Sunday, July 17, 2016

Predator fly for Golden Dorado fly tying instructions by Ruben Martin

This is the first tutorial I have run across by Ruben Martin.  Check out his YouTube Channel here!  So much cool stuff going on with this one....and nice music too.  I really like the craft fur zonker we cuts.  Really great stuff.  

Smallmouth wouldn't leave this pattern alone.  Craft fur would sink nicely.

Make sure to see more of Ruben's creations on his YouTube channel.  Really talented guy.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Fly Fish Food - UV Resin Shootout

If you haven't visited the Fly Fish Food website yet you should head over there now.  Their store is fantastic and they also have really nice video tutorials.  Just a really good resource to have saved as a bookmark.

Here is a link to their UV Resin Shootout post.  I am currently using Clear Cure Goo product and like the end product pretty well.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Goodbye Vintage

I never thought I'd say this, but my fascination with older glass fly rods and reels is over.  Don't get me wrong, from a collectors standpoint it was very fun to collect vintage glass fishing gear.  Along with the rods came some interest in classic fly reels.

Over the past few months I have been fishing more than I have been in years.  I have been using modern gear lately and  must admit that the modern stuff works better for me.

I have not been able to fish much in the past decade.  My career and my kids took the front seat to my hobbies.  If I want to get Freudian I must have collected the vintage gear to satisfy my fishing bug.  Now that I am actually out there fishing I am finding the new gear to be more up my alley.

For smallies I have settled on a 9wt and 7wt TFO Clouser series rods.  I am still a little cheap when it comes to reels.  The 7wt is paired with a Redington Behemoth and the 9wt is married to a Lamson Konic.  Not the highest quality reels, but I'll get there eventually.

In the coming months I will begin unloading my vintage collection on Ebay.  No way can I sell them all (some are just too cool), but the majority will be sold to fund a few new lines and God forbid....nicer reels.

Time to get out there and fish rather than collect!