Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sunday Morning Images form the Bench

Here are a few images from my bench this morning.  If you are like me, you like to sneak peaks at other people's benches and see what type of crap they have lying around.  I have some photos somewhere, with a bunch of "My Little Ponies", that my daughter left lying on my bench.  I took pictures to preserve that image and then promptly called her in to get them off!
So nothing too exciting, just trying to share my morning with you.  Oh, I also included a few images from last Tuesday night's Giving Back Tying Event.  I didn't get time to get up and take pictures during the event, but got just a few as it was over.

I tied a few Hare's Ear Soft Hackles

Tak's Caddis

Larry Kingrey

Taylor Edrington

Rick and Jerry

Biot Midge



Brown RS2

Glossy Back Baetis


Caddis Larva, #16

Yarn Bodied RS2

Carl's Golden Stone

Black Sparkle Wing RS2

Yarn RS2

Biot Midges

BH Red Poly Wing Emerger

The Magic Stuff

On the Desk 

Crap Everywhere!  

Friday, October 28, 2011

Tying the Sparkle Braid Prince.

Here is a little pattern I have been using recently.   While I think the original Prince Nymph is the still the King, this pattern works well as a variation.  You can change up the colors to make an attractor pattern or use a color like chartreuse to match the caddis larvas on your local stream.    Tie some up and let us know what you think.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Tying and Giving Back Fly Tying Event


Don't forget to get out on Tuesday night for the 1st Annual Tying & Giving Back Event.  This is an event you don't want to miss.  I will be tying along Pat Dorsey, Ken Iwamasa, Rick Takahashi, Jerry Huka and Charlie Craven  Please take the time for this benefit as these people mentioned above will take the time and money to attend.



Friday, October 14, 2011

Orvis Top Ten Flies for the Southern Rockies

I was wondering what ever happened to that little "Top Ten Flies" bit I did earlier this summer.  Yesterday I got the e-mail from Phil Monahan, the news editor for Orvis News.  It made it to the Orvis Fly Fishing Blog.  Take a look.  What other patterns would you add to this?

Monday, October 10, 2011

Waterworks/Lampson ULA Force 2 for sale

If you are interested in this reel, please shoot me an e-mail.  It's a 2010 model and is in excellent condition.  I have only used it a handful of times and it fits perfectly on a 4/5 rod.  
I am asking $200.00 plus shipping for the reel. 

ULA FORCE 23.25"1.15"2.60 oz4,5WF475 yds 20# *

I also have a St. Croix Legend Ultra fly rod for sale.  It's an older model, pre IPC.  It's a 8'6" 5WT, 4
PC rod in good shape.  Only fished less than 15 times.  Asking $80, plus shipping.

Shoot me an e-mail, 


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Arkansas River 10/01/11

After a way-too long hiatis from standing in a river, waving a stick, I was finally able to get out today.  Lately, I've been super busy at work and at home.  By the time Saturday rolls around, I am so tired, I just don't have the motivation to go fishing.  Am I the only one who feels this way?  I hope not.  Recently, my car has been acting up also.  It has been a great car over the last 10 years, but it is finally showing it's age. I picked it up form the shop yesterday and it ran great.  It ran great to the river today, but on the way back, it was still acting up a bit.  Anyone looking for a used car?  
As soon as I hit the water, it was on!  I broke off my first fish which ate a BHFB PT nymph and the re-tied with a shop van nymph.  I figured they would eat that pattern just as easily as a tungsten BHFB PT.  The shop van is easier and cheaper to tie.  I was right.  They ate it just fine.  It was about 50/50 with the Mercury RS2  I had on trailing the Shop Vac.    In about 45 minutes, I had landed or almost landed about 15 fish.  Not bad.  Throughout the day, that combo worked until the high sun pushed the fish down a bit.  Still they ate well.  Later in the day, I threw some dries.  Not much happening there.  Back to nymphs.  A caddis pupa and a Prince nymph moved a couple of fish, but since there were now a few clouds filtering the sun, I switched the Prince to a #20 Chocolate Foam Back Emerger as I figured those fish would switch immediately to BWO emergers.  Again, I was right in my assumption as the 2nd and 3rd and 4th cast produced fish.  About 12 fish later, I retired the Foam Back Emerger.  I was also ready to retire for the day.  A great day on the water with perfect water and perfect weather.  It was good.

BHFB PT Nymph moved a few fish this morning.  
This one ate a #20 Mercury RS2.  The hook came out in the net.  
Lunch Time!
2nd most popular pattern of the day.  #20 Chocolate Foam Back Emerger. 

Does it get any better than this?