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Back to the River!

Went back to the river on Saturday morning..  Hit the water before sunup, and did have some luck on Woolly Buggers!  Unfortunately, I was unable to get a good hookset on one, so you’ll just have to believe me…… As a side note, I got to try out my new Winston BIII SV 790 with a Rio Outbound WF IS6 line, and I must say, I’m impressed!  That rod is so light in your hands, with so much power, it’s actually unbelievable!!  For streamer fishing with big flies and sink tips, hands down, its the rod to have..  I will be working in the shop (The Patient Angler) on Saturday, so stop on by and say hi, might try out my luck up at Wickiup on Sunday so stay tuned…….

Sunrise - Upper Deschutes River

Sunrise – Deschutes River



Weekend Tying!

With no fishing this weekend, (not that there wasn’t any good fishing to do, just that I was too lazy to do it), I spent most of the weekend tying..  Started out with a pattern that I have submitted to Umpqua, they have requested additional samples..  I hope that’s a good sign!  Then I worked on a display piece for the Fin & Fire Fly Shop in Redmond, and finally ended tying another large Pony Pony streamer….


Huds Weedless Deceivers in the full color range!


Standard Deceiver patterns mounted on a piece of Redwood Burl!


A greenish yellow Polar Pony pattern, 3/0 Gamakatsu hook!



Tying Giant Streamers with Polar Pony

After seeing some of Steve Silverio’s patterns in person at IFTD I got the bug and decided to try my hand at it.  Basically Polar Pony is hair from the Icelandic Horse, very long and translucent, it acts and ties very similar to bucktail.  While I think my streamers can most certainly use some work, I do see the benefits to using Polar Pony over Bucktail for extremely large patterns..  So keep watching, I’m not done with this stuff yet!!


4 streamers tied with Polar Pony as the main ingredients.


Keep in mind these are tied on 6/0 Gamakatsu SL12S and are around 12″ long.



“Winning Friends and Influencing People”

IMG_2290[1]At least that’s what my Dad use to say..  Spent a week at IFTD and ICAST, had a great time “winning friends and influencing people” at least I hope.  IFTD was lots of fun, we hung out the the crew from the Trout Bum Diaries in the Costa booth, got to shake hands with Lefty Kreh and Mark Sosin, got Scott’s picture taken with Bill Dance, Jimmy Houston, and Roland Martin.  One of my highlights though was talking the Steve Silverio in the Partridge of Redditch booth.  Steve is a renowned fly tier of the most beautiful streamers I have ever seen.  We also got to see some of his Atlantic Salmon flies, and I must say, Steve is one HELL of a fly tier, hopefully someday I’ll get a chance to hang out and tie some flies with him!  On top of all of that, I gave some of my patterns to Umpqua to take a look at, and so far, I think they like them!  The patterns have to go in front of a board, and would likely not be available until 2015 or 2016 but it would be a dream come true to be a pro tier for Umpqua!!  I’ll keep my fingers crossed….

With this being the first year IFTD is co-located with ICAST it gave us the opportunity to check out the rest of the fishing world, WOW, and I don’t think that can even describe it..  ICAST is huge, with tons of stuff to look at.  I had a great time meeting the folks from Columbia Sports Wear, Maxima Fishing Line, Owner Hooks, as well as many others..  I’m looking forward to forging some great new business relationships..

Now it’s back to the grind, and it looks to be a hot summer, check back for some upcoming posts for flies and fishing!




The EP American Shad

Here is a great one for small mouth fishing the Columbia River!!