Friday, December 28, 2012

Midge Season....

Here's a fly I tied for a fly swap on PAFFF. Great little midge pattern. Only thing I did different from the video below was to use peacock ice dub for the collar, rather than herl! I also did it on a size 20 emerger hook. Get to tying, they work a treat.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Walk through a salmon fly

Posted this on the facebook page yesterday. Hope you folks like it.
The fly is Kelson's Lee Blue 4/0

Merry Christmas and thanks to everyone who made this a successful first year for Addicted To Vise!

Have a safe holiday


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Davie McPhail's Trout Finn Variant

One of my all time favorite flies get the McPhail treatment. A great looking fly from Davie. I even like it with out the wing - it kinda has a bumble look then!


Look out for a couple of these from me real soon! Maybe not with sunburst hackles though!!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Some classic (old) books...

Over the last year, as I've gotten deeper and deeper in to tying classic flies, I’ve started to search out some of the books containing the patterns for the flies i tie. I've been quite lucky and managed to obtain a few this year, and not for a lot of money either, considering the age of the books.

A Handbook on Angling - Ephemera (1865)

Gray Ghost Giveaway - WINNER.

First off, thanks to everyone who entered the contest. There was 84 participants, and when the random number generator was fired up this morning, the winning number came in at 10

So, congrats to Colton Rowland. 

I'll likely run another contest in the not too distant future.


Thursday, December 13, 2012


Not really in the mood to write a whole speal, so a couple pictures will suffice.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

DTT giveaway today - Strip'n Fly Wear shirt....Check it.

Get over to Dub The Thorax as Mike's birthday celebrations continue in earnest (is that a place?? Really??)

And check out this smashing video from the guys at Strip'n Flywear - sponsors of today's giveaway

Don't forget to get in on my own giveaway, the Day 2 of the 12 days of Christmas over at TFM, and the Blue Halo guys have an awesome giveaway running right now too! And, while you're at it, you may as well click this Email Link to vote for me in TFM Spotting contest for NOVEMBER.


Monday, December 10, 2012

Giveaway update

Decided to pull forward the closing date for this one to Sunday Dec 16 at midnight. There has been a great deal of interest, and with this being my first giveaway, a few kinks to iron out along the way.

I think running it until Dec 31 is really dragging it out, and given its a seasonal event, its better to have the winner get their prize before the holidays rather than after.

So, from today, you have one week to get in on the act.

Share this with all your buddies, Facebook friends, the Twitterati, Instagramaticas, aliens or anyone you think would be interested in winning  free Gray Ghost

Click this Email Link to enter if you haven't already - and please, only one entry per person!

Friday, December 7, 2012

'Tis the season - Giveaway Alert!

Being the season of good will, there are many bloggers offering up some nice gear/gifts over the holiday period, myself included.

Mike at Dub The Thorax just today announced an upcoming giveaway, with more details to follow this weekend. Santa Mortenson of TFM fame is doing his second(?) annual 12 days of Christmas giveway commencing next Monday, which, buy the sounds of it is even bigger than last year. Make sure you check out these guys regularly over the next couple weeks for some awesome gifts!

For my own giveaway, I've decided on a Gray Ghost Streamer, size 1 8xl, mounted in a Rikermount for one lucky winner. You will receive a nice fly, not unlike this one!

How do I get in on this giveaway, I hear you say?!? Click this Email Link and press send! That's it! I'll reply with a number to be fed to the random number generator Jan 1. The winning number will be posted on this blog and I'll also email the winnner!

While you're clicking email links, why not click the one in the upper left and vote for me in TFM spotting for November!

Thanks and good luck!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

It's a marathon, not a sprint!

There are consistently new tyers coming to the fold, seeking advice. Often we tell them all the necessary information based on their questions.

Some get frustrated out of it because they don't see improvement in their flies after a dozen or so flies, so I post this to let folks see what you can achieve if you really put in some hard work and tie flies often.
Hopefully this post will help the new tyers see that is a marathon, not a sprint.
If you want to improve, be consistent, tie often (I try to tie at least one fly or part of one fly every night) and ask for help. Don't be bashful about posting flies, because the only way for someone to critique your fly and help you improve is to see the fly.

My winter project this year is Dry flies, something I’ve avoided the whole time I’ve been tying.

