Sunday, May 24, 2015

Bohen's Musky Frog & BLT Distraction

The musky seasons up north are starting or are soon to start and it reminded me that I had another almost complete fly tutorial from the few days that I spent with Brad Bohen of Musky Country Outfitters a couple summers ago.  This fly, the Musky Frog, is a relatively simple tie, easy to cast with an eight or nine weight, and makes just the right noise when pulled through the top water. 

Enjoy the photo step by step tutorial on this fly and sorry for the BLT (and brew) distraction.

With the glue on the foam head and shank curing, I sat down for one of the tastiest BLT's and a cold beer that I've ever had.  Unfortunately while I was on the front porch enjoying lunch, Brad had a "working lunch" inside and knocked out the tail to the Musky Frog.  Whoops...

No worries though, a similar tail section photo tutorial can be seen in the Bohen 747 fly tutorial which is another great fly to check out as well.

The Musky Frog complete and ready for the water.

If you didn't catch the posts on this trip the first time around, then check out these dispatches...



Check out the Musky Country Outfitters website for more information and follow what Brad's up to on the Facebook page as well.

Rod Catalog - 2015 Unstructured Fiberglass Fly Rod Offerings

Rod builder Vladan Milenkovic of Rod Catalog continues to design and innovate and his latest offerings went up on the website recently.  These blanks are well worth checking out if you're looking for something that is both unique and wonderful.

Also, Vlad was recently featured in the Serbian online magazine Spin & Fly, and even if you can't read the article, it's worth a visit for the photographs alone.

From the Rod Catalog website...

After a long wait, the 2015 blanks are here! I will offer a limited number of following models for this year: 

8' 4wt 4pc (watercress green glass) -  This is the same taper which started the Unstructured Glass series...a "do everything" spring creek rod. This year it is offered in translucent light green glass. 

8'3" 5wt 4pc (white currant yellow glass) - When you need little more reach and little more power. An all around spring creek travelling fiberglass fly rod with a progressive taper in E-glass. 

8'6" 8/9wt 4pc (seaweed green glass) - An all around saltwater rod for traveling fiberglass flyrodder. Built on the edge of Atlantic Ocean, this rod has some serious saltwater karma embedded in its fibers. "Conquistador" taper will work well in both sight casting and blind casting situations, depending on the line choice. Dedicated warmwater anglers will also like this taper! 

The prices for this year's models are $525 for trout rods and $599 for saltwater rods.  Insured US shipping is included in the price. 

I still have few 7'6" 3wt 4pc "Old Empire" blanks available. Semi-parabolic taper in red glass, very similar in feel to a light Perfectionist taper. Limited builds are still available for $499, US shipping included.

Please visit the Rod Catalog website for more information or send an email to Vlad at

Friday, May 22, 2015

Decompressing After #carpcon

Last week's trip to the PNW was a whirlwind of hundreds of miles driven up and down the Columbia River with five or six mile hikes each of the four days in search of happy carp.  I am still a little bit sore, in need of a nap, and my duffel bag still isn't unpacked.  It's been a hell of a week.

I am still going through a few hundred photos that I took on the trip but here's a mash up of images that @johnmontanacarp, @dcfrasier, @wendyberrell, @flycarpin, @mountainscaler, and @thefiberglassmanifesto took and uploaded to Instagram with the #carpcon hashtag.  Enjoy.

More PNW carp goodness next week once I get caught up on a few things and enjoy a long weekend with the family.

Montana Fishtales

John Arnold, a.k.a. scumliner, took a few days off from his gig at Headhunters Fly Shop to hang out with Mike Stack of Fishtales Outfitting.  This edit is super clean and fun to watch. John always does such a good job with his videos to keep everything in balance.

Check out the Headhunters Fly Shop Blog for more on this video and the scumliner media Vimeo for more video goodness.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

LOON LIVE - Dre Gone & Red Wing Blackbird

Another Thursday brings another LOON LIVE session to look forward to tonight.  This session will include tying instruction on the Dre Gone and Red Wing Blackbird flies. 

Check out the LOON LIVE website for more information and to register for tonight's session and view the library of past fly tying sessions too.

Swift Signature Series - Graywolf Rods Epic 686

The wheels always seem to be turning at Swift Fly Fishing and for their first set of Signature Series Fly Rods, they have tapped Shane Gray of Graywolf Rods to build out five exceptional Epic 686.

This is a really good place to start with the Signature Series Fly Rods as Shane Gray needs little introduction and this blank is wildly popular for many a good reason.  Also, there is likely not another small shop fly rod builder who's put together more Epic 686's than Shane has over the past couple of years.  His workmanship shows through in each of these five builds.

Each of these Signature Series Epic 686 fly rods include...
  • Transparent silk wraps finished in multiple layers of marine grade Spar Varnish
  • Fine gold trim accents
  • Titanium finished reel seat. Impervious to moisture
  • Premium quality Portuguese cork grip (classic Western)
  • High quality Snake brand guides
  • Titanium stipper with matching Hard Zirconium insert
  • Individually numbered and inscribed by the builder
  • Presented in a natural fiberglass rod tube with matching hardware
  • Authenticity and identification number laser engraved on winding check
  • Each fly rod is individually numbered

Want to know more about the Epic 686 fly rod?  Visit the T.F.M. review that I did sometime back.  Mine was built by Shane Gray as well and I can't say enough good about his work or this stellar blank.

Visit the Swift Fly Fishing website for more information.  At last glance there were only two of the five Epic 686 builds still available and these are not likely to last long before they are shipped off to someone's collection somewhere.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Casting For Recovery & Lilypond

It is always great to see the fly fishing industry support organizations doing great work and the latest imitative with Casting for Recovery and Lilypond is worth checking out.

From the Casting for Recovery email blast...

"Our friends at Lilypond honor the strength and passion of the global community of women—the mothers, daughters, sisters and friends that are the center of our families and our communities. In their quest to support women’s initiatives worldwide, for a limited time, Lilypond will be donating 40% of the proceeds from all products in their line to Casting for Recovery."

Use promo code CFR2015 on the Lilypond website at checkout and 40% of your purchase will go to support Casting for Recovery.  This offer is good through May 20th, 2015.