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Bass+Caelifera=Fun

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The weather is hot around here lately.  Temps have been in the upper 80's and the humidity is brutal.  As the water heats up the carp go deep and my musky fishing stops.  Not being much of a panfisherman until the ice freezes, the only logical thing to do is chase some largemouths.  I snatched up my 8 weight fly rod and headed out to some residential ponds.  Fishing in these urban waters is always a good time and I love throwing topwater poppers to hungry little bass.  I heaved cast after cast and came up empty handed.  After a while I was spent so I stopped for a drink of coffee (I know not the most hydrating drink).  I had to figure out what the bass were hitting on.  Normally chugging a foam popper across the glassy surface will create chaos in these ponds, but today the fish weren't going for it.  As I sipped my coffee I happened to look down at the rod.
Well what do you know I thought a Caelifera, that's a grasshopper for those that don't have Google handy.  I took…

Evening Shower Summer Crappies

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A couple years ago I noticed a pattern for summer crappies that I just have to share.  I stumbled upon it by accident and it has been so consistent that I wonder if it works in other parts of the country too.  The gear is simple, an ultralight up to medium rod (depending on the size of your crappies).  4-10 pound test line, again depending on what rod your using.  A crappie jig or lure (Echotail), the minnow look a likes seem to perform best.
The pattern conditions are pretty straight forward.  On warm summer evenings following a rain shower and just before it gets dark, crappies show up in numbers at the point where a creek enters a lake.  At first I thought it was a fluke because this is a common spot to pick off a one or two crappies all summer long.  So what make this scenario special?  It has been consistently producing large numbers of crappies.  As many 18-20 keeper sized fish in less than an hour.  It seems a little to good to be true right?  Let me explain what I think is happ…

Fly Box Update August 2014

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So long story short I seem to be accumulating more flies.  I must admit that I enjoy just looking at them as much as I do fishing them.  This collection was supposed to be just for chasing bass and carp.  Then my goal was to collect musky flies over the winter.  Somehow I got distracted by the myriad of designs.  Which I guess is part of the fun.  Here is an updated list as of August 14th, 2014.

6 Woolly Buggers in Black, White, and Brown4 Vernille San Juan Worms in Red and Tan6 Clouser Minnows in White, Black, and White/Olive2 San Juan Worms in Red with bead2 Gibson's Dragon Flies2 Predator Pounders in Green and Orange1 Dancing Frog5 Jan's Carp Ticklers in Green, Orange, and Red (love these)2 Crystal Buggers in Black2 Fluttering Blue Damsels3 TH Medusas in Red and Pink2 Graw Dawgs in Brown1 Superfly Terrestrial Assortment-6 Hopper Imitations     Of course this is a list of just the newest flies.  The flies from last months inventory post are in the box still too.
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Carpin Success

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After a few weeks of relentless pursuit I am happy to report that I have finally landed a carp on the fly.  That particular morning started like any other, with me just sitting at work patiently waiting to clock out and head to the water.
I headed over to a local pond where I have had marginalsuccess in the past.  Once on the shoreline I spent the first 10-15 minutes just scanning the water and observing what the fish were doing.  I decided to try my chances on a small pod of carp that were actively feeding just on the other side of the lily pads.  I tied a green carp tickler fly onto the tippet and settled in behind some cattails.  I made my first cast and BAM! the fly was stuck in the tree behind me (it happens all the time).  In the process of trying to free my fly, the line broke and I startled the fish.  I don't know why the green carp tickler flies get stuck in trees all the time, but they do.  I retied with a simple red San Juan worm and slowly worked my way around the far e…

A lesson in Patience, Perseverence, and the importance of Research.

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"All I want is to finally land a catfish (flathead) that can bend my shark rod". -Shorebound Hero
This is a story that I couldn't tell immediately.  When I got home from this trip it occurred to me that it wasn't as simple as it seemed.  On paper, all I had done was cast out an injured bluegill and reeled in a flathead catfish.  In reality, I had finally accomplished a goal 4 years in the making.  A few years ago I decided that I was gonna learn to fish.  I was talking with my buddy at work and he said the biggest fish he had seen around here was a flathead catfish.  We checked online to see what we needed and where we had to go.  We didn't check what we needed to catch a flathead, just what we needed to catch a catfish.  Wandering around Gander Mountain we were overwhelmed to say the least.  We bought two cheap catfish combos and some of the worst smelling stink bait they had.  We went to a popular catfish spot and I landed my first catfish.  I was so excited, but…

How to Cast a Spinning Reel Without a Bail

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Casting a bail less spinning reel is easy.  All you have to do is practice and follow these 3 steps.

Lift the line off the bearing.Hold the line against the rod.(Cast) doesn't count as a step since it's in parenthesis.Pinch the line back against the rod and reel in the line.For more information I made up a quick video to help explain the motions required.
Tight Lines.

Removing a Spinning Reel Bail for Threadlining.

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So in my previous post on "Threadlining" I brought up the fact that the most commonly used reels were antique ultralight bail less spinning reels.  These reels are proving extremely difficult to find so I decided that I needed to modify a modern reel.  I located an inexpensive spinning reel.  This was a test after all, so I didn't want to destroy a perfectly good reel if this didn't work.
First- you will have to remove the screw that attaches the non line roller side of the bail wire to the reel.
Second- remove the screw that holds the line roller and bail wire to the reel.  This one is pretty tight so make sure you have the correct size of phillips screwdriver so you don't strip out the head of the screw.
Third- free the bail wire and line roller from the reel.  This will normally come off in one piece, but keep your eye out for any small parts.
Fourth- step is a little tricky, you need to cut the bail wire off the line roller.  I used a hacksaw for this, but a drem…

Radical Ultralight Fishing and the Flip Cast

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A few months ago I saw a video that sparked a flame of curiosity.  It was shot with a high speed camera and showed the great Texas fly fisherman Joe Robinson demonstrating a series of casts with a spinning rod.  Casts that I had never seen before because the evolution of spinning rod design had long made them obsolete.  Mr. Robinson's term for this style of fishing was called "threadlining".
Threadlining was the use of extremely specialized gear to cast 1/64th-1/4th ounce lures to highly pressured bass and trout in crystal clear waters.  I quickly became intrigued by this specialized fishing style.  Not just because of the lack of effort in the cast, but because the gear was fascinating.  The rods are custom made from 0-3 weight cut down flyrod blanks, and the antique bail less reels were spooled with 7x fly tippet.  Not fishing line, just the tippet you attach to your tapered leader to turnover a fly at the end of a cast.  This is the radical edge of ultralight fishing a…

Been Busy

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So these last few weeks has been pretty busy.  Started up the Zazzle.com store so I am know happy to announce that the Shorebound Hero hat and performance tee is now available, and shockingly a few have already sold.  Just follow the link to join the army of shorebound anglers who believe, you don't need a boat to catch a trophy.
I received my new jersey from Rayjus.  It looks great and as always the crew over at Rayjus did an awesome job on the design and layout.  It is loud and gaudy and has already gotten quite a few people to ask me about the different companies displayed on it.  Which in turn gives me an opening to show off the lures and hand out business cards and promo information.
Lastly, I have been doing a lot of template and layout changes to the blog.  I have added direct sponsor links, SEO optimization, and a language translator at the request of some international readers.  I have been back to my regular schedule of fishing and guiding 4-5 days a week after a rocky sta…

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