Monday, March 23, 2015

2 Minute Mercury Cased Caddis

Tim Cammisa - 2 Minutes Tie

Keep it simple with a 2 Minute Tie. Tim does a great job here and this fly will catch Trout!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Shad Season Is Upon Us

Shad Are Among Us?

Getting close to fishing for Shad.  Water temperature in the James River is around 48° F and we are almost at flood stage. Sooo we have a week or two to wait.  Warmer weather and no rain would get those little puppies to scamper upstream from the sea.  While we wait we should all tie flies.

Here are some favorites:

Rob Snowhite has  some very creative and inexpensive ways to use craft store goodies to tie shad flies.  Check out his blog or buy some from his site.  They are cool!

Hook & Hackle has all the supplies and a good primer on how to identify and American or Hickory Shad.  Protruding lower jay = a Hickory Shad? I think....Click the link it is all there.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Flymage Magazine

Flymage Magazine - 5 Years of Great Images

Haven't seen this on-line magazine in a while. Forgot it was out there. Their images and articles are the best.  See for yourself.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Three Loop Knots You Need To Know

Bimini Twist is the Winner!

You are not going to tie a Bimini Twist for your standard nymph setup. However, if you are going Stripper or Redfish fishing you may want to consider it.  The other knots shown are used all the time.  Rio test the knots for tensile strength and the Perfection Loop was a big surprise as to how strong it is.

Three fly fishing loop knots; how to tie them and how to join them from RIO Products on Vimeo.

Bimini Twist Can Be Used Here:  Dolphins Make There Own Loops

Strength of a knot can be put to the test....

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Why Go All The Way to Patagonia?

You Can Hide in Plain Sight

And so can the Trout...There are no people for miles.  Glaciers and Mountains lead to forested valleys.  And again, there are no people for miles.   You are by yourselves in a paradise that is almost outer-worldly.  There are Trout that are not used to seeing people. Check out this film as the Trout are in Plain Sight...Let's Go!

Sunday, February 22, 2015


Nymphs To Tie

Sitting around watching the snow pile up?  Yes! Well you should be fly tying. You know it and I know it.  There are so many fly patterns to tie, so what are YOU going to tie?  A question I have been pondering the whole week.  I looked in my fly box.  Thought about the first rivers I will fish in Virginia, if it warms up.  Bingo!  Nymphs, Egg Patterns and Streamers.

Here is a list of Nymphs I tied this week.

The Tungsten Torpedo - Just like it says. It will dive, dive, dive. From Tightline Productions

VN Caddis - Use Hammer Creek's Virtual Nymph skin

Barr's Graphic Caddis - Hammer Creek Fly Fishing - Ostrich Hurl City

Erikson's Spanish Fly - Hammer Creek Fly Fishing - Great use of a jig hook

Rubber Leg Copper John 2 - Hammer Creek Fly Fishing - This one will catch fish!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Short Film "Amongst the Kootenays"

Lure of British Columbia is ... Surreal

An area in British Columbia defined as the drainage basin of the Kootenay River.  Well if you say it like that it is most unromantic and uninspiring. However, take a look at the short film below and you MUST go there.  No options. Jah Raven Creation does an awesome job on this film.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Redfish on Poppers

These Poppers Are Going to Work Magic

Just check below. Another short video from casting tales.  This looks to easy.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Winston-Salem Fly Fishing Show

The Fly Fishing Show

The Fly Fishing Show in Winston-Salem, NC was outstanding.  Honestly, this was my first show and I have nothing to compare it to.  I have to believe this was a smaller show than Somerset, NJ in January.  However, it was packed with awesome fly tiers, great deals in every booth, a ton of information on destination fishing packages and local outfitters and guides.  What did I learn.  

  • Henry Cowen and Blane Chocklett are awesome at fly tying and informing an audience on how to tie their signature flies
  • Alaska fly guides and outfitters have a tough business getting the masses to "poney-up" $4,000.00 a person to come to Alaska to fish.  But one has to think that a once in a lifetime experience is worth four large.  It does make you think.
  • Bob Clouser is awesome at casting as well as wowing an audience
  • It was awesome to meet some of the fly tiers that I would never have met or observed if I didn't go to the show. 
  • I discovered and invention that will save time when tying beaded flies. The BeadMaster from OnTheFlyProducts.
  • RipLipsFishing has great deals on Tungsten Beads and other fly tying stuff.
  • I should have been there the night before to see the IF4 Film Festival.
  • More time could have been spent in the breakout sessions.
Go to The Fly Tying Show if it comes near you!

Blane Chocklett's "T-Bone"

Henry Cowen's "Coyote"