Thursday, February 20, 2014

February Freshwater Fly of the Month: Elkwing Caddis Olive

February Freshwater Fly of the Month: Elkwing Caddis Olive

The Elk Wing Caddis is one of the most versatile caddis created. Almost every river has blanket hatches of this must have bug. 

The elk wing caddis dry fly is one of the most popular and proven dry flies in the world. The dry fly pattern imitates the natural caddis, one of the most prolific insects across North America that trout feed on. The elk hair caddis can fish like conventional dry flies, as well as be "skated" across the top of the water to attract feeding trout. 

Invented on the West Coast by Al Troth, the elk hair caddis has over the years proved to be an un-paralleled fish catcher. In the tradition of all great flies its "why didn't I think of that" quality has reinforced its reputation and resulted in a continual presence on practically every trout bearing water in the world.  The best way to think of this fly is as a skater. This is because it is the perfect fly for imitating both the newly emerged caddis flies' maiden voyage (or, the take off), and also the skittering female dropping her payload of eggs under the evening sky.

Tips to fish:
When fishing a caddis hatch the Elk Hair Caddis should be fished using standard dry fly tactics. If you suspect fish are taking spent adults aim for a drag free drift, but if you suspect the fish are after newly hatched adults (look out for slashing rises) employ some judicious twitching of your artificial. Standard presentations will work when using the Elk Hair Caddis as a searching pattern.


February Saltwater Lure of the Month: Storm Wildeye Sardine

February Saltwater Lure of the Month: Storm Wildeye Sardine

Part of Storm's "Award Winning" WildEye line of soft swimbaits, the Live Goby features I-Bolt System holographic WildEyes, high quality VMC needle point back hooks, tough yet soft body materials and internal weights for superior swimming actions.  

The Live Goby is designed to fish near bottom structure and mimics the slow, wandering swimming action of the real fish. In-shore fisherman will find this bait perfcet for a wide variety of saltwater gamefish.

The WildEye® Live series is the most realistic series of baits available. Internally weighted body creates an incredibly life-like swimming. The realistic color patterns and shape of the bait is backed up with 3-D holographic WildEye®, holographic swimmin’ flash foil and a tough yet soft outer body. This swimbait has a sardine body and color pattern and a back VMC® needle point hook.

  • Natural color patterns & shapes
  • Holographic 3-D WildEye®
  • Life-like swimming action
  • Holographic swimmin' flash foil
  • Tough, yet soft outer body
  • Weighted internally, for ideal swimming action
Also included in this month's box is a beautiful Fish Hook Hat Clip.  This Hook Clip will serve perfectly as a stylish tie clip or for clipping on the bill of your hat. Let people know you are a dedicated angler. Now you can think about fishing all the time, day or night!  

February Freshwater Lure of the Month: River2Sea Bling SpinnerBait

February Freshwater Lure of the Month: River2Sea Bling SpinnerBait

Designed by professional angler Ish Monroe, this spinnerbait features a custom Big Bite black nickel hook, with light wire and ultralight double-willow blades tuned for maximum vibration. Its liquid chrome paint scheme and hand-tied skirt add to its fish-attracting appeal.

Ish Monroe of Hughson, Calif. has earned a name as one of the best shallow water anglers in the sport of bass fishing.  Monroe is known for his ability with a Punchin rod, a Frog rod and when shallow crankbaits and spinnerbaits are the ticket. Monroe remains one of the few professional anglers who fish the Bassmaster Elite Series, and as many FLW Tour events as he can.

River2Sea’s new Bling spinnerbait; designed by Ish Monroe, is built to attract the right kind of bites. Bling is constructed on a light wire frame for maximum vibration and uses River2Sea's new ultrathin blades and a premium ball bearing swivel for easier rotation at slower speeds.
Bling is offered in 3⁄8 and 1⁄2–ounce models and features a new flared head design to help balance the lure during retrieve and to help it deflect off of obstructions. Its new custom Liquid Chrome paint job shines as well.  Bling will be dressed with a hand tied silicone skirt and will be available in six colors with three different blade combinations; double willow, tandem Colorado ⁄ Willowleaf combination and a Colorado ⁄ Indiana setup for dirtier water.  Get a little Bling in your life.


  • Tuned for maximum vibration and flash
  • Liquid chrome paint scheme
  • Big Bite black nickel hook
  • Hand-tied skirt
Other Sizing options and colors available:Sizes: 3/8 oz., 1/2 oz.
Colors: (001)Powder, (002)Lemonade Twist, (003)I Know It, (004)Flo,(005)Abalone Shad.