Friday, December 30, 2011

Topher Browne To Speak At United Fly Tyers

The United Fly Tyers will be offering a multi-media presentation by Mr. Topher Browne, atlantic salmon fly tyer and author of the new, highly acclaimed book, Atlantic Salmon Magic, at their meeting at 7 pm on January 5th, 2012, in the Student Union of the Middlesex Community College just off of Rt. 128 and Rt. 3 in Bedford, MA.   The public is invited and this should be a very entertaining evening for all.    

Topher will be demonstrating the tying of his special tube flies for Atlantic salmon prior to his audio-visual presentation.  He will also personally autograph copies of his book and have them available for sale.  As usual, the United Fly Tyers will offer free fly tying lessons to anyone interested in learning the art as well.

Mr. Browne was formerly an Atlantic salmon fishing guide for a number of summers Quebec's Gaspe peninsula and is a spey casting instructor and author of a book on spey casting as well.

Directions and a map to the meeting location are posted on the United Fly Tyers internet web site at .

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Rhode Island Bans Felt Soles

Effective January 1, 2012 Rhode Island has banned the use of felt soles in both fresh and salt water. The ban has been implemented administratively as part of the 2012 fishing regulations. It seems that this ban was developed without public notice.

The new rule states, "It is prohibited that any person use foot gear with external felt soles in any state waters, inclusive of freshwater, tidal or marine. This shall include any waters shared by adjacent states in which Rhode Island Fishing Regulations apply." The rule is found in the 2012/2013 Rhode Island Fishing Regulations . It is regulation 1.17.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Cliff Fly Boxes

Shouting out to Matt at Cliff Outdoors. Howdy!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Tach-It Fly & Hook Holder

This is a very helpful item. Use it to keep hooks and flies organized and up and off the flat surfaces of my tying desk. No more digging through heaps of materials to find the hooks that I am using. Also have one for travel to stop hooks and flies from disappearing into hotel room carpet.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Creepy Nymph

Just messing with some ideas.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Creepy Anglers

You never know who you'll find fishing. These snaps crack me up.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Crabby Amy

A green crab pattern. Named after my beloved. Am I in trouble yet?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

More Realistic Nymphs: The Eyes Have It

Adding eyes and some other subtle touches makes for more productive nymphs. Predator trout key in on the eyes of their prey.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Something For The Fall Brookies

Been messing with this pattern to entice some fall trout with streamers. So far it's going well. Like the sparser hackle for better activity in the water.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Nice Vise

Saw this recently and I must say, "That's a nice set of wheels."

Saturday, November 19, 2011


Matching Major Eastern Hatches: New Patterns for Selective Trout (Headwater Books, 2011) by Henry Ramsay is a must read for anglers and tyers who ply their craft on Eastern waters.  In this treasure you will find loads and loads of highly useful patterns.  Tying instructions are clear and well-illustrated with superb photographs. There are awesome, detailed and very captivating pictures of the naturals as well. I had some time at the recent Arts of The Angler in Danbury, CT to chat with Henry and let me tell you he is the real deal with great knowledge. His clear thinking is reflected in his writing. And he's a good guy to boot. Check out his website: Read more and get Henry's book at

Friday, November 18, 2011

Kids On The Fly Closes Up Shop

Just heard that Kids On The Fly will cease operations after 6 years due to a lack of adult volunteers. Adults dropped the ball on that one.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Gammarus Success

Just got word from a loyal customer: The Gammarus flies with the tungsten weight are bringing fish to the net.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Federation of Fly Fishers At The Symposium

The Northeast Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers will be at the Symposium this coming weekend. We will have our annual fly plate raffle and a special raffle to a Greys 10' Streamflex rod, reel, line, fly box and flies tyed by yours truly. It is a perfect Czech nymphing outfit. Just add water and fish. Tickets for the rod raffle are 2/$10 and 5/$20.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

International Fly Tying Symposium 2012

It's that time of year again. Hope to see you there.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Arts Of The Angler Show

Next weekend at the Ethan Allen Inn, Exit 4 off I84 in Danbury, CT. A bunch of fly-tyers, rod-makers and purveyors of fine fishing collectibles. Come by and check it out. Sponsored by the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Federation of Fly Fishers Conclave 2012

Federation of Fly Fishers National Fly Fishing Fair & Conclave will be in Spokane, Washington, July 10-14, 2012 at the Spokane Convention Center. The Red Lion Inn In The Park is the host hotel. Mark your calendar & start making plans.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Just Married

Whoa! Just got married!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Bubble Pad Nymph

The trout are just chowing on these lately.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

Vintage Coffee Ad

This makes me think of the movie Deliverance. Do you hear banjo music?

