Monday, March 31, 2014

Plumber's Scud

Tied with teflon tape, peacock herl, ultra wire, and body stretch. Teflon tape gives you access to whatever color you want your body to be. This is an attempt at an Olive/ light brown shade.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Plumber's Caddis Larvae

Fly tying, the sole cause of viewing every store you walk into as a potential tying material supplier. Teflon, or plumbers tape, can be found in any local hardware store. It serves well for stopping leaky faucets and bad threads on shower heads. I don't live in an area where I can easily find tying materials, this led me to think outside the box. I had some teflon tape sitting in my garage along with a leaky faucet in my kitchen. I grabbed the former to fix the latter. While wrapping, I noticed that if you applied a twisting motion, it made a nice tubular shaped string that could be used to really sit in the grooves of piping thread. Immediately, I pictured how I could use it as a material. I have found a few benefits to using teflon tape for nymph bodies. Here are a few.

1) You can color it any way you want
2) It gives the bodies great segmentation
3) It sinks really well because of how compact it can be wrapped
4) It can be torn very easily and split in half for any sized fly
5) They will never spout a leak of any kind...

The technique I use for for the segmentation is simple. Twist the tape as tight as you want and pull taut. Keep in mind that the tighter you twist and harder you pull the finer the segments, which leads to building a good taper. If you want more bulk simply loosen the stretch you are applying and let it build the taper. 

I believe the sinking abilities of teflon bodies can be akin to throwing a very compact and crumbled piece of paper into the wind or a nice new sheet of paper. The compact piece falls faster.

The fly in the video is a size 16 hook. if you were using the tape for size 20 flies, simply tear the tape lengthwise, it tears evenly every time.

Get tying.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Never Know

Last saturday saw my first outing in 2014 in search of local trout. As usual, my eagerness to fish screwed me over. I headed over to one of the more popular areas, which sit's a comfortable distance from my house. Upon arriving, rigging up, looking over the water to determine depth, I realized I had forgotten my split shots and indicators. Well, I didn't come all this way to not even attempt at hooking into some trout, so walking I went in search of my first hole. Walking is exactly what I did. Since I had earlier decided that I need not wear my waders for fear of spooking fish in gin clear and low water, I had to walk all the way around sections of water I wanted to fish to find bridges to get to the side that looked better. 75 Percent of my time was wasted plotting my journey to the landmass on the other side of the stream. Once I got to where I wanted to be, I tied on the heaviest fly I had which happened to be a beadhead copper john. The trick to forgetting split shots and indicators at home was to cast further upstream of the trout to give my fly time to sink where I wanted it to and to keep my line as tight as possible with enough mending to get a steady dead drift. All these only came into agreement once, and it is still questionable whether it was that, or the small brown having enough empathy to make my day. I guess we'll never know.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


Last year, Megan got me one of the coolest presents i've gotten in a long time. For my birthday she got me a set of Olloclip Lenses, which come with a fish-eye, a wide angle, and macro lens that fit on your iPhone camera. This allowed me to take some pretty cool pictures of fish, bugs, leaves...anything really. I am pumped to get out and fish this year, not only to use my sweet lenses, but to test out my Canon 60D, which I have yet to baptize in the waters of the Driftless.

Monday, January 6, 2014


It's bitterly cold outside with a high temperature of about -15 degrees fahrenheit, -50 with wind chill. I miss warmth, I am not sure if I really know what that feels like anymore. We had a really foggy day toward the end of summer here in the Driftless area. Although it made for a creepy feeling day, i'd take that over frozen nose hairs any day.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Looking Back

2013 was a year filled with a tremendous amount of learning in regards to fly fishing. I caught a lot and missed a lot too. Fell a lot, got stuck in mud a lot, and spooked fish a lot. I am always excited by the thought of fish on a fly and most of the time it shows when I practically canon ball into the creek out of excitement. Then, I always wonder why those damn fish leave when I show up. Duh. I can't wait to see what this year will bring as I tone down my physical excitement in order to be more...sneaky. More fish I hope.