Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Maiden Voyage

Another blank from the previous post........... Well, as the calendar suggests, spring has arrived! And finally it seems my daily life and schedules are up and running. And I believe some fishing can be mixed up from now on!

I'd like to announce one more big change for this year and many more to come.
From this season, I'll be with a brandnew drift boat, masterly built by RO Drift Boats in Bozeman. Project had been set from the last fall and built in early February. So both human and boat were waiting for "home".
Along the Yellowstone River access.
It's a 2017 Guide Model. Hull remains the same as the previous model but there are some major improvements.
As I loaded up my necessity gears, I did a quick job on the floor. This rubber mat is fatigue reducing and will accommodate any type of boot soles. 
Then Renee and I hit the road for fishing in a very while!
Our destination was Bighorn River, which has been running very high for this time of year, as huge spring water is anticipated.
She got the first bite for her and boat!!
While I was getting a feel of new boat, she kept catching!
We stopped and I was able to enjoy some!
She remained in the boat and kept fishing........then she got another bite which seemed larger than the others!!

So the Maiden Voyage was great and enjoyable.
What a boat!!!!! It's quite advancing from the previous model. I can go on and on just about that - perhaps in the near future post.
Also it's been exactly a year since I first took Renee to the Bighorn. Renee advanced quite a lot. She didn't even get tangled in spite of our blank and the indicator rig😉
We try to get out as much as we can!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February (and Perhaps Winter too?) Wrap Up

Sorry for long periods between posts through this winter.........
Am I fishing? Where are salmon flies?.................
I've been busy........ Well, here's how & why.........
In other words, it's settled!!!

There will be more new things to announce as spring nears.
And we will soon get out to fish!!

We've got good snow-packs this winter!!!
If you Google and click any snow-pack information, snow/water equivalent is way over 100% for Yellowstone Drainage!!
This reminds me of winter of '13-'14 and consequently constant flows and fishing through summer of '14. Spring and fall were great as well. There are still many more factors to consider - spring warmth, rains in May and June, and so on. But we can have high hopes!!

So I just posted one of must-have patterns for upcoming summer!!

Tie up some and start planning your summer trips Yellowstone Country!!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Winter Tying Demonstration

Weather is still alternation of warm and cold, brisk & snow. However it seems slightly warming up. Let us see how it rolls.

On the last Saturday 4th, I was offered an afternoon tying demonstration spot at Montana Troutfitters. Due to my experience through East Idaho Fly Tying Expo, which I'm committed to go to, certainly this is not the first time to do this. I've done a Tying Theater, that lasts an hour, for two consecutive years. I just wondered how a 3-hour theater was going to be....

Getting ready.
We had quite a number of good crowds through 3 hours.

I went through about a dozen of my spring creek patterns, some of which had variations, finishing with 5 different wing styles of No Hackle Gnat.
Over all it was good!! I was able to manage a couple of technical patterns!!
I don't think it's too early to mention: see you in Idaho Falls in April!!

Monday, January 23, 2017

YNP River & Snow Check

This winter has been a real Montana winter that we know of. First half of January had been cold, last week was slightly easier, reaching 40F. Then the cold spell is on the way as of this typing. 

We drove to Yellowstone National Park for the first time since The Last Day of Fishing
Though nowadays we can check snowpack/precipitations online, we wanted to see and feel ourselves. We "walked" - no snowshoes or XC skiing...........Quite an exercise😆
First we walked from Roosevelt Lodge to Tower Falls, along Yellowstone River. 
Moose!!??? oh, deer.......

Calcite Spring Overlook - We thought of Yellowstone Cutthroat swimming and getting cozy around the spring............ Hope to see them soon.........
Next, we did something wild on a truly unmarked and not a known trail for winter months - actually our fishing trail during the season........ Some of you readers must have fished here on your own or with me......... One of the loveliest streams and one of the most enjoyable spots in the Park.
We wanted to take a look at the spot.......... Initial third or so was truly a challenge........we could have been buried......... However once we got through the section, we really appreciated these buffaloes stomping on snow, much easier for us to walk!!
Reminiscing the past season and hoping to make more memories in the upcoming season.........

We made sure there have been good amounts of snow in our headwater region = YNP. 
Though there will be some more factors to consider = how spring rolls =, we can definitely have high hopes for good water year!!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Salmon Fly

Happy New Year!! 
-------- Sorry for being late and absent.............. I've been busy, sometimes distracted, with many things...... Hope all of you have had a good start of new year. Gone any fishing?  - in that regard around here, nothing to miss around here.............COLD!! and lots of SNOW!! Though not much fishing is going on now around here, we strongly welcome the Return of Big Old Winter and are already anxious for good summer flows in area rivers!!! It's strongly advised to start thinking about your fishing trips to Montana and Yellowstone National Park for Greater 2017!!

