Archive for the ‘Book Reviews & Excerpts’ Category

Book Review by Vern-o “Advanced Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead”

Book Review by Vern-o “Advanced Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead”

With the hint of fall in the air, what better time to brush up on our quest for Great Lakes steelhead than with a review of Rick Kustich’s book. Advanced Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead is a sort of follow up book to Rick and Jerry Kustich’s 1999 book Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead.

Somerset Fly Fishing Show 2012

Somerset Fly Fishing Show 2012

January 27, 28, and 29 2012 marked the 20th anniversary of the Fly Fishing Show in Somerset New Jersey. This show has an international pool of the top fly tiers, fly fisherman, and fly fishing companies. Walking the floor is almost an overload of all things FLY. I tried to make sense of it all […]

Nymphing with Switch and Spey Rods- by Dave Henry

Nymphing with Switch and Spey Rods- by Dave Henry

Dave Henry has taken on a great new topic… 2handed rods for trout. While mainly a tool for targeting steelhead and salmon, 2handed rods (commonly called spey or switch rods) have a loyal following looking to expand their horizons; taking a rod that has its origins in swinging flies and applying it to nymphing. Dave does a great job breaking down tackle and technique.

The Evolution of a Fly by VERN-O

The Evolution of a Fly  by VERN-O

It started as a simple request for some flies. I had been tying a few steelhead flies for a guide who shall not be named on the Salmon River a year or so ago. As the steelhead season was winding down he was gearing up for his guiding season in the New England area for […]

March Browns Photo Essay- by Kevin Hospodar

March Browns Photo Essay- by Kevin Hospodar

A late afternoon trip to a central Pennsylvania stream for March Browns. Some fish, flies, and great surroundings.

Meeting Don Bastian- by Scott Bleiler

Meeting Don Bastian- by Scott Bleiler

If you like wet flies like I do, you will of course have read the ‘fly fishing bible’, Ray Berman’s masterpiece, Trout. The book is a timeless classic, drenched in the lore and nostalgia of fly fishing. I’m 34 and tied my first wet fly in 2008. I never saw these things for sale in […]

Alec Jackson the Man Behind the Hooks….and a whole lot more. By VERN-O

Alec Jackson the Man Behind the Hooks….and a whole lot more. By VERN-O

When it comes to Spey flies you can’t get away from the name Alec Jackson. Most recognizable in the series of Daiichi brand hooks that he developed. As I sit at my vise and tie spey fly after Spey fly, his name keeps flashing in front of me. I keep asking who is Alec Jackson and how did he get his name on every pack of these elegant and beyond durable hooks?

The Blitz

The Blitz

Tosh Brown and Pete McDonald are realsing a new book “The Blitz”, which profiles Blitz up the eastern coast of the US. Here is their teaser video, profiling their fishing along the way.

Liberty and Justice

Liberty and Justice

“I first saw Tom Herr’s Liberty and Justice on an online fly tying forum. I was not only impressed by the skill, but more-so the purpose. Here is Tom’s story of one special serviceman and a challenge to all of us.”– KH My most vivid memory of him occurred after he returned home for leave. […]

“Pops”- by VERN-O

“Pops”- by VERN-O

Vern-O is a commercial fly tyer from upstate New York. You can see his flies at J. Stockard’s Fly Market, or visit his Blog Vern-o.blogspot.com April 1st for many in the Northeast signals the opening of trout season. For the rest of the country it means April Fool’s Day. I have been fishing for as […]

DVD review- Skagitmaster 2 with Scott Howell

DVD review- Skagitmaster 2 with Scott Howell

Building off Skagitmaster 1 with Ed Ward, comes Skagitmaster 2 with Scott Howell “Steelheading outside of the box”. Bottom line… These are real skills and knowledge that will help you catch fish.

Book Review: Charlie Craven’s Basic Fly Tying by Alex Cerveniak

Book Review: Charlie Craven’s Basic Fly Tying by Alex Cerveniak

In this book, Charlie Craven takes a no BS approach in introducing the reader to the art of fly tying. Like many fly tiers, I am mostly self-taught.  I like to think I’ve done pretty well for myself.  I certainly can’t take all of the credit for the techniques I’ve figured out at the vise, […]

Oasis Benches and accessories

Oasis Benches and accessories

Oasis Benches offers a full line of product that suite the needs of any fly tier. The Fly Factory and the Sparkle Spinner 16 can help you stay organized and make you a better tier.

Dr. Slick Razor and Twisted Loop scissors

Dr. Slick Razor and Twisted Loop scissors

Dr. Slick is a leading name in the Fly tying industry. Check out two of their great models of scissors.

Opening Days by Richard Chiappone

Opening Days by Richard Chiappone

The following is an excerpt from the book, Opening Days, by Richard Chiaponne. It is from the chapter titled, “Perfect: A Fly Tier’s Beginnings.”

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