Thursday, December 30, 2010

Z Fish Report (12/29/10)

The satellite photos show the blue water moving out and away from Zihuatanejo Bay to the north to about the 15 mile mark. But, on a 200º to 180º heading to the south, it is still within 6 miles from the lighthouse.

And, the fishing has been excellent. We are coming out of the full moon period, and going into our most productive blue water time of the year for sailfish…January.

Each boat is averaging about 3 sailfish a day released in the blue water. High boat in the fleet this week was Martin on the cruiser Gaviota with 9 sailfish releases.

Mike Bulkley had this to say about the fishing:
The offshore fishing improved dramatically this week with multiple strike and hook-ups every trip. Tim Shmalhofer from Pennsylvania fished with Capt. Francisco on the Super Panga "Huntress" twice and released 7 Sailfish. Zef Padovani from British Columbia, age 13, caught and released his 1st, 2nd, 3rd. and 4th. sailfish on his first trip on the Huntress and added another Sail and two Dorado on his second. He also expertly set the hook on sails 3 and 4 under the guidance of Capt. Francisco.
Zef and Francisco wiith one of Zef's 5 sailfish he released.

But, the biggest surprise is the roosterfish have come back. Actually, I don’t think they came back, as our local fish headed south for warmer water in early November, but we are getting a great showing of a southerly migration from parts unknown to the north of us.
Adolfo with a small rooster taken on a surface popper

Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos went 1½ hours north on Tuesday and raised 28 roosters, hooking and releasing 10. He was using surface poppers and slow trolled live bait. Per Adolfo, they varied from “fairly small to medium to large”. Cheva, on the panga Dos Hermanos II, worked the areas to the south to the antennas and below, doing well on 3 roosters and lots of large jack crevalle.

Jose Pino, in Puerto Vicente Guerrero, where I am going tomorrow, told me there are lots of roosters and jacks. Hopefully, we will get into some of the action with the fly rods.

Ed Kunze

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Thrummin' Hornbergs

Slightly Modified
weighted body

.. This slightly modified classic is just now making it's appearance beneath the ice on Hebgen Lake. The neighbors call it the "Bearded Hornberg," or the "Rasty Hornberg." It's tied just like the standard pattern with the addition of a large beard.
.. It's attached to the fishing line behind it's ample head with a standard riffling hitch; a small split shot is also suspended from the eye of the hook. Rigged correctly this allows the fly to hang in the water in a nearly horizontal position.
.. Neighbors don't remember a Whitefish being taken on this fly. Speculation allows it to mimic a small fish, thus attractive to the large rainbows and Browns in the lake. Truth be told it's any one's guess about what it really imitates. And like so many attractor flies it is not a major topic of conversation. It works, and that's that.
.. This pattern is almost always fished with a thrumming rod. Infrequently it is dangled beneath a tip-up. The thrumming rod allows the vibrations from the thumb-thrummer to move the fly in subtle ways beneath the water. Additionally, speculation allows that the vibrations attract the fish. Whatever the case, this is a rig that the neighbors favor when looking for the big trout in the reservoir.
.. NB: Maggots are scarce already. Meal worms are disappearing fast. Most night crawlers are dry or growing green stuff. It might be time to give the artificials a heavy workout.
.. More to come
Merry Christmas

Saturday, December 25, 2010

shoot the partridge and eat the pears

I think Santa came last night, but you would really have to ask Mrs. Claus. (ba dump bump) But seriously, there was so many fat people with facial hair walking around here in red fuzzy pants it made it impossible to tell who the hell I had to bribe to get a drink, and who had the sack full-o-goods.

They say it's about giving, and 50% of those who told you that are good people and the rest are just greedy pricks. But either way there are too many kids, right now, all over the nation bothering the shit out of their hungover parents even as these words are typed, just held on the verge of hysterics and the sun hasn't even had the balls to show its face yet.

I never got to rush. I always had to wait. Being an only child, there was always only one of me to hold at bay and there ain't no paper-tearing till the coffee has been made, till your aunt's hair is done up, till the other guests get here, till all us 'dults are good and damn ready and until then you will wait.

But today I can see the yellow light peeking through the shades and I have a feeling not unlike the child of my youth, I am the first one up on Christmas morning. Maybe there is something fishy under that tree...?

Who wants a mimosa?


Drinkin' never looked so awesome.

I may have forgot to put the top on the grill down, and the pork roast may have been "burning like a candle," but I refuse to be blamed. Merry Drinking.