For me, they biggest difference is in my classic flies, as those are the flies I’ve been tying all year. Sure, i tied nymphs, buggers, etc for fishing, and in all honesty, those flies have improved 100 fold over the fishing flies I tied before starting to tie classics. I'm not saying everyone should jump in and shell out a fortune for materials, hooks etc for classic flies - just try to learn from the fly you are tying right now, the first fly sets the basis for the next fly, and over a longer period you will see improvement if you take note of what you like and dont like about a fly, and how you did something to make a certain feature stand out.

I started tying classic flies exactly one year ago, on December 3 2011. I started with a Jock Scott Salmon fly.
Here it is.

Then i tried a winged wet from Ray Bergman, the Fontinalis Fin

Neither was very good as you can see.
I put in a LOT of time over the winter in Jan/Feb/March learning techniques i thought I knew and perfecting them. In May, after a gift of a hook and preformed wings from a forum member, I started tying Rangeley style streamers.
This was the first one, no particular name, just a made up fly based on the wing assembly i got.

Over the past year I’ve continued to work at the flies, adding to my skills and trying to get everything to fall in to place.
Here are the latest flies I’ve tied from each area

Winged wet - A freestyle fly

Rangeley Streamer

Salmon Fly

Tying should be fun! If it’s not, then stop; if you get frustrated tying a fly, take a break, 30 min, 2 hours, 1 day, whatever, then go back and you'll see the same fly from a different perspective.
Take your time, consider each thread wrap!

I've still improvements to make in all the flies above, but with a little persistence, you can come quite a way in 1 year. Dry Flies  should be a fun over the next few months!

Don't forget to vote for me in TFM Spotting contest for November!


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

11 months, 10,000 page views.


And don't forget to vote in the TFM contest. Click the email link left, and hit send. 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Streamers365 - the home stretch!

With Streamers365 drawing to a close for 2012 in a few weeks, there's bright optimism for the 2013 project of Hairwing long flies. 

If you've been following the project, you've no doubt seen the quality and variety of the flies on offer, and with the charity auctions at the end of each month, I have it on good authority from Darren that the project has been a resounding success!

This is the last month for the feather wings and the November flies have been put up on the auction site for the next 6 days. Get on over and check out the flies up for grabs this week, including my own Rangeley Sequicentennial

Not only that, but today one of the Gray Wolf patterns I tied, the Yellow Ghost is featured as fly of the day on the project, and will be auctioned off at the end of December. I think I've one more fly to be featured this year if there are still enough days left for it.

Photo  By Darren MacEachern

Anyways, regardless of whether it makes it or not, this has been one of the most enjoyable experiences of my tying days! Many thanks to Darren for having me as part of the project, and hopefully 2013 is as successful as the 2012 project.

Also, don't forget to vote for me in The Fiberglass Manifesto Spotting contest for November. You can click the email link in the upper left column under the banner picture and press send. All the relevant information is included in the link!

If you've already voted.  Go YOU! And Thanks!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Canvasing for Votes, and a giveaway!

I previously had these two events linked, but in the interest of fair competition I've split them up. If you already emailed me about the Gray Ghost, you're still included in the drawing.

For the month of November I'm a finalist in The Fiberglass Manifesto (TFM) spotting contest and I need your vote to win the month.

Theres two ways to vote

1. Click this Email Link All the required information for the vote is there.

2. If you prefer to enter it yourself, you will need to use this email address

Subject: November - Eunan Hendron

The Gray Ghost contest will be for a Gray Ghost fly tied by me in a Riker mount display
To enter the Gray Ghost competition, just send me an email to this Email Address
and I'll reply with a number for you. Please also share this post on facebook or your blog if you have one to help maximize exposure to the contest I'm running as well as for the voting for the TFM contest.

I'll announce the winner of the Gray Ghost on Jan 1 2013.

Get voting and get your entries in for the Gray Ghost contest too!

You 'DO NOT' have to vote for me in order to enter the Gray Ghost contest.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Albright 9' 5wt FOR SALE

I bought this rod based on this review where it's early version finished mid table among some heavy hitters.

Bought this summer 2011 and i've used it about 6 times.

The rod is a 9' 5 wt 5 piece.
Great pack rod or backup rod, comes with sock and tube

Retails for about $190 new with all the promotions albright frequently runs

Marketed as a med-fast rod, but i'd say its closer to med. Its remarkably well finished on a nice dark green blank, very light and responsive too.
With a glass build in the works i've no room in the stable for this little fella, which i'd normally keep except for the 'glass.
Very smooth action, i fished dry flies with it for the most part.

