Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Lower Housatonic Spring Fishing 4/24/12

It was an extremely windy night out on the lower Housatonic.  Braved the elements with good friends Jeff Purcell, Drew Farrel, Mike "Too Tall" Harrington, and Internet Fishing Star Bear Cochrane.  A Big Thank You to Bear and Mike for helping me to land this 29 1/2" Striper.  Below Bear battles a nice bass that gives him all he can handle.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Paul's May 2012 Flies of the Month

Partridge and Orange

Hook:  Size #14 to #18 wetfly hook of choice.
Tying thread:  Orange.
Body:  Orange floss (Some tyers prefer to use silk tying thread).
Rib:  (Optional) Gold Wire.
Hackle:  Partridge. 
I’ve found this fly to be extremely successful during caddis and sulphur hatches. 
 Hare’s Ear Flymph
Hook:  Size #14 to #18 wetfly hook of choice.
Tying thread:  Orange.
Tail:  Brown hen hackle fibers.
Body:  Hares ear dubbing.
Rib:  (Optional) Gold Wire.
Hackle:  Partridge (Optional – furnace hen hackle). 
For many fly fishermen, wet flies are patterns which are very foreign to them.  Hopefully your not one of them.   I love fishing wet flies.  The technique is easy to master.  That’s why I frequently fished them when I was first learning to fly fish.  Just cast across and down river.  When the fly is near the end of it’s drift, raise your rod tip slightly and hold on as the fly rises to the surface.  This technique is also referred to as the “Leisenring’s Lift”.  Jim Leisenring was a wet fly pioneer.  He developed a highly successful fishing method where the wet fly “rises” suddenly where the trout are holding in the river.  The soft hackle on wet flies depicts movement.  Many anglers lift and twitch their rods to coax trout to hit their flies.  I’ll also fish wet flies in a dropper setup.
These flies can also be viewed at the Housatonic Fly Fishermen’s Association website at www.hffa.net .  If you have any questions about this fly or would like to submit a pattern of
The month I can be reached at 203 305-3850 or e-mail me at pdinice@snet.net.