Category Archives: Joe Dellaria, Learning From The River

Guest Blogger Review – STONFO Comb and Brush Tool

Guest Blogger: Joe Dellaria, Woodbury MN

STONFO_Comb and Brush ToolThe STONFO Comb and Brush Tool is a handy tool and reduces the clutter on the fly tying bench by combining two tools in one.

The comb has excellent teeth spacing for removing any under fur in deer hair. This is critical for getting high quality spun deer hair bodies. I also used the comb to straighten and align various synthetic material I use for parachute posts. The comb was plenty sturdy to pull through and straighten or remove snags and twists.

The brush tool works well for brushing out dubbing after wrapping a body for nymphs. I use it for scud patterns and to create a halo of fur for Hare’s Ear flies. It worked well for both applications.

The tool is handy, easy to use, and stores well. The only improvements would be to make the comb a bit longer for larger clumps of deer hair and the handle could be a bit thicker for comfort in the hand. Neither of these are major issues – it would make a good tool a little better. I am glad I added this tool to my kit.

Learning From The River: Humility

Guest Blogger: Joe Dellaria, Woodbury MN

If nothing else, the river will teach one humility, “brutally and repeatedly” as one of my fishing partner’s says. Another friend says, “It’s not that I am opposed to learning, I’m just not that good at it.” I don’t know about you, but every once in a while I have to plead guilty to that statement. I have been a slow learner on humility. Let me share some of the situations that have helped me get this lesson firmly embedded into my psyche.

Picture of my son with his 4.5 lb., 24” brown

Picture of my son with his 4.5 lb., 24” brown

In 1997, our family decided to take a two-week camping trip to Yellowstone National Park. The only reason I remember the year is that our oldest son was 16 and could help with the driving. We left after work on Friday night and arrived early afternoon on Saturday having traveled about 1,100 miles.

I had managed to sell the idea that the kids were old enough to enjoy seeing the natural wonders in the park. I had been there twice before and was looking for a good reason to return. Of course, I did not dwell on the fact that it offered some fantastic trout fishing as well. No matter, that was going to become imminently clear as time wore on. more…

Guest Blogger Review – Line Speed

Guest Blogger: Joe Dellaria, Woodbury MN

linespeedLoon Outdoors_Line Up Kit (Fly Line Cleaning Kit). I used the line cleaning tool and cleaner solution on two lines that I will be replacing after the trout season is over. So, this was a pretty stiff test as both lines were in rough shape.

The line cleaning tool is easy to hold and made it quite easy to apply the cleaning solution to the line. After drying overnight (as instructed), I buffed both lines with a cotton rag.

Several drops of the cleaner were enough to treat each line. I would expect this will last for quite some time.

Both lines showed marked improvement in sliding through the guides making it possible to shoot more line for long casts. After 2 ½ months both lines continued to perform well. Given that both of the lines were old and facing retirement, the line cleaning kit did a remarkable job of revitalizing the lines. I would highly recommend the kit.