Oh yeah, and Goldberg:

In The Day

Friday, December 24, 2010

Z Fish Report (12/24/10)

The 80° blue water is just a short run of 6 miles out of Zihuatanejo Bay. There seems to be plenty of fish, but the full moon has made them picky and not very aggressive. Mike Bulkley of the super panga Huntress told me “We fished every day and released 5 sailfish total. Lots of fish sighted from 6 to 20 miles but they were short striking and not coming back on the bait. Same story with the two marlin strikes we had. 4 out of 5 sails were caught before 7:30 AM before the sun hit the water.”
Alberto with his dorado with Santiago, and Adan on the right.
Ernie, a local icon who lives in Troncones, took young Alberto and friends Art and Teresa fishing on the super panga Gitana with Santiago and Adan. This was young Alberto’s first trip, and he got a very nice dorado. Kudu’s to Ernie for taking a kid fishing with a great captain. They also had a sailfish break off, and released another two for Art and Teresa. It was a very good day on the water.

Cheva, on the panga Dos Hermanos II, and Adolfo on the Dos Hermanos have been hitting the inshore hard all week with their clients from France. Cheva is fishing 16 days straight with his client, and Adolfo 25 days. These European anglers are such fanatics they got off the plane, took a taxi to the pier, and jumped on the boat and went fishing; luggage and all. They checked into the hotel when they got back from fishing.

Large Jack Crevalle

Both boats have been doing basically the same thing and concentrating on points south from Valentine to the Antennas. They are getting lots of very large jack crevalle (20 in one day for Cheva’s clients), large sierras, and black skipjack tuna. They did get a couple of roosters on a long run down to Puerto Vicente Guerrero, but not any others within a reasonable day’s charter.
Ed Kunze

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

SID 5 - The Rich Issue

Dedicated to the late Rich Schaaff with a moving piece written by Rich's wife, Julie.

Full of stunning imagery as always. Check it out.

Short Fuse, Comments Needed

Comment Now
no whiners

.. The NATIVE FISH CONSERVATION PLAN is designed as a major effort to respond to the diminished stocks of native fish in Yellowstone National Park.
.. The Environmental Assessment is now open for public comment.
.. Mark your calendars; only two public meetings are scheduled:
* Bozeman, Montana: January 5th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Comfort Inn, 1 370 North 7th Avenue
* Cody, Wyoming: January 6th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Holiday Inn, 1701 Sheridan Avenue.
.. Written comments may be submitted through the project web site, in person, by mail, or at either of the scheduled public meetings. Comments will not be accepted by phone, fax, or e-mail. All public comments must be received or postmarked by midnight, January 31, 2011.
..  Here are the important Links:
==> Project Home Page,
==> Project Plan Process,
==> Meeting Notices,
==> Project Links,
==> Document List,
==> Comment Form.
.. The scoping meeting in West Yellowstone last April was poorly attended. No feather merchants were present, one local guide was present, and a handful of concerned fishers attended.
.. Input by these few interested parties helped shape the current document that is now open for review.
.. The EA addresses Lake Trout in Yellowstone Lake, other invasive species throughout the rivers in the park, the effects of climate change on native species, and disease.
.. Conservation efforts addressed include: increased gill netting in Yellowstone Lake, establishing barriers and weirs, removing non native species, restoring native populations, and a host of other actions including poisoning fish populations.
.. The key concept is conservation. The actions taken to implement this can be extensive, varied, and vast.
.. It's important that input at this time be concise, reasoned and rational. It will help steer the project and will certainly affect the fishscape of the future.
.. Please understand that, at base, this addresses the question of "What Is The Purpose Of Yellowstone National Park." Several guides have remarked that it does no good to replace one trout with another. They are just concerned with catching any fish.
.. Many guides and fishers of the park will be voicing opinions that catching fish, (the more - the better,) is what the park should provide.
.. There are others that feel it's important to remove all invasive species such as Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout and Brook Trout to foster the recovery of native Cutthroat Trout & Grayling(?).
.. Many feather merchants feel that the role of Yellowstone National Park is to provide fishing opportunities for recreational fishing, (and an economic base for their enterprise.)
.. Some conservationists believe that the only way to enable preservation of native fish is to "restore" the park to "natural" conditions, including removal all planted stocks of fish, (which is a large segment of the current fishable populations.)
.. Definition of terms and concepts will be argued and explored at the public meetings and in the submitted comments. Many oxen could be gored by this project.
.. The subtext of comments will be interesting to observe, as will the rationale behind the proposed actions in those comments.
.. Some fishers of Yellowstone have opined that since Brown Trout have been in the rivers for over 100 years that they are "native."
.. Does that make Lake Trout native if they survive another 70 years?
.. In another 100 years what will the descendants of those fishers say about Rock Snot, New Zealand Mud Snails, and other yet unforeseen invasive species?
.. As the waters warm will we see Yellowstone become a trophy fishery for Carp and Chubs and Largemouth Bass?
.. What will happen if some fool decides to dump Northern Pike or Muskellunge or Lake Trout in Hebgen Reservoir, right at Yellowstone's door?
.. Your input is necessary for the decision making process. We're talking about the future and how history will view the legacy that we leave.
.. Make no mistake about it, this is a significant project. It will last for 20 years, (1/5 of the next 100 years.) It will significantly affect the definition of Yellowstone National Park and it's role in species conservation and recovery.
.. It will also determine who fishes where and for what in the park. It is an historic effort that demands you input and your concern for how Yellowstone is defined: a fun and profitable fishery for visitors seeking "non-native," invasive trout or a refuge for indigenous species - or both.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Very Important Download

