Thursday, August 16, 2012

You catch what on a fly rod??!??

Lately, I've been on a mission. I've been exploring new places to fish around here and I've been pretty successful so far. However, I overlooked a spot that's almost in my own backyard. This place contains a species of fish that many people think is almost impossible to catch repeatedly and successfully on a fly rod. I'm talking about Saugeye. Yes, people have caught them accidentally on a fly rod, but I've been specifically targeting them. They're relatively small yet, but they put up a great fight for their size. They hit streamers with such a vengeance that they make a hungry bass look like a wimp. I'm looking forward to when these guys grow up because I've hooked into a couple large ones and they gave me a fierce battle. Just remember to not lip them....

Thursday, August 2, 2012


Auglaize Fly Shop is now offering twisted mono leaders. They are currently available in one size, which is a Med-Lt. model for 5/6wt rods. They're suitable for small bass and panfish. The product line is rapidly expanding and will include a heavy bass/pike/carp model and a standard carp/bass model.

Friday, July 27, 2012


Howdy folks! I'm back again with a quick update on some fish catches. I went out on the 25th and broke out the trusty fly rod for a fun afternoon of fly fishing. Lately, I've been putting in a tremendous amount of work on some new patterns that are currently in development. I've almost got them down perfectly. The fish here are being unbelievably picky and if I can get them to strike in these conditions, I've got it made. I landed six behemoth carp, a dinky sunfish, and a nice-sized crappie on that particular day. Funny story about the sunfish. I took a phone call on my cell phone and my fly was dangling in the current. When I was finished talking, I made a backcast and noticed the sunfish zipping through the air. After his terrible ordeal, he was released unharmed. Here's a few pictures from that day.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

7-4-2012 Update

Hello all! It's been a while since I updated again, but I've been busy fly fishing! I've been chasing more and bigger species on the fly rod and I'll be honest, it feels great. I'm not going to go into a long story about everything because pictures are worth 1,000 words. I have quite a few pictures.

Longnose Gar caught on a rope fly.

Bigmouth Buffalo

Bigmouth Buffalo caught on my new pattern, the Helloween Nymph.


Freshwater Drum

Monday, June 18, 2012

6-18-2012 Update

I haven't posted for a little while, so here's some pictures to show what I've been up to lately.

Thursday, May 31, 2012


I went out yesterday with my buddy and we did some serious fly fishing. We managed to catch many different species of fish including; Freshwater Drum, Channel Catfish, Carp, Longnose Gar, Crappie, Flathead Catfish, and Smallmouth Bass. Almost all of the fish were gigantic and put a serious bend in our fly rods. It was truly an awesome day on the river and we'll be sure to go at it again soon!

Monday, May 28, 2012


I had a good feeling about the river today, so I drove on down and arrived bright and early around 7 A.M. After wading out to my spot, I tied on a black Kat Killer and had myself a field day with some Freshwater Drum, Longnose Gar, and Carp. I managed to land two nice Carp and lost three HUGE fish that I had no chance of besting. I was using my 6wt Echo this time. I usually use my 8wt, but the tip busted when I was out yesterday. I'm happy that today went well because I needed to get my carpin' on and it felt great. Here's some pictures.

Here's some pictures of this guy I nabbed a few days ago.

Friday, May 18, 2012

5-18-2012 Report

I decided to go after some carp this morning on the Auglaize River and didn't have any luck. Again. They just weren't interested. They were more interested in chasing each other around than eating my fly. Plus, the water was scum filled. I got sick of cleaning my fly off after every cast. I packed up and headed off to the Maumee River. I ended up finding a nice spot where some rapids and holes come together and make up some nice runs. I tossed out a DDH Leech on my 8wt and after a few twitches, I felt a hard pull and set the hook. After a fun fight, I landed a dandy Freshwater Drum. I cast out a few more times and had something hit like a freight train. This thing was unstoppable. It didn't help that the fish took off and headed for some really fast water. I noticed that I was about ready to be spooled so I took off after him down the bank. After chasing this fish all around the river, I ended up landing a good-sized Channel Catfish. A fun day for sure!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Auglaize River 5-2-2012

My buddy and I went out yesterday evening to go after a few fish. The river was up from some rain we had a couple of days back. Since the river was up, the fish were moving and feeding. We each ended up with about 8 or 9 Freshwater Drum. My buddy caught a few Channel Catfish too. He was using a Zebco, and I was using my 8wt. I thought it was pretty cool that the fly rod was keeping right up with live bait. We actually had a double-header at one point. The flies of the day were Clouser Craws and DDH Leeches. Crayfish brown and black were the best performing colors.

