Featured Flies – Bass Poppers

 

 

Like most of us my default setting is “trout on the brain”, and I can simply forget other flyfishing options in the summertime.  Bass on surface poppers is one I never forget – it’s a blast sitting in a float tube on a local pond and waiting for a bucketmouth to inhale a big fly!

We’ve got hard foam bass poppers in the shop in several sizes.  The 5wt Traveler or Nomad will easily handle the medium and small size poppers, and even do a credible job with the larger poppers.  You can reach a bit farther with a 6 or 7wt, and the stronger butt section in the Amp series helps set the hook and lift the bass from weedy bottoms.  

Be sure to use a short (4ft) and stout (0X) leader, and  use the non-slip open loop knot to give the popper freedom to move about.

In addition to larger impoundments like Lonetree and Boyd, the front range is well-populated with reclaimed gravel pits that produce sizeable and numerous bass.  Try River’s Edge in Loveland, or Pella Crossing in Hygiene.  St. Vrain Ponds in Longmont are another good option.

I especially like taking them out at sunup or sundown, when the air is cooler and the bass are looking up.  Throw it near rocks or weeds and let it sit until the ripple settles, then chug it once or twice, hard, so it throws some water and goes “plunk”,  and then let it sit.  Sometimes you get a big slashing take, but often they just suck in under, so pay attention!

 

 

Bass Popper Comet

Bass Popper – Comet

Pencil Popper - Frog

Pencil Popper – Frog

Bass Popper - Blue

Bass Popper – Blue

Bass Popper - Black

Bass Popper – Black

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday Fly Tying Demo – 12/31/16

This week’s guest tyer- Dennis Martin

If you are interested in more opportunities to flyfish, closer to home, with less competition, and often larger fish, your New Years Resolution might include warmwater flyfishing for bass, crappie, pike, and other overlooked targets.  

DENNIS MARTIN  will be demonstrating some of his warmwater flies this Saturday, including his Crappie Killer and at least one spun-deer hair bug.  He promises to make a mess.  

He’s no newcomer to the warmwater stuff – think bass tournaments – and Saturday’s a great opportunity to see what it takes to quickly expand your flyfishing horizons.

 

 

 

We are open 12/31 (New Year’s Eve) until 2PM, but will be closed on Sunday.

Elkhorn Flyshop presents a fly tying demonstration  each Saturday at 10AM, from September through at least April, featuring some of the most talented and notable tyers in Northern Colorado.  It’s free!  Join us for fresh coffee, a donut or cookie, and some amazing demonstration tying.

 

Vise Squad! 11/22/16 “Leftovers”

FOR THANKSGIVING – LEFTOVERS!

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This is one week when the term “leftovers” is a winner!

I’ve been doing the Vise Squad! Sixpacks for several years, and almost every session I prepare more than are needed, so I’ve accumulated a lot of extras.  For Vise Squad! this week I’m making links to the patterns for for which I have leftover kits. These are all patterns we’ve done since January, when I started including the videos.  


Vise Squad!   A casual, semi-social gathering of thirsty fly tyers. We meet every 2d and 4th Tuesday, at Big Beaver Brewery.  No charge, but you may want to purchase a beer, and the Bratwurst is highly recommended.  Bring your own stuff and tie what you want, or  order a convenient Vise Squad! Sixpack, a sample fly with all hooks and materials for you to tie a half-dozen of the featured fly

 You can enlarge the photos for a preview, and click on a link that goes back to the original Vise Squad! post, where you can find the video, downloadable tying instructions, and the Sixpack order form.  Here’s your chance to get any of the kits you missed, or pick one of your favorites to tie a few more! Some of these are limited in quantity, so use the form to reserve one or several!  If you aren’t attending this week, order anyway and choose the “hold it for me at the shop” option  (or the Home Delivery option, holiday priced at $50.00 plus mileage).  

 

Free Fly Tying Demonstrations

Saturday Mornings at Elkhorn Flyshop!

Every Saturday morning at 10AM from late September through April,  Elkhorn Flyshop presents talented fly tyers from around the region.  Drop by, have a cup of coffee and a donut, and watch them demonstrate their skills.

This week – Marty Staab

Vise Squad! July 26, 2016

RoboPupa

 

RoboPupa

HOOK: Dai Riki 135 #14

THREAD:  8/0, black, or match the color of your head dubbing

ABDOMEN chartreuse or metallic green ultra wire, brassie size

COLLAR ostrich, olive

ANTENNA Krystal Flash, Lime Green

HEAD: Hare’s Ice Dubbing, Peacock or Caddis Green

Click Here for a large print copy of RoboPupa tying tips

 Here’s a nice caddis to use in your summertime Hopper/Dropper rigs. The wire body helps sink the fly without the need for tungsten or brass beads, and the wire and hare’s ice provide an ideal amount of “shine” rather than a loud flash.

