Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Fly Fishing Show, 2010

Hi all.  My computer is still out, but I can post one last post before the loaner computer leaves back home. 

I will be tying at the Fly Fishing Show in Denver on January 8-10, 2010.  I'd like to invite everyone to stop by and say hi to me, so come and visit me.  Until next time.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Crashed computer

For Christmas, I received a crashed computer!  So for now I am down and out until I get it in someone's capable hands to see what they can do to fix it.  Enjoy some of the older post for now.
Stay tuned! 



Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tying the Gypsy Caddis

Chad Gauerke Tying Demo 12/19/09 from Juan Ramirez on Vimeo.
Chad spins up one of his Gypsy Caddis in this video from a tying demo at Ghillies Fly shop on 12/19/09. Chad uses a lot of European materials to make some of the buggiest flies out there. They are a real treat to look at as well.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Chad Gauerke: European Caddis Patterns; Czech Nymphs and Slovenia Sedges 12/19/09

Come and watch Chad tie some of his awesome creations. Chad has created some great patterns for this area and beyond.  Come and learn some new patterns to put in front of those picky South Platte fish.  It will be a good one.  More info on Chad:

Chad has dived into the Euro School of Tying creating and changing patterns developed in Eastern Europe for our waters here in North America. Chad uses a mix of both American and European materials in his flies and jumps at the chance to take our patterns and add a new twist to them using the materials from across the big pond. Come and see what Magic Shrimp Foil is used for and the stuff called Magic Body Quill, Siman's Peacoc-k Dubbing, Live body and some other materials from Eastern Europe.

Chad is a featured tyer in Rick Takahashi and Jerry Hubka's Modern Midge Book as well as a Tier for the Denver Fly Fishing Show, numerous fly tying demos at shops up and down the Front Range.

Chad also has a blog with more information and more great patterns. 
Check it out here:
He also has flies here:

Ghillies Fly Shop
Colorado Springs

C's Ascending Gypsy Caddis

Magic Quill Green RS3

The Slovenian Gypsy

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Working with Foam Tying Class 12/18/09

Foam flies are some of the easiest flies to tie. This class is designed to make it fun and easy to tie durable patterns. Learn to tie the Club Sandwich, Hopper Juan and Amy’s Ant. These patterns are fun to tie and even more fun to fish. The Club Sandwich is a bigger fly that passes as a hopper or stonefly, the Hopper Juan is a hot new hopper pattern that works well as an attractor and stonefly pattern. The Amy's Ant is a great general all around attractor that passes for a caddis, ant, stonefly or hopper. The class will cover types of foam, how to cut foam bodies and how to glue and make sandwiched foam bodies. This will be a fun class to take and make sure you bring your kids. They tie for free. Limited to 6 students so call Gary to sign up. Step by step flies projected on HDTV. Cost $25.00

Ghillies Fly Shop

Monday, December 14, 2009

The One Eyed Hopper Juan

Using a Unibobber for the parachute post, I have created a spinoff of the Hopper Juan. I'll have to give these a try this summer and see how they work.

Tying Soft Milking Eggs

Walt Mueller at Ghilles Fly Shop this past Saturday.  Soft eggs are definately one of the more popular options out there right now.  Teh South Platte fish love to eat eggs and these have always done well for me.  Take a look at the new beaded eggs that "The Otter" ties in this video.

Walt Mueller Tying Soft milking eggs. from Juan Ramirez on Vimeo.
The "Otter" tying some of his soft milking eggs at a fly tying demo on 12/12/09 at Ghillies Fly Shop. Walt is the inventor of the "soft milking eggs" for fly fishing.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Walt Mueller Fly Tying Demo

December 12th 10:00am-12:00pm
Ghillies Fly Shop
3314 Austin Bluffs Pkwy
Colorado Springs, CO

Come and visit and learn how to tie eggs the right way.  The master will show you how to tie his soft milking eggs that are fast and durable.  I have seen Walt tie these and this is a demo you can't miss.  We all know how South Platte fish love to eat eggs.  Free snacks and coffee.  Watch in HDTV.  More about Walt. 

Walt Mueller, Jr., aka "The Otter" (always in the water and usually catching fish), has been an avid fly tier and fisherman for over 50 years and resides along the Blue River in the Colorado Rockies. While also known for his many small nymph patterns, Walt has the distinction of developing and marketing the original "Soft Milking Egg" fly patterns to the industry.

"The Otter" initially developed these realistic and deadly milking egg patterns for the Great Lakes steelhead areas that he fishes, they have also proven to be exceptional flies for all the cold water fish species worldwide -- from South Africa, Japan, Europe, Russia, New Zealand, Alaska, Canada, and the entire USA. His Otter's egg patterns are recognized worldwide, and are "Second to None."
Check out his web site here:

Monday, December 7, 2009

Montana Fly Company Ice Emerger

This morning I received a nice e-mail from Adam Trina of Montana Fly Company letting me know that they have replaced the picture of the Ice Emeger that I bitc*&$ about on their website (  I can now sleep better as it is a true represention to the fly I submitted.  I appreciate that MFC stepped up and made changes needed to not only my fly, but other photos that needed to be a little better.  Thank you Adam & MFC.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Mark Tracy Fly Tying Demo 12/05/09

On Dec.5, Mark Tracy, a tier from Windsor, will conduct a session on "Old Materials, New Ideas." He has developed a number of new patterns and an indicator system that has people talking. He also contributed all the product photography to the recently published book, "Modern Midges."

Ghillies Fly Shop
3314 Austin Bluffs Pkwy

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Copper John Tying Class 12/04/09

The Copper John Class has been the most popular class that we offer.  It's no wonder since the best selling nymph is the Copper John and we all know that it just catches fish.   I will instruct you step by step how to tie it correctly;  heavy and durable. Watch in high defination TV.   Bring your own tools if you have them otherwise we will provide.  All materials will be also be provided. 

Friday Dec. 4th. 6:30-8:30 PM

Ghillies Fly Shop
Call to sign up. $25.00. Kids under 18 are free of charge.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The way it should be

I am from New Mexico and I love good food. There is a big difference between Mexican food and New Mexican food. In Colorado, we have lots of Mexican food. Not New Mexican food though. You would think that since New Mexico is between Colorado and Mexico, it would be a little more common but the search continues.

I was in New Mexico this weekend and was able to visit one of my favorite restaurants in Santa Fe. When I lived in Los Alamos, it was a common stop during the off season in Santa Fe, if there even is such a thing in Santa Fe. The place is Tomasita's and it is near the Santa Fe train depot. If you get a chance to ride the Railrunner to or from Albuquerque, do so and eat at Tomasita's. That is if you crave something good and a taste of New Mexico.

You could always wash it down with some Pecos River water later.

Super Combo for a growing boy.  Red chile, green chile, tamales, chile renello, enchiladia, taco and sopapillas with honey butter.  Dang, it doesn't get better than this!