Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tying Journal & A Givaway

A little while ago I used the vast power of the internet and a coupon to make myself a little journal to store my fly tying recipes in.  I very seldom tie standard patterns because...- well, I like to create.  Also even if the stuff I tie has been tied before, I typically don't follow the strict ingredients listed in the published books . Of course no ordinary off the rack journal will do for this fly fishing fool, no - I had one custom printed with my art on the cover.
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.
Keeping a journal like this is a helpful tool for any serious fly fisherman.  My hope is that I will stick with it and keep it up to date.
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.

And  Now For the FREE Stuff!!!   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.

20 comments:

Bigerrfish said...

Journal looks awesome!

bigwalnutfly said...
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bigwalnutfly said...

The journal is great and would be such a gift to give or to get nice work as always

Brk Trt said...

The journal is a wonderful idea. My recipes are on note paper and index cards, held together with paper clips.
Love the new header photo.

Brookfield Angler said...

I could always use some towels!

That journal sounds fantastic and is a great idea. I can imagine that it's price is worth it; especially for those anglers that fish in your region.

Jason Porter said...

Great looking blog my friend, keep up the good work! I hope to also get in some great posts on fly fishing once the ice breaks here!

Sanders said...

Love the idea of keeping a tying journal. Something I despratley need.

Howard Levett said...

I've been thinking of keeping a journal just because I like to write and my memory sucks and I don't get out enough to write about but it's still a good idea.

Kev2380 said...

Woohoo I'm already both. That journal is bada$$ by the way.

Shoreman said...

Hey Joel. The journal is awesome. Helps that you have that fine art talent for a picture of the fly. I keep my fly tying journal on an excel spreadsheet. It has a color picture of the fly and the recipe for then flies I've tied and those I plan on tying sometime in the future.

Mark

Morgan Kupfer said...

Id love to try out these towels and be able to write a review on my blog... Tight-Lined-Tales-of-a-Fly-Fisherman.com!

Jim Yaussy Albright said...

Hey, go for it. Nice header!

AYearOnTheFly said...

thanks for all the comments - you are all entered into this contest.
As far as the journal goes - My memory is really bad when it comes to this stuff and a journal seemed like the right way to go. As far as drawing the flies in the journal - simple is better and there isn't much detail - just enough to spark my memory of what it was suppose to look like.
Thanks again - For anyone else interested in entering, this little contest ends on the 10th so there is still plenty of time.

PdeW said...

Beautiful. That journal is going to be like a book of magic when it's filled.

Juan Ramirez said...

I know that journal is great! Keep up the good work.

Juan

John Lott said...

The journal is a great idea and I am really interested on seeing one completed by you. Would you consider a publication on a finished project?

AYearOnTheFly said...

keep the comments coming - you are all entered into the giveaway. Thanks so much for the kind words on the journal as well and John - I would but I doubt a publisher would pick it up and I really doubt any angler would care about my novice abilities at fly tying. for a true tying masters check out the countless other followers of my blog that put my vice creations to shame. Thanks so much for the comments and the encouragement!

Dub The Thorax said...

mmmm...towels

Cary Voss said...

I've been looking for a unique journal to keep my adventures alive. My fly fishing guide and mentor said to check out your site. This looks great.

AYearOnTheFly said...

DubTT - Your entered
Cary Voss - Thanks for the visit. The journal is going great and It wont be long till its filled. I hope your adventure in Fly fishing goes as well as mine.