To copy what God has created
in the underwater realm of "Fishdom" has long been a finless
daydream of mine.
What They See is a book about the
minnows that live within the White River System of the Mississippi River Drainage.
The majority of the sixty-six minnows that occur within the upland White
River System are found throughout most of the cold to cool waters of the
Mississippi drainage and portions of the Atlantic Coastal drainage.
This book contains the Distribution, Habitat, Spawning Period, and the
Spawning Habitat of the minnows and baitfish that are indigenous to the
uplands White River area. For each minnow within the area, the
book contains the tying instructions and list of materials needed to
create your own Anatomically Correct Imitation.
Whether you are a Bass Buster, Crappie Chaser,
Walleye Weasel, Trout Teaser, Bream Bandit, or just a Lunker Lover this book will help
you catch more and larger fish. Enhance your fishing ability by
knowing the baitfish's behavior, colors, water preference, breeding
cycles, and stream distribution.
Partial sample page.
In the spring of 1989, I stumbled
upon an idea that I knew would make one of my favorite pastimes,
Smallmouth Bass fishing, more enjoyable. To copy what Mother Nature has created in
the underwater realm of "fishdom" has long been a finless daydream of
mine. Each spring since the idea of Anatomically Correct Minnow
Patterns first captured my imagination, I have set out to copy the most
correct baitfish patterns in the history of fishing, and each spring I
had failed. Not because of my inabilities as a fly and jig tyer,
but because of something more basic than skill - materials.
Materials that were fine enough to swim with every wisp of the current
and came in every color of the rainbow. Materials that did
not fade, evaporate, mildew, melt, or rot. Materials that were
country tuff, blue-jean durable, oak tree sturdy , and granite
resilient. Material that bounced off of rocks instead of
crumbling, resisted the bite of Gar's teeth better than chewing
gum, and scoffed at snarling briars and limbs as though they were the
silk of a spider's web.....
It's All Fly Fishin',
Fishin' What They See, Vol. 1 $10.95 The White and Black River Systems Above Their Confluence and The Little Red River System.