Category: SaltWater


Saltwater Fly of the Month—October 2012

The Yellow Rebel

       October and the fall season are here. Soon the hardwood trees in southern New England will be glowing in blazing color. Red, yellow,  gold and orange  leaves  will paint the countryside for all to enjoy. It seems only fitting that a fly tied with some of the fall colors should be tied and fished this time of year. Just as I have enjoyed the colorful trees over the years so have I the productivity and eye appeal of my Yellow Rebel streamer. I’m sure that if you tie a few up you will also.

       I regularly fish with only two or three patterns and sometimes this becomes boring. So, I search my fly boxes for something different to use. One fly that inevitably catches my eye, gets tied on, and catches fish is a fly I call the Yellow Rebel. This fly is like visiting an old friend with whom you have shared many good times, and when revisited will provide many more. This is how I made its acquaintance.

       Back in the early 1960s the Rebel swimming plug came into being. It came in five and seven- inchlong sizes for saltwater use and a variety of colors. The five-inch model with a black or blue back and silver sides became the most popular, with the mackerel finish coming in third. One finish for which there was little demand was the version with a yellow back, silvery white sides and a touch of red on the head. It was overlooked by most except the surf fishermen of Martha’s Vineyard,. This plug was their ace in the hole.

       During the heydays of the sixties at the Vineyard, the waters teemed with big fish and competition between the local fishermen was fierce but friendly. Much of the fishing was done like a clandestine operation. Fish caught were buried in the sand to avoid detection. Foot prints and tire marks leading on or off a beach were erased to cover up one’s tracks, and no one believed where you said you caught fish-even if you told the truth. It was here that the five-inch yellow Rebel secretly came into its own as a reliable producer. My father fished the Vineyard back then and learned of this plug. One day, as I headed out to go fishing, he handed me two of them, a floater and a sinking model. “Here try these and leave them on, you’ll catch fish,” were his instructions. He was right. This plug quickly became my staple during my spin fishing days and is the one I continue to tie on for my daughters, nephews and grand children when they go with me. This color Rebel became scarce and many that I own were repainted several times, but still work effectively.

        Over the years, most of the effective flies I have tied contain some yellow, and so I eventually decided to tie a fly similar to the five-inch yellow Rebel. Most people tie patterns to simulate baitfish, but I was going to try to mimic a swimming plug. After tying several up, I fished my new creation and it proved to be like the plug-productive, a real fish getter. The Yellow Rebel is not a fly to count on in the spring in tidal rivers and estuaries. Rather, a pattern for summer and fall along the beaches and rocky shores. Now and then I take a different route to catch fish and inevitably stumble into my “old friend.” Each time I look at it in my fly box, I recall some of my fondest memories, and wonder what it will provide this visit. I suggest you tie up a few and try them, then listen to my father and “leave it on for a while, you’ll catch fish.”

Ray’s Yellow Rebel

Ray’s Yellow Rebel

Hook: 2/0 Lo 4/A 1x short Eagle Claw No.254 or equivalent.

Tail: Small bunch of long white bucktail, over which are tied;

A long white saddle hackle tied in flat (dull side down),8-10 strands

of pearl crystal flash, topped by another small bunch of white bucktail and a smaller bunch of light yellow bucktail.

Body: Silver-Bill’’s Body Braid or tinsel yarn

Wing: Small bunch of long light yeIlow bucktail- over which are tied 3 or 4 strands of silver crystal flash,

a medium bunch of the fluorescent yellow bucktail, topped by a single bright yellow saddle

hackle tied in flat (dull side down.)

Topping: A small bunch of red calf tail about 3/4- l inch long.

Throat: A bunch of long white bucktail sweeping back to 2/3s total fly length.

Length: Four to six inches.

****The picture  above is from my book. I’ll be adding one or two more pictures of other variations of this fly  and a few notes on it shortly so check back soon.

Pictured below are two variations of my Yellow Rebel.  The two on the leftt are tied Brooks Blonde style and  the two on the right use marabou palmered down the hook shank for the underwing and throat.  This gives the fly a much fuller appearance in the water.  As you can see several of these flies have been fished.

