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Monday, August 14, 2017

High Country Fly Fishing UTV Rig

Or, how fat guys get up the mountain...

Years ago when we made our first of many trips to what's become one of our favorite high mountain fishing destinations, we jammed into my 100,000+ mile Tacoma and beat the living hell out of it getting up the mountain. To this day I remember peering up at the steepest and most boulder-strewn section of the trail thinking there's no way my poor little truck can make it up there. Somehow it did.

But now as the truck has been retired from active fishing duty, we've moved on to more efficient means to get around in the back (ish) country. As we've built out what we think is an ideal rig to fish from these lakes and streams, we've been asked about the setup. So without getting too nerdy about it, here's a short video on what we use to get up and around the mountains where we fish.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Quick Tip: How to whip finish crowded heads

No more bound fibers

Caddis pattern with deer hair and hackle
Anyone that's tied more than a few flies knows how some patterns end up being more difficult to whip finish due to hackle, hair or other fibers that can get in the way of your whip finish. You usually end up with the thread binding down some stray hackle or a few strands of antron because the whip finish wraps are somewhat difficult to control such that you can avoid those stray fibers. So here's a quick tip on how to manage your bobbin, thread control and whip finisher in order to end up with a clean fiber-free head.

Part of the trick here, in addition to the technique, is the use of a smaller sized whip finisher. I now use the TMC Dual Whip Finisher for all of my tying (both big and small patterns) because of the extra control it gives when working around tight spaces like this. The TMC Midge Whip Finisher is also another great option for this.