My Favorite Native Watercraft Accessories Part 2

     Gadgets and accessories are a big part of the angling experience.  We all love them and happily hand over our money in exchange for an item that promises to improve our time on the water.  Kayak fishing is no different, so here is a couple more Native Watercraft accessories that I can't live without on the water.
Cam-Lok Double Paddle Rest
     First up is the Cam-Lok Double Paddle Rest.  This handy little device holds your paddle when on the water.  It mounts to your kayaks groove track system and allows you to securely rest your paddle across your lap.  Just set the paddle down in the soft rubber cam strap and you're fishing hands free.  Need to paddle again?  Just lift the paddle and the Cam-Lok Double Paddle Rest will release and your back in motion.  No more fumbling around trying to cast while balancing your paddle at the same time.  This little tool makes fishing from a kayak a breeze and since it's made of rubber it won't scratch or mar your carbon fiber paddle shaft.  As a sweet bonus, it fits in all aftermarket track systems so you can use it even if you don't own a Native Watercraft.
Fishing Buddy with Rod Holders
     Next is an item I feel is a must have if you fish from a kayak.  It's the Fishing Buddy with Rod Holders.  It's a fishing crate, and so much more.  We all have a fishing crate to hold gear when out on our kayaks.  The difference in this crate design is most evident when you're leaving the water.  This fishing crate has handles!  This makes packing up your gear and getting it to the truck much easier.  All I have to do is toss all the electronics, tools, and my PFD into the Fishing Buddy with Rod Holders.  Stick my rods in the holders and grab my paddle.  One trip to and from the vehicle, this saves a ton of time.  It holds 6 rods, has multiple pockets, and is built like a tank.  I have been extremely hard on this accessory and it has taken it in stride.  Once again this works in any kayak so you can reap the benefits regardless of the brand of kayak you currently own.
     These two Native Watercraft accessories will change the way you fish from a kayak.  As anglers we are always looking for an advantage on the water.  Whether you fish in tournaments or fish a local pond on the weekends anything that makes life easier is a plus in my book.  Check out these and all of the other great kayaking accessories at
     Tight Lines.

Merry Christmas!!!

     Been crazy busy tying flies, booking booths at Expos, and fielding emails lately.  Hopefully next season is just as busy as this has one has been.  Hoping to get out for a few more days next week to close out the musky season here in Wisconsin.  Right now I'm enjoying the holidays with my family and am hoping all of you are able to do the same.  So as the title implies, Merry Christmas!!!  I'll see you out on the water, or ice, should we ever get any.
     Tight Lines.

A New Jersey for a New Season

     This year I ordered my tournament jersey with a change of mindset.  In the past I have always ordered my jersey with the goal of using it to get others attention.  I wear my jersey for guiding, speaking engagements, fishing expos, and at various tournaments around the Midwest.  The design and layout of my jersey has always been to attract others with big logos and bright colors.  I wanted to make sure that everybody that saw it knew exactly what Shorebound Hero was, so naturally that logo was the primary focus.  As I've gotten more comfortable in my own skin over the last year or so I noticed that those jerseys didn't really fit what I was trying to accomplish as an angler.  I'm not a professional bass angler, I'm a kayak angler and fishing guide.  So this year I've laid out my tournament jersey very differently than in the past.
     One of the first things you'll notice is that the color pattern isn't the standard bold and bright "look at me" patterns I've used in the past.  Why?  The reason is 100% fishing related, I simply don't want the fish to see me.  It sounds crazy, but when you think about it, bright colors don't lend themselves well to stalking carp in shallow water.  Also when you consider how much closer you are to the water when in a kayak muted colors that break up your silhouette against the sky just make sense.
     Another thought I had while reviewing my photos from the 2015 season was that I wasn't really doing justice to my sponsors when out on the water.  Well actually, it was my son who noticed my lack of sponsors logos...Thank You Tsion.  Tsion made the comment that you couldn't see the logos on my jersey when I was wearing a PFD or using my backpack.  Which upon further review was all the time!  I had never thought about that before since lots of logos on the front and back of a fishing jersey is normal.  I needed to move the logos to the sleeves so that they would be visible in pictures.  I struggled with this at first since the jersey looked empty, but in the long run I think it makes sense.
     My final thought was that this season I wanted a jersey that was more comfortable while out on the water.  That's why for the first time I ordered a long sleeve jersey with a quarter zippered front and a collar.  Last season I wasn't the most comfortable while fishing from the kayak or while trumping around the shoreline.  I believe I can better regulate body temperature and limit my contact with harmful UV rays with this jersey design.  Only time will tell, but I know from watching other pros this past season at kayak tournaments that this type of garment is much more versatile during a day of fishing.  As the season progresses I'll post an update or two about how this jersey is working out.  Until next time...
     Tight Lines.

