Monday, February 12, 2007

Itchin' for a Scratch

I've been thinking about trout lately, and how I'd like to see and maybe even catch a few. I ate some salmon flesh tonight, and that only further stoked the flame. It's been bleeping cold lately, but I'm sensing a warm up. I made a tying to-do list, and I started on it recently... today I tied ~20 flies I'd guess - all for SE MN trout. The one in the yellow light is from a while ago - that one could double as a carp fly.

I call most flies "deadly lethal killers" but these dark blue hares ears really are the genuine DLKs. This would win the "one fly" contest in SE MN... this or maybe the Pink Squirrel. I have at all times at least 20 of these and 20 Pink Sq. in my nymph box. I love this fly. If you walk around in streams and turn over rocks, you will find that many of the bugs you see look like this - approx this size, shape and color. I like to think that that is why it is so effective (see old pic of fly on buggy rock from 2006 fishing tour)... but it could also be because it is a really flashy little devil too - gold bead and plenty of ice dub. Either way - easy tie, beautiful fly, gets to the bottom to bounce around, eagerly taken by salmo trutta et al...

Check out the detail provided by the macro feature of the Pentax Optio. You can even see the individual fibers of the fibers of the pheasant tail feathers.

11 Comments:

Blogger the dharma bum said...

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9:21 AM  
Anonymous gerg said...

great looking flies (and nice pictures!). i can believe that blue DLK would be pretty effective.

hope you get out there soon and catch a mess of fish on 'em!

ever fish in Wisconsin?

9:22 AM  
Blogger john montana said...

nice, i know those dlk flies well...

i've got the itch too, and since my mother in law is coming for a visit, i'll probably hit the mighty D next friday. fishing will likely be slow, but i am just looking forward to some good old fashioned nymphing.

2:30 PM  
Blogger MN Justin said...

Thanks guys - I do hope to get the DLK out on MOnday... high of 38 F is predicted, and you can't let that go untapped.

I've never fished WI - always heard about it, and always wanted to... I feel I've got a lot of water to explore in MN though too. Some pretty veteran guys spend a lot of time over there... I know it's good.

I was just looking at some pics of the D - wish I could be there with you JB. Good luck... you make your own luck though, I know from experience fishing at your side.

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