The Rats Nest

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.....

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Fall/Winter Fly Tying Classes

Before you know it, the leaves will be changing, dropping, and snow will be falling.  What better time to get on the vise and plan for the following season.  After a 2 year hiatus of sorts, I will be back this year offering up some fly tying classes at a few of the fly shops within striking distance. 

To kick this off with some direction, I am opening up the comments section in this post to hear from you people out there in regards to what you'd like to learn or focus on in any one of these classes.  Mind you, I have some pretty cool new stuff that I plan on trickling out this fall, as well as some current classes put together, but please feel free to give your input here.  I have had several inquiries about this via email this past year, and I have some balance in my schedule once again to puts some dates together.

If you are within a reasonable days drive of my location, reach out to your local fly shop and express your interest if my locale is a little too far.  Chances are we can probably put something together near you.  As of right now I have confirmation that I will be offering up a couple of classes at my local shop, Upcountry Services in New Hartford for starters.  As soon as we iron out the details, you can check back for some dates and particulars on the classes. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Breeder Love......

Sometimes, you just gotta give it up to some breeder love and the quest for captain ugly.  This tanker ate a size 8 quill bodied jig in natural color.  Decent outing otherwise, but this guy was the surprise of the day for sure. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Partridge Patriot Sproat Wet Fly Hook

A size 16 and 2mm tungsten beaded micro mayfly concoction.
The Patriot Sproat Wet (model# G3AY) is a rather interesting barbless wet fly hook.  Offered in sizes ranging from an 8 through a 16, this particular style of hook covers a very wide variety of trout sized patterns from small to medium in stature.  As the folks at Partridge say, "The sproat bend is as old as the hills," and has been around for ages.  Aside from being a great barbless, black nickel, down eyed wet fly hook for fishing throughout the water column, I have found that this particular hook in the smaller sizes (14-16) serves dual purpose as a wonderful nymph hook.  For some related patterns that work well on this hook, check out the Synthetic Quill Nymph, Spicy BWO, and the Super Simple Nymph
The G3AY Courtesy of Partridge of Redditch

On micro nymphs, sometimes they look and flow much nicer on a straight shank hook, however sometimes it can be a matter of trial and error finding the appropriate length of shank.  Many of the micro nymph patterns that I tie end up on scud style hooks as they offer a wider gap for better hooking capabilities, but often this makes for a curved body appearance.  Sometimes I prefer the straighter appearance as opposed to a curved, and this particular hook works very well.  And lets not forget, this is a great little soft hackle hook for those patterns that require a little more shank to break the surface film.  Good luck and happy tying.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Summer Prospecting At It's Finest.

When it comes to summer fishing, I enjoy prospecting inconspicuous waters with terrestrials and attractor dry flies.  I also have an affinity to see just how large I can go with these types of patterns to see what I can drum up from the depths or off the shaded edges.  Lately, large golden Busted Stones have been my bug of choice, and the takes are often pretty violent.  There really isn't much better than watching the nose of a larger brown breach the surface as it vacuums in your fly.  To go hand in hand with that, the fact that a size 2-4 dry fly is much easier on the eyes than the typical 24-32 chocolate dun, trico, bwo or midge during the day this time of year.
To watch A short clip of this fish, click HERE.

So, if you thought those western tactics chucking big foam bugs to the edges was only thing for Big Sky country, think again and hit some water that's a little off the beaten path, you might just be surprised. 

If you've noticed I am starting to rear my head again on this here blog, I shall be posting another hook post in the near future as well as some other things as I get back out of my funk.  Stay tuned.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Slipping Away With A Friend To An Old Favorite

Sometimes you just gotta bite the bullet and get off the beaten path.  I find when I head back home, I am often walking away feeling refreshed, and much more relaxed.  I spent the day today hiking into some of my favorite water that I frequented as a kid, and with the company of my friend Tommy. Tommy has been referred to as my kid brother, as he does look a bit like myself even though we aren't related.  Well, I guess you could say all of us from Polish decent are related in one way or another, I think we are because we like the same things.

With backpack in hand, a couple of rods, an IPhone and Gopro we had ourselves a day, and shot some great footage that captured our day nicely.  We didn't catch fish to the frequency that our beloved home tailwater often produces, but we did however strike trout everywhere we thought we would.  With a nice mix of Rainbows, a few brookies, a couple browns and even a salmon or two.  All in all, we managed a great day and had a blast as usual.
The scenery was fantastic, and the weather turned out to be very enjoyable.   We even managed to see some great wildlife along the way including a family of mink, a rather curious beaver, as well as  a Kingfisher who seemed to be following us on our journey.
Checkout a quick video of this fish HERE.
All of our fish today came from water with some depth and color paired up with some adequate speed.  Although the water was fairly cool, as you can see it is ridiculously clear, and the fish all seemed to be in some sort of cover waiting for their next meal.
At the end of the day we logged a good four to five miles both in and out of the water, so there is no doubt we burned a good amount of calories for our efforts.  My feet are starting to feel the wrath of my abuse and I am fairly certain I won't be out on the water tomorrow, or will I?
Thankfully, our journey provided us with some alternative terrain to traverse, making it a bit easier at times to make the trek to and from each fishing locale.
But, to be honest, the best path seemed to always be along or in the stream as it's cooling waters kept us comfortable all day long.
We even witnessed the remnants of some larger bugs that had hatched earlier this season.  Would've been nice to be around when these guys were crawling around. 
Most of the water that produced was very similar to what you see in this picture, but we also did well in some of shoots and glides that had some depth.
This particular pool had a nice shelf across from my position, and it also had a handful of nice rainbows that could easily be seen feeding in the current.  I got lucky and stuck two of them, only bringing one to hand however.
Tommy and I managed to bring several nice Rainbows to hand like the one he's holding in the picture.  Safe to say we had a great day on the water, and I am certain Tommy will want to make the trip here again.  We capped our day off with a solid pizza back home, and made Tommy see first hand, that their just flat out isn't a better pie than a Little City Pizza Pie.


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