Thursday, December 30, 2010

Dumb Helpful Tips For Tying

There are those out in fly tying land that suggest taking a smallish glass jar, container or film canister (which, by the way, are going extinct), filling it with steel wool and keeping it on the tying desk to "clean" your bodkin. Call me crazy, but I observe that the end result of that extra maneuver is a gnarly wad of head cement pushed up the needle that then must be picked off. Is it really so hard to wipe cement off a needle using a small shop towel?

Monday, December 27, 2010

Another Holiday Greeting

Pat & Carol Oglesby of Colorado sent out this nice card. I wish I was out floating the Gunnison right now, instead of in this snow storm.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Feliz Navidad From Cholo

Hola, Felices Fiestas Navideñas.
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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Stripers Forever

This is a good group of people supporting a good group of fish.
 Go to for more information on their mission.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Taranarsus Terror

I have been very much into stoneflies lately. Bringing back this pattern I tyed a lot of several years ago. Also been working up some stoneflies using woven body techniques. Stay tuned for updates on that.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Vintage Ityeflies

A fly from years past. It's the Crescent Moon.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

More On Smoking & Fishing

Ah, the good life. Smoke on the river. Take out your tying kit. Tye a fly with the butt. Priceless.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Fly Tying

Sure, I like to smoke while tying. If only I had three hands. If only I could inhale my lips while tying. You are way too manly cool, Mr. Vantage Guy.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Salmon River, NY

A friend just sent me these pictures, obviously to make me jealous. Thanks Jim.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Federation of Fly Fishers Conclave 2011

It was just announced that the FFF Conclave will be held in West Yellowstone, Montana, August 29 - September 3. Be there or be square. Good time to go with no crowds and plenty of good fishing.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Jack Gartside

It saddens me to think that it has been 1 year since Jack died.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Penguins & Fly Tying

I wonder if any fly recipes call for penguin plumage.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Cool Christmas Cards

James Roszel at has some very wonderful artwork. Check out his stuff for holiday gift-giving or find a little something for yourself. Howdy Jim.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

United Fly Tyers, Inc.

The next United Fly Tyers meeting will be Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 6:30 pm at Middlesex Community College in Bedford, MA. Dave Brandt, president of the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild, will be our special guest speaker. Dave will present methods for tying Catskill-style dry flies and will regale us with "Twenty Years of Fly Fishing with the Wulffs."