Monday, June 13, 2011
Bugs from the Bench.."Experimenting with Fish Skullz"
Talked to a buddy yesterday that told me he was catching quite a few wallleye at a local lake close by , he's not fly fishing for them but he'd said that a couple of his spots could probably be reached by a wading angler. That got my wheels to spinning and wondering why I couldn't catch a few eyes with the long rod..Now I've caught walleye on my flyrod before but it's always been fishing a spillway or just accidental catch in a lake. I'd never really given much thought to making a concerted effort at catching them on the flats of our local reservoirs. After a little more conversation and a little prying by me I found out that one of the successful methods had been throwing small crankbaits up along the flats early and late. One of the better baits had been a blue/white wally diver as of late. After getting off the phone I went downstairs and dug through some of my old walleye tackle and just happened to find a matching lure. The thought crossed my mind of seeing what I could do with the seven-weight...nah , better just try to tie up something that'll match it as close as I can.
I was already sitting at my desk with my tying buddy (he also donates materials to the cause occasionally) working on some clousers so the streamer materials were strung everywhere , after a little rummaging I came up with some materials and thought my way through a couple of patterns.
I had a package of fish skullz that I got on sale a while back and hadn't tried them yet ,they just so happened to be blue. They were easy to use once you figure out the logistics of the placement. I like the looks of the skullz , not so sure about my new patterns though.
I wasn't overly excited about any of my creations but I tied a couple of each to try out anyway. Not sure when my next opportunity will be to get down to this lake but I've got the flies now to give it a try....if they don't work I can always see just how far that seven will throw a wally diver!
Posted by HighPlainsFlyFisher