Great evening to float. Took Harry from the Rock River Flycasters out. Not much action but he did land a 16" Smallmouth on the bare naked diver. I popped 2 pike on topwater. Great float for sure.
Fun day on the water. Dave and I caught dozens of smallmouth. No real big ones but still a whole lot of fun. Dave was tearing it up on a clouser minnow. I caught a mixed bag on a tequeely including a couple sauger and a channel cat.
Well went popping divers for pike and landed two smallmouth before my only fly was tied up, out of reach and broken off. Better than sitting on the couch any day. Gorgeous evening to spend a couple hours on the water. Both Smallies caught on the bare naked diver.
Beautiful evening to take a float. Took a friend out. He caught 9+ smallmouth and 1 pike. We kinda lost count. All on top water which made the evening more fun.
Ah so great to be back to hunting smallmouth. The rivers and creeks are finally receding to levels safe for wading and water conditions are getting better. Landed 2 smallmouth and one channel cat on a crayfish pattern.
Back out and about. I continue to think the big females are still post spawn but saw a little more action tonight as compared to Monday night. Landed 7, the biggest might have been 13". Space Invader, TeQueely and Bare Naked Diver all produced. Stoked. Have a few trips planned over the next several days.
Gorgeous evening on the water. I have been spot checking water here and there for the past week for both water clarity and signs the smallmouth are post spawn. Got My first indication of post spawn. Landed a 15"ish female that was spawned out. She was laying in the bottom of a fast run. Soon as I got her back in the water, I reeled in my line and called it an evening. I will let them rest for a few more days for sure to let them put back on some weight and recover from their dance. Size 2 TeQueely landed my only fish.
Good to be back to chasing Smallmouth. Before I left for the Hardly Strictly Musky Tournament, Smallmouth were on beds. I think they are post spawn now since I was able to pick up 4 in faster water or on the seams of fast water. These are more typical summer lies than the flats where Smallmouth bed up. I used one fly for the whole 4 hours I was out. Brown and yellow space invader.
Epic adventure paddling Dustin Hinds and Chris down the Kish. Dustin landed the biggest smallmouth I have ever seen pulled from the Kish. 20 and 1/2 inch toad. Ninja casting Chris landed a 15" and a 16" early on. Dustin finished with 5 smallmouth and Chris finished with 8 smallmouth. Learned a lot from both of them! Fish were following to the boat. It took a pause to induce a strike. Dustin used a yellow swinging D and Chris used a chartreuse, white and blue streamer about 8" in length.
Great day on the water with Justin James. A legit 17", two 15s, two 14s and a couple of 10s. He hooked up with 5 others that he lost but what a blast. Have to say the maiden voyage with the drift boat on the Kish was a great success!!!. We fished the Frosty Minnow all day in black over white. Falling pressure from 3.51 to 3.38.
Another quick float after work produced 3 smallmouth. One was between 15 and 16 inches. Run and gun with a Chartreuse over White Frosty Minnow. Off the water by 7:30.
Great evening float in the Frontier 12. Wish I would have had my thermometer with me. The water felt super cold and I didn't think I would have a chance to catch a smallmouth after the past two weeks of winter weather. I was able to land two smallmouth on my short float. Both came on the chartreuse over white Frosty Minnow one of which was 15". Glad I pulled that pattern out of retirement. Looking forward to this warming trend.
Took the VIPs out for about an hour or so. Landed one smallmouth on a deer hair diver. I may need to switch some things up. The smallies may be on to my tricks. I have an idea for a new fly that might mix it up a little.
Just 2 smallmouth this evening. i think they are on to my tricks. Both smallmouth landed on a deer hair diver. I did throw a Tequeely on for a while with no luck. The water was crystal clear and very low.
Epic day! Landed 18 smallmouth and 1 pike in less than 6 hours. The TeQueely using the crayfish hop produced the majority of the fish while he deer hair diver produced the 3 biggest fish. Water was clear and low and I was unable to grab water temps but still feels like it is the 70s. It is about to get crazy. Soon as that water dips below 70 the smallmouth will start packing on the pounds for winter.
Went out with Dave to fish for Smallmouth. The day started real slow. We switched up to white streamers. Quartering down stream and swinging the flies with very slow strips seemed to be the ticket. We ended up with double digit smallmouth. I was using the white and silver murdich minnow. I did pick up a couple on top water using a deer hair diver.
