Scott’s Squidro

ok, he’s pushing sales but if we overlook that we’ll find lots of nice, interesting ideas on streamer design and construction in this video by Scott Howell via LeLandFly

“A cousin to the now-famous intruder fly, the Squidro features rubber legs instead of ostrich herl, a modification that accounts for its unrivaled durability and downright irresistible action in the water. With a slim profile, the Squidro sinks to swinging depth in a hurry, lengthening your swing to increase your chances of hooking up with deep-running fish.”

geared towards Steelhead, in different colour schemes and in different sizes i can’t imagine them not being equally effective on larger river browns and rainbows and even salmon. (and largemouth bass, and zanders, and pike and maybe salty fish and, and, and… )

here Scott ties a black and blue version. be warned, the video’s 28 minutes long. who knows, this might be fly fishing history’s longest-to-tie fishing fly ever !

and to push this fly to the ultimate Geekdome Fly-Hall of Fame, here’s ‘Anatomy of a Squidro‘ for the techies. enjoy (and get Squidy) !

Campfire talk with Göran Andersson

A Drift Inside by Keith Brauneis

interesting insights from the ‘creator’ of the Underhand/Scandi spey style with regards to what makes a good fishing day, comparing Atlantic salmon fishing to Steelhead but maybe mostly that the Scandi style started off because his fly line had broken… enjoy !

simple nymph and wet-fly fishing

pretty much based on the use of a Tenkara-style rod*, regardless of what kind of rod you’re fishing, if we disregard the silly stuff like “let the wind load the line” and the rather mindless “constant tension cast” concept, there’s several very-very good drift techniques in these videos well worth adding to your bag of tricks. the kind of stuff that can make or break a day on the water. enjoy !

*several comments from born-again tenkarists have been removed from the Youtube comments section. it’s funny how easily they get ruffled when their venerated style evolves…

greens and blues

gr&bl 2 m.fauvet:tlc 18-4-14snuck away for a few minutes during a double-hand casting course i gave yesterday to let the guy do his thing on his own and found some nice shapes.
when i came back he had worked out what he was working on and i get the chance to show you some of my spring colours. breaks are good.
gr&bl 1 m.fauvet:tlc 18-4-14

Lady Compara

a low-in-the surface egg laying Adams Comparadun by Davie McPhail

some most excellent and inspiring craftsmanship in this just-out tying tutorial. i particularly liked the details of the wing and tail and going back through the wing fibres with the dubbing body to splay out the deer hair.
this one’s a real gem, enjoy !