Mississippi, Matt and his brown and Banning on some field testing Friday
YOU might think from some of the content on here that the crew around the shop spend all our water time together. Ask that is the shop and your likely to be met with raucous laughter.
What we end up with are snatched moments here and there, an afternoon or evening. They also happen to be a hell of a lot of fun
Friday I climbed aboard head guide Chad “Mississippi” Johnson’s river boat, with his fishermen our TFO/Umpqua/Howler rep and buddy Banning Collins and Umpqua tyer Matt Bennett who were in town on some meetings. I wanted some new pics for our revamped website.
Fun afternoon including Matt’s biggest brown trout to date. Hope you enjoy the pics
The net job, 20” of white river brown trout on a Chad Johnson streamer coming to the boat
Banning enjoying ride with Mississippi at the helm
Catching White River trout in high water conditions requires a different look at currents and depth than in low water. When the river is low, say less than 2,000cfs, the fish are fairly concentrated in the deeper pools and runs where they feel more comfortable as opposed to the shallow, exposed edges of the river. When the river is high, let’s say over 10,000cfs, the current is strong enough on the steep banks and in the deep runs that trout will try to escape to slower moving areas to rest or feed on whatever else settles out of the current.
Once you find the high water areas where trout feel comfortable, you need a high water presentation to match. Generally the same flies that you favor in low water will work in high flows, but you may need to up the size, weight, and brightness. Heavy tungsten nymphs, oversized midge patterns, and bright San Juan worms are all standard high water fare. Given a good piece of water holding hungry trout, usually all that’s needed is to get your flies deep enough to reach them. Longer leaders help, but simply fishing a longer leader isn’t going to get your flies deeper in fast moving water unless you also add more weight. As a test, keep your eye on that bright red San Juan worm after you cast it out – if you still see it after drifting several feet, it’s not getting to the fish.
Location and depth make up the bulk of the battle during high flows, but sometimes you need that extra something special to seal the deal. It’s a big river – lots of volume carrying lots of food – something has to convince the fish to move for your rig. For example, I like to use a more sparkly, reflective dubbing (Ice Dubbing or UV Dubbing) for my high water nymphs to grab a little more fish attention. Another trick you can use to get your flies noticed is colored bead heads. I like a #14 Sunday Special tied with a pink or orange tungsten head. Perhaps it has more to do with angler confidence than the actual preferences of trout, but either way the little things do matter, and special attention should be given to detail even in 15,000cfs.
Received a great note Saturday from Bill Pickens, of his grand-daughter _ including a video of her tying flies which we couldn’t open. But this is a whole bunch of awesome
Sarah Grace, my eight year old granddaughter is a child with many talents; she is a leader at her school, she takes piano, runs cross country, AND she loves to fly fish, learning to tie flies, loves to ride the 4 wheeler. BEST of all, she loves Nana and Pops.
Since we launched our Nymph-Head® Evolution™ beadheads, we’ve been seeing more and more photos of amazing flies tied by our customers on social media. We know what we’ve seen is just the tip of the iceberg, so we’re having a fly tying contest. It starts now, with the preliminary rounds ending on Friday, October 9.
Tie flies. Post photos. Win prizes.
It’s easy to enter. Just tie a fly and snap a picture. No complicated, time-consuming signup (unless you win, in which case we’ll just need your shipping address to send you your awesome prizes).
Post the photo on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, tag us in it (make sure you’re following us!), and hashtag #beyondtheroundbead2015.
The Flymen team will vote to choose 1 weekly winner for 8 weeks. Winners will be announced on the Friday of each week. Each winner will be sent a Nymph-Head Evolution prize pack (a $60 retail value!). The criteria for winning can be anything from realism to creativity, so go crazy with your design. As a company based heavily on innovation, we love seeing new ideas.
Past photos count, so if you’ve already posted some awesome Evolution flies of your own design, you should go back to tag us in them and add the hashtag #beyondtheroundbead2015. One may be a winner! This also means that a photo you post on the first week could be a winner on the eighth week.
The final round.
At the end of the 8 weeks, we will post the 8 winners as finalists for the grand prize. After a 1-week voting period, the grand prize will be given to the tier who tied the fly with the most likes. We will post the official voting to one platform, our Instagram, to make sure there is no double voting.
The grand prize.
Winner’s choice: A Fish-Skull® Fly-Tester™ ($285 retail value!) or a Nymph-Head Evolution prize pack of equal value.
Ready, set, go!
The first weekly winner won’t be announced until Friday, August 21, but order some Evolution beadheads or grab some from Dally’s Ozark Fly Fisher and start tying and posting photos now!
Gage with a nice brown with Chad _ Chad Johnson image
What a great day on the water with Mr. Gene and his grandson Gage. As you know from the last report with Gage, he had out grown Dry Run and wanted to fish the big rivers and boy did it pay off this trip! With longer cast, better hook sets, we got into them good and he picked up on fighting big fish fast. Good job Gage!
It is really rewarding to see kids get better as we go into what might be their new hobby. On top of all that Mr. Gene caught the biggest cutthroat trout I have ever had in my boat at 23″ as far as a grandson & grandpa trip it does not get any better than this. Thanks for the work guys!!
Jeff Hearn, Davy Wotton and a friend _ pic from Davy and T-Bird
IT WAS great to see our old mate Jeff Hearn back in town for a couple of week’s, in the midst of a stint teaching English to Chinese university students.
Jeff has been featured in this pages plenty, with trophy browns, big musky and thumper smallmouth, but his gig in China doesn’t afford many local fishing opportunities. I had a day on the river with Jeff and Oklahoma guide Greg Dodds, that was more about entertainment than fishing results.
Nathanael getting a taste of the expanded streamer lineup from Angler’s Choice Flies
With the big water still around there has been a bunch of demand for streamer flies, the right streamer flies.
We had blown out our selection of premium flies from our mate Mike Schmidt at Angler’s Choice Flies. For those of you who noticed my wife Rabecca hooking 3 fish over the 24” mark in a week, landing 2, all came on Mike’s flies.
But a move to Florida and some other major changes had the big fella a bit behind. But now settled into full time fly tying Mike is getting up to speed.We had been working up since spring a broader selection of the always popular Double Deceivers in some of the colors which have been working for our streamer guides in their own patterns.
Coming into the lineup in both 6” & 8” are Olive/White; Chartreuse and White; all yellow (Banana); Fire Tiger and Ginger (Brown/Ginger), alongside the ever popular Olive/Yellow and Cotton Candy. The Double Deceiver is all about the action, whether you are new to the streamer game (6”) or an old hand (8”).
The Viking Midge, on which Becca landed her 26” fish below, comes in White, Yellow and Tan. This fly has a great balance between length, weight to cast and its sink rate. Killer for high water.
We also have some hot new colors in stock in Tommy Lynch’s Drunk a Disorderly, which has been rocking them on Norfork and the shallower bankson the White.