A Day on the Water

Walk the Dog Fly Development, Sept 25, Pt. Mouillie

Walk the Dog Fly Development, Sept 25, Pt. Mouillie

Creating flies with a good walk the dog, side to side action has been an obsession for me for the last decade.   Most of these Patterns were only marginally successful. Typically one tie could have a good side to side darting action when retrieved with the right rhythm of short snappy strips.  Trying to duplicate that result by replicating the effective fly would typically fail.  One tie of the 5/0 Silver Bullet had a great action that worked at different cadences, 60 feet out to 10 inches from the rod tip.  For some flies the side to side action might...

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Big Bass on Poppers, Pt. Mouillie Sept 11, 2022 #5/5

Big Bass on Poppers, Pt. Mouillie Sept 11, 2022 #5/5

I briefly tried a Foam Diver and a big Black Marabou Banger. A Chartreuse Banger was getting rushed but no hookups. Then this smaller 2/0  Black Creature Popper was getting hit and hooking fish.  The first one worth a picture was this best of the year 22 inch bass that fought hard in the giant lily pads, wrapping the 15 pound leader around those unbreakable stems.   The midday slump hit and I tried chartreuse again before a 3/0 White Marabou Banger got a few hits from mostly small fish.  In some clearer water with small minnows, a small 2/0 White Marabou Banger...

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10) North Channel Smallmouth, Popovics' Popper Pattern RULES! July 10

Bass Poppers Big Smallmouth Bob's Banger Popper Marabou Banger Popper Pike Popper Popovick's Jiggy

10) North Channel Smallmouth, Popovics' Popper Pattern RULES! July 10

On the long padIe downstream from the launch in Saint Johns Marsh, I tried for largemouth in some new to me shallow weedy bays and some seawall spots, nothing there.  Nearer the mouth of the North Channel, the current flowed briskly over deep, partially weeded flat. Drifting along the 8 foot contour, casting Poppers out across the current toward 12 or 15 ft depths near the edge of the much deeper central channel.  On the first drift the White 3/0 Marabou Banger got hit by a very big, hard fighting smallmouth that shook the hook on the first high jump.  I stopped to set...

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Bass, Pike on Poppers, Pt Mouilliee September 5, 2022 #4/5

Bass, Pike on Poppers, Pt Mouilliee September 5, 2022 #4/5

I found Bass and Pike in the same spots as previous trips, I must be wearing them out by now.  Also found some bass in a few new scattered spots.  I finished with 17 bass, 15 to 19.5 inches. More 12 to 14 inch bass than I could keep track of.  All the fish came to 3/0 Chartreuse Marabou Bangers tied extra long with extra flash.  This Pike was the first hit, he blasted through the surface missing the popper.  He came back twice rushing the popper subsurface, getting hooked outside the mouth.  I only needed the lip gripper for...

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Tippy Dam Salmon, getting crowded, September 2, 2022

From the stairs Looking for fish above coffer dam, I could see a big Chinook with a flashing spoon hanging from his dorsal fin.  Looking harder I saw spawning salmon backed up on the gravel ramp just upstream of the coffer spill over.  20 feet upstream,  6 more salmon hung in the eddy line about 30 feet from shore.  No one was fishing down here.  I Took up a position 15 feet upstream from and 6 feet back from the guy who had waded out in front of me while I untangled my tackle.  Below the coffer, a Salmon powered through the rushing turbulent...

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