Category Archives: Fly Fishing Gear

New Product – The TyWheel

TyWheel Owners: Joseph Tyler Pettigrew - "Tyler" & Joseph Tyler Swisher - "Joe"

TyWheel Owners: Joseph Tyler Pettigrew – “Tyler” &
Joseph Tyler Swisher – “Joe”

Guest Blogger: Tyler Pettigrew

Inspiration behind the TyWheel: For many of us, the season starts in our living rooms, dining rooms, or on office desks. Once you’ve caught “the bug” the only thing to do is to start tying them; wherever that may be.  While few things are more satisfying than landing a fish on a fly that you have tied, the process of tying requires organization, the proper tools, and good material.  There are plenty of tools and the good material is out there, but the problem for the tyer was the market didn’t have anything that fit into the angler’s busy lifestyle.  If you ask an angler, “why don’t you tie flies?” the answer is undoubtedly, “I don’t have the time or patience.”  So, we took to the garage to eliminate the excuses. more…

Another Kind of Trout

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

For most fly anglers, trout fishing means waving the wand over lake or stream for one of the many species of salmonids we collectively call trout. And as we all know; wild trout fishing is a cold-water fishery. Except for isolated pockets of high-mountain trout in the southern Rocky Mountains or southern Appalachians wild trout can be found for the most part in suitable water in the northern half of the US into Canada and the Arctic. We tie all sorts of flies to entice trout–Diminutive flies to resemble aquatic insect larva, tiny winged editions to replicate tiny adult insects, baitfish patterns, terrestrial adults and on and on. We fish with what ranges from delicate cane and graphite rods in those diminutive weights like 2 and 3 to robust wands of the 6 and 8 weight variety. Fly fishing for wild trout has so many permutations that it makes opportunities to do something different almost unlimited. The dedicated trout angler has so many opportunities that they need never look beyond their favorite salmonid, unless they want to. more…

Phil’s Fly Rod Evolution

Guest Blogger: Phil Rispin, fly fisher, photographer & more, find Phil’s photography here

evolution of the fly rodThere was a time in my life when I wanted just one good fly rod to go with my meager supply of fly fishing stuff. I had lobbied successfully for a Columbia fly fishing vest for a birthday present some time before but a good fly rod was still financially out of reach for my young family. It was a little funny to watch me if you knew anything about fly fishing because up to that point I used an old spin casting rod that was unusually long and I had turned the handle and real seat around to try and get my Dad’s old fly reel closer to the butt of the rod making it look more like a fly rod. This set up worked through University and into my early married life after graduation. I used my Dad’s old rust colored fly line on the reel and to this I tied some monofilament line with a size 12 Adams or a Royal Coachman from Dad’s old metal fly box and I was good to go. more…