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John on N Branch Au Sable
John on N Branch Au Sable
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March Brown
March Brown
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Blurred Brown Drake
Blurred Brown Drake
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Spence's 18" N Branch Brown caught on a Tim Neal Drake...Thanks Tim!!! :)
Spence's 18" N Branch Brown caught on a Tim Neal Drake...Thanks Tim!!! :)
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Floating the South
Floating the South
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Dink :)
Dink :)
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Thunderbird Club. Ernie fished in front of here and John is sporting a little cane.
Thunderbird Club. Ernie fished in front of here and John is sporting a little cane.
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Spence and his Hardy clad Winston
Spence and his Hardy clad Winston
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Ginger Quill Before he passed Carl Richards owned this place. Chatted with him here on this bench a couple times.
Ginger Quill Before he passed Carl Richards owned this place. Chatted with him here on this bench a couple times.
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John on dock of Ginger Quill.
John on dock of Ginger Quill.
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Reviving Mr. Big
Reviving Mr. Big
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This is one happy man!
This is one happy man!
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23" South Branch Au Sable Brown...Way to go John!
23" South Branch Au Sable Brown...Way to go John!
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Finally! Success!
Finally! Success!
WiflyfisherJune 12th, 2014, 10:12 pm
Wisconsin

Posts: 603
Nice TR Spence.. and awesome fish JohnW!!

Amazing, you guys are into the big Drakes and across the big lake we are still dodging ice cubes. :-)


John S.
https://WiFlyFisher.com
JOHNWJune 14th, 2014, 5:36 pm
Chambersburg, PA

Posts: 452
Looks like a wonderful trip. Absolutely love that 1st boat image. Congrats on your big one too, John! Was that a night time dry fly fish??

Paul
If you count 22:00 hrs as being night time then yes it was a night time dry fly fish (my new lifetime best fish on a dry). Truth be told the pattern I used was basically a bastardized klinkhammer tied with an antron shuck and then, polypro wrapped body that turns into the very oversized post a little oversized and densely wrapped hackle to keep her afloat. Cover the thorax with dubbing of choice and there you have it.
I tie it as a green drake so body/wing is creamy yellow and as I said the wing is huge. I do this not for imitation purposes but rather for visibility to me. In the failing that night with Mr. Big it paid huge divedends. I was casting into a patch of water above where this guy was feeding so I could mark the fly but as it drifted into shadow it became a guessing game based on the sound of the rises.

As for Tim's drake pattern you will have to ask him but his advice that a fish that is feeding on drakes will take it if properly cast and presented is not an exaggeration. In fact there were a few fish that came to it even when presented poorly. Perhaps it has something to do with the mantra of a long time Au Sable guide: 3D (Do Drag Drakes)

For those of you who have not fished the Au Sable you should just remember it only sounds like the National Guard is shooting AT YOU!
JW
"old habits are hard to kill once you have gray in your beard" -Old Red Barn
CrepuscularJune 15th, 2014, 8:50 am
Boiling Springs, PA

Posts: 919
Nice fish John! congratulations! Excellent job representing us PA boys!
PowellammonJune 16th, 2014, 7:17 pm
Price, Utah

Posts: 4
Beautiful fish! JW, Thanks for the tips on fishing drakes!
Jacob Powell
http://www.bearcreekfishing.com/
OldredbarnJune 19th, 2014, 7:14 pm
Novi, MI

Posts: 2591
Nice fish John! congratulations! Excellent job representing us PA boys!


Yes Eric, indeed he did! My guide friend Jim told him after fishing with him that "You got game, man!"...He covered the river well and it was his plan to switch to his own fly just in time to snag Mr. Big...He probably never saw a fly tied by a PA Boy...Bet he remembers it though! :)

Spence
"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
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