Monthly Archives: November 2016

Hit or Miss?

Guest Blogger: Rabbit Jensen, editor of  A Woman’s Angle—Celebrating 20 Years of Women Fly Fishing and an active member of the Delaware Valley Women’s Fly Fishing Association.

Watching beginners on their first fly-fishing forays takes me back… ‘way back… to memories of my own early angling experiences. Knot tying I can’t claim to have ever mastered, but I quickly learned to tie three basic knots in a slow, fumbling, but serviceable fashion. Fly choice by the “whatever catches my eye” method worked well enough. I could even tie effective flies; time has shown me that scruffy flies work better than neat ones, so my early efforts were fish-catchers for sure. Casting…! Well, I rapidly learned the two rules: (1) A fly won’t catch anything in the air. Limit your false-casts. (2) Any cast that actually hits the water might have a fish waiting for it. Don’t pick it up for another cast just because it didn’t land where you aimed it. more…

Guest Blogger Review – Stonfo Soft Touch Ring Hackle Pliers

Guest Blogger: Joe Dellaria, Woodbury MN

stonfo hackle pliersStonfo Soft Touch Ring Hackle Pliers work well for applying hackles to hook sizes #16 and smaller. I use it to apply parachute hackles on smaller flies. It is light and easy to use. The tension on the gripper is light enough that smaller hackles will pull out before breaking, yet strong enough to complete the hackle wrapping. It takes a little time to get used to pulling lighter so as not to pull out the hackle. Once you get that down, it works like a charm. I highly recommend this tool for applying small hackles to flies.

Foo Dogs and Buggers

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

underwaterI don’t really know when the fly tying material commonly called Finn Raccoon (sometimes Finnish Raccoon) became popular. I had never really heard of it until I started my quest into tube flies. For steelhead and salmon flies, Finn Raccoon fur is often a common portion of the pattern. In the mid-1980s, Swedish fly tier Håkan Norling created the Temple Dog style of Atlantic Salmon fly by using “Temple Dog” fur for the wings. As far as I can discern, “Temple Dog” fur comes from some Asiatic Dog breed such as the Tibetian Mastiff, Chow Chow or Chinese Foo Dog which resembled Chinese Guardian Lions or Foo Dogs. I don’t think the Temple Dog fur on the market today comes from any specific species or breed. Today, Temple Dog style flies are tied with Arctic and Marble Fox, Goat and other long, supple furs to include Finn Raccoon. more…