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.