The Biggest One I have Ever Caught

Carp that is. I have caught some nice ones before but this puppy took the gold medal so far. Jigging for walleyes and I hooked this one right in the tip of the tail and thought I had another one of those monster muskies. I  swear by 6# Trilene XL fishing line and use it for most of my fishing. From 15 inch walleye to 40# carp and muskies it handles them all with proper drag control. It stays incredibly limp in cold water conditions which facilitates great cast ability yet can take the beating these monsters give out. This carp was 36 inches long, 35-40#, my deliar only goes to 28#, 9 inches across and  14 inches deep. That is a fat 16 inch walleye next to it to give you some perspective. This picture doesn’t give you the true view of just how big this thing was. I released her and I hope I catch her again during the annual Sertoma carp derby held here in the Binghamton area of the Susquehanna River. I took 4th in that tourney a few years ago with a 26#er and this thing dwarfed that one. The walleye fishing has been tough this week with the river dropping and clearing and we are separating the men from the boys. You must have faith in the spot and show great patience but limit catches of 15-20 inch fish are being had and last night I saw over a dozen 19-20 inch fish caught between 3 boats. Not bad for this river system. I will be posting a video on my you-tube channel(adirondackwayne) showing highlights from the close of the season. Okay fish hard, time is short, bye.

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Views from the Vice – Articulated Streamers for Big Bass & Trout


I’ll be making my way up to the Adirondacks this summer for my annual trip north – and along the way I hope to hook into some monster Smallmouth Bass and Trout inside the park on the ol’ fly rod. This year, I’ve spent some extra time tying up articulated streamers in hopes of having less missed opportunities on short strikes.

I noticed at PBO for example, many nice sized brown trout went after my large streamers aggressively but I had more missed hook sets than I can count. I think adding the extra trailer hook behind an orange bead or two will not only increase my hookup potential, but give the fly a larger appearing size overall and perhaps entice the largest of Papa Bear’s inhabitants into a strike. We know from his videos that Wayne’s minnow rig is infallible – and I know from fishing with him that he likes to sling the biggest meat wherever he things the largest trout are holding. Makes sense to use that same strategy then with my streamers.

This year – I’ll be prepared.


On the lake front- I hope to pull my fly rod more this year and get away from the tried and true super fluke for trophy smallmouth. I’be caught so many bass on flukes, I’m ready for a new challenge. Last year the hottest color during my trip north was a smoke colored fluke around rock piles and weed beds. This year I have some nice iridescent black pearl articulated streamers that I tied up for that exact same pattern. It should do the trick.

Tight lines!

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Views from the Vice – Pat’s Rubber Legs

pats rubber legs stonefly pattern

One of the hottest flies in the country right now might be so popular because while incredibly effective on trout – it’s also a very easy fly to tie.

A couple of quick notes on this one… The bigger the better. I had success last year all across the rivers of the Adirondacks and at PBO with a size 4 fly. 12″ trout took it as quickly as 22″ trout inhaled it. The thing just works – particularly after a dead drift if you strip the fly in toward the bank imitating a stonefly’s natural tendency to seek the bank after releasing from the stream bed. Any color of chenille will work to imitate the targeted species of stonefly in the water you are fishing – brown, black, golden, etc. The pattern shown is and olive/black variegated chenille that works quite well.

The lifelike action of the legs of course is what drives fish nuts about the pattern, and the simplicity of the recipe lets them stand out and work their magic. Don’t be fooled by how minimal this fly looks, the thing is a trout magnet.

If you’re going to book a trip at PBO this spring summer or fall, make sure you have plenty of heavily weighted Pat’s Rubber legs in your box.

Tight lines!

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