Spending a little time on the road doesn't really lend itself to bringing much of anything with you except the almighty pen. I would love to be able to bring my paper and paints, my fishing gear, and fly tying equipment but that just isn't going to happen, so instead I settle for sketching on the road. Besides, this week I spent some time in Maine and short of ice fishing - the trout season isn't going to be open till spring.
These flies are just a few of some of the sketches I worked on the other day. In their present inked form they may resemble many different types of flies but they actually are rendered from an English tying book and so the names might not be that familiar to you. From top down they are: Greenwells Glory - a nice little winged wet fly short shanked hook, The Green Peter - another winged fly fished dry or wet that is very heavily hackled,
The Moc's Cert - streamer fly with dark hair back and jungle cock 'eyes', and the frequently used and beloved Iron Blue Wingless - a type of wet fly that has been in nearly every tying book I have ever seen and simply a great, effective fly.
While on the road I also managed to stop by my favorite brew pub in the Northeast - The Sea Dog. For those that have not heard of them you might have heard of their sister Brewery - Shipyard. Great seafood - a selection of fine brews - and an atmosphere only a snowy Maine winter can provide. If every you find yourself in Bangor Maine - or Portland I guess - I encourage you to stop by and have a pint. I look forward to every visit I have there. I recommend the East India stout or Windjammer Pale. They also have a Blue Berry brew that has a select following but is not really to my liking but you might find it tasty.