Friday, November 17, 2017

Tying the Ice Zebra Midge

Ice Zebra Midge

The Zebra Midge is a time proven pattern on countless waters. I tie and fish both the original and this "Ice" version, which is a favorite winter pattern. 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

A Perfect Fall Day on Fishing Creek

Aimee's 1st Trout on a Fly

With the weather and water improving, and a chance to fish with my daughter on more productive water than our last outing, we chose to meet up with a good friend on Fishing Creek. The goal was to get Aimee on her first trout with the fly rod. Well....... 

The day started off clear and cold. Numb fingers and that first cold wade across was an eye-opener.

But despite the chill and numb fingers the fish didn't seem to mind. Egg patterns and caddis emergers were the early flies of choice.

And before long this fat bow decide to take an egg. 

The ice was broken!

This Rainbow was a fun ride with the Cane & Silk glass

And Aimee hooked into one of the prettiest male bows I've seen in quite a while.

The last and best fish of the day though, belonged to the rookie, with this hog of a bow.

I think she is as hooked as the trout were.

But even better than catching the fish, was the opportunity to share them.

An absolutely perfect day.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Tying the Mink Coated Retriever

The Mink Coated Retriever

When a pattern such as the Golden retriever performs for years as successfully as it has, it's only natural that patterns it spawns will tend to perform just as well. The MC Retriever is one such  pattern.

MC Retriever Recipe

Hook:  #6 - #10 Standard 3xl Streamer
Thread:  Red Flat Waxed Nylon
Under-body:  .020 Lead Substitute Wire
Abdomen:  Small Peach Estaz
Rib:  xSmall Copper Wire
Wing:  Chestnut Mink Zonker Strip

The Mink Coated Retriever Tying Video

Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Best Laid Plans....

Colorado Visited

With Business looming I came armed with gear in hand and hopes of getting a chance to find water and linking up with a friend. However, the best laid plan can and do go awry. My chance was a few hours on a cold morning in Clear Creek Canyon, then back to work before the sun ever hit my hat.

A beautiful stretch of water which I feel would have come to life had the sun been given the chance to work its magic.

I was able to lip 2 fish, and even feel a few head shakes, but no fish to hand.  And in the end was left haunted by a need for more.

Howard,  My apologizes for not being able to make it happen.  Hopes for the future.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

AVAILABLE NOW!! "Summer Bugs"

Available now!!

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               "Summer Bugs is a celebration of where the Author's fly fishing and tying roots are anchored. From this collection of warmwater journal entries, to the fly patterns that fill his personal box. All 17 patterns within these pages (complete with a QR link to all 17 full tying videos) are proven performers from farm ponds to smallmouth water. Whether you walk the banks, kick through lily pads with a float tube or scull a Jon boat through shallows, this fly box will cover you through all of your warmwater fishing."

Tying the Little Olive Caddis Nymph

Little Olive Caddis Nymph

The Little Olive has been with me for a number of years now and is a favorite for fall and winter on local waters. Easy to tie and very effective, it is a great all purpose prospecting pattern. I fish this pattern both alone and as the bottom fly off of a dropper.

Little Olive Caddis Nymph

Hook:  #16 Caddis Emerger
Bead:  Gold Tungsten
Thread:  8/0 Olive-dun Uni-thread
Abdomen:  Olive Micro-tubing
Hackle:  Natural CDC Puff
Thorax:  Peacock Ice Dub

Sunday, October 8, 2017

First Proof is here!


It has been a long road with more than a few twists and changes, but the first proofs are finally here.  Layout is very close.  Proof reads and final edit is still to come.