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.