Monday, August 19, 2013

Custom Flies for Sale

I am by no means a professional fly tyer but I do have experience.  Been kicking around the idea of tying flies to sell as it has been suggested by a lot of people I know.  So I'm starting off small, if anyone wants some flies tied for them just shoot me an email at jsvinson (AT symbol) (stupid email stealing bots).   Just let me know what flies you want.  Can be as simple as telling a pattern, target species, etc.  Can tie anything from trout dries, nymphs, Smallmouth flies, LMB flies, musky/pike (please buy these, I enjoy tying them!), and bluegill flies. I don't do saltwater flies as this area is not my expertise.  I'll give you a fair price for the materials that go into it and it'll be a quality fly that will last.  Just email me for a quote and I'll see what I can come up with to fit your specific needs.



Sunday, August 18, 2013

Some Sunday Tying

I haven't had much of chance to fish for musky with all the rain blowing the rivers out constantly, but sure enjoying tying up these streamers.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

August Brookie Fix

I have not been able to get out much due to my masters and all the new house projects going on, so I decided to take a day off of work and hit a brookie stream.  It's been a very odd summer this year.  Usually I have to hang up brook trout fishing by mid July because of low water and temps, but can probably find brookie streams to fish this year all through summer if conditions continue.  SNP on the other hand is about done for the summer.  I give it about another 1 to 2 weeks and most of the brookie streams will be unable to fish without killing the trout.  Looks like either the south end of the park is missing a lot of the rain or the ground is soaking it up quick.  The stream I fished was very fishable, but still on the low side, and the trout are in summer mode.  They are just sitting on the bottom of deep pools sulking.  Lots of fish were caught, but mostly dinks and even then had to be worked for. 

I did run into something that I have never experienced in wild brook trout.  I ran into three pools that had a large number of pod of brookies just sitting in the bottom.  They were easily over 200 in one big pool with at least ten over 12 inches.  One was modestly 14 to 15 inches, was an absolute pig.  But they wouldn't hit a fly when I approached the pool and was out of sight and even when they saw me they just sat at the bottom and didn't care.  I threw everything and the kitchen sink at them and only managed a couple dinks.  I literally walked through the pod of trout and they scurried around me and then back into their positions. I have never seen wild trout act like this and don't know how that many trout can find food to survive summer in one pool.  Sure they do this to survive low waters and they lower their metabolism to stay alive during the summer.

On to da pics.

As soon as I hit Skyline Drive, there was rain and fog, luckily it didn't last and turned out to be a nice day.

Funny local sticker.

My first fish was a dace.

Some Caddis remains from a time I wish I could of been here on the water.

A nicer fish (still a dink) from the trip.  This guy was hiding in a 1 inch deep undercut on a rock in a glass still side pool.  Surprised he was hiding in there.

It was not just just get out on the water on a nice day and catch a couple dozen trout.  Now back to a routine of work and a 24 page paper on Australian economy......

Friday, August 9, 2013

DIY fly tying desk

I've been working on building a fly tying desk the past three days.  I've used my wife's desk the past year and she has complained about losing her writing desk to my fly tying stuff.  So I decided I would make a desk.  Went to Lowe's and bought some 2x4's, plywood, stain, and screws.  About $60 to $70 worth of materials which isn't too bad.

Cut 2x4s

Start cutting and aligning frame for table top and shelves.

Aligned lower shelve

Staining table top

More staining

Screw table top and upper shelve into frame.

Add legs.

Attach lower shelve.

Add legs to top shelve.

Finished product.
It was that hard to do and I'm happy with the final product.  Just have to add a peg board to the back to hand material from and then it's all done.  Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Hilton Head Island

A week at Hilton Head Island got turned into a weekend trip.  Couldn't get the time off so I just went for the weekend.  It blew the time I had to explore the marshes and sounds so I just chunked flies into the surf for a little bit during low tide.  Hooked something that peeled some line but came unbuttoned after a short fight.  Have no idea what it was.  Got into some speckled trout though so I was happy.  Here are the pictures.

Had a great time down there with what little time I had and will hopefully be back there soon to explore some more fly fishing opportunities.