I don’t remember the last time I took someone out who had never fished before. At least not including my kids.
Well the day finally came, and man did it feel good. The day had everything you could hope for when taking out a first timer. Beautiful scenery, hungry fish, A few surprises from nature, and a couple laughs.
I have a beloved pair of old hand me down quick drying pants from a recently passed friend that tore open at the crotch displaying my bright red boxer shorts.
It was pretty hilarious. What’s even better? Luke, my friend who landed his first trout, is already looking at gear and can’t wait to get out again.
It really is amazing. Time just won’t quit. August is racing towards us which means the Great River Folk Fest will be here soon and September to follow. My son will start kindergarten and the leaves will fall quickly followed by the snow. Wow.
This summer has been so fun. With regard to music, I’ve made some big steps in terms of sound management which translates to better performances and a better listening experience.
Last week at turtle Stack Brewery was a great example of how far things have come in the last couple years. People were LISTENING. It sounds crazy right, but really, most times people don’t really listen but more and more I feel I’m getting through to people. Connecting. And it is cool.
I’ve got another open mic event at Grounded coffeehouse in a week and then the folk fest and Weber center events will quickly follow. I’m hoping to write a few more tunes that I feel proud of over the summer but these things just come with time I suppose.
Additionally, I’m expecting some movement on my book in the next month or so. If it doesn’t happen through my submissions, I’m going to make it happen on my own. Time moves too fast to sit and wait for other people to get on the same page. Not their fault. I just want to keep moving forward.
If you see me out playing, say hello and until then, have a great August!
I like tying lots of different patterns of flies so I don’t know if my box would ever really slim down, but I really like the idea of having 4 or 5 patterns that are in my box. I’d tie them all winter, and ride them out through the fall.
This often comes up on the water when I fish with other folks. “What are your ‘go-to’ flies?” Or if you could only fish one fly, what would it be?
AZ- Wandering’s Mini Hopper – This is easy to tie and I just can’t seem to give up a hopper. Works as a phenomenal indicator for hopper-dropper combos. Like a Hippie Stomper but without a post.
2. Griffith’s Gnat – Again, one of the most simple ties – but this can save you when your match isn’t on with whatever is floating on the surface.
3. Pink Squirrel – The iconic driftless fly. I like tying them a little bigger with rainbow tungsten bead heads. It becomes a prospecting nymph that way.
4. Frick’s Fix -this used to be a black leech pattern with some green/emerald flash – but, if I have to have only 5 flies, I’ve been working on this one lately. The only problem with it is the weight. It’s heavy. But that’s why it is effective at finding big fish down deep. Something about this silly fly. It just kills. Here is one tied by Frick himself
5. Stimulator – No I do like Fran Better’s “The Usual” because it is easy and can imitate a beatis, and if I can start catching fish on it, I think it will surpass the stimulator – but there is just something about this fly. I started loving it in the Virginia mountains looking for brookies. So effective, and when small, it can match the caddis here in the driftless.
Yeah, I think those would be my 5 for the Driftless – maybe most areas. I know I’ll never be able to stick to just 5 patterns in my box, but it is still fun to imagine it 🙂
The other weekend I joined up with some good folks to fish for a good cause. Everybody wins… Well, not our team. I broke off early and was of little help for the rest of the day unless you could holding my teammate’s beer being helpful.
The Cozad’s One Fly Tournament raises money or youth-related fishing program
s in the Viroqua, Wisconsin area. This is a central location in the Driftless Area fishery of Wisconsin. The tournament had about 10-12 teams of four fly fishers. Points are scored based on the size of fish. All flies are tied by a teammate and once your fly breaks off, you’re done for the day.
I caught about 12 fish in the first hour and a half and was on track for a nice score for the day until I broke off in a surprisingly simple situation. I presume my line cut on a rock or sharp piece of debris I couldn’t see.
The rest of the team fished well and we met a lot of great people.
I think we had just as much fun planning strategy, scouting streams and talking flies/smack before the day than the actual event.
Will fished well all day. He was an alternate for another teammate who ended up having neck surgery two weeks before tourney. Eric and Justin fished their top secret water and managed to keep their flies and cat a few fish as well.
It probably wasn’t twenty minutes after the tournament was over and we were already scheming for next year.
Fishing can be a very solo sport. For most of us on the team, the solitude of fishing is part of the attraction.
But I think it is fair to say we all had an awesome time climbing out of our antisocial shells to spend a day on the water with friends.
One thing is for sure, I’ll be working on next year’s fly choice for the next year.
Every year I try and enter the NPR contest. It gives me a chance to share a song in a medium I usually don’t (video). It supports the contest which I feel gives lots of unknown musicians a chance to be heard.
I haven’t fished as much this winter but I managed to get out yesterday. The water is still clear and I’m still learning how things have changed with the massive flooding we’ve had. We have a big tournament coming up called the Driftless One Fly which will be great.
Basic premise: teams of 4. You get one hand tied fly and when it breaks off you are done. The bigger the fish, the more points it is worth. It is a fund raising benefit and should be a great time. It is always a gamble what to throw but I will tell you the Fricks Fix seems to always produce.
Here are some photos from yesterday. The nudge hatch was insane. So cool to see the tiny bugs on the snow. And speaking of snow, we still have lots to melt off before the tourney at the end of the month.