Friday, December 23, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

December bassin'

After a couple of unusually warm days here in NW Ohio, I decided to break out the fly rod once again. I'm glad I did! I was using a size 10 lead eye chartreuse and pink woolly bugger and managed to catch two largemouth bass and a bluegill. Not a bad day in December! 













Friday, December 9, 2011

A new addition to Auglaize Fly Shop

Here at Auglaize Fly Shop, I'm pleased to give you a sneak peak of a new pattern in our inventory. Auglaize Fly Shop will now be adding the Cypert Minnow to it's inventory.

The Cypert Minnow originated in Texas as a white bass pattern and it's certainly earned it's right to be carried in a Texan's fly box. We feel that it will certainly earn it's keep with Ohio white bass fisherman as well. Besides being highly efficient on white bass, crappie fall for this fly just as easily. I have personally used these flies and caught everything from largemouth bass to longnose gar with them. They're durable and most importantly, they work. Myself, along with other local fly fisherman will give them even further testing this spring during the Maumee River white bass run to truly see what this awesome little fly is fully capable of.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Last fish of the year.

I went out to the ponds one last time with the fly rod tonight before the ice comes. I kept saying my season was over, but we had a nice day today and I needed to get out. It was already getting dark, but I thought I would throw some nymphs for bluegills. Nothing was interested in the nymphs, so I switched to a size 10 chartreuse zonker with a split shot to help get it deep. I made a few casts, then the little fly got smacked. I landed a nice 14 inch largemouth bass. It was a great way to end the season. The pic is quite dark, but the bass is there!

Friday, November 25, 2011

An early gift from Daddy Claus.

My daughter has a little four foot Christmas tree in her room just like I always did when I was a kid. My wife suggested that maybe I could make her an ornament/fly for her little tree. The tree is pink, and it just so happens that I have some pink material. I ran several patterns through my head, and then it came to me. I ended up tying a pink Seaducer for her. I cut the end of the hook off and ran some Cajun Red 40lb line through the hook eye as a way to hang it on the tree. Here it is!


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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Closed for the season

I give many thanks to all of the customers and supporters of Auglaize Fly Shop for an awesome season this year. My fly fishing season is unfortunately over for this year. The weather played havoc with my pike fishing exploits. Every time I wished to go, it rained and raised the rivers and made presenting a fly next to impossible.

With that being said, Auglaize Fly Shop is officially closed for the 2011 season and will re-open April 1, 2012. I realize that many folks do buy a lot flies in the fall/winter, such as those who chase steelhead, salmon, and other coldwater species, or warmwater fly fishers who live in warmer areas. I've decided to close up shop for the winter because we're more of a locally based shop and I wished to take some time off during the off-season and spend the holidays with friends and family.

I'll still periodically update this blog through the season. Thanks again everyone for a wonderful year and we'll see you in 2012!!!!!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

I'm still here!

The waters are cooling and the leaves are changing rapidly. Fall is upon us. Most of my fly fishing has slowed for the most part. I've been throwing nymphs and strike indicators for bluegill here and there, but my "warm" water fly fishing is done for the most part. In a couple of weeks, I'll be chasing pike and maybe some steel as I have found a couple of promising spots for both here in NW Ohio. I'll keep everyone updated and post pictures when I get out. I've got a busy evening as I'm the guest speaker for the evening at the local fish & game club. I'll be discussing flies, gear, and techniques for fly fishing for warmwater species of fish.

Friday, September 23, 2011

9-23-2011 - Private Ponds

Since the weather has been getting gradually cooler, I've slowed down a bit on fishing because I'm stuck in the time period where the bass, carp, drum, panfish, etc. start to slow down a bit and the pike haven't started up heavy yet. I used to fill this gap by chasing salmon up in Michigan, but I'm not going this year. That's not to say that the fish don't bite though. I killed some time yesterday chasing largemouth bass and bluegill at the ponds yesterday afternoon for a couple of hours. It turns out the mini-clousers colored like emerald shiners bring out the cannibalistic behavior in bass. While in the water, the olive top turns darker and when combined with the flash and white belly, it makes the fly appear very similar to bass fry. I caught a largemouth bass about two feet from me in the first thirty seconds of fishing. I ended the day with six fish under my belt, so I was pleased to not walk away empty-handed. Here's some pictures for all of you.









Thursday, September 22, 2011

A quick update.

I just wanted to let the readers here know that the blog is now ad-free and now there's a share button in the upper right corner of the blog. Getting rid of the ads is something I've been meaning to do for some time now. I plan on getting out very soon, so be on the lookout for more stories and pictures.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

9-13-2011 - Auglaize River

I spent some time at the vise a couple of nights ago whipping up some mini-clouser flies that resemble emerald shiners. I wanted to test them out, so I headed out to the Auglaize River. I learned my lesson from last time and packed my 6 weight as well as my 8 weight. Once again, I ended up getting into a mess of crappie. I landed nearly twenty of them. I also caught a couple of freshwater drum and a small largemouth bass as well. I've caught many smallmouth bass from the river, but this is probably my third or fourth largemouth from there. Here'e a few pictures! Tight lines!

