Tuesday, November 11, 2008

No. 313

"Alewife Spey Quick Sketch" Sharpie on bond paper. Life has kept me away from the computer the past few days. I have not stopped drawing the flies though. This is Sunday's post and the day that went with it:

Alarm goes off at 4:55 a.m.
Get clothes on and jump in the truck to head to my fishing buddy Corey's house.
Head out to Milwaukee River for steel head fishing at 6:00 a.m.
Weather conditions: Air temp 33 degrees F, snow flurries, gusty winds. Water temp 46 degrees F. perfect steelhead weather!
Meet up with two guys from our club to instruct them on spey casting.
Corey lands a nice buck steelhead on an Alewife Spey.
15 minutes later, I land a buck steelhead on an Alewife Spey.
Eat lunch.
Fish the rest of the afternoon until dark. Chip ice off of guides.
Get home around 7:30 p.m.
Hang waders, clean gear.
Eat dinner.
draw fly.
Go to bed.
What a great day!

This pattern mimics the alewife bait fish that the steelhead feed on during the Summer in Lake Michigan. The pattern was developed by A fantastic tier and fisherman named Jon Ulenhope from Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters. You will see a nice painted version of this fly in the upcoming weeks. You can see the tube pattern in the pictures. My version varies from Jon's in that I added the jungle cock nails.

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