Friday, May 27, 2011

Seaducer Fly Variation For Striped Bass & Tidal Largemouth Bass.

This fly is a Seaducer variation with lead barbell eyes that is one of my most productive patterns. I use it extensively for Striped Bass, and Largemouth Bass in the tidal rivers I often fish. Chartreuse has always been a good color for me, but it can certainly be tied in many colors or combinations of colors.  Depending on what I intend to fish for, and sometimes where, I'll tie it on either straight shank worm hooks or saltwater style hooks. The hook is really not a major issue, as long as it's sufficiently strong & sharp.  There are many that will work just fine. Although I tend to use the saltwater hooks more for places that may have a high salt content, just to minimize rusting. This particular fly was tied on a Matzuo Sickle hook.

The pattern recipe is as follows:
Hook: Any you wish to try as indicated above. Some I use are, Eagle Claw 254's, VMC 9255's, Mustad 3407 & 34007,  Mustad Ultra Point, Owner or Gamakatsu straight shank worm hooks. Matzuo Sickle Bait Holder hooks.
Size: #4 to 5/0, (usually 1/0 or 2/0)
Thread: Danville Depth ray Nylon, Chartreuse
Weight: Barbell lead eyes, or other barbell eyes (brass, or tungsten)
Tail: 6 long, wide rooster saddle hackles, and a few strands of holographic Flashabou on each side.
Body: Palmered saddle hackle

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

First? Why A Blog!

I've been contemplating this for awhile. I've been an avid angler, fly angler & fly tier for most of my life, and feel a need to share some of what I've learned. Hopefully, it will help someone else along their road to learning about this wonderful sport & hobby.

I'm also still learning, and perhaps through this blog will be able to add a few ideas from others who share this passion.

Besides fly fishing, and tying, I'm also an avid lure maker. I enjoy making all types of tackle, and as such feel it has aided me in my endeavors as a fly angler, and visa versa. Learning is never a one way street. I believe I am a better angler because I've learned things in many aspects of angling.

As this blog progresses, I hope it to include as much as possible about my experiences in the sport of fishing, and how it relates to fly fishing, fly tying and more specifically to fishing in tidal waters.

I am first & foremost a warmwater & tidalwater angler. A blue collar angler for the most part. My primary experience has been with waters in the mid Atlantic states, and it is there I will try to focus most of my discussion.

I occasionally visit coldwater environments, but not as much as I would like. I'll include some information for some of the local waters I've fished and where I've had success.

I sincerely hope you'll join me & share some time with me in the World of Tidewater Fly Fishing & Tying!

Tight Lines!