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Man, it is hot out there. Been hitting 100 all week in south Louisiana. Combine that with the ever present high humidity and zero wind and it can be downright miserable. Fishing makes it bearable though. I’ve gotten out the past two days in search of common carp and have been unsuccessful. I really want to catch one on the fly. I’ve hit two separate drainage ditches that I thought might hold some, but I haven’t seen a one. We haven’t had any rain so the clarity in these ditches is pretty good, I thought that might help spot them. All I’m finding is turtles, mullet, gar, and bream though. That’s why scouting is important, it helps eliminate unproductive water so I can focus my efforts elsewhere.

Here are some pics from the past two days:

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So, in short, I’m still searching for my carp. If anyone knows a good spot in Baton Rouge, let me know. I did find some prime spotted gar water if that is any consolation. Caught a few on the nylon rope fly I tied, no pictures though.

I wanted to get some creek time in before Tropical Storm Debby showed up, so I made a trip this afternoon. By the time I got back home the projected path changed and now we’re currently in the clear here in Baton Rouge. I’m sure that could change tomorrow, the computer models are all over the place.

Water levels are low, making clarity excellent. It was super hot out there too, but once I was in the water I didn’t really notice the heat. Most aggressive fish on the water today were the longear, in full spawning regalia. Spotted bass were caught too, including one that was just a hair under a pound. Doesn’t sound like much, but it was a decent fish for this creek. Totally unexpected coming from the run I caught him in.

The day ended with a freak 15 minute thunderstorm, thing came out of nowhere, had the big trees swaying. It cooled off the temp quite a bit and put some fog on the water. It was pretty cool walking back to the car.

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Blake and I are headed to Denver in mid-September thanks to $198 round trip tickets on Southwest. We wanted to have one last hurrah before his baby arrives this winter, so this is going to be it. We are CLUELESS when it comes to fly fishing in Colorado, so this is also a call for help to fellow anglers out there on the internet that stumble upon this blog. I figure we’ve got a few months to study up and formulate a plan, but any help is appreciated, just email me or send me a facebook message if you want to keep anything private. I can pay you with Louisiana redfish knowledge if you wish.

Not sure where we are staying yet, I figure we can nail that down as we figure out where we’d like to fish. I’d love to find a cabin on some water. We’ll be looking to spend more time on the water though and less time in the car, so it may be on the Front Range, or westward on I-70. We would like to go with a guide for at least the first day we’re there to help shorten the learning curve that comes with fishing new water, and hopefully put us on some solid fish. Finally, we’d also like to catch a cutthroat trout; greenback, Colorado River, maybe even both, it doesn’t really matter though as I’ve caught neither.

We’re pretty excited though, it will be a good break for us flatlanders from Louisiana to just experience the Rockies, much less fish them.

Going international for this month’s FOTM. Here is a pattern that originated on the Bow River in Alberta, Canada, but has a found a home in many fly boxes across North America. The Bow River Bugger is the offspring of a woolly bugger and a muddler minnow. It was originally tied by Peter Chenier in the 80’s, this is Blake’s version of the fly.

Materials:

Hook: Bass Bug Stinger, Size 2 used

Thread: 6/0 brown and 50 denier gsp.

Tail: marabou with some flash

Body: uv dub, hackle, gold rib

Head: deer hair

1.  Start thread ¼ to 1/5 the length of the shank behind the eye of the hook. This will be our reference point to where our collar will be. I like to err on the side of a shorter head.

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2.  Tie in marabou about the length of the shank. Wrap the butts all the way to the index point behind the hook eye. This makes for a more level, less lumpy body, especially at the point above the barb where a lot of material will be tied in.

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3.  Tie in a couple strands of flash on either side of the hook.

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4.  Tie in the gold ribbing and hackle by the tip leaving the tag ends of both extending to the index point. Wrap over the tag ends to make a smooth body.

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5.  Dub a body to the index point.

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6.  Palmer the hackle to the index point. I like a good many wraps of hackle, but it’s up to the tyer. Do whatever suits your situation.

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7.  Counter wrap the wire and tie it in at the index point. Be careful not to use too many wraps at the index point, don’t want it to be too bulky.

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8.  Here I whip finish my 6/0 brown thread and switch to 50 denier gsp to spin the deer hair head. Start the head by cutting a decent clump of deer hair and align the tips using a hair stacker. Once aligned, hold the bundle with the tips facing toward the back of the hook. Push the eye of the hook into the middle of the clump while holding the hair with your right hand. Once the tips reach the desired length of your collar, grip the hair with your left hand and make two loose wraps around the hair. Then pull the two wraps tight to flare the hair forming the collar. I like to keep the butts long so I know when I’m getting close to the collar when trimming.

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9.  Bring the tread to the front of the spun hair. I want a fairly loose head on this fly so I didn’t use a hair packer. Spin another clump of hair using the same process as before. I only use two bundles of hair on this fly, but if I want one that floats a little better, I will normally do 4 clumps of hair packed real tight.

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10.  Bring the thread directly behind the eye and whip finish the thread. Being that I am using white gsp, I used a permanent marker to color the thread to match the color of the fly. Trim the fly to the desired shape. I normally go for a bullet shaped head stopping at the hair tip collar. Finished fly, enjoy.

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UPDATE: Blake fished this fly on a local river last week. Just as suspected, it catches spotted bass.

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