Not to mention, I also snagged a few shiners. You know you've got a winning combination when you snag baitfish trying to school up with your fly!




A nice-sized Auglaize River crappie.

Freshwater Drum from the Auglaize River.

Largemouth Bass

A nice-sized Freshwater Drum.




Friday, September 9, 2011

9-9-2011 - Auglaize River

Autumn is approaching fast and I'll be perfectly honest with you, it's my favorite season of the year. I love the scenery as the leaves change, drinking apple cider, eating pumpkin pie, and fly fishing in the fall. In my area, this is some of the best fishing of the year. The waters cool down and the fish start to fatten up for winter. Some of the fish that prefer cooler water start to become active as well, and that's what happened today.

We had some pretty typical fall weather for a couple of days here in Northwest Ohio. It rained and we had temps in the high 60's/low 70's. I really wanted to get out today because I had a good hunch that the fish would be pretty active because the cold rain helped raise the river and cool it down as well, providing some good-quality oxygenated water. I grabbed the trusty 8 weight and went out to the Auglaize River to see if my hunch paid off. I noticed right off the bat that the shiners and shad were very active, which was a good sign! I shared the river today with a very nice gentleman who was very informative and very friendly. It sure makes fishing much more fun when you're sharing the river with nice folks. I noticed that there were fish busting the minnows just like striped bass, but my brain didn't compute what they were at first. Of course I didn't happen to have any "minnow-like" flies with me. I only had my Mud Bugs because I was after carp and catfish. I made a couple of casts with a peacock black Mud Bug and immediately caught two freshwater drum. However, these were not the fish actively attacking the minnows. After a few more casts, and a few more fly changes, I started getting hits on my UV black Mud Bug. I landed the first fish after two more casts and discovered the mystery fish. They were crappie! Lots of crappie! I started catching them right and left and the old fly rod was keeping pace with the gentleman using a spinning rod. I lost count after catching 30 of them. Many were nice sized as well. (7-11 inch range.) I also did manage to hook a carp, but he spit out the hook and I was a little disappointed. I also had the biggest channel catfish I've ever seen on the end of my line, but he spit the hook as well. I swear his head was as big as my arm.

All in all, it was a very good day. I don't believe I've ever caught that many crappie before in my life. I wish I would have brought my 6 weight this time though because an 8 weight is a bit overkill for crappie.

I'll leave you with some pictures from the day.

Auglaize River freshwater drum


Typical Auglaize River crappie




I'm still a little stumped over this one. I'm not quite sure how I was able to snag a shad.






Sunday, August 28, 2011

8-28-2011 Private Ponds

My father-in-law let me use one of his old fly rods, so I just had to get out there today and mess around with it. The reel wasn't very good, so I slapped one of my old reels on the rod. The old line on there is a double-taper line and I had forgotten how much fun roll casting can be with a DT. I used one of my Bunny Craw flies and caught 6 fish. It was too dark to get a picture, but the last fish I caught was a sick/diseased largemouth bass. I felt bad because he didn't fight at all. I just pulled him in. It felt really good to get out again though. Surprisingly, I didn't catch anything that was very good sized. Usually there's a lot of big bluegill in there but nothing large was biting today.

Sorry about the picture quality. I had to use my phone because I left the camera at the house. Tight lines folks!

The Bunny Craw working it's magic!









Wednesday, August 24, 2011

8-24-2011 - Auglaize River

Since the wife and baby went out of town this morning, I thought I would take a short trip out to the Auglaize River. Carp was the name of the game today. The water was somewhat clear and I could see a couple of solo fish and a couple pods of fish. I tied on a rust brown Mud Bug and started casting. Within about 10 minutes, the line just made a sudden stop while I was twitching the fly in. I set the hook and had my first carp of the day on. He gave the 8 weight a workout and after a strong battle I was able to net the carp. Yes folks, I remembered the net!




My poor scum covered fly.

After catching the first carp, all of the others scattered from the area. I decided to try another area close by that looked like decent water. It was a bit of a workout because the area is basically a tall pile of rocks that juts out into the water. I seen several carp in the area I was prospecting and I thought I would give it a shot. Keep in mind that there is some visibility in the water, but it's not very clear. You can see the carp that are close to you and the ones near the surface. I made a few casts, but nothing seemed interested. Then, my retrieve suddenly came to a stop. I set the hook and I swear my reel started smoking. It's been a long time since I've seen my backing knot and it sailed out of my guides like a rocket. After a long and fierce battle, I realized that this fish was not coming in at all. I waded out to the fish and after what seemed like 103 attempts, I was able to net it. I fooled, hooked, and landed one of my biggest carp on the fly to date. Was it worth the swollen arms, sore back, and stinging shoulders? You bet! Until next time, Tight Lines!

