CATCH CORMIER September 01, 2012 at 7:00am
So booty my chat aback I say that Kirk Dietrich ranks amid the best.
Dietrich grew up about the New Orleans area, and in 1973 — at age 11 — got his aboriginal attending at addition fly casting. He was so captivated by it, his dad agreed to buy him an outfit. Aback then, he has rarely acclimated added tackle.
I’ve accepted Kirk aback 1989. At the time, he had already becoming a advanced acceptability for his addition at the vise.
His Kirk’s Spoon was the aboriginal aftereffect of Jon Cave’s aboriginal pattern, and was so acknowledged in communicable redfish and added breed that Orvis best it up. Today Orvis sells several of his flies.
His most-popular creations afterwards the spoonfly are the Squirrelly and the Rattle Rouser.
But his best absorbing assignment is with poppers.
Dietrich aboriginal affected Pete Cooper Jr.’s “Perch Float Popper” in the aboriginal ’90s by attached it at assorted shows and teaching it in workshops.
This simple fly is accessible to construct: Cut a branch float in half, cut a aperture on the bisected float, accelerate it on a threaded bend and cool glue. Afresh acrylic with a primer, add anatomy blush and eyes, and accomplishment off with a covering of adipose epoxy.
Sounds simple, right? Try authoritative one, and afresh go to Photobucket and chase for “KirkDiet” and attending at some of his examples.
There’s a acumen he’s a adept tier, and best of us are not.
Later on, Dietrich met Walt Holman, the administrator of American balsa flies. A quick study, Holman’s protégé began creating, shaping, and painting poppers and defined of building affection in no time.
Balsa flies are different. It’s not so abundant attached as it is crafting. The fly can be shaped into amaranthine forms, and afresh corrective amaranthine colors. Prior to painting, gluing a attenuate antithesis — such as that acclimated on broiled potatoes in restaurants — assimilate the balsa, and afresh dimpling it with a bent article to accord a fish-scale aftereffect makes the flies attending added realistic.
There are abounding little capacity with balsa that can change the flotation, action, backbone and actualization of the final fly. It’s those capacity that accumulate Dietrich consistently cerebration about the aing fly or how to accomplish a fly he created alike better.
A year ago, the Metairie citizen began cerebration about how to accord his flies more-erratic activity to activate what he calls the “predatory instinct” in a bass, redfish or brindled trout.
I got a sample of this “predatory instinct” one night aback I was sitting on my aback porch. Belle, my affectionate collie and sometimes fishing companion, was watching a gecko clamber a the basal of the wall. She didn’t assume too absorbed until the gecko leaped from the bank to a chair, afresh aback to the wall.
On the aboriginal leap, Belle bunched up into advance position. On the additional leap, she sprang several anxiety beyond the balustrade and pounced on the tiny lizard. Let’s aloof say that’s one gecko that won’t be accomplishing any allowance commercials.
Speaking of dogs, Dietrich absitively to alarm his new conception the “Rabid Dog.” While it has similiarities to added Zara Spook-inspired poppers, this one has two key differences.
First, it’s affronted on an extra-long 6x hook. Or generally an continued bend fabricated with wire aback hooks that continued are about absurd to appear by. The abbreviate anatomy on an extra-long bend causes the claw to sit artsy at a slight bend on top the water.
As is, the Rabid Dog will dip and dive aback stripped. Enough aberrant movement to drive a redfish or bass angry.
But actuality an architect by trade, Dietrich is consistently cerebration of that article added — that added — to accomplish his flies alike added enticing.
So afore he adds foil, acrylic and adhesive to the body, he drills a tiny aperture at the back, and on top the balsa body. Afresh he drops in a tiny breach shot. This imparts added alterity to the fly.
When the Rabid Dog is stripped, if it tips to one side, the tiny weight tips it farther. But in accomplishing so, hydrostatic burden builds up on the angled side, and armament it aback to an cocked position and sometimes alike tips it to the added side.
This “floater” dips, dives and wobbles.
To account all the accomplish bare to tie the Dog, or any balsa fly, would booty up abundant of this magazine. And would acceptable not be as advisory as watching it on Youtube, area the instructions can be begin there.
As with best poppers, it’s bigger to accomplish several at a time than aloof one. For example, by the time you accomplishment applying the album covering on No. 8, the covering on No. 1 is dry and accessible for the aing step.
Dietrich will be the aboriginal to acquaint you that activity abandoned doesn’t t fish. Recently he took his conception for addition of abounding analysis runs at Bayou St. John (at atomic that’s what he tells his wife — that he has to go analysis his flies).
He started with a fire-orange blush and got several looks from bass but no strikes. He switched to a blue/silver blush and bent fish.
Then the chaw chock-full and no takers for a few hours.
He switched aback to the orange and bent angle again.
Cormier’s Aboriginal Law of Fly Fishing states, “Fish accomplish the rules, bodies don’t!”
At atomic with the Rabid Dog, the rules are angled — accidental — in our favor.
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