Took a dunk....

Finally a fishing report after almost a full year of this blog....thanks for sticking with me!!

This past week I took myself fishing as my wife and daughter are overseas for a couple weeks. For me fishing days come few and far between, so, when the opportunity presents itself, you have to grab it! Drove about an hour to the stream, Tulpehocken Creek in Reading PA,  stopping by the TCO Tackle Store to get some supplies, you know, because it was close by the river and I 'needed' some fly tying materials and a few leaders. Got to the stream, the thermometer in the car read 39F and the guy in the store reckoned the water would be about 40F
Tackled up my new 3wt CT, which I had picked up in the recent clymb deal. Man, that little rod is something else. A pleasure to cast, light and responsive in the hand. At 7'6 it was just right for this stream. I wish now i'd picked up a 5 or 6 wt too when they were on offer. There was gusty wind today and that little rod punched my WF3F right across the stream with nice tight loops. Gold head fly and everything.

First fly was my Sparkle Ghost Bugger- Get some tied up! I fished across a nice riffle I've had success at before...3rd cast, fish on!!

I took a photo of him, revived him and sent him on his merry way again. A nice spotty Rainbow.

Working down the short riffle for about 45 mins with the fly and no other fish. Changed to another of my creations, the Royal Coachman nymph, and slowly stepping down stream, lost my  balance -KERPLUNK.
Luckily the water wasnt deep, but it sure as all hell was cold. Had my wading belt on nice and tight, so very little water down the waders. Hands and lower arms were drenched, and with the cold air temp I had to call it a day after a hour or so of fishing. I wish I'd brought some spare clothes with me though, cause I was pumped for fishing, especially after catching the little guy. Unfortunately my cell phone was in my jacket pocket (outside the waders) so the phone got bit damp. I managed to upload the fish photo before it died though. I finally got it switched back on again this evening, its now in a ziplock bag with rice to tease out the remaining moisture.
So, at 33 years old, I've decided to add a wading staff to my arsenal and probably a PFD too while i'm at it. To be honest, this little dunk has been a while coming as I've had a few near misses in the past.
Lessons learned today. Pay attention and wade or fish, not both together. Bring spare clothes, keep phones off the water, or at least in waterproof containers, but most important, never let a dunk get you down!
It was an enjoyable hour of fishing.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

IFTS 2012

My first show. It was great!

Actually, I was a bit jaded after Saturday, and was thinking Saturday night I would have gone home had I not had a hotel booked and paid for. Man, I’m glad I didn’t go home though, as Sunday turned out to be a great day. Not that Saturday wasn’t great too, but I was tired and not feeling too good.

Saturday I got there right at the opening time, set and began with a nice easy wet fly. I tied about three or four wet flies on Saturday as well as a Marbury Holberton.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Wrote this for a post on a fly fishing forum, but couldn't post it there for some reason. So here is a basic idea of the process.  Mostly I use Jacquard Acid Dyes, which are available as small as half ounce jars for about $5 on ebay. All the examples below are dyed using a small fraction of a half ounce jar. For additional colors not in the Jacquard range you can check out the link at the bottom for a wider selection of colors. The magenta is from the other source below.

Magenta from white - Saddle hackles and Snow shoe rabbits foot

Friday, November 2, 2012

Sneak Peak...

Here's sneak peak at a little project I'm working on right prizes for guess what its for!

More to come next week when I get it completed.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sparkle Ghost Bugger SBS

This is a combo of 2 or 3 flies rolled into one and should be good for a number of species.

Hook: Dai Riki 730 size 10
Head Gold bead to fit the hook 7/64" in this case
Underbody - 0.20" lead wire to the mid point of the shank
Tail: Artic fox underfur with some guard hairs
Body: Senyo's Ice Dub Orange
Rib: Fine Silver wire
Hackle: Whiting Girzzly from Bugger pack
Thread White Danville Flymaster 6/0

Monday, October 22, 2012

7'6 3wt - SOLD!

Anyone interested in an Allen Xa 7'6 3wt (4 piece) ??

I"m selling one, used only once since I bought it in January.

Basically a brand new rod; come with tube and sock.

Retails for $229, asking $140 shipped to your door.