Went back to the North Branch. No luck with the deer hair diver. Switched to a Merdich Minnow's Evil Twin and landed 1 striper and 4 smallmouth. Water conditions continue to improve.
Finally! It was great to get out on the North Branch. Picked up 7 smallmouth all on the deer hair diver. 5 Mississippi in between pops. Water is in good shape and if the weather holds the conditions should only get better.
Got off work late so only had a couple of hours to fish. Landed 5 smallmouth. 4 came on the baby brown pattern and one on the deer hair diver. Water conditions continue to improve and I am looking forward to Saturday's float with Rocktown Adventures.
Tried to move some musky this morning with now luck at all. On the way home stopped to try for some smallmouth. Landed 2 smallmouth and 2 rock bass. Both smallmouth were caught on a size 2 tequeely. Looking forward to the water continuing to drop. Still a little high and stained as of now.
When out for a couple of hours this evening. Landed 3 total smallmouth. One on a size 2 TeQueely and 2 on the deerhair diver. Water temp is stable at 74 and it was good to get some top water action.
Took my VIPs out again. We landed 2 Smallmouth and 1 Rock Bass. Both Smallmouth caught on a Baby Brown Wooly Bugger Pattern. Water has warmed up and hopefully the spawn is over and top water action will start up.
Took my VIP clients out today. We only managed one smallmouth landed on a baby brown pattern. Water was still a little high and stained still. My guess is the spawn is wrapping up. Won't be long for summer smallmouth top water action.
I was able to squeeze 45 minutes on the water this evening. Landed one Smallmouth on the deer hair diver. Threw every one of my favorite flies until I finally tied on the deer hair diver. Super stoked that the top water bite is starting. Water conditions are still high and stained. We will see if we get rain over the next couple days and what that does to the water conditions. I didn't see any beds but the water is stained. If they haven't spawned yet it will be very soon. Once I see beds I will switch it up and target some other species.
Was able to sneak a way for a couple hours. Landed 5 smallmouth in about 2 hours. Missed a couple others. I love when you learn something new on the water. Tried a new fly today. It is an articulated streamer and I was able to get it to walk the dog under water. Very cool watching the take. Landed 4 on the white articulated streamer and one on a size 2 tequeely. Water temp dropped back below 60. The spawn should be real soon. Once I see beds I will start targeting Largemouth and Northern for a few weeks and let the Smallmouth do their thing.
Just when I think I have it figured out, I get humbled and realize I have so much more to learn. Only landed one smallmouth this afternoon on a size 8 baby brown pattern. Back to the grind probably won't get out until Wednesday afternoon or Friday. 3 more weeks until the semester ends and then it is fish on!
What a great day on the water. Was blessed to be able to take a client out today and put him on some Smallmouth. My client wanted to use spinning gear which I know little about...I was able to translate what I know about smallmouth from fly fishing to traditional gear. He landed 8 smallmouth and had at least 4 more on including a monster. Still a great day on the water. After finishing up with my client I hurried back to some water to do a little fishing of my own. I landed 5 smallmouth and 2 rock bass. I had a really big one on for a few moments. My client took all of his fish on a 4 inch tube. I caught two smallmouth on the size 4 HiTail and smallmouth on the Baby Brown Streamer. Looking forward to tomorrow.
Was able to get an hour of fishing in after work. Landed 3 smallmouth and a rock bass all on a baby brown pattern. Had several strikes on a murdich minnow. Look forward to taking a client out on the water tomorrow.
Picked up three more smallmouth on the size 2 TeQueely. Tangled with a small pike for a brief moment until he death rolled and was gone. Water continues to warm. Threw top water with no luck. Was hoping to see at least one top water strike. Biggest issue is getting that crayfish to move as slow as possible. Mend, mend, and mend.
Great to be chasing smallmouth again. Started on the South Branch with no luck. Later went to a trib and landed 3 smallmouth. Biggest may have taped 13. All caught on a size TeQueely using the crayfish hop on the swing. Water is definitely warming up.
Another great evening on the water. Only landed 3 smallmouth this evening. One on the diver, one on the murdich, and one on the Tequeely. Biggest pictured below. Danced with the devil 3 times this evening two of which the devil won. After losing my only deer hair diver and only murdich minnow, I tied on a size 2 Tequeely. Finally won the third and final dance. See northern pictured below.
