The Rats Nest

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Out Of Town.

The online store will be down and out until after November 10th as I will be away till then with the wife and kids.  I will be frantically tying tomorrow night to get out a couple more orders in the pile I already have, but whatever does not get done, will not be shipped till after that date. 

I may very well have the store down for a majority of the month of November to build up some stock for the International Fly Tying Symposium.  I am hoping to have many of my patterns on hand this year for those of you who will be attending, so please do stop by. 

In the meantime, enjoy your weekend, get your tie on, thank you Boston Red Sox for a wonderful 2013 season, it couldn't have played out any better in my book, what a year.  Now I gotta go get my stuff in check as Meg and I fly out Saturday to some Magic Kingdom with talking animals and all kinds of wonders that bring a twinkle to a kids eye.   Maybe you catch my drift, and it ain't in a trout stream, well for now anyway.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Brown Town

I've been on a bit of a trout Hiatus these days, so I figured that I was way overdue.   It was a good day today, despite having to work a little in some stretches.  I really get a kick out of the attitude's, and the colors that brown trout take on in the fall.  Today there was no lack of disappointment with either of those attributes.  

Aside from my standard fare of throwing big stuff, I even got my nymph on a bit, just to see if I still had any mojo with the black art.  Looks like I haven't skipped a beat, I even had a great time dredging up fish on Dead Drift Crayfish, Shimmer Stones and Pumpkin Caddis Pupa.  But as always, the biggest dog of the day fell to one of my old favorites, the one and only Headbanger Sculpin

Lower flows equated to some floating line streamer tactics and earth toned flies were the ticket today.  The masked Ice Picks you saw me spin up this week, also held their own,  spanking a few nice fish as well.  I'll let the pictures do the talking.......

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Juggernaut Streamer Video

I know it's been almost a year since you all glanced at this particular fly.   My apologies for not getting this video together sooner.  I hope this answers everyone's questions.  She's big, but she gets the job done.
Click The Picture To Watch The Video

Happy Tying.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Seedless Grapes

 Just read between the lines on the title of this post, I think if your clever enough you'll catch my drift quite quickly. 

Sometimes, you just gotta laugh.  Laughter is single handily the best way to cope with an unfortunate situation.  Laughing at one’s own misfortune is an even better way of dealing with an unfortunate situation that you are the brunt of.  I will admit, I am a professional at shenanigans, talking a little smack, sarcasm, digs, whatever you wanna call it.  But, I have also learned that in order to be a pro at the above, you need to be will to take the beat down in return, and when your buddy or life for that matter "gets you good" so to speak, you need to be able to laugh it off.

If you’ve followed my Instagram feed this weekend, you probably noticed that I was tying like a maniac, pretty much all weekend long.  I cleared out  a heavy number of flies, which is highly unusual considering I don't really get large blocks of free time.  Why, might you ask did I have such a large block of free time?  Well, here’s your comic relief.  Sip your coffee, sit back and enjoy this one courtesy of yours truly.

Well, to put it bluntly I had surgery last Friday.  Nothing crazy here folks, just a little something that will hopefully ensure that my wife and I won’t have any surprises down the road, if you catch my drift.  Friday morning comes, and like always, I get to my appointment early, a little anxious but who wouldn't be under these circumstances. 

I sit down, Doc takes care of business, and after roughly 10 minutes and surprisingly no real pain or issues, I found myself walking out the door and on my way home, or so I thought.  As I rounded the corner in the hallway, and piled into the elevator, it hit me like a ton of bricks.   Fireflies, fuzzy vision, hot sweats, that awe shit feeling coming out of nowhere.  I leaned up against the elevator wall, and that's about all she wrote. 

Next thing I remember was waking up on the elevator floor with some old guy in a wheelchair staring me in the eyes asking if I was OK.  Holy shit, I passed out, and where the heck are the 5 other people who were on the elevator with me? I guess me hitting the deck was of no concern of there’s, thankfully the old guy in the wheelchair felt compelled to see if I was alright.  Apparently I don't respond well to any type of surgery, but who would've known.

After the ambulance came, a kind nurse, paramedics etc., I was back to normal, but completely embarrassed to say the least.  I mean here I am, lying on the floor in the middle of a lobby in a medical building, it was pretty funny to say the least, I felt like one of those people in that great Medical Alert commercial, "I've fallen and I can't get up".    

Luckily, after a few drinks of water and some rest, I was right as rain, well, right enough to lie down all day with bags of frozen peas on my nether regions, thankfully we had some post season baseball to watch.  Saturday came and I felt a bit better, so I decided it was time to head down into my fly shop and see what I could get accomplished.  

Got Donuts?
I managed to find myself a cushion that would accommodate my predicament,  and it helped me grind out a solid 16 hour day on the vise, and then a little more of the same the next day. 

Here’s a few photos of what I managed to get accomplish.

