Friday, May 22, 2015

Morris Anato May video

This little pattern is cool!  It passes for small baetis nymphs in the smaller sizes and covers the smaller stoneflies in  a bit larger sizes.  It's also a family simple pattern to tie,  If you can tie a PT nymph or Hare's Ear nymph, you will ne able to tie this pattern.  I fish it on a 2 nymph rig.  It's possible to fish two of these patterns to cover both stones and beats.  A lager size 12 or 14 in cream as your first fly and a smaller size 16-20 as your second fly to cover the mayflies.  Tied with a Tungsten bead, you can drop it off the back of a hopper or bigger dry fly to fish pocket water.  Let us know how it goes.  Enjoy!
P.S.-Turn down your volume a bit before playing!

Anato May from Juan Ramirez-Hopper Juan on Vimeo.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

How to Sharpen Razor Scissors

One day several years ago, I got home from work and sat down to tie some flies.  As I started, I picked up my rather new razor scissors and cut the thread.  Or at least I tried to cut it.  It merely folded over the blades.  WTF!? What happened to my scissors!  I yelled to my little girl who was about 5 years old then and asked her what she did to my scissors.  She said she din't use them, but told me that her mom did.  I asked her mom if she used them and she said she did.  She used them to cut out paper snowflakes.  I told her that they were ruined and wouldn't even cut butter.  I sat there for an hour trying to force them to cut thread but nothing.  They were shot.  As a last resort, I picked up a small file I had for hooks.  I ran the blade across the blades at an almost 90 degree angle.  I figured it was worth a try and when I cut with them, they felt like new!  I had saved them!  After that day, I have had to use that sharpener to touch up my blades from time to time.  The razor scissors are awesome, but one of the main complaints are that they don't stay sharp and become dull soon after using them. Using this method, I've been satisfied with the results.  Now, my blades are always sharp and my kids and wife know not to use them for arts and crafts.  The file I use is available at most stores and is only about $7.00.  It's a tool that will always be with me when I am tying.


How to Sharpen Razor Scissors from Juan Ramirez-Hopper Juan on Vimeo.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Caddis!

They are here on the Arkansas.  They have been around, but this week, I was there and they were too.  It was great.  Every fish in the river was up, eating and having a great time.  My clients were too.  They enjoyed throwing dries to splashing, greedy fish.  The wind was harsh at times when the caddis were out in full force, making the casting a bit difficult but skating the dry worked quite well.  If you are planing to hit this, make plans to be out within the next week or so as it will move upriver quickly.  Good flies were your basic Elk Hair Caddis as well as X-caddis in size 16 & 18.  Dropping a pupa would be wise as well.  My Royal Gorgeous was working very well.
 Check out the photos of the pupa.  Don't forget to include the BWOs as well as they are plenty and the fish are eating them in the mornings and afternoons.  Have fun and hit me up for additional info if you need.  Also check out Royal Gorge Anglers for more info.











I am trying really hard to get out!!!

Natural and artificial

Friday, April 10, 2015

Fly Fishing Rendezvous, Denver, CO


If you are around and want to do something "fishy" this weekend, stop by and say hi.  I'd love to chat about fishing and tying the South Platte and Arkansas Rivers. 
For more info, click here

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

BWO Time!!

After spending some time on the water the last few weeks, now is the time to get moving and make sure you have those patterns you rely on.  Right now, it's BWO time.  You have to make sure you have the lifecycle of this bug, from nymph to emerge to dun.  I've had a couple days with fish looking and feeding on duns on the Arkansas River.  They were also feeding well on nymphs and emergers too, so don't ignore that stage of the lifecycle.  I've attached a video of the CDC Sparkle Dun.  It's a go to pattern for me on top and it's an easy fly to tie.  I used a TMC 2488 hook on this video, but you can certainly use a standard TMC 100 or 101 hook.  Get out and have fun!
CDC Sparkle Dun from Juan Ramirez-Hopper Juan on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Action (Help) needed for New Mexico.

****NOTE:  I completely stole this from Chiwulff******
I felt there was no need to tell the same story in my own words.  I hope nobody minds.  This is important.

From the “say it ain’t so, Joe” file here’s some very critical access news out of New Mexico.
Kudos to the Utah Stream Access Coalition for getting this information out yesterday (from their email) –
On Friday, in the final minutes before the New Mexico legislative session adjourned, in an all-too-familiar fashion, stream access there was stripped from the public and handed over to private interests. Just like that, our concerns that another state could follow Utah’s lead on stream access went from possibility to reality. We are all in this together, and that’s why it’s important for you, as USAC members, to step up and take action.
The bill in New Mexico, SB 226, restricts access to rivers and streams that cross over private property, like HB 141 in Utah. It passed the House on a 32-31 vote, and is now sitting on New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez’s desk. She is expected to sign the bill into law by the end of the week. This is where we can help. Educate Governor Martinez on why she must VETO SB 226.
CALL THE GOVERNOR RIGHT NOW AND TELL HER TO (PLEASE) VETO SB 226. THEY ARE TALLYING VOTES IN THE OFFICE, AND YOUR 30-SECONDS MATTERS!
505-476-2200
I haven’t had time to research this fully (I’m lying in a recovery room at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston as I post this morning), though as the bill appears to lack definition of navigability (for one thing) it appears to be a set up further legal wrangling and the potential for progressive trouble as have been seen in Utah.
And legal precedent, however misguided, can strengthen the case for encroachment in other locations and states down the road.
There are always two sides to any argument but at first glance this looks like a genuine push-the-shitty-bill-through-on-the-last-day-of-the-session bad idea.
Make the call or fire an email to the guv today.
More to come.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Summer Time PMD Box

I was asked by a follower of this blog to post a photo of my recently updated summertime PMD fly box that was posted to my Facebook site with some information on what patterns I had in there and what I carry.  I haven't had a specific PMD box in the past, but after falling in love with fishing them and tying them, I had a few lying around.  I gathered them all up and started filling a box.  So here it is with names of flies for all of them.  All are size 18 & 20. Notice that there are a few Sparkle/Comparaduns in there.  All of these have a time and place. If you have any questions, please let me know.  Shoot me an e-mail.  Thanks for tuning in!  Come on summer and PMD hatches!  After the BWOS and Caddis hatches...of course!  

There is a BWO box also.  I still need to fill one row.  I couldn't leave it empty.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Snowpack update

It's been snowing a bit tin the hills and that translates to great skiing and snowboarding right now, but in a few months that water will be coming downhill during the annual runoff.  Things are looking good for Colorado and things are really looking up for Southwest Colorado which was struggling  a few weeks ago.  Here is the latest map and percentages of normal.

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!

HJ

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: http://www.flyfishingrendezvous.com
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

Representing