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New Ride

Hello FrankenFly readers! I haven’t checked in and made a post about what’s happening in my fly fishing world for quite some time, so I figured I would throw something up.

I was finally able to pickup the boat for me recently and I couldn’t be happier. I have tried bass boats, canoes, and smaller kayaks, but haven’t been that happy. I enjoy drift boats, but they don’t fit the fishing in my area. So I’ve been into fly fishing from a kayak for two seasons now and love it! I just enjoy paddling my kayak, even if I’m not catching fish, so that’s huge. I recently sold my Perception Sound 10.5 that I have enjoyed and picked up a Jackson Kayak Kilroy. It is a longer boat with more stability and some advanced features, like a terrific seat and gear tracks for mounts. I took her out on a maiden voyage this past weekend and she paddles smooth and tracks very well. I was even able to stand up in the kayak, something I do not normally do. But with this boat, it’s easy.

Coming in at 12 feet 4 inches, it’s a couple of feet longer than my Perception and I love the added room. One thing I have debated on was removing the black pod that rides on top in front of the kayak. It is easily removable, but I wanted to try it first on the water. Now that I have, I think I am going to take it off to enjoy even more room in the front of the boat. This is a sit inside kayak, that reminds me a lot of a canoe, but with a lot more stability. I mean a lot more! The seat can be adjusted to a low or high position. I mainly keep it in the high position for better casting while sitting. That way you don’t hit the water on your backcast.

If you want a boat to get out on the water, I definitely recommend kayaks. You can get them at a reasonable cost and with no motor to deal with, it’s a no fuss way to get you out there.

Besides the new kayak, I’ve had a wonderful season of fishing. I caught some awesome fish while on vacation in Michigan this summer. I fished my local smallmouth river much more this season to learn more about the fishery. Lately, I’ve been concentrating on tying and fishing for bluegill and doing some Bucket Mouth League style of fishing.

I have two events coming up soon if you want to check them out. October 7th, I’ll be at J.L. Waters Adventure Outfitters in Bloomington, Indiana from 10am to 2pm tying flies. You are welcome to come in and watch or bring your vise and sit and tie with me. On October 19th, I’ll be in Fort Wayne, Indiana giving a bluegill presentation to the Three River Fly Fishers club. The meeting starts at 7pm. If you are interested in going, contact the Three Rivers Fly Fishers.

I hope all of you had a great fishing season as well. It’s not over yet, so get out there and fish! Thank you all for reading FrankenFly, I really appreciate it!

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Bucket Mouth League – April 2017

It’s been almost two years since the Bucket Mouth League was born right here on FrankenFly and it is still going strong! I was checking out the hashtag #bucketmouthleague on Instagram and this year has already started off on fire! There were so many, that I had trouble grabbing just a few photos for this post. The Bucket Mouth League is better than ever!
I want to thank all of you Bucket Mouth League members who have used the hashtag and continue to embrace the passion for Large Mouth Bass on the fly! Keep it up!

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Zudbubbler sale ends this weekend

I want to send a thanks out to everyone that ordered Zudbubblers and other flies from my online store during the recent sale. I still have a few sale orders to tie and send out. The Zudbubbler sale has been a success, but all good things come to an end. So this weekend will be the end of the sale.

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Here are a few shots of some of the orders that came through. Also, I went out last weekend and threw some Zudbubbers to largemouth, so check it out!

-Paul

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Bucket Mouth League update – July 2016

How’s the Bucket Mouth League doing out there this summer? Well, see for yourself!
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Join the Bucket Mouth League revolution!

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So, finally, after a long winter, it’s that time of year to be thinking about the Bucket Mouth League! Get out there and start catching those beautiful big mouths on the fly.

Last year I started the Bucket Mouth League with some simple rules. If you missed the initial post, you can read it here. I was very pleased with the response I received and we are off to a great start! But it was late in the season last year when the Bucket Mouth League began. I have very high hopes that this year we will make even bigger strides. I’ve seen growth especially in Instagram followings. The use of the #bucketmouthleague hashtag has over 300 posts. This is AWESOME!

So don’t forget to use our hashtag whenever you post a largemouth you caught on the fly on any of the social media apps that are available.

How do you enter the Bucket Mouth League? Simple, if you love fly fishing for largemouth bass you are automatically in the league. It’s that easy. Be sure to follow the link I provided in the sentence above because it explains the details clearly.

Spreading the love and passion for catching largemouth bass on the fly is what this league is all about.

Smallmouth bass, trout, muskie, and carp have their followings and are beloved in the fly fishing world. It’s time for largemouth bass to get that same love and respect from fly fishers.

So get out there and fly fish for bucket mouths and don’t be afraid to let other fly fishers know what your passion is.

Bucket Mouth League!

