Monthly Archives: December 2016

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.

Where the Bubbles Cavort and Muster

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

photo1As hard as I might try, I really can’t find where they come from. They are always there, always (eventually) moving downstream. There always seems to be an endless supply of them—the bubbles–thin spheres of liquid enclosing air or another gas. It never seems they are alone either, showing great affinity for their kind. They will gather in small or large groups, cavorting and mustering in ways that make their presence even more obvious. Of course, they float along the surface of the stream and like the words on a page they provide great insights into the plot of the novel we call the river. I must admit I pay little attention to them in familiar waters, but on new water or in times of great variations in flow, bubbles are very important to the angler. more…

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…