Thursday, October 18, 2012

October Freshwater Fly of the Month: Nymph Head HM Caddis Puppa Green

October Freshwater Fly of the Month: Nymph Head HM Caddis Puppa Green

Caddis Nymphs are actually usually Caddis Larva or Caddis Pupa imitations since there is technically no "nymphal" stage in the Caddisfly's development. Caddis Larvae and Caddies Pupae are present in large numbers in most trout streams and they are an important part of the diet of most trout. Most Caddisfly Larva build a protective case around themselves out of sand, small rocks, or sticks and leaves. A few species of Caddisflies are actually free-swimming in the larval stage. These Caddis Nymph imitations are sure to become some of your go-to nymph patterns.

The Green Caddis Larva—also known as the Green Rock Worm—is an old stand-by nymph pattern, which is descended from the original Rock Worm created by Missoula, Montana barber Franz Pott in the 1920s. It's an exceptionally effective nymph pattern that imitates many species of caddisflies, in the Hydropsychidae and Ryacophillidae families. Fished alone or as a dropper, a Caddis Larva is a great searching pattern and seems attractive to even big trout, something famed fly shop owner Bob Jacklin discovered a couple years ago while filming a television show on the Madison River. On camera, Jacklin hooked and landed a 32-inch, 10-pound brown trout on a size 14 Beadhead Green Caddis Larva. It was the biggest trout he'd ever caught, anywhere.

 The Green Caddis Larva
          Hook: Standard emerger hook (here, a Dia-Riki 125), size 16.          Adhesive: Superglue.
          Weight: 6 or 7 wraps of .015 lead-free wire.
          Thread: Brown, UTC 70 denier.
          Weight: 6 or 7 wraps of .015 lead-free wire.          Thread: Brown, UTC 70 denier.          Rib: Fluorescent chartreuse Ultra Wire, brassie size. 
          Dubbing: Light olive Australian possum, sparse.                 Thorax: Dark brown Australian possum.   

October Saltwater Lure of the Month: Crippled Alewive

October Saltwater Lure of the Month: Crippled Alewive

Fishing with Alewives is a very popular practice in the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay Area. The alewife is a species of herring.  There are anadromous and landlocked forms of this species.  The front of the body is deep and larger than other fish found in the same waters, and its common name is said to come from comparison with a corpulent female tavernkeeper (an "ale-wife").  In the Southeast United States, the Alewive is often referred to simply as "LY".  The adult alewives are the preferred bait for the spring lobster fishery in Maine.

Because of the popularity of the "Live" baits, the Crippled Alewive Lure Company decided to create a similar looking lure to attract the species of fish that preys on the Alewive fish.  The Crippled Alewive Lure Company has been making fishing lures in the Chesapeake Bay area for over 50 years, and noticed an influx in the Northeast of these Alewife fish.  Knowing they needed to take advantage of this surge, they crafted this Crippled Alewive, simulating the injured baitfish that is popular with their other baits.

The baits they made are made of brass and come in chrome, gold, and custom-colored varieties with feathered teasers already attached.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

October Walleye Lure of the Month: Storm Hot n Tot's October Walleye Lure of the Month: Storm Hot n Tot

Why change something that works? With the genuine metal lip, classic molds and same erratic, side-to-side searching action this lure is legendary for, there is nothing new about this lure. There’s no reason there should be. It is still the go-to trolling bait walleyes can’t resist. Finish the story every time with premium VMC® hooks.

The original Hot n Tot is famous for it's wildly unpredictable searching action. The lure runs straight and true, then suddenly and unpredictably jolts from side to side, before getting back on track and going straight again.  The fish "whack it and attack it" as it tries to get away, but this motion makes it simply unpredictable for the fish in the area.

The Hot n Tot combines durable body construction with a thin metal lip to provide maximum vibration and a wide wobble that never quits.  The holographic eyes and graphic skin pattern create an incredibly lifelike appearance.  The VMC barbarian trebles create a unique curve, called TLC that provide incredible benefits.  Better strength and locking hooked fish at the curve prevents fish from getting away.  Warm or cold water, fast or slow trolling, this lure is a beauty to throw out and will have fish trying to smash this fish to stop the madness of the wobble!!   


  • Original metal lip
  • Original molds, components, patterns and colors
  • Original packaging style
  • Wild searching action
  • Top lure for trolling for walleye
  • Premium VMC® hooks'N-Tot/Original%20Hot%20'N%20Tot,default,pd.html

October Freshwater Lure of the Month: Rapala DT6 Silver

October Freshwater Lure of the Month: Rapala DT6

In the 1930's, Lauri Rapala had a very simple revelation: wounded fish get eaten by big fish, so all he needed to do was to create a lure that resembled a wounded minnow.  Sounds easy enough, right?  Such a simple thought process, but it is one that has transcended generations and helped to catch millions of fish.  The Rapala Original Floater was originally made of timber, and has since been updated to what is included in this month's selection.  It's easy to use, durable, and most importantly - it catches fish!

The Original Floaters evolved for the Rapala family into lures that could dive, as that was where the real fish were at! Years after the company began, the "Dives-To" series of crankbaits were founded.  These baits dive fast to a present depth and stay in the "strike zone" longer than any other crankbait out there! This month's bait is made of balsa wood, and combined with carefully placed internal weights, a tapered fuselage and thin tail design that creates the ultimate crankbait action.

The Ultra-thin polycarbonate lip digs the bait way down deep, but then it pulls with ease.  With the weights set the way they are, it can rest in a "quick-dive" nose down position that allows for immediate descent to desired depth.  It can easily be cast to 150 feet.  In simple terms, the longer you cast the bait, the longer it stays in the strike zone, which is the single most effective way to cover more water and catch more fish.  

As additional features, the internal baritone rattle is tuned for optimal sound performance.  The finish on the bait and painted on eyes make this irresistible once it hits the water.  Each lure is hand-tuned and tank-tested to swim perfectly right out of the box.  

Enjoy this crankbait and happy fishing!!

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