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Who would have thought?

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

As you may have heard the salmon fishing this year has been a little tough, but a recent bright and crisp fall day seemed to smile on us as we arrived at the section of river we had chosen, and seeing almost no other anglers we easily found happy and willing fish.

After a bit we dropped anchor in a new hole and the first cast pulled tight into a big hot salmon that doubled the rod and immediately ran screaming for the brush, taking all of ten seconds to break free and in doing so removed both flies from the end of the line. That hole remained productive and gave up several more fish, a couple of which found their way to the net. Eventually we pulled anchor and headed downstream, that first fish in the back of our minds as we listened the little voice that speaks to all anglers whispering, “would have liked to have seen that one.”

A quarter-mile downstream and three casts into a new hole the rod doubled again and after a few minutes of battle the big salmon moved toward a sandbar where I stood ready to lead the fish into the net. That’s when I saw it: The fish had one of my flies in it’s mouth, which was obviously to be expected, then a few feet up another of my flies, which was hooked to another one of my flies followed by another, the latter two currently attached to our rod. The riggs were hooked together. This was the fish. The first-caster from the hole upstream. The one that almost got away.

We stood in the sun that bright and crisp fall day and smiled into the net.

Who would have thought?

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Post from the Past

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

This was originally posted on September 22, 2011.

The youngest member of the Indigo Guide Service crew, Aaliyah, has been getting more and more interested in fly tying lately. With salmon season here, Dad decided to put her energies and interest to good use. After a few practice flies Aaliyah was proud to point out that Mom couldn’t tell the difference between her fly and one of Dad’s.

Kevin and Aaliyah went through many name options and Aaliyah finally choose Salmon Candy. Kevin reports that the Salmon Candy has caught several kings already.

TMC 105 Hook
Bead Chain Eyes
Estaz Body
Marabou Tail

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black leech with sculpin helmet by Steve

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

We were reminded of the presence of leeches in the flooded vegetation around the islands after several of the devils attached themselves to our legs. This inspired Steve to whip up a leech pattern, knowing that fish love eating leeches as much as leeches love eating us.

Shank – 10 mm Fish-Skull articulated shank.
Tail – black marabou.
Body – black schlappen palmered up shank.
Hook – Daiichi 1530, size 6.
*Secure shank to hook.
Body – black schlappen palmered up shank.
Flash – black Flashabou, tie in 3 strands then palmer schlappen feather.
*Use schlappen to build base for Sculpin Helmet.
Head – glue black Fish-Skull Sculpin Helmet.

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Purple Prince or Purple Toad?

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

On a weathered out day this summer Steve and I had the flies flying off the vises. I said that I was going to tie a few with purple, “used to catch some fish on that color and non of us have given it a try in years.” The next day brought perfect carp weather with bright sun and the purple fly could do no wrong and this was while all the other flies we threw struggled.

That purple fly caught every carp that saw it while all the other patterns we tried were either completely refused or refused by several before finally finding an eater.

Let me tell you, I got home that night and tied me up a big handful of purple flies. I was ready to change this Beaver Island carp game forever, I had rediscovered the lost or at least overlooked key.

On the following day we had another perfect sunny day and the carp would not touch the purple. In fact they were repulsed by it, if they saw it, they turned the other way. I tied on a few other patterns and we had a good day of carp catching.

The day of the magic purple fly was slow to leave my memory and I couldn’t help myself from trying it often but it would catch no more carp.

That is until a few weeks later on a thick foggy morning where nothing was working, I tied on the purple and the magic was back. Though as soon as the sun burnt the fog away the magic purple prince turned back to the disgusting purple toad that repulsed every carp that saw it.

For the rest of the season the purple fly remained a toad.

This leaves us with a bright day and dark morning where the purple was IT and then many dozens of other attempts where it failed completely? I’ve always said that black is either your best or worst carp fly and I’m guessing that purple may fall into this same category.

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