Saturday, April 22, 2017

If I Remember Right......................

IF I REMEMBER RIGHT....................


When I awoke this morning, for some darn reason, I was a bit grumpy.  Well, at least I woke up.  That is a positive thing at my age.......... Anyway, back to the grumpy thing.
I pondered for a minute on why I was so grumpy.  Could be I haven't been fishing lately......... That might be it! Or, it could be that I was having a flashback to the last time  I went fishing on the ponds near my home.  That could have bee it, too.

Seriously, being grumpy comes with being an ol' geezer.  I think that's it if I remember right!  Being an ol' geezer also comes with forgetfulness, too.  So let me see if I can remember why I started this blog post to begin with............ Oh, yea, I think I remember now!
Did I say something about going fishing? Maybe, if I remember right........... All an old fly fisherman, or gal for that matter, needs to remember is that they are smarter than the fish they are casting for.  Hope they can remember that long..........

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Now, if I remember right, the wife said that it was going to be a good day and that I could buy a new fiberglass fly rod on the way to the pond!
I sure hope I remember right.................. I wonder if she will remember what she said, or, will it be a he said, she said thing? Chances are one of us has to be right.

Well, I bought it.  Now, just can't remember where I put it............................... Us ol' geezers sure pack a lot of gear around.  If I remember right, it all has it's specific use.  Darn, was that a two piece rod or was that one of them fancy four piece outfits?  I wish I could remember right.............. I wonder if I ever left the fly shop with the rod? Did I even stop at the Fly Shop? If I remember right.............Oh, there it is!

Whats more, where did that new little fly reel come from that's laying here with the rod? Did I purchase that to match the rod so beautifully?  Boy, I wish I could remember right..........................

Ok, let's see... What I left home with a box full of flies, didn't I? If I could remember right............. Or, is that a brand new fly box that goes with the rod and reel? I wish I could remember.............

There's my lunch sticking out from underneath my pillow............ If I remember right, I was planning on taking a nap when it warms up a bit.  Sure is hot out here today!

Now, if I can just remember where I was going to go fishing at..................... Oh well, I will find water somewhere to fish in.  If I remember right, I just might get there..............................................

Oh, No!  I think I can smell my box of worms someplace...........................  I wonder how they got in here, or better yet, how long they been here.......... If I could only remember?

Ok, I am in the car going somewhere to fish or take a nap or throw out the worms.  If I could only remember..........................................................................................................................................

I put my favorite song in the ol' CD player.  I hope you enjoy it!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Fly Tyin' Times - Flies At Work

Always good to hear when someone has spent their hard earned dollars on the fruits of your labor at the fly tying vise, that fruition comes from their efforts.  I thought I would share a couple of quick pictures today of my flies with all my blog readers that have been passed on to me by their users.  

Red Tag Soft Hackles and Krystal Beetles ready to go to work in Florida!  Happy hooks up,  Mike.


Iowa fly fisher, Steve Doty, has been at work on his local pond with more flies from Fly Tyin' Times....

 Nice Bluegill, Steve!  Great to see that my "Go Getter" works back that way also......

This is my Grandson, Kaleb Owens! While he wasn't fly fishing, he has been stalkin' the local ponds and getting his fair share of Bass.  What did he use? "Grandpa, I used Rooster Tails".

I am a little further behind on the fishing than I usually am as I have been homebound pretty much helping my wife through recovery of some fairly serious surgery.  So my time has been spent tying flies.........................

 
 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

What She Said.....................



All of us that write a fly fishing or fly tying blog have probably had the same thing happen to them at one time or another.  You know we all have points where we look forward to writing that next blog post.  An idea comes, and, we ponder on it awhile.  We struggle to write the words or see the full picture of where we are going with the post............ Recently, that happened to me.  I am really happy that it did!

Here is why: I have really been focused on getting Fly Tyin' Times rolled over to a lot of fly tyin' matter.  For example (the intent to include simple and effective fly patterns for fishing for Panfish, or, booting up the online shop, or, moderating the very successful Fly Tyin' Times group over on Facebook).  Things have been going well with all of that. 



Well, with that comes a lot of interest in fly tying.  I have made contact with many new tyers or those who wish to take up fly tying.   Questions abound..... What do I need to start tying flies? Should I do this or that?  Can I tie flies cheaper than I can buy them?  Those of us who do tie our flies have heard these questions from our friends and neighbors, both, online and offline.

So, regressing here, I had plans to put together a complete post to answer some of those questions and help out my readers.  As I pondered on this a bit, I read a post over on my friend, Paul Beel's blog Frankenfly. In Paul's post I read about another writer/blogger by the name of Sara Golden from The Wading Lab.  

I hit that link to the blog and read an absolutely very well done article that answered all the questions about fly tying that I had mentioned above, and, in great detail.  

So, in essence, I wish all of my readers stop over to Sara's post and read what she has to say.  I could not have written it any better.

 http://www.wadinglab.com/best-fly-tying-starter-kit-buyers-guide/

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Heads Up - One Of A Kind - Go To The "Dump"


Well, I have no idea how "Ethan The Dump Truck" will fit into this fly fishing blog post, but, here goes!