2016 Upcoming Expos and Events

     Expo season is coming fast and I'll be out and about supporting my sponsors, sharing the blog, and preparing for the 2016 guide and tournament season.  I've gotten a few emails asking what events I will be attending, so here is a short list of the places I am certain I will be traveling to.  Some are speaking engagements, some are for advertising, and all of them seem like they'll be a lot of fun.
     First up after the new year is the SWTU Icebreaker on January 16th.  This is their 33rd annual event and promises to be a great time with local anglers.  I will be in attendance for the event and am donating an 8 weight fly rod and reel combo as well as a collection of carp flies that are proven producers in the Madison area.  As an added bonus a 4 hour guided fly fishing trip will also be auctioned off.  This will be a you CHOOSE trip, so you can pick what we pursue and how we do it if you're the winning bidder.  We can shorefish, wade, kayak, canoe, whatever you want.  You get to CHOOSE, which should make the outing one to remember.  For more on the IceBreaker check it out here.
     Next on the list is the Badger Fly Fisher's Spring Opener February 13th.  This will be my first time attending this event and SBH will have a BOOTH!  Everything I've heard about this event in the past has been positive and I'm super excited to have a chance to get some exposure at a new venue.  I'll have guided trip information as well as the full line up of SBH stickers available for purchase.  I'll be donating a 4 hour guided carp on the fly trip for this event to be redeemed in June after the spawn.  They will have fly tying demonstrations, vendors, and a featured speaker so make sure you mark your calendars and plan to make a day of it.  Rumor has it that my tournament kayak might even be able to attend.  For more information on the Badger Fly Fisher's Spring Opener follow the link here.
     The Wisconsin Fishing Expo is February 26th-28th and my kayak and myself will be in the Rutabaga Paddlesports booth.  I'll be helping out as their guest and answering your kayak fishing questions and my Slayer will be modeling the newest accessories from Native Watercraft.  It's a great event with 20,000+ people in attendance.  Lots of vendors, speakers, and great fish stories are always present.  For more information on the Wisconsin Fishing Expo check out the link here.
     Rutabaga Paddlesports presents CANOECOPIA is March 11th-13th at the Alliant Energy Center.  This is the largest paddling expo you can attend and it really pays to attend all 3 days.  Everyday has new speakers, demos, and deals.  Whether you're a seasoned veteran or a beginner there is something for everybody at CANOECOPIA.  I will be in Native Watercraft's booth for the event and will be giving a presentation on their behalf.  It will be my first time speaking at such a large event, but with the support of my fellow angler/paddlers I'm sure I'll be fine.  For a complete list of all the goings on, follow the link here and make sure to follow them on Facebook.
     That same weekend I'll be at the Madison Musky School on March 12th.  I will be teaching my Shorefishing and Kayak Muskies class.  This is my 2nd year to teach at this wonderful event and it will be my 5th year in attendance.  I will have my guide service information as well as free stickers available for those that ask.  You can't beat this school when it comes to catching muskies.  The best anglers in the country will be teaching on a huge variety of topics and a wonderful lunch is INCLUDED.  For more information on this or other events put on by the Capital City Chapter of Muskies INC follow the link here.
     Now for something a little unrelated, but totally worth mentioning.  Orvis of Madison is holding a new series of drop in seminars starting in January.  These events will be held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 5:30pm-7pm.  The best part?  They will focus on what's happening now!  Winter trout in the winter, spring steelhead in the spring, summer carp in the summer, you get the idea.  Find out what's working on local waters as its happening, and it's FREE.  Just another example of a local shop reaching out to better its angling community.
     That's all the events I'm currently planning to attend for Winter/Spring 2016.  These should keep me busy for the next few months at least.  If I hear about any other great local events I will of course keep you posted.
    Tight Lines.