On the way back from the DuPage Fly Fishing Company stopped at the South Branch. Only had about an hour and half of light left. Smallies were going crazy for topwater. Landed 3 including these two beauties pictured below. Missed at least seven top water strikes. Had another decent fish on but went airborne and shook the hook. Water temp surprised me as my thermometer read 78. Deer Hair Diver was the magic fly again.
Took my VIP clients out today for a couple hours. Started out real rough. Cam kept falling face first into the water and getting upset. Talia is a trooper. She is wading like a champ. We missed four big top water blowups before landing this beast. Had another beast on but lost her. Using a deer hair diver all day. I am glad to see the action is back.
Tough evening on the water. I was skunked. Threw a TeQueely and a Murdich for a while with no luck. Very strange. Typically Smallmouth are going crazy this time of year. Maybe the Indian Summer has them confused. I can't wait to take a scientific look at the data over the winter.
Tough evening on the water. Didn't land a single fish. Learned my lesson to not rush out without double checking I have all my gear. Ran out the door without my flouro and had a 5 ft leader on. Just couldn't get the fly to tick bottom with the water moving a little bit faster and such a short leader. Did get a few strikes on topwater but they were dinks and could get the fly in their mouth.
Some more good Smallmouth action today. Topwater was hitting for couple of hours. Picked up this nice one on a diver. Water temps much, much cooler at 64 degrees. Dark day dark fly and throw on some topwater. 4 total smallmouth landed but missed two others on the topwater strike and not getting a good hookset.
What a fantastic evening on the water. 9 smallmouth in less than 3 hours. Landed a beast of a smallmouth in fast water. All caught on the Murdich Minnow on the swing.
A lot of Kayak, Canoe and tube traffic today. Still managed to pick up 7 smallmouth, two of which were decent for sure. All cauhgt on a size 2 Tequeely
Starting out the week with some nice Smallmouth action. I had a very nice smallmouth on tonight that shook the hook before I could get her to hand. The water temp was 77 and the smallies were hanging in the fast water. It's about that time of year when the smallmouth action heats up and they get super agressive! Pictures from yesterday and today. Caught on a comgination of TeQueely and HiTail using the crayfish hop.
Double duty today. Started the day by exploring a new spring creek in Wisconsin. Only picked up one little brown on a BWO. After this morning's adventure went home and regrouped for a float trip. 13 smallies, 4 rock bass, and one carp. No real big smallies but still had a great float. Pictures of the of biggest of the day attached. Size 4 TeQueely was the biggest producer.
Explored some new waters today. I abasolutely love fishing new waters. Landed 4 smallmouth 3 of which were over 14 inches. All fish caught on a size 4 or 6 TeQueely using the Crayfish Hop.
Hit a small creek to hunt for smallmouth. Picked up 3 all on the size 2 TeQueely. Water was high and stained and it was hard to get the fly down and ticking bottom. When I was ticking bottom is when I got hook ups.
Went out on a small creek to fish for smallmouth. Through everything but the kitchen sink but got skunked. I am watching the barometric pressure closely. There may be something to it.
Went to the north branch for a few hours and caught one smallmouth. Hooked up with two others but didn't get them landed. All three were in the 8-10 inch reange. I was really surprised with warming temps not to see some better action.
Just an absolutey perfect evening to get back out on the Kishwaukee River and chase smallmouth. The water temp was 62 and the fish were a little bit sluggish. I landed 4 smallmouth with only one taping over 16 inches. The other 3 were in the 8-12 inch range. All four fish were caught on a size 4 TeQueely. I wish I would have had a few HiTails. I needed to get my fly ticking bottom a little more and drifting a little slower. Remember on that crayfish hop watch your line like a hawk. I didn't feel the biggest fish of the night strike but saw the line running. I think with the coldfront moving out and the temps warming up tomorrow and all weekend is going to be great smallmouth action.
Spent a couple hours on the water after work. Not even a strike. Water temp has fallen 4 degrees over night and when these cold fronts move in combined with stained water it makes for some challenging fishing.
Good to be fishing for Smallmouth again after a week of concentrating on Largemouth for the past week in preperation for the Bent Rods Bass Tournament. I went out for about an hour after work. No fish landed. It is post spawn and a cold front has moved in. Water is clarity is stained and a little high. Enjoyed the time working on casting in the wind as that was a huge factor in the tournament last Sunday.
