Monday, February 28, 2011

DIY on the cheap....




Hairtstacker 101. Fed up with the over priced undersized store bought deals. Here is how I roll. I built this dirt bag stacker over a year ago because I just couldn't get enough bucktail in the ones I had. I wasn't about to drop $$$ on a tool I knew I could build myself. The pictures are pretty self explanatory and the materials are found at the local caft / hardware store. Enjoy and tight lines.




Materials...and it aint much....




1-nail hammer to nock out your foam base.


2-3mm foam


3-copper pipe

Saturday, February 26, 2011

pike snacks.............




So sitting at the bench with all sorts of bucktails and feathers gets me amped up. nothin really beats a fresh bucktail and even better when they are of local stock. I get ample amounts of tails from hunting buddies which is great. Maybe this year I will be able to hand one to myself with the old recurve bow....but that is another story for another time. So I have been working in the lab on a few select ties for spring and finished off some patterns for Nick over at Deer Creek. So I set out to whip up some of these off springs of my "money in the bank" pattern which for me has been a cracker of a pattern when all else has failed. So adding pike catching ingredients spawned this natural disaster. Magnum bunny strip which I prefer to cut myself from whole hides because I prefer at times to have a wider strip. An older post I put up a while back will show you how I cut my hides. I use bucktail for a foul guard ..just a personal prefrence. Add some krystal flash some peacock herl and leave enoch room behind the dumbell eyes to flare my bucktail. The bucktail is best flared by using the tail end of the bucktail. Your choice of hook and size. I like 2/0-6/0 for these but it's up to you. The action I think will drive Mr. esox into a drooling feeding frenzy but will see. I like to fish these styles on an intermediate line and a full sink line with short erratic strips to fast strips to crawling strips depending on the pikes mood. Get some tied up and lets see what you come up with for results. The last picture is Mr. Money himself just no dumbell eyes. I like to switch it up a bit. The color schemes are endless and it's really up to the tier as to what tickles your fancy so to speak. So for now tight lines and good tyin...........pikepicker burried in 700 feet of snow...

Thursday, February 24, 2011

SAVAGE WILD!!!!!


Savage wild................i'd like to think this pike made it. I know this pic has been floating around the net for a while but it's too good not to share again. Me on the other hand well lets just say when your chasing pike on the fly with the "redneck" you get hungary tossin a 10wt around. Dinner is served......................tight lines and pray for spring...... get those flies in line and toss-em somethin good!!!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

R.I.P Dick....


Sad to hear of the loss of a great flyfishing legend Dick Talleur. Have met Dick a couple of times. I believe the 1st time was at the Mass Flyfishing expo , watched him tie and had a hand shake. His tying books are world known and highly regarded. Tight lines my friend and may you be at peace....................

Saturday, February 19, 2011

pike ink.....


Trolling the net I stumbled on this great piece of pike tattooing. I love tattoo's and when you put what you love on your body as self expression well shit...it don't get much better than that. Enjoy and I hope everyone is tying or maybe even gettin into a fish or 2.

Monday, February 14, 2011

UPDATE

Vermont has some strange weather. 40 degrees one day 10 the next 50 then 1 degree. It's kind of like some weather A.D.D. thing. Won't be surprised if I get sick from this spout of weather. Waiting on the p.c. still so I will be keeping all the pictures and pike patterns rolling so bear with me.........this just gives me more time fortasting good beers and reading....tying and what not. Which reminds me.......I need to order a flask........tight lines and think spring!!!!