First Ice Perch Fishing Primer

For many anglers, early ice is the best ice.
     As fall turns to winter here in southern Wisconsin my focus slowly shifts towards the upcoming ice fishing season.  I start to dream of large wandering expanses of frozen water and of the giant schools of panfish that exist beneath them.  When first ice arrives I watch as photos start showing up on social media sites.  Monster pike, slab size crappies, and huge walleyes start to fill the screens of my mobile devices.  However the real early ice fishing prize for myself and a select few anglers is the yellow perch.  In this post I will go over some of the basic information you'll need in order to track down and catch this little gem in our Midwest lakes.
Echotails and yellow perch just seem to belong together throughout the ice fishing season.
     Some of you maybe thinking, "Aren't perch more of a late ice species?"  The answer to that question is a resounding YES!  Perch schools are much easier to find and catch in deep water during stable weather patterns under 2 feet of ice.  However if you know where to look, you can find perch, specifically big perch during first ice.  
Dress in layers to stay comfortable on the ice.
     So when I say first ice, I don't mean unsafe ice.  I only venture out on the lakes around Madison when we have at a minimum 3 inches of ice.  You have to remember that the early ice period (when ice is still forming) can be some of the toughest conditions you can fish all year.  Not because of the bite, but because of the weather.  Temps change dramatically this time year.  The winds pick up and drop off unexpectedly, and if you're not careful you can unintentionally put yourself in some unsafe conditions.  So use common sense when heading out and keep these things in mind.

  • Dress in multiple layers.
  • Let somebody know where you are going and when you plan to be back.
  • Consider wearing an inflatable PFD.
  • Check ice ahead of you with a spud bar.
  • Stay away from the cloudy looking ice.
  • Keep a spare set of emergency dry clothes in your vehicle (Just in case).

     Now that we've covered the required "Safety Speech" let's get back to the perch.  The best way to find perch is to use the Lake within a Lake concept.  In a nutshell you want to find bays and backwaters that are the first to freeze because they are smaller, but that exhibit similar traits to the main lake.  A good example of this in Madison would be the Triangle on Lake Monona or the beach front on Lake Wingra.  When you look at these areas on lake maps or the Navionics app you'll see that they have good defined contour breaks and normally hold fish into late fall due to deep lush weed beds.  If you can identify areas like these on your home waters, waters that freeze early and have the correct structural elements, then you're sure to find schools of perch.  The question of course is, where?
Limit your catch, don't catch your limit.
     The short answer is on the drop offs.  Any drop off can hold perch, but not all drop offs are created equal.  You're looking for a contour drop that allows perch to crush the bait fish.  It's not how deep the drop off is, although most seem to occur in the 4-16 foot range.  More importantly you want a drop off that relates to structure.  Structure can be a weed line, sunken timber, even a gravel to sand transition.  If you can locate drop offs of a foot or more that butt up against structure you can be certain that schools of perch are in the area.
     To catch the perch in these schools I like to use tight lining rod and reel setups.   Tight lining uses simple 1:1 ratio reels that allow you to quickly and efficiently fish shallow water.  I normally spool up with 6 pound fluorocarbon line and attach my lures with a small clip and barrel swivel.  The clip lets me change lures in an instant and the barrel swivel keeps line twist to a minimum.  Lure selection is largely dependent on the body of water, but one thing that I love about early ice is that the forage species are at there biggest so big lures perform wonderfully.  I like to use spoons tipped with minnows or the ever popular Echotail blade bait.  The Echotail is the only blade bait that incorporates a barb to hold soft plastic tails.  This ability to change out the tail means I can use any soft plastic on the market.  So I can add scent by using Gulp, flash by using Uncle Josh, heck I can even use live minnows on them when the bite is extremely tough.  Another great benefit is that the walleye love them, so you can always count on a few bonus fish while out perching.  They are probably the most versatile lure you can have in your ice fishing tackle box.  You can learn more about the Echotail from Vibrations Tackle and check out the 2015 ice patterns here.
First ice yellow perch on Lake Monona.
     For early ice keep the lures moving.  Aggressive jigging and lots of pull and pause seem to really get the bite this time of year.  Subtle movements can be saved for later in the season.  Just remember that a lot of the bites are going to come on the fall.  That is, you will get bit while the lure is dropping in the water column.  One of the biggest mistakes I see people make when jigging through the ice is just letting the rod drop haphazardly.  You want to make sure that you stay in contact with the lure at all times.  This is easily accomplished by following the line down with the rod tip at the end of your jigging stroke.  If your line goes slack when jigging you're doing it wrong.  More fish are lost on the drop then at any other time when jigging, so keep the lure moving, just don't lose contact with the lure.  I can't stress this enough, No Limp Lines!
     Hopefully these tips will help you find some first ice perch this season.  Just please remember to use your head and stay safe.  The early ice is easily the most dangerous ice.  If you are not sure if the ice is safe then error on the side of caution and wait a few more days before venturing out.  The fish will still be there when you come back and your family will love the fact that you're still around.  Now go get those auger blades sharpened and some fresh line on your ice combos, because the perch are biting.
A couple of Lake Mendota yellow perch fillets for dinner.
     Tight Lines.

