Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Late Nov Notes

It's been another mix of everything since the last post.
The biggest thing I was working on was, well.............. It was about time. More details later.
There have been some dangerously windy days and seriously cold days. Today, I was able to get out to fish DePuy's Spring Creek.
Typical of this time of year, rainbows are active at the tail end of brown's spawning season.

Atlantic salmon fly projects are going strong, indeed occupying most of my time and attention recently. Here's a Rosy Dawn (Dr. T.E. Pryce-Tannatt). This is for my customer (will be framed, of course).

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Save turkey feathers for fly-tying!

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Man, The Flies, & The Frame (and Some Trout Fishing)

It's hard to say what kind of winter we are expecting right now. Average? Cold? Dry? We are having mix of everything so far.

My projects are keeping me busy.
Black Dose - Geo. M. Kelson
With this installment, I started working on framing. It was very elaborated and challenging, just like these 6 flies. One small mistake would make me work all over. Plan & measure well before cutting into...... I completed one by one. It went just as I had planned in advance.

Signed and approved by GMK?
I used a new mounting system for the season.
With this accomplishment, I went fishing to DePuy's Spring Creek in the afternoon.
And I forgot my camera again! So I used my i-phone to capture some images solely for this blog. Well, job got done!
 However, it turned out to be some of very productive days at the creek. I hauled in so many trout and one of them was.........
Another trophy for this fall/winter!! So I had to manage a "selfie" with my i-phone (somewhat technical).

It's not a great picture, due to glare and choppy surface waves caused by winds, but this trout remained still after release. I could even tape-measure. Although my i-phone wears a protective case, I wouldn't dare to try my favorite underwater shots......

So the project is successfully completed and now I'm into the second major framing project!!
Then of course, it looks like Fall-run of brown trout is strong in this November again! I wouldn't mind catching another one or two!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Into Winter Hour

I have started working on my usual winter projects!
Fly catalog has been updated with brandnew patterns!
A series of YouTube tying videos has just begun too! I intend to upload one video a week. In order to keep up, you are welcome to Subscribe.

As the title and the greeting above suggest, I've shifted to winter mode. For my own fishing, I go out in the afternoon. Rest, I work inside for Atlantic Salmon Flies, tying trout flies, and what's said above, etc.
My Outfitting business is OPEN all year around. There is NO winter hour for it. I guide you all day!!

Following report is, well, about a week old - which was my last full-day fishing at DePuy's Spring Creek (www.depuyspringcreek.com). Perhaps in late March, I might go back to "full-day" again!?

Anyway, for the first thing in the morning, Mr. O-O was inhaled - there would be a consequence of this later in the day.

It was Monday 2nd, so we already adjusted our clocks and watches. I was anticipating baetis hatch "an hour earlier" with my newly adjusted watch!! - seriously this is important!!
Baetis hatch occurred just as I anticipated at one of my favorite spots.
After two near-misses, I wasn't discouraged, rather focused more. Then on my size 20 baetis dry-fly, I got a rise and set the hook successfully!!  BIIIIIIIGG!! Leaping out of creek several times!!
It was a river-run brown!!
I'd like to call it #20-20" (= catching a 20-inch trout on size 20 dry-fly).........honestly just a bit shorter........But certainly one of my happiest catches!!
I got a nice rainbow next!!

With the new time, yes, the evening and dark approach quicker........
Evening was again O-O time!! At one particular spot, a group of river-run trout kept attacking on the swinging Mr. O-O!!
It was also interesting that next trout was larger than the previous one. And the last one was the largest!! Happy!!
 And.........I can't believe the medium gold wire literally got ripped!!
Some bucks.........
I fished really hard and late........
And today, it turned out to be nice, especially after a series of snow and winds. I visited the creek in the afternoon. I caught a very ending glimpse of baetis hatch (lazy boy...). There are many more numbers of large brown trout are running up from Yellowstone River. I don't say "all through the creek" but also "not necessarily looking for redds or redds area". Over the seasons, I have developed spots to keep my eyes on.
A solid buck!!
Since I came late, I stayed late. This time, it was even larger than the above specimen!!

1-inch larger!! - same size as the one from a week ago. These two are 2nd largest for this fall.

Oh, by the way, I'm with a new scarf from this week..........
Last but not the least, my Atlantic Salmon Flies projects are going stronger this season. Perhaps bigger........at least I'm using larger hooks!!

Black Ranger (Geo. M. Kelson)
Jock Scott (Geo. M. Kelson)
Project #1 is progressing really well!! I keep you posted!!

Until next post!