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.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Construction Complete!

The New Den

After much frustration, the Den is finished and the bench is back together.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fall Topwater

Fall Topwater

A few hours on a Friday evening, calm winds and mild sun.....equals prime topwater.

Black was the soup d'u jour and the crappie were all over a black Mini-Squirrel Popper

The Mini-Squirrel

Only a handful of gills on the night, but the bass turned on as the sun went down. 

All-n-all a nice way to end the week. 

Good luck to all on the water as the leaves begin to change.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Father Daughter Time

Father Daughter Time

And christening the new Cane And Silk 7 1/2' 4wt

With a rare morning which left both of us available and a stream to drive past on the way home, we jumped at the opportunity to hit some water and get my oldest daughters feet wet for trout on the fly rod.

Unfortunately for us the previous 2 days of rain had the Tulpehocken high and dirty. Hunting for a normally shallow gravel bottomed section, we found the only place along the flooded banks that would allow access with casting room. Either way, casting and line management was our goal and we were able to get that in. But unfortunately for her the first fly rod trout didn't make the books. 

It was however the christening water of a new Cane and Silk 7 1/2' glass rod as well.  Eventually I was able to dredge up one muddy-water trout on the morning. The little rainbow took a #10 Coyote Ugly nymph. 

The Coyote Ugly 

The Cane and Silk was perfect.  Just quick enough to toss a light indicator/nymph rig, and a dream to cast with a Cortland 444 Peach DT4F line. The build?......flawless. What can I say?  Mike Kattner is a joy to work with and builds a wonderful glass fly rod.  

The takeaway from the day was a wonderful time fishing side-by-side with my daughter, punctuated but not defined by the single muddy-water trout that was brought to hand.  

Monday, September 4, 2017

Summer Colors

Morning Lilies and Glass

This morning a took a few hours at a local pond with hopes of capturing the last colors of Summer. On queue, the temps have begun dropping and our yard barometer Fig tree gave us a tip of the hat by providing us with the last of the fruit. Autumn is closing fast.

Fresh Figs from the last of the remaining on the tree.  
Seems to be about 2 weeks earlier than normal?

Soon those brightly colored poppers on top will switch to streamers and nymphs.

While the bass were on a hiatus this morning, the water was filled with eager average-sized gills as if they knew as well, the coming change. An enjoyable morning, while in the back of my mind I tried to paint the picture to carry me through once the top-water seasons wraps itself up. 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Silence of the Dams

Silence of the Dams

Ice Dams that is....this past winter.

They caused roof leakage, which caused the water damage, which caused the current construction, which in turn caused me to break down my tying bench for the duration of repairs. 

Hoping to be put back together and back in the office soon!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Cicadidae's Mother

The Unexpected yet Short Modeling Career of a Cicada

As a fly tier, certain things catch our eye or peak our curiosity in instances where non-tiers would see nothing more than a dead bug. Such was the case when I "stepped across" this unlikely modelling participant. Instantly I paused, thought to myself "Awesome, nothings broken!" And put it in my car.  Upon getting it home and a bit of studying I came to the realization that it in fact had several characteristics akin to "Whistler's Mother". 

1:  Neither this Cicada nor Whistler's Mother had planned on a modelling career on their given day.

2:  Both....only after close study....have truly amazing characteristics when applied to the canvas.

3:  Both needed to be propped up for the duration of their work.

4: And lastly, both appeared to have recently spend 10-13 years in the dirt.


After the piscatorial romance we fly tiers share with Entomologists passed over like a wave, I gathered up my model and headed for the bench.

Now, I am the first to admit, that I am not a "classically trained" realistic fly tier. I barely fall into the "trained at all" category. But like a 4 year old with a screw driver looking at a light socket...sometimes I just can't help myself. 

With materials at hand, and a process that developed as it went, here is what I came up with.  


The likelihood of this pattern ever being duplicated again, is extremely small. It WILL however.....be fished. 

Cicadidae's Mother Recipe

Hook:  2/0 Gamakatsu Stinger
Thread:  Black 3/0 Uni-thread
Body:  Brown & Green Fly Foam
Wing: Nylon Mesh
Abdomen:  Root beer and Black Shiraz
Legs:  Yelllow and Olive Centipede
Eyes:  Paracord W/Melted ends

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Afternoon Cocktails

Afternoon Cocktails

Even for fish, cocktails before dinner on a Saturday can lead to a rough day.  This afternoon the big gills were in the mood to indulge, and the Cocktail Wog was the only thing being served.

Cocktail Wog


Tail: Red Bucktail /Barred Yellow Hackle
Legs:  Yellow/Fire Orange Centipede
Body:  Yellow Fly Foam

Note:  All remaining recipe is the same as the Gurgling Wog.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Cane and Silk Glass

New Cane and Silk

7' 6" 4/5wt 

Well, I need to say, that Mike Kattner of "Cane and Silk" rods has really impressed with the newest build just received this week. After breaking open the shipping tube, I went with an Orvis Battenkill III reel and a DT4F Cortland peach line. It really impressed. 

Olive-dyed Buckeye Burl reel seat, Black nickel garrison style hardware, with Olive and dark brown silk wraps. 

After ordering this same rod in his base model last year, and fishing it for a full season, I was intrigued enough to want an Eminence build model. I am very pleased that I did.

