Sunday, May 17, 2015

Finishing The Tying Camp & THE ONE

My fly-tying bootcamp is seeing its end. Majority is completed, as I planned and wished. Of course, I keep tying through the fishing/guiding season as I find needs.

With the acquisition of this inspiring book the other day, I worked on one of my tying heroes, Jack Gartside patterns.
This year, I will be fishing with these classics.
First of all, I will keep improving the deer hair handling and shape of the head. With that in mind, here's his famous Gartside Pheasant Hopper.
 I did varnish pheasant feathers with Polyurethane!! I like the procedure and the end result!!
And here's the variation: Pheasant Salmonfly!!
I can't wait to cast this for the highly expected hatch on Madison River, Yellowstone River, etc in my area!!

Elk Hair Ant. Great addition into my terrestrial box!
 Mr. Jack's secret color pattern!?

 His Elk Hair Termite and accompanied story inspired me to modify my own S.C.Ant. I know this will work!! - all I need is hit the "swarm"!!
I varnished different sizes and colors of pheasant feathers. Here's Pheasant Caddis.
 This is Mother's Day Caddis version!!
Speaking of M-Day Caddis, as I was scouting along the Madison, I fished the Lower Madison four days ago in the evening. It was warm and I was wishing to see very end of caddis hatch. I was fishing at a nothing-particular-non-descriptive section (= some might claim most of Lower is non-descriptive if not featureless!!). I just say it was barely knee-deep. Caddis were scattering just as I predicted. I had only a few rises of small trout by then. I went on. Suddenly, a huge head swam up to my fly and took it. Just before my "tying camp", I had hooked and lost a couple of nice trout. So this time I was alerted. But I noticed at once that this would be much larger!! It was one of the most memorable run & chase scenes I ever done!!

This will be on the wall!!
 The ONE Fly was Unnamed Caddis, which is as nonchalant as the spot I was fishing at!!

It has become a cool and wet (rainy) spring. This is affecting run-off and our summer-flow predictions. I keep you posted!!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A Scene From Tying Bootcamp

My life hasn't changed since the last post...........spring fly tying is going on strong, perhaps even stronger and more dedicated....... There have been days that I stepped outside just to dump coffee-waste (I'm boiling Cowboy Coffee) ONLY 1.5 seconds of the day.

I got a special/specific order and I just finished it. Jig-head & Tungsten bead nymphs. I actually like the results very much. I really feel that I will be converting traditional/general beadhead patterns into this style from now on.

20 Incher Stone

Prince Nymph.
See these have special finish, right behind the bead.

I originally introduced this technique for Atlantic Salmon Flies. This time, considering the specific direction, I figured I could use this technique and would make it right!!

According to my calender, there will be one more week to go............another 40-50 dozens?

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Spring Tying Season!!

My seminal dressing & framing so far = Unnamed Frame is for a consignment at Montana Troutfitters in Bozeman, along with a couple of single-frames. Also I just made a update on my catalog (

My last day (for the following reasons) of fishing Mother's Day Caddis hatch on Lower Madison was some of the greatest experience!! That evening, I got away from my usual bank-spots and observed the main river. In that riffly, choppy, & almost all non-descriptive current, I observed repeating dorsal-tail rises of a huge trout, totally locked in one feeding spot. I was aroused!! I figured out my position along with several casts and saw a rise!! With the predicted & foreseen action, I set the hook 1.5 seconds too fast...........
Madison Lord gave me one more same situation. This time I hooked well!.........but somehow it was gone was big........
The Lord offered me one more..................same story...........
They were all nice sizes that could have taken on caddis dry-flies..... Well, next time.
Over all, the hatch has been so good and trout were very aggressive and strong. Even this size 'Bow put lots of fights on me. I was very content as I was driving home.
Since last winter (2013-14), I spend lots of times on Atlantic Salmon Flies from November to March. Then, once my Salmon Fly projects are completed for my hearts-content, I work on trout flies in spring (sales orders and filling my boxes). This cycle seems to work for me.

It's been 5 years since I acquired a Traditional Jaw of Regal Vise (click the banner!!). It's been working for me very hard and I've been improving myself along with it. Coincidence or not, right after East Idaho Fly Tying Expo, my vise showed some wears and needed restored........ I knew, besides its 5 years of non-stop working, I'd been putting so many hook-sizes. So I might as well ordered Big Game Jaw and Midge Jaw.
This is not meant to be a collection!! It's the full-lineup of TOOLS!!!!
Traditional Jaw will do just as what it has been doing. Midge Jaw has taken over all the small spring creek flies. Then Big Game Jaw will handle Atlantic Salmon Flies!!

