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Follow for follow? Like for like? Do you fish for pictures? Neither do I. #followforfollow #likeforlike.  When I started with this social media world 3 years ago I had no idea what those things meant!  Don't worry.  I have translated them into the Queen's English for you.  It means this: Hey, uhhhhh, I don't have any good content on my social media platform (specifically Instagram) so I'll like yours if you like mine.  Is this like a co-ed gym class in 9th grade?  Shouldn't people just see the content you put out into the world wide interwebs and decide whether or not they like it or not?  Nope.  This is a world of non-original content and asking for likes.  See below. From the diary of a habitual re-poster:  There are days when I stay up until the early morning scanning my phone for THE shot to post.  You know, you have to be in the right place at the right time to get the right picture and you have to have dedication to pull it off.  One morning I ju

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Fly Tying Room Renovation

Fly Tying Room Renovation

The fly tying desk gets a facelift I usually go through some sort of fly box or fly tying area re-arrangement once every year or two -- especially during the dead of winter when I'm spending more time at the vise. And for the past probably three years, I've been using a fairly large flat oak dining table as my main base of operations in the tying man-cave. As Cheech and I spend a good amount of time in the man-cave plotting out trips, talking flies and materials or doing our filming, I've realized that room is much too small for such a huge piece of furniture. So I decided to retool the room, making it more Sasquatch friendly. Before we get too far, I've written about some of my organization tips here and here . I'm sticking to the same ideas there as far as storage goes, but I've realized I needed to consolidate and change up my tying area and make it even more efficient. I'm mostly talking about getting away from my Dwight Schrute style "megadesk

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Biot CDC Callibaetis

Biot CDC Callibaetis

Feed the Gulpers Biot CDC Callibaetis, the Slurpee of the lakes Remember that time when you were fishing your favorite reservoir out of your donut float tube?  The time when you were rigged up with your 6 weight, a type 5 sinking line, and your very best bugger pattern?  The time when you started seeing dimples in the surface only to realize that those were fish dimpling the surface, and not only were they dimpling the surface, they were eating mayflies???  I remember that time.  I had never really considered rigging a dry fly line for lake fishing, but what did I know - I was a neoprene wader, 'murican flag bandana wearing, secret dubbing having, bugger strippin', EXPERT...  This day was similar to many that I have had over my fishing journey, because it taught me that I should never get too comfortable with my techniques and that I should always keep an open mind to learn new things. If you have ever fished a good callibaetis hatch on a stillwater, you have experie

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Desk Dump: 5 for Summer

Desk Dump: 5 for Summer

5 Materials for Summer Desk Dump: 5 for Summer I know it may be disappointing, based on the title here, if you were expecting to see my dog taking a dukey on my desk, but no we'll save that for a later post. However, if you've been around the social media and interweb channels long enough, you might be familiar with a very popular style of photo and blog post called "Pocket Dumps" ( Google it if you're not ). We've toyed around with the idea of doing something similar that would revolve around tying, so this is the first in a series of pocket dump style posts we're going to name "Desk Dumps". These posts will feature materials we have on our desks a lot lately and how we're using them. In terms of pocket dump jargon, this would be called an EDC (Every Day Carry) type material. And while our EDC materials will vary throughout the year, we'll try to stay on top of what we're tying. So in this inaugural post, I'm going to st

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California Leech Variation

California Leech Variation

It's highly adaptable California Leech Several years ago when I first started to poorly cast, kick, and strip (I know... bad play on words) or as I called it "stillwater fishing," I was a bugger guy.  All you needed was a handful of olive, black, and brown Wooly Buggers and a type 3 sinking line.  Sure, I caught plenty of fish, but it wasn't until I started paying more attention to some of the excellent patterns out there that I really started to catch more fish.  One of the extra "ninja" patterns that I had heard about was the California Leech that was made famous by Bill Scheiss at Henry's Lake in Idaho.  Bill's flies were usually pretty scraggly, and not the prettiest of flies, but they sure caught fish.  There are many different versions of California Leech dubbing, but the best I have used is made by Mike Andraesen from Bountiful, UT.  It's a blend of flash with his famous Canadian brown mohair that can be adapted to be used in a wi

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Review: Zeal Optics

Review: Zeal Optics

Sustainability and quality in one package Curtis wrangles a nice rainbow while sporting Zeal glasses I remember the trip when I realized how important good lenses are.  I had a lot of experience fishing our local cutthroat lake with flies, and if there is a common theme for that lake, it's short striking cutthroat.  The game changer for this trip was the fact that my father in law and I were fishing standing up on our new-to-us tin boat instead of sitting in kick boats.  I was fishing a pretty bright fly around 12 feet deep and I could see the fly the whole time due to good polarized glasses.  We really weren't doing super well until i realized that my fly would disappear for a few seconds at a time, but I couldn't feel any bites.  The next time my fly disappeared I strip set and it was fish on.  We repeated this for the rest of the day in what turned out to be one of the best trips we have had on that lake.  It wouldn't have happened without good polarized glas

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Cinnamon Toast Ant

Cinnamon Toast Ant

Not for human consumption Cinnamon Toast Ant with the Rising Brookie net The good thing about having friends that are super fishy is that they give you the feedback needed to create killer bugs.  Around 2005 Bryan Gregson requested an ant of some sort to take to some small streams that he had been fishing, but you have to know that Bryan has fished about everything under the sun.  I looked at a lot of ants online, and I looked at a bunch of fly patterns to make sure I didn't give him anything that he already had before I hit the vise.  I tied up a prototype ant that was kind of similar to the now-named Cinnamon Toast Ant, and sent him on his way.  They ran into an unexpected Green Drake hatch that weekend, and since he was there to do some product testing, he followed through with his promise of fishing this cinnamon ant.  Well, he was glad that he did, because this ant outperformed all of the green drake imitations that they were fishing.   Cinnamon Toast Ant

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