EA Available
3-part PDF

.. In Rapid fashion Yellowstone National Park and the National Park Service have completed the Environmental Assessment for the Native Fish Conservation Plan.
.. We just received notification and downloaded the files. We'll study them and let you know our thoughts.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Rare Indeed

Last Time = DECEMBER 21, 1638
Next Time = DECEMBER 21, 2094

.. See you then.

Christmas Opening Hours

Dec 24th - 10.00 - 15.00

Dec25th Closed

Dec26th Closed

Dec 27th 10.00-15.00

Dec 28th 10.00 - 18.00

Dec 29th 10.00 - 18.00

Dec 30th 10.00 - 18.00

Dec 31st 10.00 - 15.00

Jan 1st Closed

Jan 2nd 10.00 - 15.00

Then back to normal .

If anyone needs anything over the Christmas period and the shop is not open just call the shop on 051393559 as the phone will be diverted to my mobile and I only live two min from shop and have no problem opening up if anyone needs anything .

The Beautiful Buzzer

Suspended Animation
chironomid larvae
Courtesy Photo
.. The non-biting midge imitations are a staple of winter fly fishing in our neighborhood.
.. They are, as well, found in the ice fishers buckets and boxes. They are one of the most productive of the 'artificials.'
.. These little critters periodically come to the surface along all the open water in the region and go by many names in addition to midges and snow flies. Some call them "gnats," "fuzzy bills," "blind mosquitoes," "blood worms," and "nose cloggers."
.. An interesting, (and useful,) fact of their life cycle is that during the winter, in frozen lakes and rivers, the larvae do not pupate, but they suspend development and pass through the winter months as mature larvae.
.. This is the critter that both fly fishers and ice fishers imitate with great success. Still water or not, there are probably lots of midges where you fish.
.. Because of their life cycle, late fall and early spring are "midge seasons" in colder areas. In our area, happily, they are around most of the time - both beneath the ice and in our non-frozen rivers.
.. "Buzzer" seems to be an English term for the little darlings. Many of our neighbors buy their flies from merchants across the pond. One of their favorite suppliers is THE ENGLISH FLY FISHING SHOP, others are: Practical Fly Fishing & Fly Tying, and The Essential Fly.
.. The history of the imitative pattern is discussed HERE. There are quite a few folks in the neighborhood that tie up a few dozen of their favorite a couple of times per month. They stick with the simple epoxy patterns and use clear nail polish for a covering, (they say it is best for it's sparkling nature,) some even use glitter polish.
.. If you're interested in the bugs check out THE CHIRONOMID HOME PAGE. If you'd like to see some contemporary regional patterns see the Front Range Anglers page. Should you be interested in conventional still water tactics visit
.. The fly fishing psyche in our neighborhood is mightily skewed toward dry fly tools and tactics and thus, the wide array of successful nymphs is largely ignored by our local feather merchants. Some of them even close for the winter and migrate to warmer parts of the universe.
.. Ice fishers love these little patterns and frequently use them as the master fly with others rotated for probing and prospecting purposes. Sizes range from 16 to 10, with 12 and 14 being the most common.
.. More to come.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Time For Drilling

