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What About The Bait?

What About The Bait?

Like my last post, this one starts with a common question in the fly shop or during an instructional.  The question is centered around how I gained an understanding of how fish behave.  “How did you learn these things?”  My answer, by fishing bait.  It is an answer that often raises eyebrows or causes a smirk. Fishing […]


Poke The Bear

Poke The Bear

  I have been asked, “Whats the key to streamer fishing for big trout?”  This could be a lengthy discussion, but to me it really comes down to one thing…getting them to eat when they don’t want to.  The best streamer fisherman I know do this on a regular basis.  When streamer fishing is “on”, […]


Ghetto Craw

Ghetto Craw

Cray Fish, Crawdad or Mud Bug what ever you want to call them we all know fish love them. From juvenile esox to fat rainbows they all key in on them at some point so you better have a good selection. I like to separate them into two general groups, Ambiguous and Realistic. In my […]


History Always Repeats Itself

History Always Repeats Itself

When asked where I was raised, I often answer, “In a boat.” My parents took my us fishing whenever possible. I think I was in my teens before I realized it wasn’t weird to take a vacation not centered around hunting and fishing. Maybe I’m still not fully convinced it isn’t. As a kid, I […]


Fish Heads, Fish Heads, Rolly-Polly Fish Heads

Fish Heads, Fish Heads, Rolly-Polly Fish Heads

Sesame Street anyone?  I like fish faces.  I like the unique qualities each one possesses, like a fingerprint.  This is why I love to photograph them.  Here is sampling from the past last few seasons…


Streamer Architecture

Streamer Architecture

  I am frequently asked what my thought process is when tying a streamer, especially when it comes to larger flies.  My brain works in a scattered fashion, so I imagine I often cause more confusion than clarity.  When helping a friend figure out the basics for teaching a streamer tying class for beginners, I […]


Fighting Off The Shakes

Fighting Off The Shakes

  Muskie season in the upper midwest feels like its years away.  Looking through old photos isn’t helping, but like any addict, I can’t help myself.   Here’s a sampling from my brothers and I over the last couple seasons.


The Blacker The Better

The Blacker The Better

A common question among fly fishers is, “Dude, if you could pick one color fly, what would it be?” This is an easy answer for me. Anything black. If I can’t fish black, then I would try black. Then maybe black. My affection for black stems from the various water conditions in Michigan. You will […]


The Big Fly Threshold

The Big Fly Threshold

I’m a big fly guy. I love tying them, I love fishing them. We (fly fishing community) are constantly testing the boundary of big flies, and rewriting the definition. I remember years ago when I thought a 4″ Madonna was big fly. Now, I would consider it a small fly. But is there a point […]


The Brothers Brown

The Brothers Brown

My brothers and I had the pleasure of working with film maker, Rob Thompson, of Third Year Fly Fisher.  He is responsible for such films as Zero 2 Hero, The Heart of the Driftless, and Night of the Hex.  Rob is a pretty damn cool dude and was fun to work with.  Here is the […]


Under The Influence

Under The Influence

I think its safe to say that all modern day fly tiers have influences.  Similar to a band.  We have people that taught us how to tie our first fly, and we have people that help us push the limits of the flies we tie.  I still remember when my older brother, Eric, got a […]


I Am Haunted By Streamers

I Am Haunted By Streamers

  Streamer ideas haunt me.  They get in my head and drive me crazy until I get them out.  I’ve been know to get out of bed in the middle of the night, and sit at the vise.  I’ve found sketching them can help, but it can also make things worse.  I am a terrible […]


Rule Breakers

Rule Breakers

The easiest rule to learn about muskies is:  they don’t care about the rules.   There are definitely “rules” you can follow to increase the odds of getting a muskie to eat.  And there are a lot of them.  Muskie fisherman are perhaps the most guilty of over analyzing when a fish will eat.  Moonrise, moonset, […]


Stuck With Each Other

Stuck With Each Other

  As a kid growing up, my brothers and I were more or less forced to fish together.  My parents didn’t want us fishing alone.  Most of the time it wasn’t an issue.  Other times, like all brothers, there was drama.  Who had to row, where we would fish, how we would fish, should we […]


Beer Heals All Wounds

Beer Heals All Wounds

A good friend was recently faced with a conundrum.  Here’s the short version…his line from a local shop was on backorder.  For the inconvenience, the shop guy offered up his own line for the day.  My buddy got a snag, and 18″ of the front taper of a streamer line broke off.  No big deal…or […]


A round of applause please…

A round of applause please…

…For the Cutthroat trout. It’s pretty hard to find someone that doesn’t have a fondness for cutthroat if they have ever fished for them. If they haven’t had the chance they more than likely hope that one day they will cross paths with such a finned creature. Other than the occasional bitching about a lackluster […]


Sentenced To The Front

Sentenced To The Front

My brothers and I have a rule on our favorite stretch of trout water.  If two of us have caught a good fish on a trip, they reserve the right to sentence the third brother to the front of the boat.  Sentencing ends when you catch a good fish.  A “good fish” is usually any […]


Joining the Blogger World

Joining the Blogger World

  Its kind of crazy to think how much the world of friendship has changed thanks to the interwebs. Without the interwebs, I would likely never know Nick Granato. I “met” Nick on the Drake a couple years back. There are some dudes you just know you will get along with from the get go. […]


Ghetto Love

Ghetto Love

Ghetto Love So what do you say to someone that has just cast into a pod of carp, lets it sink, gets three strips in and the rod doubles over? “Thats not a musky you just ass hooked a oversized goldfish”. What do you say when you get done photographing and releasing the ass hooked […]


Hatches 2010

Hatches 2010

Hatches 2010 The anual print edition of my favorite tying magazine is now available and includes some awesome articles from the likes of Alex Cerveniak, Ulf Hagstom and written word by Bob White the man the myth the bad ass! I also have my first published article, The Chubby Muffin Cicada, one of my favorite […]


The Eat

The Eat

The Eat This was a fish caught by a friend of mine Matt Warner while on a trip this summer. The fish ate a decent sized hopper mid day and right before I netted him he puked up a 6 3/4” baby brown, I’m guessing he ate it the night before or very early that […]


The Promised Land

The Promised Land

The Promised Land First off I’d like to apologize to the dozen people that probably read my blog for being such a slacker as of late. Or maybe as of the last couple months is more suitable? I find it hard to spend time indoors during the summer let alone at a computer and away […]


Tiger Boy Meets Musky Man

Tiger Boy Meets Musky Man

Tiger Boy Meets Musky Man December 2008 I opened a hot off the presses Hatches Magazine, there staring me in the face was something like nothing that I’d ever seen before… Brad Bohen’s HANG TIME! That day  my approach for fishing and tying streamers for predatory fish changed drastically. My eyes were opened to “engineering and […]


Transitions

Transitions

Transitions After a long spring of grinding days for musky I decided it was time to change up the game and chase some trout. When I came back from Wisconsin the rivers where raging and damns were overflowing. That has since gave way to more sustainable flows and some nice clear high water with fat […]