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.