It’s Here…

This Brown Was Caught By Austin Green During The First "Warm Front" of The Year!

Copyright 2014. Austin Green Weinstein. All Rights Reserved.

That time of year is upon us again; greens turn to yellows, reds, oranges and eventually browns.  Each morning will bring birds and the frost line further south.  Deer push out their winter coats as we pull out wool sweaters, jeans and rubber boots.

Our streams fill with colorful leaves, keeping our flies from reaching the now colorful fish.  Hormones are beginning to flow through the fish like the water in the rivers, hook-jaws are devolving and bellies are getting fat with roe.

As brown trout get frisky and excited, so do we.  Though, unlike the fish, we are not in the mood for continuing our race, but seem to be more interested in slapping wooley buggers up against a half submerged log jam; taking advantage of the trouts instinct to scare off and intimidate any perceived competition or threat.

For many trout fisherman, this is the most exciting time of the year.  The fish, preoccupied by spawning, seem to loose all concern with threats from either the terrestrial or aquatic world.  This gives us as anglers the opportunity to pursue the largest of trout.

Of course you can target the big boys and girls all year long, but in the Fall the fish are a little more open to the idea of biting your fly in the daylight hours.  During the summer time, you have to night fish to fool any of the biggums; this is because they are actually feeding at that time of year.  Now, all they want to do is make love, and chase away your big yellow and brown streamers fly.

Essentially what I am trying to say is that it is time to break out the six weights, sink tip and five inch streamers that could knock an infant unconscious.  As the water cools, the fish will become more and more comfortable in slower, deeper pools and undercuts.  So get dressed in those wool sweaters and jeans and get out there and hang a hog!

-Rob Lepczyk

Originally posted on the Great Feathers blog as “It’s Here…” 


Come into Great Feathers from September 20 to October 19, to try on a pair of Silver Sonic waders (Great Feathers has all three styles), and you will be entered for a chance to win. The Grand Prize winner will win a Penn’s Creek Bamboo Fly Rod. 2 First Prize winners will receive a CFO Reel. 4 Second Prize winners will receive the Safe Passage Carry-It-All Rod & Gear Case. 10 Third Prize winners will receive a Hydros 3D Trout Line. Sonic Try-On-A-Thon winners will be drawn and announced November 17, 2014!

Re-creating Flies Of The Past To Create Yourself

The Partridge and Orange As Tied By Myself

The Partridge And Orange As Tied By Myself
Photo By Austin Green Photography

Some of my fondest experiences in fly tying did not happen at the vise. Sounds kind of strange doesn’t it? My most memorable experiences have happened through the people I have met, the conversations had, and while in search for the truth behind the flies we tie. Many of us that tie flies simply sit at the vise and crank out pattern after pattern because some article somewhere said that this is a must have fly; and after a while that gets pretty boring. Real tying begins when one steps back and looks deeper into the flies that they are tying.

In our world of fly tying, there are many facets of what drive our interests. Many are driven by what is new, different or “better.” Though there are some of us that have found our passion in recreating flies of a long gone era. These flies are the heart and soul of fly tying as we know it today. Recently, many of the new patterns we see coming to market are simply renamed forgotten flies with a slight modification or two; and many of these are blatant copies, just renamed and in a different color. Now don’t get me wrong as there are some truly innovative new patterns out there as well, but even innovation has roots somewhere.

Many times, when getting into the history of flies, you end up wading into deep water quickly. There can either be tons of information, too much to sort through, or barely any at all. In effort to keep this somewhat short I am going to omit the Atlantic salmon flies, one can spend a lifetime on them and never be satisfied. Let us take a look at some common flies that are recreated with regularity. The Partridge and Orange, this fly has been mentioned in written history as far back as Dame Julianna Berners in the year 1486. In over 500 years this fly has proven effective through countless versions and is still for sale through most major retailers. Let us fast forward a few hundred years and take for example the Pheasant Tail nymph. Everybody has some version of this fly in the box right, well yes the American version. Most could tell you the fly was designed by Mr. Frank Sawyer but that is about as far as it goes. How many could tell what the original fly was, how it was tied and fished and why? Mr. Sawyer was trying to imitate the swimming Baetis and would fish the flies as so. The things that he noticed while watching the natural were the manner in which it swims is akin to how we jig a fly and that when swimming the nymph would tuck its legs against its body. Therefore to achieve the fly he wanted it was sleek and heavy and of course easy tie for his clients.

