mysteries…

that leave me baffled as well but these are well worth the read.
besides, there’s a few chuckles to be had.

Euro Nymphing...  pfffft.  I only fish dry flies.
Euro Nymphing… pfffft. I only fish dry flies.

for a really good rant about some fly fishing sillinesses (well, there are just five although we could easily add several 0’s to those five), head on over to Fly Fish Food to read Cheech’s page by clicking the image above. enjoy !

Wednesday’s Worm

if you like yours bent, this one’s for you !

with it’s quirky name and rubbery twisty-turny shape here’s yet another yummy tidbit sure to attract a variety of species from Curtis Fry at Fly Fish Food, the Re-Vladi Worm. (don’t ask) (but do try these, no fish in it’s right mind could refuse them) (ok, if like me you live/fish an area where the fishes aren’t particularly turned on by fluorescent colors, wrap them up with more natural colored rubber or skin) (unless of course if you fish for slimy, horrid, stinking grayling. in that case stick to orange) (i’ll be using an old patch of chamois skin i’ve been saving for just the right fly and this is it !) (enjoy !) (and get bent !)

AVOID BAD HAIR DAYS WITH THESE SIMPLE STEPS

or 5 tips to selecting good deer/elk hair via Fly Fish Food

and if the title alone doesn’t get you interested then i’m sure this super-nice image will.

deer hair farmers - Fly Fish Food
click the pic for 5 very good and common-sense tips on how to get the good stuff. enjoy !

a better Bugger

another  great piece by Monsieur Cheech at Fly Fish Food

Wooly Bugger

there’s probably fourteen million tutorial videos out there on how to tie the Wooly Bugger and thirteen million, nine hundred and ninety-nine thousand, nine hundred and eight of them basically suck: either there’s a disregard for proportions or they’re overly dressed, sloppily tied or simply butt-ugly, what usually remains is a fly that in my opinionated opinion isn’t worthy of being presented to the wonderful creatures their meant to attract.
anyhow, that leaves two… we’ve already seen Tim Flagler‘s excellent version a while back and here’s the other.

as pointed out in the video, the idea here was to improve on a pattern that most would think needs no improvement. to each their own of course but that way of thinking doesn’t lead to progress. on the other hand, experience, knowing how materials interact and most importantly, how their combinations will act once in the water (not at the vice or on a pic but in front of a fish, where it really matters) does make a better fly.
add durability to that and i’d say Cheech has done an excellent job.
click the image above to access the article and material list for this awesome fly. enjoy !

one for the Stoners (creating foam extended bodies)

by Curtis Fry at Fly Fish Food

pteronarcys

“These big bugs, AKA Pteronarcys Californica, are the largest of the stonefly order (plecoptera — which literally means “braided wings”) and incite large migrations of fly fishers from around the world as hopeful hatch-matchers descend on the Western rivers that host these giant bugs and their legendary emergences.”

ok, not all of us are able to swarm out west (or east) to go see these massive critters…stone-fly-tattoo

however, just about all of us are lucky enough to have smaller cousins of the stonefly family in our local waters so this video is just the ticket for making our own sure-floating, easy to cast/fish, lively (and pretty-darn cute) imitation to suit our waters.
in what is rather a complex or rather, labor-intensive tying tutorial, here’s a mountain of great advice, tips and tricks on creating extended foam bodies. surely the best i’ve ever seen and one that’s sure to inspire. of course this specific pattern is very interesting but what i’m mostly seeing here are several techniques that can be transposed to many other imitations including floating nymphs and streamers just to name a few.
as i’m sure most of us couldn’t validate the expense of buying full sets of wing and body cutters don’t be put off if you don’t have them. the bodies and wing can simply be cut with scissors or an exacto-type blade, the resultant rough edges are easily made smooth and sexy with a lighter as Curtis shows us when ‘prettying up’ the tail section (but be sure to practice this on a waste piece first !), and you can use a big sewing needle for the extended body pin.
a super-nice trick is how the rubber legs are sandwiched and glued in place instead of the usual tying in. i just had one of those “D’Oh ! why didn’t i think of that?! “ moments…

blanking, fish coffee and worms.

last time i went fishing i blanked. now onto more interesting stuff.

apart from the mandatory rod, reel, line, well organized chest-pack with nippers (well sharpened), forceps, floatant, net, sink paste, extra tippet, extra leaders, some flies, hand rag, tippet rings, a do-whatever needle, hook sharpening stone, lip gook, extra nippers, amadou patch (from Troutline), knife, emergency whistle, lighter and smokey things, hat, polarizer glasses in amber & yellow, buff and whatever clothing needed for the day and a million more things (basically all the above in double or triple) safely tucked away next to the mattress and the chocolate box in the van, the absolute most biggest necessity for a successful day on the water:

TLC espresso maker isn’t really the custom engraved, on-the-go espresso maker but the van.

