Sunday, February 28, 2010
It's that time of the year for fly-fishing orginizations to hold their annual auctions for fundrasing. This year, I was approached by our local Cheyenne Mountain Trout Unlimited Chapter and the Colorado Trout Unlimited to donate some flies. I said I would donate a small box for each. Here is the box that will be going to the Colorado T.U. auction. Included are: Club Sandwiches, Hopper Juans, Tung. Hot Wired Prices, Tung. Glossy Back Baetis, Baetis Ice Emergers, Wired Juju Midges, and Floss Back Emergers. This should cover most hatches and may last all summer or maybe a trip or two depending on the user. If you are interested in purchasing a box like this, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
On Saturday, Larry Kingrey and Curtis Andrews will be discussing and demonstrating the tying of springtime patterns for the Arkansas River. Kingrey is a master designer of trout flies, often using a combination of synthetic materials and natural fibers. He is head guide and instructor for Royal Gorge Anglers in Canon City and a contract designer for the Idlywilde Fly Company, based in Portland, Oregon. He also operates Larry's Line, a commercial tying and material company. Some of his most-popular flies include the Better Foam Caddis and Ice series of flies.Andrews, also of Canon City, also is a contract designer for Idlywilde, and with Kingrey ties thousands of flies for the Royal Gorge shop every year. He designed the High Voltage PT nymph, among many others.The clinic will begin at 10 a.m. and continue at least until noon.
Larry's Striped Ape
Larry's Better Foam Caddis
Ghillies Fly Shop
Colorado Springs, CO
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I was finally able to get out last Friday. It had been a while since I last got out. With all the tying classes, demos and the weekly demos at the shop, there wasn't time to get out. I finally got the chance on Friday. Where to go? That is always the question I ask. I am fortunate enough to have a few tailwaters to choose from in the winter. This time I decided on the Deckers stretch of the South Platte River. I had wanted to go to Cheeseman Canyon, but going in alone, I thought, might not be the best idea, espically in the winter.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Here is a new hopper that I have been playing around with recently. I have borrowed from other patterns as well as from the Hopper Juan to have a pattern that has a more tapered look to it. It still needs some work and I will continue to tweek it until I like it or it may just end up in my "idea" pile. I will test them out this summer and see how they work. If they work, I'll need some name ideas.
Let me know what you think of this thing.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Carl Pennington's razor stimi.
My Graphic Caddis.
Deward Yocum's realistic stonefly. Awesome!
Rim Chung tying his RS2. Note the vise.
My Copper John's.
Charlie Craven's Juju Midge.
Dennis Collier's Damsel.
Casey Dunnigan's awesome fly.
Carl's Razor Stimi.
Extended body Parachute Adams.
Nancy Cloos working on a Graphic Caddis.
Bob Dye's box.
My caddis pupa.
Friday, February 12, 2010
I will be tying flies this Saturday at the 34th annual WDTU fly tying clinic. If you are a tier, you will want to make sure you stop by to check this out. You can sit down with some of the West's best tiers and learn a thing or two. Please stop by and say hi to me if you can.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Set your sights on the big one on Saturday when Landon Mayer will be at Ghillies with a presentation on "Seeing the Fight," which includes a detailed look at his newly published book, "Sight Fishing for Trout," complete with graphics, illustrations and video feeds. He also will be available for signing the book.
The program will run 10 a.m. to noon and will be free.
Monday, February 1, 2010
RS2 Sparkle Wing from Juan Ramirez on Vimeo.
RS2 Sparkle Wing tied during the favorite South Platte patterns class on 01/29/10. This pattern is a varation on the famous RS2. Tie some up and give them a try. They work great for baetis and I fish them year round.