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

MY FALL MENU.......

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

IF YOU LOVE TO RIDE MOTORCYCLES AND FISH......
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.




















 GREY REEF  

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. 




Mr Shaw's Fish of the Year Canidate

Every year I try and make a few people happy by recognizing their catch as a fish of the year candidate. I am around a couple of fish during the year so there usually has to be more to the story than just the grip and grin, blah, blah, blah look at what I caught crap.

This years first fish of the year candidate is being held by my buddy Webb


This gorgeous rainbow was the last to hand on a very tough day of streamer fishing; we could see the truck. You see 16 year old Webb there is a streamer junkie, a committed one, and on this fabulous June day his dedication against the odds payed off. We bumped around Webbs father and brother while they played a few on bobber rigs from Chef Mazza's boat. Still the lad refused to break. Three hours in we had 1 fish to the boat. In the last 40 minutes he landed 7, like a man, a streamer man.

What makes this particular fish and story so special is the bug this trout assaulted. We pulled various combinations of streamers that day but Cha Ching bent the stick best. So Webb and I were slightly bummed out when some bastard rock or tree in the depths took our last one; Or so we thought. After digging around in the dark corners of my gear I came across a gift from my friend Mark Shaw......6 perfect size 6 Cha Chings. 

  
Well Mr Mark Shaw, thank you very much! Your fly caught that 21" toad for that young man.
By the way I need a few more.

PS Mark Shaw beat Brain Cancer and wasn't sure tying a fly was ever going to be an option.

12@5


"A Fly Fishing Guide is not a REAL Guide if he doesn't tie flies"
That is a direct quote from a rant this winter by a very veteran guide whom I respect very much.

 I cant completely agree with that statement as I know lots of great guides who do not tie much or at all. But with today's Fly Shop economics, pro guide person might end up REAL poor if he or she has to buy flies every morning. Bugs are getting very expensive, even on a guide discount, so I try and tie between 8 and 12 flies for each trip. Most of it happens at 5  in the morning, before the bustle gets up.



The worm hatch is finally starting to move downstream, opening the window around here for Mr and Mrs Caddis; my vise seems pleased to be sophisticated again. Here's a look at whats falling off the tool in the morning for trips. Most of them are used that day, almost all of them are knock offs or loose interpretations of someone else's original genius using what crap I had.


Darin pupa


Daren Puppa



Silvey's Caddis Pupa knock off, swiss straw wing buds instead of starling.



THE Eagle is about to go off. Get in touch for details on the next three weeks of double dry fly mania!!!

O.P.P

You down with O.P.P ?
Yeah you know me.......

Sometimes you just want to strip, twitch or tickle someone else's property, you know work it real hard and see what she can take. It takes a special bond for a dude to offer up his new baby for a test drive for the low low price of letting him know how she performed. After all its expensive keeping all that bling, beads and fur around, Naughty by Nature S#*t  you know.

You down with O.P.P?


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Feel me flow now?......doubt it.

Spent the day fishing Other Peoples Patterns. Now your down with O.P.P

Sat around the shop with the boys the other night in our first fly swap of the season, Mr Caddis being the theme. Thats "Full Swap" for those of you with your mind still in the gutter, for you fly tyers it means you get some of your boys best stash.



It was a blast running someone else's spin on things at the end of a working leader for the day.
Mad genius like Thompson, G, Fors and Fred Rodgers ends up looking nothing like the dribble I see in today's fly catalogs believe you me. So as I wait patiently for float season and enjoy my own personal ground hog day on the legendary waters of Camp Hale at least I am entertained by the O.P.P

More on the twisted mind of Mr Scott Thompson

Next week we are on to MILF's (moths I'd like to fish)