Took Justin out to show him some fly fishing techniques. Last night I noticed that smallies are on beds in the Kishwaukee and I have reports and confirmed that smallies are on beds at one of the creeks I fish so we tried another spot and didn't see beds. Popped a nice smallmouth on a size 4 tequeely demonstrating the crayfish hop. Smallies were hiding from us this morning so we targeted carp for a little while. Justin hooked up with a monster carp that won today's battle. Toward the end I was goofing and hooked up and landed a nice catfish on a size 4 tequeely. Please don't pull smallies off their beds.
Snuck out for 30 minutes to take the water temp before class. Caught two smallmouth. Both on the crayfish hop using a size 4 tequeely. After class stopped by the South Branch for 20 minutes or so and landed one northern on a size 4 tequeely using the crayfish hop.
Put the Frontier 12 on the water for a couple hours. It was amateur hour out there tonight. Only brought one Midwest HiTail with me which I lost after catching my first and biggest of two #smallmouth. Caughr the second my only black wooly bugger which I lost shortly after. Water temps have hit 60 and I suspect spawning will happen soon. Please remember it is catch and release smallmouth from April 1st to June 15th in pretty much all Illinois rivers and creeks. Can't wait to put a full day on the water! #fishfinderreport #flyfishing #midwestfishingadventures #nucanoe
Shot on over to the river to take th e water temp and threw about 10 or 15 casts in before I needed to get home. Picked up one little smallmouth on an olive and white Frosty Minnow. I was surprised how hard the strike was. I saw fish rising which is a great sign. Looking forward to some time on the water.
Started on the north branch in my Frontier but it was just too windy to hold position so I ended up fishing a small tributary for 3 hours or so. No fish landed which was quite surprising. Tried the Frosty, HiTail and the Tequeely with no luck. Today should have been really good fishing and since we have a cold front moving in fishing may change for the worst with colder temperatures.
Tough evening on the water. I only caught one smallmouth that was probably 12 inches on a size 6 TeQueely. Ran into Jim on the water and he landed one smallmouth but his was much nicer. I thought for sure today would have been really good fishing. Still have much more to learn.
Got out on the south branch for about an hour but it was flowing too fast for me to be able to control the fly. Water temps continue to warm. The next two or three days should be excellent fishing as the water levels continue to drop.
What a beautiful day to be out on the water. Caught six smallmouth in two hours, all but one were over twelve inches. All six were caught on the Midwest HiTail Craw. I can't stress getting your fly on the bottom and moving slow. I didn't even tie on a Frosty Minnow tonight. Just too much success with the Midwest HiTail. I think fishing will be good for the rest of the week if temperatures keep warm. There is a cold front forecasted to move in middle to late next week with temps dipping down into the middle thirties which may turn the fishing off. We will see what the overnight temps do to the water temp. I would say get out over the next several days and to pick one I would think Friday is going to be the best day to be on the water.
I was able to get out on a tributary of the Kishwaukee River for about an hour. Landed 3 smallies. One may have been 15. Low and slow was the key. First two came off a Midwest HiTail twitching across the bottom. The third on the lift at the end of a swing taking a black and white Frosty Minnow. With warmer temps this week I think good fishing all the way through the weekend.
Tough day on the water. The wind came in out of the south and it was all I could do to keep my Frontier in position. A little disappointed no fish landed today.
Beautiful day to be on the water. Took my Frontier to the Kishwaukee to do a short float. Interesting twist. Usually I catch my spring smallmouth on the frosty minnow. Today no takers on the frosty minnow but landed 3 and missed a beauty on the Midwest HiTail. I think I could have landed a few more if I could get my fly to tick bottom a little more. I have a theory and we will see how it plays out. I think I am going to tie the Midwest hi tail in a size 2. Little bit bigger and heavier.
Was able to get out for a few hours this morning. Water temps held up despite air temps in the upper 20s. Paddled upstream from KFP but no smallmouth. With warmer temps today and tomorrow I would think tomorrow afternoon might be good.
Went down to the Kishwaukee River for an hour before I had to go to class. No takers as of yet but soon the smallmouth we be participating in the dance. Water temps are warming and the smallmouth will be prespawn very very soon.
Stripped a couple streamers with no luck. The water is starting to warm up but the next couple days are going To be cold. We need to see water temps in the 50s.