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

Dyeing


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 now...no prizes for guess what its for!

More to come next week when I get it completed.