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Russ

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  • Birthday 04/17/1955

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    Virginia
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    Scottish cultural activities, Celtic music, fly tying, Float tube fishing, canoeing, kayaking, camping, and Steelers football.

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  1. Russ

    Bug I.D.

    We called them Canadian Soldiers in upper Michigan. When the hatch the town is covered with them. Every street light pole is thick.
  2. Russ

    Pike in Fall

    I know pike like big gaudy looking flies.
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    PFD for a canoe

    I wear a inflatable kind I got at Cabelas. Lays flat on your chest and doesn't interfere with your casting. I have to pull the handle to inflate, but they also make a auto inflating model. When sensor gets wet, it inflates.
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    Virginia fishing trip

    The "Doah" is on my list. So many rivers so little time".
  5. What a great day. I met my guide, Matt Miles, this morning at the put-in on the Smith River. We loaded up his raft and headed out. It didnt take long to get some hits. My first fish didn't make it to the net, but the second did. It was a nice brown trout which was the biggest of the day. I caught nine more to the net and had about 5 or 6 get off the hook. All fish were caught on a black stonefly. We floated about 5 miles of the river. The last quarter mile we fished under darkening skies and the rumble of thunder. When we finally got the raft loaded it started to pour down rain and hail. My first fishing trip was a success.
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    Virginia fishing trip

    Well, today's the day. The long wait is over. A slight modification to the trip. The Lower Jackson is still too high so we are going to fish the Smith River in Martinsville. Looks like good weather. Photos to follow.
  7. Russ

    Wading Boots

    I saw some new style boots at the fly fishing show in Virginia last month. Can't recall who makes them. Let me look through my goodie bag. I'll get back to you.
  8. I attended the Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival this winter and one of the seminars was about flies for trout ponds. The instructor told us about the Balanced Leech fly. Ive used beadhead leeches for years but this new one really piqued my interest. It's tied on a jig hook with a bead and pin tied to the shank just before the eye. Then a regular leech pattern is used so the fly hangs balanced under a strike indicator. When it's stripped it moves horizontally through the water. You can find the pattern on Phil Rowley's website or his new app. You can also find it on YouTube. I know I'm going to tie a bunch of them for these Virginia lakes. I think the bass will like it too.
  9. Russ

    Balanced Leech

    Have any of you seen the Balanced Leech fly? It uses a 60 or 90 degree jig hook and a pin. You tie a bead and pin to the shank, then tie your favorite leech pattern. When suspended below a strike indicator and slowly stripped it mimics the more natural movement of a leech. If the bead correctly balances the rear portion of the fly, it will stay horizontal in the water column and move horizontal when stripped. I'm going to start tying some as soon as I get my room organized.
  10. Russ

    Balanced Leech

    Have any of you seen the Balanced Leech fly? It uses a 60 or 90 degree jig hook and a pin. You tie a bead and pin to the shank, then tie your favorite leech pattern. When suspended below a strike indicator and slowly stripped it mimics the more natural movement of a leech. If the bead correctly balances the rear portion of the fly, it will stay horizontal in the water column and move horizontal when stripped. I'm going to start tying some as soon as I get my room organized.
  11. I have a 12 foot Pack canoe. It's really really light. Easy to carry and load onto my SUV. I also use outriggers to be very stable. I have a Sitbacker canoe seat, which helps my back. It's an awesome fishing platform.
  12. Russ

    Favorite way to fish on open water

    Searsport, sorry it took so long to reply to your question. I have the Scotty anchor locks mounted at both ends. I have two 10 pound anchors and around 25 feet of rope each. I'm thinking of going with 50 feet on each anchor. The waters here in Virginia tend to be deeper. Make sure your canoe gunnels can handle the weight. Good luck on the water. http://scotty.com/product/no-276-anchor-lock/#
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    New FF app

    Ok fellow Stillwater fishermen and women it's finally here. Phil Rowley and Brian Chan have developed a fantastic fly fishing app for still water fishing. It's available for Android and IPhone devices. It's full of all the info you need to become a better fisher. You can find it in the Google store or wherever you iPhone people find your apps. Look for Stillwater fly fishing. Many of the features are free but some you have to buy the subscription. Enjoy!!
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    Favorite way to fish on open water

    Ahhh, a topic close to my heart. I love my 12 foot Pack canoe. I have it set up for comfort and fishibility. Outriggers so can stand up to cast, front and rear anchors, Fishin Buddy fish finder, and a high back seat. Love it! My second favorite is my float tube. There is just something about riding low in the water and slowly fishing in a small pond. I feel as one with the water with my legs in the water. Ducks and loons come closer when in my tube. So relaxing.
  15. Russ

    Virginia fishing trip

    Nice report. I'll be a little south of there on the Jackson. We're going to float it in a drift boat. An all day trip and I'm hoping for some fish. You mentioned musky. I'd love to hook into one of those monsters on a fly rod.
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