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Rob G

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  1. In the immortal words of Stan Lee, "Nuff Said" : ) Took a few today on topwater but it's getting tough. The night time temps have plummeted making for much colder water temps and it's taking all afternoon for the water to warm up.
  2. I'm interested in what you can create with that stuff so please post some pics when you get a chance.
  3. Since I have no "before" picture for comparison, can you tell me what someone has exactly done and for what reason? Was the creek bed always of that fine gravel or sand substrate, no larger rock ? Does the water normally run higher at this time of year?
  4. Top water bite still going strong down this way in the afternoon. Yesterday I ran a double rig of a Big Black Bug and a Hopper, and the first 4 or 5 hit the BBB so used that one most of the day and it fooled a bunch of smallies, nothing really large but lots of em'
  5. This is a simple two piece foam fly. The top 2 mm thick foam is tan, and the bottom piece is yellow with the hook sandwiched between. I have some foam pattern cutters that create the perfect shape each time. I use black thread to highlight body segmentation and leave the pattern a little longer than a Mustad 33903 size 4 popper hook, so as when cinched down in the front over the eye of the hook, you get a small cupped area that produces a nice subtle pop and gurgle when you give it a quick twitch. As to the long walk, I keep telling myself that just around the next bend is an area that doesn't get hit very hard and a 20"er has surely made his home there. I know that one day not too far in the distant future, that I won't be able to trek miles upstream, but darn it, I hope to be that old guy who can no longer stray far from the bridge but is still giving them hell. Ha
  6. But then again, it’s tough to beat a Hopper pattern in September So to get back on topic, I walked for 8 ½ hours today and I couldn’t buy a topwater bite for the first 8 hours. Nothing worked so I kept going back to streamers. Then when the sun finally dipped below the tree line, it came alive, but only for a few short minutes. I only caught a few but was fortunate enough to land a couple dandies, an 18 and a nice 19 on the Hopper. Btw, saw a few grassies today and they wouldn’t even look at my surface bugs. We are starting to get some significant leaves on the water and I’m thinking that they’re probably focused on that easy meal.
  7. John, couldn't agree more. On the near by Wabash River, there were a couple of specific places that once summer arrived, were always guaranteed to be stuffed with large long nose gar and of course a bunch of smaller shortnose gar. Not coincidentally, there were large schools of shad found in this particular river bend as well. Though we still see a few smaller shortnose, the longnose gar and schools of shad have disappeared since the Asian carp have arrived. Unfortunately my rope flies have been sitting idle. But hey, this thread is about topwater flies that fool smallmouth
  8. Mark, you bring up some good points but, eventually all fish die and do decay within the water. When I used to bowfish a lot, one night on the Tennessee River, I and my friend shot exactly 100 Asian Big head carp with the average fish weighing in easily at 20-25 lbs, and the largest at 42 lbs. Do the math, that's 2500 lbs of fish that evening and when we started to haul them back up the ramp, the Kentucky DNR stopped us cold and told us that we must go right back out there and dump them (all dead by now) right back into the river. We were not allowed to haul any of them out as they didn't want to take any chance that they could end up in an;y other waterway. Other fishermen had dumped their catch on the far side bank and you could smell the stench several hundred yards away.
  9. John, I know what you mean. I had a couple that I swore had inhaled the fly but when I went to set the hook, I whiffed , nothing but air and so their mouths must have not have been fully closed on the fly. Btw, what hook size are you tying those on ?
  10. Oh Yeah ! "Da Bomber" Well done ! Glad to hear things worked out for you but I need to know if you went out and started smashing walnuts ? Ha So they wouldn't even look at your neat leaf flies ? Curious fish. I hope to get back after them if I get a chance but I'm not sure whether that will happen because I need the water to be really low and hopefully clear.
  11. Thanks Ed, it looks like walnut oil is good for what ails you. It seems like it would be worth a try if Andy has seen their preference for walnut leaves, Guess those grassies really are intelligent, having already figured out all health benefits of consuming walnut leaves/oil.
  12. I finally got a chance to seek out those grassies again and they mostly disappeared from where they were holding before. I only spotted a couple of solos here and there. No chance of sight casting to them since the water was still a bit stained after the 2" of rain we received. I did have one incident that has now occurred on at least 4 different fish, and that is, they move up and open their mouth 2-3" out of the water, right on the precipice of inhaling the fly, I mean it's on their lips, but then they back off slightly, close their mouth and .show no further interest. They must have some olfactory or taste receptors just on the front of the mouth so they can move up to something, determine if it is real food (or black Hobby Lobby foam) without inhaling first. Darn good adaptation. I'm wondering if I could scent these bombers in something that might be attractive. When I was a boy we would add garlic and onion salt to our Wheaties dough ball for common carp, also dad and I would soak our chicken livers in anise oil for our throw lines for catfish and turtle. Wonder what these grass carp would find appealing that I could soak some foam bombers in? Got any ideas. Walnut leaves ? Ha
  13. very creative, after the cast does the hook normally ride down ?
  14. Rob G


    Mark, I'm not surprised about that Rebel craw being effective, my first 20" came on a Rebel Craw some 30+ years ago.
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