Yellow Rebel Variations

 

(C) Ray Bondorew October 2012

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Saltwater Fly of the Month—September 20XX

Ray’s Mullet Fly

            Each year muIlet arrive along the waters of southern New England  with the  moon in September. They are one of the more preferred entrees on the menu of striped bass. Mullet are to stripers, what fillet mignon is to humans. (Probably more like Kielbasa links)  The ones  we see here are bluish gray, four to six inches long and have the shape of a Mummichog. Given the mullet’s “blocky” shape, it doesn’t take many to somewhat satisfy a striper’s appetite for a while. Moreover, mullett draw the attention of bass which are usually  larger than those typically taken from shore with a fly rod. Twenty-pounders are not uncommon and several jumbos in the thirty to forty-pound class may also be mixed in. Because of the increase in the size of the bass stalking mullet, the stripers will be in small pods rather than large schools. Each year I look forward to the mullet’s arrival and great fishing they bring. Having been fortunate enough to have enjoyed this fabulous fishing for many years there’s  certain observations I’ve made.

September’s Mullet

First and most importantly,  you have to find the mullet! It is time well spent to slowly walk and observe the various spots along the shoreline for several hours to locate the mullet. They are normally found very close to shore, mainly at the water’s edge. Look for an agitated or shimmering surface (nervous water) that stands out from the surrounding area. WEAR POLAROID GLASSES! Once found, keep in mind. they will often remain at that spot or in the nearby area for several days, perhaps even a week or two. Remember also,when the muIlet. leave they are heading south.

Finger Mullet

Secondly, fish out beyond, or along the sides of the mullet school. Stripers have a habit of picking off those that stray away from home. Much of the time you will only notice a few fish break when a pod of bass attack a school of mullet. After the initial assault on the mullet, stripers once again search out those separated from the school’s main body. Those mullet now on their own are quickly history. There may not be another sortie on the mullet for a while after the stripers have temporarily satisfied their appetite. Be patient and keep fishing. Bass do not attack and continually feed on mullet but rather snack on and off on them . Along with these general observations, I’ve also noted the  shape and coloration of individual mullet by snagging several of them while fishing. This led me to devise a pattern that I ‘ve found to be very reliable when “stripers are on muIlet. ”

Ray’s Mullet Fly—Ray Bondorew

Thread: Light green or gray Monocord.

Hook : 2/0-4/0 1x short Eagle Claw No.254 or equivalent.

Body: Silver tinsel yarn or BilI’s Body Braid

Tail: A bunch of long white bucktail over which is tied: a white saddle hackle laid flat ( dul1 side up), a dozen strands of white bucktail, a dozen strands of pearl crystal f1ash, and a sma1l bunch of light gray bucktail with two strands of light. blueFlashabou mixed in.

Wing: A small bunch of light gray bucktail over which is tied: two strands of light blue crystal flash topped by a small bunch of medium to med-dark gray bucktail.

Throat: White bucktail tied full and long (two-thirds  t.otal fly length. )

*** This is a versatile pattern that works well not only when mullet are around but also for much of the year.

*** Replace the darker gray top wing with light to med.light gray bucktail with a few hairs of Lt.,Blue, purple, and pink bucktail mixed in and  topped with a few hairs of olive bucktail. This variation makes a good small menhaden (peanut bunker) and in larger sizes, blueback herring pattern.

The Mullet Fly picture came from my book. I’m not crazy about it as it appears too  gray and lacks a hint of blue. I have several mullet flies but they’re used and really not presentable so I’ll tie some up in the next few days and replace the picture with something I like better.

Saltwater Fly of the Month– July 2012

          The July 2012 “Fly of the Month” comes to me from my lifelong friend Al Tobojka, of Saunderstown, RI. Affectionately known by  his friends as “Al the Guide”,  Al was with me the day I caught my first fly rod striper down at the east end of the Cape Cod Canal over fifty years ago. There’s a good chance that he will be with me when I catch my last one. Al fishes practically every day for an hour or two. He has tried  many patterns over the years and his “Guide Fly’ is what he now uses on a daily basis with consistent results. Al’s  “Guide Fly” is a pretty  simple tie that uses  natural hair and hackles. As many of today’s TV commercials state; ‘It’s  all natural and uses no synthetic hair , fillers , epoxy or silicone.” Al’s “Guide Fly” streamers main attribute is action and this pattern has plenty of it. Daytime stripers love it.

