Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Lower Housatonic Fishing Report April 29, 2014

Hi All, I fished at the mouth of the River after work yesterday.  What beautiful day and afternoon.  The fish co-operated too.  We landed a ton of fish.  The two biggest got away of course, one almost to hand, right around 30”.  The biggest I landed was a chunky 26”er. I had the honor of fishing with internet Fishing Star Bear Cochrane and CT/RI’s own John Potter.  Also present Wayne Gustafson of the HFFA.   Everyone was into fish.  One of the best days of the year so far.tight lines.  Paul

Friday, April 18, 2014

Paul's May 2014 Fly of the Month

Iced Cases Caddis

Hook:  Daiichi 1550 or nymph hook of choice Size #12-#18. 

Tying thread:   Uni 8/0 in olive.
Bead:  Black tungsten bead to match the size of the hook.
Abdomen:  Peacock Ice Dub.  
Rib:   Small copper wire. 
Thorax:  Insect green Superfine Dubbing – or insect green/chartreuse Ice Dub – or my favorite, chartreuse Sea Dragon Dubbing (This dubbing has tiny bug legs mixed in with it.  It’s available at flytyersdungeon.com)
This is a very productive pattern and it really sinks and gets down in the water column.    It’s supposed to represent a cased caddis but I think it’s also a great “attractor” type fly with the peacock dubbing and insect green/chartreuse hot spot.
Begin by starting your thread at the eye of the hook and wrap back to the bend.  Tie in your copper wire rib.  Dub your body of Peacock Ice Dub.  Leave enough room to dub your thorax.  Wrap your copper rib forward and tie it off and cut the tag end.  Dub your insect green/chartreuse thorax.  Apply some head cement to your thread and whip finish the fly.  Pick out your thorax a bit. You’re done.  How simple is that. 
If you have any questions about this fly or would like to submit a Fly of the Month, I can be reached at 203 305-3850 or e-mail me at pdinice@snet.net .  This pattern can also be viewed at www.hffa.net .