Friday, March 7, 2014
Millsdawg threw up a post yesterday about the transitions in tying that got me to thinking. I am very fortunate that I was exposed to fly fishing at the very young age of 12. At this time I also began tying flies. I don't know why, I had plenty of other hobbies, but went hand in hand with fly fishing, and I loved it from the very beginning. It likely comes from my mothers side and her creative ability. I still remember some of the very basic steps that my uncle (one of the best fly tiers I know) gave me the one time that we tied together. Wrap three times to keep your material stuck to the hook. After nearly 20 years of tying, it has become therapy to me, as much if not more than fishing. This winter I have been trying to crank it up a notch, and above is the results.
With the current round of social media it is amazing to see the great tiers from all over the world. It would be so cool to be a kid getting into our sport right now. Every fly you could ever imagine has a video of how to tie it on youtube, and the ability to connect with those that tie is unparalleled. It has also created a network that is so strong for pushing the envelope. Seeing flies from tiers like Stuart Foxall or my buddy Chou always keep the motor running. What a great time to be wrapping bugs.
Friday, February 21, 2014
|Dad had the hot hand every day.|
After a 2 year hiatus, I was finally able to make it back to my favorite fishing location on earth. Not only did the fishing not disappoint but seeing old friends and catching up with some good buddies made it as good a trip as one could have hoped for. Low clear and cold are conditions not typically attributed to the rainforest, and it was strange seeing the rivers as low as I ever have. Fortunately that didn't slow the fish down from moving to the fly, and when you found one there tended to be more around. After we left conditions returned to normal, and the sky opened up. I'm not complaining about three days without the rain jacket ever, and am glad the water finally came. Here are a couple shots from the trip, and the full story will be in the April issue of Swing the Fly.
|Could you have a hat with more mojo?|
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
For those of you that follow my social media, you have been seeing a lot of blue and green steelhead flies show up over the last couple years. As a native of Washington State I am beyond pumped for the season that the Hawks have had this year, and have been tying up more steelhead bugs in their colors, one for each game. This past weekend I tied up probably one of the most challenging and also best steelhead flies I have ever tied. A twist on the new-school classic, the intruder, this fly came out spot on how I imagined it. After a couple of requests from friends on Facebook I am posting the recipe below. If you wrap one up, or your own version of a 12th man fly, tag it #12thmanflies and #evoanglers (we love Instagram) and we'd love to check them out. Good luck wrapping and GO HAWKS!!!!!
The 12th Man Fly, You Mad Bro? edition:
Directions are in the order that they are wrapped onto the tube. I broke it out into front and back half because that's how I think about it when I tie intruders.
Tube: Pro Tube in Light Blue
Hook: Gamakatsu B10S, Sz. 4.
Thread: UltraThread 70 Black
Eyes: White Lead Eyes
Tag: Three wraps of seahawks green Polar Chenille, starting just barely on the large "junction" section of the pro tube
Tail: Three wraps of seahawks green schlappen
Tail Feelers: About 20 or so Seahawks Green ostrich herl fibers, tied in a dubbing loop and wrapped. I then added the barring with a sharpie.
Last rear hackle wrap: Seahawks Green Guinea
Body wrap: mission blue lagartun flat braid
Bump: Blue arctic fox, spun in a loop, three wraps on hook.
Hackle: Blue Schlappen, 3 wraps
Feelers: 20 or so ostrich hero fibers, spun into a sloop, wrapped around evenly
Next set of feelers: 12 Lady Amherst Fibers, separated by twos, placed on the tube and separated to look even on all sides
Hackle: black schlappen, 3 wraps.
Flash: Two strands of blue mirror flash
Eyes: One Jungle Cock Eye on each side, without the fibers stripped off
Feelers: Two blue grizzly saddle hackles that extend to the furthest rear part of the fly.
Hackle: 3 more wraps of black schlappen.
Monday, January 20, 2014
|Putting the new Airflo Super-Dri line through the paces.|
There are many things that I love about Airflo and the lines they produce. The first thing, which has nothing to do with line performance is the people that work there. I remember meeting Tim Rajeff at the old Bellevue Fly Fishing Show when I was 19 and just started guiding. I talked to him right after he finished talking with Jon Hazel, and he treated me the exact same as the Deschutes legend that walked away in front of me. Ever since that moment I have loved Airflo lines. Now that I have been around a little longer in the industry and have met more folks at Airflo it is evident that the friendliness that Tim expressed is something shared by everyone in their shop. It also helps that they make amazing fly lines.
Regarded as the industry leader in the Spey world, with everyone else just trying to keep up, I am always amazed that Airflo trout lines fall through the cracks. They were the first to come out with a textured line (and haven't had to redesign 5 times because of finger casualties), use polyurethane rather than PVC so they don't crack (like, ever) and are resistant to deet. The tech jargon equals one thing: a line that casts great and lasts a long time.
|Stock online photo. The line is pumpkin colored but easily could be called sweet potato.|
The Super-dri features ridge technology that Airflo has been using forever, so it is textured which we all know the benefits of these days. The biggest change with the Super-Dri is the new coating. If I had one gripe about past Airflo lines it was the floating ability. Don't get me wrong, they didn't sink, but they seemed to require more cleaning than the competition. I was fine with this because they lasted three times as long, so an investment of 5 bucks in line cleaner was worth it. The new SuperDri eliminated this problem and floated as good if not better than any other line out there.
Another big change is the "Zone". I can't put it into words as good as my buddy Jarrod does here, but I will tell you that you can definitely feel it. I spent most of my fishing time with this line on a 9' 6wt Scott S4, and when you got in the "zone" you could actually feel some extra zip in your cast. This set up would not have been my choice for throwing a trico, but they make a version for that, and that's what the G2 is for anyways.
Next time you're in the local fly shop be sure to take a look at the new Super-Dri. The performance is as good as you'd expect, and you'll be really glad when you don't have to buy a new line the following summer.
Monday, January 13, 2014
|Silvey's Tube Snake in Hawks Color. #12thmanflies|
|Silvey's Tandem Tube from the MNF crushing of the Saints. Simple fly, big results.|
This past week for the Saints rematch I once again went with the Silvey's bug, but with this being a bigger, more important game I decided to tie the bigger version of the tandem tube, the tube snake. Pictured below I was thrilled with how it turned out, and once again the Silvey's magic transferred over to the game, and the Hawks came out victorious. I'm undecided as to what to tie for this weekends NFC championship against the 49'ers, but it's going to be a good one. If you're out there wrapping up some Hawks colored bugs before the game give them the #12thmanflies and we'd love to share them! Go Hawks!