Getting All Wibbly Wobbly

Thanks to inspiration from this post from The Limp Cobra and a few suggestions from NC River Angler, LLC, I have come up with these flies:

IMGP1635They wobble and dive like a crank bait, float like a cork and have tails (or lips) that work as weed guards.

Now I’ll be the first to admit that shrimp and crayfish don’t wobble while swimming and crawdads, well, they don’t float. But I’m guessing that the smallmouth north of me and the redfish and speckled trout east of me will overlook those two little facts and crush these things.

I’ll keep everybody posted on developments.

(Oh, and a quick up date on the summer of fishing: things have been great, don’t want to talk about it too much for fear of jinxing myself and, uh… Yeah that’s it.)

The Curse of The Agitated Angler

If all goes according to plan, Saturday morning I should be near Beaufort, SC shooting ducks on a private, seldom to never hunted pond at sunrise and chasing redfish and speckled trout with my fly rod the rest of the day.

The weather north of where I’ll be will be cold, windy and miserable which should push the ducks down. The temperature in Beaufort is supposed to be in the mid sixties, the sun is supposed to shine and the wind isn’t supposed to blow too hard.

On paper this should be a great day.

I don’t know how this will work out in reality.

See, when it comes to out-of-town fishing/hunting trips I’m notoriously unlucky. Usually I don’t even get to the destination. And on those rare occasions that I do, things always seem off enough that the locals are commenting on it.

This particular trip seems like it’s going to work out though.

Of course my wife was complaining about a sore throat this morning.

And the three year-old has been extra whiny today for some unknown reason.

And the baby has been crying all morning because he seems to be teething or something.

And it’s predicted to start sleeting/snowing here about the time I should be leaving tomorrow…

Fly of the Day – Gurgler


Hook: Mustad 36007 size 1/0

Tail: White craft fur marked with brown sharpie

Body: UV Polar Chenille and grizzly variant saddle hackle

Back: White foam

This particular variation of the gurgler is my go to topwater redfish and speckled seatrout fly. Other colors that work really well are all white and chart.. The all white version actually caught my buddy Andy this speckled trout:

Gator trout

Andy’s guide claimed that it was the largest trout put in his in years. So yeah, it’s a pretty effective fly.