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I told myself I’d tidy the tying table in stages, sorting everything and working through the pile of hooks and materials that had accumulated during the cold months. Tonight it was bass bugs- from top to bottom, stuff that will hopefully draw a few smallmouth come May.
I’m averse to how-to books, but there’s a lot to targeting muskellunge and they’re not known for being gullible. So, I gave it a shot.
First off, and this is an entirely subjective hangup: musky is a verb. Muskie is a fish. I can’t abide the y- no one calls them brookys.
All that aside, the 182 page book is loaded with excellent photos including high-quality series illustrating the technical aspects of casting and retrieval. The writing isn’t going to win awards but does provide a thorough, nuts-and-bolts rundown of muskie distribution, biology, and the mechanics of targeting, fishing for, and landing the critters. There’s a chapter of interviews with the continent’s muskie luminaries that appearing out of nowhere in the back half of the book, and about thirty fly recipes at the end- well written, well photographed; each one gets your mind going.
In all, Hunting Musky with a Fly provides a quality foundation for targeting these fussy fish. As someone just beginning to suss out the intricacies of muskie fishing, I appreciate the knowledge Rick Kustich was able to compile in the book- and if muskie on the fly are something you’re curious about, it’s worth the investment.
I woke up one morning last week deciding I wanted things neat. For the past few years I’ve been doing this- making certain I complete the first thing I think of in the morning, whether it’s eating fresh strawberries in a hammock with a Hefeweizen or, in this instance, a detailed cleaning of the home office. It seems a reasonable enough path to self-fulfillment.
The tying desk was a wreck and the answer seemed self discipline, using what was laying around on the untidy table to fill some of my boxes.
Fancy a trip to New York’s Finger Lakes this spring? Come May it’ll be the place to be, as Brood VII of periodical cicadas emerge from their burrows and flop into streams and lakes. The thumb-sized black and orange bugs emerge when ground temperatures reach 64 degrees and trout, bass, carp, catfish- they all go nuts. Start tying, and learn more about the emergence here.
And if you really want to nerd out and are living in southwest Ohio- look for stragglers of mysterious Brood XXII.