Monthly Archives: November 2017

Fly of the Month – Krazy Eye Killa

Fly Tyer: Derek Hathazy

Derek designed the Krazy Eye Killa to move water and make noise. With its large deer hair head and glass rattle, it makes quite the disturbance in the water.

This fly is perfect for warm water species in creeks and lakes. It can be fished with a floating line as a popper or with a sinking line as a streamer. Your choice!



Around the House

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

Naturally the enlightened approach to fly tying materials (not to mention the “Semper Paratis” approach and the kid-in-a-candy-store approach) is to stock up on everything under the sun. One usually begins by acquiring the materials needed for the first must-tie pattern that catches the eye, then expanding to what’s needed for other patterns of the same type (nymph or streamer or what it was that first inspired), and finally end up at the mentality of, “Hey, there’s a new kevlar flash winking eyeball thingie…the day I need one will surely come…” followed by a quick bulk purchase along with a new materials cabinet since the one you have is already full.

And that lifelong odyssey is no better served than to create a mutually appreciative partnership with a great tying materials outfit like J.Stockard, from whom you can get practically anything you’ll ever need.

But what about the need you didn’t envision? What about the bug you see on your shirt cuff that inspires a tie no one has tied before? What about the addition of Feature X or Y or Z to a classic pattern–an epiphany that occurred first, out of billions across all of time, to you? What if your biggest annual fishing trip coincides with the time of year of everyone else’s big annual trip, and the wing case material you need is temporarily out of stock? Or imagine the guy you’re going to the Frothy Rapids River with tomorrow morning calling you up tonight to say, “Oh, forgot to mention…make sure you have a dozen Carl’s Crazy Cashmere Caddis in your pockets tomorrow, because that’s the main thing they go for on the Frothy….” more…

The Kings and I

Guest Blogger: Mary S. Kuss, Life-long avid angler, licensed PA fishing guide, founder of the Delaware Valley Women’s Fly Fishing Association

I’ve never been fishing in Alaska, or anywhere in the native range of the King Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). And unless I hit a big lottery jackpot I am unlikely to do so. However, my home near Philadelphia is about a five-hour drive from Pulaski, New York, which is arguably the King Salmon capital of the eastern United States. And by the way, the name of this town is pronounced to rhyme with “sky,” not “ski.” I have no idea why.

Pulaski’s economy revolves around the Salmon River, and the many fishing tourists who flock there in pursuit of the King Salmon, Coho Salmon, and Steelhead that come into the river from Lake Ontario each autumn on their annual spawning runs. In most years, the salmon run begins by early-September and ends in November. Steelhead enter the river throughout the fall and winter, heading back to the lake in early-May when water temperatures rise. There have been attempts, with limited success so far, to extend the fishing season by introducing Skamania-strain Steelhead, which are a summer-run fish, and Atlantic Salmon. more…