Wednesday, January 18, 2012

2012 Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo

Happy New Years!  Swing on by and say hi at the Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo being held March 23-25, 2012 at the National Sports Center in Blaine, MN.

Here is a $2.00 Coupon

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Chequamegon Bay Smallies!

The action is hot on Chequamegon Bay for smallmouth and just about every thing that swims in the bay.  The early fall into October is probably some of the best fishing for smallies in the world.  Plenty of big fish are stacking up and putting on the weight.  I've had several fish boated pushing 7lbs in the last two weeks.  Those same fish have the potential to reach 8lbs by end of October easily.  On some days you can count 15 boats scattered around the bay chasing bronzebacks and other days just a handful.  As we move into October, those number dwindle fast.  The fishing will be going strong though, especially for the big fish.
Capt. Carson

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Heading into Fall

Yep, I know I haven't been posting a lot, but I'm not a big blogger anyways. So here we go at another attempt. Up here in the Northland we can feel Fall fast approaching. Summer is on it's way out. Along with the change of seasons comes the change in fishing. Steelhead and salmon are staging in the big pond just out in front of their home rivers. Big smallmouth know they have to fill those stomachs. The bigger pike sense the cooling water and are starting to creep closer and stay longer in the shallows. Musky know their time has come to have some fun chasing fish and just scaring them to death. Why? Because they can! I want to flog more water this year for esox. Am I getting the fever to push the limits of fly fishing for this top warm water predator? Who knows, except that it's addicting and fun! Tight lines!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Video fly fishing Wisconsin's Early C&R Trout season

Uploaded a new video from this years Early Catch and Release trout season in Upper Wisconsin.  My good friend Mike K. from MN and I came across a short stretch of river with active brown trout feeding on the surface.  Stoneflies were moving around in the late afternoon and of course we had to join the party!

It's worth it to watch just to hear a song by Trampled By Turtles.

Fly fishing Wisconsin Early C&R Trout Season

Tight Lines!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Tying the Missy D Nymph

Finally got around to creating a video of tying the Missy D nymph.  I used a ruffed grouse feather for hackle around the collar.  I like to use soft hackles on nymphs to give it a little more life like action in the water, but you can use any material to create the buggy legs.  This is a great fast water nymph and as a point fly on a two fly nymph set up.  You can definately add or remove weight by varying the wire material and/or bead.  Tungsten adds a lot of weight, so it works good in the fast water above pools and for fishing pocket water.
Enjoy. Carson

In an earlier blog post I put a link to the online instructions:

I added the instruction for tying the Missy D nymph on my web site:Fly tying recipe instructions for the Missy D Nymph

Thursday, March 17, 2011

2011 Fly Fishing Season has arrived!

Well at least for me!  I was able to get away for a few hours and took the drive down to the Namekagon River. I double checked all my gear and went through my fly boxes again for the 100th time.  I needed to tie some Missy D's.  Made short work with those.  I lie in bed dreaming of catching my first trout of the year while debating whether I should take the canoe or not.  Got up and packed the yota.  I still haven't decided to take the canoe yet.  Sat in my car for awhile thinking about it; "What the heck, I'm feeling good today and it can't hurt to bring it" I strapped on the canoe and off I went.

Stopped at a bridge crossing to get my waders on and put the fly rods together.  Gazed at the river and thanked the Lord for creating something that you and I can enjoy. Quickly decided that nymphs were the choice in the morning.  No surface activity at all.  A few stoneflies were scurrying about looking for something warm to cling onto.  Thick shelf ice lined the banks with large chunks deciding whether it was time to let go of Winter.  I could hear ice slipping into the water as if large trout were bashing bugs on the surface.  I decided to fish a few holes near the bridge to wet a line and make sure I had no leaks in the waders.  A few minutes later I hooked into my first trout.  A nice looking 15" brownie.  Landed a few more fish at the first hole and headed upstream to fish a few more deep slots.  Landed several more fish on the double nymph rig.  It feels so good to be on the water again.  I take a few minutes to record the water temps and make a note about the weather.  Thirty eight degrees!  No wonder my toes started to go numb.

Now I had to decide where I wanted to put the canoe in.  I told myself that I needed to explore some new areas of the river and headed to the nearest canoe landing.  Unloaded the canoe and with my push pole in hand, I made my way up river taking mental notes and pictures of likely holding areas.  I find it much easy to see the deeper runs and holes when your standing in a canoe.  Got out and nymphed a few of the deeper runs.  They all had fish willing to bite.  The air temperatures continued to climb into the mid 40's.  The water temperature did not, still 38-40 degrees by mid day.

I poled about a mile up river.  Then took a quick nap at my destination. As the day progressed, I noticed more stoneflies flopping on the surface and a few trout rising to them.  I tie on a tandem wet fly combination to fish downstream and to cover more water.  What a lucky guess!  The fish were looking up and hitting the flies aggressively.

It was a fantastic way to start the season!  I want to wish everyone a very enjoyable 2011 season and don't forget to be thankful for every opportunity you have to get out and enjoy the outdoors.

Faith, Family, Friends and Fly Fishing!  
Capt. Carson

Monday, December 27, 2010

Tying a black Midge larva pupae

black midge larva pupae
hook - TMC 2487 or TMC 2457 sz16 & smaller
thread - 6/0 - 8/0 main body color
thorax - Peacock Herl
Abdomen - Thread is body color
Ribbing - Thin copper wire
Optional bead head

I've used it in trout streams across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and also in Montana. I like to use this on a double nymph setup behind a heavy point fly or split shot.  The body of the fly is determined by the thread color you choose.  Olive and brown/olive are good thread colors.  Wire can be a variety of colors as well.  I like copper because I normally fish bog tannin stained trout streams of the Upper Midwest.  Very effective fall/winter pattern in the Driftless areas of MN, IA and WI.