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) !

Measuring Fly Rod “Swingweight”

ever wondered why some rods ‘feel’ heavier or lighter than others even though they have the same total weight ? how mass distribution along the blank will make or break a rod’s action ? or just want to have a better idea how these seemingly-simple-but-in-actuality-ever-so-complex fishing tools work or maybe just want to increase your casting geek knowledge  ?

i’ll be posting more on fly rod mechanics in the future, this little article should help to understand why we might like the ‘feel’ of a rod or not.  it might also completely drown one in confusion… i’m somewhere in the middle…  good luck but be warned, this one’s easy !

by Grunde Løvoll and Magnus Angus, March 2008 published on

Moi image: Eric Wonhof