Local Ponds

If you haven't been out yet it's time to get out. With the weather being in the upper 70s and 80s the past several days the fishing has started coming on. The takes have been more violent and the fish are willing to chase. Each farm pond is essentially its own ecosystem but the few I have fished have started coming alive. A few weeks ago black patterns fished deep and slow were getting takes this past weekend I fished lighter patterns a little blue minnow that stays higher in the water and was getting some aggressive takes. I feel everyday is getting better. Get out and fish some of the local ponds, beat the moss, and get some practice in before the top of the water action starts.

Luke

Fish Like a Ninja!

Rule #1 for fishing wild trout streams in the Midwest don't let the fish know you're there. The sneaker you are the better chance you have at getting a trout to eat your fly. Once the fish know you're there they may shut off for hours. Slowing down and minimizing moment helps tremendously. Wild trout don't chase your boots like the hatchery fish. Make a  game plan for how you intend to fish a run is ideal. The biggest things to take into consideration are your casting ability, where you think the fish are holding, and how you are going to present a realistic drift. Once you're in position start by working the water closest to you and expand out from there you never want hit the head of a pool or run first (unless that's your only option) hooking a fish and dragging it through good water can ruin your chance at multiple fish from the same hole. Sometimes you have to get pretty creative, but the end result is usually worth the effort. Next time you get to a good section of water think how am I going to attack this like a ninja.   

Luke

April Showers... in May.

This time of year can be extremely touchy for me. Sporadic rain showers and inconsistent temperature patterns create a much more difficult fishing situation than usual for me here in the suburban waters of Overland Park. The loads of rain we have received over the course of the past few weeks have raised the creeks, lakes, and ponds to levels I have not seen in what seems like forever, submerging new areas, and  allowing more places for the bottom feeders to come up to hunt for a meal.

The carp are heavily feeding in these shallow areas preparing for the impending spawn which should arrive here in the next few weeks. Large groups of large fish cause competition among the schools, which eases presentation and in turn leads to more eats. Shit. Just today I landed 5 in the 45 minute gap between school and work... But that is beside the point! Feeding along side the carp I have found a pretty insane number of Freshwater Drum as well, which is extremely rare in local waters. Both of these species are being taken on a burnt orange variation of John Montana's Hybrid Worm to a 2x Trouthunter Flouro tippet tied onto a 16 pound RIO Striped Bass leader. This setup is perfect for the short casts I am making to these fish. 

I have also been slamming White Bass and Crappie like crazy on the reservoir spillway areas on basically the same setup! The Largemouth should start turning on soon as well. I have yet to go after them this year but really hope to here in the next few weeks when the rain moves out.

All in all, the local area is fishing pretty well, and it's looking to be an awesome season. 

A dinker on the 4 weight! 

A dinker on the 4 weight! 

Kicking Winter's Unforgiving Ass Out the Door

Winter is finally moved out of Missouri. I'm pretty stoked about this spring and summer and what is ahead. We've been kicking the idea of this website around for awhile but haven't really had the time, with two of us having new babies this winter you know where most of our time has gone. The concept of the site is to connect with other fly fisherman/women around the midwest by providing information on everything fly fishing from fishing & tying tips to conservation issues and pimping some good local companies (there's a support the locals tab at the top). We don't discriminate if it lives in the water and can be caught on a fly we chase it. The site is going to be a work in progress I type like a monkey and I'm fairly illiterate when it comes to techy stuff. Stay tuned and thanks for the support.

Luke