Archive for October, 2008

29
Oct
08

Tattoo~Spey Fly (Uliwon Swings For Chrome w/ Cool Tattoo)

Cool tat displayed on Spey Pages. User name: Uliwon, posted the tattoo and a several beautiful chrome behemoths, that took to the swung (er…dredged) fly. Spey Pages is an excellent forum site to peruse and learn technical stuff. Less clicky than many fishing forums…they will treat you with respect.

Springer To Spey

Springer To Spey

http://www.speypages.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/2803/cat/500/ppuser/753

http://speypages.com/

27
Oct
08

Trout Tattoo 8 (longhorn caddis nails winona ace, Justin)

Ouch!

Ouch!

“I live in Winona, MN which happens to be a great place to trout hunt. I decided a while ago that this is what fishing is to me. It is hunting. To catch a trout one must be smart, quiet, prepared and have a willingness to travel into the wild. Trout are one fascinating fish and have traits that make them a difficult fish to catch. Well, difficult for me at the point. I practice and fish primarily in the Driftless Area of Southeastern Minnesota.”

Work done by Eric from Tatu Royal in Winona, MN. Completed 10/18/08

http://winonaflyfactory.wordpress.com/2008/10/18/im-hooked/#comments

Winona Fly Factory blog site highlights the exploration and journey of a Winona, Minn. based flyfisher, Justin Carroll. Follow along as he learns more and more about FF and his blog development 

26
Oct
08

Spey Tube Flies (Experiments Revealed..warts and all)

Tony has been experimenting with a new tying agenda…tube flies. He is experimenting and getting the hang of the materials and proportioning. I ‘borrowed’ his efforts to show, for no other purpose than he wouldn’t want me to. He is a perfectionist with regard to his art, so this is a work in progress and he is not satisfied so far. These flies would all catch steelhead from the ol’ impressionistic perspective, but Tony wants to strive for cleaner more classic look he sees in others boxes. Well, I will take his cast offs anytime. I also note that, via the shop (NWFFO), Tony is looking at the Swedish patterns of Guideline: (http://www.guidelineflyfish.com/english-edition/index.html) 

  

VAEHAENIVA by Guideline

VAEHAENIVA by Guideline

26
Oct
08

Asp Streamer Pattern

 

Asp Streamer

Asp Streamer

http://www.flytying.ro/forum/viewtopic.php?p=4833

Tying tutorial on Romanian ff site. Visuals will get you through and don’t sweat the language translations etc. It is obvious and wander through the entire site for lots of excellent patterns. Most translate from grayling to trout, etc. Rosen of Ruse, Bulgaria, who fishes the Danube River offers up this pattern.

25
Oct
08

B&W ‘Maraboo’ Streamer at Planet Trout

B & W MARABOO ( my all time favorite!):

HOOK: TMC 5263, Daiichi 2220, # 6-10
THREAD: Uni 3/0 or 6/0, Black
BODY/ABDOMEN: White or yellow chenille
RIB: Silver or Gold Tinsel
OVERWING: Black Marabou
UNDERWING: White Marabou, or, Yellow Marabou

“A standard streamer pattern for the Owens and East Walker Rivers. I first used this fly on the Owens River Ranch in 1976. Fish on a full or sink tip line with 3ft. of Seaguar 2X-4X Tippet material depending on hook size. I usually fish quartering downstream, roll casting to the bank with a swift pull on the fly as it swings under the bank. Rod tip and stripping action may be altered to fit the situation. I sometimes add twist-ons or shot depending on depth and flow to get the fly down DEEP. I try to use a slip strike to set the hook- they can be jolting. An alternate method I have employed, is to cast the fly upstream, place the rod under my right arm and strip just ahead of the current flow with BOTH HANDS. This practice has culminated in more than a few suprising results…”

http://planettrout.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/p1000740.jpg

This is a pattern similar to one used on Central Oregon lakes in the early Fall. Called a dart in Oregon (and elsewhere for all I know), it is the same simple wrapped or layered application of marabou to the shank. Maybe, maybe not some krystl flash. The undulation of the marabout does the trick and the krystal flash could impede the materials movement. I have suggested exploring planettrout before. It is a good blend of his tying (many patterns) and his love of family. Nice site.    

