Tuesday, January 21, 2014

12th Man Fly: The Recipe

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

Rear Section:
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

Front Section:
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

Product Review: Airflo Super-Dri Exceed

Putting the new Airflo Super-Dri line through the paces.
It's been a while since I've done a review, and with the unseasonably warm weather we're currently experiencing I thought a writeup on my favorite trout line would hit the spot.  Hopefully I'll give it a chuck in the next week or so, but it's damn hard to leave the vice this time of year when you know those fly boxes won't fill themselves.

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 Flies in 12th Man Edition, Mojo in and Out of the River

Silvey's Tube Snake in Hawks Color.  #12thmanflies
So if you have steelhead fished with me in the past 5 or so years you have either fished a Silvey's fly or watched me fish a Silvey's fly.  Insanely fishy, lots of movement and quick to tie, his bugs have been a staple in my steelhead career since I first discovered the tandem tube.  For those of you who have been following our social media outlets you have probably noticed the 12th Man flies we've been tying in Seattle Seahawks colors throughout the season.  For the first Seahawks game against the Saints I decided to tie a Silvey's Tandem Tube in Seahawks colors.  The mojo that the fly typically has on the river for me clearly transferred over to the field as the Hawks drubbed the Saints on MNF.

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!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Changing Seasons B roll photos

Here are a few of my favorite photos that didn't make it into the recent Swing the Fly article. Hope you enjoy them. -Csquad

Monday, January 6, 2014

Photo drop

I've been holding photos close to my chest from my trip to the Salmon last fall because of the new issue of Swing The Fly.  now that it's out and I know what didn't get published I can release some of them here.  This was one of my favorites.  You'd have to ask C-squad for the full description of the grab, it was definitely a fun one.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Swing The Fly!

The new Swing the Fly Issue just went live this morning after some technical difficulties of launching yesterday.  The new issue is incredible, builidng on the awesome work that the Chi Wullf guys have been doing along with the other contributors and team members.  I am again humbled to have been included in the issue, and have a story about fishing this fall with my Dad and Brother.  Click the link here to check it out!