Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Man Caves, She Sheds & Mother Bunker's

My sister Katy is a talented writer who is curently dishing out articles weekly for Disney's Babble. This is a website dedicated to parenting and lifestyle. Her latest article, one that I am rather drawn to, is about man caves vs she sheds, or the alternative "mother bunker" as my sister explains. The man cave is something that has been around for a long time. I myself have my own corner of the house dedicated to the art of tying flies. It is my little escape where I attach fur, feather, thread, and/or synthetics to a hook in hopes that it will look enticing to fish. As men need their so called "man caves", women are now on to the trend and making there own "she sheds". I'll admit, when I saw the picture in her article of the so called "shed"(its more like a mini-house), I thought to myself, "man, I want one of those." Just not one with a pink door and flowers all over it. Mine would look like a miniature cabin with a rod-rack out front to hold my fly rods. Anyways, give the article a read. It will surely make you laugh.

FishEatFlies Man Cave

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Winner Winner

I have been on a long dry spell. What kind you may asking? A non-winning contest dry spell. Yes i'll admit, I am a contest junkie. I have been very lucky to win some great fly fishing and tying gear the past few years. Last week, AvidMax on Facebook held a fly tying contest in which they were looking for the most creative fly you have ever tied. It did not take me long to know which fly I needed to enter. I won 3rd place in the contest, which scored me the Tacky Dry Fly Box. This will be a great addition to my arsenal. I must give credit to fisheatflies for helping me with the pattern. We both tied roughly the same fly that evening, incorporating lots of synthetics and bucktail. I fished the pattern on a lake known for big tiger muskie, but never even saw one that day. Regardless, the pattern sits on top of my tying desk where hopefully someday it will pierce an esox predator.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Don't Hotspot Utah's Wild Places

It upsets me to see an article from a nation wide fly fishing magazine talking about one of Utah's best kept secrets. I'm grinding my teeth as I read about and see pictures of a particular lake that I have fished before. Orvis guru Phil Monahan goes on a cutthroat slam in Utah and travels to my neck of the woods seeking bright colorado cutts. Here is my message to you Phil: Dear Phil, please do not talk of secret fishing places in a national magazine for others to see. I understand that you were highlighting the new Utah cutthroat slam, and it's importance in conservation and awareness. However, as a local angler and someone who wants special places to remain that way, it was upsetting to see this area brought to light on a national scale. You wouldn't want others showing off your secret spots would you? Or are you just interested in making sure Orvis keeps you on as editor of OrvisNews by pushing great content? Regardless, know that you have upset many locals here in Utah, and you should think twice before talking of special wild places that are seemingly becoming more out in the open with social media. From: Your fellow Utah angler.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A Moment of Solace

This winter season has been particularly hard for me. A lot is going on in my life, and as briefly mentioned in my last post, I have not taken the time to do the things I love. Depression has taken hold of me like vines on an empty wall. The drive and passion for life has left me, and has been replaced with sadness. Deep down the desire to get back to what makes me happy and feel free is there, but the motivation and effort is not. With the upcoming holiday on the horizon, all negative emotions were put aside, and the effort was finally made for an escape into solitude.

The drive up the canyon was a memorable one. Low lying clouds swallowed up our surroundings and a light freezing rain was coming down. We are making our way up the mountain and come upon a beefed up FJ Cruiser on the side of the road with a police officer standing outside. It appeared the vehicle had crashed, made noticeable by the debris on the ground. No souped-up vehicle can completely overcome mother nature. After passing, I slowed my speed with a heightened sense of caution.

The amount of snow was amazing to see. So high in fact it nearly engulfed some of the road signs. Good news for trout. As we ventured further up the mountain, the feeling of freedom and happiness began to trickle inside of me (Despite my child being fussy in the backseat).  With no four wheel drive, we made our stop at a well groomed parking lot. The foggy scene with tiny ice crystals pegging my body made for a great location.  I hurried and strapped on the snow shoes and wandered up the steep mountain.

That's a lot of snow
All Emma wanted to do was eat snow.
The snow was deep and felt awesome to trudge through with ease. I carved my own untouched path through trees while trying to keep my breath. A nice meadow appeared and my tired legs called it quits, and there I sat in a moment of total peace while looking up into the white sky.

