Archive for the ‘Fishing Venues’ Category

Pike City 1

My good friend, Chuck Furimsky, is yanking pike out of Canadian waters with determination this week. He managed 90-100 in the first two days, with the 40-inch beauty below as the biggest. He didn’t tell me what he caught them on, but I know he was tying a series of big flies with twister tails […]

Bug Skin Crab Fly

My good friend, Chuck Furimky, recently developed a new crab imitation using his justly famous material, Bug Skin. Out on a flounder fishing expedition with his fly rod, he took this beauty. When he opened the stomach, lo an behold, it was filled with crabs that imitated his imitation. I can just taste those filets! […]

Spectacular Gray Drakes

My friend, Jim Hagar, is a member of the Pere Marquette Rod and Gun Club and fishes its waters regularly. On May 19 he encountered the most spectacular Gray Drake spinner fall that he’s seen in 37 years of fishing the Pere Marquette. It must have been something because I’ve fished that spinner fall with […]

Lahontan Cuts

The Lahontan Cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki henshawi) is the stuff of legends. I well remember, as a kid in the early 1950s, reading stories of the monsters that came out of Pyramid Lake. And then in the lat 50s and through the 60s, the population crashed and the legends disappeared from the lake, completely. This […]

Spring Steelhead 2017

It’s that time again. Steelhead are starting to run in the rivers of the Lake States and in the Pacific Northwest. Waters are high in both areas due to unprecedented rains and snow melt, but high waters never stopped the fish—only the fishermen. Still, the fish are there, and if one knows the waters, one […]

Theo’s Huge Pike Fly

Theo Bakelaar sent along a great photo of the huge pike fly he uses so effectively in the rivers in Holland. While some may think it’s too big, the pike really don’t think so, proving the old adage, “Big fly, big fish.”

Spring has Sprung

Spring has sprung, the grass is rise, I wonders where the big pikes is? They’re in Theo’s hands! Our friend, Theo Bakelaar, has been out “prospecting” the big rivers in Holland with some really big flies and finding success with some really big pike. It’s a big early here yet, in the Pacific Northwest, for […]

Big Redfish with Jake Jordan 2016

My old friend, Jake Jordan, took a 3-day busman’s holiday to Louisiana to fish for redfish. He was met there by our mutual friend, Ted Calvert. They hooked up with big redfish guide Allen Caine, from Hopedale, LA, and got after ‘em right away. These were not the 8 to 12 pound fish that most […]

Really Last Day for 2016?

John Beth just couldn’t stand it any longer. The warm late fall and perfect water conditions lured him out of his lair and on the river. There were few fish, but John managed to connect solidly with one on a single egg fished along the bottom in a deep run. This was the year of […]

Big Boys are Back 2016

Chuck Furimsky, Theo Bakelaar, and Harry Schoel have been fishing together in these weeks before the International Fly Tying Symposium (Nov. 19/20 at the Garden State Convention Center in Somerset, NJ—see here). This week they were hunting big stripers about 50 miles north of Ocean City, NJ. And they found them. Casting 10-inch long bunker […]