Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Meet the Sultan!

So you know about the copper john, and you most likely have used or seen a prince nymph.  Well le me introduce you to the Sultan.  The Sultan is a cross bred of the Copper John , the prince nymph and some elements Mercer Nymph and what became the Sultan.  Now won't that sound interesting when out fishing with your buddies or guiding some clients and one asks what are you using.  This here is the Sultan! 

The Sultan flew in from the middle east on its ancient flying carpet. Really! it did, I don't know how else to explain it.  I was going through my boxes recently and realized I only had a couple copper johns floating around in the boxes and decided I need to restock them for an upcoming trip, but I wanted something a bit more fishier.  Yeah, you are thinking, make the copper john fishier... well, I had the same thoughts and it took me a few thoughts and ideas until I came up with, the Sultan.  Not to take away from the original copper johns that were floating around in my box, I  twisted, dubbed and spun up, these and they look to
be fishier then the originals.  Not really, but a combination of the three flies have this one screaming for fish.

Here they are in several colors.  The fly is pretty simple tie.  Here I tied them on Knapek, Skalka and TMC hooks.  The Knapek and Skalka are on Pupa size 14 and 14 hooks. TMC 5262 size 16.
Tails - Goose Biots
Body- 2 small Ultra Wires
Thorax- Blend of Squirrel, Hare, Cdc and synthetic dubbing
Bubble- UV and SLF Prism Dubbing
Prince Style wings Goose Biots.
Head- Tungsten Bead
Thread- Veevus, MFC, Bennechi or UTC.


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

One Year Vacation

Howdy Folks of the great cyber world. 

It has been almost one year since my last post and just want to apologize for the lack of commitment of keeping this up to date and posting new goodies, patterns, trips and anything else juicy from my Life on the Fly. 

Instead of recapping the past year of my disappearance I will instead start fresh of things to look forward in the coming months.  I have been making trips into the dungeon regularly for the past few weeks spinning up a few patterns to replenish my fly boxes.   I have tied Juju's, mysis, midges, tungsten torpedo's and a few other various patterns.  But before I jump right back into blogging world, I want to know if folks are still interested in seeing new and old patterns, materials of late, anything else that comes to light. 

So the real question is does anyone still take the time to read this.  If so I will march forward and put up some new content, if not, well we just see what happens.   So if any one is still really interested in this little blog, please sound off. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

A bunch of New products

Howdy all,

I just wanted to update you with a couple new products hitting the shelves (or monitor screens) over at Performanceflies.com .

The first one is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.  It is the Tungsten Thread!  Yes you read that correctly. Tungsten Thread.  It adds the twice the weight but not the bulk of lead or leadfree wire.  Great for tying midge bodies with lots of weight to sink pretty fast.  Also great for those underbody weight.  Comes in two sizes right now, Fine and extra fine. Also makes great ribs!  Have a pair of beat up scissors on hand to cut this stuff though, because it will dull those Dr. Slicks pretty quickly.  

Next up is a new product from Hends, Patinal Tinsel which is a matte tinsel, not as flashy as the mylar tinsels we are used to getting here in the States.  It makes great body ribs and midge bodies.  Kevin says it very narrow, 1/69" but tough, with some stretch with no need to coat it with lacquer or head cement or Sally's! Comes in a whole bunch of colors so pick some up today. Great for fishing low, clear water conditions for tough to catch trout. Some sample pics below.   

Kevin is also adding products as I type this.  Look for some new Polish Quills, some new Jack Poly dry fly dubbing, Hooks, ect...   More to come later.  Cheers.  

Monday, October 22, 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012

A few flies for fall.

Here are a few flies that I had recently tied for this fall and winter.  Showcasing both Partridge and Dohiku Hooks.  Tungsten, Coq De Leon, UV, Squirrel, Hare, Benecchi and Sulky!  Fish appetizers! 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Deal of the Day

Check out Performance Flies Deal of the Day.

A while ago I posted about Performance Fly Wire.  Kevin has it on sale so get it while it last.

Tight wraps.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Hijacked and more

Wow,  It has been a while since I have last posted. Boy how time flies, when you are having fun, recovering, learning something new, working hard, enjoying life and keeping busy.

Well lets recap the year to date.  The year started off a bang for me, busy tying at shows, orders, and creating a few new patterns.  Only got out to fish a handful times early in the spring.  Had a minor longboarding accident that kept me away from the rivers, as did my son's lacrosse practices, games and just a busy spring doing many other things other then fishing or tying.

After recovering from my little longboarding accident I suffered and son's lax season came to an end, I found some fishing time. Spent a longweekend fishing the yampa, fished the dream, fished the colorado, and fished a few other places I have since forgotten, but in all was a great time.

 In the mean time my blog was hijacked and I lost control of it for while. I didn't have the time to spend trying to recover and work things out all summer and just kind of let it go.  As I also did with fishing and tying.  I took the month of July off from work and spent it camping and on the beach. Gave my hand at some salt water fishing.  I also picked up the banjo and began lesson learning how to play the banjo.  I am slowly learning my way around the banjo, it is coming along so hopefully in due time I will get it together.

Back to fishing, after returning in August.  I made it out and fished a few places, Cheesman, Gore Canyon, San Miguel, Deckers, and floated the Colorado Pumphouse to Statebridge.  I also fished the Williams Fork and had a great time right up until I broke my rod, no biggie there, Ill send it back to be fixed.

Worked with Google and got control of the blog back, and now the crisp is in the air they are calling for Snow this weekend here in Denver, which has me excited to think the change of the season is coming and my favorite time of year is coming up.  Yup winter, because the fishing is still great, no crowds, and technical fishing at its best.  Always up for the Challenge.  Have a few demos set up this year.  Ill post the dates and places here in the next few weeks.

I am about to get ready and start twisting up some patterns again, Got some new materials, hooks, and ideas, but Ill have to knock the rust off.    Other then that, hope everyone had a great summer.  Looking forward to tying and more fishing moving forward.  It was good to take a nice long break and do some other things.