One of my biggest carp on the fly to date!



The Mud Bug does it's job very well.

One hefty Auglaize River carp!






For all of you conservation folks, these fish were released unharmed as always.



Friday, August 19, 2011

One of my warmwater fly boxes...

Here's a quick shout out to some of my pals who wanted to see one of my fly boxes, so here you go guys!

(Notice the chewed up Dubbin' Craws? What happened? Catfish happened.)



Thursday, August 18, 2011

The things we do for what we love to do.....

Today was an exciting day to say the least. It was filled with some intense moments, but it still felt good to go out and cast a fly line. I just wish things could have gone a little better....

Before leaving, I had checked the radar and there was once small cell over the county I live in. I was going to take a trip up to a new wildlife area (New to me.) one county north of where I'm at. The weather radar indicated that the storm cell was not very intense and it was not where I would be fishing. I just had to drive through it. No problem. Wow, I was wrong. When I drove about 8 miles outside of town, it started raining pretty hard and I decided to keep on truckin'. Well, I was over halfway to my destination when it started pouring. Then, it started hailing. Here's the icing on the cake though. There was a tornado/funnel cloud about 200-250 yards away from me and I had nowhere to go. I've seen a couple of them in my life and I knew they weren't just any old clouds when I seen dirt start swirling around in a field! After narrowly escaping the storm, the weather turned nice and I arrived in one piece at my destination.

I was fishing the St. Joseph River in Williams County, Ohio. It's a nice river to fly fish. Lots of creek chubs, rock bass, smallies, cats, carp, and other assorted fish that will put a bend in a fly rod. It would be perfect for canoeing or kayaking because casting from the bank can be difficult. It's mostly roll casting territory and there's only so much I can do with a weight forward fly line. After eating up most of my tippet and leader changing flies, I decided to try one of the state lakes in the area. The St. Joe wasn't giving up any fish. It may have been the water temp, it may have been the weather in the area, or it could have been any of the other 500 million reasons fish just will not bite.

To top the day off, I climbed all the way up a steep hill, then slipped and rolled head-over-heels down a 20 foot hill covered in poison ivy and sawgrass. I managed to get up pretty quickly but I was still a little dazed from my tumble. I was pretty sore and quite flustered. I decided that enough was enough and I was going to catch a fish. I hobbled over to the state lake and caught a teeny bass and a small bluegill.

For future reference, I do not plan on going there anytime soon. I'll stick with my close to home spots that are easy to access and produce fish.

My reward.



Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Fly Tying Tree

About a week ago, I received a product from a gentleman on one of the outdoor forums I frequent. The product is called the Fly Tying Tree and it's designed to help keep tools and materials close at hand when you're tying. The Fly Tying Tree is simply awesome. If you're like me, your desk is a disaster area when you go into tying mode. The 'Tree fits easily onto your vice and really does a fantastic job. Some folks might argue that there's already things out there to hold your tools and such. True, there are. But, none compare to the Fly Tying Tree. The 'Tree is much more aesthetically pleasing than a block of foam with holes drilled in it. It's made out of Pennsylvania Cherry wood. Believe me, this thing is good looking! Plus, it's extremely functional. Meaning, it does what it's made for. Very well. It has a place for almost anything you can think of, it takes up very little space, and it looks good! I am NOT a paid spokesperson or anything like that. I just really enjoy a well-made product and it gets two thumbs up from Auglaize Fly Shop!

If you're interested, contact Kip at:
warmtraxs@yahoo.com





Tuesday, August 9, 2011

8-9-2011 - Auglaize River

Since we had some rain roll through the area yesterday evening and early this morning, I thought I would try my luck down at the old hydroelectric dam on the Auglaize River. Compared to the last time I was there, the water was quite a bit higher. Surprisingly, the rising waters had no impact on visibility. The river still maintained pretty decent clarity.

I tied on a rust brown Mud Bug and threw a couple of short warm-up casts. On the third cast I caught a nice freshwater drum. I managed to catch a few more drum until I noticed something. Off to my right, there were freshwater drum everywhere! They were hanging around the moving water and chasing the minnows around. I started casting there and I ended up catching over 50 freshwater drum in about 3 hours. I would have only caught 20 but I was trying to entice a couple 6-7 pound carp into biting. Unfortunately, the drum kept eating the fly before the carp could even notice it. With that being said, I still had a fun morning and those freshwater drum sure put a nice bend in my 6wt. Until next time, tight lines!

First catch!


Picture proof that the Mud Bug works great!





This is where most of the drum were congregated.