isleomaniac

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    Worm Hatch Inspector
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    fishing, diving, surfing
  • What I do for a living:
    Retired

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  1. The next step is to try and tie a tiny # 22 fly imitating a high floating aphid, then the final challenge would be to actually catch some of those rising trout.
  2. I am closing in on woolly alder aphid which has a bluish head. We have smooth alder shrubs growing around the edges of ponds, and the aphids alternate between alder and maple trees. When colder weather happens as in November, a winged generation is produced.
  3. You are a brilliant man, so I bestow on you the Woolly Aphid Award for 2018.
  4. You would never know that I took at least one entomology course in college? So i dug out my bug book, and had I looked before, I would have found it in the first of the color plates. I didn't expect to see aphids on the water, so these tiny aphids most likely flew out of the trees and landed on the water. Probably from the willows along the ponds edge, other than that, there are pines, oaks, and tupelos, along with some shrubs such as blueberry, and sweet pepper bush. But there are many species of trees that are hosts for aphids. The next time I see aphids on the water, I will give the trees a closer inspection. There were also midges hatching that day, and on the water along with the tiny aphids. I have fished many midge hatches, and so I am quite familiar with these. The white cottony threads on the body are secreted from wax glands.
  5. That is it, very cool and thank you.
  6. Yes, Originally I thought it looked like a tiny version of a house fly, only it was mostly white with a blueish head.
  7. I saw these during a hatch on several Cape ponds this November. They are tiny, 1/8 to 3/16 long, looks like a white fluff ball floating high on the waters surface. Also have a blue head. The trout were rising on them. These got wet before I took the photos, so the white didn't show up as much.
  8. What's up with the boulders blocking access to Hoxie pond in Sandwich? Another shore access point gone?
  9. I recommend a buff plus a very extra-wide brimmed hat, I found one from gottahavahat.com
  10. I like Tyger Wire because it is knotable, just use a simple Davy's or double Davy's knot. Loop to loop to 30 or 40 lb mono leader. Between fly and loop, about 4" more or less. You can also tie some bluefish flies on a 1/0 or 2/0 4xl long shank hook. Tie the fly back at the hook bend and the long shank becomes the bite tippet.
  11. One important consideration: If you are right handed, then your right hand will be on the cork grip out of harms way when you hook up with a big fish. Automatically your left hand will come up to tighten the drag, and it will also be out of harms way from the reel handle which if on the right side won't be able to rap or cut your fingers and knuckles. Fight the fish on the drag until it tires, and then switch hands and reel with your right hand. If it is a small fish which is most of the time, you strip the line back in anyway with your left hand instead of reeling.
  12. I have tried the flashlight inside option, but it did not find the tiny pin hole leaks of which I had many. With water inside the leg, you can see all the wet spots indicating tiny pin holes.
  13. Well, so far, the 6 hatches that I have found are below my average of 10 per year. I hope others are doing better? Here is what I have had to go through to find those 6 since May 1. During the 26 days of looking, I have visited 74 locations, with a few days searching as many as 8 different bodies of water. The sunny stretch leading up to the new moon on Wednesday 6/13 kept getting interrupted by cloudy days. For my last location, my one record from 2011, told me that I would need a stretch of 3-4 sunny days in a row. I usually end my season here and move on to other things, but might venture out to check on things during the next tide cycle for my area starting on Friday 6/15. By contrast, during my best year in 2014, out of 44 days of looking, I found 28 hatches. During this season, the weather with all the factors and variables were all near perfect in alignment.
  14. I use a can of Geocel elastomeric clear. It won't harden up on you in the tube like aqua seal and will last a long time in the can. For old waders, hang them up and fill one leg at a time with water, then mark the tiny leaks with a marker, empty, let dry, then repair on the outside. You can also repair from the inside instead, just pinch the marked spot, then go inside if you have more patience.
  15. Just a heads up, today's (Friday) full day of sun puts us just over the minimum required of 2 days of sun to stimulate a hatch at 2-1/2. The late evening high tides combined with this sunny stretch will be prime time, and especially so leading up to the new moon on Wednesday for the larger and deeper bodies of water.