Monday, November 29, 2010

At The Vise

Back into the heavy fly tying season. Just listening to tunes and wrapping my thread.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

More On Edwin Rist's Legal Problems

Rare Feather Theft Was "James Bond Fantasy"
By Marshall Cutchin on November 27, 2010 7:03 AM  (found on

Twenty-two-year-old Edwin Rist pleaded guilty before a British magistrate this week and will be sentenced next year for stealing 299 rare bird pelts from the Tring museum last June 23rd. The court believes he may have made up to $30,000 selling feathers from the stolen pelts in the U.S. Rist's defense lawyer painted the young Rist as a clumsy burgler who only wanted to make money to buy a new flute.

"'When he first attended the museum he was moved by an obsession with fly-tying. He had this fantastic notion that he would write a book about fly-tying. He is a collector of these feathers. They are not just for dangling in the water, this elevated to an art in itself.'" From the UK Daily Mail.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Secret Flies of the Czech & Slovak Fly-Tyers

Tajne Musky's 2009 book Secret Flies of the Czech and Slovak Fly-Tyers is a must have for any fly tyer worth their salt. The book is chocked full of photos and recipes for a vast array of flies. Contributors  are many, including Martin Droz, Milan Junis, Jiri Klima, Vladimir Sedivy and loads of others. The book is a great companion to Karel Krivanec's book Czech Nymph and Other Related Fly Fishing Methods. Musky's book also stirs the imagination to come up with new and daring fly patterns.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Return Of Batten Kill Trout

The plans to restore populations of Batten Kill trout, in the famous Vermont river of the same name, is working. Over the last 4 years conservation officials have been creating artificial refuges for the trout. By adding logs and carefully-placed blow-downs in the stream the trout population has grown five fold since 2005. Over the past decade the decline in the trout population has been attributed to destruction of their natural habitat.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Savage Seducer

A great Dick Talleur fly.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Fly Tying Contest: Chattahoochee/Nantahala Trout Unlimited

Chattahoochee-Nantahala Trout Unlimited Chapter 692 announces the Third Annual Southern Appalachian Fly Tying Championship. The contest is a fund raising effort to support the activities of this TU Chapter.

For details follow the link:  Chattahoochee/Nantahala Trout Unlimited Chpt 692

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Mountain Snow

Russ Forney reports snow at higher elevations in the Big Horn Mountains.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Little Troutlet

This massive rod bender has emerged from the archives of David Nelson, proud angler and ever-faithful FFF member. Fish on!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Edwin Rist, Thief?

We first reported the theft of a large number of rare tropical bird specimens from a British museum last August on MidCurrent. Since then, no suspects had been named. Now reports that the man accused of stealing almost 300 rare bird skins from Natural History Museum in Tring, England is Edwin Rist, a 22-year-old U.S. fly tier who is considered one of the best dressed salmon fly tiers in the world. British police say Rist broke into the museum last year and took the skins -- most of which they think have now been recovered -- from a collections area. He is charged with burglary and money laundering and will appear in Hemel Hempstead Magistrates' Court on November 26.
Edwin Rist and his brother Aaron won numerous international tying competitions and were profiled in a 2006 college news story that quoted master tier Edward Muzzeroll: "'Their ambition and the caliber of the work they do is astounding....'The fact that they're so young makes their accomplishments that much more remarkable. They tie better than most adults I know could ever dream.'"

Monday, November 15, 2010

Fuzzy Wuzzy

A fine fly for land-locked salmon.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Build A Better Nymph

The more I look at some fly patterns, I question the choice of hook. Wouldn't this be better on a gently turning 2-XL curved hook? How about a curved caddis hook? These changes offer a more natural looking bug.

Friday, November 12, 2010


Shouting out to Mary in CT. Still not finding the BTF, but here is a picture to bring back happy memories of the monster.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Mill River Fly Rods
A big shout out to Bill and Lynn Lanzoni of Mill River Fly Rods. Great people and great stuff.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Fly Fishing People: Arno Laubscher, South Africa

Arno Laubscher guides for various species in South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Seychelles and Namibia. He has fished through out the world. He recently tyed at the Federation of Fly Fishers Conclave.

Aside from being the purveyor of Grip hooks, Arno started ScientificFly and has been involved in the fly fishing industry development since 1994. During these years he has been involved in the development of many fly patterns for the South African, Australian and USA markets and travelled to trade shows in the USA and Australia where he worked closely with the local fly fishers to ensure a good quality product that will satisfy their needs. He started ScientificFly due to his love for product development and helping others to enjoy the sport as much as he does.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Watched Oprah Fly Fish, Boo Hiss

OK, so I watched the Oprah Winfrey Show and saw the little section in which Oprah and Gayle King went fly fishing. I should put fly fishing in quotation marks or "air quotes" for the bone-headed, air-shot way the whole debacle was presented. Was that some sort of joke? What they were doing had nothing to do with actual fly fishing or learning to fly fish. Many women in fly fishing have spent countless hours and extended great dedication in opening up angling to women. Thanks, Oprah and Gayle, for setting women in fly fishing back 50 years.

Monday, November 1, 2010