Disclaimer- is in a professional relationship with Vibrations Tackle.  I serve on the prostaff and help with product testing, promotion, and occasionally sales.  Although I could potentially benefit from this relationship I will never recommend a product I don't believe in or that I wouldn't feel could be of value to my readers.

When Things Don't Go Right 2015

     Last year I did a quick look back at the times when things didn't work out right while on the water.  It got a lot response and I've decided to keep this going as an annual post.  I've picked my favorite pictures from the 2015 season.  Because we can all relate to the times when things just don't go right. 
If you've got to fall on the ice, at least fall with company. 

When you tell your daughter that the river bank isn't that steep.

Lost's a Driftless Area tradition.

You lose a lot of gear fishing with kids, but it's worth it.

This rod only lasted 4 hours, it was broke by a small pike.

When you get to the water and the client doesn't show up.

This little guy blocked me from hooking the largest carp I've ever seen.

Seriously, fishing with children is a blast.

Don't forget the drain plug in your Versaboard unless you've got friends on the water.

Took a treble hook in the hand, it hurt like crazy!!!

Got diagnosed with a temporary nerve disorder that cost me 3 weeks of fishing this summer .

Took  a hook in the back this year too.  

Let a nice older gentleman try out my Revo.  This is how it was returned to me.
     So far it's been a great season even if things haven't always gone right.

     Tight Lines.

I Actually Only Want to Catch Fish

Caught...then released to fight again.
     I know it sounds bad, but somebody had to say it eventually.  I am not one of those, "I love the experience" type of anglers.  I don't relish the calm and tranquility of the outdoors.  I don't enjoy driving hours to chase fish, only to come home empty handed.  I want results!!!  Lots of results, in the form of selfies, selfies with large fish.  I can't think of anything worse than coming home with my tail between my legs after planning a fishing trip.  I realize that this isn't the popular thing to say...but hear me out.

"There is a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot." -Steven Wright

     Every angler I know actually wants to catch to fish.  Don't believe me?  What's the first thing you get asked by other anglers on the water?  "Having any luck?"  Maybe, "Seen anything today?"  Why do we ask?  Because we want to catch fish!  Of course we would never admit that to other people.  If we get skunked, well, we just quote Thoreau.

"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after." -Thoreau

     That's a true statement at times, I often go fishing to explore a new area.  Or maybe I'm testing out a new idea, presentation, or product.  But why am I doing it?  Because I want to catch a fish!  We can't tell people that of course, since we fear being seen as uncaring or shallow.  It's true though, otherwise I wouldn't bother bringing along a fishing pole.  I would just go walk around aimlessly by a body of water.  You know for the experience.
The dreaded sunset aka, I got skunked today picture.
     Sounds horrible doesn't it?  I want to catch fish, actual fish, every time I go fishing.  I don't want to get up at 2am, drive 3 hours, pay cash to enter a tournament, paddle around all day, load up my gear, and drive back empty handed.  In fact I can't think of a single time I've got skunked and thought, "Man I love not catching fish."  Would I ever admit it?  Nope, as soon as I walk in the door I talk about the beauty of my surroundings, how great the kayak paddled on the water, or even show off the dreaded I got skunked today sunset photograph.  Of course it could be worse than a sunset picture, you could get told.

