5 Reasons A Simple Fly Tying Vise Is Best

5 Reasons A Simple Fly Tying Vise Is Best

New to tying? Take my adVISE…

When I first got interested in tying my own flies, I remember feeling overwhelmed by the countless vise options available at various price points. Did I really need a fly tying vise that cost several hundred dollars? Was a rotary option actually worth it or would stationary do? Should I get one with a c-clamp or base plate? Why were there so many knobs and what in the world was that skinny metal arm sticking off the side for?

Ultimately, after asking a lot of dumb questions at the shop, and hours and hours of researching on my own, I decided to purchase a Griffin Odyssey Spider Vise. This vise is geared towards beginners, which at the time described me, but after tying thousands of patterns on this thing, I’m pretty convinced it’s the only vise I’ll ever need. Continue reading “5 Reasons A Simple Fly Tying Vise Is Best”

Winter Fly Fishing – Best Clothing for Cold Weather Fishing

Winter Fly Fishing – Best Clothing for Cold Weather Fishing

When the snow starts falling, many anglers pack up their gear and wait out the cold months, anticipating the return of long days and warm afternoons. For those willing to brave the cold, though, winter fly fishing can be a rewarding time.

In many places, fish are active and accessible year-round. Even better, you probably won’t have to compete for your favorite runs, and can often go all day without seeing another fly fisherman.

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3 Tips On How Carp Made Me A Better Fly Fisherman

3 Tips On How Carp Made Me A Better Fly Fisherman

Carp. Making lemonade out of lemons is what it’s about. Besides Oklahoma State University and Eskimo Joe’s, Stillwater is just a dot on the Oklahoma map. I am currently living there because of my dad’s Air Force ROTC job at OSU. When moving from fishing the greatest tailwater fishery on the planet, the Missouri River in Montana, to fly fishing for carp in Northern Oklahoma, one can certainly count on being bothered by the itch to get out West. But there are ways fly fishing carp can help one become a better fly fisher in general. Continue reading “3 Tips On How Carp Made Me A Better Fly Fisherman”

My Son’s First Fish On A Fly He Tied

My Son’s First Fish On A Fly He Tied

There are so many different first trips of the year and I love them all! There’s the first trip out in early spring. The water is cold, the fish are slow, and all of my gear is a little disorganized. But I’m playing in the mountains, so it’s fantastic. Then there’s the first trip with friends. I don’t always like to mix those two trips. On the first trip of the season, I spend more time in the back of my Jeep, or sitting on the bank than I should. I don’t remember where all of my stuff is. Continue reading “My Son’s First Fish On A Fly He Tied”

Kayak Fly Fishing in Chesapeake Bay Tributaries

Kayak Fly Fishing in Chesapeake Bay Tributaries

Kayak angling is very popular where I live near Annapolis, Maryland. The Chesapeake Bay and its many rivers and creeks provide an active striped bass fishery for most months of the year, from the early spring to the late fall. Indeed, fisheries scientists believe that nearly 70 percent of the striped bass on the east coast of the U.S. originate in the Chesapeake Bay. In the summer, white perch, a feisty smaller cousin of striped bass forage in the Bay’s rivers and creeks. They too are targeted by kayak anglers. And then in the cold months, pickerel can be caught in those same waters. Continue reading “Kayak Fly Fishing in Chesapeake Bay Tributaries”

So, You Bought a Tenkara Rod, Eh?

So, You Bought a Tenkara Rod, Eh?

Tenkara is breathtakingly simple, a delight in terms of minimalist gear and ease of use, and an easy piece of kit to pack along in the car or on a hike. Most people purchase a tenkara rod because they are already anglers, but a good number of people get them because they were always intrigued by fly fishing but never wanted to go all out in learning about knots, rods, and all the ephemera that surrounds the fly fishing world. However you ended up purchasing a tenkara rod, and however much experience you have on the water, there are a few things that every tenkara rod owner should think about. Check out these tips and maybe you can avoid some rookie mistakes with your gear. Continue reading “So, You Bought a Tenkara Rod, Eh?”