Don’t talk about fight club. First rule of fly fishing in Arizona? Don’t talk about fly fishing in Arizona. I hate this unspoken rule. Who am I kidding, it is a completely vocalized “rule.” Write about a location and fear for your life. Talk about a location and be prepared to be ostracized. While I don’t fish for the benefit of others I would still like to be able to have a casual conversation or be able to post without being vilified. Fly fishing is what makes my life good and I want to be able to be open about that. I am not a closeted fisherman. I’m out! I fly fish, and I am going to talk about it. Who else will listen to our stories, if not each other? Spouses and friends give you the congenial smile and nod while you think you are regaling them with the greatest fish tale ever told. So we turn to the forums and blogs, the places that offer asylum to like-minded souls. The one group of people who you think would support your endeavors, in fact are the first to condemn you.Add a comment
Kristen and I hit the San Juan in New Mexico for the Superbowl weekend for the 2nd year in hopefully a long tradition of fishing the San Juan for the Superbowl.
In the week leading up to the trip we were keeping an eye on the weather pretty close, and things went from Sunny and Warm to "Ice Pellets" and every kind of weather pattern in between. Thursday when we left there was a 40% chance of rain in the evening Friday with scattered clouds both Saturday and Sunday. That wasn't the case...Add a comment
I have been pretty open about my EOB status, yet as of late I have been merely talking the talk. Sure, I fish for carp but that really isn't broadening the horizons much anymore now is it? When presented with an opportunity to chase a species that had not even taken the briefest of strolls through my mind, I jumped at the chance to walk the walk. I met up with Ryan Russell, a recent re-transplant to Arizona, who has been setting his sights on the more obscure and unsung fish of the Grand Canyon State. He, along with friend and owner of Sedona Fly Fishing Adventures, Brian Mowers, previously had tremendous luck at the spot we would be heading to, information that did nothing to quell my excitement. After stuffing the unruly long object that is my rod tube into the bed of Ted (the truck) we headed north, Ted’s luscious matte black finish absorbing all the UV the sun could muster.Add a comment
Like most things in the overpriced niche market of Fly Fishing, vehicle rod holders were something I wanted, but wasn't willing to spend $100-$200 on anytime soon. I studied a few of the designs I had come across and decided that I could probably make something comparable on the cheap.
With a design in mind I made a trip to Harbor Freight and the local hardware store to pick up some supplies. About an hour later I had the first one made and testing it out on the car, a little later on its first trip to the San Juan in New Mexico.
Almost 2 years later it has been on multiple trips, held a lot of rods and working great! I've had it up to 80mph on the freeway loaded down with rods, bumpy 4x4 trails in the forests, monsoon rains, frozen 18f mornings, 115f midday blazing sun and wet slushy snow all with no signs of failure. The key is getting a good suction location on the hood and windshield.
Recently my good buddy Ben Smith of Arizona Wanderings asked me if I could make a how-to on the rod holders. Luckily I had all but the collapsible nut on hand and built a second one for this tutorial. Its pic heavy as I tried to document each step in detail to make it easier to follow along at home... Here you go Ben!Add a comment
This tutorial will show you how to tie an egg out of McFly foam on the tying thread. This technique makes building egg cliusters easy, leeches with trailing eggs (Eggs Over Leechy pattern coming soon!) or tying larger eggs on smaller hooks where the egg would eat up the hook gap.
No special thread is needed for this as you wont be putting a lot of tension on the thread to create the egg. Use the DiY Egg Foam Tool tutorial to build your egg foam dispensers and a little superglue is all you need.Add a comment
Doug kept his eyes closed and remained still. Surely his wife would wake up and take care of the commotion down stairs; after all it was her dog. He waited as the noise abated and slowly began to drift back to sleep when scratching was accompanied by high pitched whining. Doug wondered why the dog seemed completely incapable of using the doggie door. Apparently humans were much easier to train than canines. Then again he could commiserate with the dog needing to pee, since he himself frequented his own version of the lawn more often than he would care to admit.Add a comment
Tired of having wire despool on you if you let go? Or wasting wire, floss, tinsel on each fly, it all ads up! These little Spool Minders are the solution. Put one of these on every spool that you don't normally pop into a bobbin and they will keep your materials on the spool while you tie, no waste, no dropped spools and 3 yards of floss ruined as it unspools across the floor.
A couple other guys have tutorials out there on how to make them, and Hareline even offers a commercial version for about a buck each. I've been making these for a few years and have my own take on them that I think is an improvement over the others out there.
Simple to make and work on the tying bench as well as tippet, line, and other unruly spools. Follow this tutorial on my take of the Spool Minders and let me know how they work for you!Add a comment
I'm always in search of an easier or quicker way to do things, and while I love the strength and versatility of the Uni Knot (Duncan) It was a little slow to tie, and difficult in some lines for me.
I had watched a fishing video with Kelly Galloup and he used a Figure 8 knot to tie his flies on and swore by the knot. I replicated the knot but soon forgot how to tie it out of not using it. A year or so later I sat down to try and remember that knot and couldn't quite get it. I tied the knot in a lot of different ways before finding a knot that wasn't the original, but tied easily and was very strong.Add a comment
I haven’t been at this fly fishing thing too long, maybe two years seriously. And yet I find myself being enveloped by the culture, down to the way that I adorn my body. A former athlete, I have always lived out my days in basketball shorts and team mascot emblazoned tops. Not that being an athlete makes dressing like a slob excusable, but I am not THAT girl. I can barely dress myself for public consumption, let alone make intelligent clothing purchases. However, in the last year I have acquired no fewer than a baker’s dozen shirts. That may not seem like many, just over one a month really, but I guess it was just interesting to get dressed one day and the available options were the trout bum or the Under Armour hook logo shirt.Add a comment