Sunday, February 23, 2014

Moving....




As of the past week, I have moved my blog from www.brooksbrownsandbows.blogspot.com to www.brooksbrownsandbows.com. Hope every that has enjoyed my blog on here follows me over to my new site. I will keep this up and running for archive records, but I was also able to import my posts over to the new site as well. Hope to see you there. 

Jared Plisko - JMP


Monday, February 17, 2014

Allegheny Outdoor and Travel Show & Soft Hackles....



Tan rabbit dubbing and some dark brown partridge makes a great looking soft hackle. 


On Instagram, this one had a ton of likes as well as comments. I had purchased the body material at fly fisherman's paradise when I fish Spring Creek in State College, PA. This UTC ribbing material is rated for hook sizes #16-20. It will be a killer caddis pupa pattern for sure. 


Being a bit lazy and not changing my dark thread over, I had to add an additional step to this fly. I have a chartreuse holographic tinsel tied under the body material. It looks even better in person because it lights up that under body. I did rather well before with this pattern for caddis pupa. The only difference was the body. I had created a body out of rolled Antron to create a segmented body. 


Saturday, I joined Mike Steiner at the Monroeville Convention Center for the Allegheny Outdoor & Travel Show. With the recent weather, we had lighter crowds than expected, but being really the only fly fishing guide service as well as a national recognized Sporting Clay facility, we always had people at our booth throughout the event. On a positive note, I plan on opening an online store attached to my blog to sell some of the flies that tie. I had a lot on inquiries regarding the streamers that I had tied. Look for that in the next week. Now that coaching hoops is over, this will be my new focus. 


It had it had taken some coaxing on Sunday to get Mike on the vise Sunday, but he was whipping up some of his goto patterns. 


One example of Mike's tying on Sunday. This looks killer for our freestone streams in early Spring. 


One of the flies that people really liked at the show was my Rainbow Fingerling Pattern. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tying Event at Orvis Pittsburgh....



As soon as work was over today, I headed up to the Orvis store in Pittsburgh. I have been rather pumped about tying some flies at the store for a few weeks. Mike Steiner and Garrett Brain had also came down for support while I had tied flies as well. 


Young tyer, Max had brought his vise in the tie with me at the tying station. I was very impressed on his fly tying knowledge and skills for his age. My favorite part of the evening was when he first got there and told me he had finished his homework to come down to tie this evening. I will say, he is very passionate about this sport. 


When he had arrived, he expressed interest in tying flies for carp, bluegill, and bass on his local lakes in the area. This was a curveball that I did not expect, but nevertheless, I had some ideas for carp flies that I had success on to teach Max. In the photo above, he tied my "LG" streamer pattern. He was a pro. 


After closing hours, Joe wanted to learn a streamer out of my box. We decided to tie a variation of Strolis's Bloodied Minnow. He did a great job. 


They have a great venue at the Orvis Pittsburgh store for tying, especially with the media center to cast videos such as my "Yough Yeti" while I was tying some flies. I wanted to thank Mike, the manager of the store for the opportunity and look forward to tying again in the next couple weeks. 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

#glassisnotdead



John Hatcher and I have been discussing building a glass rod for about two months. I have been rather impressed by his custom work on a few rods that he has made for a few friends. He prefers a very clean and traditional look to his rods with premium components. He had purchased a few Epic glass blanks about two weeks ago. This rod build was a 7'6" 4 weight. 


He had chosen to go with black silk to compliment the white Epic blank. 


Most of this rod was made with materials that he had in inventory. He chose to go with Struble hardware for the reel seat. The wood insert was Ambonya as well. The handle was created with a flor grade ring turned down to a reverse half wells handle. This felt great and looked awesome in person. 


Zoie and I went for a ride to the mountain for a run in the snow to locate a few birds and burn off some of her nervous energy. Mike Steiner, fellow guide, had joined us for the snowy adventure this late morning. Afterward, we stopped in at Woodlands World to visit Garrett at the fly shop. 


Mission accomplished today. 


After dinner this evening, John had mentioned that on his way back from his parent's house in West Virginia, he had christened his Epic 4 weight with a solid bow. If anyone is interested in rod by John, please email me any time. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Golden Stones & Streamers....



I have messing around with that minnow shimmer flash material and I really like it for Clousers. I only made a few in this small size and small bead chain eyes for low water conditions around the house. I also feel that this material will light up and attract fish on those sunny days. I had tied some small Clouser like this before with lots of flash and a sparse amount of buck tail, preferably in root beer and white. I felt that I landed ever fish in that stretch that I could that day. With the amount of snow were getting this morning and yet another day off of school, I may have to wait a bit longer to try these out. 


Building the body of this Golden Stone.


Been seeing a lot more of the golden stones on the river over the past two years. I wanted to tie this for two reasons. Use it when they are coming off in decent numbers in some of the faster water and to also use it as a dry dropper setup on the river. I found this pattern online, so I can't take credit for it but it is a solid pattern.  


Started making a few more video for our vimeo channel.  They will be out soon. I need a name for this streamer. Any suggestions?




Some snowday fun with the dogs this morning.


Our oldest dog, Macie, loves the snow. 




Hallie on the sled for the first time as well as enjoying the snow too. 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

WD-40s...



Looking at a few flies that I would like to add to my spring creek fly box, I went with a recommendation from Matt Grobe. These really imitate the BWO nymphs ascending to the surface. Instead of Woodduck as the wing case, we decided that we make them a flashback WD-40. Very simple but effective fly for selective trout. 

Recipe:

Hook: Curved Caddis #18-20
Tail: Woodduck flank feather
Body: Tying thread 
Ribbing: small copper wire
Wing case: pearl flash
Thorax: hare-tron dubbing


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Tying more Mayflies...



