Tuesday, December 20, 2011
The Holidaze are around the corner. If not for my kids these days would be pointless. If I could turn the other way I would. The fishing for me this fall has been lack luster to say the least and I hope to resolve this soon. The fly tying had at one point been very overwhelming and the point of burnout was very close. I relaxed a bit and just took on the "I'll fill what orders I can" attitude until I could get my batteries recharged. It didn't take long. Something clicked and I felt refreshed. Flies came out of the vise faster and new attempts came out as I had hoped. For a second time now I experienced a Tiers High. That feeling of pure reward and confidence that is so often sought in life. The energy peaked with the trio of Winters Hope. Everything came out as I had hoped. I made some slight judgement calls on numbers of wraps, lenghts, but that's what I like to do. Then came a sample of Scottish Highland Cattle from http://www.tiethefly.com/ and I experimented with dyeing this close polar bear substitute. Choclate brown was the color of choice and then came the prawn star. The outcome again was exceptional in my mind and I enjoyed positive feed back on both. Hopefully this extra push will get me through the Holidaze.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
For the last four years now, a buddy who I tie flies for comes up from Florida for some steelhead fishing with a friend and fellow guide Loren Williams (http://www.flyguysoutfitting.com/). I am usually lucky enough to tag along for a day or two. It's always an adventure and the ball busting is always entertaining no matter the weather. Loren is top notch in knowing where to locate steelhead, hooking them is up to you. Often easier said than done. Some of my best days steelheading have been with Gary and Loren. This year was entertaining, but the bite wasn't happening. The flow on the Salmon River was at 1500 cfs and should have been drawing fresh fish in. It just wasn't happening the way it should. I did hook into one slob of a steelie that tossed the hook after a brief battle and that summed up the days efforts. The next two days were all Garys, as I had work to attend to. The fishing didn't get any easier, but a few fish found Gary's hook point. Did I mention that Gary tie full dress Atlantic Salmon flies that are nothing less than stunning? I hope these annual friends continue through the years to come. Thanks for the good times.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
A few years back I had a buddy from work help me build some snow globes for my girls. I had tyed specific flies for each. Unfortunately over time, the one snow globe just didn't hold up. As my girls are getting older they appreciate snow globes even more. My oldest daughter wanted to know if I would fix hers. It's taken me a while to get to it, but it should make for a little extra Christmas suprise. I love stuff that glows-in-the-dark, and of course what kid doesn't like glow-in-the dark stuff too?!!!!!