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. 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.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Lightning in a Tube

A Warrior

This single fly survived a 3 hour non-stop assault by hungry bluegills.  

Had to get a pic....colors were really cool. They were hungry as the storm approached.

A 3 hour race to dark as storms rolled in. Just as I had released a fish, static shot across the water  that actually caused the nylon on the float tube to make a crinkling noise and the hair on my forearms stood up. Then seconds later a wind picked up and a low rumble rolled. Taking my queue from mother nature, I turned my fins toward the truck. The lightning arrived as I was knee-deep at the launch and gathering my gear.  But not before the night offered up 20-plus gills and a handful of 1/2lb bass.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Bass, Gills and Jersey Heat

Bass, Gills and Jersey Heat

In the water at 07:00 and out by 09:30 at 90 degrees 

The water as the heat came marching in

6-or-7 bass on the morning

The 2 best bulls on the morning took a liking to the Wog. 

About a dozen Gills in all, with a mix of Wogs and FBC's doing all the heavy lifting

Keep Kicking My Friends

Sunday, June 25, 2017

An Evening in the Tube

The Cane & Silk & The Gill of the Night

Spent the evening in my waterborne recliner.  Lost track of fish. as can often happen with Bluegill.  Only two 1 1/2lb bass on the night. They were on and feeding on top enough to make me look good despite sloppy casting. 

Few Fish along the  edges, with most fish coming from deeper water lily pad clusters. 

Most productive flies were the Gurgling Frog early, and switching to a light Foam Butt Caddis as the light dropped off.

I'll take it.

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Father's Day Fish

The Father's Day Fish

With a 2 hour window at the end of an otherwise great day, I was able to make a run for water. 

Only one fish on the day....but a memorable one for sure.

Hooked the fish in full daylight

The Cane and Silk 7 1/2' 5wt fought well.

After fishing through my entire box, the only fish on the day took a McFlyfoam Egg (Apricot / Steelhead Orange dot)

I need a bigger net

A 26" Hen

Light was nearly gone when it finally came to hand

The last Gift of the day?....sharing the moment!

Pics courtesy of my youngest daughter Becka.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Glass That's Always Half Full

An Old Friend

Lamiglass 7' 3wt With Ross Colorado "0"

This morning I had the opportunity to fish with an old friend. This little 3wt glass rod is the first and only rod build I have accomplished over the years. I believe it was built in 1995, and had it's faults. Sloppy wrapping, and a poorly glued cork that eventually began to squeak near the reel seat. I had nearly given up on the rod as a learning experience, when a good friend of mine "BassBug" offered to rebuild and fix my earlier errors. The result is the rod in the title pic.  Along the way I also sold the little Ross Colorado "0" with a custom Winston 3wt rod I had built. 

However, this past winter I was offered the opportunity to regain that reel, which was welcomed home.  The old friend was put back together.

The original Lamiglass build on it's first journey to water. The first fish caught was a native Cutthroat from the coastal waters of the Clearwater River on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.

On today's trip to the "Tully" (Tulpehocken Creek in Central Pa) the fishing was tough. Low water sight fishing with fish rising and actively feeding. Just not on anything I had. Typical Tully. I was still able to salvage 2 fish on the day though. The first was a brown that took a #16  Sulfur LTD.


The 2nd fish was a Rainbow, that took a #16 BWO  Nymph under an indicator. 

The BWO Nymph

The highlight of the morning either way was playing both fish and spending time on the water with a good friend....the Lamiglass rod.