Monday, January 30, 2012
I started off with centering three small beads on the hook - building up material in front and in the back of the beads.
I then took a small bundle of pheasant tail fibers and secured them behind the last bead. I allowed a small amount of fibers to spray out hoping that it will give the insect a bit more life. After tying off the black tread in the back I moved to the front of the bug.
Not a hard bug to tie at all. In fact, I whipped out quite a few in a very short amount of time. If you look at an actual boatman, this fly is almost spot on and I believe that the beads will pay off while fishing these bugs. Of course this all depends on the fish but I figure if the trout don't like them then the bluegills will eat them up.
Posted by Unknown at 6:58 AM
Friday, January 27, 2012
As I came to this point in the painting I thought about calling it good. I was extremely proud of how this turned out and thought, 'why spoil it with a bad background job'. I mulled it over and took some time away from it for a bit but eventually settled on the idea that it just needed that little something extra to put this over the top.
@ 9"x 11"
Watercolor and Gouache on Paper
For Sale Here
On a lighter note, I was reading the paper the other day and came to one of my favorite parts of the paper - the Comics! Seriously, I usualy have to page through the entire paper to find this section but it is always worth it. I think that they set it up that way because once you get depressed from all the poor news and the state of our country, you need the comics to end your morning paper with a high note. This Peanuts strip made me chuckle.
Posted by Unknown at 6:32 AM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
With the addition of my new desk I recently began filling this book with recipes and drawings of my flies. My hope is that with this new journal I will be able to keep track of the materials I have used as well as when I fish these flies and how well they produce. In the past I have created a few flies that did well but after loosing them at the bottom of the stream I soon forget about them and the materials I used to tie them. I know the rule of three's when tying flies (Always tie three flies - use two and save the third to copy later) but I seldom follow it mainly because I am lazy. This journal was part of my New Years resolution to become a better fly tyer. Hopefully it will help to organize my fly tying and record keeping when it comes to fly fishing.
I hesitate to offer this journal - with my art - for sale on this site due to the cost associated with having such small quantities printed and shipped but I know a few other fly fisherman are going to ask so here it goes. If you would like a journal like this with my art on the cover - Email me here. I will even allow you to pick the print from my available prints for the cover of your custom Journal. Each
Now here is the tough part - the price. I realistically can not do this for less that $30 per journal plus $4 shipping. Unfortunately I know this is steep and I don't expect much if any takers on this but I know I will be asked about it so there you go. I wish I could make it less, but any cheaper and I will be paying you to order one. In the future I might try to find a better printer if interest in this peeks.
Lightload Towels sent me another package of towels for a review I did thanks to the Outdoor Blogger Network. Actually they sent me this extra package of towels due to the original package of towels that got temporary lost in the mail. I will save you the boring details but needless to say, sometimes our mail service down here in the south leave much to be desired. Anyway, I didn't feel right keeping this extra package of Lightload Towels because a mix-up in shipping so I am passing this on to my followers. I also hope to give this great company a little buzz in the process. If you would like to receive a FREE package of these towels simply 1: be a follower of this blog and 2: leave a comment on this post. The opportunity to win this little gift will end at on February 10th and midnight.
Posted by Unknown at 6:30 AM
Monday, January 23, 2012
From some random source I cant remember:
Crockpot Venison Apple Cider Stew
1 pound beef or venison stew meat -- (up to 2) 8 carrots -- sliced thin 6 potatoes -- sliced thin 2 apples -- chopped 2 teaspoons salt 1/2 teaspoon thyme 2 tablespoons minced onion 2 cups apple cider (I used spiced cider)
Place carrots, potatoes, and apples in crock pot. Add meat and sprinkle with salt, thyme, and onion. Pour cider over meat and cover. Cook in crock pot on low heat 10-12 hours. Thicken gravy.
And not to forget about my painting, I sat down and flipped a little paint to paper to come up with this version of the "Egg Sucking Prince Nymph". I saw it in a recent edition of Fly Tyer magazine and figured what the heck. I would love to tie this up but searching my supplies I found no hot orange beads. I guess that is mainly due to my ignorant reluctance to use egg patterns for fishing. I am beginning to loose this 'high minded' attitude but I guess this fly still will have to wait till my next trip to the fly shop.
Posted by Unknown at 7:05 AM
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Late last year I made up my mind to begin looking for a replacement for my chest. I settled on a what was once a very popular form of desk called a secretary. These desk are perfectly constructed for the novice fly tier since they have usually have a drop front desk potion and numerous compartments to hold fly tying material.
This particular desk was made by the Larkin Soap & Furniture company and in 1890 sold for about $3.50 brand new. It was also given out to housewives that sold more than $10 worth of soap products as an encouraging to start their own business. If one looks up the history of Larkin you will find a company dedicated to the lives of their employees.
Below I have added a few pics showing off a few midges from last nights tying. I'm not saying that the desk had anything to do with it but I believe that these were vast improvements on my last tying attempts at midges.
|Give This Bead Head Midge A Name|
Posted by Unknown at 11:50 AM
Saturday, January 14, 2012
|Childers Salmon Fly|
Just because I don't salmon fish doesn't mean I cant enjoy the absolute beauty of the flies that have been created to catch them. There are literally hundreds of books dedicated to the salmon and the salmon flies. To the untrained eye these flies can look fairly similar but when you delve deeper into their creation you begin to see all the unique characteristics that these flies so special.
