The Rats Nest

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Micro Pick Streamer

Here's the latest video for your tying enjoyment.  Ever wonder what you could do with the left over scraps from a rabbit strip?  Look no further, here's a good quick tie that will answer that problem.  Hope 2015 is good to you all.
http://vimeo.com/richstrolis/micropickstreamer
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Friday, December 26, 2014

Maybe I'm Missing Something?

My dad and I had one of those moments yesterday while sitting around the fireplace during the holiday fray.  You might know what I mean when I say moments, you know, all hell is breaking loose amongst the kids jumping around with excitement, all knowing that in a few hours Santa will be dropping off his mother-load of yearly goodies that will get tossed around for maybe a day before they hit the dust heap our children call the toy box.

I enjoy people, I work with people, however there's nothing that quite quenches my thirst like time spent alone in the woods, on a stream, or with a good friend who understands what I'm referring to in either of those two environs.  Does that make me a loner?  Maybe.  But most of you out there who "get it" know all too well about what it is I speak of.  That time out there in nature where the only sensory overload you experience is from the sound of rushing water or the flight of a bald eagle as it swoops overhead.   When life in general has me a little out of alignment, I know exactly where to find my remedy.

For me, there's just something to be said about that time of reflection those stream-side moments provide; a solution to the madness, a cleansing of sorts.   For some, being immersed in large groups of people socializing over a glass of spirits, or a fine dinner at one's favorite restaurant seem to do the trick.  For other's like myself, I turn elsewhere.  Some people think growing up with no siblings has made me some sort of antisocial misfit, but I beg to differ.  There's something to be said about those quiet times spent traversing a watershed without worrying about deadlines, traffic or being misunderstood by somebody.  The river is always there, and always seems to find a way to recharge my batteries and bring me back to common ground no matter what happens.  When ever I'm feeling down and out, I know it's time to spend a day on one of my favorite stretches of moving water.

Today, the day after Christmas just so happened to be one of those days.  Anytime the weather holds out in December when there is no snow to speak of and temperatures pushing 50 degrees, I consider it a good day.  Hopefully, with a little luck, we may get a few more of these days in before winter really decides to rear her ugly head.  I'm not going to hold my breath however, but I will keep the faith.

The next time I'm out socializing in a large group of people, I'm going to try and see if I can keep my mind off the river and my head in the game.  I must be missing something, I guess I need to figure out what it is, I know my buddy Tommy get's what I'm talking about......





Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays

Wishing you all a Happy Holidays and a Happy 2015, from my family to yours.  Happy hunting!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

First Tying Video In 10 Months.

For the sake of easing into it, I decided I had better start out with a rather easy pattern.  The criteria as always leaned towards a rather effective pattern which could be tied rather quickly.  The Jacked Up Hare's Ear is just that, a simple pattern variation of an already time tested fly that at times can clean up on trout like a vacuum cleaner.  It's nice to be back in the saddle again putting videos together.  Enjoy the video and happy holidays folks. 
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Fly Tying Classes, 1 Down 3 To Go

This past Saturday I hosted the first of four tying classes at my local shop,  Upcountry Services in New Hartford.   As usual things went off without a hitch (or half hitch no pun intended).  The bulk of the class focused on a handful of patterns that I would never leave home without, and that with some slight modifications in color and size, can cover a wide variety of insects.
This Weekends Haul From Class

In the class we covered eight(8) patterns,  mostly nymphs, with a couple of dry flies thrown in, that day in and day out just put fish in the net.  I was fortunate enough to have a rather enthusiastic group who held their own on the vise and asked a lot of relevant questions pertaining to each fly covered. 
Saturday's Group

By days end a couple of new class ideas came to fruition for the following season, and I think once I get through this coming Saturdays class, I will diligently be working on building a couple of fresh tying curriculum's for the new year.  Several of those in attendance had also inquired about conducting more on stream classes around a variety of topics, and after some deep discussion with Torrey and Grady, I think you will see us collectively iron out a few classes along those lines next season as well.  Once we dial in the finer details, look for some announcements here and on the Upcountry Services website and Facebook pages in the months to come. 

Lastly, I realize it has been nearly 10 months since I last shot and posted a fly tying video.  I apologize now to you all, as I plan on getting this rectified this week with hopes of launching something new while winter is upon us.  Bear with me for a few days while I try to relearn the entire process as a result of being away for so long.  I am hopeful it is just like riding a bike, but I won't really know until I kick the dust off my video camera and get things going.  I plan on bringing back those videos on a regular basis, and they will cover a wide variety of patterns as I have a bunch on tap that I want to cover.  Check back soon for some fresh material. 

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