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😁

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Back Country Reminisce

2016 fishing season came and went quickly (oh, yes PKD craziness contributed a lot😠-we shouldn't let this incident go off easy), now the years is about to end.

Reminiscing some plus looking back my journal entries and pictures, I feel this season I hiked into back country and enjoyed fishing there more than before. That's mostly due to my lovely companion who loves to hike😘 I've been dragged for several occasions against my will (with or without fishing)😑or I once planned a rough hike (one of below) that I hoped it would make her swear - it didn't work......😏

Mountains, streams or lakes, and air up there do good for my body and mind.
We didn't go anywhere secretive. Nor do I say we didn't see anybody. Those are plainly marked on maps. We saw handful of people and when we got close we greeted - some fishers and some hikers/campers - yet much less frequent than on regular fisheries below. We had good to so-so fishing most of times. Luckily no dangerous encounters with wildlife.

A few of these pictures below might have already been posted while others haven't due to my work schedules and following blog updates. 
Grayling next time!!

This buff behaved well and didn't bother us......

Good job!!
This one got, or did I?, really close..........!!

This was by far the roughest driving and hiking😖!
The species we were after!! We'll get bigger ones in a near future!!

I recall fishing was nothing to talk about but a good walk that I haven't done for the past few years and that scared her a little bit for some reason😎

We intend to go back some of trails we did this year in a near future. But also there are so many trails and waters that interest us just around here. We walk and fish one at a time.......

Happy Trails!!