see, what happened is, not only had i not brought the coffee maker (which isn’t such a big thing considering i didn’t yet own this beauty at the time) but since the van was at the doctor’s i took another car for the day. a Mazda.
i did miss two strikes, one on a dry and the other on a nymph and i did actually see one whole fish within range but wasn’t able to present a fly to it it before it wandered off out of sight: meaning that even if it was all trickle, drop by drop slow, the fish hadn’t all mysteriously disappeared into some weird, black, worm-hole (more on that later) but simply that my good mojo had been sucked out by the freak replacement vehicle on the trip to the water.
going back through my fishing journal at home i realized that blanking hadn’t happened in the last year and a half. i believe that’s a first for me since i started fishing something like 47 years ago so i’m actually quite pleased. blanking in itself isn’t any problem whatsoever, it’s actually a good thing as it makes one think a lot more about why one blanked as opposed to when having a good day where i’ll find myself running on ‘automatic’ and all seems to happen in a blur. sort of.  besides, thinking doesn’t hurt.
anyhow, on that particular far away day i happened to have gone to the water in someone else’s car and it happened to be a Mazda.

random occurrences are only considered random because our brains aren’t sufficiently developed to encompass all variables and we comfortingly use it as an excuse so, what remains is, things don’t happen without a cause and finally, we can deduct through scientific proof  (of sorts… but these two incidences are more than enough for me to reach this conclusion) that blank fly fishing days are caused by Mazdas.

as for the worms, Worm 2 thanks to our friends at Fly Fish Food in what might just be the most important reminder a fly fisher should keep in mind at all times: ie, that all fish love worms in one form or another and will eat them any time, anywhere and even just for heck of it, perhaps with the idea of embarrassing the more ‘noble’ insects such as mayflies: double-meaning that if we chose to try to entice them with anything else, it’s just a matter of irrational wishful thinking. combine the latter with a deep mojo-sucking Mazda and you’re screwed from the get-go.Worm 6

to conclude, firstly as a public service/good will thing to my fellow fly anglers and mankind in general, i sincerely hope the Mazda company collapses. something like a big huge-monsterous tsunami tidal wave while the employees are out having coffee would do the trick nicely i think. i don’t really mean them much harm as i’m sure fly fishing mojo probably isn’t very high on their list and they’re not doing it on purpose but fuckem’ for making me blank.

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This Prince wants a change !

a great candy-yummy variation of the Prince nymph from Cheech over at Fly Fish Food.

usually tied on a straight hook shank, this version takes on a more dynamic appearance. that doesn’t mean that it’ll catch more fish but anything ‘dynamic’ has the wonderful side-effect of keeping me from falling asleep !
simple and straightforward to tie, Cheech’s well thought-out tutorial will guide you through this pattern. as noted, it’s one of those ‘must-have’ flies and one well worth having in different sizes and color/material combinations.

cheech prince fly fish food

“don’t be afraid to get a little crazy at the vise. Remember, you won’t know if the fish are going to eat it until you feed it to them.”
words of wisdom close to my heart ! be sure to click on the pic above to access the full article. enjoy !

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Sunday’s Cake

Fly Tyin’ with Uncle Ken – The Fatty Longtail via Fly Fish Food

sundays are just another day in the week but with a different name: nothing special.
rituals and sickly-sweet treats however, (as long as there’s cake, chocolate and coffee involved) are something to be performed on a daily basis: and that’s special.
considering that today is sunday and no longer saturday and not yet monday, and that i’ve promised to share some fantabulous new tying videos a treat is in order so here goes !

PA Roya Gurgle Fuck lightshift19

today’s tasty molasses-filled exotic-materials stuffed cake come straight to us from the land of Corn between your teeth. bon appétit  !

“This fly has guts”

the Gutbomb Bloodworm, a chironomid larva pattern by Curtis Fry at Fly Fish Food

a lot of high quality tying step-by-steps and videos have been coming out in the recent weeks and to start off a selection of the best, today’s little gem certainly has the required qualities we’d expect from a midge larvae: the curvy shape, size, slim profile and what maybe most tiers neglect and to me what really makes or breaks the effectiveness of these imitations: translucency, meaning that not only we and the fish can see what’s inside the bug but that light is seen coming through the bug by the fish looking up at it through the water column on their squigly-wiggly way to the surface.

“In my way of thinking, the chironomid larva is the hotdog of the stillwater trout world. Plump, juicy, full of tasty goodness and they’re all over the place.”

gutbomb bloodworm flyfishfood

personally, i can’t get excited about hotdogs but i like his point. it’s a well known fact that fish love them and that’s more than enough reason to have a nice selection of these ‘dogs in the box !

as a bonus, during the video we’ll notice an interesting comment about fish having “x-ray and UV eyes and they “shoot UV rays out”. now, i’m not about to go into commenting on that… 😆 except for it added a special touch to what is already a great tying tutorial and fly.
i hope you’ll enjoy this as much as i did.

be sure to check other great videos and articles at Fly Fish Food while you’re there. good stuff indeed.