Friday, May 28, 2010

Felted Reel Pouch Complete

Here is a complete felted reel pouch. The button is carved bone and is a nice touch. All in all I really like the final design and it really protects the reel while in transit to the river.

You'll also notice my new mint Browning Silaflex! The wool is a nice addition to the vintage package.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Vintage Revelation Fly Reel

This is a garage sale find that is really nifty. I've had it for years and it balances out my vintage Fenwick FF806 perfectly.

The guys at the Fiberglass Fly Rodders site said this reel was made for Montgomery Wards. My boys call it my Iron Man reel....

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Ward's Articulated Streamer

Hook: Mustad 3366 Size 2
Thread: 6/0 White Uni
Tail (Tip): White Marabou
Tail (Body): White Pearl Wapsi Palmer Chenille (Large Length)
Transition: White Marabou
Body (Main): White Pearl Wapsi Palmer Chenille (Large Length)
Eyes: Prismatic Dome Eyes
Weight: 10-20 Wraps .025 Lead Substitute

This is a fly that I initially emailed to Ward Bean at and it didn't look this good. Ward had an articulated minnow pattern on his site that used hackle to build up a nice body. I loved the pattern so much I started trying to mess with different materials. This is when Wapsi Palmer Chenille came into the picture. One email to Ward, he made tweaks and made a beautiful streamer. This is my version of Ward's Articulated Streamer followed right to the tee. Go to for detailed tying instruction.

If you look closely you can see this fly is actually 2 hooks joined with hard mono (see picture on right). The rear hook section is clipped, so there is no hook - just the shank. The mono joint allows this streamer to really have a beautiful swimming action. Ward is a great tyer, so this fly performs as expected...fabulously!

The best thing about Ward's patterns is he often uses the Mustad 3366 hook. For some reason many tyers are starting to shy away from this hook for fancy Tiemco hooks costing 4X the cash. I get these hooks from size 1/0 - 12 at Captain Hooks for $3 per 100.

Prismacolor markers dress out the fly. I went simple and used with a 60% Cool Gray marker, but Ward does some up that look exactly like baby perch and bluegill. Give it a shot, it is fun to dress these little guys up. Don't bother with a Sharpie....they will fade.

Kudos to Ward for perfecting this pattern and making it beautiful!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Called in sick....had trout fever!

This one had a funky gill plate?

My wife lands a nice one...releases it!

Swim home little boy!

This was the hot fly today! The March Brown Flymph.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Hairy Fodder

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Hook:  Eagle Claw #410 60 Degree Jig Hook (Size 1/0)
Thread:  Mono
Tail:  Layered Sili-legs
Body:  Rabbit Zonker
Rattle:  Micro Worm Rattle
Flash:  Gold Krystal Flash
Weight:  Dumbbell Eye (1/50 oz) 

Craig Riendeau is the creator of this fly pattern and I love it.  Craig has really come up with a winner here.  This is the only subsurface pattern he fishes and he catches loads of smallies.