Even among tiers of the same fly you can find variations that make the flies look completely different. I did this Childers Salmon fly in a more sparse style. I also used a iridescent paint that under a little light makes the paint really come alive. As far as my experience tying these beautiful flies, my bench count is a big fat ZERO. I mean, where am I going to fish these. If I ever do sit down to tie one up it will be just for show and I will probably place it right under one of my paintings.
"Childers Salmon fly"
Gouache On Paper
And here is an update on a recent painting I did for an anglers first Brown on a fly rod. He didn't waste any time getting it framed and boy does it look sweet. I had a slot cut in the mat and he ended up placing the fly he used to hook his memorable catch.
In truth, this type of project is a perfect example of why I started painting in the first place. My first few paintings and sketches where of my fish. Although I enjoy a good taxidermied wall hanger, I am still a big proponent of catch and release.Unfortunately if you release the fish, you cant get a good wall hanger to remind you of that day. My solution was to paint a few of my memorable catches from photographs and the walla - beautiful wall hanger. Add in the fly that the fish was caught on and the memory is complete. I would like to thank Mat for setting me to work on this piece for him. May it hang on your wall for many years to come.
If you would like a similar wall hanger of a catch you have had, EMAIL me and I will see what I can do to help you out.
Posted by Unknown at 6:00 AM
Friday, January 13, 2012
1: These things are a miracle of packaging. Its amazing what they compress into such a small package.
2: Extremely portable. As an avid day hiker and occasional overnight back packer, these little babies have everything you look for in a backpacking towel.
3: Fairly absorbent for their sizes. I wouldn't use the smaller towel (I got the .3oz 12"x12") for a beach blanket but I would use it for about everything a standard hand towel would be used for.
4: Disposable. Unlike the hand towel I usually carry, these towels can be used and abused and then disposed of after a trip - or dry them out and use it as a fire starter during the trip.
In short these little towels do what the advertise and at a price worth the trip. These 12"x12" are only just over $2.50 for a package of two towels. I wouldn't expect you to start hanging them in your bathroom or kitchen but on the trail or on a camping trip, these are killer. I think that I might try out there larger beach towels on the next camping trip to the beach. Check these guys out next time you plan to hit the trail.
Posted by Unknown at 8:00 PM
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
|"Brown Trout With Blue Winged"|
First was the news that I was accepted into a large juried artist festival located in the upstate of SC. Since I have never attempted to enter such an event, it is a bit overwhelming by the amount of work I need to do in preparation for the even.
As the event closes in I will give you a bit more information and you can expect more posts on my frantic attempt to get ready for this show.
With this year off to such a great start and it only being the second week in, I am eager to see what the rest of 2012 has in store. Now if I could only get some time off from my day job I might be able to get to work on this art thing. Then again.... If I didn't have a job I wouldn't be able to do this fishing art thing. All things have their place I guess and I need to remind myself of that.
Now for the painting you see here. I did this work first thing before work this morning and rushed to get it done. I call it 'Brown Trout With Blue Winged" - not difficult to figure out how I got that name.
Its a smaller work - only @6" x 5" but with the time crunch it was all I could get an expect to make a post today. I have been slacking lately and have felt a bit guilty for neglecting the blogs but such is life. I hope you enjoy it and it inspires you to get out and fish. Once I get a chance I will be hitting that stream and maybe I can get a few REAL browns in hand pictures to share with you.
|Fishing in Idaho 2011|
Posted by Unknown at 12:16 PM
Saturday, January 7, 2012
So just in case some of you that frequent my blog (and even more of you whose blogs I frequent) have started to believe that the Year On the Fly Blog has passed on, or its owner has lost interest and gone on to other waters, let me reassure you that I am still here and am planning on continuing on with year 3 of this one year project.
This was also my first smallmouth bass I have ever painted. I suppose that even if we are already a week into the new year, it is quite fitting to have my first painting of the year be a new species for my watercolor. Maybe as the year progresses I will work up enough courage to paint one of the big mouths leaping from tranquil water. For now this head shot will have to do.
So on other news, I have recently procured an antique secretary desk for my fly tying station and as soon as I have a bit of time I will put together a dedicated post on the subject, including the restoration and conversion of this beauty for the purpose of fly tying. Of course I have to have the time to restore it but I figure that its been sitting around for a hundred years, a few more weeks wont hurt it. anyway, before the month is out I will have a post ready on the subject.
Email me and we will work it out.
And finally, since the end of 2011 was such a hectic time for me I figured that I would add a bit of thanks for the followers, comments, and support that all of you have given this angler over the past two years. Without you this project that started as a single year commitment would not be ebbing into its third year. Thanks again for helping me improve with each and every cast of my fly rod and stroke of my paint brush. Since I can't buy you all a beer, go get one of your own and raise a glass and just know I am toasting you. Cheers.
Posted by Unknown at 6:01 AM