            I recently paid Al a visit to chat about fishing and get updated on what was going on. Al was in his driveway  in the back of his car checking  his tackle when I arrived.. He showed me his latest rod and noted that the fly line needed replacing. The line was frayed and in numerous places the lines outer coating was cracked or missing and just the core remained.. The line came noisily through the guides as it was shot out and also when retrieved. The harsh conditions found along the shore where Al likes to fish quickly shortens a fly lines longevity. Most lines don’t last a season along the rocks. He handed me the rod to try.  I made several casts and could easily hear and feel the worn out line going through the guides. After my last cast I began reeling in the line nd noticed the fly skittering across the pavement. It looked alive and  was  jumping, hopping and dancing as it came toward  me. What really caught my eye was the tail movement of his “Guide Fly” which wagged back and forth like that of an excited puppy as the fly slid across the pavement. I thought surely that when it was fished the various changes  in current speed and direction the fly encountered during  retrieval would give the fly tremendous action.

Al Tobojka’s “Guide Fly”

 

 

Hook:  Eagle Claw Models  253, 254  or 067 size 2-3/0 (Al likes smaller hooks)

Thread:  Yellow Monocord

Body:  Silver Bill’s Body Braid.

Tail: small bunch of white bucktail two to three times the length of the hook, topped with 2 or 3 strands of Silver Holographic Flashabou®, topped with 4-6  long, narrow, white saddle hackles (hook length longer than the bucktail base) topped with two or three strands of Silver Holographic Flashabou .

Wing:  A small bunch of  pale chartreuse bucktail (pale yellowish Chartruese) ,topped with a bunch of Silver Doctor or Medium Blue Bucktail.

 Throat:  A small bunch of white bucktail twice the length of the hook. Almost as long as the the bucktail in the tail.

Topping:  None

It should be noted that Al likes LONG, NARROW saddle hackles and although the Silver Doctor works he prefers the Med Blue wing. Also,  the  Flashabou can be longer than saddle hackles and can be tied in between or along the sides of the tail materials.

(C) Ray Bondorew July 2012

The Crab Hatch

The Crab Hatch

                During  May and into early June as water temperatures rise Clam Worm hatches take the spotlight. Many fly rodders seek out worm hatches and the often spectacular striper fishing they bring. I’m not one who looks forward to or tries to figure out where or when worms will emerge or “hatch” as they say. If it happens when I’m fishing , great  I’ll surely  try my worm patterns.   I don’t however go out of my way to find them.  However,  there  is one  hatch I look forward to each year in mid- June. It’s the little known and seldom talked about “Crab Hatch.”

                Here in Narragansett Bay R.I. around mid-June  tiny crabs begin to appear scattered  all about the surface . With each passing day more and more appear until  eventually toward month’s end there’s  a Bi-zillion of them throughout the bay.  Also with each passing day more of them become drawn into the main current areas  and are less scattered, Striped bass favor them just as they do worms hatches. Schools of stripers can be seen swimming leisurely about sipping these tiny crustaceans from just below the surface. Stripers feeding on these small crabs are just as selective as when they’re on worms, in fact  I believe even more so or so it seems. These small crustaceans are slightly smaller than your small finger nail. Trying to imitate these small crustaceans with fur and feathers is difficult to say the least. I don’t even try to mimic them. However this year I have ideas for a pattern I think will work. Tying it up will be the easy part. Having the patience to fish it , well that’s going to be the hard part. Unlike clam worms that zip about all over the place, the crabs seem to flounder about and drift with the current. They appear almost lifeless but a close look will reveal their little legs paddling away a mile a minute as they drift along.  Just drifting a fly the size of a No.10 freshwater nymph pattern would take some doing and patience.

                It takes some really calm days to realize what’s going on. By calm, I mean a flat surface w/ relatively little or no wind to cause small wavelets. The glassier the better as any amount of chop makes seeing the rising bass nearly impossible. Stripers feeding on crabs are usually in pods or small schools. They swim slowly about, usually a foot or so below the surface and rise up toward the surface to take the helpless crabs drifting about. They behave much like freshwater trout making a “ bulging rise.” Despite their intensely selective feeding while on crabs, I’ve found they can be taken on streamer flies. It just takes lots and lots of patience.  I call stripers feeding on crabs to be fish of “countless casts.”  This is because you can make what seems like hundreds of casts to them and not even get a chase never mind a strike. Then suddenly, an arm wrenching strike and it’s fish on. While their mindset is only on the tiny crabs there’s always a few stripers in the pack that decide the heck with the popcorn I’m grabbing the prime rib. These fish are usually well worth the time spent, as they’re normally some really  good ones. My fly of choice for this is without hesitation is a 5-6” long Bondorew Bucktail.  I usually take my time and look things over and try and figure the striper’s speed and line of travel. I then cast to try and  put the fly just above their line of travel so it passes just in front of the bass on the retrieve. The stripers are so absorbed in feeding on crabs that little seems to bother them. However, an errant cast directly over them will surely spook them.  Once spooked they’ll quickly return to to the surface  feeding again but it’s usually out of reach and requires repositioning or waiting till they return to be in within casting range.

