Musky & Pike flies @ Bent Barb Fly Company (Fire Tiger )
Friday, November 4, 2016
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 http://riversongnets.com/
If you are in the need of a net message him. They are a Beautiful hand made nets
DON'T CONTACT ME FOR NETS.
The following is a progression on my work. Highschool to round deuce
Monday, August 15, 2016
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.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
I recent social media post led to this blog. I post the following photo of a Nautilus FWX 7/8 . Someone posted "Talk about breaking the bank." I replied not replied with how much did you pay for a new Orvis Hydros ? Where is it made?
If you looking for a quality American made real look no further. The new Nautilus X reel and the older Fwx for Pennsylvania waters are top notch