April 17, 2014
As the snowpack is finally diminishing here in northern Minnesota there have been some strange sightings as of late. Most recently has been a confirmed sighting of a YETI in Detroit Lakes. I intially spotted the YETI out of the corner of my eye. I was unsure of what exactly I saw, wondering if my eyes had been playing tricks on me. It's not uncommon for mirages to appear over snow, much like the apparition of water in a desert. But a YETI? Something came tumbling out of the woods, right at my truck. I came to a screeching halt as my front tire made contact with the object. What was it? I hopped out of the truck to see just exactly what it was.
I couldn't believe I was seeing this with my own eyes, a YETI in Detroit Lakes! A perfectly unscathed specimen too! Wow, the press will have a field day with this one! I quickly looked over the YETI for any signs of injuries and none were to be found. I quickly secured the YETI in the cab of my truck and made haste back to the Roughfisher Command Post.
After a closer inspection back at home base, I identified the YETI as a 50 quart specimen from the Tundra. A beautiful specimen indeed! There was so much potential with this YETI! I was practically giddy with excitement, dreaming of all the possibilities for good times I can share with the YETI! Think of all the fishing and camping trips we can go on! I can't wait to dress up my YETI. I'll be sure to post stories of my new YETI's adventures. Stay tuned!
March 19, 2014
February 26, 2014
Perhaps better suited for the salt flats, this shrimp pattern will provide plenty of protein to any freshwater predator.
Hook: O'Shaugnessy, Stainless, Size 6
Thread: UNI Thread, 6/0 Fire Orange
Tail: Calf Tail, gray
Body: Roughfisher's custom seal sub dub, DSP Grey
Underwing: Krystal Flash, UV Tan
Wing: Calf Tail, gray
Thorax: Ruffed Grouse; Roughfisher's custom seal sub dub, DSP Grey
Antennae: Centipede Legs, Medium, Gray.
Eyes: #8 (5/32") bead chain, black
Notes: Eyes are tied in double wide, i.e. four beads on the chain instead of the normal two. This is also known as "hammerhead" style. Not only does this provide a wider profile, it also adds a bit of rattle and movement.
Antennae can be trimmed to length, if preferred.
This pattern is tied to imitate a forward swimming shrimp; if a rear swimming shrimp is preferred, simply move the bead chain to the rear of the hook instead of behind the hook eye.
February 25, 2014
February 19, 2014
Only a few days left until the 2014 Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo. Check out the vendors and catch a few of the featured speakers, including presentations from master fly tyer Skip Morris, Brian Bergeson of Musky Bacon fame, artist Bob White, Dan Frasier of CarpPro, and myself, to name just a few. Plenty of new gear to check out, especially exciting is Scientific Anglers new Sharkwave line. SA will be demonstrating this line at the show! Don't forget to stop by many of the fly tying tables where myself and others like the St. Paul Fly Tiers will be demonstrating fly tying for the public. If anything, don't pass up the chance to reconnect with friends, share your fish stories from the past season and help us all get through this long winter. See you there! Details below:
2014 Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo
Youth (ages 12-17): $7/day
Children under 12 are free
February 21, 2014: 3:00-8:00 pm
February 22, 2014: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
February 23, 2014: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
National Sports Center
1700 105th Ave. NE
Blaine, MN 55449
From the Twin Cities area, take 35W North to Highway 10 West to Hwy 65
North to 105th Ave. NE.
Turn right onto 105th Ave. NE
Turn right at entrance past the brick marquee.
The Schwan Center is straight ahead.
Parking is located in front of the building.
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