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Fishing on the Edge of Terra Incognita

terra incognita 1Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman MT
If you walk due east on Park Street in Gardiner, Montana to the end of the road, you’ll find a short trail down to the confluence of the Gardner and Yellowstone Rivers. In August and September, it is an easy wade across the mouth of the Gardner into Yellowstone National Park. If you enter the park on the North Entrance road, the Rescue Creek trailhead is just a mile to the south. The trail crosses the Gardner River at a small foot bridge and then strikes out southeast across the McMinn bench. The low Gardner is rough and tumble pocket water with large boulders and steep, brushy banks. It fishes well most of the Yellowstone season if you are willing to scramble over rocks, up and down rocky banks and through brush to access the best spots. The Gardner holds rainbows, browns, cutthroats and the occasional whitefish. In June big fish come up from the Yellowstone for the Salmon fly hatch and in the Fall, big browns enter the river to spawn. But this post is less about the fish and more about the experience of visiting the Gardner at dawn on a crisp summer or fall morning. more…

Dying Fly Tying Materials – The Process (Part 2)

blog hendron sunburst copyGuest Blogger: Eunan Hendron, Classic Fly Tyer
Each dye manufacturer has its own set guidelines on how to use their dyes, and I strongly suggest following each guideline for the dye you choose. As you become more proficient you will know what works best and for what materials, but starting out, following the guidelines is the best route to take. For instance, ProChem and Jacquard suggest adding the dye powder then the materials to the bath, before finally adding the acid to fix the dye after the materials have taken up the dye. In this case, the dye bath remains the color of the dye. Cushings, however, recommend adding the dye, then acid, then materials, and after a period of time, the dye bath will become clear as the dye is absorbed into the materials. more…

Dyeing Fly Tying Materials – Getting Started (Part 1)

blog hendron dyes syn copyGuest Blogger: Eunan Hendron, Classic Fly Tyer

I got into the dyeing game out of necessity rather than an overwhelming desire and, to be honest, I think it enhances the experience of crafting a fly. My primary reason was the impossibility of finding purple duck quills to tie Bergman’s Jennie Lind wet fly. I searched the internet, high and low, but to no avail. Finally I buckled and bought some white quills, some lilac dye and did my own dye job.

Below you will see some images of materials I’ve dyed, and not always over a white base, a brief description of how I go about it, along with a couple of provisos lest you incur the wrath of the lady of your household. more…