Spent this morning tying up some March Browns Comparaduns. These I tied up on a #10 dry fly hook. I found a pack of custom dubbing that I bought maybe 10 years ago from the Evergreen Fly Shop in Clarksburg, WV. What an awesome fly shop and I was always drawn to there custom dubbing. I bought a great stonefly dubbing that I still use that blend today as well as a custom grannom caddis blends that I have enjoyed too. 

Hook: #8-12
Tail: Coq de Leon 
Body: March Bown Dubbing
Wing: Coastal Deer Hair



After texting a bit with Matt from Grobe Anglers Inc. blog, he suggested that I tie up some Green Drakes in a similar manner. I made some modifications to it though. Added two more materials to give it a more realistic look. I feel that this pattern will produce a 20"+ trout this summer from the river. 

Hook: #8 2xl long dry fly hook
Tail: Coq de Leon
Rib: Coats and Clark sewing thread
Body: Olive, Cream, & brown blended dubbing topped with a mottled turkey feather across the top. 
Wing: Coastal deer hair

Thursday, January 23, 2014

"Yough Yeti" Fly Tying Video...


Yough Yeti from Brooks Browns & Bows on Vimeo.

As a new piece to the blog, I wanted to start a series of fly tying videos from my Vimeo channel. In this video, I whipped up a homemade articulated streamer that I made up just minutes prior to filming. I tied an all white version and dubbed it the "Yough Yeti." In the video, I tied a two-toned version that we called the Chocolate Yeti. Enjoy the video.... I plan on narrating the following videos, so please don't be too harsh on our first attempt..

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Snowshoe on a Snow Day...



Last evening, I sat down to tie up some #12 Light Cahill Comparaduns.  These work really well on the river in May at the wire. The fish that claim habitat to that flat section of water are usually picky, but they will always take a low riding comparadun. 

Recipe: 

Hook: #12 dry fly hook
Tail: Woodduck feather
Body: Superfine Dubbing
Wing: Cream Snowshoe Rabbit


After tying up some Light Cahills, I moved on to BWO Comparaduns. Every day on the river there is an olive hatch. Early season you will see them as big as a #14 and in a brighter olive color. As the season continues, they get as small as a #26 and become more of the traditional olive/brown coloration that I am used to seeing on the river. Tonight, I started out with a #16 Biot Snowshoe Comparadun. 

Recipe:

Hook: #16-20
Tail: Whiting - Coq De Leon Tailing Fibers - Lt. Dun
Body: BWO Turkey Biot 
Thorax: BWO Superfine Dubbing 
Wing: Dark Dun Snowshoe Rabbit 



I have been on a kick as of late with the snowshoe rabbit hair because of its properties to shed water and float in just about any water condition. I need to order up a Lt. Dun for sulphur patterns as well. I think they will be killer on the stream. 


Zoie has been a bit bummed out with these freezing temperatures that have come from the "Polar Vortex" air mass that decided to visit us once again this winter. While going out to clean the walks, I turned her loose for a bit so that she may burn off some of that cabin fever. It didn't take long to find a flock of turkeys to give chase.  I went to my car to grab my whistle as I was watching her on the hillside tormenting those birds. After blowing the whistle, she promptly came back. That is when I snapped this photo. I think she enjoyed her quick run in the woods that afternoon.  All in all, not a bad way to spend time on a snow day from work. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Brook Trout & Tracks...



Mike Steiner and I decided to hike up a local stream to find some Brook Trout willing to eat our flies. I was stubborn a bit early on by wanting to only throw a dry fly in pocket water. Mike switched over to nymphs early and it produced. 


Bobcat tracks were plentiful...


Tons of Turkey tracks as well. 


The typical fish most of the day.


The further you walk up the stream, the more beautiful it gets. There are plenty of plunges and holes that look fishy.


Helios 2 and a Brookie



In the last hole before heading back to the car, Mike landed this awesome wild fish. The colors of this fish are why I have them listed as my favorite by far. I am looking forward to heading back up here with my 2wt rod to chase these guys on dries. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Finished My Streamer Box....



This was a tie that produced very well this past season. This Bloodied Minnow, originated by Strolis, is in a shad version. 


Ben Wise from Ozark Fly Fishing had an Orange variation. It inspired me to come up with my touch on it as well. 


A modification of my original yellow minnow that used this past summer. I really like these tiger barred zonked strips. 


A couple more trophy wives for the streamer box. 

Rainbow version of the trophy wife. 


Now it's time to sling some line...

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Wild Brookie on Vimeo...


Wild Brookie from Brooks Browns & Bows on Vimeo.

Last Thursday, John went to a stream that he has been exploring and decided to take his GoPro Hero3 with him to shoot some video. What he got was some fantastic film of a Brook Trout feeding on a consistent basis. This was a test video and edit before we start posting one of our fly tying videos. Nothing more stunning in the stream than a Brookie.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Starting to Film Fly Tying Videos....



 Went over John Hatcher's house to start filming some fly tying videos for the blog. We firgured that his basement would be a solid place to film considering the light an his sony HD camera is awesome. He is currently editing them and I will be creating a vimeo and YouTube channel to post the videos on for best quality. 
John will also become a writer on the blog soon. 


The first fly that I tied is the Yough Yeti. Looks killer in the vise and fishy as well. 


The next video, I tied a two-toned version  of the Yough Yeti - chocolate version. Hope to have these up soon. 


As for an update on my nymph box. I completed by adding those red copper johns, scuds, and some Walt's worms. These patterns just produce, especially in Central PA.