Shoot me an email if you want it. I'll take paypal for payment.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Free Veevus Thread

J. Stockard is currently offering a free spool of any in stock veevus thread, with free shipping. I'm not sure if you have to make other purchases to get the deal as I ordered some other stuff and it all shipped free with the automatic discount for the spool of thread.

Total discount was $7.95, which equates to the $5 shipping charge and the $2.95 charge for the spool of thread.

I bet you can just get the thread without ordering other stuff. This was a 'Facebook Friends' promotion, but the coupon code for the offer is VEEVUS

I've been wanting to try this thread for a while, but was put off by the $3 per spool price tag - with the free spool I now get to try it and see what all the fuss is about!

Go get 'um!


Monday, October 15, 2012

Irish International Fly Fair June 29-30 2013

Just a note that I've been invited to tie at this event next year.
Being originally from Northern Ireland it seems like a no brainer to attend, and plan a trip home with the family.

Really looking forward to it. You can check out the event at this link

Anyone in the area who reads this blog, be sure to stop by that weekend if you're free and say hello. This will be my first time tying at IIFF


Friday, October 12, 2012

Jenny Lind - Dyed in the kitchen and survived!

So I've wanted to tie this fly for a LONG time, but the scarcity of purple quills kinda hindered my progress.
This past weekend  decided to give dyeing a go, and convince the wife  to let me do it in the kitchen, since there really was no other way to get it done.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Hen Hackle Throats SBS

This question came up recently on a forum, and I posted this quick pictorial. Everyone does it differently, and its best to find what works well for you. This way you'll get a more sparse throat, but you can just as easily leave on all the hackle fibers on both sides, fold the hackle, and tie it in the same way for a fuller throat.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Royal Coachman Hairwing SBS

After I tied the Royal Coachman wet fly a couple weeks back I got the notion to look for other variations of the same fly. I saw many variations of the hairwing version, and decided to have a go at tying one of my own using some of the elements I'd seen in other flies.

Friday, September 7, 2012


Perhaps one of the most important things for tying classic flies is access to the patterns. While many images of flies are available online, more often than not, in my experience, the patterns have been altered with substitute materials or some materials have been left out altogether.
Thus, finding accurate descriptions of the flies and materials required to tie them can often be difficult, an aspect compounded by the rarity of the original books in which the patterns are recorded.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Atlantic Salmon Flies

My last post including salmon fly was a couple weeks ago, so I thought I'd update the progress on that front.

Since I posted the image of 'Kate', I've tied 7 more flies in the time between then and now. Might not seem like many, but these things take about 3-4 hours to tie, so I usually split them over 2 or 3 nights.

Anyways, I've added all the newer flies to the 'Salmon Flies' tab at the top of this page.

Here is the latest, a redo of the Tom Tickler pattern from Hardy, below it is the first one I tied back in June.

Definitely progressing in many aspects, and still lots of work to improve upon. Still, I'm happy with the progression.

I've got another fly started in the vise. It will be in a completely separate post in the coming days. The plan is to progress slowly through this new fly and leave no mistakes behind.  It will be a learning experience for me and hopefully provide some further insight into the making of a classic.


White Kabuto Blanks

Since the last white Kabuto deal didn't work out as planned, I decided I would get a blank the next time Kab put them up for sale and build it myself

So, on Monday night, Kab posted on facebook about white blanks being available for November delivery, and I sprung for the 8'0 5 wt.

Having no knowledge of rod building, I'm probably biting off more than I can chew. Anyways, that is the plan for now unless I can find someone to build it for me. I'll buy all the components for the rod myself, and if I decide building it is too big  risk, I'll pass everything to someone with more capable hands than mine.

If you're interested in a white Kabuto blank, there are currently only 4 left available.
7643: 2 quantity
7653: 1 quantity
8053: 1 quantity

To request one, contact Kab at this email or check out his website
Price for the blank is $175 + $35 shipping (worldwide).

Friday, August 24, 2012

Tying - an obsession we fail to admit to, or hide from ourselves

Posted this on a forum recently in response to a query about saving money by tying your own flies - I thought it was worth a blog post too

Friday, August 10, 2012

Again with the streamers....and Salmon Fly

Wee Steelie, my original pattern is up today on Streamers365

The auction for last month's flies ends on Sunday with Korinary and Titanic both listed.