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Vintage Cigarette & Coffee Ad

Every one knows that smokes and coffee are two basic ingredients to a successful day on the river.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Custom Tyed Flies

Just a little plug for my on line fly shop. You need flies? I tye 'em for you. This is not a pick and pack shop with a huge inventory of flies from overseas. I tye when you order, using your specifications. For example, if you want specialty got 'em...Mustad, Gamakatsu, Knapek, Grip, Tiemco, Hanek, Dohiku, etc.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Shout Out To Cliff

A big shout out to Matt at Cliff Outdoors. Nice boxes! Try 'em out.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Gammarus #2

Essentially the same fly as yesterday, but marked with orange sharpie instead of yesterday's olive.

Saturday, October 1, 2011


This is a size 18 gammarus using ribbed tungsten bodies. Deadly buggy and heavy enough to get down to the action.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

International Fly Tying Symposium 2011

The International Fly Tying Symposium

November 19 - 20, 2011
Doubletree Hotel
Somerset, NJ

This year's theme is "How Swede It Is." In addition to
the Swedes there will be tyers from Holland, Belgium,
Norway, England, Spain, Germany, Finland and, 
of course, Canada and the United States. Everyone
will be demonstrating the latest techniques and the use
of new materials.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Not Creepy Angler!

A bit of small stream nymphing.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Creepy Angler

I know that I have posted this photo before, but hey, go with it. This handsome devil really cracks me up.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Black Low-Riding Caddis

Same recipe as last post.
The extra weight of the Vinyl Rib body makes it sit lower in the film.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Low-Riding Caddis

Hook: #16 3XL Curved Nymph
Thread: Uni 8/0 Tan
Butt: Red Mylar
Body: Tan Tying Thread Over-Wrapped with Clear Vinyl Rib (Midge- Size)
Underwing: Tan Ice Dub (or Similar)
Wing: Bleached Elk Hock
Hackle: Grizzly

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Skinny Santa Fishing

Who is this bozo showing off a fish?

Friday, September 16, 2011

Awesome Crayfish

Wow, that is one awesome crayfish. Don't know who tyed it, but I know I'll be making these when the snow flies. It was up for auction at the federation of Flyfishers' Annual Fly Fishing Fair & Conclave a few weeks ago.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Check This Out...A Riot

Go to and click on the commercial. Some friends sent me this link and I totally cracked up.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Fishing Small Creeks

Enjoyed a lot of dry fly action. Small dries and no foam flies. Wonder of all wonders in Montana.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Fishing Last Week

Just got back last week from fishing adventures in Montana. At an undisclosed location near Bozeman.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Fly Fishing World Championships, Italy, 2011 Results


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Need To Write More

OK, so I have been neglecting the blog. Sorry, but I have had to do some fishing, playing and golfing. Well, now that the feel of fall is in the air, I will be all over my tying desk like white on rice. Or maybe like flies on s#!*. You know what I mean.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Arrived In Montana In Spite Of Hurricane Irene

Finally made it to the FFF Fly Fishing Fair & Conclave in West Yellowstone, Montana. Whew.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Still Trying To Get To Montana

Not again! Re-re-booked to fly out on Tuesday night now. I am starting not to like this game. I want to fish and go to the Federation of Fly Fishers Conclave.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Trying To Go To Montana

Was supposed to fly to Montana on Sunday. Looks like Irene is messing with my plans. Got re-booked for Monday AM. I can live with that.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Best Of Luck To Team USA

Fly Fishing Team USA heads to Italy for the FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championships. Best fishes to all!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Fishing In Labrador

Hi Jan. Looks like the fish up in Labrador are tiring you out. Looks cold up there.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Nice Profile

I am a sucker for a pretty face.