Sunday, October 31, 2010

Arts Of The Angler

Don't forget to catch Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum's Arts of the Angler show November 6 and 7, 2010 at the Ethan Allen Inn in Danbury, CT. It's at Exit 4 at I84.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Great Fall Fishing

Fishing for warm water species has not slowed down yet. While on the trout side, with colder weather, the action is on the surface more. Lot 'o production with emergers. It's still too early to end your fishing season.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Trout On The Worm

This is one well-spotted trout.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Catskill Fly Tyers Guild

The Catskill Fly Tyers Guild has a new web page. Check it out at

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fly Trees

The story of my life. In my next life I'll come back as a fly fishing squirrel.

Monday, October 18, 2010

A New Version Of Hide Drift Boat

This is my version of a Hyde (hide) Drift Boat. Made of 100% pure bear.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Fly Tying People: Lawrence Finney, Northern Ireland

Olive Dabbler

Another fine tyer from Northern Ireland. He was at Conclave with Gerry Teggart. Check out Finney's Flies at

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Fly Tying People: Gerry Teggart, Northern Ireland

Jerry Teggart, a fine tying, looks happy to be at the vice demonstrating at the FFF Conclave last summer. Here he is tying Irish dabblers. Gerry, who is from Belfast, is well-known around Ireland and in the North as an accomplished boatman on the Irish Loughs. He is currently working on his fly tying skills and is hoping to sit his fly dressing exams later this year for A.P G.A.I. (Ireland). I wonder what Henry Hoffman is tying in the background...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

UV Chewee Skin

I am always one to share info on products that I like. Well, I like UV Chewee Skin. It is a thin, easy to work with, highly elastic material with UV properties that make it highly reflective and visible. Wind it on an under- body for very cool nymphs, larvae or worms. It comes in an amazing 19 colors. One drawback is the price $4.95 a wack. Available at

Monday, October 11, 2010

Siman Turbo Spinning Block

I am all about making nice-looking flies with less effort and complication. To do this, one technique is to use the dubbing loop. I have been a fan of dubbing loops since I was first introduced to the method several years ago. It is a clever and durable way to dub a fly. It is nice to be able to make my own mixtures of colors and materials. I use a traditional twister with the tying thread right on the fly.

How about dubbing brushes? You see them pre-made and packaged in fly shops, but the price is too high.
Jan Siman from the Czech Republic offers a tool that is a wooden block with a spinning wheel so you can make your own brushes. You can make brushes with almost any dubbing material you might choose like fur, hair, marabou and CDC. Mix colors or textures to create your own blends. Add deer hair clippings, cut up rubber legs, flash, tinsel or whatever you want. Choose wire for the core of stiff brushes and tying thread for the soft ones. So easy a cave dweller can do it.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Janciuras Reels

A guy out of Rochester, New York is making exquisit reels for trout and salmon. Check out the spefifics at

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Valla’s New Book, The Classic Dry Fly Box

Mike Valla’s New Book The Classic Dry Fly Box (Whitefish Press, $29.95) will be released November 6 at The Arts of the Angler Show in Danbury, CT.

The Classic Fly Box is considered as the “companion guide” to his first book Tying Catskill Style-Dry Flies (Headwater/Stackpole Books). The new book includes 100 classic dry flies of the Catskill-Style.

Join Mike as he takes the reader on a tour of the history of the Catskill-style dry fly. From the Abbey to the Yellow Spinner, with 98 other stops in between. Mike explores the popular to the obscure, delving into the history of these marvelous flies, masterfully weaving quotes from Gordon, Cross, the Dettes, Bergman, and other legends with his own personal anecdotes about growing up in the Catskill tying tradition. Fully illustrated with gorgeous color photography and complete with dressing appendix.

Mike will be available at the Arts of the Angler Show, at the Ethan Allen Inn, Danbury CT, on Saturday, November 6, 2010 from noon to 5PM for signing.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Galeria Muchowa

Sebastian Ruszkiewicz, of Poland, wrote to me recently about his on-line fly gallery. It's quite nice. Check it out at

Monday, October 4, 2010

Woven Body Pheasant Tail Nymph

I've been messing at the tying bench with this new pattern. It has an abdomen of woven copper wire instead of the traditional wrapped pheasant tail fibers. Preliminary results show that the fish are liking this pattern.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Arts Of The Angler

Mark your calendar for the

Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum, 2010 Arts of the Angler

November 6 & 7, 2010 at the Danbury Ethan Allen Inn, Exit 4 on Route I-84, Danbury CT.