Wow. Just, wow…

8 10 2010

My jaw dropped when I saw this underwater video…

That is one hell of a tie. Definitely gives me all sorts of inspiration.  Now I’m messing around at the vise trying to come up with something even close to as lifelike.



turbulent flow and steelhead flies

8 01 2010

For all you science nerds who want to understand how to make the most lifelike marabou-

Place an object in a fluid flow and it will leave a wake of turbulence behind it

Place a collar of guinea on a fly, put marabou behind that, and the marabou will dart back and forth in that wake of turbulent water

Oh yeah, and then a steelhead eats it : )

I’m calling it… WINTER’S HERE!

1 12 2009

A buddy and I hit the river for some casting practice this past weekend. Well… really we were hoping to tie into some early steel, but we knew the chances of that were slim so officially it was casting practice. I was trying out the new skagit flight and teaching my friend to spey cast. He had never fly fished before so it was pretty tough to explain the components of the cast to him, but he seemed to have fun and he didn’t come home with any new piercings. This was the first time I’ve tried to teach someone else how to speycast. Very challenging, but I think more than anything it made me really think about how I cast and break down my own mechanics. Towards the end of the day I was fishing in front of him and as my fly swung down almost below me he was yelling at me “hey! how do you do that C snap thing again?” I turned around and started to say “well start with a lift and…huh?” a soft tug, I spun around and felt a big pull and then saw a fish thrash on the surface! and…. came off. Oh well, lasted all of 4 seconds but the first tug of the winter steel season is always a good one.

I’m officially stoked for winter. I won’t be able to fish for a few weeks (I hate working, but I love having money to buy more gear), but I’ve got some great trips planned and I hope to add more and get a chance to explore the olympic peninsula this winter, my first in Washington.

No fish pics so here’s a bonus fly pic of what I’m tying tonight


Orange Heron Spey Tutorial

19 11 2009

I was forwarded this link to a great site with step by step instructions on how to tie an Orange Heron a la Syd Glasso. I will soon be putting my mediocre fly tying skills to work in an attempt to replicate.

Syd Glasso’s flies have always fascinated me, although I’ve mostly only seen photos in Doug Rose’s books. Nice to see step by step instructions from someone who appears to actually know how Syd Glasso tied them.

Thanks Bruce!

The meaning of a name

19 11 2009

It’s windy and rainy and just plain nasty out right now. I’m a new resident of an unfamiliar city, I know few folks here and even worse, all the rivers nearby me are blown out and to top it all off I’m working during nearly all daylight hours, so fishing is out. In the meantime I’ve been tying a shit-ton of flies like these…

…then I got bored with that, bought a bunch of rhea and ostrich feathers and tied a bunch more flies like these…

and now, I’m out of rhea… so I decided to start this blog.

In case you haven’t guessed by now, I like fly fishing, I like fly fishing for steelhead more, and I like fly fishing for steelhead with a spey rod the most.

Perhaps because I’m secretly a masochist, my favorite time to chase steelhead is during winter.

I like the cold.

I like the rain.

I like that one week the river  is low and clear from a cold front that locks up all the glaciers and high elevation tribs in ice, the next it is high and murky with the runoff from some pineapple express.

Fish a river regularly all winter and you will watch it cut new channels and leave new gravel bars right before your eyes.

I even like casting big ass flies and T-14