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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sanity Time


Meat Eating Browns, Nothing Finer....
I managed to regain some sanity the other day and hit the water.  I guess you could say the river was good to me.  My life lately has been consumed with f-stops, white balances and apertures.   The end of the tunnel is near......

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Catching Up

The Byproduct Of My Absence Here
 I once again apologize for the lack of activity here lately, so I'll spare you the  long winded list of excuses as you all know why.  Two weekends ago I was in Pennsylvania hanging with the faithful customers of TCO fly shop in both Reading and State College.  Although the weather was a bit hot for late September, we still had some fun talking about my favorite facet of fly fishing.... streamers.  After some tying and talking about things I was on my way.  Saturday was pretty slow as to be expected, especially when you roll into town on a weekend that Penn State Football has a home game and the weather is nice.  I don't blame anyone for being outside that day, I would've most likely done the same.

I spent the night with my gracious host George Daniel, and we talked about a variety of things fishing and non fishing related over a couple of local IPA's and a pizza.  I always enjoy conversations with George as they seem to have a nice balance of laughter, deep thought in stream observation and past experiences.  We finally settled in just before midnight as we planned on hitting some water in the morning around 8 AM or there abouts.

Sunday came and we hit the road on schedule to fish Spring creek for a couple hours before I rallied for the second day of my streamer presentation.  George took me to a piece of water that I hadn't fished before and I set off flinging some smaller streamers in hopes of a few pulls.  As luck would have it, I rolled a cool half dozen in an hour and a half's time but unfortunately brought nothing to hand.  The fish although showing themselves never really kept themselves attached to the hook or made short swipes at my offerings.  It was still a very enjoyable but short outing, and at the time something I was in dire need of after an 80 hour work week. 

Sunday's crowd more than made up for the lack of a crowd on Saturday and we all had a great time.  Some cool discussions were had amongst the group and I soon found myself in the middle of a fly exchange that netted me a nice handful of meat to throw around in my neighborhood.  After picking up my mess at the vise I began my six hour trek home fighting through construction patterns and traffic, most of which mind you were in New York and Connecticut. 

Since I've been back home, fishing has been little, work has been much, and the balance of my time when not with the family has been behind my camera and multiple Regal vises as I muddle my way through the step by step photos for the book.  One thing I do know, I will be a much better photographer when this is all said and done, so I am fairly certain when the next book or article I write comes to fruition, I should be pretty adept at macro photography. 

Some water time will be much appreciated in the not so distant future, stay tuned........

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
 

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