Sawyer’s Pheasant Tail As Tied By Myself

Sawyer’s Pheasant Tail As Tied By Myself
Photo By Austin Green Photography

Throughout the search into the history of a particular fly many variations can be found. In researching the versions of patterns tied by so many of the famous fisherman you will learn many things. Some of the learnings will be all about tying and techniques, trying to tie that perfect fly only makes a person better at tying. Through these branches of a flies history is where a tyer starts to discover thoughts and methods liked and disliked. Many will find that they prefer the tying methods of one or another of fly tyers of legend. One neat realization is that these people were just like any of us, some were doctors, lawyers, or farmers. A select few were river keepers and lived the life of a true trout bum. When diving into the past and finding what is like or disliked it will be natural that one’s own thoughts on flies begin to develop, and with thoughts on flies will come how to fish them effectively. The readings of these prominent fly tyers mixed with the fly tyers own individuality will begin to form a unique identity, not a book copied “fisherman”.

On another level you will inherently learn something about yourself and your fly tying style that you may have never realized otherwise. It is when we truly start to understand ourselves that we become fisherman instead of book smart river floggers. We can read all of the books on fly fishing out there and never successfully catch a fish. Think about that for a moment before saying that it doesn’t make sense! When one spends all of their tying time that simply following the patterns they tend to do the same in their fishing, read the book follow the pattern for success. It’s when we step back and think some, learn a few things about ourselves and how we fish, then let natural application take over and you become a fisherman in the truest of senses. Sometime after a lot of these realizations and successes you will notice how and why you tie flies will change. Fly tying, even the new must have patterns, will take on an entirely new meaning to you.

By Eric Way, Gunpowder Custom Tackle

Rising Water Anglers

Rising Water Angling

Rising Water Angling
Copyright 2014. Mike Ball. All Rights Reserved.

Rising Water Angling – Spey fishing coastal northern California steelhead – DATES STILL AVAILABLE – $25 off when you mention The Uncommon Angler!

Nov thru March.
Available dates Jan 4-23 Feb 1-20 march is open and weather dependent.
Half day walk and wade trips $300
Full day walk and wade trips $450
Full day float trips $500
Full days will consist of 8-10 hours of fishing.

Rivers we may fish depending on the current runs and conditions: Smith, Klamath, Mad, Van Dusen, Eel, Matole.

Contact info:
Mike Ball or on Facebook at RISING WATER ANGLERS
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“Gold Rush On Beaver Island” Teaser Featured On Orvis News Friday Film Fest

I’m proud to announce that the teaser to my film “Gold Rush On Beaver Island’ was featured on Phil Monahan’s “Orvis News Friday Fly Fishing Film Festival.”
I would like to thank everyone who helped make this possible (you all know who you are)! I couldn’t be happier! Be sure to view the 8-22-14 Film Fest and our teaser by visiting:

-Austin Green

The Spring Creek Samurai

The Spring Creek Samurai

The Spring Creek Samurai
Copyright 2014. Austin Green Weinstein. All Rights Reserved.

Well, our latest film **title to be announced on Friday** about fly fishing for huge carp on Beaver Island is near completion and will be released this fall. Not only will we be announcing the title on Friday, but the teaser will also be released by our friends, TLTFF. Due to the circumstances, I thought this might be a good time to announce that we have begun filming another short movie called, “The Spring Creek Samurai.” All of you that love Tenkara fishing… this is your ticket. -Austin Green

Jaybo Art

Smallmouth Bass By Jaybo Talbo

Smallmouth Bass By Jaybo Talbo
Copyright 2014. Jaybo Talbo. All Rights Reserved.

Be sure to check out Jaybo Art, the official in-house “pen and ink” artist of The Uncommon Angler! Stay tuned for some very exciting collaborations and a brand new “The Art” tab on!