Monthly Archives: April 2020

Fly of the Month – Full Dressed Feather GameChanger

J. Stockard Jr Pro Tyer: Braden Miller, Follow Braden on Instagram @millertimeflies

Norvise started a March Madness Tournament to give the Norvise Tiers group and Facebook followers something else to focus on instead of the Coronavirus and everything it brought with it.  I was grateful I won my bracket in round one, Nymphs, with my Mayfly Nymph Changer I tied with Flymen Fish Company’s new Fish Skull Chocklett’s Articulated Micro-Spines.  When Norvise announced round two of the competition was Streamers I was a little worried because my bracket competitor was a friend of mine and a fellow Norvise Ambassador, Ed Hayes.  Ed ties gamechangers extremely well and he has been tying a lot of them during the stay at home order.  I knew I had to bring my best up against Ed.  Luckily, my mentor and friend Blane Chocklett posted a Full Dressed GameChanger he recently tied.  I have never tied a game changer like this before and knew it was going to be tough.  It took me about an hour and forty-five minutes to tie this fly and lots of Pheasant feathers.  I was very happy with how the fly turned out and entered it as my round two entry.  My Full Dressed Feather GameChanger went over well in round two of the Norvise March Madness Tournament and I was lucky to make it to round three. more…

Blob Flies

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

These rather bizarre fly patterns come to us from the reservoir trout fisheries in the U. K. An Internet search of “Blob Fly” will reveal an array of information on tying these patterns, the materials used, how to fish them, and also a lot of controversy—which is not unexpected. Anglers tend to be very opinionated about this type of pattern. Some love them simply because they work so well. Others try hard to find something in nature that Blobs might “imitate.” A few are outraged that anyone would fish with such things and would like to see them outlawed.

Those in the imitation camp like to say Blob Flies resemble a clump of Daphnia, a tiny crustacean that lives in many lakes. In my opinion that’s a bit of a stretch. I think Blobs function as a pure behavioral trigger, much like their cousins the Green Weenie and the Mop Fly. The Blob works because it makes a fish curious enough to mouth it. I have no problem with that. Frankly, I believe that’s why most artificial flies catch fish most of the time.

From what I’ve seen so far, there are three basic versions of this fly. The standard Blob consists of nothing more than a layer of “Jelly Fritz” on a hook. The F. A. B. (Foam-Assed Blob) adds a short bit of foam cylinder at the rear end. You can tie a Blob with a Marabou tail–a weird sort of Woolly Bugger I suppose. Numerous other uses await discovery. This is a material that cries out for experimentation. more…

Averting Doom – Part 2

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

Part I of this article dealt with wading mishaps. Part II will discuss other risks.

Myself, if I ever actually took a swim while wading, I’d be thinking, “Now keep yer head. Avoid the primary catastrophe here. People have gotten wet before…no biggie. That fly box I just dropped can be replaced…I can ruin my electronic car keys and camera and phone…all replaceable…my waders can fill and drag me down and I can go unconscious and end up miles downstream with amnesia…I can even never come up at all and wind up a statistic in tomorrow’s newspaper…all that I can accept. What I can’t accept is if I break this fine hand-made fly rod.”

So keep the wand above your head, or toss it out in the water in front of you, or flip around and splash down nose-to-sky. Just don’t land on the rod.

Figure 2

Gear risks are common in gear-intensive sports, and the finer the gear the more nervous we get. Among the most common risks I’ve fallen prey to is hiking down riverside paths to a likely or favorite hole and finding myself being lightly caressed by briars. It’s not a big deal until I realize there’s now a leak in my prized waders. It’s worth carrying a stick to ensure a clear path, or failing that, to carefully “walk down” those wispy briar branches until there’s zero chance of getting grabbed by one. But then don’t make the mistake of thinking later that the path is clear on your return hike! Other anglers may have come by, and even if not, briar branches have a way of getting themselves back up across paths, like sinister spider webs intent on snaring a hapless fisherman. more…