                Fishing from a boat is surely best but they’re close enough to shore to make fishing near shore from a canoe or kayak possible. However they often come within reach of the shore angler at certain locations. Regardless of boat, kayak or shore fishing the key is finding the stripers. Take the time to slowly and carefully scan the water for the slightest sign feeding stripers. A quick once over won’t do, only carefull observation will.   I believe that this hatch is not localized to just Rhode island but probably occurs all along from Buzzards Bay, MA   down  to the eastern end  Connecticut.  For those of you from R.I.  I’ll list some spots where I’ve taken stripers from shore during the crab hatch in the next few days so check back again. I might even have my simple tiny crab fly tied and will post some pics of it.  I will try fishing it t but I don’t think I’ll keep it on that long.  So check back soon for updates to this ”Crab Hatch”post—Ray

© R.J. Bondorew June 2012

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 About the Fly of the Month and Bonus Fly Articles

Here along the Northeast coast, it’s  Striped Bass and Silversides time.  This month’s “Fly of the Month” and ” Bonus Fly”  are surely appropriate for this time of year . Tie a few and Catch’em up.

Saltwater Fly of the Month- May/June 2012

            Each spring, silversides return to the Northeast coastal waters in large numbers to spawn. In pursuit of them are hungry striped bass looking for a belly full of ripe silversides. The mid-May thru June time frame is silverside time along the coast.  It’s the time when a good silverside imitation proves its worth.  Many fly rodders have found the Ray’s Fly to be just that, a very reliable and effective silverside imitation. Mainly by word of mouth, this quickly tied, simple pattern has been passed on from angler to angler and has become the go to pattern for a many fly rodders. While the Ray’s Fly is primarily a silverside imitation, it also serves as a good sand eel pattern, especially when tied sparser than usual.  While this pattern is extremely effective in the spring it’s always worth a try especially wherever small baitfish are present The Ray’s Fly is not just for striped bass and has taken many saltwater species. Everything from Albies and Sea Trout to Snook and Tarpon have fallen for it.  Freshwater types are not exempt from its lure as both large and smallmouth bass favor it. For freshwater use, I often substitute marabou for bucktail.

Ray’s Fly

Here’s  a video on how I tie my Ray’s Fly

 

Hook:  Eagle claw Model 253 or 254 . (1/0 EC #254 pictured)

Thread:  Green or Yellow Monocord

Body:  Silver Bill’s Body Braid.

Wing:  A small bunch of white bucktail topped by two strands of Pearl flashabou (don’t cut  flashabou  off at eye but leave dangling as it will be folded back over the yellow bucktail),    topped with a bunch of yellow bucktail , topped by two strands of  the original pearl flashabou folded back, topped with a small bunch of olive bucktail.

Topping:  4 to 7 Strands of peacock herl( depends upon the thickness of the herl)

Origin:  1990-Ray Bondorew

Here’s some notes on tying the Ray’s Fly.

  • Tie it in many hook sizes and lengths ( 3 ½ to 4” seems best in early spring) don’t forget to carry some 1 ½ to 2” ones.
  • I like using medium to light yellow bucktail and prefer not using strong/bright yellow.
  • Medium  olive seems best- one that’s not too brown, green or  blue
  • Add a small amount of light brown or tan with the yellow when sand eels are present.
  • If your Ray’s Fly fouls often then try this– When tying the body, form a small hump with the body braid when finishing the body up at the head, this should lift the wing a bit. (I don’t usually do this step as mine seldom foul.)  I attribute fouling to excessive false casting and fast action fly rods.  All that’s required is one or two false casts to get the fly lne’s  head out onto the water, then pick it up and shoot the sucker out an additional 35 feet or so in one shot.

