Sunday, January 31, 2010
He proudly showed the flies to his mother and announced he is going into business selling flies. I love his company name but I think his five dollar a piece price tag was a little steep! It will be the best fifteen dollars I ever spent if he keeps his interest in fly tying.
Hook: 2X long nymph hook (size 8-12)
Tail: Pheasant tail
Abdomen: Green Ice Dub
Thorax: UV Pink Ice Dub
Hackle: Pheasant rump feathers
Thread: 3/0 black (heavy yes, but he doesn't break it as often)
These flies should tear up the bluegill and crappie next spring, hell I bet they would do a number on trout if they were scaled down in size.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Stoney Creek Concord Corner Hutch. Then I can get rid of all those plastic boxes and store the rest of my material in style.
Monday, January 25, 2010
My buddy Lou and I spent six hours in a van, driving through heavy rain to pick up the new fly tying desk. The ride out to Carlisle, Pennsylvania was uneventful and the we got the desk into the house safe and sound. This is one well made piece of furniture! It weighed a ton! Stoney Creek manufactures an excellent product. It's all together except for the top hutch. It will take two people to get it into place and it was way too heavy for my wife to lift. I'll have to put that piece on later in the week when I can get someone stronger to give me a hand. I'll post some pics when I get it all together. I'm pretty stoked and can't wait to put it to use but it will probably take me a few days to sort and reorganize my material. I could not believe how much stuff was stashed in my old roll top desk. Over the weekend I purchased two hare's masks thinking I recently used my last one. I found four of them when I cleaned out that desk!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
This is a video from Tenkara USA that illustrates the method used to tie the flies shown in the previous post. The fly tying segment starts around the two minute mark. Very simple pattern to tie.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
A good friend sent me this picture of some traditional Tenkara dry flies he tied. Boy, they don't get any simpler than this. Two materials, thread and hackle. I find the forward slanted hackle very interesting too. As soon as the new desk gets squared away I'm going to tie up a bunch.
Monday, January 11, 2010
I just received word that my new fly tying desk from Stoney Creek is finished. Hopefully I can arrange for delivery or pick up this week. Now the real work begins...emptying out the old desk and clearing a space for the new furniture. Now would be a good time to reorganize my materials. After too many late night sessions, with a few too many bourbons, the desk looks like a small animal was blown up on top of it.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Last night at a board meeting for Central Jersey Trout Unlimited a friend and I were explaining the Tenkara method of fly fishing and showing off the equipment (rods, lines, flies, etc) to our fellow board members. A debate quickly surfaced... is Tenkara considered fly fishing. Obviously my friend and I were on the yes side of the debate but there were a surprising number of people who did not consider it fly fishing. Was it the lack of a reel, the method of presentation, the unorthodox (to them) equipment? Many arguments were made both for and against but in the end no one changed their opinion. Some of us considered it fly fishing at its roots, fly fishing simplified...just rod line and flies. The others did not know what to call it, but they would not call it fly fishing.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Hook: 4x long down eye streamer hook. (I used a Mustad 79580)
Tail: Olive marabou
Body: Peacock crystal flash wrapped around the hook shank
Wing: Olive/brown saddle feathers and six strands of peacock crystal flash
Overwing: Chartreuse grizzly saddle hackle
Collar: Red saddle hackle
Eyes: Bead chain