Category Archives: Joe Dellaria, Learning From The River

A Coupla Good Things to Know About Electric Fences

Guest Blogger: Joe Dellaria, Woodbury MN

800px-Yellow-insulator-electric-fenceOver the years, I have encountered numerous electric fences. I would like to share two experiences that others may find helpful in successfully getting over these potential hazards. Failure to properly traverse these obstacles can give you a good jolt at best, and at worse can cause some serious damage.

My first losing encounter with an electric fence came early one fall morning. My good friend, Harold (we’ll call him that to protect the innocent), had flown in to fish the weekend with me. The sun was just starting to glow at the horizon as we were getting an involuntary shower from the dew covered corn stalks as we made our way towards the river. Finally, we reached the end of the cornfield and quickened our pace as we walked through the last twenty yards of chest high grass. more…

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…