Slate Drake Nymph

October Caddis

DDT Nymph

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

100,000 Words And 150 Pages Later

100,000.  That is a pretty daunting number when you first look at it, especially when your talking word counts.  I was contracted to write 75,000.  At the time, I had some major anxiety over seeing that number in print.  I will admit, there were many times when I  contemplated throwing in the towel or raising the white flag, but I didn't.

The first phase of this book project is behind me.  As I write this blog post, my first draft is off to the editor for it's first cut, even if it comes back with many revisions, I am feeling much better  than I did the day I signed on the dotted line to commit to this project. 

The third phase of this project is going to be another milestone once I get the revisions completed from the first draft.  Shooting all of the step by step photos for each pattern and compiling the captions will be a very tedious task to finalize this project once and for all.  So as you can tell, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but by no means am I about to exit.  As much as I would like to be tying up those new pattern ideas I have swirling around in my head, or fishing much more for that matter, it's gonna be slim pickings in those departments until I get this next couple of phases behind me. 

I will keep you all posted once all of this draws closer to finality so that you can all get a better idea on the release date of this book.  Until then, go fishing for me, and let me know how you do, its my turn to live a little vicariously through you. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

First Round Of Winter Tying Courses Released

I have the first round of winter tying classes etched into the calendar.  All classes on this listing will be held at Upcountry Services located at 352 Main Street, New Hartford, CT 06061. (860)379-1952.  We have decided to announce these earlier rather than later as we anticipate on offering them again shortly afterwards.  I decided to keep the class sizes a little smaller this time as it benefits those in attendance much more as I can spend a little more time with each person as we progress through the patterns.  As usual, bring a notepad and all your questions that you may have. 

These classes are typically a great time and everyone walks away with a bunch of solid fly patterns and techniques under their belt.  Here's the line up and dates, remember to lock in a spot just contact Upcountry Services via telephone.  The class sizes are set at 4-6 currently and I anticipate them to fill rather quickly.  We are going under the premise that more than the allotted class sizes will fill up, both Grady and I will work out a secondary date to offer these classes up once these dates fill.


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Date:  Saturday December 6, 2014 9:30 AM.  
In this class we will tie a nice cross section of some of my go to fly designs that I fish throughout New England. This group of fly patterns are some that I never leave home without and count on every season for success. This class covers a wide variety of fly styles from weighted and unweighted nymphs to emergers, a wet fly or two and even a streamer. In this class we will tie a minimum of 6-8 flies, or more depending on the pace of the students. In the class we will go over everything from hook designs, material selection, color variations as well as tying the flies together collectively as a group. All materials will be provided by myself, each student will be responsible for bringing their own vises and tools as well as a variety of thread colors just in case I do not have enough threads to supply the class. Tuition is $75 for a 4-5 hour class.  Notepad and pen recommended for recipes, fishing and pattern variation notes. This particular class the complexity of the flies builds the more flies we tie, but none of the flies covered are beyond the scope of an intermediate fly tyer. This class is my most popular class as it covers a variety of patterns that altered in color and size can provide the students with a nice compliment of patterns that will produce anywhere a majority of the season.  Beginner to Intermediate Level Class




Streamer Singles

Date: Saturday January 31, 2015 9:30 AM.
Aside from fishing large articulated patterns for predacious trout, I have a variety of single hook and micro streamers that I have a lot of faith in. Whether you’re prospecting for natives in a backwoods small stream setting or searching out trout on a new piece of water, streamers are a great way to figure out where the fish might be holding. They don’t have to be big either, streamers in the 1-3 inch range are great searching patterns and much more practical in terms of continuous action. In this class we will tie 6-8 of my favorite single hook streamers. In the class we will go over everything from hook designs, material selection, color variations as well as tying the flies together collectively as a group. All materials will be provided by myself, each student will be responsible for bringing their own vises and tools as well as a variety of thread colors just in case I do not have enough threads to supply the class. Tuition is $75 for a 4-5 hour class.  Intermediate Level Class





Articulated Streamers

Date: Saturday January 17, 2015 9:30 AM.

The second installment in my streamer series, this one covers the big dogs, articulated streamers. In this class we will tie 3-6 or more of my favorite articulated streamers, and the number of flies covered is only limited by the pace of those in attendance. In the class we will go over everything from tying the connections properly, desired hook designs and placements for targeting different species and conforming with different regulations, material selection, color variations as well as tying the flies together collectively as a group. All materials will be provided by myself, each student will be responsible for bringing their own vises and tools as well as a variety of thread colors just in case I do not have enough threads to supply the class. Tuition is $75 for a 4-5 hour class.  Notepad and pen recommended for recipes, fishing and pattern variation notes. The class size limit is smaller for this class as a result of the complexity of the patterns. Intermediate to Advanced Level Class
 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Stickers Anyone?

I am giving some consideration in putting together a limited run of stickers with the new logo.  Let me know your thoughts.....

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

MFC 2015 Catalog


As you already know, I have been building a strong relationship with the folks at Montana Fly Company over the last year.  We started off small with one of my patterns, the DDT and it has been growing in terms of popularity rather nicely. 



In the last 24 hours, the 2015 MFC catalog has gone live, and I am very pleased to say that I have a nice group of additions to this coming years catalog.  The Shimmer Stone in golden color will now be available through MFC as will my Headcase Crayfish, and Four (4) colors of my articulated Ice Pick. 

I am really excited to be a part of the MFC family and continue to watch my catalog of patterns grow with them.  I already have a bunch of stuff geared up for the 2016 season and I will update you all on the progress of those flies.  In the meantime, if you are looking to acquire some of those patterns, let your shops know where they can get them so that they will be in stock for next season. 

I will leave you with some photos from a little short session yesterday morning.  The fishing was good as you can tell.....




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