Thursday, July 20, 2017


The thing that I love most about fly-fishing is that it never gets old; or when it does it is easy to re-engage my interest. Spey casting, Tenkara, Czech nymphing... There are so many ways to pursue our piscatorial admiration. I took out my Orvis water skeeter (one man pontoon boat) this evening. Did I forgot to mention flats, reef, brook, stream, creek, river, pond, lake, levy. The choices to keep me engaged compound exponentially. Today I chose pond.

Heavily over grown with weeds, algae, water grass, and other aquatic flora and fauna; It looks like Pickerel water. The choices continue to expand...topwater, streamers, nymphs.

It is Chain Pickerel water. It was my first time fishing this new place and it will be another choice to keep me peering down the rabbit hole(s) at all my many options.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Resin Update

I have recently changed resins for fly tying. Loon Outdoors is in my opinion the best. I am a fan of FlyFishFood and buy online from these guys (Utah based) and have tied many of their patterns displayed on their YouTube channel. These guys do their homework. There is an in depth review on their site of UV resins.

Cheech's Resin Shootout:

Curtis and Cheech (FlyFishFood) YouTube Channel:

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Game Changer (ALEKA Flyrods)

Don't  let the title fool you. I am not talking about Blane Chockletts articulated masterpiece.

The Game Changer

If your tired of paying big money to have a great fly rod there is a solution. I stumbled across Aleka fly rods while fishing with a friend.

I remember being highly skeptical when I saw their ads in the mags we all read. I told my friend he was wasting his money when he informed me he was going to fork out cash for one. I was trying to "help" him because it was his first flyrod and I had introduced Nate to flyfishing.

Fastforward. We are fishing the Catskills in a remote spring creek and he has it with him. I decided to for go my apprehension and give it a try. After the first 60 foot cast with his 5 weight I recall comparing his Aleka A4 to my affordable Redington Crosswater. I believe lifeless cadaver was the way I described my rod compared to his.

"Nate! How much did you pay for this"?
"140", replied Nate.
The shit eating grin on his face said it all.

I showed up to pick him up for our next trip weeks later. I commended him for not listening to my original statements about the company. Among Nate's gear was a brand new Aleka A8 6 weight.

"Its for you, Dave. Thanks for getting me into flyfishing".

Nates a great friend and Aleka is a great fly rod maker. Check them out for yourself.

PS... This is not a paid endorsement. I don't think Aleka needs the support from the 11 subscribers on my blog, they will do fine on their own!

Thanks again, Nate. My A8!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Small beginnings in Spring

My brother and I hit the local reservoir today. The wind was blowing 20, I was thinking 9 and 12 not 10 and 2. The fishing was lousy but that didn't dampen our spirits.  Persistence doesn't always pay  rewards...but it can and sometimes they are small rewards.

Been fishing for 35 years and still happy with a bluegill!

Chris with the Lunker of the day.

I would have been disappointed with the day if I didn't have my best friend with me. Your a wild man Totes MaGoats!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

That Aha Moment

Every once in a while you meet someone who has the soul of a Fly-fisher. You realize this element of their personality but they quite don't see it in themselves or have not realized it yet. I take this not as a challenge but a responsibility to guide them on their path. Their journey from here on is of their own.

My friend fits this bill. We hopped in the car one day with fly rods at the ready. Driving to a secluded Large-mouth pond I hoped he would find this fun. We didn't need a spiritual awakening, but, in the shit storm called life it couldn't help. As Garret received casting instruction on the rickety dock I could see he was intent on learning. I assured him it was not as hard as others had told him.

Its probably not a good idea to take a first timer in 20 mph + wind. He didn't seem to mind. His inner fly fisher was awoken. I had that Aha moment with him when I realized he like fishing, enjoyed a challenge, and would excel through tough situations until they were second nature. While fishing I saw the moment where Garret found his Aha moment. His shoulders eased, his smile broaden. His cast found rhythm.

   Another life changed...but don't give me the credit. His wife is a friend, too. I'd like to keep it that way. By the smile on his face he knows he's having that Aha moment.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Yin and Yang: Spin vs Fly

So many people take themselves, and fly fishing; to serious. My brother is a spin fisherman. I am a fly fisherman. This picture says a lot about the differences. We took this trip in February one cold day (20 F) in NY.

My brother:
1. Is warmer
2. Is not wet
3. Caught the only thing the day we fished. (A korkers sole)
4. Did not get sick after this trip

I am :
1. Happy despite being much less comfortable.

This picture shows the discomfort a fly fisher will subject himself to. If your a glutton for punishment or prefer chess to are probably a fly fisher too!

Even though I am wearing the same Korkers as the kind of the sole we are holding...I did not take one off to take a picture of it. He actually caught that! A Sole fish. I caught two ground trout that day. Damn bushes and trees!

Neither of us caught a fish but we did it each in our own way and that has made all the difference.

Friday, June 3, 2016

UV Resin and the Nasty Syringe Tip

If your a fly tyer, chances are you use UV cured resin. If your like me and use a syringe it makes life easier. Clear Cure Goo has a way of clogging the syringe tips. No matter what I do I cant seem to completely remove resin blockages. SO FRUSTRATING.

The easiest remedy is :

1. Boil water in pot
2. Drop in Syringe tip
3. Remove Syringe tip with Straining spoon
4. Hold tip in fingers by the plastic (orange) end. The metal will be hot!
5. Insert needle repeatedly.

You will have a clean tip which flows smoothly and effortlessly.
Now you don't have to spend extra money on accessory tips. Happy tying!