Sunday, January 31, 2010

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Friday, January 29, 2010

Czech Nymphing Intro Kit


1 Fly Kit Contents:
3 Heavy Tungsten Bead Nymphs (size range 10-14)
3 Medium Weighted Nymphs (size range 10-12)
3 Brass Bead Nymphs (size range 12-14)
2 Florescent Indicator Leader Sections
1 Rigging Instruction Sheet $25

Also Available In 6 Fly Kit $18

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Angling Evolutions 2-Part Dry Fly Treatment System

The new Fish Pimp Shake-N-Float fly dryer and floatant systems looks very promising. This is the deal: it is a canister that hangs on your lanyard. The canister has two side-by-side chambers, one filled with fly dryer and the other with floatant. The top of the canister twist. You put your fly into the canister so that the contents of chamber 1 flows in and out of the cap. Give your fly a shake and then twist the cap 180 degrees to access the contents of chamber 2 which contains floatant. Shake and you are good to go. The leader sits in a notch and does not get smashed.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Whitewater Fly

Great shop. Great selection. Great service.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Fishing Nets By Sam Lacina

To see the most awesome, masterfully crafted fishing nets ever created go to I first met Sam at the 2009 FFF Conclave. He was a student in one of my classes. Sam is not only a super fly tyer, but he is a master artisan, creating some of the most wonderful works of art with wood. He made a custom net for United Fly Tyers and it was beyond cool and beautiful. The nets are not only individual works of art, but are made to be used.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Fish Pimp Strike Indicators

Angling Evolutions, makers of Fish Pimps strike indicators, announced some modifications in their great product. I had the chance to chat with Quentin Hoffpauir, chief pimp, at The Fly Fishing Show about these changes. He indicated that the new model has an improved aerodynamic surface ( on a golf ball) which helps it sail through the air with less friction. Also leader gripping power is improved with more macho surgical tubing to hold the indicator (pimp) firmly against the leader. Soon their new website will be up and running at:

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Fly Fishing Show, Somerset, NJ

The Fly Fishing Show will be in Somerset, NJ January 22-24. See you there. Information can be found at:

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Fooling with fly materials and here is the result:

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Marc Petitjean

From time to time I come across some very good fly tying swag. When this happens, it's important to share the "find." So, you have heard of Marc Petitjean of Switzerland. An excellent tyer, winner of awards and designer of ingenious tying tools. I had a chance to watch him in action at The Fly Fishing Show and chat with him. I was amazed to learn that most of the tools are handmade (think Swiss watches) and the materials are hand selected. I found the CDC to be excellent and his 100% silk tying thread is wonderful, coming in 4 subtle colors: cream, grey, olive and black. What I am now into is using the split thread dubbing technique. View Marc on, or go to his website at I warn you that his tools and materials are expensive, but worth the extra dough.

Friday, January 15, 2010

World Fly Fishing Championships, Poland

The official website for the World Championships is: Check out the link. Not much up yet, but there are some very nice pictures of the waters to be fished. Stay tuned for more updates.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Marino Mouse

Bruce Marino tyes up some mighty fine vermin.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Fly Fishing Show, Marlboro, MA

The Fly Fishing Show comes to Marlboro, MA this weekend. Check it out Friday, Saturday or Sunday. For details go to

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Two Of My Favorite Things

What? Yes, two of my favorite things. First, coffee. Those who know me are aware of my major coffee Jones. Second, squirrel. That is for fly tying. Nothing beats a nice grey squirrel pelt. Love the tail. Love the under fur. Love the spiky guard hair. Give me a squirrel and a pot (make that urn) of coffee and I am good to tye flies all day.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Massachusetts Striped Bass Bill

The Massachusetts Legislature will hold a hearing about the protection of striped bass in MA waters. Save those stripers.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Planning My Vacation

That's me at the front of the boat with the bend in my rod.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Howdy Jim

Sending a shout out to Jim Ferguson. Jim is an awesome fly tyer, specializing in Atlantic salmon flies. He hails from Oregon.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

United Fly Tyers

United Fly Tyers will meet this Thursday evening at 6:30, Holiday Inn Select in Woburn, MA. Come join us to welcome Larry Grant as our speaker. Larry will present "Trout, Trout Flies and the People Who Tye Them." Directions: Take Exit 35 off 128, Continue on Circle to Main St/Rt 38S towards Woburn Center. Approximately 0.1 turn right on Middlesex Canal Park, Holiday Inn Select is the first business on the right, less than 1/4 mile off the highway.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Trout Chow Fly

Many have asked if I have a recommendation for a fly that looks like those gnarly, liver-colored pellets that are fed to trout in hatcheries. After I got past the idea of going for hatchery fish that were just sprung from prison, I came up with this little fella. Tye it with or without weight...some trout chow floats, while other brands sink. I like the unweighted version as it hangs in the water column nicely.