Thursday, March 10, 2016

Bass jigs

I have been doing some tying lately but it hasn't been flies. I have been working on some jigs for a friend. 

Here are some crayfish jigs using 3/8 ounce jigs painted black. Most of what I tied was using synthetic claws with multi colored chenille and rubber legs on top. 

I also created some samples for him to test. These I used two rattles in the body over wrapped with rabbit hide and claws are using rabbit strips. One jig I mixed in a little flash into the rabbit that has some UV qualities. This pattern I added some silicone legs hanging over the top for added movement. What's your comments, with or without the legs?

And one last sample I created is a baitfish style pattern. Using lots of natural materials that have an extreme amount of unique movement added with a little UV flash as well. 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

New Leaders

     I got the chance to get out on the stream today.  It was a gorgeous day on the water.  Didn't have a lot of successful catches but I got the chance to test out a new leader setup.  I received some samples from Moonlit Leaders.  I was casting some heavy double nymph rigs and had an absolute joy in casting them with this leader setup.

I recommend everyone take the time to check out this company and their quality leaders!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Caddis pupae patterns

Found this great material for nymph bodies. It's great material and super easy to use. Here are some Caddis imitations I have created. It also takes marker really well so you can customize as you wish. You can get it the materials here:

Friday, September 26, 2014

Schuylkill River trip

This past weekend I spent some time on the water with some great guys!  I floated the Schuylkill River on Jake Villwock's drift boat with Eric Snyder. These two guys are awesome to hang with!  Jake has unending knowledge and has so much experience with this river system that made the trip so enjoyable!  

If you ever need a guide and want an outstanding experience, make sure you book a trip with him. You will have an awesome time for sure!

I can't say enough about Eric either. He is a highly talented fisherman and a blast to hang with too!  

These two have tremendous tying talent too!  I got to use (and lost several) flies from Jake's box. They are definitely appealing to the eye and did an awesome job of taking fish!  Unfortunately I wasn't able to put any monsters in the boat but I had a blast catching those that I did. I also got a box of flies from Eric that I was extremely impressed with. I cannot wait to get out and fish with them!  They are so well tied!  

Both of these guys list their flies on, so you should drop by and check out their designs!

Eric and Jake, I hope we get to "do, do, do, do" this again real soon!  

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Deer Creek Resin

I have just recently been accepted as part of the Deer Creek Resin pro staff. So I thought I'd post some photos of the most recent flies I tied using this great, non-tacky resin!  Go get ya some!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

News and update

It had been a while since I last posted. There have been a lot of things going on lately. One of the most exciting recent news is that I have been accepted to the Deer Creek Pro Staff. I am so excited by this. Their products are outstanding. Make sure you check them out. 

Deer Creek Resin
I have also been busy with a lot of shop orders. Here is some of what I have been tying lately. 

These flies are some custom died hackle with a gray body and wood duck wings for a guy that will be fishing Big Pine Creek in Northern PA.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Warm water prep

Here are some flies that I make sure that are always available in my fly box for warm water fishing.  As you can see I started with some popper production. 
Then I started the job of painting them and then finished them off with a little fox for the tail and then wrapped some hackle.  You should always have some yellow, olive, chartruese and black when you are going for smallies.  I am trying red this year too.  Will have to see how they all work.  

Then I moved on to replentishing my clouser patterns.  They are always fun to tie.  I am trying a couple of the clousers with rabbit strips.  I am really anxious to see how they work.  I like to have at least the gray/white, chartruese/white, and fire tiger (green/yellow/orange) in my box.  I added a few extra colors with the white/red/white, and brown/orange.

Never leave home without a few crayfish patterns.
This year, I added a few Hammer Head Croakers.  These subsurface frog flies have produced well for me when chasing large mouths and catfish.  I want to see how the smallies react to them this year.