                So that’s my Saltwater “Fly of the Month” for May–June 2012. The Ray’s Fly pattern is now twenty two years old.  That’s how long ago it was to when the pattern was first presented to the angling public.  In today’s lingo that’s when the Initial Public Offering (IPO) was announced. I had been trying various mods of this pattern  for a few years earlier  to get what I thought was the right blend of olive, yellow and flash. The IPO came in the form of an article written for the Rhody Fly Rodders by my friend, fly fishing guru and “Striper Moon” author,  Ken Abrames.  Ken wrote the article shortly after learning what fly I was using one night as we fished together. From his head lamp shining on many in my fly box he picked one out.  He asked “what do you call it?”  “I don’t have a name for it, all I know is it works.” In his article Ken labeled the pattern “Ray’s Fly.” The rest is history.  Since that time, countless anglers have tied countless Ray’s Flies to catch countless fish. Perhaps you’re one of them.  So next time you see Ken along the shore or in your other travels, thank him for bringing this pattern out into the open. If it were not for Ken Abrames bringing this pattern out into the public fly rodders eye, it may still be just that – only Ray’s Fly.

© Ray Bondorew May 2012

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  Bonus Fly -May/June 2012

Here’s the Bonus Fly for May –June 2012.  When you first look at it you’re probably thinking it’s a lot like the Ray’s Fly. Yes it does, in fact it uses the same materials, just tied in differently. I’ve been tying this pattern since the late 1990s. I like to use it during the daylight hours when silversides are around. There’s a reason for this and I’ll tell why in another article, for now see origin listed in pattern.  The fly works, especially in larger sizes.  Try fishing it in tandem with a standard Ray’s Fly to see which works best. You be the judge.

Harold’s  Meadow

 

 

Hook:  No 2-3/0 Eagle Claw Model 253 or 254. (1/0 EC #254 pictured)

Thread:  Green or Yellow Monocord

Body:  Silver Bill’s Body Braid.

Wing:  A small bunch of white bucktail, topped by one strand of Pearl flashabou (don’t cut  flashabou off at eye but leave dangling as it will be folded back over the yellow bucktail),   topped with a small bunch of yellow bucktail , topped by one strand of  the original pearl flashabou folded back, topped with a 6-8 strands of peacock herl, topped by one strand of Pearl flashabou(  don’t cut) or substitute a single strand of silver flashabou here, topped by another small bunch of yellow bucktail,  topped by one strand of Pearl flashabou(Previous strand  folded back),  topped by a small bunch of olive bucktail

Topping:   NONE

Origin:  Tied by Ray Bondorew-inspired by Harold Gibbs’ Gibbs Striper fly

  ***Notes/Hints:***  This is one of the few patterns I’ve ever tied that I have considered adding an eye either painted or jungle cock. 

 Harold”s Meadow is a great warmwater pattern where largemouth bass abound.

© Ray Bondorew May 2012

Saltwater “Fly of the Month”

The saltwater season is off and running. There’s many school size stripers being caught along the coast from Cape Cod to New Jersey. so I’m finally posting the first of hopefully many Saltwater “Fly of the Month” segments.  So  here’s the Raysf ly.com very first Saltwater “Fly of the Month” .  You probably already have one like it,  if not tie one up!

Saltwater Fly of the Month

                Ever since I began putting together my homepage I’ve thought about what fly to use for the first “Fly of the Month” on my site’s Saltwater page. I knew it must be one that was easy to tie and have a long successful history. Productive yet so simple it’s overlooked by many who search out fancy, silver bullet ties. While recently looking at the Fly Tying Forum of Stripersonline.com I saw a post on it entitled “First attempt, input appreciated.”  The post by Dan Wampler from New Jersey was about his first attempts at tying a saltwater fly and included pictures of his first two flies. His first flies brought to mind my first creations. Like mine, his needed some refinement but that would come with each successive tie.  My first attempt was a sparrow sized dry fly that a big bluegill smashed as the fly hit the surface; surely a striper would inhale his bucktail.  Here’s one of his first two ties.  

 

Dan Wampler’s Simple White Bucktail

 

Hook: Any size plated or stainless hook you may have on hand.

Thread: Red pictured here but any color will do.

Body: None.

Wing:  A bunch of white bucktail topped by several strands of Pearl crystal flash, topped with another bunch of white bucktail.

Topping:  None

Throat: Some of wing bucktail spun around to the throat area when tying in the first bunch of wing bucktail.

Origin: Unknown- probably dates back to early man’s first attempts of lashing hair or feathers to something resembling a fish hook to catch dinner.

After looking at Dan’s first two ties, I posted the following reply:

“Here are some suggestions for you after looking closely at your first flies”.

  • After you catch your first fish on your first fly, take a picture of the fish and fly, then take the fly off and put it back in your fly box for safe keeping. Don’t ever use it again. Once home, put it in a plastic bag or box and label it with date, time and place along with the photo. Years down the road when you look back you’ll be glad you did this.
  • Use less bucktail, about one-third to one half of what you’re currently using will do. Also, don’t make all the bucktail the same length. Use shorter hairs on the bottom and gradually tie in longer ones on top to give your flies a tapered look.
  • While I wrote in my book that the simple WHITE bucktail or saddle hackle streamer have probably caught more fish than all other streamer patterns combined—tie some up in YELLOW!”

