Monthly Archives: February 2017

Fly of the Month – Bloody Butcher

Guest Blogger: Paul Beel, FrankenFly

Bloody Butcher Dry Fly from the J. Stockard 2017 Catalog

Bloody Butcher Dry Fly from the J. Stockard 2017 Catalog

Every month we feature one fly and give you links to all the ingredients needed to complete the fly for yourself. For March 2017, we offer you the Bloody Butcher dry fly. We chose this fly because we featured a photo of one version of the Bloody Butcher on the cover of our 2017 Catalog. We had many inquiries about the fly in the photo. Customers wanted to know the name of the fly and its origin. So, we decided it might be worth an explanation. The fly pictured is a dry fly version of the classic wet fly, the Bloody Butcher. Originally, and most of the time, the Bloody Butcher is considered a wet fly but occasionally it is tied as a dry fly, like the one on the cover of the 2017 catalog. more…

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 (Where to Find Them)

mct2ndaGuest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana; You can find part one of this post @ Another Kind of Trout.

I’ll talk about how the traveling angler can go prospecting for spotted seatrout with just a little of forethought and preparation.Although I am confident that finding spotted seatrout will have subtle variances depending on where you fish, there is one commonality—they prefer shallow, grassy flats. And like all saltwater fish, especially predatory ones, tides play an important role in finding feeding fish. For the shore bound angler finding water that exposes a lot (acres and acres of 6 inches or less) of grassy flats at low tide is one of the first steps in finding good wading water. Once you locate areas that expose a lot of flats at low tide, you begin to look for areas with a lot of structure. On eel grass flats ,with which I have the most experience, that structure takes two forms—potholes and cuts. The pothole is a large area of sandy bottom surrounding by grass. On healthy eel grass flats, potholes can be from a few inches to several feet deeper than the tops of the grass. This depth differential creates a perfect ambush place for the predatory seatrout. The trout hold along the edges of the potholes to ambush baitfish and crustaceans that expose themselves and hide from their predators. The edges of pothole create eddys as the tide flows, just like obstructions in rivers. Those eddys, however subtle, trap baitfish and small crustaceans. Finding potholes that have irregular outlines produce a lot of eddys as the tide flows. Cuts on the other hand are places that will hold fish at low tide and give them quick access to the flats at the tide rises. A cut is essentially a tidal river that is the primary path the water takes as the tides flow in and out of the estuary. more…