"A bad day fishing, is better than a good day at work." -Unknown

     I call bullshit on this one.  I've had days on the water that were so bad I would rather pretend that I hadn't went fishing at all (Canada).  Conversely, I've had amazing days at work that would rival any day on the water.  A bad day of fishing is just that, a bad day.  Whenever I hear people say this I struggle to actually hide my true emotion.  I know when a bad day is bad, fishing or otherwise.  I realize having a bad day on the water or getting skunked is part of the process, but I make no attempts to sugar coat it.
Fishing with friends, with the goal of catching fish.
     Now before the hate mail starts up, let me tell you that I fish for a lot of different reasons.  For fellowship with friends, nature, teaching youth, satisfying sponsor agreements, the list goes on and on.  I also fish for bragging rights, goal achievement, and glory.  Being known as the guy that catches fish is awesome.  I'm very much goal oriented in all aspects of life, so my fishing follows suit.  I don't tie flies because I like doing it.  I tie flies because I need something that isn't available locally.  I don't enjoy freezing to death on the ice all winter or getting horribly sun burnt in the heat of the summer.  I do however enjoy catching fish.  So I tolerate the side effects, as long I have something to show for it.
PBR of course I took a picture.
     You may be thinking to yourself, "Wow, this guy is fishing for all the wrong reasons."  Am I?  How many times have you hired a guide hoping to just get out on the water.  It doesn't mater if you get a chance at any fish, you just want the experience?  How many huge fish have you never told anybody about?  How many times have you had a personal best and decided not to take a picture?  You see, you want to catch fish too.  It sounds bad right?  Or does it?  What if going fishing because you want to catch fish is perfectly fine?

"The idea of fishing is to catch a big fish.  If you just caught small ones, what would be the point." -Mark Metzger

     Try this the next you go fishing.  Don't cast at all and just stand there for 3-4 hours and see if it's as much fun as normal.  I bet it isn't, in fact you may even find yourself wishing you were doing something else.  When you go fishing whether in the ocean, a lake, a river, or a pond, you want to catch fish.  If you're lucky it will be a big fish.  That's why we all do it.  You don't buy new gear to not try and catch a fish.  I bet you also don't plan big fishing trips in the hope of not catching anything.  We all go fishing because we want to catch fish, and I honestly believe, their is nothing wrong with that.
Believe it or not, I wanted to catch this fish that morning.
     Tight Lines.

Orvis Mirage Reel Review

Mirage V 
     I've learned over time that quality gear can really make a difference in your fishing.  It used to be that I bought whatever was cheapest and might be able to get the job done.  Once I wandered into the world of musky fishing I quickly found that cheap usually meant lost fish.  When I started fly fishing last season I decided that I wouldn't allow history to repeat itself.  I bought what I thought was a good middle of the line reel and soon found that when pursuing larger fish the drag just couldn't keep up.  That's when I noticed the gold reels in the videos I watched on YouTube.  The same reel kept showing up in video after video.  All of these videos had one thing in common, big fish.  I just had to own that gold fly reel.
     It didn't take me long to figure out what the reel was called.  What did take me a while was raising the funds to purchase it.  I must admit that I had a little bit of sticker shock when I first saw the price of the Mirage reel.  At $515.00 for the size V model it really didn't seem worth it.  Still it was one of those sure things, I couldn't find a bad review anywhere online.  I spent a couple weeks selling extra gear, drinking less energy drinks, and being extremely helpful around the house (needed spousal approval).  Once I got the okay to make the purchase I headed over to Orvis of Madison and placed my order for a Mirage V and a spare spool.  Total cost? $765.00, I had buyers remorse before I even left the parking lot.  "It better be as good as they say" I muttered to myself, "I could have bought a lot a gear for that amount of money."  I tried to reassure myself over the next few days that I had made a good decision and must say that I was nothing but smiles when the package arrived at my door.
     The first thing I noticed right out of the box was how sturdy this reel felt.  It has a nice quality feel and the finish is flawless.  I put it on my TFO 10 weight and just stared at it for a while.  The Mirage reel just looks stunning in person.  After waving it around like an idiot for a bit I started to daydream about big fish and distant waters.  I'm not one to normally wax on poetically about inanimate objects, but this reels beauty is deserving of such praise.  The precision machining, engraved logos, and anodized finish are truly remarkable.  You really should check one out sometime in person, they are gorgeous.  Let's face it though, beauty doesn't always equal great performance.  Let's take a look at the some of the features. 

