Friday, May 31, 2013

Flies For Lake Meeechigan

I used to have a recurring nightmare.  You know the one.  In this nightmare it is senior year of college and somehow you managed to completely forget that you were enrolled in some stupid humanities class, get an F and flunk out.  Coming back to you right?  What is up with the orange circus elephants and giant floating chocolate chip cookies in the sky in that dream anyways?  Or is that just me?

Alright, that may just be me but I bet you have had this one:  You are on your biggest travel trip of the year.  You have found the magic fly and for half a glorious hour all your hopes, dreams and aspirations have been met.  Your are a do-it-yourself fly fishing legend!!!!!!!  Except of course you only tied up one of those.  You see where this is going right?  Suddenly you break off the fly which brings on an unimaginable streak of bad luck complete with sudden cold fronts, red tides, rogue waves and instant collapse of the eco-system.  Most of which isn't even possible where you are fishing.

The whole thing is ridiculous of course.  I always come back from a travel trip with at least 3/4 of the flies I tied dry and un-touched.  Except when I don't.  Last year it actually happened.  On the first day of my trip with John Montana on the Columbia river I was in the middle of the hottest half an hour of carpin I have ever had when I lost the only Foam Trouser Worm I had with me.  It was a complete coincidence but from that moment on the luck on that trip took an about face.  An experience like that does a number on reinforcing my travel-trip fly prep paranoia.

This year I think I am going to do something a little different.  I have heard some studies that indicate that while lone humans are absolutely terrible at predicting the future, large groups of humans have an almost mystical ability to prophesy.  Therefore I am going to put the fly selection for my up-coming pilgrimage up the Lake MI coastline up to vote.  Of the prototypes I have put together so far which is going to be the hot fly?  Upper Lake Michigan, Michigan coast-line, mid June.

The Montage:

FLY A - Basic Bunny - Small Sculpin-Head, rabbit strip tail, dubbing-loop rabbit body.

FLY B:  Large Jaimee's Krazy Carpers with dubbing looped and brushed egg-yarn bodies

FLY C - small sculpin head, Light olive Puglisi brush body, Olive-Yellow rabbit strip.

FLY D:  Large and heavily weighted MMF's (Magical Mutha F@#!$%%).  Basically a bulky profile arctic fox clouser.  I have caught many many many SE Michigan carp on this fly.

FLY E:  Packed wool tube-fly.  Packed wool head, layered marabou tail.  VERY painful to tie.

Monday, May 13, 2013

A Night with Kirk Deeter at Carps

With the full court press Trouts Carps is putting on to celebrate carp this month I am hereby refusing to call them anything but Trouts Carps for the rest of the month.

In order to celebrate the impending release of the first fly fishing for carp book in over a decade Trouts Carps has invited Kirk Deeter in this Thursday to:
"give you a sneak preview into his new book as well as give you some inside information gleaned from his carp adventures here in Colorado and across the United States."
Get the details here

Pre-order the book here (upper right hand corner)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Carp Fly Fishing Guides - Ohio

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Location: Cincinatti, OH
Website: Knee Deep Expeditions
Waters:  Tri-State Lakes
Other Species: Knee Deep Expeditions also operates 3 full time Captains in Punta Gorda, Belize specializing in Permit, Bonefish, & Tarpon on the Fly
About:Saltwater sight fishing in "Ohio" for Carp.

Location: Columbus, Ohio
Waters: Central Ohio
Other Species: Trout, Steel-head and you-name-it for warm-water.
About: "The closest thing to saltwater angling you can find inland! We are proud to offer a complete guide service for Carp in a variety of waters in Central Ohio. Join us from May - September aboard the "Fly-N-Carp" or on several local streams for some Ohio flats fishing!"

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Carp Fly Fishing Guides - Colorado

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Location: Denver Colorado
Website: Galvin Guiding
Waters: Denver South Platte River and surrounding stillwater fisheries
Other Species: Trout, Smallmouth
About: Chris Galvin is an extremely experienced trout guide and tournament competitor who started chasing carp on the South Platte years before it was famous and was the pro-champion of the 2015 Carp-Slam carp tournament.  Book with Chris and he will introduce you to one of the most famous fly fishing for carp fisheries in the country.

Location: Denver Colorado
WebsiteTrouts Fly Fishing
Waters: Denver South Platte and surrounding stillwater fisheries
Other Species: Trout, Smallmouth, Largemouth
About: "If you are interested in a fully guided fly fishing experience and want to specifically target carp on some of the best water the state of Colorado has to offer, look no further. The DSP is our home river and one of the most prolific carp fisheries in the US.  It only makes sense for us to have one of the most prolific and legendary carp anglers lead our carp and warm water program: Barry Reynolds!"

Location: Denver Colorado
Waters: Denver South Platte
Other Species: Trout, Smallmouth
About: "Want to learn how to fly fish for carp? We have you covered! Carp are an incredible fish to catch on a fly. They are not easy, but In The Riffle has the techniques and know how to put you on fish!"

Friday, May 3, 2013

Carp Fly Fishing Guides - Michigan

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Location: Ypsilanti, MI
Waters:  Huron, Flint, Shiawassee & Raisin Rivers and their impoundments
Other Species: Smallmouth Bass, Pike, Musky, Steelhead
About: "Schultz Outfitters is Southeast Michigan's only full-time, four-season guide service, outfitter, and fly shop. We offer full and half day carp floats on local waters from our fleet of comfortable drift boats. For a truly unique experience, join us in June/July for the annual "Mulberry Hatch" and your chance at a 20# carp on a dry fly."

Location: Walhalla, MI
Waters:  Beaver Island, Lake Michigan
Other Species: SMB, Salmon, Steelhead and many others.
About: "We offer full day trips all year and half day trips during off season or in the peek season as a special request. We can accommodate individuals to large parties. There are many guides in the area but we will only hire the best."

Location: Walhalla, MI
Waters:  Beaver Island, Lake Michigan
Other Species: SMB, Salmon, Steelhead and many others.
About: "How does Stalking in crystal clear water for giant fish in one of the nations top flats fishing destination sound? its not the keys or Belize,Its somewhere even better and way cheaper for a destination fly fishing…..Its Beaver Island Michigan!"