21
Oct
08

Father & Sons (The Good Loadstone~Fly fishing)

Not to be sentimental, but I am a fortunate man in having three sons who genuinely love to fish. They were raised fishing with spin gear, level winds and fly rods. All three have always been adept at flyfishing in their pre-teens. And, as happened to me and others, one can fall away from the past time as life’s options over run available time. It has been nice to watch all three men come back to their roots to regain something that the outdoors and fishing provides them. Much like riding a bicycle, it does not take long to regain the movements and carry on as if years have not passed by. But, of course they have, and for me it makes it all the sweeter to see. If I were considerably older, it would be bittersweet. I am blessed that time may allow me more opportunities to enjoy all my sons as they rediscover harmony, balance and dreams realized, on their terms.      

Early, Cold, Happy

Early, Cold, Happy

Hip Deep in Tonic Water

Hip Deep in Tonic Water~Evan Muncy

So, I am looking forward to many more trips with all my sons in order to enjoy the relationships, watch their successes and to confirm what I have long held: there is no better therapy, tonic, elixir or altar than the outdoors and moving waters. Throw in a fly rod and magic happens.

 

21
Oct
08

Montage d’un tube fly (French Salmon Flies and Tube Flies For Your Functional Side)

Tying Art

Tying Art

Being of the practical and impressionistic stripe of fly tyer (too lazy or impatient to take my time?), I can still appreciate the perfection of application. The art form and discipline to tie such flies is admirable. And, I imagine some even wet these flies while in pursuit of a beast. I include this site as my monthly presentation of my softer, artsy side.

Jean Paul Assaigne Perfection

21
Oct
08

Green Island Project, Oregon (Interesting Habitat Study and Reclamation)

Found this interesting project on the Oregon Fly Fishing Blog. This is a worthy project and good example of intelligent application of FF resources and practical outcomes.
“How is the money being spent?
The proceeeds from this year’s tournament went to McKenzie River Trust’s project at Green Island. This island, over 1,000 acres in size is located just west of the town of Coburg and is formed by the confluence of the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers. It was purchased from the Green Family by MRT in 2003. (The following slides are from MRT’s Chris Vogel)

McKenzie River Trust Green Island Project

http://oregonflyfishingblog.com/
http://mckenzieriver.org/land-in-restoration/green-island
20
Oct
08

Spey Casting, Two Hander Beauty (Rogue Angel K8 Transitions Spey Rods & Lines)

K8's Spey Magic

K8's Spey Magic

http://www.rogueangels.net   I am too old to be this infatuated, but damn! K8 and ladies have a splendid blog and besides the amazingly beautiful women there are amazingly beauiful fish. It is a delight to visit and just say, wow! or whatever…..

‘Suddenly I see I just have to continue my casting motion, never pausing as I had in the past, but a solid fluid movement and I thought the line was going to rip right off the running line as it shot out of the guides landing perfectly out in front of me an impressive distance.’

20
Oct
08

Liquid Lace Reluctance (Still Worth A Try…IF…..)

I believe I have seen Ed Smith from Kamloops, B.C. at about ten shows over the last few years. Each time, as I watch him tie his realistic Liquid Lace nymphs, I think “That is cool. Look at the translucence of the abdomen. I need to try that.”  Each time I grab one of these small pieces of paper which has the size syringe to buy at the local pharmacy..and leave committed to trying this technique. Yet, I have not done so after all these years. And, I have Liquid Lace waiting. Why has this not progressed further? Well, I believe the hitch is in acquiring the syringes. I have tried at several pharmacies, and even taken the instructions to the counter to demonstrate what I am looking for and lend some legitimacy to the search. The mere fact I suggest why I want them is often met with annoyance by the pharmacist assistant. Further, I have not found a pharmacy that carries the size required. Is this a Canadian thing? Syringes readily available in this odd size? US pharmacies seem to only have larger sizes. I am not quoting the exact size right now as I don’t have the little slip of paper in front of me (another reason I am not progressing on this quest?). So, all that aside, I always think these are realistic looking flies…I need to move on this…especially the chironomids. So, I suspect I will see Ed again in Portland perhaps this Fall or Winter. I think Ed should bring and sell syringes. Is it legal to transport syringes into the US? Not sure.

If you get a chance to see Ed at a show in the NW, check out his flies. Pretty cool abs. OK, I need to find that small slip of paper with that syringe size on it.

http://www.uniqueflyfishing.com/

I see, if you check this site, it requires “27g 1/2″ long needle or 29g for micro lace; 3ml’s”




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