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Happy Father’s day to all of you DADS that teach us everything important…

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Love ya old man…

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It has been soooo busy that I only just found time to go fishing for the first time this season…last week!  And of course, it’s been so busy that I’m just now getting this thing posted…better late than never!!

I was sitting at work, crazy with spreadsheets, when my fishing sensei called (aka JJ, aka the Fish Whisperer). He had been fishing one of our favorite local lakes the night before and the fishing was HOT.  And that was all I needed to hear… (See his post https://scudmark.wordpress.com/2009/04/29/paging-doctor-spratley/)

Unfortunately, the temperature had dropped by about 10 degrees, so the fishing was more lukewarm than hot…but we definitely caught fish (it’s not so bad to catch 7 fish in a couple hours…). 

Based on the look on my face in this picture, that first fish took me by surprise…I was telling some story when it literally jumped out of the water, hooked on my line.  I’m not sure who was more surprised – the fish or me! 

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In fact, for the first time ever fishing with JJ, I actually caught the first fish…that’s one dolla sucka!!  Well, it was nice while it lasted anyway…

Too bad that luck didn’t exactly hold…although I did catch two more fish that night. 

And JJ?  He only had to sweat for about 5 minutes after I caught that first fish before he caught his first fish…followed very shortly by his second fish…and so on…until he finally broke the tie at 4 fish for him, and 3 fish for me.munkolake204-29-09200141

Like I said, it was the return of the Fish Whisperer.  Every time he said we would catch a fish, we did.

Not a bad start for my second fishing season!  Tons of fun and fish to be caught…

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Paging Doctor Spratley…

“Doc Spratley” (modified)

Hook: Mustad 9671, whatever, sizes 8-10 (also 1x)

Tail and Beard Hackle: Grizzly (I prefer it thicker)

Body: Black wool

Rib: Silver tinsel

Wing: Pheasant tail

Head: Peacock herl

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-As the story goes:

The late Dick Prankard of tulip infested Mt. Vernon Washington originated the pattern around 1949…While he was tying the fly, his friend doctor Spratley (I believe a dentist?) came into the store and asked Dick what the name was…Dick replied “I think I’ll call it the Doc Spratley.”

As a ‘wee little lad,’ this pattern was introduced to me for steelhead, tied in larger 1x sizes and it produces…However, a couple of years ago I started tying them in (original) smaller sizes and use them on lakes where the fat caddis flies roam (which is their purpose, I believe)…

This fly is deadly…My only problem with it is that the strand of peacock herl used for the head usually gets broken and comes unwound after a couple of fish slam it…I need to tinker with ‘fixing’ that somehow…

I was using this pattern to sore-mouth some trout the other night at a lake that I frequent regularly and know rather well…I had never used a “Doc Spratley” on that specific lake before…

It was tough to keep them off…I fished for 1 hour and released 14 trout all 11-13 inches…That’s not a fish story, I was amazed too, especially after opening weekend when this specific lake gets slammed:

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Uh, so you might notice a broken net (handle and netting) in the above photo…I usually don’t net fish (don’t need to) but I did a few times that day for photos…Snap! I got my $19.99 and 5 years worth out of that net…I had to cut that fish loose from the netting…

Also, I caught 4 fat perch while using the “Doc Spratley.” I’ve never caught perch out of this lake before (probably because I don’t target them) but it was fun catching them (they come with the grill marks already on them!):

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I had to keep that perch because she somehow a$$holed the fly…I guess that the “ol Doc Spratley” is rather versatile…

Here’s what was left of it afterwards:

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And as for the net? Well, its stinky goodness rests with my dogs:

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Opening weeks…

…It’s always fun soremouthin’ these little fellas before gobs and gobs of powerbait and crawlers get winged at them…

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I like to think that I kicked it off in style while indulging in some fine Wisconsin beer…

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If not, I can always start a turtle farm…If cooked correctly; I hear they taste pretty good too…

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Ode to the 2009 BASSmaster Classic winner….Mr. Skeet Reese:

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SKEET REESE ladies and Gents…Skeet is ‘da shite’ and he represents the WEST coast well…

BASS fishing received some notoriety this year because ESPiN had “Mike and Mike” broadcast there? …Uh, no…

BassAnglerSS (BASS) can kiss my ass…They stopped bringing their “TOUR” to western states a few years ago because we were kicking the shit out of  “dems soufern boys.” It’s true…

-My boy (Luke) from Spokane won this tournament too and represented well..

Regardless, I’m just happy that Iaconelli(sp?) didn’t win…

CONGRATS SKEET!!!

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Pheasant flies…

Some ‘variations’ of fly patterns that I tie…

Pheasant Tail Leech (modified):

Hook:Mustad 9671, umpqua 3761, whatever—sizes 6-10 (I also tie some 1x)

Tail, Beard and Wing: Pheasant tail fibers

Body and Rib: Peacock herl, gold tinsel (some prefer fine gold wire too)…

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I suppose that it could somehow represent a leech, this pattern has always worked well on lakes…It’s classified as a ‘wet’ fly or ‘streamer’ but I’ve always thought that (specific variations) represent a dragonfly nymph more than anything…The pattern was supposedly created by an eastern Washington fisherman and I’ve seen numerous variations of it…This fly is great for brook, rainbow and cutthroat trout…I’ve also caught some warm water species with it…They’re easy to tie and a staple in any fly box…Basically, if you can’t catch fish with this fly, you’re helpless because it works damn near everywhere…

Beaded Pheasant tail Nymph:

Hook: Umpqua 3769, whatever…sizes 14-18

Tail, body and wing casing/thorax: All pheasant tail parts and peacock herl. Fine copper wire ribbing and brass bead head…

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I’m not a fan of ‘nymph fishing’ (long story) but the pheasant tail nymph is a staple in my fly boxes…It’s a proven producer more times than not so I always have a few available if need be…The bead helps it sink faster and sometimes I’ll also wrap the hook with fine lead wire…These little buggers are a pain-in-the-ass to tie so it’s a good thing I don’t go through very many every year…

To give you an idea of how tiny they are: 

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-The two top ones are a size 16…I think I’m going to start buying the flies that are smaller than a size 16 because it takes me too long to tie them…They sometimes don’t turnout looking very good either…

…I’ll be sure to pinch the barbs on those hooks too…

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Gift from the Midwest…

Sweet, I received a gift in the mail from fellow blogger and all-around good guy GFV who is part of the crew over at Life in the Great Midwest.

Pheasant “Foofaraw” for tying flies!

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Gerry and his trusty dog ‘Speck’ harvested some pheasants again this year and have been gracious enough to send me the goods (tailwings and such)…

Most fly-fishermen will tell you that pheasant ‘feathers’ are a ‘staple’ for tying flies—and they are, at least for me anyways…Lots of “modified pheasant tail nymphs,” “modified carey specials,” “modified doc spratley’s,” etc…Actually, I usually go through about 20-30 of each of those specific flies every year…I go through even more when my ‘students’ lose 3 or 4 an hour by snagging them on stuff (which is fine, it’s entertaining)!

I know Gerry appreciates the fact that the pheasants he harvested will also be used to harvest a fish or three…Gotta love it…

So, thank you very much Gerry (and Speck)! They will be put to use soon!

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