Thursday, May 21, 2015

Naples Florida 2015

A high school buddy of mine, Bryan Romane, called me and asked if I would be interested in helping him move his Aunt and Uncle from Orland Park Illinois to Naples, Florida. They reside in a two bed/bath condo on golf course and have a car for us to use. They will fly us back too. You guys know the answer to that questions. Within minutes I put in for vacation time at work. I then called my cousin Capt Patrick Gould owner of Fishing Adventures and set up a charter to chase Snook, Jacks, Reds, Tarpon and anything else that would bite our line. I couldn't wait to get home and pack my fly rods and gear. On Tuesday we picked up a Uhaul, loaded up his Aunt's stuff and hit the road. First we had to fill our bellies with food at Chicago Bears player Steve McMichael's place "Mongos" in Romeoville. We drove til we hit Paducah, KY. We crashed in the truck for the night at a Walmart. The next morning I told my buddy I was buying breakfast, so we walked over to the hotel, walked in and ate breakfast.. lol. We made to Naples, Fl without issue. We fished off the docks at my cousins houses, catching Mangrove Snappers and Snook. We fished along the ocean and down to Gordon's Pass. Once on the rock jetty, I was able to land about a dozen fish on a Murdich Minnow. Mostly Jacks and Snappers. I had a 2 foot Barracuda break my line. Bryan was behind me spin fishing along the rocks in chest deep water. The water was so clear I could see 10 ft down to the bottom. I looked back at Bryan when something large in the water caught my eye. It was moving towards Bryan slowly. It stopped about 2 feet from him and surfaced. It was a juvenile Dolphin. So cool! About 10 minutes later I saw a very large dark object slowly approaching Bryan. I yelled down from the rocks, "Don't panic but there is something large swimming towards you".  Bryan stood still as the large dark object broke the surface about a foot from him. It was a 500 lb Manatee. It looked at Bryan and swam off slowly. Holy crap, good thing it wasn't a sand shark! Patrick took us out at night to fly fish for Snook under the dock lights. If you have never done it, it's a rush! I caught a bunch. The next morning we hit the water at 3:30am to chase Tarpon on the fly. It's a lot harder than you think to cast in the wind under a dock in the dark at a 75-100 lb Tarpon. I had a couple lookers but no takers. Maybe next time. We then fished until noon catching many fish as we worked our way south to Isle of Capri/Marco Island. We stopped off for a bite to eat at Pelican Bend on water in Isle of Capri. (Pic). As we cruised back to Bayview Marina in South Naples, we stopped to give bait fish to another charter captain my cousin knew. He had a father and son on his charter that were real quiet. We asked how was your fishing? The captain stated he was at ten different locations and did not catch one fish. We drove away and could only smile and laugh because our shoulders were sore from catching a ton of fish! What a blast! I have been down here numerous times and I would have to say this was by far the best time. The food and nightlife was excellent. Pincher's in Tin City South Naples over looking the inlet and Doc' Beach House in Bonita Springs overlooking the ocean is a couple good spots. Can't beat the sunsets! The Blue Martini Lounge was one of the best nightclubs I have been to. If you ever want a great time catching a bunch of fish in South Naples Florida - check out my cousin Patrick. NIFTY member Jim Gould.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Rewriting a Curse

Tippets and Tales
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"Deep Sparkle Pupae"


Fly Tying Demonstration by NIFTY member: Barry Coddens
Demonstration Date is May 4, 2015
Tonight’s Fly: Deep Sparkle Pupae

  • Hook: TMC 3761 #12-18
  • Thread: Danville 6/0 – Tan
  • Overbody: Antron Yarn - Cream
  • Underbody: Superfine dubbing – Light Cahill
  • Shuck: Strands of Overbody material.
  • Head: Superfine dubbing – Brown
About the Fly

This pattern was developed by Gary LaFontaine reportedly around 1974. The Deep Sparkle Pupa is designed to mimic the caddis pupa while it is still on the bottom drifting. The fly is imitates the “bubbles” that caddis flies use to rise to the surface prior to hatching. The original fly tied by LaFontaine (shown above) had no tailing shuck, but many who tie the fly add this to their fly. The TMC 3761 hook is sufficiently heavy so that additional weighting of the fly is not normally necessary. (See Gary LaFontaine’s book Caddisflies)

Fish the fly with a light mono leader with a floating fly line just prior to the start of the caddis hatch.

Tying Instructions:

1) After crimping down the barb secure the hook securely in the vice and cast on the thread about two eye lengths behind the eye. Cover the hook shank working back with thread stopping at the barb. 
2) Select the color of Antron yarn for the veiled overbody. How much Antron is used will depend on the size of fly being tied. Take about half this material and tie on the bottom (or backside) of the hook. Take the other half and tie on the top (or front) of the fly wrapping the ends forward to the eye and back. Leave both pieces of Antron hanging off the back of the hook.
3) Dub on small amounts of Superfine dubbing and wrap forward to a point about one eye length behind the eye.
4) Brush both lengths of Antron and bring both pieces forward. With two loose wraps tie in the Antron yarn one eye length behind the eye.
5) With a dubbing needle (toothpicks work equally well) gently tease out the Antron yarn creating the bubble, or veil, of the fly. Optional: Cut a few of the overbody Antron fibers pulling them back on the hook. Twist these to create the shuck.
6) When satisfied with the veil, tie in the Antron with two pinch wraps of thread to secure the Antron. Remove the excess Antron.
7) Take a small amount of brown dubbing and create the head of the fly.
8) Whip-finish to complete the fly. Optional: Some instructions suggest cementing the head for durability.


Weight: Weighted flies are tied with wire on the shank or with bead heads to get the fly deeper in the water column. There is also on which ties the fly on a jig head.

Overbody/Veil: Flies are tied with combination of Antron yarn for the overbodies or veils. Combinations can be: Cream/White; Gold/Cream/White; Gray/Light Brown/White; Tan/Olive; Gold/Burnt Orange. When combinations are used it is normal for the darker color Antron to be on the bottom.

Underbody: The underbodies of these flies can range from very light in color to darker colors. Typically the colors are in browns and greens with some orange underbodies tied in the fall months. Dubbing material can be Superfine dubbing; Antron dubbing either alone or in combinations with one another.

Wings: Ties without a wing the fly is the original Deep Sparkle Pupae tied by LaFontaine, the addition of a wing creates the Deep Sparkle Emerger. Wing material can range from a few deer hairs; Lemon Wood Duck flank fibers; brown Marabou or s single Partridge feather.

Kankakee River - Chasing Smallies

NIFTY members Mark LoVerde and Jim Gould decided to check out the Kankakee River to see how the Smallie action was. It was slow, but the river and weather could not have been better.