Monday, September 22, 2008

Lakeside Chrome

Hey gang, check out this link:

Dog friend and PA guide karl Wieixlmann runs down what is need to chase chromers in Lake Erie. Give it a try!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Just What The Doctor Ordered!

Doc Fred Brindle, a long time friend of the dog pushes out a nice loop under overhanging branches on Ohio's Little Beaver Creek. Perfect September weather makes it a great day to be on the water. Assorted smallmouth bass and a hybrid striper made the day even more enjoyable!


Here's a plug for dog friends, Pam & Chris McKimm who operate The Brewkettle in Strongsville, OH. The BK has been rated as one of the top brewpups in the country. The ability to BYOB (brew your own beer) on site makes it very unique. With over 100 recipes and all the ingredients and equipment on hand, you can create your own special brew. One of the best things is being able to design your own label. There is a long wait get a scheduled brewing time, so don't wait if you are interested!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Change of Seasons

As the midwest hardwoods change color with the approach of Fall, so do brown and brook trout as spawning nears. This Mad River (OH) brown is just starting to color up. Another month or so and it will be lit up in full spawning display. As habitat improvements continue on the Mad, succesful natural reproduction will become more common.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

R&D On The Water

During the initial R&D phase, the Crawpin tempted JD's largest redfish ever on a fly. Fishing South Carolina's Isle of Palms with Capt. J.R. Waits, this redfish ate and olive Crawpin. A Scott X2S 908, SA Sharkskin SW Taper, and Nautilus CCF #8 were the tools in use.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Muskegon Smallmouth

Dog friend and ACS Pro, Kevin Feenstra, shows off a sizeable smallmouth from Michigan's Muskegon River. Known mainly for it's trout and migratory salmon and steelhead, the Muskegon is also a top-notch fishery for smallies and other warm water species. To experience Muskegon River fishing, contact Kevin Feenstra and his guiding crew.

MultiSpecies Fly Pattern

Here's another productive fly pattern from JD to try out! This one is called the Crawpin and can imitate a crawfish,sculpin, crab, mud minnow, or whatever. So far, it has tempted smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, brown trout, rainbow trout, rock bass, and even redfish when tied for saltwater use. Ya gotta love flies that can catch about anything that swims! Here's the basic recipe,in the original color. Adjust to your needs:

The Crawpin

Hook: Mustad C52S BLN, size #2
Tail: Tan or peach marabou with copper Flashabou
Body: Root beer Estaz
Legs: Two brown/black rubber hackles on each side, doubled over and tied down in front of the body
Wing: Dk. brown black barred rabbit strip. Push hook through the strip about an inch from the front end and tie down the strip over the barbell eyes
Head: Brown deer hair, flared over top of the eyes and trimmed
Eyes: Medium black nickle or lead barbell style

Add water and catch fish!

Nice Ohio Brown!

A big dog friend "woof" for Buck Juhasz who shows a nice brown trout taken on a nymph from Ohio's Mad River on a warm September afternoon. Several smaller fish were caught on dries the same evening. Buck is well appointed in his Reinvest and Watermaster Waders. The Mad River, located in the rolling hills of Champaign County in western Ohio, is fed by numerous springs that keep the water temperature low enough to support trout year round. Some natural reproduction does occur, but the Ohio Division of Wildlife stocks brown trout fingerlings to maintain the trout population.
For complete info on fishing the Mad River and also guided float and wade trips, contact Mad River Outfitters in Columbus.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Dog Friends Hard At Work!

Check out the latest issue of Eastern Fly Fishing magazine for some words from friends of the dog. Bo Brines from Little Forks Outfitters in Midland, MI has a great article on the Chippewa River close to him. Also, John Nagy of the Lake Erie Steelhead Guide fame has a fly pattern, the Blue and White Temple Dog Tube Fly that features a Eumer tube a nd plastic tubing.

Monday, September 1, 2008

A Fishdog Float

The Fishdog checks things out from the forward station of the Freedom Hawk 14 Kayak. Aspen and JD floated the upper Allegheny River from the Kinzua Dam down to Warren, PA, recently. A number of smallmouth bass and trout were hooked, landed, and released. Allegheny Outfitters rents canoes, kayaks, and also provides boat transport for this portion of the river. Patagonia's Great Divider bag fits right in the cockpit and keeps important gear high and dry.