fulfilling experience. We caught fish low/slow and looking up. Watching a Smallie take a popper or deer hair diverâ€”as they say, â€śpriceless.â€ť And, if you miss a take because you were distracted by some aspect of this beautiful river, abundant misquotes or an Eagle flying overhead, not to worry, your fly will soon be eaten again and again and again. We fished with Nate Sipple again this year and it is a reasonable guess that we will again next year. Check out Nateâ€™s blog http://www.meanderingtrickle.blogspot.com
We stayed at the Four Seasons Island Resort. Originally opened in 1905 by the Wisconsin and Michigan Railroad. Perhaps the first thrill is accessing the Four Seasons via the original one lane, one hundred year old, steel constructed bridge. One should be thankful they donâ€™t weight a truck pulling a drift boatâ€¦ We ended each day in the boundary Waters Sports Bar with good food and appropriate adult beverages. The only drawback was that the Pacers game was on the TV. Perhaps they should have been fishing not trying to play basketball.
If you plan to take and fish your own flies, take some extras. The river also has a number of greedy Pike and Muskies that seem to be more than willing to bite you off. When the possibility of a Musky presented itself, Nate rigged a rod with a 90# hard mono tippet and a fly bigger than some of the fish we catch around here. Paul had two heart stopping takes and managed to keep on fish on long enough to pee his pants. We gotta practice a more manly hook set… Tight Lines also hosts a Musky trip to Hayward, Wisconsin. That is on the bucket list.
Tight Lines Fly Shop is a great outfit to work with, great guides and great equipment. http://www.tightlinesflyshop.com We highly recommend them. They know the water, techniques and flies and work very hard to put you on fish. You will not be disappointed.
Bloomington Minnowâ€¦ This is the result of keeping the Murdich Minnow and Barto Minnow side by side in the fly box. The variation that work best in the rather high water on this trip is my weighted version. This variation is what happens when the Bloomington Minnow is side by side with the Belly Ache in a fly box. It seems that when the lid is closed at night the flies cross breed. This fly has also caught a number of Wipers in Monroe. I will tie one of the weighted ones at a meeting this fall.
Belly Ache http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7bJOA7uvIQ
Murdich Minnow http://www.tightlinesflyshop.com/?p=178
Bart-O Minnow http://www.tightlinesflyshop.com/?cat=4
Galloup’s Articulated Fat Head/Heifer Groomer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1B28UbvNIW8
Deer Hair Diver http://www.charliesflyboxinc.com/flybox/print.cfm?parentID=38
There are tons of tutorials for diver type flies. I like this one; it has the clarity of all Charlieâ€™s Fly Box step-by-step tutorials.
Nelson Ham’s Menominee Mud Bug
I am unable to find a tutorial for this fly.
Hook: 90 Degree Jig Hook
Thread: 6/0 Uni
Tail: Rabbit Zonker (Rear Portion Slit For Added Action)
Body: Dubbing Brush
Flash: Fine Krystal Flash
Head: Non-Toxic Painted Jig Head (Tin Instead of Lead)
The best two days to go fishingâ€¦yesterday and tomorrow.
I had hoped to send this little missive out last evening with a glowing report on a successful Wiper fishing trip to Fairfax. I guess there might be several ways of measuring success, however, if your measure of a successful fishing trip includes catching fish, I cannot report success. If you are willing to consider a day outdoors, fishing with a friend, casting into a 20 mph artic wind a success, we nailed that! Paul ruined an otherwise perfect skunk day by catching one small Crappie. In the interest of justice,whose justice I am not sure, he then lost the only copy of the only fly that worked all day. I hope anyone who made it out today had better luck. It will really start to pick up as soon as the water gets a bit warmer. I am attaching a photo of our own Paul B. with a nice wiper from April 29, 2012 at Fairfax. The fish are there, go get ‘em.
It was rather disconcerting to confirm Benâ€™s report of lots of dead small Wipers and a few Yellow Bass on the beach. The fish were all about the same size, 5-6 inches. I will try to find a cause and report at the next meeting. At this point I am thinking perhaps a â€ślake turn overâ€ť resulting in a lack of oxygen in the upper level of the lake. However, that is just a guess. Has anyone else seen this fish kill?
JLWs have a new fly guy. His name is Jonathan Busse, Jonathan is a local boy who recently moved back to town, he will be working Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Stop by and say hello.
UPDATE June 2013: JLW just restocked a lot of Orvis gear, come in and check it out.