Salmon fly - Kate 2/0 from Kelson - not the best, but I'm still improving

Short one today. Busy!!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Rods on Sale

Found a couple decent rod brands on sale The last few days
First is Cabela's CGR Fiberglass. These rods were marked down to $75 for the last couple weeks, and have just taken a further reduction to $69.88, which would indicate to me they are on permanent clearance.

They have great reviews, and I know Cameron over at The Fiberglass Manifesto has recommended them a number of times via his blog.

Anyways, here's the link. Free shipping to store if you have one near you, or you could just go pick one up there!

I'm thinking to pull the trigger on an 8wt - not sure though. I have a long (10'6 8wt) for salmon and steelies which only gets used a couple times a year. I've no need for a lighter rod as I've got a 7'6 3wt and  a 9' 5wt.
Ah, the dilemma.

Another rod on substantial clearance is the Redington Classic Trout (CT), with three different rod sizes on sale at Caddis Fly Shop for $100 with free shipping. Caddis Fly have most excellent customer service and a very fast turn around time. I've used them in the past mostly or fly tying materials and I've always been more than satisfied.
CT is at 40% off at Mad River Outfitters  though they have only 2-4 wts in stock, and Blue quill angler (5 wts and 6wt)

For more up market rods, they also have Sage Vantage on sale too, but the Vantage is somewhat cheaper at Blue Quill Angler, who also have free shipping. Blue Quill has the Sage Flight at significant reduction as well.

Finally, with the recent announcement by Orvis of the Helios 2, a couple places have they Helios on clearance including Blue Quill Angler 9' 4wt Tip Flex and 9' 6wt mid flex. TCO Fly Shop has a wider selection of Helios on sale, for 30% off the MSRP.

Happy shopping.


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A few streamers

Been on a little streamer kick lately, and with not much else going on with me worth blogging about, I thought I'd post them up for your entertainment pleasure

I've been seeing a lot of different 'Ghost' flies around lately, and a quick comment from Don Bastian over on CFTF indicted there might be upward of 30 published patterns with some others unpublished (yellow and Grizzly Gray above, which are both Gray Wolf patterns). The Jungle Ghost is from the book Carrie Stevens: Maker of Rangeley Favorite Trout and Salmon Flies, and was designed by Leslie Hilyard.

There'll be a few more to come out in the coming days.  And I'll post them up when they're done. Planning a fishing trip this weekend to the Upper D. Look out for a report from that early next week

Finally, the June streamers from Streamers365 will be posted on eBay this Sunday. I have a Korinary and Titanic up for auction, so get in on that action and raise some money for some worthwhile causes

Friday, July 20, 2012

Titanic on Streamers365

Bit late to the party on this one - just discovered my Titanic Streamer, tied April 12 to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the great ship, is streamer of the day on streamers365.

My second one this month following from Korinary, featured July 7.

That's two of my streamers up for auction at the end of this month, all for great organizations. So either follow streamers365 blog or on facebook and look out for the auction listings. Great flies by other more qualified tyers than me are also featured.


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Red Spot Craw-Bits!

Yesterday, Michael Decoteau of Red Spot Fly posted some images of a new fly that has been slaying bass for him out in Ohio, and asked followers to suggest a name for them. Later he chose 4 entries and asked for votes on the winner - my Craw-bit suggestion came out on top, and for that I receive the prize of a handful of said flies. 

Red Spot Craw-bit's
Reproduced with permission from  Red Spot Fly

I first became aware of Red Spot Fly a few weeks ago via a forum I'm a member of, and I was excited to see some really great quality Rangeley Style Streamers. Michael ties a lot of great flies and you can check them out on the  RSF  Facebook page. I'm told there is a website in the works, but FB will get you all you need to know for now.
Thanks Michael for the flies, looking forward to throwing them at some Philly bass in the coming weeks!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Polarized Sunglasses

It wasn't until I started wearing polarized sunnies that I realized I had been very much behind the 8 ball without them while fishing. While I've worn some cheapos from the tackle stores, frankly, they're crap.

A few flies

I've been on an imposed exile from the vise the last two weeks, and technically I'm still on it due to some work being done at home. Unfortunately my tying station (in the basement) has been blocked in as the basement was designated storage area However, last night I fought my way though and salvaged some materials to tie at the kitchen table.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

International Fly Tying Symposium Nov 17-18 2012

So, today in the mail I got a nice surprise (in addition to my Korinary streamer being featured on streamers365) - an invitation to IFTS for 2012. I'll admit I had hoped to be invited after submitting some flies I tied to the organizer, Chuck Furmisky, but I really thought it wouldn't be this year.