At one point, I hooked into the biggest carp of my lifetime and lost it. It nearly spooled me and even with my drag maxed out, I just couldn't stop it. Even with my 8wt. I ended up bending the hook out. It didn't look too bent, so a bad hook-up may have contributed to it as well. I'll be out again sometime soon to get my revenge on those carp. They have been messing with me for quite a while and I need to land one!

Here's a few pictures from yesterday. I'll try to get more uploaded soon. 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Howdy folks! It's been a while! Auglaize Fly Shop is back in full swing and things have been going great!

When we had the nearly two week heat wave, the bass and panfish were hitting right and left. The 2wt shined with foam spiders and proved to be a blast when fish were hitting on the surface.

Lately, I've been focusing on carp and I've been stalking them on my trusty 6wt. I haven't seen any monsters yet, so I don't feel like I need the heavy artillery yet. I missed five of them and haven't had any decent hook-ups. The cold weather has the carp nipping at the fly. Usually when it's warm, the carp hit the fly like a tomahawk missile. I've went out a couple of times, but I always came back empty-handed. Today, I was rewarded for my efforts with a small channel catfish. It felt great to get some brown line lovin' finally. I've got the bug now. When the weather warms up, I'll be hitting the rivers hard. Next month, it's white bass time! 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

UL fly fishing results

We had a beautiful day here in NW Ohio. There wasn't much wind, so I decided to give my new 2wt her maiden voyage. The LaCrosse Custom rod casts like a dream and it just plain ROCKS. The 2wt really surprised me because it can cast a country mile and it's light as a feather. I was amazed at the lack of casting fatigue that I'm so used to. (Slinging around a big 8wt for carp and cats.) Both bluegill fell for a size 10 yellow foam spider.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

UL Fly Fishing

I've used 3wt and 4wt rods before while fly fishing, but this week I've taken my first real steps into becoming an ultralight fly fisherman. I ordered a LaCrosse Custom 7'0" 2wt rod and an LL Bean Pocket Water reel. The reel arrived today and the rod arrived yesterday. I put the combo together today to see how it looked and felt. I'll admit that it feels like a great set-up. When the rod and reel are combined, there is a good balance point and the grip of the rod fits my hand perfectly. The combo is going to be lined with a Sage Performance Taper line and a furled leader.

This outfit is starting to become one of my favorites in my collection already and I haven't even cast it yet. (However, I did do the "wiggle-test" and some careful imaginary casting strokes and I love how this thing responds.) This little rod makes my 6wt look and feel like a tarpon rod. I can't imagine what casting my 8wt will feel like after a date with this little sweetie!

With that being said, the panfish better beware because there's a new sheriff in town and he's lookin' to get scaly and slimy.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

First post of 2012!

First off, here's the first post of 2012! Auglaize Fly Shop has some big changes coming this spring and I certainly hope you folks (Readers/Subscribers, Online Customers, Local Customers) will enjoy them!

I took some personal time off this winter to concentrate on spending the holidays with my family and friends, but it keeps getting closer to spring. On an insomnia-based rush, I cleaned up the bench, dusted off the equipment, and tied a couple random woolly buggers to warm the vise up and get back in the groove. Judging by the unusually warm winter we're having here, I may open back up sooner than expected. I've also been drawing up new ideas for patterns and will have some tied up soon, but they'll be on the down-low until I open back up. (They aren't going to be available until I get to test them either. Trust me, I don't sell flops.) I think the fish will find them irresistible though. I'll be sure to update more when it starts getting closer to spring. Stay tuned!