Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The cone of anger

Angry Cone!
Running around on one of our many blow out days last winter season I stumbled upon an awesome fly that I had read about on the Idylwilde Blog; The Hoser by Jason Hartwick.  Overall it is a pretty simple and very fishy tube, but I was particularly drawn to one part of the fly that I had never seen before.  The part that caught my eye was an inverted cone tucked behind the marabou.  This technique adds weight to the fly and provides a "bump" for flaring materials.  I began using this technique of some PD's and other bugs, and really dug what an easy and effective technique it was.

After catching a couple fish on flies that had the inverted cone, we gave this tying technique the nickname of "the cone of anger."  Thanks to Jason for a great fly and really cool technique that adapts to all sorts of other flies.
Pink/orange hoser, fun to tie!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Bloodknot Magazine: Blogger Issue

Check out the new 2nd annual blogger issue of BloodKnot Magazine.  Thanks to a prompt from OBN I submitted an article and was very fortunate to be a part of this issue.  My article "Copper and Steel" is one I wrote a while ago, but is definitely a favorite story of mine, and I feel very lucky to be included in this issue with some very good writers, photographers, artists and bloggers.  Also, be sure to check out the article and video by good friend Sharp cheddar in the blogger issue.  Big thanks to BloodKnot for this great opportunity!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

If you don't chew Big Red...

Been tweaking my PD's, and ended up with something probably closer to the Flash Taco than a PD (underbody is the only difference as far as I know).  Either way, after last years EWU national championship flies I still have a bunch of red materials and have been tying with it more.  I think red's a cool color that is in-between what I would consider a "dark" or "light" pattern, and definitely a color that I don't fish enough.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Non-traditional fishing dog: Doc

Lisa and Doc

From Lisa: "Andrew and I rescued, Doc, on Oct 31st, 2011. We think he is a lab mixed with Chow and Australian Shepard. He immediately bonded with us and within weeks, he became a natural fishing companion- either in a boat or wading on the river. He has changed our lives completely in all ways positive and exciting."

Monday, January 23, 2012

Designer Merkins: More Tying Material Shortages?

The Del Brown Merkin, permit beware.

It seems like the feather hair extension craze started by Steven Tyler that gobbled up all of the size 16 adams hackle from here to china just ended (I've seen them in Montana, which means the trend must be on the way out) and we are already facing a new dilemma as fly tiers: designer merkins.  To most fly fisherman the name Merkin makes one think about the famous Del Brown permit fly.  Those in the know are aware of the dirtier and slightly less fishy origin of the merkin name, a pubic wig for low-class prostitutes.  Leave it to none other than a reality T.V. star (?) to bring about this highly ridiculous use of fly tying materials.
Designer merkins, vaginas beware. 
It was reported on TMZ (source of all reliable news) that Real Housewives of NY rich bitch star Cindy Barshop has a new business of creating designer merkins, out of popular fly tying materials arctic fox and hen hackles.  The cost of a designer merkin starts at $200 and lasts for about 4 days.

Hopefully this trend doesn't reach the popularity of feather hair extensions, because the tying world can't stand to see the same thing happen to arctic fox that happened to hackle.  Arctic Fox is one of my favorite tying materials for steelhead bugs, and it would be a disappointment to see it go to the luxury merkin market instead of your favorite tying material.

Fortunately for fly tiers, it's hard to believe that many women that will shell out $200 to have their lady parts decked out with glued on fox hair.  And more importantly, thank god this trend wasn't started by Steven Tyler.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Getting Ready.

John, getting ready.
Braz just shot me this picture of our good friend John from New York checking for leaks in his waders, getting ready for winter steelhead season.  When John's not testing the waterproofness of his waders in the hot tub his is tying some very innovative flies.  I only have the Beaverhead behind the house, which is currently the consistency of a slurpee, so I'm going to take my chances that the Simms will be leak free for one more winter season.
Pink/Orange Lane Bryant
Oh yeah I've been wrapping a ton too, lots of flash, lots of synthetics as always.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

New EvoAngler Video: 2011 Best Of

Check out our new video (best viewed in HD!), a collection of my favorite shots from last summer.  We had an unbelievable season around Twin Bridges last year, and I was lucky to catch a tiny bit of it on the GoPro while guiding and fishing.  This clip includes a lot of my close friends and favorite people to fish with, and putting it together brought back a lot of the great memories from last summer.  The last two fish were two of the bigger fish I saw last season as well, and was amazed that the curse of the camera didn't knock them off the end of the line.  Big thanks to The Stonefly Inn and all of the great people who come out fishing with us every summer!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Detonation Studios New Clip: Tribute

New clip from my buddy Ian at Detonation Studios.  Very good stuff, and there has definitely been some talk of us getting together for some work in the future.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

New from BOP and J.Mac

Check out this new short video from good friend Joey Macomber with Beattie Outdoor Productions.  Very cool footage of some jumpers and just what you need to watch on a dark winter day.  Sharp Cheddar and I will be collaborating on some video again this winter (him videoing, me rowing), already looking forward to it!  Don't let up!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Help with your stuck pole

This video from the guys at Pacific Fly Fishers is hilarious (check out Michael's cash!), and also my personal favorite way for getting a stuck rod section unstuck.  If you find yourself in the Mill Creek/Lynnwood area go check out their shop, they have a great selection of spey materials and great guys behind the counter.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New tying desk

Just in time for wrapping season
Finally got my new tying desk built by my good friend Nick at Konsept Designs in SLC put together yesterday.  It's barren now, but will be decked out shortly, and is going to be much nicer for winter wrapping than my old card table bench.  If you have any interest in a new desk, I'd highly recommend Nick.  Oh yeah, and he fishes a ton, check him out with the chromer below.

Nick crushing.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Andrew can write down 2011 as the year he got addicted to Montana!
Happy New Year from Montana!  We capped off the end of 2011 in grand fashion at The Old Hotel last night, and the likelihood of today being productive is diminishing quickly.  2011 was a great year of fishing both here and back home in Washington for steelhead.  Hopefully 2012 will be as great a fishing year as 2011!