Korinary on Streamers365 today

Today my Korinary streamer is fly of the day on streamers365. You can check it out here


Friday, July 6, 2012

Streamer tips

I recently thought of adding some useful info, in the form of a post, to assist folks who may be getting in to streamer tying and want some good guidelines for starting.
What you'll read below is info I wish I had when I was starting out, mostly related to materials with some tips on technique and reference materail. So here goes.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

New webstore

New web store now open via link in the STORE tab  or this direct link

Currently only show and fishing quality wet flies available, with Rangeley style streamers to be added soon

All transactions are directly though paypal.



Sunday, July 1, 2012

TFO TiCr X 7'6 6wt rod for sale

Rod is now sold

Rod is in unused, unfished condition, never even had a reel attached, and its only been out of the sock once.

Still has plastic on the cork. Comes with sock only, no tube.
I can take pictures of the actual rod if you so desire, just email me and ask.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Trout Fin Streamer Series

I've been on a  streamer kick of late, and I finally picked up  a streamer book this weekend (Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing - Joseph D Bates, Jr.). When flipping through it I came across the Harlequin, which struck me, as there is also a wet fly called the harlequin (from Bergman), though they have little similarity in terms of color.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Lady Killer and swap flies

Don Bastian posted this fly on his blog about a week or so ago, and when I saw it I had to give it a go.
I ordered up a  nice new Whiting American Rooster Cape in yellow, and got to tying.

Lady Killer - Partridge CS15 hook

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Cobblers wax:Redux

Last weeks effort at making some cobblers wax was, at best, a shambles. 

After getting it solidified, I tried using it on the head of a salmon fly. It turned out to be more slippery than sticky. I suppose partly due to my 'scientific' method of 'eyeballing' the recipe.

So, I went ahead and bought a pound of pine rosin, and already having a lot of beeswax left from my previous effort, last night I gave it another go, this time with the silicone cup cake molds, which I also picked up yesterday

I used the Rosin:Wax:Oil ratio of 7:2:1. The oil was standard olive oil from the kitchen.

Here's how they turned out.
Hot, just poured wax
 Solid wax
 Easy out of the molds 
 4 cakes of wax

Luckily I had the other half there to keep me right, and prevent the whole counter being covered in dripping wax - she kindly laid down the foil for me.
Start to finish was about 1 hour. The rosin, wax and oil cooked in about 5 mins, the rest was cooling and solidifying.

I've yet to test it out, so I may yet tweak the ratio to get it stickier or softer, but I'll report on how it works later in the week.
When I'm happy with the consistency, you'll be able to find it in my web store.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Watch a Trailer, win a Helios Outfit

Watch here - click the link at the bottom, fill out the details , sit back and wait for your ticket to be called.

Good Luck

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Win an Echo Carbon Fly Rod

Discovered this today online.

Click the link, come up with a caption for the picture and send the email with your caption, name and phone number

Closes midnight July 1 - with unlimited entries.

Prize is an Echo Carbon Fly rod of your choice.

If you're not in, you cant win. Hard to beat  free fly rod!


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Friday, June 8, 2012

6 months of progress

Around the start of Fall last year I took it upon myself to tie a Classic Atlantic Salmon fly. I set out with the Jock Scott in mind, purely from a memory I had as a boy, of a book my father had with a Jock Scott on the front. I went about researching and purchasing materials, and finally got them all together and sat at the vise. 
This is what came out

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

TFO Rods on sale - The Clymb

Just a heads up for anyone in the market for a decent rod at a decent price.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Wool, auctions, MOM Flies and an infected JC cape...

I'll start with the JC cape - opened the zip lock back last night to tie the Grasshopper below, and was greeted with a rather odd smell. Further inspection indicted that part of the cape had started to rot... which was weird because there has been no sign of bugs around my tying area at all.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Monday, May 7, 2012

Delaware Trip - 05-06-12

Yesterday, almost a year after my first trip to the Upper Delaware, i made another trip.

Left philly about 7am for the three hour drive. Stopped by Delaware River Club to pick up some flies reminiscent of what had been hatching the previous days. I'd been emailing back and forth with Bart at the club all week to make sure conditions, particularly water flow, would be good for wading.

