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: 8/8/07 Good concert and best LMB of the year

08-08-2007, 09:54 PM
Dropped the boat in the local lake after work today to catch the Rev Tor Band for this evening's Live On The Lake concert and maybe catch some fish as well. I motored to the calm side of the lake, across from the concert, and started fishing. I could hear the band pretty well as I moved up the shoreline, casting at likely spots but not seeing any action. I went around a point and stopped at the next spot, and as soon as I started casting a bald eagle flew up from a tree overhead. I didn't even see it until it flew away, but it was right above me when it took off :cool: . A couple of casts later I was scanning the sky, wondering if the eagle would circle back around, and suddenly there was a fish on the end of the line. It was one of those fish that kept getting bigger and bigger the longer I fought it, and it turned out to be the best largemouth of the season for me :D . It measured a little over 21" and probably weighed 5 lbs or so. I fished for a while longer but didn't catch any more fish so I went across the lake to catch the rest of the show :cool: .

Here's the bass :D :

Dble Haul
08-09-2007, 08:32 AM
That sounds like a great summer evening.

08-09-2007, 10:48 AM
Nice fattie!
Sounds like a cool evening.
Wouldya gettum on?

08-09-2007, 06:35 PM
Hi Q,
Nice looking bass. Did that come from the lake that begins with O or P? Or perhaps some other nearby lake? I know there is a couple more close by, but their names escape me at the moment.

I have been hoping to score a job at the Pittsfield facility of J.H. Maxymillian so we can try to get together. So far this summer I have done two jobs for them, Both up here in NH. I am waiting for a overnighter in the Pittsfield shops. Never the less keep up the good work & keep the pics coming

08-09-2007, 08:56 PM
Nice Hawg, Q

08-11-2007, 04:48 PM
Warren, it was Onota Lake. No big secret there, except maybe the exact location :hihi: . I haven't used the boat in Pontoosuc in a while. I should give that a try again since I know it has plenty of nice bass and carp and there's always a chance for a pike or tiger muskie. Hmm . . . , maybe that's where I'll go tomorrow.


08-11-2007, 04:58 PM
Mike, I got it on a black foam head diver with chartreuse fishair tail. I think this is the same fly but it now has a black head after replacing the head 2 or 3 times. Surprisingly, it isn't the fishes' teeth that destroy the head: it's my pliers from trying to wrestle the fly out of the fishes' mouths.


08-11-2007, 06:28 PM
Ah yes, that's your go to fly isn't it?
Do you use a floating line, and does it still dive if you do?

08-13-2007, 11:38 AM
Beautiful fish! I have yet to get one that big on fly tackle. There's still time this season. ;)

08-13-2007, 09:57 PM
Thanks John and Popper . . . hey, that reminds me of another good band :hihi:

Mike: yep, that is the fly that is attached to my 7wt most of the time from May to November unless I'm fishing for carp. I'm hopelessly addicted to topwater fishing and I use it more like a popper than a diver. I do use a floating line, and with a steady retrieve (e.g., trolling or sweeping the rod sideways) it will dive 6" to maybe a foot under water depending on the leader/tippet. I use a few feet of 20# fluoro for a leader with a short length of 40# mono for a bite tippet. It might go a little deeper with a wire leader. I use a loop-loop connection to attach the leader to the fly line so I can remove the whole leader/tippet/fly assembly if I want to switch flies.


Sean Juan
08-14-2007, 02:37 PM
That looks a lot like a fly I saw used for pike with great success...

You didn't happen to be in a fly swap with Dble Haul by any chance?

What are the brand name of those head or do you make them yourself - if its the same thing I saw I'dm never seen anything like it.

08-14-2007, 09:17 PM
Sean, that is the same type of head I used in the pike fly swap a couple of years ago. Those were the deluxe versions with eyes and flash :hihi: . Now I just tie on a bunch of fishair, build up some thread and jam the head on without any glue. I stopped using glue because the fish often inhale the fly and it's easier to unhook them if I can pull the head off the hook and slide it up the line so it's not in the way.

The heads are called diver heads and are made by Edgewater Foam. Bear's Den sells some Edgewater products but I don't see the pike divers listed. They may be able to get them if they still are available. I got mine from Hunter's, which is now Stone River Outfitters. They still have the Edgewater popper heads and even show the diver head in the picture, but they don't have the item listed in the catalog or online. I hope they still make them! If not, you would probably get the same result with one of the other popper heads turned backwards.


Dble Haul
08-15-2007, 08:40 AM
That looks a lot like a fly I saw used for pike with great success...

The remnants of a few of those flies are lying in the depths of a deep lake in northeastern Alberta. They certainly do drive the pike nuts.