I did things a little different again this week. Having trouble kicking the streamer habit. Some of the materials I have on the way aren’t going to help, either.
From left to right:
January 13 - Nick Granato’s Death Dog
January 14 - Thomas Harvey’s Legs for Days
January 15 - Brian Wise’s Articulated rendition of Legs for Days
January 16 - Death Dog, redux
January 17 - Garcia’s Rojo Midge (bottom)
January 18 - variation of Galloup’s Sex Dungeon
January 19 - Thomas Harvey’s Trophy Wife
Here’s the week one recap of my previously mentioned Fly-a-day 2014 project. If you’ve been following along on social media, you’ve seen all this via iPhone photo (which sucks most of the time for flies.) I wanted to do them justice with at least a point and shoot photo, as I’m hoping to get better with my photography this year. Two birds, one stone!
January 1 — Rusty Rat
January 2 - Simply Cree Mayfly
January 3 - Lunch Money Sculpin
January 4 - Mike Schmidt’s Junkyard Dog
January 5 - Whitlock’s Deep Minnow
The idea was to have recipes to go with these, but that’s pretty time-intensive. I’d be happy to share them on request, however. Just let me know here, Facebook, or wherever.
Happy New Year, folks! I hope you all had a great holiday season. It was definitely a busy one for me, but I was able to spend it with family and friends, which is a big plus.
I have some cool stuff in the works for 2014. If you’ve been following my social media at all for the few days we’ve had this year, I’ve been posting a fly each day. The plan is to keep doing this daily through the year. In case you miss any of them, or don’t have any social media accounts, then I’ll have a recap here with recipes every Monday. Just a little something regular to start your week off on the right foot.
I’m trying to diversify my tying this year and get out of my comfort zone a bit. Since I mostly fish warmwater with a smattering of trout, that’s typically what I tie. I’ve already got some cool steelhead materials on order and plan on playing around with some flatwing streamers and classic wets as well.
If there’s any particular pattern you guys want to see tied, just ask! Thanks for reading and hope to have some pictures up soon.
Mr. Wise goes behind the camera this time. I really dig this fly.
Installment number one in our new fly-tying mini series produced by vise master Brian Wise.
Mr. Wise drops another video for us peasant rabble. The name makes me snicker.
This fly is awesome, but that front jig hook really looks nice.
I’ve been prepping for this trip for a couple of months. I’m not known to be a light pack, so here’s the menagerie of fishing stuff that’s coming with. 2 8 wts and a 10 wt should get the job done. Lots of tippet and leader, several lines in the floating and sinking variety, a Boga, stripping basket, and some good pliers.
And LOTS of flies.
The Bugger Beast is full of various baitfish patterns that I’ve whipped up, and I have separate boxes for shrimp, crabs, and topwaters. I’m bringing it all.
I’m really going in not knowing what to expect. The beach I’ll be on looks good. I’ll have access to a kayak. The weather looks to be superb. Here’s hoping I come back with some fish pictures to share. I’ll see you guys in a week!
We knocked out another fly tying vidya at the shop today. Behold the Spanflex Midge. Easy and effective.
I’m sure you heard about the recent floods in eastern Colorado. It’s something that’s going to take years to recover from. These good folks are showing a new, kickass movie and donating 100% of the proceeds to the Restore the Range fund. If you’re in the area, I’d highly recommend checking this out. It’s for a great cause.
One of the greatest fly fishing movies I’ve seen yet. I hope you’ll check it out.
Lucian gives his take on a GRHE, with the usual stunning attention to
Cleanest GRHE ever. What a great looking fly!
Here’s a video we just spun up at the shop. Simple deer and foam popper pattern that it very effective on our local fish species down here. Tie some up and enjoy!
We had a great time in Colorado.
The basic 5 w’s… WHO: All fly tying enthusiast. WHAT: A fly tying contest- the AirborneAngler.com “Fly-munition”. See additional info below. WHEN: Submissions must be post marked NLT (no later th…
Head over and check out the fly tying contest over on Airborne Angler. Runner up will be getting an assortment of flies from yours truly!
Just a couple more days until I get back up to some cooler air in Colorado. Sounds like the water situation is a bit different this go around. We shall see how the fish respond!
As you can plainly see, things are looking a bit differently around here lately.
Late last week my Wordpress site was compromised. I do have a backup of it, but whoever decided to get their jollies by messing with my site did a damn good job, and there’s not much left that is usable.
So, I’ve been rolling around a redesign in my head for a while, so now is as good of time as any to get it cranked out. I’ve had the site up for almost six months now. When I started this, I wasn’t really sure where I wanted it to go. I have somewhat of a better idea now. I decided to move over to Tumblr as it’s a bit easier to work with. I got in my own way messing around with Wordpress — I’m not a techie guy, and Tumblr is simple and les me do what I want to do.
I’m working with a buddy to get a sweet logo mocked up and probably will make a few other changes to the layout, but I’m fairly happy with the color scheme and basic layout at this point.
I’ll be attempting to get some of my favorite posts back up, and I’ll probably let some just drift off into the ether. Some of it was junk anyway. Look for more ramblings and crappy photos soon!
Thanks for reading. Back to our regularly-scheduled program!