Getting Thicker
getting colder
.. Make no mistake about it; ice fishing is meat fishing. It may be pleasant, fun, enjoyable, or miserable but, it's pretty serious stuff as well. The neighbors start talking about it as soon as the first snow flakes of Fall hit the ground.
.. Smokers are dragged out of the deep dusty recesses of the garage and cleaned. Savory woods and pine sticks are gathered. Charcoal is stockpiled and ingredients for secret recipes are studied.
.. Gear that has evolved into specialized tools is checked and augmented with the latest pieces. Flies are tied, lures cleaned and polished, and the calendar gets marked-up with dates and notes.
.. Augers are cleaned, sharpened, oiled and put into top shape. Finally, maps are checked and brought up to date with the latest information from the most recent summer's prospecting. It's time to start drilling.
.. Ice fishers that are stoked by gear every bit as maniacal as most fly fishers are found in our neighborhood. There are just as many "gotta-haves" for them as are found in the stash of summer fishers.
.. The array of specialized gear, to the uninitiated, is stunning and weirdly attractive. It all seems so familiar, in an other-worldly sort of way.
.. Spools of expensive, fresh, and strong tippet material are found, 'leader material,' of this quality is necessary.
.. Ice skimming spoons are found that would be right at home in an Italian kitchen. Lures are diminutive, brightly colored, twinkly, and seem plucked from a miniature Christmas tree.
.. One thing is very familiar and dear to us: THE SCUD! Most of the scuds are purchased locally from our neighborhood feather merchants.
.. Some are tied at home, some are even very elaborate in their design and implementation. All are certainly capable of taking a trout in any situation during the summer.
.. The neighbors fish these at any depth throughout the water column. Rigs consist of single or double scuds in the same or different colors
..  Various colors and patterns are used. Generally a synthetic fiber is used for the body and legs. The exoskeleton is often made from the clear plastic found on cigarette packages. Colors range from the ridiculous to the sublime with green, tan, and pink being the most popular.
.. Most scuds are found in relatively shallow water near the vegetation that they dearly love. They reproduce year 'round and various stages and colors are present for the fish to eat. Right after molting they are a neutral pinkish tan color.
..Scuds of the genus Gammarus are probably most common in the neighborhood. They are most active at night and in low light conditions.
.. Of course, fishing with scuds is usually most productive at first or last light and on overcast days.
.. One species Hyallela Azteca is fond of deeper water and may be found scudding along the bottom as deep as 50 feet.
.. The critters range in size from about 1/4" to 3/4". The neighbors use hook sizes from 16 to 12. Most of our local feather merchants keep a well stocked bin of scuds in appropriate sizes for the neighborhood. Although these critters are seldom found in the larger streams and rivers of the neighborhood, many a trout are taken on them during the year.
.. More to come.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Ummm, How Much?

8,136 Mustad Hooks mostly in the No. 1 and No. 1/0 variety. You really don't want to know how much I paid. Really, you don't.

Z Fish Report (12/16/10)

The 80° clean water is only a couple of miles off the beach, with most of the very good sailfish action taking place at the 10 to 12 mile marks. The fishing has been excellent for most species. The boats are all averaging 3 to 4 sailfish a day, with a few blue marlin and dorado thrown in for good measure.

Ivan from Denmark with dinner

Ted Krishisky of California has been fly fishing every day this week with Cheva’s son Anibel on the panga Arapa, and doing well on sailfish. They are averaging about 5 strikes a day, with 3 coming to the boat, and Ted has hooked a very fair share of them. Ted has been coming here for several years. On the morning I was talking to him he had logged his 96th sail on the fly the previous day.

Cheva, on the Dos Hermanos II, and I fly fished a few days with members of the Dave Welty group. It was Dave’s 50th birthday, so a fairly large group of family members and friends, from predominately the Seattle area, but also coming from as far as Denmark got together here, and did a little fishing too.

Ivan's dorado
On the 1st day, fishing with Chris Moffett and Kenton Quist, with Chris using his 12wt the first sailfish charged the boat, ate the fly, and was tagged and released in 22 minutes. The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th sailfish did the same act, but Kenton was not able to get a hook set. Such things do happen when you are snake bit.
Chris Moffett with his about to be released sailfish

Fishing with Dave the next day, and fortunately he was using my 14wt outfit, a blue marlin ate the fly. The estimated 225 pound blue disregarded the banana Dave had on the boat and gave us a perfect demonstration of following the teaser in, charging the fly and a miss, shake the fly side to side, with another miss, and then a solid hook-up on the 3rd try. With suburb boat handling by Cheva, Dave got the blue to the boat twice at the 40 and 45 minute marks, but about two feet too far out of reach for us to cut the leader. On the second time to the boat, the blue took off again, with the tail hitting and cutting the 40 pound butt section like it was butter. It was a great fight, an excellent release, and I didn’t lose my fly line.
Dave with his blue marlin at the other end.

We also had several strikes on dorado in the trolled teasers, managing to get a 15 pounder for Dave’s group for dinner.
Ivan's dorado on the gaff

For the inshore, we had a heavy swell hitting the beaches this week, making it tough for fly casters to get close to where the fish were. Adolfo on the panga Dos Hermanos, fishing with some of the younger members of the group (Dave’s son and his two friends are 10), had an excellent day of casting and trolling for small jack crevalle, sierras, and skipjack tuna. Young kids, to stay hooked on fishing, need a lot of fish to keep them occupied and interested. The 40 fish day did that very well.
Ed Kunze

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