Fly Fishing

I like fly fishing. And fly tying. I might even like the tying part more than the fishing... especially in February.

I'm pretty new at this so there's no expert advice here. Instead, I'll share some images of the flies that others and I have tied, some descriptions of the gear I like, and some pointers to online resources for fly fishing and tying.

Fly fishing is, for me, a great way to get out and be in the natural world. I love casting to a rise, the sight of water droplets on an old bamboo rod, the feel of the sun on my back as the mist rises from the water, the sounds of the stream, the conversations about wooly buggers and tippets and spawning browns. I mostly practice catch & release but once in a while I'll practice a bit of catch & cook. Trout caught on a paddling trip are definitely the best trout of all.

My gear is a collection of newbie trials and errors and includes a 5wt Orvis Silver Label full flex rod, a 2 wt TFO rod, some William Joseph and Fishpond paraphernalia, and whatever I could afford on ebay. Most works fine, some doesn't work at all. As I said, I'm pretty new at this.

Fly Tying is addicting. No kidding. And the flies have really cool names... Ratfaced McDougal, Wooly Bugger, Tup's Indispensible, Royal Coachman.... you see? I use a Griffin Montana Mongoose vise clamped to an Oasis bench that I won in the monthly drawing on FAOL. I light it all up with an Ott-Lite so I can see what I'm doing. For me the secret of fly tying has been to have fun and to avoid impossibly high standards. Don't get me wrong, I try my best. But for me my best is good enough. The absolute best way for me to learn has been a combination of getting together with local tyers, following Al Campbell's online tutorial on FAOL, and joining fly swaps. Have a look at some of my flies.

Fly swaps I've hosted:

Quaker Swap 2005

Dremel Swap 2006

Colorful Fly Swap 2006

Superbowl Swap 2006

Larva Lace Swap 2006

And then there's Rod Building and Restoration. I'm just getting started with that, too, and so far I've found a few web resources really helpful. They are:

FAOL Rod Building with Al Campbell

Clark's Classic Fly Rod Forum


Local Conditions

NYS DEC Region 7 Report

Cayuga Lake Webcam

Catskill Flies Stream Conditions (Roscoe, NY)

USGS NY Streamflow Tables


Local Fly Shops

Pinewood Flies

Badger Creek Fly Tying and


A Few Great Fly Fishing and Tying Websites

Fly Anglers Online

The Global Flyfisher

The Itinerant Angler

Hans Weilenmann's Fly Tying Pages

Midcurrent Fly Fishing News

Trout Underground

Casting for Recovery


Fly Fishing Blogs

The Dharma Blog

Troutgrrl's Science and Sarcasm


Fly Fishing Podcasts

The Itinerant Angler's Podcast

Fly Fish Radio

Ask About Fly Fishing Internet Radio


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