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!
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.
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
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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: http://www.orvis.com/news/fly-fishing/friday-fly-fishing-film-festival-08-22-14/
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
According to Skytruth.org, a satellite detected this massive spill on Monday, August 4, 2014. “…An approximately 580 acre tailings impoundment failed at a Canadian gold and copper mine near Likely, British Columbia. The breach at Imperial Metal’s Mt. Polley mine dumped an estimated 1.3 billion gallons of toxic mine waste into the surrounding environment. On August 5, Landsat 8 acquired an image of the mine showing that grey sludge from the breached dam has entered Polley Lake, saturated the entire length of Hazeltine Creek, and entered Quesnel Lake over five miles downstream of the failed impoundment. The spill has prompted drinking water bans throughout the region, since the pond contains a slurry laden with arsenic, lead, mercury, selenium, and other toxic metals and compounds.”
They continue to note, “The president of Imperial Metals, Brian Kynoch, claims that the water in the tailings pond is “near drinking water quality” and expressed disbelief that the impoundment could fail so catastrophically, despite the fact that Canadian officials had issued multiple warnings to Imperial Metals for exceeding water quality standards for effluent and exceeding the permitted wastewater levels in the pond. Local citizens anticipating the arrival of a salmon run now fear the worst for the environment and tourism, especially as they begin to document dead fish in Quesnel Lake. Environmental groups across North America will be watching this story closely given the similarities to the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed, the world’s most productive wild salmon fishery. Tailings ponds at Pebble mine would cover a surface area 13 times larger than the Mt. Polley impoundment and would have earthen dams taller than the Washington Monument.”
Original article posted via Skytruth.org, 8/6/14