Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Study of a Hall Pass

Take a few minutes to watch this great video from Dustin Miller; it puts it all in perspective.


Sharpen your hooks!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Team USA Wins World Youth Fly Fishing Championships


Team USA won its third straight world title, and its fourth in five years — this one in the U.S., specifically on three rivers and two lakes in Eagle and Summit counties, Colorado.

TEAM WINNERS
Gold USA
Silver POLAND
Bronze CZECH REPUBLIC

INDIVIDUAL WINNERS
Gold Hunter Hoffler USA
Silver Mason Sims USA
Bronze Emilo Jose Berjaga SPAIN

LINK: Vail Daily


Douglas is in the second row, third from left.  Here he is with a nice brown.


Congratulations Team USA Youth!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Tying the Chernobyl Ant

Here's a fly that stands out to both fish and fishermen.  It's a big, nasty, high floating terrestrial imitation (or maybe just a big meal) that can be fished on its own, or as the dry in a dry-dropper rig. Tim takes you through the steps to get the perfectly segmented body with minimal wraps of thread, and a few other tips on tying with foam.  


As for any fishing reports, things have been too hot around here and the rivers have been much too low for trout fishing.   I plan to be in the Catskills next weekend, and if that goes as planned, I'll report back here on how things go.

Sharpen your hooks. 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Quill Gordon and a Thank You To C.D. Clarke

Last year I tied a bunch of Ausable Wulffs for C. D. Clarke, a very well-known sporting artist that happens to live near me and whom I run into around town and at the Tewksbury Inn.  When I brought the flies to him, knowing he hunted birds and ducks, I asked if he could swap some woodduck flank feathers in lieu of paying me.  He was glad to oblige, but with our busy schedules I forgot about it, and in reality, I was happy to tie the flies for him with nothing in return but knowing he would fish them with the same passion that I tied them with.  

Fast forward to last week.  I was having dinner at the Tewksbury Inn and C.D. was there having dinner also.  We talked for a minute or two, than them he said he'd be right back.  While he went to his car I got caught up with his constant companion, Tracey Warmus, on their recent Atlantic salmon fishing trip.  In perhaps five minutes time, he came back in carrying a clear bag full of woodduck flank feathers.  For a Catskill fly tyer, this is more valuable than gold and I was and am very grateful for his generosity. Since then, I've been using it to tie some of my favorite dry flies - traditional Catskill dry flies.  Here's a Quill Gordon I tied on top of two of my favorite fly tying things, a Rite Bobbin and 6/0 Olive Danville thread.   
       
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It's fairly likely that many of you have seen C.D.'s work in one of the many hunting and fishing magazines.  He does beautiful work, and he is a heck of a nice guy, too.  Check out his resume and work by clicking here: C.D. Clarke 

Sharpen your hooks!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Put A Ring On It Redux

So the cat's out of the bag.  The real reason Tim's videos are so good is because his hot blond assistant keeps us focused on the task at hand.  In this fine video, Tim shows us the virtues of tippet rings with the help of his assistant who knows the importance of being seen but not heard; if you watch carefully though, you will see her roll her eyes at some of Tim's comments.  Clearly, she doesn't fish.  
       

Sharpen your hooks.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Tying the Fur Ant

It's summertime and it is hot, even in the shade.  It may not be very comfortable for us, but for terrestrial insects, this time of the year is perfect.  They are crawling and hopping everywhere - in the trees, the shrubs, grass and fields, crops, and flowers.  And of one the most of abundant of them all is the ant.  We know this, and the trout know this, and on just about any given day ants fall or are blown onto trout streams throughout North America.  With this in mind, it seems that the trout get used to seeing them and feeding on them during the summer months, which is likely why this pattern and other ant imitations work so well not only between hatches but also often during hatches.  Tim Flagler says he often does better with an ant pattern (size #14) during Trico activity than he does with a Trico imitation.  


RECIPE

Hook: TMC 100 #20
Thread: 6/0 Black Danville
Body: Black and cinnamon brown Australian opossum - 3:1 ratio
Hackle: Dark dun

I like the tinge of brown in this dubbing mix for my own use, any black dubbing of your preference works fine.  Also tie some in all cinnamon with brown hackle, and a combination of the two colors with the brown being the abdomen and black for the head.  

Sharpen your hooks!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A "New" Hackle


Our friend Bill Shuck emailed the above photograph along with the following text: 

While stripping the usual desirable feathers from a male wood duck gifted by a local hunter last fall, I saved some of the upper coverts on a whim. The other day I finally got around to sorting all the feathers and decided to try tying a spider or two using the coverts to see how they looked in macro. Here’s one using light orange Pearsall’s that came out pretty well. Although the barbs do not have the defined linear markings of waterhen or Gambel’s quail, they are a nice grey dun with a lively appearance.

That's a great looking soft hackle; it came out much better than "pretty well".  Thanks for sharing, Bill.

Sharpen your hooks.