Saturday, June 3, 2017

Sucker for new

I am real sucker for new things.  Met a gentleman prodalky three years while fishing up North. We talked and he say try these h e gave me  Lively legz  pheasant tail.  I fished it the rest of the day with great success.  So, I came home order the product and it sat.   Until being re-introduced  to them thru my local shop. By the way Jim's sport center in Clearfield stocks them.

S/W minnow

Bass treats

Friday, April 21, 2017

Early morning Streamers

4am  why not bring out the flash..

Hareline Dubbins Ripple ice fiber is amazing stuff.   It is like Light saber in the water.  Also having messing with Nayat from Foxy Tails Uk  it is some Interesting stuff super long fibers

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Bent Barb Fly Company

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday, November 4, 2016

Two in the net

The past few months have been a blur. My children seem to become professional  athletes. whom demand seven day a week training.  Along with ny wife's new postion has put a hurting on my trout bum lifestyle.  Mind you I try to fish once a week and I am always in the fly shop at least twice a week. 

My mind has been in a mental state of  blah. Cursing instagram one day a ran across riversong  nets. I forgot about three years ago my bearded brother Joe Kayafas gave me the information on wooden landing nets done by John Parise.  I friend  John on facebook instagram and asked about prices of nets. 
And that was that. I thought about it..
Nets have always been a pain in my ass. If they  not tangled in the brush there would be smacking  me in the back of the head.  So, I put that on the back burning

Back to the present looking a the photos of the nets brought back a memory of 1991 maybe 1992 shop class at old conformity high.   One of our project was a wooden net. Which  today is hanging in my fly tying room collecting dust.

I then got did some research. I also contacted john asked  a lot of questions. He was kind enough  to guide in a way not to give up all his secrets.

I began gathered tools from my father's house.  cleared him and my father in law of any clamps they owned.  I went to lowes and beyond  for hardwoods. Collect a slew of strips and blocks of dark light grainy wood. 

My first form was two section of plywood roughly cut from a tracing.  This net has been yet be finished. Waiting on a slot cutter from my local hardware store. Dreading the thought of ruining it with one foul swoop of the router table. I now call this net round one phase one

On to my current kindly named Round 2 phase 2.  Round one net being a little off. I   left tracing behind for a square, circle templates, MDf and  a compass.  After a couple of nights of sawing, sanding and hand filing it is ready to form.   We will see how she makes out. I will keep  you updated in the next couple week.

I would also like to point you in the direction of River Song Nets 

If you are in the need of a net message him. They are a Beautiful  hand made nets


The following is a progression on my work. Highschool to round deuce 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Griswold Trip

Family trips, nothing better then eight-hour in a car.  This year was at least a little different.  We went inland for once. Years past  I spent months and months picking said from place  we don't want to talk about.

Knowing the limit of our children we decided to stopped  two hours shy of our destination.   In Bristol Tennessee  would be our home for the night.  Being a family trip I wasn't  quite sure fishing would be part of the agenda. Usually,  my lovely wife let's  me stop at a the fly shop or fish the local water.    The follow morning we ate breakfast  and the kids were picked up  sent on there way to Pigeon 

My wife and set out for the fly shop. That was located a mile so from the South  Holston.  The wife is like so,  we spent a half nosing around.  Didn't find anything  that I wanted or need or want. We then proceed to check out the river.

Mind you my wife has no desire to do such things. If the river sold handbags she be all over it.

We talked to a couple locals  took photos. Due to army core letting water out I wasn't prepared to fish. Aka the towee was at home.  Great place to take photos. Better place to fish. NEXT TIME...

Finally finished  the last leg out the trip to pigeon forge.  Fast forward after  baseball  gocarts, and  upside down house etc.

We finally able to fish was able to fish.  I hired a guide thru the smoky mountain angler.   Say what you want when your 500 miles from home and want to fish the right place it us the best practice.  Worth ever penny.. More so my son would have a chance. He seems todo better with other than is old man.

Met the at the shop and went to get into his car. What do I see mops..  you guys fish mops I said.  He said you know what they are for. I said get out before we go in will show you. Pulled out for my Engel dry box  a full box of ever color mop you could think of.  He said we are taking yours and we were off up in the smoky mountain to find some natives.

Plunge pool after plunge pool of native trout. We did very well for people who don't climb boulders  after boulders. Ben had a hard time setting hard hook. The most important  thinks he learned alot.