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

Nymph-O-Mania

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. http://www.ontheflyproducts.com/
  • 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"


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Project Healing Waters

Project Healing Waters Works - Poof that it Works

You never know what impact fishing can have on a person's soul.  People usually think it is an excuse to go drinking with your buddies. That is one aspect.  Fly Fishing puts you directly in the habitat. One is in the middle of a river or stream. Trout live in nice places.  You become one with nature and this leads to a sense of peace.  Sharing the experience of being in nature combined with the challenge of convincing a fish to be lured by the fly is one of the primary ways Project Healing Waters helps soldiers relieve stress.  FLy fishing is so absorbing you can't really think of anything else.  And when you do look up from the water you realize that you are part of a beautiful painting.  

This year I resolve to volunteer for Project Healing Waters. Let's make an impact.


Mossy Creek Invitationial - Project Healing Waters


Monday, February 2, 2015

World Fishing Network

Is Anyone Out There Watching

I am wondering if you all have seen this new channel on cable. My provider does not have it in the lineup in Richmond, VA.  I don't have Cable TV and this would be one reason to start subscribing again.  Let me know....

Friday, January 30, 2015

Escatawba January 1st, 2015

Happy New Year - 2015!

Escatawba January 1st trip was very productive.  We all caught fish.  I was even able to catch some trout in the spring fed ponds.  The best part was I used my EZStreamer that I tied from the Italian Fly Fish Site - Pipam.  Everyone in the group tried for the same fish in the ponds.  I got there at the end of the day and was successful using the EZStreamer because it is something they have never seen before.  There was a lot of swag thrown to those fish and they ignored most of it.  The Escatawba was productive with egg paterns, streamers - Golden Retriever, and some big Bass Streamers for those fish that were deep. I think Jim Opalka caught 15 fish on a Thin Mint!

Thin Mint

This is the closest color combo to the Thin Mint Jim was using.




Here is a link to the fun.  Thanks to Dave McMahon for putting this together.  Good times had by all.



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Holston River

Fishing the South Holston? Consider These Guys

South Holston Fly Shop for East Tennessee fishing destinations.  These guys pull up some nice looking fish out of the South Holston.  Read their East Tennessee Fishing report.


I guess they have done some fish shocking to come up with these population numbers. They boast that there are 11,000 fish per mile.  I am not making this up...from their website:

The South Holston:

The South Holston River is one of Tennessee Valley Authority's Dam controlled rivers. The Dam is a Hydroelectric plant, producing electricity for surrounding areas. The river itself comes out of the bottom of a deep mountain lake. This keeps the water at a constant temperatures 12 months a year. That means cold water, and good trout fishing year round. 

The South Holston river is famous for it's Sulphur Hatches. These hatches occur form April thru early November, daily. And because of our years of experience, we know where on the river they occur during different months. The summer is especially good for Sulfur hatches while TVA releases water from the dam. From June thru September, a Sulphur Hatch WILL occur . 

The winter is Blue Wing Olive and Black Fly time on the South Holston. During the Middle of winter, big BWO hatches will occur. The Black Fly Hatch IS a given. It WILL happen. Some of the biggest brown trout, eat the smallest flies experienced. 20" Wild Rainbow and Wild Brown trout are a common occurrence to the fly fisherman. 

If streamers are your game, the South Holston River is home to BIG Brown trout. A 20 Lb. Brown trout was caught earlier in the year.

The river is home to 11,000 brown trout per mile. All Brown Trout are wild fish, and the South Holston is full of them.