     The Mirage Reel is available in 8 different sizes and 3 different finishes.  The size V is a true large arbor for fast line retrieval.  It's milled from 6061 T6 anodized aluminum and is extremely strong for its weight.  The reel has a clickable drag that uses carbon and stainless steel discs and the knurled drag knob is diamond cut for a sure grip.  Even the reel handle is specially designed to help prevent the line from tangling when a fish heads for the horizon.  The Mirage is a really well thought out fly reel.  For more information on the features of this reel follow the link here.
     The real question is, How well does it fish?  So far it has performed flawlessly.  I've used this reel on multiple rods while chasing many species of fish.  Whether I have had it on a 7 weight for bass, an 8 weight for carp, or a 10 weight for muskies, this reel has handled them all.  The large arbor makes line management a breeze and the handle is easy to find when fighting fish on the reel.  The clickable drag makes finding the sweet spot quick and it stays consistent even during prolonged fights with large carp or Great Lakes king salmon.  All in all it's a great reel, but it's not perfect.
     The biggest complaint I have with this reel is the spool knob.  It's pretty common for me to have to tighten down the spool multiple times during a full day of fishing.  I'm not sure what causes it to loosen up, but it does and it drives me a little crazy.  The other issue is the clicking sound the reel makes when retrieving line.  In the past I always removed the clicker on my fly reels so I wasn't advertising to other anglers that I was fighting a fish.  As best as I can tell you can't remove the clicker on the Mirage V.  In areas with a lot of anglers I've found that the sound of a reel clicking kind of draws attention and I soon find myself surrounded by other anglers.  It may not be a big deal in your area, but I thought it worth mentioning since it bothers me.  The only other possible issue I can think of is the price, it's a rather expensive purchase if you're on a budget.
Big or small it can land them all.
     Final thoughts?  I love this reel and am happy to recommend it to my fellow anglers.  It performs as advertised and has worked flawlessly in a variety of situations.  I constantly find myself impressed with it and am sure you will too.  I also recommend the purchase of a spare spool.  I use mine to carry a sinking line or different weight lines all the time.  The Mirage reel from Orvis is a true performer in the world of fly fishing.  After using it almost exclusively this last season I can see why I wasn't able to find a bad review online, it really is that good.  To check one out in person head over to your local Orvis retail store or visit
     Tight Lines.

SBH Egg Sucking Leech

     I openly admit that I don't enjoy tying flies, but lately I've spent a lot of time fishing different patterns for various Salmonids on the Great Lakes.  I've been using time tested and proven Egg Sucking Leech patterns that I've purchased from Orvis of Madison and have had some success.  However, I have also found a few things that I would like the fly to do differently.
     The first issue I had was with the weight of the patterns.  I really need my flies to sink faster.  Using Tenkara rods (fixed line) doesn't allow me to fire off a long cast and let the fly slowly sink down to the strike zone.  I need the flies to drop like a subtle rock through the water column.  I've also had issues with the bead color and size on many of the patterns.  My past experiences fishing with spawn sacks along the harbor walls and through the ice have proven that smaller eggs seem to get picked up more readily.  So in my mind the large beads on many patterns just didn't make sense.  Also I noticed that I'm having a hard time getting a solid hookset.  To be honest I have even had a few hooks straighten while fighting fish.  I wanted a fly tied on a EWG hook to help with my hook up ratio.  Finally, I needed a pattern with a good side profile and some flash.  The urban areas I fish both from shore and while wading don't always mimic those clear beautiful rivers and streams of the Pacific Northwest.  I needed a fly that the fish could find in murky to almost muddy conditions along the shores of Lake Michigan.
     With all of these things in mind I came up with a simple Egg Sucking Leech pattern.  It's by no means a new pattern, just a conglomeration of my favorite things from multiple patterns that I've either fished, tied, or researched online.
SBH Egg Sucking Leech

Hook: Size 5 Gamakatsu EWG Offset Worm Hook
Thread: Orange floss (under bead)
Thread: 6/0 Black 140 Denier (body)
Bead: 5mm Orange Pucci Pearl
Tail: Black UV Marabou, Flashabou Fine Black Holographic
Body: Medium Pearl Black Chenille
Hackle: Black Rooster (gloss)
Wire: .25 Lead Free

     The construction is really simple, but I thought I would add a few tips to help the first time tier.  Wrap a small amount of similar colored thread onto the hook under the bead.  This really helps pump up the color since the beads have an almost translucent appearance.  Also I've found that 12 wraps of wire (secured with thread) gives it the required amount of weight for a rapid descent.  Lastly, finish off the fly with a decent cement or super glue.  This really adds to the life span of the fly when subjecting it to the rocky shorelines of the Midwest's lakes and rivers.
     Hopefully this will prove to be a useful pattern in your own fly box.  If you end up tying a couple for yourself let me know if there's anything you would do to improve it.  I'm always interested in your feedback on this or any of my how-to posts. Just leave a comment in the section below.  Until next time...
A beautiful Lake Michigan brown trout.
     Tight Lines.