 Green is a common caddisfly color for our rivers, but yellows, orange, and good old brass are also effective.

Get a kit, drop by for a beer, and tie a half-dozen.  You will be quickly armed with a good dropper fly, just in time for prime fishing on the Thompson and Poudre! These bugs will be around ’til the end of summer, so you may want to tie even more!

 badgeVise Squad!   A casual, semi-social gathering of thirsty fly tyers. We meet every 2d and 4th Tuesday, at Big Beaver Brewery.  No charge, but you may want to purchase a beer, and the Bratwurst is highly recommended.  Bring your own stuff and tie what you want, or  order a convenient Vise Squad! Sixpack, a sample fly with all hooks and materials for you to tie a half-dozen of the featured fly

Vise Squad!

Vise Squad!   A casual, semi-social gathering of thirsty fly tyers.  Every 2d and 4th Tuesday, at Big Beaver Brewery.  No charge, but you will want to purchase a beer, and maybe even the Best Bratwurst.  Bring your own stuff and tie what you want, or visit the Elkhorn website to order a convenient  Vise Squad! Sixpack, a sample fly with all hooks and materials for you to tie a half-dozen of the featured fly pattern.

Fly Drive Contest

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 Our Pile of Flies grows larger every day!  Thanks to all of you who have donated flies for Project Healing Waters, or plan on doing so in the coming weeks.

The short video is of the pile as of today, 2/9/16.  Go to the Facebook page and enter a guess as to  the number of flies in this pile, and a second guess as your prediction of how many we will end up with when we wrap up the Fly Drive at our 2/23/16 Vise Squad! session.

Your prize will be a bag of Wapsi Tungsten Beads!  (Wapsi sent them to us by error, and told me to keep them and donate them to a worthy cause – perfect timing!  Thanks, Wapsi!)

 

 

 

Vise Squad! 2/9/16

Copper Ribbed RS-2

Copper Ribbed RS-2

Copper Ribbed RS-2   HOOK:  Dai Riki 310 #16   THREAD: 8/0 gray TAIL:  Coq de Leon tailing fibers    RIB:  Ultra wire, copper, small  (xsm for smaller sizes than #16)  ABDOMEN:  Superfine, Adams Gray  Wing post/bud:  Craft foam, 2mm x 2mm  (1.5 x 1.5 for #20 and smaller)

 

 Download recipe and tying tips

Last Vise Squad! session was a blast!  20 vises set up, and a pile of flies collected for Project Healing Waters Fly Drive!  Thanks to all of you who have been dropping off donations at Elkhorn the past weeks.  The plan is to keep collecting until our Vise Squad event on 2/23, at which session we will host representatives of the nearby chapters of Project Healing Waters and deliver our tokens of thanks for what they do for our veterans.

What to tie for the Fly Drive?  Same stuff you catch fish on!  

Vise Squad 2/9/16   

This week I’m tying the Copper Ribbed RS-2.  It’s hard to improve on the original, but over the past couple of seasons this variation has been a hot fly on the Thompson, especially in Blue Winged Olive season.  In addition to the ribbing, it incorporates a foam wing post that floats this nymph in the film, and helps spot this otherwise invisible fly.

I’ve been having fun recording short videos of the Vise Squad Sixpack patterns.  Check them out, along with a growing library of pattern videos.  You can subscribe, and get notified when new videos are posted.

If you want a kit, visit the form below!

 

 

 

Fly Drive – Project Healing Waters

 

 

Vise Squad

20 vises! Vise Squad 1/26/16

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Rick Takahashi

Keep them coming! Drop your flies off at Elkhorn!

Thanks to all of you who have donated flies for Project Healing Waters.  Our Vise Squad event was a good time, with 20 vises in operation and a many visitors.  Over 16 dozen flies were donated that evening!  And our drive will continue until the second Vise Squad event in February.

Our “Fly Drive” is a suggestion from from Israel Patterson, a veteran (and our demo tyer from 12/23) seeking to promote Project Healing Waters.  Your donated flies will be put top use by veterans participating in the group fishing trips organized by the Platte River Chapter, based in Cheyenne and serving veterans in Fort Collins and Loveland.  (On Tuesday we also were pleased to have John Birkenkotter as a guest – he’s the trip coordinator for the Denver chapter)

Between now and the end of our fly drive, we hope to host another couple of guest to tell us about this program, and the good work our flies will accomplish

 

 

 

 

 

Vise Squad

 Vise Squad!   A casual, semi-social gathering of thirsty fly tyers.  Every 2d and 4th Tuesday, at Big Beaver Brewery.  No charge, but you will want to purchase a beer, and maybe even the Best Bratwurst.  Bring your own stuff and tie what you want, or visit the Elkhorn website to order a convenient  Vise Squad! Sixpack, a sample fly with all hooks and materials for you to tie a half-dozen of the featured fly pattern.