I just tied up this one in a bunch to fill the order and my boxes. So here's my brandnew PMD pattern!!

For the past 3.5 days (since vises' arrival), I have tied 20 DOZEN = 240 FLIES!! Perhaps 60 more to go for the next week?  If you need flies for summer, please order me within this month!!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Mother's Day Caddis Hatch & Annual River Cleanup & Surprising Gift!

Back from East Idaho Fly Tying Expo, I am spending my normal life of tying flies and fishing!
It's just that time of year = Mother's Day Caddis Hatch!!
On Yellowstone River? - It seems less likely to see this year (I don't mean to be an authoritative figure of this subject so don't condemn me if something changes. But I guess this is the general consensus in town.......)
Instead, on Madison River, especially Lower Madison, caddis hatch is tremendous!! It is actually happening a couple of weeks earlier than typical years, meaning a couple of weeks earlier than Mother's Day itself. 
We fly-fishers in the area wouldn't mind but welcome this early occurrence.
I first hit a section above Ennis.
I did catch a "rise" with a caddis pattern but,
the stomach sample indicated mix of everything.

I even saw bigger meals fluttering around.......

Then I moved to Lower = just outside of Bozeman. Yes M-Day Caddis was flying all over!!

I attempted to capture the scenes then I found it would be very tough to impossible. So I finally figured out I could shoot the video. Seeing is believing!!

Actually during this hatch & flight, I didn't see any rising trout nor had any bites on my dry-flies. Trout activity and real fishing after this incredible caddis action subsided and when they started to come back to the river surface. Some might have been attempting to take a rest from flight, while others would have started diving to lay eggs.
I fished for rises after rises and I had hits and misses. Regardless of sizes, caddis aiming trout were very aggressive and strong!!

Next day (YES! I went back!), weather turned out to be very wet & cold. Yet there were substantial numbers of caddis on the water. In spite of conditions, I was able to pick up several rising trout.
What's on the right?

On Saturday 25th, I volunteered the annual Yellowstone River Cleanup. It turned out to be another cold spring weather but instead the river didn't blow with the runoff so we could float (or walk along) to pick up trashes.
Back to Civic Center, we had a friendly raffle drawing. I won again!? (yes, I've been on the raffle winning streak this spring!). I was told to choose one from items on the table............
What a special gift!! I'm very happy to acquire something directly related to one of my fly-fishing heroes, Jack Gartside!!
And WOW!!

It seems I will be busy with the similar subjects next week.........which I don't mind......
I hope you all have good spring fishing before runoff!! If not, stock up flies for summer!!

Monday, April 20, 2015

East Idaho Fly Tying Expo 2015

I got back from East Idaho Fly Tying Expo ( in Idaho Falls, ID.
Quite an event............... What an experience..............
It was very intense for two days ONLY & SOLELY dedicated to fly-tying!! I visited with several good tyers and had lots of audiences from near and far during my table sessions.

This is the very first time to have and wear a shirt with my name on it!
Convention Center of Shilo Inn in Idaho Falls was a very goo venue. It was filled with lots of fly-tyers and visitors for two days.
My table sessions (I did three!!) became very busy!! Honestly much more than I had anticipated. I had visitors all the time.
 I think this was when I was introducing a piece of magazine article (framed) about my COYOTE.
And my frames became huge attractions!!

 Then, on Day 2, I was on the list for the stage!
Adjusting cameras and microphone.
 Here it goes!

The first pattern I introduced was, to get my fingers warmed up, Sparkle Crane Larva.

My left-arm is spinning!

 I've been training myself with my own YouTube channel. Also I had plenty of practices on Day 1.
This was just a larger scale but I didn't have to worry camera, recording, etc.

I had quite a number of audience.

Back to my table (just using the same pic).

I sincerely appreciate people who plan and organize the Expo and gave me such a wonderful opportunity. My flies and frames (and my humble skills and knowledge) finally got some public lights other than online methods.

Thank you everyone who visited my table sessions and theater. As a guide, I did my best to introduce how to fish with these flies of mine on top of how to tie them. Let me know how my patterns do in your waters.

I certainly want to go back next year!