February Smallmouth

When it’s 70+ degrees on a Sunday in February I’m going fishing. That exact scenario happened a few weeks ago. I have been exploring some rivers here in NW Ohio that are supposed to have Smallmouth bass in them. I found a nice area far enough up stream that water clarity was good and it…

Fly Tying Excess

Having to sit around with my broken leg has led to many flies being tied. This means I have an excess of flies and no means to use them right now, so I am selling my excess flies on Ebay. I figure it is one way to keep some cash flowing in to support my…

Tying Tutorial – Barely Legal Style Fly

Spring is coming! That means White bass will be running up the rivers to spawn all across the Midwest. It is a very fun time of year to catch a bunch of fish in a short time! One of my favorite flies to fish for White bass, Hybrid bass and I’m sure it would work…

Hex Mayfly Hatch

I’ve noticed our local lake has been having some large Hexagenia mayfly hatches lately. I am going to have to hang around after dark and see what happens when they start dropping on the water.

Sunday on the Water with The Midwest Drift!

Sunday morning began with a boom, literally. I had made plans to meet up with Luke from the Midwest Drift who I had met at the Iron Fly event in KC. The plan was to show him around my home waters at Milford Lake which is about 2.5 hours west of KC. When my alarm…

Fiberglass Canoe Trip 2

Yesterday evening I loaded up the canoe and the dog for a quick trip to the lake. I knew it was going to be a test of my patience as my 11 year old dog (Lucy) is afraid of water and has the attention span of a 3 year old. This was also going to…

Not Just Trout Fly Tying Tutorial – Deceiver Fly

Here is my simple version of the time-tested Deceiver fly pattern. I have caught many bass on this exact pattern. I tie the majority on a 2/0 hook because it represents the size of the shad in the waters I fish, but it can be scaled up or down to almost any size. I also…

Spring Fishing – Milford Lake 2015

The warm spring weather has finally shown up and that mean I will be making more time to go fishing. This year fishing has been great at Milford Lake here in Kansas. I have managed to catch smallmouth, largemouth, wipers, and even a walleye while fly fishing. We have been getting rain at least a…

The Zudbubbler Bass Popper – Fly tying

All of this cold weather has me thinking of summer and, nothing is more fun than catching bass on a popper. The felling when a smallmouth launches out of the water and smashes a popper is one that you don’t forget. It will make you want to fish poppers for the rest of the summer….

Windy Smallmouth Fishing

Today I spent my lunchtime fishing. It’s been a few months since I have fished Milford Lake because of the toxic algea blooms we had all summer. I found out my fly casting skills in the wind are a little rusty! Fishing wasn’t easy due to the North wind blowing at 15-20 mph, but I…

Memorial Day Fishing

Memorial Day was the only day this weekend I managed to make some time to fish Milford Lake. With a 25 to 30 mph wind blowing rain, I got a late start. Once the rain stopped I managed to hook my first fish of the day. As I made my way around a point and…