Saturday, February 6, 2016

Transition - Autumn Fly Fishing Video


Here's a short video Doug's friend Rob Funk made of the guys fishing a bunch of streams and a pond last fall - in Rob's words, "A glimpse of autumn fishing in Pennsylvania".

Sharpen your hooks.

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Fly Fishing Show - The Highlight


We had a great time this weekend at the the Fly Fishing Show in Somerset, NJ this past weekend.  Lots of folks visited us at the tying table, and my seminars were well attended all three days.  The highlight of the weekend was spending time in the Author's Booth with Joe Humphreys.  After the initial run of folks stopping by to have their books signed, we sat and chatted about the Living the Stream film project (see my post on 1/22/16) about Joe's life and times fly fishing and all things connected to it.  He also managed to slip in a couple short stories about life events that shaped him over the years.  These brief moments with people like Joe are the ones that are the most fulfilling as they give us with a unique perspective that only those with a life full of experiences and passionate pursuit can provide.

If you ever get an opportunity to spend even a few minutes with an "old-timer" like Joe, take it and open both your ears and hold your tongue.   I'm still smiling when I think about the conversation with Joe.

Sharpen your hooks.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Fly Fishing Show - Somerset New Jersey


The big fly fishing show is this coming to New Jersey weekend - January 29, 30 & 31 - at the Garden State Convention Center 50 Atrium Drive in Somerset, NJ.  We'll be there all three days tying flies, signing books, doing presentations, and on Sunday teaching a fly tying class.  Show Hours are: Friday 9am – 6pm  Saturday 8:30am – 6:00pm and Sunday 9am – 4:30pm.

Here's my schedule for the weekend:

Author's Booth - Friday 2:30 PM, Saturday 3:30 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM

Friday Seminar - Strike Room 1:00 PM – Eastern Hatches and their Imitations

Saturday Seminar - Catch Room 2:00 PM – Eastern Hatches and their Imitations

Sunday Seminar - Strike Room 1:00 PM – Fishing Dry Flies and Emergers for Trout

Sunday Fly Tying Class - 2:00 PM - Tying Simple Dry Flies for Sophisticated Trout - Students will learn how to tie and fish a number of very effective mayfly and caddis dry flies/emergers that require three or less materials to complete. Tying instruction will also include detailed information on when and how to fish each fly as the pattern applies to a specific hatch or emergence. 6/0 olive Danville thread is optional, but preferred. Intermediate. Click HERE to register.

Fly Tying Class: Bring your own lamp, vise, tools & a basic selection of materials.

For more information on the show, directions and other programs being offered, click here: The Fly Fishing Show - Somerset, NJ

Hope you see you there.

Sharpen your hooks!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Happy Birthday Henley!


It's hard to believe that Little Man is not so little anymore.  The next generation of fly fisher in the family is as tall as kids typically one year older.  Let's hope he switches to a baseball cap by the time he gets on the water. : )

Sharpen your hooks.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Live the Stream: The Story of Joe Humphreys Trailer


I've been fortunate enough to sit with Joe Humphreys and talk fly fishing, laugh, and learn about life on a number of occasions, and it has made me all the more richer for it.  He's a wonderful man who inspires many people in subtle ways, and some not so subtle ways; he has a passion for fly fishing and life that rubs off on just about everyone that has the pleasure of meeting him.

LIVE THE STREAM is a documentary about fly fishing legend Joe Humphreys and his lifelong journey to share the sport he loves while inspiring a greater respect for our local waters.

This documentary tries to keep up with Joe “Hump” for one year both on and off the stream as he inspires first-timers and professionals alike to better their fly fishing techniques in the splendor of nature. It’s a relatable and moving story of youthfulness in the heart of life’s progression, a film that explores the significance of family and community foundations and the idea that water can be a healing resource for anyone that steps in the stream. Even if you know nothing about fly fishing there’s something for everyone in this endearing documentary because for Joe, fly fishing is a lifeline.........

Read more about this project and how you can contribute here: Live The Stream: The Story of Joe Humphreys.

Sharpen your hooks.

Monday, January 18, 2016

More On Matt's Buzzer


On December 24, 2015, I posted the Tightline Productions video (see it here) on how to tie my buzzer and since then we have received a bunch of emails with questions on the fly.  It's really nothing special, buzzers have been around for a long time, and this is just the way I tie it, which has been very effective when either fished alone or in tandem with another nymph or under a dry. 

On these flies I have used a piece of red/orange flexx floss for the "wing case", whereas in the video I used red dyed goose primary sections, which is how I tied the original fly many years ago before the rubber floss was available.  I tie them with and without beads, the beadless ones work quite well fished in tandem behind a larger nymph in faster sections of tail waters.  Also, in the original I used Sally Hanson Hard as Nails for the finish, which works well and doesn't require a UV light to cure, but does takes two coats and has to be turned to avoid dripping or sagging.  Once you have tied a couple, you should find them fairly easy to whip out using Bondic or any other UV cure product.  The key is keeping the fly slender, particularly the abdomen.

Here's a black Matt's Buzzer without the bead head.


Here's the original chartreuse with and without the bead head, with the flexx floss wing case on a size #12 hook.


I also tie them in olive, yes, using 6/0 olive danville thread for both the abdomen and thorax, and in $3 dollar dip brown, which is 6/0 tobacco brown danville thread - color #47.

Tie some up, and sharpen your hooks!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Tying the Snowflake Sculpin

I've  known, fished, and tied flies with John Collins for many years, and I can safely say his passion for fly fishing has never waned.   He's created some very effective, unique patterns, such as his Electric Caddis, that is a standard in many fly boxes in these parts.  His flies catch fish, and his Snowflake Sculpin is no exception.  Here John teams up with Tim Flagler to show us how to tie this effective streamer pattern.  I can say from experience, this pattern works, as I have caught some very nice trout on it, particularly in the winter months.



Don't hesitate to tie this pattern in other colors to imitate the various sculpin and minnows that most certainly live in the waters you fish.  If there are trout in a creek or body of water, there are minnows, and this pattern can imitate them all just by changing the color scheme.

Sharpen your hooks.