Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!!!!!

Hope everyone has a great 2011. Lets turn some trash into some flies:)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Some yarn and fur intel.

Yesterday I had the chance to visit:

Friends & FiberWorks

Your Community Yarn Shoppe and Learning Center

In the Biltmore square mall. They have a big selection of yarn for knitting. Now we all know that's not why I was there. I was on the scrounge for tying materials. They have 'felting' supplies. Now I haven't a clue what this craft really is but they use fur in it's loose form to make it. That for me was a good thing. I bought two bags of dubbing in lite and dark gray. $2 a bag. Big bag! They also had very fine flash in gold and silver. $3 a bag. Now I have enough Adams material to tie from here on out. The flash I added to the chopped yarn I have been experimenting with. I have a Hellgramite black with gold flash made up.

I strongly suggest that sometimes a trip into the yarn shop will get you more than odd looks. These folks have excellent customer service and are very helpful.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Project Healing Water on Fly Rod Chronicles

The Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing episode of Fly Rod Chronicles that was shot on the Big Horn River in Montana will air for the first time this week on The Sportsman Channel. This episode features California disabled veterans from the PHWFF Southwest Region and their regional coordinator Carole Katz.

Wednesday 6:30 AM Dec. 29
Saturday 12:30 PM Jan. 1
Saturday 9:30 PM Jan. 1

Monday, December 27, 2010


For those of you that tie a lot Clouser Minnows and other flies with flash lateral lines here's a thought. Stores after Christmas mark down the holiday decorations. The product called Icicles make a perfect substitution for Krystal Flash and the like. Have a zip tie to go around the bundle to keep it neat.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year

Hope everyone is having a very Merry Christmas. Remember to save some of that tensile, ribbons, and bows to make some very festive flies in 2011 :)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

After School Special

It was my last chance to fishing before the weather blows all to crap. :shock:
I took my cold weather gear with me to school and changed after school in my office (locking the door of course). It is kinda odd that my students don't think that black fleece pants with stirrups are strange. :?
I made it to the river. The air temp was 33* Got my waders on and got in the water as quick as I could. There was still a lot of snow around the river and many icicles hanging off the rock faces.
I started fishing the most likely looking run with a dry BWO. After many casts with no response, I switched over to a pair of midges under an indicator. Couple of drifts with this rig and I hooked up on a nice rainbow. It wasn't a fish for every cast but there were quite a few takers along the way.
I midged every pool and run that I could until I realized the light was gone.
When I got back to the Jeep, the air temp was down to 28* I know that y'all who steelhead fish this isn't very cold. But this was my first truly cold trip of the winter. I have a feeling, given the impending weather :evil: , that I might not get back out for a while.

Humpy or Goofus Bug

Hook: Montana Fly Co. #14 Dry
Hackle: Grizzly Nat. and Grizzly Brown
Wing: Deer body hair
Tail: Deer body hair
Abdomen: Yellow PP yarn
Wingcase: Deer body hair
Thread: 8/0 Black Uni-Thread

This not really a Trash Fly by the usual standards of the site. The white tail deer body hair is from a skin a friend gave me from a kill last season. It is a mountain deer so it's not idea for 'spinning'. It does make good wings and tails.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Thank you all for visiting the site :)

12 countries have visited the site. Hope you all found something useful. Please stop by from time to time and new flies and tools will be posted. Again thank everyone who has stopped by :)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Nor Vise

My midge jaws were starting to get some wear on them. I emailed Norman Norlander to see what the cost of the jaws alone were. He emailed me back and said they had since i bought them started using a harder metal for the jaws. He asked for my address and said he would send me a set to replace mine. I have called and emailed several times for one reason or another since I bought my vice. Every time Norm has answered or emailed. I guess in this day and age of disassociated businesses it is nice to get some customer service and a product to have some feeling of loyalty to.

Go by a check Nor Vise out if you haven't seen one before.