Archive for March, 2010

Had a day off to get out and go fishing. I am itching to get my boat out on the open water but the cold nights have prevented the ice from melting, so I had to pull out the fly rod  and head to the river. I met up with my friend Mikey Fries, he is the person who taught me how to fly-fish, so It always nice to spend the day beside him Hookin’ fish.

Plus, there is just something incredibly relaxing about walking a river. There are tons to look at; fish, bugs, birds, deer, water , and the sounds of the river flowing puts me right where I need to be- At Ease. We had a little storm blow in on us it was pretty windy and partly cloudy. The fishing was steady with little nymphs, Stoneflys, copper john, mini Bietis and phesient tails. I also got one Brownie on a black sculpin  and turned a couple other bigger fish. We each caught a few browns  and  a bunch of whitefish . Fries also got a nice little spring bow who is most likely getting ready to spawn here soon.   The Highlight of my day was catching a nice little brown that had the most Red tail I have seen.  Super cool looking fish.

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Customizing lures is a fun way to be creative and step up your Fishing skillz. If  you know that a certain lake has one color pattern that does better than other colors, then you need that color on every one of your go-to lures.  But there are few lure manufactures who will  have the exact color patterns  you will need.

After talking to a few of my mentors, I bought an Air Brushing Gun.  They said, ” Custom Painted lures is where it’s at “. So I listened and followed their advise.  Here is what I now know about Air brushing It is super addictive and fun. Plus the more you practice the better the results This is my fist batch of Custom Rainbow Rapala Husky Jerks.  I designed these specifically for the lake I live closest to because I know that the meal ticket to a double-digit fish is a Rainbow pattern. I do very well on the standard Rapala Rainbow  pattern but for some weird reason Rapala does not have any good trout patterns available for their Husky Jerks.   Here is my 1st try-

I took my time and did several layers of each color. I  Decided to use cheap water based acrylic paints, since this was my 1st time. Each color only cost a $ 1.50 & I think the paint looks pretty good in person it even has a little foil look to it in the light.

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I also tried my hand @ my 1st air brushed Brown Trout Pattern. I Painted 2 different kinds of lures. One is a deep diving Minnow Rapala & the other is a Trophy  Stick. I painted both of these because they were old  and needed to be refreshed. I just recently became a big fan of Rapalas standard Brown Trout pattern. Where in certain lakes I used to fish Black and Gold lures -I now fish the Brown colored and have done extremely well for big predator Brown trout.

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This year was my second year ice fishing and I think I might be figuring it out.. FINALLY!! There has been lots of slow days with little or no fish to the hard deck, but every now and then my ice fishing buddy Brandon and me seem to shine. We Have very different style of fishing  Brandon like to use small jigs in deeper water and I am all about a big dead minnow up in the shallows. But overall I think when we fish together in an area- those different styles help us key in on what the trout want. And then we exploit that tactic to take advantage of the day.  Don’t get me wrong,  we love catching any fish but when we are planning a trip or deciding what to use, we are alway targeting the biggest trout and 9 times outa 10 it ‘s big brown trout that we are after. This 24 incher ate a Chartreuse jig in 20 feet of water right on the bottom.  As of March 16th 2010 it is my personal best trout thru the Ice.

Brandon also got his personal best brownie thru the ice this year and it was also caught on a jig but it was in 37 feet of water and suspended off the bottom. He has a lil secrete weapon he tips he’s jig with but there is no way I could tell you what that is because Brandon would be Pissed and he knows where I live- ha .  Like I said before our styles and techniques differ, but the end results are same- Another Fat Brown thru the ice. This one was 25 inches and the biggest of our ice season so far.. One other thing that I think helped us catch these Browns was that we were fish in spots on Lakes nobody had been to all season.   Staying Quite while fishing is key too- please don’t take your 30 kid-Cub Scout troop out across the lake to hang out and have a snowball fight where the only other people on the whole lake are trying to Ice fish. True story.

Here are some beautiful rainbows that I caught while fishing for browns.

When I can’t be out fishin, I sometimes think of how I can improve my skills and equipment for when the times does come. Customizing lures is addictive and FUN. Plus the trout love seeing something new swim by. This was painted on a cold January day when the fish were shut off and I was turned on. For some weird reason Rapala does not print any cool ” trout” pattern Husky Jerks– So I turned this old Husky into a new Brown trout color.  I got a secrete lake where the Browns are VERY i –so this lure will get set aside for days to come. I hand Painted this one , it turned out ok-  But now I got an air brushing gun– so stay tuned for some more Custom lures.

Welcome to my first Blog- My main goal for this blog is to report on and keep a history of  my fishing experiences. Weather conditions, times, moon phases, types of lures and locations are all vital statistics when hunting down the Gian Brown trout. Or any trout for that matter. I hope u enjoy my stories and pics, they sure have made me a happy fisher. Thanks- Matt