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Ruined For Life – Part I

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

A Chinook Head

I’m ruined. Not from the stock market or some grand jury indictment, but because I’ve tasted the raw power of the Chinook Salmon. Ended up tasting that salmon too, but still it defeated me, because I’ll never be the same. Like the motorcyclist who hops on a volcano-powered Suzuki for the first time or a hardballer who gets ahold of a fastball by sheer luck and thereafter can’t stop himself from swinging for the fences, all I can think of these days is the brutish muscle of the wild Chinook.

So goodbye, beautiful little micro-stream trout dimpling yourselves up to germ-sized mosquitoes just after dawn! You may one day occupy my thoughts again, but today is not that day. When I imagine myself on the stream now, the fantasy is suddenly a serious river, with a rapids below me that roars rather than gurgles, and I’m gripping a surf-casting-length rod in two white-knuckled hands. I’m doing the semaphore-esque gyrations of a spey man, and I’m shooting a T-17 sink tip…whatever the heck that is…farther than a normal man can see. more…

FrankenDub Update

Guest Blogger: Paul Beel, J Stockard Pro Tyer and Owner of FrankenFly

It’s been almost 2 years since I first released FrankenDUB. I spent a lot of time researching, mixing, and testing the various FrankenDUB dubbing offerings and I’m extremely happy with the response from fly tyers. It has been very well received and always gets terrific reviews.

If you are not aware of what FrankenDUB is, then you can check out my dubbing page on FrankenFly.com and it will tell you all that you need to know. Basically there are three lines of FrankenDub, Monster, Nymph, and All Purpose. Monster is long and made for streamers. Nymph is of course for nymphs, but it could also work with dry flies. All Purpose is a non-sparkle short dubbing that could be used on all types of flies.

mermaid pink

One of the newest additions to the FrankenDUB line is Mermaid Pink. I have recently included it into the Nymph Dubbing line. This is not your ordinary pink. If you look closely, you will find red fibers mixed within as well as some sparkle. It also includes natural fur with guard hairs to infuse softness and more bugginess. If you look at it from a normal eye view, it looks pink. My hope is this unique blend will help it become just as popular as some of the other colors in the Nymph Dubbing line.

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Simple Flies – BLM Nymph

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

When I think of simple flies, they are easy to tie with just a few steps and minimal materials. But they are also effective flies and it is that effectiveness that makes simple flies rewarding to tie. One such simple fly is the BLM nymph (it is not a fly designed by the Bureau of Land Management). The Beaded Little Mayfly (BLM) nymph is a versatile small attractor nymph effective in both rivers and still waters. By all accounts that I can find, the pattern was developed by guide and outfitter Tim Heng of Taylor Creek Fly Shop in Basalt, Colorado along the Frying Pan river. It is a staple western US pattern that is readily available through most fly shops and online fly retailers. But it is so easy to tie, that paying for one seems silly. more…