This past weekend was some of the best fishing ever. On Saturday my mom and I packed our birding and fishing gear and headed over to Mud pond a local kayaking hotspot. Our plan was to paddle out to a duck blind at the far end birding along the way.
We we hoping for the rare sighting of a rail or bittern, but we ended up with eastern kingbirds, american tree sparrows, blackbirds and a couple small brown birds that we couldn’t identify . Still cool, I absolutely love kingbird flight pattern and we got to see babies.
When we got to the duck blind I got out and looked inside, it was built with a bench to sit two or three guys and camouflaged with branches and reeds.
As it started to drizzle we made are way back working the lily pads with our fishing lures. After a stretch brake half way back, we both switched to spinners and tossed them into the open spots between the reeds. My mom on her first cast almost landed a golden shiner. I lagged behind at this one large opening and caught a golden shiner and two yellow perch.
On Sunday we drove to a relatives who has a house on the Contookook River, in Hopkinton, N.H. After all us grandkids took a group photo, I went down to the river. I started off using these small minnows I caught in a net as bait, but I couldn’t keep them in the hook so I ended up switching to a black and white Dardevale spoon. The first thing I caught was a big surprise, I pulled in a mussel, the hook went right between the shells, I ended up using it as sunfish bait. The next thing I caught was much more exiting I had let the spoon drift and was slowly realling it in when something big hit it, I was using a fairly light # 6-12 weight spin casting rod the rod was a bent into a perfect C. A flash of gold came and went I at first thought it was a smallmouth bass. But after screaming for a net I landed a gorgeous 16″, 1 1/2 pound fallfish ( Semitilus corporalis). My second biggest fish up to date.
Well brushing my dog I was able to get a lot of really nice fur perfect for dubbing so I went to my fly tying desk and tied up a small group of flies based on some grayling and euronymphing fly patterns and one of our local caddis flies, I’ve named it the fly “My Sharona”.
It is tied on a size # 16 umpqua nymph hook, using hot pink thread, white dog hair dubbed body, peacock herl collar, and an optional bead head.
Slide on beadhead, start the thread midshank and wrap backwards then wrap forward two eye lengths. Wrap on dubbing leaving a gap in between dubbing and beadhead. Tie in peacock herl and wrap a thick collar behind the beadhead, whip finish.
If you choose to tie it without beadhead fly will float then slowly sink.
I also tie a diving caddis version with a pheasant feather collar.
Funny bird couple Hadada ibis ( Bostrychia hagedash,) and an Egyptian goose ( Alopochen aegyptiacus).
When I lived in Africa I remember seeing Egyptian geese in the Mara, and
ibis’s foraging in wet areas.
My dad just sent me this photo, which he took outside his cabin.
Last Saturday my mom and I left home at 10:00 for a raptor /falconry show at Kittery Trading Post in Maine.
The raptor show we went to was called The Raptor Project inc. The show is run by Jonathan Woods, master falconer and wildlife rehabilitation, and his wife Susan Woods. They have the largest traveling collection of raptors in the world.
After doing some shopping we walked over to the tent right before the show started. He had an amazing selection of raptors a lot of them suffering from past injuries, including a red-tailed hawk hit by a car, a golden eagle hit by a pick up truck well-being flown at jackrabbits, and their mascot a 25-year-old bald eagle who lost part of his wing when he got hit by a semi well feeding on carrion on the highway. “(As you can see a lot of raptors injuries involve collisions with motorized vehicles.)
Even before the show started one of the birds made a big impression. The Eurasian eagle owl sitting placidly on his perch, locked his eyes on a Pomeranian who was sitting right next to us. Jonathon Woods had to ask the owner to leave since there’s no dogs at the show. The owl went from being content to hunting mode in second. I was totally surprised to look up and have this massive owl staring in our direction.
He flew so many amazing birds from the crested caracara that ran around on the ground and sounds like a penguin when talking, to the massive Golden eagle Maria.
The raptor project also had baby american kestrels and barn owls. So cute!
They flew one of my favorite raptor an Apalamado falcon, which had to be flown on creance because once at a sports arena it took off after a pigeon, both birds falling into the crowd.
I’m so happy that I went and got to see all these amazing birds plus a few more.
My dream bird an apalamado falcon.
When I got my photo taken with the bird the first apalamado kept bating off the glove so he had to switch to the “baby,”
This is my first fly tying post I’m still working on it the pictures are a little blurry.
Some good web sites to visit are:
1. Daiichi curved size 12 hook,
2. Red 70 Dener thread,
3. Peacock herl,
4. Pheasant feathers,
5. Head cement,
Start thread in middle of hook wrap to bend then wrap to two eye lengths from hooks eye,
Tie in peacock herl,
Wrap peacock herl around hook shank to create a thick collar,
Make the tip of the pheasant feather so it looks like this,
Tie in pheasant feather and wrap around hook shank so it the hackle faces forward,
Whip finish and head cement,
I present my fly to the fish by casting upstream and letting it drift through all the eddies, and riffles.
I got the Suntech Krunei HM30 for my birthday back in April. I haven’t really gotten to use it, but over the last week I’ve had a blast trying it out.
On Wednesday I fished up at the boat launch on Harrisville pond and caught my first fish a small yellow perch. After a few more casts something hit hard, a 12+ inch chain pickerel. I didn’t have time to worry about my rod braking as the pickerel bent my rod into a perfect C. I almost had him when his teeth cut the line taking the fly with him.
Then today I went down to the local fire pond and the creek chubs started biting instantly. My second fish broke the 1 pound test line off the tip of my rod and took my tanago bobber and everything else with it.
I saw him swimming around, so I thought I might be able to grab the bobber if I had a boat. So I ran up to the house and called my grandpa to see if he would drive my jonboat down to the pond. He came over and loaded it into his truck and we drove down.
I didn’t end up getting my bobber back though I saw him swimming around well I continued fishing.
After the fish took my micro fishing set up I switched to elk hair caddis which turned out to be too big. so I switched to a pheasant feather dubbing damsel fly wet fly.
There was barely a cast where I didn’t have a fish on as I worked my way along the lily pads in the jon boat.
I was mostly catching creek chubs with The males with horny spines on there head.
Creek chub ( Semotilus atromaculatus,)
Which where pretty good fighters on such a light rod.
I was casting at some ripples when some thing slammed the fly I thought it was another chub when a Golden shiner come over the side of the boat.
Golden shiner ( Notemigonus crysoleucas,)
The thing I like about fishing is you never no what your going to see. Today I found a eastern king bird nest with two eggs on a partialy submerged stump on the edge of the pond.
Then I saw three white tailed deer running along the power line corridor there summer coats shining in the sun reminding me of the impalas when I lived in Africa.
About a month ago I received in the mail the KLAX Lumberjack, from Klecker Knives.
When my dad first told me about it I was a little skeptical thinking it was just one of those multi tools that had way to many functions and wasn’t that useful. But after getting to use this axe for a while I’ve discovered otherwise.
The stainless steel axe head is well made and splits branches into kindling like nothing. The added functions it has aren’t overkill, it has a bottle opener/ gut hook, hex wrench set, 1/4 inch bit drive socket, a built in knife blade, laynard hole, and a carabiner.
The knife blades position which I questioned at first when I cut my self, is perfect for planning out a bow or paddle.
I’m not sure about using the hex wrench set because I’m worried about chipping the axe blade.
The axe comes with a hardwood handle that fits perfectly in your hand. You can also use a straight green sapling for the handle. This axe is perfect for backpackers, mountain bikers, or backcountry skiers. It fits easily into your backpack or onto a belt.
As the company says “KLAX it’s more than an axe.”