I snapped a few photos and then trekked further up the mountain. My hike was eventually interrupted by the honking of the horn. A signal to me that my toddler has had enough. Despite not ready to leave, I felt re-energized and happy, two things that have been vacant a majority of this winter. I need to get back, and soon.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

It's Time to Breathe

After reading and watching Fish Eat Flies newest post on a great fly fishing film, I began to browse the web in search of fly fishing films that I have never seen before. I stumbled upon a great one from RC Cone, which really spoke to me. I am at a time in my life where I really do need to breathe in some fresh mountain air, and re-evaluate what is going on. We all (well most) of us have the daily duties of work and so called "life", but is that really what we view as success? Currently in my life it seems all I am doing is working and letting life get in the way of what success means to me. Yes having money and a stable job is nice, but is that everything we seek in this life? I know for me it is certainly not. To me, success is finding balance. Watch the film and you'll get my drift.

Breathe: A people film about fly-fishing and work. *FULL MOVIE* from RC Cone on Vimeo.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

2017 Fly Tying Resolution

'Tis the season for new years resolutions, when people seek change in the hope for the better. I have many new years resolutions, but those do not need to be stated here. However, as for fly tying, my 2017 resolution is to simply expand from the patterns I always tie, and learn new flies and tying methods. For instance, lately I have been tying some comparadun dry flies. This is a tried and true method for tying dry flies, originating much before my time. I can tell you it has been a challenge to learn how to set the deer hair just right. But this is exactly what I am looking to do this new year. Challenge myself. Push myself to try more difficult patterns, and not just rely on the basic flies I always tie. Yes they catch fish, but tying the same thing over and over can get boring. Besides, I have a copious amount of material that needs to see the light of day. It seems a lot of my tying material just sits there and doesn't get a date with the hook. I hope to change that this upcoming year. I know that by challenging myself my tying will improve. Stay tuned for more patterns.

2017 Goals:

- Get better with deer hair (tie some deer hair bass bugs and streamers).
- Change up the standard material for a particular fly with a different material.
- Learn how to tie a wally wing
- Tie a dragonfly
- Develop/create my own flies.
- Tie older classic fly patterns.
- Develop a fly that will entice wipers
- Work on dry flies! Mainly parachute posts and wrapping hackle.
- When tying streamers,working on not putting loads of material on a hook.
- Finally, a few basics: Less thread wraps and crowding the eye. Fly proportions.

Here's to 2017, the year my fly tying will reach a new level.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Beetle Bug

Simple and hopefully deadly

For some reason, and I have yet to find out why, I have never fished a beetle fly before. Whenever I think of terrestrial insects, I think of grasshoppers and ants. The only terrestrial I have ever tied are grasshopper patterns. Maybe it's the aesthetics of a beautifully tied hopper pattern, or simply when fishing in summer the only terrestrial insect I see are hoppers. Rarely do I see beetles in the water. I know that it happens, maybe I just need to get on all fours and look for beetles crawling? Well, after seeing a few patterns recently on the inter-webs, I decided it was time to shift my terrestrial paradigm. The beetle will be a bug I will try more often this upcoming year. Besides, I hear they work great, and am excited to tie up some different patterns.

Recently, I tied my first beetle pattern. It's nothing special, but I am confident it will do the trick. I did not have black foam so I used brown. There are brown beetles right? For the legs I mixed two Fly Tyers Dungeon dubbings together. If you know his dubbing, you know that most of it contains rubber legs. The body on this fly is made up entirely of dubbing and foam, and I hope the micro legs will make for a great underwater profile. I also added some big outer rubber legs, to make sure that it sits upright in the water. Come summer, I'll be tossing beetle patterns along the bank of a high alpine lake, and watching fish come up and snatch em. Awesome.

Hook: Size 12 Dry Fly Hook
Foam: Brown
Body: Fly Tyers Dungeon Wee Folk & MS Bugger Dubbing (blended)
Legs: Black Rubber Legs
Hotspot: Fly Tyers Dungeon P.I.P Hot Yellow