                I thought it appropriate to use someone’s first ties for my sites first Saltwater “Fly of the Month.”  A pattern that is as old as fly fishing itself, but one that will certainly work for the first early season stripers.  No doubt that the more Dan ties, the better looking his flies will become. Soon he’ll be tying other flies or incorporate some small changes to the basic pattern, giving it a new look. Here are some possibilities I tied up.

White Bucktail Streamer w/ Peacock Herl Topping

 

Hook: Any size plated or stainless hook you may have on hand. (1/0 EC #254 pictured)

Thread: Green Monocord

Body: Silver Bill’s Body Braid.

Wing:  A small bunch of white bucktail topped by several strands of Pearl flashabou , topped with another small bunch of white bucktail.

Topping: 6 or 7 Strands of peacock herl

Throat: Very small bunch of white bucktail about twice as long as hook shank.

White Bucktail  Streamer topped with Olive Bucktail and Peacock Herl

 

Hook: Any size plated or stainless hook you may have on hand. (1/0 EC #254 pictured)

Thread: Green Monocord

Body: Silver Bill’s Body Braid.

Wing:  A small bunch of white bucktail topped by several strands of Pearl flashabou and one strand of pearl Crystal Flash , topped with a smaller  bunch of white bucktail, topped with a small bunch of olive bucktail.

Topping: 6 or 7 Strands of peacock herl

Throat: Very small bunch of white bucktail about twice as long as hook shank.

Of course there are more possibilities for this simple bucktail. I’m thinking that if some yellow is added into the wing we might have something really good. But why get too fancy as the following paragraphs explain.

One early  October day about 15 years ago  I went down to fish the rocky shores of  Black Pt. in Narragansett, RI. It was a bright sunny day with a light surf running. Far from the best conditions but my fishing logs recommended I try it.  I walked down the brush lined path that leads to the water until the shoreline came into view, then paused to scan the area for signs of life;  fish,  birds or humans. From afar I spotted someone in the very spot I wanted to try.  Although I had hoped to have the place to myself I headed toward the shore to try another nearby hole.  As I came closer I recognized the other fisherman to be Dick Lema.  A onetime North woods guide Dick was retired a charter boat captain for stripers and offshore species. Dick was also a boat designer and many sport fishing hulls found along the coast bear his name. He was probably best known for his charters of well know personalities such as Red Sox Hall of Famer Ted Williams.  Dick was just standing there with his rod and not fishing. I decided to go over and see how Dick was doing. As I came closer I noticed a big striper flopping around in a small tidal pool. “I just landed that thing just before you showed up Ray. I’m resting now, it took more out of me than I thought and I need a break.” I looked over to his rod with the fly dangling from it.  “That the fly?’  I asked “Yep that’s it, don’t look like much, just a simple white bucktail. Someone was supposed to tie up me some flies but I got tired of waiting for him and wanted do some fly fishing so I tied that up.  Nothing fancy, ya know they got all them fancy this and fancy that named flies but this is as good as any of them.   It ain’t the fly Ray, it’s knowing where to put it. You know that. “Yes I knew that and Dick Lema with his twenty eight pound striper taken on his simple white bucktail helped to reinforce that knowledge.  Just as Dick Lema’s plain white bucktail worked, Dan Wampler’s first ties and the other simple white buck- tails pictured above will surely take more than their share of fish when fished properly.

                A simple white bucktail streamer is my first “Fly of the Month.’  However, fishing is more than having the right fly, simple or fancy and catching many big fish. It’s about the total experience of each outing, from flies, fish and birds; to the people you meet along the shore. I didn’t really know Dick Lema all that well.  Our paths crossed frequently whenever I fished the Narragansett, R.I. shoreline. We would talk about our latest outings and other things fishermen talk about.  Dick had done many things in his life and had stories about most of them. Dick loved to tell stories.  His stories were amusing, interesting and most often intertwined with bits of fishing insight and information. Dick was the sort of character that talking to him helped make your outing more enjoyable and complete. He was like so many other things in life that we don’t really fully appreciate until they’re gone.  Dick Lema passed away a few years ago and is sorely missed by many along the shore.

© Ray Bondorew 2012

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