The Ice Berg Mend

There is a certain stretch of my favorite river that becomes un-fish able during the winter. High ridge lines, low sun and short days make this prime stretch hard, hard as ice. With the last of our extended fall weather quickly becoming a memory a few of the beards in my life and I decided to check things out. All day slush wasn't going to stop any of us after the effort it took to slip in there. It just took more split shot and an occasional mend around one of the many ice bergs in the drift. No big deal.

More winter footage

Good getting out one more time close to home. It's been great fishing with the video camera the last few weeks. The river has really given up some gold while the camera was running which is usually rare. The rest of the winter fishing and guiding is going to require a further drive as our night time temps become more seasonal.

 Fish continue to gorge on big and small midge in various colors but red, purple, gray and olive remain strong. Larger point flies like soft hackle hares ear, large caddis larva and stones are also working on these extended season fish.

Winter Fly Fishing Video

Little winter yum yum mix, enjoy the crappy music. Come fishing, booking 2015 now but this winter shit is not to be missed.

MIDGES, Tame-Trashy

Those first few snow storms and the drop in temperatures as usual have me poking around my boxes trying to figure out which hole to plug first. Since I am never months or even weeks ahead I tend to start with what I need now and that is the Midge. I really enjoy tying midges, they are small so I feel like I get a lot accomplished and despite their size there is really a lot of room for creativity once you get used to proportions.

I fish and guide mostly freestones and midges are the most abundant food during the winter months. Unlike Tailwaters where Midges can be the preferred morsel all season, freestone trout switch over to these tiny bugs out of necessity. I have found that when the cold temps first set in and the trout have begun to concentrate on midges I can get away with a larger and flashier pattern. Maybe its the fact there is less food a drift, maybe they are conditioned to try and beef up for winter or maybe they just got done spawning and need to re-charge. Either way making a pattern stand out this time of year doesn't hurt like it might in January.

Here's a video the weather forced out of me all about some options for your early season Midge junk.

Fly Tying fer real

One of the coolest ties I have laid eyes on. Next time I have a whole day to invest I may try and whip one up.
Loves me some Franken Fly

Think you run a bobber with this?

I also promised my most effective non bead guide fly of the year.

"Effing Lethal"

All season long, day in, day out, this is my go to filth. Not sure what they ate it for but I tied it in size 14-24 and fished it for BWO's, Sallies, PMD's and as a general attractor with great success. 

Fly Fishermen love BOOBS!

No seriously, I'm not just trying to mess with my SEO by using a buzz word like #boobs. It's no big stretch to say fly fishermen love boobs. I do and happen to live with an incredible pair that thank god are healthy.
We all have been touched in some way by breast cancer,

So here's the challenge to all the big, strong, manly, bearded, boat rowin, non sensitive fishing guides out there.....wear a pink hat this month.

Miss you Dee

Send me your best picture fishing this month with a pink hat on and win a dozen of my by best flies.

My boys aint scared

My Summer All Star Team

Fly Fishing is hard work and I would like to recognize parts of my club for their hard work and willingness to give themselves up for the greater good of the team.

Beadheads are a very big part of my game especially from a boat when fishing dry dropper and 5/64th tungsten has been my bead of choice for a long time. While black beads have long dominated my orders, 2014 has officially been the year of the Whitehead.

Don't be scared

They aint

Big time producer in #18-24, gray, olive & black

Knocked off just about everybody (Silvey) with some new fun stuff from Hareline. Check this wiggle dub out when you get a chance

Flies are getting more expensive everyday, so it pays to tie now more than ever. Being a mad scientist and taking some liberties with tradition and leaving the manual on the shelf can pay off, just think outside the box and be brave.

How many flies are you finding in your local shops with white beads?
What color do fish see the best? hint, hint

Sally? BWO? PMD? not sure it mattered 

Burned a lot of swiss straw wings this summer

Never to far from a purple sharpie

I messed around with this shit real hard this summer, some of you in the know, know, what I know now......Team Zit is here to stay.

Next week I'll roll out my non beadhead team and it's heavy on the softhackles again.

Fall Fun with Fly Rods

Can't believe August has been whittled away so quickly.
 Sam starts 1st grade Thursday


   TROUT RUN I....not your normal poker run.  SEPTEMBER 14th-18th

Join myself and 2 world class fishing guides/chefs, Anthony Mazza and Billy McMillan for a motorcycle ride to remember. With fly rods, and big trout and freaking ridiculous food.
We rumble away from Minturn Anglers Sunday the 14th for a 6 hour ride north through some gorgeous Colorado scenery before arriving at Savery Creek Lodge (one of my favs).
Everyone will have a day and a half to enjoy incredible fishing, food and the comfortable surroundings of your own private valley in the hills of Wyoming.

Day 3 will find us all back in the saddle for another great ride to another private lodge near Meeker Colorado for another day and  half of fun with fly rods and food.

Day 5, September 18th ride back to Minturn.

Price per angler $2995 all inclusive

This one is limited to 12 guests. I'm working on a "rider price" for the ladies that would love the ride but may not want to fish.

Rental price available.


I will be in the Alcova Wyoming area for one full week of guiding in October and November. If you have never been, you owe it to yourself, this place is loaded with fish. Fresh road kill meals with Rudy, tying dirty junk with Theo in small hotel rooms, dark bars filled with smoke and all the wind you can handle.....did I mention this place is loaded with fish?

 Check with me for availability, this is super affordable and someplace you will want to go again.

  NY MIGRATORY MADNESS: November 10th-14th and November 17th-21st

Heading back to my roots on the heels of last years exploratory trip. This one is selling fast and for good reason. Two days of NY combat style wade fishing for giant Brown Trout fresh from Lake Ontario. A upland game hunt and 2 days Float fishing the Salmon River for Steelhead round off this once in a lifetime experience right in my old back yard. Somebody might even meet my mother.....just sayin.

Each week is limited to 4 anglers

NY trip details

If any of this fun stuff gives you a grin get in touch with me.

Chef Mazza, or "T" as we know him has a great trip planned back to South America for one of the coolest fish on the planet, Dorado. Check out the details and tell him you heard about it here. This one is on my bucket list, especially when Anthony is in charge of food.