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The latest from the #bucketmouthleague

This is the latest on Instagram from the Bucket Mouth League. Promote largemouth bass on the fly and use the tag #bucketmouthleague

@houstonflyfishing

@houstonflyfishing

@gethookedflyfishing

@gethookedflyfishing

@fly_fishin_gray

@fly_fishin_gray

@myanroriearty

@myanroriearty

@bug.wild

@bug.wild

@jandmflies

@jandmflies

@panther_branch_bugs

@panther_branch_bugs

@fishndave68

@fishndave68

@looperflies

@looperflies

@frankenfly

@frankenfly

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BML photo contest results!

The results are in! We have three lucky winners listed below! I want to again thank our sponsors, Temple Fork Outfitters, Mad River Outfitters, and Crooked Creek Holler. Without these awesome companies we would not be able to have a contest. I can’t thank them enough!

I want to also thank everyone who participated. Everyone had great photos!

So without further delay, here are the winners!

1st Place Winner – Kyle Schmer
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2nd Place Winner – Jeff Price
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3rd Place Winner – Alex Vaughan
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If you would each please send me an email with your address, I will make sure you receive your prizes.

Again, prizes are as follows.

1st Place won a Temple Fork Outfitters Clouser Fly Rod!

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Temple Fork Outfitters – The Clouser

2nd Place won a Mad River Outfitters Master Drifter Boat Box!

MRO Master Drifter Boat Box

MRO Master Drifter Boat Box

3rd Place won a Crooked Creek Holler Largemouth Tee and Largemouth Vinyl Die-cut Sticker.

CCH Largemouth Tee

CCH Largemouth Tee

Congratulations to our winners!
Thank you!

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Bucket Mouth League – photo contest entries

I really appreciate all of the entries that were sent in for our first photo contest. I know it was late in the season and the decal wasn’t the best thing to have as part of a photo opportunity, but it was fun, so that’s all the matters.

Below are the Bucket Mouth League Photo Contest entries. Please send an email to frankenflycontests@gmail.com and vote on your favorite or the one you think deserves to win. I placed a number in front of each one, so please include that number when saying what your vote is in the email. They are in no specific order. Anyone can vote, but only vote one time please.  I will announce the winner Thursday, October 22nd, so please get your vote in by Wednesday. There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, so good luck to everyone!

 

#1 – Kyle Schmer

I have made a popper with a miniature Bucket Mouth League Decal. You can see it in front.

Contest Photo

#2 – Marty Horn

A bucket mouth caught while in my kayak.

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#3 – Brian Wileman

Sitting on the porch having a drink after fly fishing in the surf all day.

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#4 – Jeff Price

This is my lineup for chasing bucketmouths.  I am a huge fan of top water.  Nothing, and I mean nothing, beats top water fly fishing for bass.  Here you have an assortment of size 4 pencil poppers, tapered cupped and slotted poppers as well as some size 2 foam divers.

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#5 – Davin Topel

Just moved to Austin, Tx from Park city, UT where I fished the Provo and Weber River. I got into fly fishing for bass since moving here.  I Found your website and had to join the league. I started tying these mouse patterns and they have been hitting them great at night. I lost 2 other monsters before this one. Anyways here is my entry for the contest. Love the website!

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#6 – Daniel Seaman

Its a simple yet effective pattern for basically any species of predator fish. Its one of several versions of a craft fur minnow. I have taken a few existing minnow tying techniques and combined them to create this version. It only takes a few minutes to tie, and its very cost efficient. Craft fur looks great in the water on any fly, the natural taper to the hair makes it easy….However, the trick to this version is how to tie it on the hook to get it to act and look the way it does in the water. I will be doing a tutorial very soon, as I have had a lot of requests for one.

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#7 – Alex Vaughan

Here are my best producing (original) fly patterns for bass this season with a picture of my biggest fly caught bass of the summer (just shy of 5 lbs).

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FrankenFly at Three Rivers Fly Fishers Club Meeting

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I will be at the October 15th club meeting of the Three Rivers Fly Fishers in Fort Wayne, Indiana this Thursday. I want to thank them for inviting me up to speak and tie at their meeting. I’m really looking forward to it and look forward to meeting more of the folks in their club! See below the club’s newsletter excerpt for a little more detail.
-Paul

Paul Beel will be putting on the program for Thursday, October 15, 2015 at the Classic Café. Paul will be talking about Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass Fishing in his area and tying up some Bass Flies. Paul has his own Fly Fishing/Fly Tying Business, FrankenFly, and I would encourage you to get on his website, www.frankenfky.com and check it out. It is a very interesting website and very, very, informative. I am sure he would love to take an order and drop it off on the 15th. I placed mine several months ago. Paul tied at our show last year and is a super nice guy, fly fisherman, fly tyer, fly designer, and family man.

(Also, I want to make a quick note that this Thursday is the final day to enter photos for the Bucket Mouth League photo contest. See this post for more.)

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BML Photo Contest date extended!!

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I’ve decided to extend the date on the Bucket Mouth League Photo Contest to give everyone a little more time. As another fly fisher pointed out, the fall bite is about to be on, so it wouldn’t hurt to extend the date.

The new deadline for the photo contest is

October 15th, 2015

So now there is even more reason and no excuses for you not to enter the contest!

Check out the rules and announcement here!

Thanks for following FrankenFly!

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