Before I go on, I'd like to introduce that my good friend & neighbor launched a website;
I know he goes to China every winter, then inspects and selects only top quality Tonkin Bamboos for Cane Rod Building. Every rod builder and enthusiast should check his website!!

As I announced in the newsletter, I've been working on salmon flies, off and on, since last September (usually a few in October then full-time from November). Though I've been posting so often at Facebook, I don't think I've done here. So this post will be the comprehensive coverage!!

Following 5 flies were dressed for exhibition (and consignment) for Livingston Center for Art & Culture. Each was framed in a single shadowbox.

Dusty Miller (George Kelson): This is an unusual style as "toppings inside out" on each side.

Green Highlander: I have special feelings for this pattern. This was the first pattern I worked on with my teacher. How many did I practice............... I must have come far..............

Evening Star (Major Traherne): None of Major's patterns come easy........ This is one of whole-feather patterns.

Following two are, in my opinion, very unique among Major Traherne's patterns as these are ONLY 2 patterns with married wings.  Furthermore, styles and proportions are practically the same.

Fra Diavolo: Amherst pheasant tails show quite accents!
Traherne's Wonder: Above said, actually some say this is not exactly a Major's pattern............ Anyways, this is my most favorite one. I'm happy with wing color schemes, then how Roof came out with Summer Duck (Barred Woof Duck) strips............
And they were all framed like this!! I received great reviews from Center and audience.

My own projects, that I assigned to myself, are going on as well.

This is actually the second time that I worked on Dr. T.E. Pryce-Tannatt Plates 3 & 4 in his "How to Dress Salmon Flies" (oh, how green I was back then😳). I'm very satisfied with how each fly came up and my presentations & framing in the groups.

Plate 3: These were dressed on Partridge of Redditch CS 10/3, 3/0, 2/0, 1/0, respectively.

Sir Richard: I decided to finish in this style though I do have each feathers, used in wings, with longer barbs that reach the tail.
 Benchill: I like it!
 Childers: I like this one too!

Plate 4:
Helmsdale Doctor; dressed on Harrison-Bartleet Dee 3/0 - it's a very long hook! This is another favorite of mine!!
 Gordon: dressed on Harrison-Bartleet 4/0, very colorful!!
Silver Doctor: dressed on Francis Francis 3/0. This is another initial pattern I worked with my mentor. Again, I must have come far..........

Then this is the ongoing project...........No date set for completion.........
You'll easily guess what I'm working on.........All of these are and will be dressed on CS 10/3 3/0 = 5/0 for most hooks.

Harlequin: Looking simple but it's not easy to come....... Another favorite from this season!
Silver Doctor: Compared to Pryce-Tannatt's recipe, GMK's consists of a few less materials. Either way another 🅰 Doctor from this season!
Thunder and Lightning: T & L is another one of those patterns that has so many variations by each era, author, and book. Following GMK's recipe, I finished with my style. Simple yet elegant, I like it!

Hopefully you are tying some flies for the upcoming season!!
And someday soon, when snow gets shorter for easy access and river waters have no ice jams, I hope to go fishing!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Northeast Experience

It's been quite a chaotic schedule since my last post............. Midnight flight, Philly Cheese, Peking Duck, big cities, food poisoning, breeding cows (each of which has a long story......), then Christmas.......

Anyways...........I was visiting this part of the country!!

Even during the trip, I gladly couldn't get away from my profession..........
We visited Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum in Livingston Manor, NY.
First off, along the way, Mighty Delaware River and its tributaries were very enticing for trout fishing!!! I've seen this country and waters in magazines and websites. I'd never thought I would come this far........Now I really want to go back there someday to actually fly-fish!

Then Center and Museum are very interesting. It's quite a learning of history and culture over there. It definitely highlights where fly-fishing started in USA, then people and tools.

 Theodora Gordon
Poul Jorgensen - He's one of my indirect teachers of Atlantic Salmon Flies!!
Lee Wulff is the big figure anywhere in the world but it seems much more in here.
Indeed the second building is totally dedicated for him, Joann, and their memories and gears.

I recognized some tyers and their displays, including someone that I feel in touch spiritually.

Hatch Chart Extravaganza!!!

Again, someday in a near future, we'd like to make fishing trips over there!!
New York is almost all synonym to Biggest-City-in-the-World however, this part of NY is nothing different from somewhere in Montana. Say, Roscoe seems to me a typical fishing town in the West!

We kinda did a fishing on the beach of Atlantic Ocean of Atlantic City😉
And ate lots of seafood😋........actually more than we could handle.........😳

Late Merry X'mas and Happy New Year to all!!
Hope you all are having wonderful holiday now and we all have a wonderful fishy 2017😁