I just wanted to give all my readers a Heads UP - One Of A Kind - Go To The "Dump" shout out here on the blog this evening.

What is the "Dump", you ask?

This is a section of my blog and online shop where I will be posting Slightly Used or Like New gear that I have managed to collect over time.  Just trying to  pass along good products that I am not using so that others may benefit from them, and, get a good deal at the same time!  "The Dump" will be handled on an email basis so that we can further review the specific product being sold at reduced price.  My email is listed there with the product!

 All orders will be handled through my email address unless otherwise specified. Payment will be through PayPal unless otherwise noted.  Please send any orders or questions about products to:

grandpamel49@gmail.com

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Now, with that all cleared up, here are a couple of new items that I have added this evening in the "Dump"


FishPond "Waterdance" Pack - Used one season. Retails at $100.00, I am asking $50.00 plus $5.00 Shipping and handling.  This is a (1) only sale! This pack is in excellent condition. Can be worn as a chest or lumbar pack Two generously sized main compartments Adjustable compression strap system Webbing and cord loops for tools and accessory attachments Interior pockets for extra gear storage Two mesh water bottle holders (Bottles not included) Signature, zip-down fly bench with replaceable foam Padded, breathable air mesh backing for comfort Lightweight, fabric from commercial fishing nets. Email grandpamel49@gmail.com

Note:  $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
***** The Fishpond Pack has sold*****

And, in addition,...................................................................................................................................


Brand New - Never Used!!!!!!!!!! One Only!!!!!
Fishpond San Juan Chest Pack. Full Retail Price is $49.95, I am asking $30.00 plus $5.00 Shipping and handling. Low-profile vertical design Zippered main compartment for secure fly box storage Zippered interior pocket Fishpond Jacquard accent webbing and climbing cord loops for accessory attachment Belt loop attachment Signature, zip-down fly bench with replaceable foam. Email Mel - grandpamel49@gmail.com

 Note: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
***** The Fishpond San Juan Chest Pack has sold****








Thanks for reading and being a support to Fly Tyin' Times.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Fly Tyin' Times - Mayhem

Been a lit busier here than normal over the past couple of weeks, and in addition, my wife had some fairly serious surgery completed, so providing support and care seems essential.  Anyhow, we passed through the March Mayhem basketball stuff with the usual frenzy around my home, which is not much at at all to be honest......... However, I would like to share a pattern with you all that has fished well for me over the years.  It is a pattern that I picked up somewhere, somehow, and made a few tweaks too it and the results have been good!  Check out my form of 



The "Mayhem" is tied to represent a Perch Fry or small Perch in the water.  Now, I know that I have had success with this pattern and I think I know why.  Other fish love too eat little Perch! This pattern is not designed to catch you some Perch, however, it will....... It is designed to catch the Bass, Walleye, or Trout that feed on the smaller Perch.  Best way too fish it is too find a school of Perch to begin with.  Often times Perch will school up and the trick is too finding them and the correct depth to fish.  Aggressive other species in the water will take care of the rest if it is going to work at all.......  So let's tie a "Mayhem"

  • Hook - Size (6) or size (10) 3xlong hook of your choice - I use size (10) for Bluegill.
  • Thread - Black 6/0 Uni-Thread
  • Tail - Hot Orange Krystal Flash
  • Rib - Small Gold Wire
  • Overbody - At least (6) strands of Peacock Herl
  • Body - Orange Scrubby Chenille
  • Beard - Hot Orange Krystal Flash
  • Overwing - Hareline Baitfish Emulator 
  1. Begin by tying on your thread and bringing it to the rear of the hook at a point straight up from the barb.
  2. Select several strands of the Krystal Flash and measure them to be length of the hook shank approximately. (Before you tie them in, I will give you an option for you to think about.  I used a Black Permanent Marker to color in a black bar across the end of the Krystal Flash strands.  This makes it look similar to Golden Pheasant Tippet if that suits your fancy,  Anyway, probably totally unnecessary, but, I liked the effect.)
  3. Tie in your Krystal Flash tail directly above the barb of the hook.  Trim off the excess towards the front of the hook.
  4. Tie in Gold wire rib at same place you tied in the tail
  5. Select at (6) Peacock Herls and tie them at the same place as tail, also, extending rearward.
  6. Tie in Orange Scrubby Chenille.  All of your tie in's are at the same spot.  Begin wrapping the chenille towards the eye of the hook and leaving just a small area for the rest of the materials to be tied down.
  7. Take Peacock Herls and pull them directly over the back of the chenille and tie them off just in front of the chenille.  Creates the Overback!
  8. Counter wrap the small Gold wire spiraling it over the overbody and Scrubby Chenille.  Tie it off at same point as the Peacock Herl.
  9. Turn your hook upside down and tie in the Krystal Flash for a beard.  The beard should stop just short of the point of the hook.
  10. Turn your hook back upright and tie in the Baitfish Emulator Overwing.  Tying it rearward.  The length of the Overwing should stop just short of the length of the tail.
  11. Finish with a good Whip Finish knot and add a good coating of Head Cement surrounding the tie off spot.  This will help lock everything tied in at that point.
  12. Go find some Perch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Happy Tyin' and causin' some "Mayhem"..........................
 
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