Quick Somebody shoot that Thing!!!

19 Mar

Derek Kuehl of Hayward, WI describes muskie flies in a way that no one else can.  “If, when you pull a fly out you don’t hear drums and can’t smell chicken blood in the air, put it back in the box, for if it is evil you seek, then it can only be conjured with the same.”  I’ve been searching the web over the last year or more for the best musky patterns the milky way has to offer.  I love to tye flies, especially this type of BIG FLY.  I have been on the stream before and watched my fishing partner get out of the boat boat and go in over his head after a big fly that he had tied for roughly an hour the night before.

Jason and I have been on the water a few times this winter and early spring putting flies and gear to the test on the water.  So far so good.  Just a few tweaks to our flies should have us dialed in.  Fly fishing for musky takes a lot time and effort to perfect yet still you may never even see a glimpse of a fish, let alone actually catch one.  Tossing 2 pounds of fur and feather 30 plus yards takes time to get used to, so does the repetitive stripping and figure 8 at the boat.  It all just doesn’t seem natural after years of casting dry flies and what we thought were BIG streamers.  The water is warming up as we speak and the musky bite will only get better as the temperature goes up.  Hopefully we will have a few fish to the boat soon.

Here are a couple of videos that will help you build a pattern to take some unique design steps and add them to your current patterns.


5 Responses to “Quick Somebody shoot that Thing!!!”

  1. Richard March 19, 2012 at 2:10 PM #

    Great ties Charlie! I’m not sure I have enough patience to Musky fish. We do have a local lake stocked with Tiger Muskies, maybe I’ll get the duck boat out and try it this spring. Although, I am interested in your category “Sick Titties and fly fishing”…… I didn’t know those things ever got sick….

    • CharlieMurphy March 20, 2012 at 10:11 AM #

      Find some good structure when the water warms up and give them a cast or 4. Fortunately yet sometimes unfortunately we have been in some places where the titties are SICK or sickly looking.

  2. KYLE March 20, 2012 at 12:58 PM #

    Those are too small charlie murphy….
    🙂 hahahahaaa
    When we gonna fish again?
    BTW be on the lookout for MCO and LBO partnership on Musky Overnight trips this year…;)

    • CharlieMurphy March 20, 2012 at 9:15 PM #

      Would love to come back down to the MIZZ-O. Ryan and Chris bring up the white all the time. We just have to figure out a way for it to be “Work” related.

    • CharlieMurphy March 20, 2012 at 9:16 PM #

      Some of those are 10 inches long without the tail attachment……I still think they are to small. I’m going to go kill a couple of chickens next time and just thread a hook through them.

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