I fished the Upper Gamelands section and there was quite a few bodies around when i got there. Saw a fish landed about 11.20, and that was it for the day.

There were sporadic hatches, Hendricksons mostly, and some fish were evident in the areas i was fishing. There are some nice runs, riffles and pools in around that area, and with plenty of room to navigate in the relatively shallow water.

I swung and dead drifted classic wet flies for a good part of the day. Threw dries for about an hour total when i saw consistent activity of both the bugs and the fish, as well as run nymphs and the wets down the riffles and runs. Did have some fish show some interest, but no hookups or anything to set the heart racing.

The weather was pretty warm, I was in short sleeves and shorts in my waders, but the sun was BEAMING down all day, probably a contributing factor to the reduced activity

I fished non stop from 11-5ish, then closed up shop for the long ride home. Usually the evening rise is more intense when the sun goes down a bit, but i wanted to be home a reasonable hour, and since there was not much happening, i left.

It was my first day on the water this year, so i was happy, but a nice wild brownie would have made it all the better.

Looking forward to another trip in a few weeks, though this time i'll likely get a guided trip with my buddy to cover more water and potentially more buy hatches at different times in  different areas.

Skunks all 'round then!!

I took a couple pictures - nothing special, just the scenery!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Blacker fly and another freestyle streamer

For anyone interested in classic salmon flies, I'm going to recommend a great book by Bob Frandsen, The Blacker Compendium, a great breakdown of the original and somewhat complex book by William Blacker - W. Blacker's Art of Angling, and Complete System of Fly Making, and Dying of Colours.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Wet fly soft hackles - I'm set for life

Found a great deal last week on Whiting Hebert Minor Hen saddles, 60% off at caddisflyshop in Oregon.

At the time ordered there was 5 different options, pictured below is what I bought. The free shipping over $25 was a big incentive to buy the number I did.
There are currently only three colors left available. If you need soft hackles, get on over there and pick some up. They have some other deals on Whiting products, so snoop around and see what you can find.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Fly swaps and a deer hair brookie!

Over the winter I participated in  a great number of fly swaps on a couple different forums, as well as a one on one swap with Pat Cohen over there at Super Fly. Pat is the deer hair spinning master, and I contacted him about getting one of his Punk Flies in custom colors, orange, white and black, to resemble a brook trout fin (coincidentally, the same colors of the great Philadelphia Flyers). After a few back and forth emails we came up with a swap deal, where I'd send him a set of show quality Trout Fin wet flies, and he'd tie me up a Brook Trout spun from deer hair. This week we got the flies swapped and here's what he sent me! 

Pretty awesome to say the least. 

I can only image the skill required to get this together on a hook. Huge thanks to Pat for agreeing to the swap. I hope you like your trout fins! If you haven't already checked out Superfly, get on over there and see whats going on, and follow this great man's blog!

Some of the other swaps I participated in were multi-fly swaps, and resulted in me getting nearly a full box of flies back in return. I was in 12 swaps, everything from midges, dries, nymphs, winged wets, married wing salmon flies and great lakes steelhead flies. There are still a couple more to close in the coming weeks/months, a Carrie Stevens Rangeley Style streamer swap and a green drake swap. 

Thanks to everyone who participated in these swaps on NAFFF, Washington Fly Fishing Forum, Salmon Crazy and Maine Fly Fish.



Saturday, April 14, 2012

I don't think I'm gonna need many hooks for a while....

Since I started tying classic flies I've been on the look out for a streamer hook (as well as hooks for bass flies) with a profile I liked, and I finally found one recently - the Mustad Chestertown, in various iterations - Blind eye 3298, Straight eye 3300 and Down eye 3301

Friday, April 13, 2012


Tomorrow night marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic, built in Harland and Wolff Ship Yard, Belfast.

I got inspired yesterday to tie a fly to commemorate this anniversary, and today I came up with this streamer.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Some recognition...

Couple interesting things happened this past week. I've been posting my flies on various forums for the viewing pleasure of the membership of those forums and also to increase exposure of classic wet flies, as well as my own skills - some shameless self-advertising!!! All the flies you see here are the same that are posted on the forums.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Save The Dollaghan

As I'm originally from the shores of Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland, it would be remiss of me to not post about this.