Bullies are bad? Part 2 November 11 2013, 0 Comments

We had so much fun on our first hit out with the Bull trout, we thought we’d gear up and target them specifically the next week.  Coho were still on the cards, but we really wanted to test drive a few new Twigg & Barry products, namely the new 7/8 Switch Rod paired with the Classic 7/9 Reel and a Scandi line.  On the end of this would be the new Twigg & Barry custom fly we were working on (Baby’s Lipstick) – a terrible mix between trying to imitate a spinner and modify Jeff Hickman’s Flash Taco fly.  The results were nothing short of amazing.

 

The ultimate test came in one particular run where we followed a spin fisher through.  She had caught a fish almost every cast as she worked her way down the run until finally the fishing slowed down.  We attached one of our prototype Baby’s Lipstick flies and held on as almost every cast a Bull Trout tried to climb on.  Amazing given the circumstances! 

Even more amazing was that despite the abuse the fly was taking, it didn’t start to deteriorate at all, and we released over 20 Bull Trout on the one fly!  The fly had other considerations in it’s design as well, including having a fairly large profile while still being quick sinking, all without adding extra weight. This meant we could cast it with a type 3 sink tip all day with the Switch Rod and get the perfect swing.  Rather than with the full spey rod, the Switch Rod meant we weren’t over gunned when playing the fish, and made for an easy but enjoyable day swinging flies.

 

We concluded the day by giving the Bull Trout a rest and turning our attention to the Coho.  With a likely looking pool located, it was time to test out the Jigolo Fly.  An unlikely looking thing tied on a jig hook with dumbbell eyes and once again completely synthetic composition, it’s undulating flashiness proved the undoing of a number of large, bright coho.  We fished it on a 5wt with a sink tip line which was perhaps a little light but fun.  It could just as easily be fished on a floating line with a long leader for even better jigging action!

We fished it on a 5wt with a sink tip line which was perhaps a little light but fun.  It could just as easily be fished on a floating line with a long leader for even better jigging action!