Fun weekend. My wife worked, so as the kids say, it was a "Daddy Day" all weekend. We went out to Petersham to visit my folks, and we took a nice walk. Coming back up to the center of town, the kids, for some reason, decided to run the up hill half mile to the town common. Why? I dont know. I think Em started it thinking that she could get the hill done faster... But then will followed and the race was on. That's my parents, Mia and Grampy to the kids, in the background, the two spec's. The kids saw the gap opening and that motivated them, to see if they could beat them to the center of town! Ha. Once there, they played on the snow piles a bit - it was about 60 degrees, a day after we got a solid snow fall. Spring in New England!
The funniest part was my son's comment upon reaching the top. He pridefully turned to me and said: "Daddy, I thought the hill would defeat us, but we kept going, and we defeated the hill!" Love it buddy. I totally love it! Keep embracing challenges like opportunities kiddo!
I wanted to play with a fly that is sort of a modified Murdoch Minnow, and bigger version of those little white streamers I posted the other day. These are DNA Hollow Fiber tails with a pearl and picked out dubbing brush under body and head. Sandwiched in the middle is something I call flash hackle, it's got another name, but I dont recall it. basically it's flashabou spun into a "dubbing brush" of string. You wind it on like really big estaz/chenille. These will work on freshwater bass, and I feel good about them when tossed to snook/ladyfish/etc...
Historically I've used this fly - but with a marabou or craft fur tail, and with a UV built head v the plastic variety. I'd basically forgotten I had a bunch of DNA. In the past I tied some cool fresh water streamers with the stuff - it's similarly mobile to craft fur, but holds it's shape better. You can taper it to reduce the paint brush look, but it works the same either way. Cool material - I rediscovered digging into the box for some other stuff.
Have a great day everyone!