Wednesday, February 25, 2015

PMD Dry Fly Box

This past weekend, I finally got around to gathering all my PMD dry flies in one box.  As some of you know, I have been on a PMD kick since last summer when I fished them a lot and enjoyed the hell out of it.  The plan is this summer to throw a lot of these.  I am now working on a BWO box also.  That's coming up very soon, so I better get it done.
Don't mind that gap in there.  I'll get it filled before I hit the water.  

Have a great day!


Monday, February 23, 2015

The Fly Fishing Rendezvous

Just a quick note for you guys to mark on your calendars.  On April 11th & 12th, The Fly Fishing Rendezvous will be in Lakewood, CO.  I will be there tying flies along a few if the best tiers in CO.  Take a look at the enlisted on the website:
There will be more info to follow.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

I am back!

I am back in business!  I got my computer repaired.  It only* cost me 1/3 of what it was originally quoted at.  It's good to have 2nd opinions.

I was at the West Denver TU Fly Tying event this past weekend.  It was a good time as usual, but I was a bit disappointed at the turnout.  It's been hard getting people to attend events when the weather has been late spring like and there are other things to do like mark off a few chores off the honey-do list.  I had a tying demo last week, or at least tried to do a demo last week in Denver.  It was 75 degrees.  Can you guess how many people showed up?

Hopefully I have more videos posted up as well as photo step by step along with more product reviews on this blog this year.  Stay tuned and thank you for sticking around!

Nancy Cloos-Nettell twisting up some bugs
Casey Dunnigan's Dunn Dunn
Dunn Duun

The Man


Friday, February 6, 2015

Fly Tying Demo at The Denver Flyshop

Join me tomorrow, 02/07,15 at The Denver Fly Shop for a fly tying demo.  I'll be there tying up some of my favorite small flies covering BWOs, PMDs and midges as well as some of my favorite foam flies such as Hollywood Hoppers, Amy's Ants, Chubby Chernobyls and Hopper Juans.  It will be a great time!!  I hope to see you there@ 9am.
The Denver Fly Shop
1699 S. Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80222

Monday, January 26, 2015

Oh Snap!

It's been a bit tough for me lately getting a blog post up.  I am still without my own computer to use, upload photos, edit and all that good stuff that goes into blogging.  I've had some other issues to deal with as well, such as taking care of my wife.  2 weeks ago, she was headed over to the neighbors house to pick up some free Broncos tickets to the AFC Divisional game.  Outside the house, she slipped on some ice and broke her wrist.  Last week she had surgery and things are getting better by the day.  We go in tomorrow to have the stitches out.
As for tying goes, I am still tying up parachutes and Sparkle/Compara duns.  Later down the road, I'll do a post about tying with hair and choosing hair for these patterns.  I have a lot of ideas in my noggin about future tying posts.  I have some tying to do for the area shops and some custom ties for locals and some flies that are going to get fished in New Zealand.   Stick with me....I'll be back to posting videos and other content after I get my computer fixed.  For now, enjoy a few patterns I tied this weekend and start day dreaming about throwing dries to rising fish in a warm summer breeze.  I've been doing that since November!
Natural colored quill-#16
#16 Tan X Caddis

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Denver Fly Fishing Show Time.

This is one of my favorite times of the year.  Fresh off a Christmas Vacation, the Fly Fishing Show brings together fly fishing's best tiers, authors, friends, vendors, and shoppers.  With so much to see, it's a great break from the winter time blues.  Once again, I will be sitting somewhere on tier's row twisting up some of my favorite bugs.  This year, I want to show you some great Compara Duns, Sparkle Duns and biot bodied parachutes, along with some other patterns to break it up a bit.  Let me know if you want to see something particular and I'll see if I can take the materials.  I hope to see you there!  

Thursday, January 1, 2015


Happy New Year!!!

This year, I hope to blog more, provide more fishing and tying info for you all and show more photos.

Problem computer is down and out, so getting off to a great start will be a bit hard to do until I get it fixed.  If anyone out there wants to offer up a few hundred $$$$s, to help out the Hopper Juan please shot me an e-mail!!  Just kidding.   No, but really......

Next week, I'll be in Denver for the Denver Fly Fishing Show sitting on tier's row, twisting up some different bugs.  I hope to see you there.

Happy New Year.

Hopper Juan

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Santa Claus is coming to town.....

Shitter's full!
Hopefully you were good and you will get all you wish.  Rods, reels, lines, waders, boots, flies, fly boxes, leaders, tippet spools, sushi rolls, Hopper Juans, Fishpond nippers, Simms packs and everything else you could think of.  Eat lots, enjoy your family and drive safe.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Almost Christmas

As I sit here writing this, I am in an area with some of the most trout infested rivers around.  The wind is howling out of the Northwest about 60 miles an hour and I didn't happen to bring any tying equipment with me for my trip.  The Animas is within an hour, the Dolores is within an hour and the San Juan is within an hour.  These are just the fishable waters in the winter.  I thought about heading out this morning but it was snowing hard.  I could go Christmas shopping, but the funding dried up around the 2nd present we bought.  To the West, the sky is clear, but the fast moving clouds hit the tall San Juan Mountains in the North and the clouds are dark and heavy.  Tomorrow is another day to try and get out on one of those rivers.  For now, I will leave you with a couple of pictures.  These are the only two on my desktop as I don't have a library on this computer.  I hope some of you are getting out and enjoying the weather!!
The Santa Hollywood Hopper

Friday, November 28, 2014

Who says it has to be Black Friday?

Black Friday, I mean Adam's Gray Friday.
I heard it was Black Friday, but I stayed in and tied a variety of patterns today, making it an Adams Gray Friday.

Hook:  TMC 100
Thread:  Gray 8/0
Tails:    Microfibbets
Body:  Natural Gray Goose Biot
Post:  Natural CDC
Hackle:  Whiting Dark Dun Neck Hackle
Thorax:  Adams Gray Superfine

Hook:  TMC 101
Thread:  Veevus 16/0 or MFC 8/0, Yellow or PMD color
Tails:  Mircofibbets
Body:  PMD Superfine 
Wing:  Natural Gray CDC tips

Monday, November 17, 2014

Tiemco 16/0 Thread

Sad news for those of you out there who have grown to love this thread.  It's being discontinued by Umpqua.  I only had a few spools of this thread and wanted more.  My plan was to buy a ton of it before it became a problem in the future.  I was just a bit late and now I have to move on.   How many times has that happened to you?  I'd try to go grab as much as you can that exists in shops near you.