Sunday, February 10, 2019

Fish Pimping - A seasoned guide reflects on the contradictions of the trade.

Interesting article on the relationship between a guide and his clients from the Anglers Journal. 

LINK: Fish Pimping


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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Fly Fishing Show - Edison, NJ - This Weekend

The fly fishing show is this coming to New Jersey weekend - January 25, 26 & 27 - at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center Edison, NJ. I'll be there all three days tying flies, signing books and doing presentations. Show Hours are: Friday 9am – 6pm Saturday 8:30am – 6:00pm and Sunday 9am – 4:30pm.

Here's my schedule for the weekend:

Friday Featured Fly Tyer - 10:15 AM -  Matt's Favorite Mayfly & Caddis Emergers. I'll be demonstrating how to tie some very effective emergers and showing tips & tricks to make tying them easier and more consistently.  Missing Link Caddis, Matt's Mayfly Cripple, Iris Caddis and BWO Improved Sparkle Emerger.

Friday Seminar - Catch Room 11:30 AM - Fishing Dry Flies & Emergers for Trout. Patterns and techniques on how to fish them most effectively.

Saturday Seminar - Catch Room 2:00 PM – Tying and Matching Northeastern Hatches.We'll go through the annual sequence of the most common Eastern hatches and the flies I use to imitate them as well as how to fish them most effectively. 

Author's Booth - Friday 12:30 PM, Saturday 3:00 PM, Sunday 12::00 PM

I'll be tying flies the rest of the weekend at Table #22 with Tim Flagler 

For all the details, click here: The Fly Fishing Show Edison, NJ

Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Tying Lance Egan's Red Dart

In this video Tim Flagler ties a peacock herl body fish catching nymph designed by National Fly Fishing Champion Lance Egan.  Like all of Lance's nymphs, this one sinks like a cannonball so it gets into the trout's  "feeding zone" quickly.  Its tied with readily available materials, and if you don't have jig hooks and slotted beads, it can be tied on a standard nymph hook with a conventional bead.  


If you are in the New England area this weekend - Friday, Saturday and Sunday January 18, 19 & 20 - you may want to shake your winter time fishing blues off by attending the Fly Fishing Show in Marlborough, Massachusetts.  My son Hunt will be there tying flies on the show floor with Tim Flagler, along with a bunch of other talented fly tyers.  For more information click here: The Fly Fishing Show - Marlborough, MA    

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Must Love Chickens.....

Who needs a dog when you can have a chicken at your side when you're knee deep in a cold, clear river?



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Thursday, December 27, 2018

January 5, 2019 - Tightlines Fly Fishing - Tying Class

This coming January 5th, Saturday, I will be at Tightlines Fly Fishing Shop in Parsippany, New Jersey teaching a fly tying class from 11:00am until 2:00pm.

The tying class is titled "Matt Grobert's Favorite Mayfly & Caddis Emergers".  We will go over not only how to tie them, but also why we use the materials we do and I'll show you some tricks for getting the patterns to look and fish as they should.   In addition to tying the flies, we will go over presentation/recognizing when to use the patterns and how to fish them as well as the leader system I use for fishing emergers and dry flies. The cost is $30/person and you can sign up by contacting the shop here Tightlines Fly Fishing

You will need to bring your tying vise, tools and light.

Missing Link Caddis
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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas Everyone!


 Bryson Carey (2) and Henley Carpenter (5)

And Peace and Happiness in the New Year! 

Friday, December 21, 2018

We Won't Be Fishing...Again, But We Still Can Tie Flies.

This has been the story of our Autumn fishing in the Northeast this year.  It seems like every weekend we have gotten blown out by late week rains and this weekend is no exception.  Of course, last weekend when we couldn't find the time to fish, the river was in good shape.


This weekend you can always head to Shannon's Fly Shop in Califon, NJ and have some fun tying flies.  On Saturday morning Len Ruggia will be instructing the beginner's fly tying class at 9:30AM.  And on Sunday at 9:30AM, Tim Flagler will be there demonstrating how he ties some of his favorite flies.   Both of these classes are free to all - just bring your vise and tying tools.

Sharpen your hooks.