Heading To Terrorize Fish On The South Holston

A Pile For A Local

Juggernaut Jr. Close Up

Nice Pile Of Meat

Mixed Madness

Emergent Midges Close Up

Some Avengers

I really like the looks of this color

So, after all this tying, and a smoking Regal, I’m sure many of you are asking when I plan on getting out there on the water, in fact some of you reached out in emails, some with some absolutely amazing fish photos on some of my streamers.  For those of you out there who send those my way, keep em coming, as it is always a treat to see the success stories and smiles from some of the flies I tied you.

Well, come Thursday when my work week ends, the vise will be shutdown for a few days while I go and re-acquaint myself with some brown trout.   Here’s to finding Walter, stay tuned as the next post will be the release of the Juggernaut Streamer video.  Oh, and before I forget, I will be offloading a couple of my older streamer sticks on EBay.  If you are looking for a solid used streamer rod, it just so happens I may have what your looking for.  Just drop me an email at before I post them and we can talk.  

Thursday, October 10, 2013

New And Noteworthy

You've all heard me use the term, "Got some exciting news to release soon".  Well, it's officially time I let the cat out of the bag so to speak.  I'll start with the one that I've been holding back on for the better part of the entire year.

If you know me well, I'm all about things that suit me well.  Sometimes I find the right fit immediately, other times, it takes me a few to figure things out.  Well, I think I've finally figured this one out for now.  After long thought and weighing my options, I am proud to announce starting in 2014, I will be amongst the list of many great innovative tyers who are part of the Montana Fly Company team of signature fly designers.

I am taking baby steps on this one, and will have only two (2) flies in circulation for the new year.  They are two variations of the DDT nymph, in two hot colors.  I plan on expanding my list of flies with the folks at MFC, and I really like the direction that their company is headed.  I'm hoping this will work out as well as I anticipate, and hopefully you'll all see some more of my patterns in the pages of their catalogs.

On another note, I was approached several months ago by Joe Cermele of Field & Stream magazine about being a part of an article on Articulated Streamers.  To be considered for this project was a surprising treat, and I welcomed the opportunity; especially seeing as how my flies and name were gonna be thrown in the mix with Guru Kelly Galloup, close fishing and tying friend Michael Schmidt, and our pal from the south, Thomas Harvey.  Humbled, honored and excited at the same time, I received a couple copies of the magazine yesterday.  If you get a chance, check out the November 2013 issue hot on the stands, its a pretty cool and quick read on the subject.

Click The Snare To Read The Online Version Of The Article
I am in the thick of my busy season for flies.  It kinda just came out of nowhere this week, so it's time to get my tie on.  I have a couple other special treats on the horizon, videos and other cool stuff to add, some of the video's are one's you've all been waiting to see.  In the meantime, here is the latest version of the Ice Pick that just hit the webstore.  The Masked Ice Pick has been an absolute hit on Facebook and Instagram, never mind with the fish,  leading me to having roughly 8 dozen to tie at the moment.  All the same fish catching materials in the original, just lightweight, and with the new Fish Masks in replace of the Fish Skull.  Nom Nom Nom....

Click the picture to see the fly in the store.
Lastly, the presentations this past week went very well, and I thank all of you who attended.  I look forward to seeing you all again soon...  

--Fish On----

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

It's That Time Of Year Again...

I'll be digging into my club presentation and show schedule starting tonight.  The Farmington Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited has invited me to speak about my favorite facet of fly fishing for trout, Streamers.  Coupled with my presentation will be a 1/2 hour tying demo kicking off at 6:30 P.M. where I will most likely be tying one of my latest streamer patterns that you've seen floating around the site.  For more on the event, click the photo for details.

This Saturday, October 5th, I will be tying at the West Branch Resort 150 Faulkener Road, Hancock, NY 13783on the shores of the upper Westbranch of the Delaware River.   Come join the festivities, there will be all sorts of fun things going on, get to try some new gear, talk steelhead and fall trout fishing while seeing some flies tied.  A good time should be had by all, I plan on tying up some of my newer streamers as well as a couple of my personal favorites for steelhead, hope to see you there as I look forward to this event.  For more on the event click the chromer below. 

Next Tuesday, October 8th I will be giving an updated presentation on Flyfishing the Farmington for the Southeastern Massachusetts Trout Unlimited Chapter.  The meeting will be at Mitchell Memorial Club  in Middleboro Massachusetts, 6 P.M. starts the fly tying (I may be a little late for this), the meeting starts at 7:30 P.M.   I hope to see some new faces there while I discuss a general overview of the watershed and some tips that have worked for me over the years.  For more on the event click the Iso for more on the Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter of TU.

October 26th, The Anglers Den 11 W Main St Ste 4 Pawling, NY 12564 · (845) 855-5182.  Come join myself, Pat Cohen, Dave Brandt and many more as we tie and talk fishing.

See you all soon.

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