Thursday, March 5, 2015

Tying Higa's S.O.S.

Here Tim Flagler ties another pattern that originated out West, that has become a popular trout fly pattern anywhere you find trout - Higa's S.O.S. (Save Our Skin).  Tie some up and give them a go.

Sharpen your hooks!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Project Healing Waters - Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Gear Donations Wanted

At a recent Fly Fishing Show, a young man named Andrew Dang approached me about his 8th grade community service project - collecting donations for Project Healing Waters.  Project Healing Waters is a volunteer organization that works to rehabilitate disabled veterans through fly fishing activities. Andrew asked me if I would donate to PHW, and help him promote his project through my blog, which of course, I am more than happy to do.  Here's the flyer he created with his contact information - click to enlarge it.  The deadline for donations is March 31, 2015, and no donation is too small...or too big. 

I've got some gear I don't use anymore that is in perfectly good condition, which I'll be sending along to Andrew.  See if you can find something to send him as well - you'll be helping two great causes - a thoughtful young man, and our disabled veterans.  

Here I am with Andrew at the Fly Fishing Show. 


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Catskill-Style Split Woodduck Wings - Joe Fox

Tim Flagler shot this video yesterday at the Spare Gray Matter event in Califon, NJ, of Joe demonstrating his method of splitting the woodduck flank feather for the wings on a Catskill-style dry fly.  Joe is a direct descendant of the Dette's - Walt, Winnie and Mary - and now operates the Dette Fly Shop in Roscoe, New York in the very same house on Cottage Street where Walt once showed me (many years ago) how he split the woodduck flank feather for the wings on his flies.       

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Fly Fishing Show - Lancaster, PA - Feb. 28 & March 1

Next Saturday and Sunday, The Fly Fishing Show comes to Lancaster, PA, and it's the last show of the 2015 show season.  I'll be there all weekend tying and keeping fairly busy doing a seminar and a featured tyer session on Saturday, and on Sunday morning at 8:30 am, I'll be teaching a tying class titled, "Tying Simple Dries for Sophisticated Trout", followed by an afternoon featured tyer session. The rest of the weekend I will be on the show floor tying flies and telling lies with the rest of the trout bums.

The featured tyer session on Saturday will be at 3:00 pm, and I'll showing how to tie a few of my favorite caddis emergers and dries.  And on Sunday, the session will be at 3:00 pm also, this time though I'll be tying extended-body mayflies.  Both sessions are free, and so everyone has a good seat, the tying action will be shown on a large screen television.  Commercial free!  

For more information and to sign up for the tying class follow the link here: Lancaster PA Fly Fishing Show    

Hope to see you there.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Tying the Infamous Pink Worm

So, what's the big deal? It's a San Juan Worm with an egg. Yeah, sure, there are anglers whose sphincter will tighten up like wet leather in the midday sun when they see fly patterns like this. But really, it's just another version of a time-tested pattern that originated on a big, southwestern tail water known for mostly for the tiny flies usually needed to catch the fat trout that lived within.  A worm, a simple life form that trout love to eat. And then someone added an egg to the mix, which of course, is another time tested pattern that gathers the panties of the old guard.  So you have two non-traditional patterns combined into a single fly that by all accounts works quite well, and it's bright pink.  I think its that bright pink that draws the fish to this fly, while at the same time drawing disdain from some anglers.  To each his own.

And so we present Tim Flagler in another fine video, showing how he ties the Infamous Pink Worm. 

Sharpen your hooks!

Monday, February 9, 2015

We May Not Be Fishing, But Other Folks Are

In this part of the country, very little fly fishing is going on thanks to it being the dead winter, so to speak.  In the mountains of North Carolina, it's a different story as you can see here.  One of Doug's friends sent him this photo of one of the trout he caught today, and you may recall that Doug calls these southern gems  "the most beautiful trout in the world".  It's easy to see why.


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Wet vs. Dry - Singlebarbed Explains

While I use 6/0 Olive Danville thread for the vast majority of of the flies I tie, there are occasions when I stray from that norm.  Our friend Singlebarbed, explains clearly why that is often necessary, in his own unique way: 

In actuality, flies are darker when wet than when dry. Fish are likely to eat them, but may not eat them with the gusto reserved for the predominant hatch, and refusals can be more common than a properly colored imitation.


Thank you, KB, well done.

Of course, when I don't use Danville 6/0 olive, I still use Danville 6/0. 

Sharpen your hooks!