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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Contest Alert!!

Want to win a copy of Robert Thompson's "Musky Country"? If so just join the blog and/or like my Facebook page. Its that easy!
Most of my Facebook friends are not members of my blog and vice versa, so I have to remedy that. So join up ans Like away and lets see who gets the DVD. Winner will be picked on Friday Nov 2nd.

Good Luck!
Jeff
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Awesome flick!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A day to reflect.

Well I am back from my day trip and had a great day. The fishing was fair to bad but I did hook up 2 small browns and a juvenile Steelie. The day was just another memory bank deposit that I will use to keep me sane on those days when I am not able to get away from the daily grind.
It has been a great season for me regardless of the catch or the lack there of. I have really taken this season to enjoy the experience instead of the outcome or amount of fish landed and i believe that makes us better people as well as better fisherman. I ran into some old friends on the river and met some new ones. I love watching the excitement of other people as I hook up to a fish, It's as they are catching it too and that thrills me because I am the same way.
I hope we all have a great season and that we all can realize that regardless of the amount or the size of fish we catch that it is all an experience that not everyone always understands or will ever get a chance to try it, so I believe it is our job to spread the addiction and and spread the word of our passion so everyone can have a day to reflect.

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Jeff

MMMM cold Ravioli, What a lunch.. lol


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Another shot!

Well the forecast isn't looking great and the rivers are still in need of a little more flowage, but I am gonna take this day and go hunt for some Steelhead. Its been a long work week and this day is gonna hopefully put all of that behind me.

I am heading to the Rifle River in hopes of rolling some chrome on the end of my new 8 wt. We have had some precipitation in the last few days and the levels are slowly on the rise. The temps have been also a bit more mild and this should turn on the feeding.

It's been a Lil while since I have posted, it has been busy here at the HOTF HQ. I have taken on writing a column for a Competitive fly fishing magazine and with my tournament just around the corner, needless to say the hours have been filled. All of this and a "Real Job" takes most of my time, but as I have said before....I love it!.

So wish me luck as venture out in the rain and the elements and lets hope this is the day that the Steel are ready to fight.


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Jeff

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Re-Post from Flyfishchick.com

Check out the link to TU and Orvis on the right side of this page. Good way to spend a few dollars!!

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Jeff




Oh Yeah, We’re Realer Than The Easter Bunny. Word.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Tight Lined Tales of a Fly Fisherman: Blog of Note: High on the Fly

I would like to thank Morgan Kupfer at TLTFF for his kind words and recognition of my work. I truly was shocked to see this and very humbled by his words. Thank you Morgan and thank all of you for participating in my therapy sessions, I'll see you all on the stream......

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Jeff



Tight Lined Tales of a Fly Fisherman: Blog of Note: High on the Fly: Over the past few months I've been following a blog named High on the Fly . Obviously, being a blogger, you check out other blogs and si...

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Egg Nymphs.

With the hint of Steelhead in the air and the amount of rain we are getting today, the rivers should get some much needed water volumes and in turn a push of Steelhead. I have been using these what I call egg nymphs for awhile now and they are deadly on fall and spring run Steel.They cannot be simpler to tie and truly are deadly. I run them on a #10 or #12 nymph hook with a 5/32 oz beadhead and simply wrap my thread in pseudo seal dubbing and "WALA" you have an egg nymph. Cheap and easy to tie and they get down in the column and pick up fish. Fill your Fall box with them or better yet, let me fill your Fall box with them!!!

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Jeff

Egg Nymphs. Give em' a try.


Sponsor thank you.

I would like to thank franksgreatoutdoors.com for there generous donation to the High On The Fly first annual fly fishing tournament. I appreciate all the support. Take a look at there site and like them on Facebook. Tell them HOTF sent ya!!

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Jeff

What a response!!

Thank you all for the response I recieved in regards to my sticker giveaways. It has been astounding, and Ive sent out so many I lost count. I truly appreciate every view, comment, E-mail and like. I love what Im doing and with your support its only going to get bigger. Shirts are on my to do list and infact I have them almost ready to go, but lets not forget that the material I post is always more important than selling swag to me so read on and enjoy and I will see where this all takes me!!
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!!

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Jeff

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Winter ties.

With the recent cold weather snap, my mind has been drawn to winter nymphing. I look back on seasons past where nothing seemed to be a constant catcher but the more I have grown as a fisherman the more my mind allows me to take a closer look at what has worked. Small nymphs/midges are a winter staple as we all know, but the colors and pattern detail have become much more important to me than in years past. I used to be in the mindset that the fly is so small that the detail isnt as important...WRONG! The water I fish in the winter is usually more slack or slick water that the Trout have a longer and less obstructed view of the fly for a longer period of time. As I have figured this out I have noticed that there is a little more regularity in the flies that work most of the time and the ones that are hit and miss. Now I am not saying that there arent exceptions to this rule, I have caught fish on flies that a catfish wouldnt eat, but in the winter months when the Trout arent exactly seeking food like in the warmer months I've learned to pay attention to details. On a February afternoon two years ago, I set out on a mission to take my time and fish low and slow and be selective of my patterns and try nothing big or flashy rather small and detailed. That day changed my outlook on winter fishing. I landed three Browns over 16" and had numerous strikes that I messed up. I enjoy the vacancy of the rivers in winter and the beautiful scenery that comes along with it. There is nothing like being the only human tracks in the snow and fighting a fly hooked fish in that pristine landscape.

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Jeff


Nice winter Brown

Does it get any better?

Yesterday 10 am..... I leave work(bonus) , by 12:00pm I am fishing. One after another I hook fish and they seem to just get better. Then it stops, not a nudge nor a nibble....What happened? Blue Winged Olive hatch started coming off and all underwater feeding ceases! I switch over to a #22 BWO and it's on! First drift I hook a brown that goes easily 16" and as the fishing tales go as I was getting ready to take pics he got a lil camera shy and said "SEE YA'".... BWO hatch stops and its back to small midges in dark colors, fish on, fish on and so it went. I fished for about 6 hrs and it was a blast, the first real hint of fall is here and the north wind relaxes my soul, that Fall smell that all but mesmerizes the senses and instills a feeling of euphoria. I am out of work early, I'm fishing and God has given me this day as a gift like he has to all of you. As I sit here this morning with a cup of coffee and the sound of the wind outside of my office window, I revel in the fact that I am a fisherman and I enjoy the gifts that are given to me albeit not always noticed or acknowledged, I understand that they are always there for all of us and if we look and listen we can enjoy.

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Jeff

One that did stick around.

Brad Pitt.....LOL

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A little time on the water.

I finally took the time away from the vise and away from work and wait for it.......WENT FISHING!! What a beautiful day to be on the water, the fall colors on the leaves and the Trout are spectacular. I spent only a few hours but it was enough to recharge my batteries and allow me to take in another beautiful Michigan Fall day. I spent the afternoon fishing...not testing patterns or doing leg work for someone else, it was all for me and I selfishly embraced the entire time. Caught quite a few Trout and the Bows colors are are shades that only God could create with his glorious brush. I snapped a few pics and and strolled along because if there is one thing I know, when work and life get me down, all I need is a little time on the water.

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Jeff

A beautiful fall stretch of river.

One of those awesome fall Rainbows.

A nice Brown on a great afternoon.


Monday, October 1, 2012

Registration begins today.

Today is the open registration for the High On The Fly fly fishing tournament. Please take a look at your schedules and see if you would be able to sign up or tell your friends to check it out. I would love to see a great turn out for this and have a reason to throw more. Nov 17th is the day and Mio MI, is the place!!

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Jeff