Pretentious Snobby Bastard Fly Fishing!

Fly Fishing Reports => Warm Water => Topic started by: Transylwader on February 15, 2013, 11:28:48 AM

Title: Bowfin on fly
Post by: Transylwader on February 15, 2013, 11:28:48 AM
Well, it comes as no surprise that when you have a flyfisher who lives in shitty central that he'll sooner than later drink himself to death or think outside the box. After my morning stroll along Lassiter Mills falls, I saw two of these bastards.
(http://www.sershenbros.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/05-19-4.jpg)

I caught one in MD a few years ago when I was messing around on the Potomac around Nanjemoy catching perch on clousers and once again, they are back on my radar. Anyone else here target em or even caught them? They are legendary fish in that they are prehistoric, like Gar and Musky, changed very little in millions of years and are bad ass apex predators. Im thinking big meat.
(http://www.hookhack.com/img/Dahlberg_Diver,_Urban_Roadkill_rotated[1].jpg)
Gonna get some Dahlberg Divers tied up today and see if I can coax one of these intrepid sumbitches.
Anyone in the raleigh area who is keen, hit up a brother. Beer on me 0:0
Title: Re: Bowfin on fly
Post by: Big J on February 15, 2013, 15:50:26 PM
Bowfin are awesome.  I've caught a couple down in Florida.  Sad thing is they get killed a lot.  Either by bass fisherman who hate them or stupid people thinking they are snakeheads.  They are one heck of a fighter too.
Title: Re: Bowfin on fly
Post by: 5xTippett on February 15, 2013, 16:54:55 PM
The proper names for those boys is mudfish!
Title: Re: Bowfin on fly
Post by: Jfey on February 15, 2013, 17:38:53 PM
Funny, I heard a rumor about a guy catching one on spin gear on this shitty creek in Charlotte.   I'll be checking it out as well.  Based on the location, I'm skeptical.  Got to take what's available!
Title: Re: Bowfin on fly
Post by: RiverbumCO on February 15, 2013, 17:53:37 PM
I wouldnt waste a good Dahlberg on one.  Conehead rabbit strip streamer in a loud color should do it.   A friend 'accidnently' caught one this summer and he still hasnt shutup about it.  Ugly bastards but the word is they can throw down.
Title: Re: Bowfin on fly
Post by: bullship on February 15, 2013, 19:36:37 PM
Quote from: Jfey on February 15, 2013, 17:38:53 PM
Funny, I heard a rumor about a guy catching one on spin gear on this shitty creek in Charlotte.   I'll be checking it out as well.  Based on the location, I'm skeptical.  Got to take what's available!


Hmmmmm.....so many shitty creeks. I'm about 90% that i'm moving back that way this spring. We should fish sometime. Oh wait....nevermind, I never get to fish. Anybody want to buy 4 botes, 17 fly poles and a million dollars in tying materials?
Title: Re: Bowfin on fly
Post by: Jfey on February 15, 2013, 20:36:18 PM
Quote from: bullship on February 15, 2013, 19:36:37 PM
Quote from: Jfey on February 15, 2013, 17:38:53 PM
Funny, I heard a rumor about a guy catching one on spin gear on this shitty creek in Charlotte.   I'll be checking it out as well.  Based on the location, I'm skeptical.  Got to take what's available!


Hmmmmm.....so many shitty creeks. I'm about 90% that i'm moving back that way this spring. We should fish sometime. Oh wait....nevermind, I never get to fish. Anybody want to buy 4 botes, 17 fly poles and a million dollars in tying materials?


No problem.  I like to drink also.
Title: Re: Bowfin on fly
Post by: kylemc on February 15, 2013, 21:23:43 PM
Quote from: bullship on February 15, 2013, 19:36:37 PM
I'm about 90% that i'm moving back that way this spring.


I just shed a tear..... :'(
Title: Re: Bowfin on fly
Post by: bullship on February 15, 2013, 21:45:56 PM
Quote from: kylemc on February 15, 2013, 21:23:43 PM
Quote from: bullship on February 15, 2013, 19:36:37 PM
I'm about 90% that i'm moving back that way this spring.


