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.