The rod loads almost instantly with the 4wt DT line, throws a wonderful loop and the tip tracks with very little bounce on recovery which makes accuracy a breeze. The build itself is flawless.  Looking for a new piece of glass?  Look no further. 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

"Down the Shore"

Down The Shore

Long Beach Island, NJ

So our family trip to the beach has come and gone for 2017. A great time to relax, recharge and enjoy the place I've been visiting since I was 5yrs old. 

Cresting the dunes upon arrival for the first time

Sunrise on LBI

Sunset over Barnegat Bay

"Old Barney" Overlooking Barnegat Inlet

Small Sand Sharks and Skates were the only thing biting for us.

A few small blues that quickly became bait were also in the surf.   All were taken on Surf/Spin gear.  Fly gear was packed, but the wind was not my friend on this trip.  SO....it was all 8-9' Surf rods and cut Peanut Bunker.  

364 Days Till Next Year!

A Great week!

Saturday, July 29, 2017




Yella Dog, Furnace Green, Nisqually Sunset, Friday Streamer


Hook:  #10 Daiichi 2370 Dick Talleur 7X
Thread:  6/0 Black Uni-thread
Rib & Tag:  Medium Gold Tinsel
Throat:  Red Tippet
Underwing:  Red Bucktail under 4-5 Pheasant Tails fibers (Gold Dyed)
Wing:  Yellow-Dyed Badger Brahma
Shoulder: Yellow-dyed Indian Neck

Furnace Green recipe

Hook:  Daiichi 2720 Dick Talleur Streamer Hook
Thread:  8/0 Black Uni-thread
Body: Gold Mylar / Green Uni-Floss
Throat:  Red Bucktail
Underwing: Olive Bucktail / Natural Pheasant Tail
Wing:  Furnace / Greenwell Hackle
Cheek:  Hen Pheasant Shoulder

Nisqually Sunset recipe

Hook:  #10 - #6 Daiichi 2370 7X Long

Thread:  Black
Body:  Orange Uni-Floss
Rib:  Gold Oval Tinsel
Under-wing:  Rootbeer Bucktail
Wing:  Cree or Grizzly Hackle 2-each side
Cheek:  Partridge
Eye:  Starling

Friday Streamer Recipe

Hook:  #6-4 Daiichi 2370 7X
Thread:  6/0 Black
Rib:  Fine Silver Tinsel
Body:  Blue Floss
Belly:  Red Bucktail
Back: Rootbeer Bucktail
Wing:  Grizzly Hen
Shoulder:  Ringneck Rump

Friday, July 28, 2017

Tying The Foam Diver

The Foam Diver

If you are intimidated by spinning deer hair, or using an Xacto knife or dremmel to carve balsa & punched foam, THIS is your diver pattern. 

Durable, floats low, dives perfectly and brings fish to the top.

Foam Diver Recipe

Hook: #2 Gamakatsu Stinger 
Thread:  Black 3/0 Uni-thread
Tail:  Olive Bucktail / Yellow-Barred Neck Hackle
Legs:  Medium Bared-Centipede
Abdomen:  Medium Chenille
Body:  2mm Fly Foam 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Frogs, Wogs & A Couple Cocktails

The Replacements

Frogs, Wogs & A Couple Cocktails

The sign of a good summer, is the need to replenish fly boxes weekly.

Frogs and Wogs have been bringing them to the top. The Cocktails?.....Well, you just never know when you may need a couple cocktails.  :)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Stren Connection

Occasionally, I will in an attempt to rationalize this stuff we call fly fishing, appear to apply common sense.  Not too often mind you, or it may begin to become "expected". And that's simply a fools errand when associated with our beloved piscatorial pursuit.

That being said, I have admittedly departed from the social norms surrounding what we refer to as leaders and tippets. Partly because it's just too damned easy. But mostly because it just plain old works. Lets call it......

"The Stren Connection"

Having fished twisted leaders for some time now (with several posts relating to them), This winter and since has found me solidly in the camp of a particular leader for ALL of my warm water fishing, and most of my cold water nymphing.

A few attributes to this particular leader:
  • Very durable, which is extremely important withe warm water applications
  • Rolls over up to #2 Poppers and Deer hair bugs very well, while still providing an accurate and delicate presentation with smaller flies when needed.
  • Just the right amount of stretch. this leader protects tippets, but also holds up to dragging bass though lily pad tangles.
  • Easy to reproduce. No jigs. You can build them while watching TV, with 18' of mono, a #16 Micro barrel swivel and your fingers
  • Affordable. materials for 18 leaders will cost you $10.25

Couple that with Stren Fluorocast fluorocarbon line/tippet ($4.99 for a 100yd spool) and it has proven to be the perfect combination for most all heavy applications on my 5-7wt rigs.

Who said fly fishing needed to be expensive or complicated? I have used the same leader and 4lb Fluorocast tippet for all of my nymphing, since this past winter.  

Attached is the formula for twisting them up:

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Dawn on the Pond

Dawn on the Pond

With the day expected to be in the mid-90's by noon, I figured first few rays of light would be the only bearable time to be on the water.  The day greeted me with a handful of bass on top.

The Wog was the fly of the day. They ignored the FBC and any bassbugs I threw at them. They would rise, and sink back down. 

Off the water by 8:30, already wet through.