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My parents are in the process of selling their home in Alpharetta and when they do finally hand over the keys to the new owners there will definitely be a mix of emotions for the family.  Alpharetta was home to me for nearly half my life and home for them for nearly 30 years, so for them not to have a residence there will be a pretty strange thing.  The bright side of their departure from suburban Atlanta is that they have a new home on Lake Rosemound, here in Louisiana, just an hour north of Baton Rouge, so we’ll have the chance to see and be with them a lot more often as they split time between St. Francisville and the cabin in Suches and we are excited about that.

They’ve had the house at Lake Rosemound for almost a year now and we’ve made a few trips up that way, but never for more than a day or two.  It’s rare to find an entire weekend free it seems, but we were able to do just that this past weekend.  We loaded the car up Friday morning and headed north on Hwy 61 after work only to be greeted by a nice thunderstorm upon arrival.

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Amanda took advantage of us being stuck inside to whip up a fantastic shrimp creole for dinner, which I can attest paired really nicely with a Ghost.

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The next morning I was able to take out the new Kilroy DT we bought for Rosemound and see how she performs as a solo boat.  With dreams of big bass in my head I tied on a black buzzbait and began working it around the docks and other structure.  It seemed like a good morning for topwater as it was a little cloudy and not even the faintest ripple on the water from the wind.  I found out early on that the bluegill were going to be fairly aggressive today.

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After a while I wasn’t feeling the love on the black buzzbait so I switched colors and downsized and went with an oldie but a goodie, still a buzzbait, the Wolka double buzzer.  Terry Wolka, who use to frequent the Riverbassin forum, made custom lures and sent them out for guys to try.  I’ve managed to hold on to mine after all these years and have caught a number of fish on it.  It’s still in pretty good shape and is a testament to the quality craftsmanship that went into this lure.

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I’m not going to say that it was like a light switched on, but things certainly were better after the lure change.  I think it also helped that I moved into a shallower, grassier part of the lake, especially given my lure choice.

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The clouds gave way to a bluebird sky and I probably shouldn’t have still been throwing topwater, but I’m pretty stubborn when it comes to lures and I just wanted to catch them on top so I stuck with it and am happy I did.  I really didn’t leave myself much of an option though as my gear was pretty minimalist on the day.  If I wasn’t going to catch them on top, I wasn’t catching them at all.

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For about an hour the fishing was great, which was what I needed, because this was just short pre-lunch fishing trip anyway.

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That last one was the biggest on the day.  I’ve got no clue on the size as I didn’t pack a scale or a board.  It was great to finally dedicate some time to bass fishing the lake and I was pretty happy to have some relative success.  I know there are much bigger bass in the lake and I look forward to the challenge of trying to fool one.

We spent the rest of the day with a lakeside lunch at Satterfield’s in New Roads and then a Lake Rosemound beach trip with the kiddos.  The eggplant nelson appetizer at Satterfield’s is pretty damn good and this is coming from someone who’s not that big into eggplant.  I would recommend stopping there to eat if you’re ever in the area.

The next morning I took Marin for a paddle in the DT.  It was super easy to shift the seat trays from a solo position to a configuration where I could have her facing me, which was perfect for a toddler, but probably not something I’d do with someone who could actually help paddle.

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The DT paddled very well, even with a kid leaning out of the boat putting her hand in the water the whole time.  As with the 12′ Kilroy the DT holds the distinction of being one of the few kayaks out there that is both fast and stable.  I’m thrilled to have this boat at Rosemound and can see it getting a lot of use as my kids grow up.

At Marin’s request we hit the beach again before we headed on back down to Baton Rouge.  We really enjoyed our weekend up at Rosemound.  I look forward to spending more time up that way, learning the lake, and of course spending time with the family.

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We are in full blown Utah Cutt Slam trip prep down here and Blake has been busy at the vise.  We’ve been hearing that the green drakes have been coming off up there in Utah and it’s our hope that they will continue to be hatching by the time we can get up there later this month.  He’s put together a little SBS of a fly we hope to have some success on when we get up that way – Yeager’s Neversink Green Drake – tied by Blake Leblanc.

Materials – in order or application:

  • Thread of your choice – I used 70 denier
  • 2mm foam
  • #12 Orvis tactical barbless dry fly hook
  • Moose body hair
  • EP fibers
  • Rubber legs
  • Dry fly hackle

Start thread on a needle with a few wraps, just enough to hold it on there.  Leave tag end long.

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Cut two foam strips.  This is 2mm thick foam.  I cut them about 2mm wide as well.   Tie one on the top and another on the bottom.  Colors should match what you are trying to match.  Here, I was going for green drake-ish.  It could probably pass for a decent hopper or stonefly with a few modifications.

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Tie in a few strands of moose body hair(or whatever tail material you like) on either side.  Leave the butt ends long so you can catch them on the shank in the next step.

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Bring the thread between the foam strips and advance it a little ways down the pin shank trapping the moose hairs in there.  Then pull the foam back and start your segments.

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Cut the moose hairs(leave the thread tag end) and continue with the segments.  Whip finish the thread on the last segment.  Hit it with some glue.

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Pinch the tail and slide it off the needle.  Pull the thread tag to tighten any loose thread that is in the body.

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Choose a hook you like and pierce the foam near the last body segment.

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Start the thread near the eye of the hook and bring it back to the hook bend.  I slide the body up to the thread location to make sure I like how it sits.  When you’re happy, tie down both foam strips making another segment.  Make sure the thread tag is still there.

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Pull one of the foam strips back and wrap the thread down the shank making sure to tie your tail thread tag in tight.  Make another segment, then tie down the bottom foam strip to the eye.  I find it easier and neater to do one stip, then the other.

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Tie the top foam strip down to right behind the eye.

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Tie in your wing material.  I used EP fibers here.  They float like a cork when treated with floatant.  I leave them long and trim later.

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Pull the foam back making a little round head behind the eye.

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Tie in your choice of legs on either side.  Trim to desired length.

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Cut foam leaving a little.

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Cut wing about as long as abdomen.

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Tie in dry fly hackle.

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Palmer to the head.  Tie in the hackle and whip finish.  I whipped around the eye of the hook, but you can tie off between the hackle and head.  Whatever floats your drake….

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Hit it with a little glue and you have yourself a really buggy, buoyant, attractor fly  that is sure to catch some cutthroat.

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