Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tuesday Tie

This is a great little pattern created by the illustrious Jay Zimmerman.  I fish this deep as a caddis larva this time of year, and unweighted just below the surface when the caddis are popping.  Check it out!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Fly Fishermen...

This is a great little vid put together by the guys down at RMA fly shop.  With all the classic questions, phrases, and sayings, this production is spot on with what a lot of fly fishermen say.  Enjoy!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Flies and Lies

Like coffee, fly tying, and fishing stories?  Come on down to the Laughing grizzly fly shop tomorrow, January 28th and grab a seat for my tying demo!  The demo will be pretty random as far as flies are concerned.  I will be tying everything from midges to streamers, so don't miss out!  The guys down at laughing grizzly are always great to be around, and will be sure to make you laugh.

 For directions to the shop, click here!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Clear Solutions

As we all know, the sport of fly fishing evolves in colossal amounts with the introduction of each new year ~ whether it be a new rod that "beats all others", or a new fly tying material, we are constantly being blessed with new innovations.  Over the past few years, it seems as though UV curing resins have been the source of attention in the fly tying world, with replacing epoxy being the sole purpose behind many creations.  There was loon knot sense, and many more.  Having minimal success with these, I gave up on the UV fad.....until Clear Cure Goo came along.  

Clear Cure Goo has been the source of talk amongst tiers lately, earning a respectable reputation.  Interested, I decided to give some of this 'goo' a try.  After experimenting a bit, and playing with the material's properties, I have to say that I am rather impressed.  

For a UV resin, this stuff is strong.  It adheres nicely to any material, and stays strong while clinging all the materials together.  What I particularly like about this material is that it doesn't cloud.  You can scuff the cured goop with scissors, scrape it on rocks, etc. and it won't scratch or chip.  It also cures fully with just the UV light, so you won't have to bake your flies in the sun anymore.

While there is nothing that will ever surpass epoxy in terms of overall strength (in my opinion), Clear Cure Goo does an amazing job of getting things done, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in simplifying this aspect of fly tying.

Check out their site here!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tuesday Tie

This week, I have chosen a pattern tied by the guys down at CO Skies Outfitters.  I have really been interested in tubes lately, and this fly is an excellent little pattern that is simple and effective. So without further ado, I present to you the Marabou Tube!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Monday Movie

Now, i don't usually write much, if anything at al for the movie clips I post, but this one is truly amazing.  Outstanding cinematography, excellent editing, and most importantly, sweet fish!  Check it out!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Praise the Shot Glass!

First and foremost, I would like to apologize for not posting in awhile....the computer was in the shop getting repaired, and school computers don't allow access to blogger (though I am protesting).  

Other than that,  school has been the center of my focus lately, with little time to get out and fish.  So, whenever free time arises, I have been tying, mainly filling up my midge, and mayfly boxes with some cool new patterns.  One of the patterns that is earning a spot in my box is Shea Gunkel's new series of flies known as the shot glass series.  Shea is a hell of a guy with fly designing skills all his own.

The new series of flies feature a bead in the thorax, which in my opinion adds a lot more realism to the fly, as well as helping the fly ride better in the water (when tied with tungsten beads).  The below pictures are of a couple different colors of Shea's new flies, and might I add that the grey is deadly.  So, check it out, and let me know what you think!  Also check out Shea's blog here!

Black Background

White Background

Oh, and if you're reading this Shea, your beads will be there soon!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tuesday Tie ~ Mercury Blood Midge

The Mercury Blood Midge is an excellent little midge pattern that has proven deadly for winter time trout.  I fish this pattern quite often, and the results are almost always outstanding.  So, without further ado, the mercury blood midge!

Materials List
-Hook: TMC 200R, size 18-22
-Thread: 8/0 Red UNI
-Bead: Mercury glass
-Rib: Small UTC Copper Wire
-Abdomen: Tying Thread
-Thorax: Peacock Herl

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Come on down!

This weekend the Denver Fly Fishing Show will be going on at the Merchandise Mart.  The show starts on the 6th, and ends on the 8th running for most of the day.  This is a great place to come learn a few tricks from the pros, and stock up on the latest gear.  I will be tying all three days, so feel free to stop by my booth and chat or ask questions!

I will also have flies for sale by the dozen, so don't hesitate to support a high school trout bum!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Beef Jerky and Soda

Glancing over the cold metal rails of a small footbridge, I observed intently as three decent rainbows sat idling in the current, munching on anything that came their way.  The air was frigid, but the heat of determination could be felt from a mile away; whether we said it or not.  

