Saturday, September 26, 2009

Rusty Quill Body Parachute and a SLF Rainbow

Parachute Red Quill (#14 in picture)

Hook: TMC 14-20
Thread: UTC 70, Rusty Brown
Tail: Brown Spade Hackles
Body: Quill Body
Post: Turkey Flats, White
Thorax: Rusty Superfine Dubbing
Hackle: Whiting 100s, brown or Whiting neck hackle

SLF Rainbow

Hook: TMC 5263 #10
Thread: UTC 70 White
Underbody: Red Holographic Tinsel
Gills: Orange Poly on each side
Body: White SLF Hanks and Midge Krystal Flash
Olive SLF Hanks and Peacock Krystal Flash
Eyes: Hareline Adhisve Holographic eyes 1/8" Silver coated with Flexament.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Montana Fly Co. to carry the Ice Emerger

So imagine my surprise, when at the FFR last week, opening up the Montana Fly Company catalog and scanning over the new flies for 2010 and seeing the Ice Emerger! What the spank!!
I wish I would have known about this. Well, I guess that's not a totally bad thing, I just wish I would have been given some notice about it. My first reaction was, "they picked it up". "What about the Hopper?" The Hopper Juan was not in there and was not picked for production. Kinda like the overwhelming gold metal favorite sports star that never makes it past the Olympic trials. I thought for sure it would have a chance. My second thought was, "what a sh@&$ picture of the fly. Now honestly, it does look horrible and I wouldn't want to order this fly if I were a shop owner looking to order some new flies for the upcoming year based on this photo in the catalog and web site.

The finished product looked better and I was pleased with what was on display at the show. I made a few comments about this and that and we shall see if they make those adjustments. The variation that I sent in was the Ice Emerger Baetis-with a chocolate body and Callibaetis Ice Dub wing as opposed to the thread body shown above. So look for it in your local shop and make sure you try some out next spring on the BWOs.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


I know that I have been slacking a bit and I hope to have some new stuff up soon. I will be at the 2009 Retailers Show in Denver this weekend and hope to have some new info for you guys out there to report. Until then, you will have to take a look at these photos of a trip to 11-mile Canyon with my friend John Gordon. We fished a heavy trico hatch and had a blast. Once we figured it out, it was good. Actually, I don't know if we did figure it out, but we did catch fish and had fun so that counts right?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The rod I want

I have finally found the rod that I have been looking for. I have been searching for an 8' 4wt. dry fly rod. I turned down the opportunity to buy a Scott G 8' 4wt a few yeas ago and now regret doing so. I have been searching for that model with no luck. I stumbled upon this site and my dream rod was right there. A Scott G2 8' 4wt. There is only one problem. It is made in Colorado, but only sold in Japan, part of Scott's exclusive partnership with Japanese dealers. I contacted my Scott rep and asked if one could be obtained, but no, they are not available in the US. The cost for these are 94,500 yen and that is roughly a little over 1,000 US dollars. A bit high for my tastes. So the search continues.