I just shed a tear..... :'(


I am shedding many....many. It's fucking our epic carp spring/summer right up. Gonna have to go catch a buzz and a staph infection with Jeffy in a CarLot ditch. Don't forget me, Kyle. I shall return.
Title: Re: Bowfin on fly
Post by: 5xTippett on February 15, 2013, 21:46:20 PM
Mike, PM Croaker.  I'll guarantee you he can tell you how to catch those boys on a fly.
Title: Re: Bowfin on fly
Post by: TheYiman on February 16, 2013, 12:27:56 PM
These fish have been high on my list for years!  I still haven't done it, but I am going to someday.  I've done a ton of research, sounds like you've got a shot a them just about everywhere and nowhere all at the same time.  I think they are pretty scarce here in mid TN, but back home in the lowcountry, they are plentiful.  I got word about a lake near my parent's house that is loaded with them.  I must fish it next time I go home.  Best of luck to you!
Title: Re: Bowfin on fly
Post by: overbrook on February 16, 2013, 21:47:32 PM
I've caught a few at Santee Cooper....fight was about the same or less than a lmb .....don't ever even think of eating one of them rotten bastards.  p;-
Title: Re: Bowfin on fly
Post by: croaker on February 20, 2013, 09:41:30 AM
Trannymon,

Cypress Trout are a lot of fun and have saved more than one slow summer day fer me.

While they'll eat anything that don't eat them first...  @ 80% of their diet is other fish.

Due to the hard mouth, strong jaws and sharp little teeth they wreak havoc on flys tyed
with natural materials.  I mostly use Clousers and Homer Rhodes Tarpon fly (AKA Seaducer).  2"-6"'s
long with synthetic materials.  Easy tye to replace when they get chewed on by Cypress Trout and Jack (Chain Pickerel).

The Bowfin (and Jack) prefer slow moving or still waters.  While they will hit topwater the majority fer me have been caught on sinkin' flys.

Ifn you get down this way let me know and if I can't go fishin' I'll point you in the right direction...

Good Luck!!!

Title: Re: Bowfin on fly
Post by: Transylwader on February 20, 2013, 10:51:59 AM
Thanks Don,
I will certainly go the route of synthetic garbage materials, heck, a gar "rope" fly may even work on them except keep the hook. I never managed to sight cast to them two buggers on Friday, but have left a 6 & 8wt in my work car so each lunchtime, I am watching out for them. I need to head south soemtime this summer to take a stab at the SC warm waters, y'all have a mecca maing -0-
Title: Re: Bowfin on fly
Post by: OldDominionAngler on February 20, 2013, 15:13:48 PM
Quote from: Transylwader on February 20, 2013, 10:51:59 AM
Thanks Don,
I will certainly go the route of synthetic garbage materials, heck, a gar "rope" fly may even work on them except keep the hook. I never managed to sight cast to them two buggers on Friday, but have left a 6 & 8wt in my work car so each lunchtime, I am watching out for them. I need to head south soemtime this summer to take a stab at the SC warm waters, y'all have a mecca maing -0-


Get 'em Tranny..this'll be fun to watch.   y;
Title: Re: Bowfin on fly
Post by: Jfey on February 20, 2013, 15:56:26 PM
QuoteI need to head south soemtime this summer to take a stab at the SC warm waters, y'all have a mecca maing


Road Trip d:b I know this guy in Wagoner, SC that will let us crash on his property.  Ties good flies also.
Title: Re: Bowfin on fly
Post by: overbrook on February 20, 2013, 18:54:52 PM
Jeff....looks like conditions will not permit swampboy to fish for trout yet again....so we may very well be looking at another go for the smallies this weekend.....you in....or do you have girlie things to do??  -0- -0- -0-
Title: Re: Bowfin on fly
Post by: Transylwader on February 20, 2013, 19:38:14 PM
Roadtrip - check.
Tom, we're gonna storm your Castle!
Title: Re: Bowfin on fly
Post by: Jfey on February 20, 2013, 20:53:02 PM
Quote from: overbrook on February 20, 2013, 18:54:52 PM
Jeff....looks like conditions will not permit swampboy to fish for trout yet again....so we may very well be looking at another go for the smallies this weekend.....you in....or do you have girlie things to do??  -0- -0- -0-


Don't know, I've got a pretty big Saturday planned

Big Saturday! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZYsoEwWNK0#ws)

Title: Re: Bowfin on fly
Post by: overbrook on February 20, 2013, 22:20:07 PM
Jeff....party it up saturday then if your not too hung over come down sunday.

Tranny....bring it    /'/