Back at the car, I slid on my trusty old waders, and the worn laces of my boots were cinched tight as the excitement built inside of me.  A few feet of hair thin tippet were unwound from the spool, and two synthetic snacks were selected from the foam slots of my fly box.  The wind howled as the knots were delicately fastened to the eyes of each hook, and two small split shot were clamped to the over priced piece of line known as a leader.  Once rigged, my trusty hip pack was strapped around my waist, and my net was held between the straps of the pack and my jacket as I set out in search of my first fish of the new year.

Returning to the bridge, I zeroed in on one small rainbow, and elegantly placed the rig in front of him.  As the flies drifted effortlessly through the current, the line drew tight, and the small rainbow was ushered towards my awaiting hands. 

As the day progressed, Many beautifully colored fish were brought to hand, and the winds howled in celebration.  Time after time, we would watch as the hungry fish moved to the side, claiming our artificial offerings as their own.  As the line was drawn tight, the fit of lazy headshakes would begin, and eventually the fish would come tiredly to hand.  With swift releases, the small creatures were free to return to the frigid waters that served as home.  

In the aquarium


Most uniquely colored rainbow I have ever seen

Weirdest looking brown I have ever seen

Dennis Martin with a nice brown

Last fish of the day!

After awhile, the small midges attached to my line were slowly depreciating in quality, and the sun was slowly tucking itself away behind the snowy peaks that surround colorful Colorado. The day was coming to a close, and after our excited emotions had quieted, all that could be heard was the soft trickle of river water.  The muddy gear peeled slowly away from our bodies, and we drove off into the night.

Monday, January 2, 2012

'Chief' of Fishing

Have you ever hit that perfect tee shot on your favorite par five, or thrown a perfect bullseye in a round of darts?  The feeling of sheer perfection and happiness sets in almost immediately, and there is no denying the smile on your face.  Every once in awhile, each of us finds or does something that seems to engrave a smile on our face, and recently, Smith Optics' "Chief" Sunglasses have been that something for me.

Over the past year or so, I was fortunate enough to meet some truly incredible people, most of them being met either on the water, or through facebook.  One thing that seemed to be recurring amongst these guys was a trusty pair of high end sun glasses either wrapped over their eyes, or dangling from their necks.  I never really thought much of it, and continued using the $5 pair of glasses that i bought off of a guy at the CTU Camp earlier this year.  Well, after enough 'bragging' from my fishing friends, I finally decided to save up some money from the summer's lawn mowing, and get myself a pair of Smith Optics. 

So, when the time came, I placed an order for a pair of chief's with a Polarchromic Copper Mirror Tint and Techlite Glass Lenses.  I waited for a couple of days, and before I knew it the UPS man was at my door handing me a package with the Smith logo stamped to the front.  Delicately slicing the tape on the package, I drooled in awe as I removed the enhanced optics from their protective case.  Skeptical as to how they would perform, I couldn't wait to try them out on a particular section of river that I am so fond of.

Upon arriving at the water's edge, the water was clear; too clear.  There was a hint of superstition in the frosty morning air as we began to search for fish, but we trudged forward with high hopes.  As I approached my favorite run, I stood patiently, scanning the bottom for feeding resides.  The run usually yields fish, but almost always I am dredging the deepest part with an indicator and a few nymphs.  Suddenly, the flicker of a tail appeared, and a good brown was spotted gorging himself at the bottom of the run.  After a few casts, the fish was landed and released happily.  Put simply, these glasses rock.

The chief frame won the award for best new eyewear at the Fly Tackle Dealer Show a few months ago, and after using the frame, I can see why.  With a medium fit and large coverage, the frames prevent side glare, glare from above, and beneath your eyes. It fits perfectly, and provides the upmost comfort.

The lenses on these glasses are what truly set it apart from the rest.  The techlite glass lenses provide the clearest view in the game, and make seeing fish so much easier.  I couldn't believe the difference between glass and polycarbonate lenses - the view is so much clearer with glass!  So, if you plan on getting a pair of these glasses, go with the glass lenses; it's worth it.

Seeing as Landon Mayer is basically my idol, I gave him a call to see what he thought I should get as far as tints are concerned.  He said that copper is the best all around tint, and that the polarchromic feature is an excellent bonus.  Well, after using the polarchromic copper mirror lenses, I can honestly say that they are superior to anything that I have ever used.  The mirrored tint is able to handle extremely bright days, as well as overcast days.

Things I would change
The one thing I don't like about the glasses is that they fit so well that they tend to fog up, but Smith makes an anti-fog spray, so the problem is solved.  Other than that, I have no complaints!

If you are serious about sight fishing (or fly fishing in general for that matter), investing in a pair of quality sunglasses will change the way you see things forever.  They are definitely worth the investment, and they will make every outing that much easier.  Smith Optics' Chief sunglasses are perfect for any angler, and perform flawlessly.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...