The Simms Tarpon Trucker Hat features a high crown and a snap back closure…and it’s awesome.
While epoxy is a well known fly tying material, it has been scarcely used because it was a real pain in the you-know-what. It was like trying to juggle within a time limit. You have to mix it, hope you got the proportions right, then hurry and get it in place all the while keeping the fly spinning so that gravity didn’t mess up the application. Even if all that went right, often times the epoxy would yellow. No wonder we avoided it.
Enter Clear Cure Goo (CCG). It is hard to sit down at the vice and not use some form of it over the course of a tying session, whether it is filling gaps in a head, making a fly more durable or simply finishing a fly to have a nice clean look. This product is everything that you love about epoxy without everything that you hate about epoxy. There is no time limit, simply apply the product and get it into place, then when you are ready…hit it with the UV light and you are done. The epoxy is cured within seconds and you are free to keep tying!
Here is a quick rundown of all the CCG products:
Clear Cure Goo Thick – One of the original CCG products, the Thick is awesome for building up heads, filling in gaps or any other time you need the epoxy to take up space. While it is thick, it will still lay down nicely to create very clean finishes. The original CCG Thick will have a slight tack to it, even after it is cured making it great for applying eyes, etc. Once the fly is done, a quick coat of Hard as Nails will make it complete.
Clear Cure Goo Thin – The perfect complement to CCG Thick, the Thin flows and spreads better than Thick. It is great for coverage (like big saltwater heads, poppers, etc.). I personally have used the thick to fill a gap on a big bucktail streamer head and then used the thin to complete the entire head. CCG can take a bad head and make it look great.
Clear Cure Goo Brushable – Similar in consistency to the Thin, the Brushable applicator brush makes it great for coverage situations, like Crease flies and other big poppers. It is also amazingly useful for epoxy back nymphs, etc.
Clear Cure Goo Flex – This is something that epoxy could never do! Apply CCG Flex anywhere you want, cure it and you now have a flexible shape that wants to return back to its original cured shape. Think about all the soft plastic applications with this one. Another amazing use I have found for it is making a foul guard on long materials. Simply apply CCG flex to the material from the bend of the hook to about and inch beyond and it will still move without fouling when cast.
Clear Cure Goo Curing Light – The piece that brings it all together. Simply work your CCG material of choice into place, then BAM, hit it with the light for a few seconds and you are done. The material will not move and you can go on with your life not stressing about your epoxy curing.
Clear Cure Goo Tips – Seems like such a minor thing, but these tips make a major difference. They help with finer applications and can also be used to move and smooth the epoxy into place. The tips are sold in sets with 2 straight, 2 standard curved and 2 fine curved.
Clear Cure Goo Kit – A great starting place for anyone looking to start using CCG. The kit includes the Curing Light, 2 Tips and Covers, 1 tube of Thick and 1 tube of Thin.
Clear Cure Goo Thin Squeeze – The great feature of CCG Thin in a hand squeeze applicator bottle.
Clear Cure Goo Tack Free Thin – All the same great features as the CCG Thin, but cures tack free!
Clear Cure Goo Tack Free Brush – Brushable CCG that lays down and cures tack free.
Clear Cure Goo Tack Free Flex – Flexible and tack free.
Clear Cure Goo Tack Free Hydro – Hydro has the same consistency of head cement, so it is a great material for securing the base of a large clump of materials (bucktail, etc.) or for giving your perfect head a nice clean coat for durability and presentation.
Clear Cure Goo Fleck – Now we are talking…want to give your flies a little more flash and sparkle? CCG Fleck has flecks of gold, silver, green and blue pearlescent glitter. All that and all the features of CCG. Awesome.
Clear Cure Eyes – The newest product. These look awesome and will likely cause a few more fish to fall prey to our streamers. Available very, very soon.
Any products that are not linked will be available in the next few weeks!
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Most people don’t think of Dakine when they think of fly fishing gear, but I am here to tell you that they should. A perfect example is the Dakine Waterproof Duffel. This gear bag is made of waterproof fabric and all the seams are sealed. It features a roll-top that runs along the long side of the bag and a small zipper pocket on the outside. The roll-top closure can be secured to clips on the side or by clipping both ends together.
Fly fishing isn’t always perfect sunny weather and, frankly, I don’t think we would want it to be. Fishing takes us to tropical climates where afternoon rain is expected and to rivers where steelhead swim and often times we are hoping it rains. Honestly, we would be surprised if it didn’t. In the modern world, most of us are packing electronics (phones, cameras, etc.) and, if we are smart, carrying a dry change of clothes…for that unexpected swim. A good dry bag should be of extreme importance and there are plenty of choices out there. The Dakine Waterproof Duffel is the most simple and well thought out one I have found. The biggest problem with most dry bags is that they open on the small narrow end. This means it is difficult to rummage and find what you need. This bag opens on the long side, providing better access to everything in your bag and allowing it to stand on its own while you are working inside. At 23″x16″x12″, it is a great size for stowing in the bottom of the boat or tossing in the back of your truck. It can also adapt to bigger or smaller loads by simply rolling the closure a few more times.
- Easy access: Wide opening on the long side of the bag.
- Waterproof: As long as it is closed.
- Adjustable size: Roll more to take up excess space.
- Multiple carry options: padded shoulder strap, carry handles or by the roll-top clipped together.
- Side Pocket: While it is a zippered closure, it will allow water in under extreme conditions. Don’t learn this the hard way (like I did). The pocket is so small that it is almost inconsequential.
If you haven’t already figured it out, I am a huge fan of this product. If you ever intend to fish when the weather might be less than ideal, I highly recommend this bag.
These days fly anglers have more option and better products with innovative features than we ever dreamed of when it comes to fly gear. From fly lines, rods, reels to waders we are truly spoiled with great companies and innovative products. With that being said I’ve never been much of a fan of the quintessential fishing vest. But thankfully, like I mentioned, we have a plethora of quality options and alternatives these days from some cutting edge companies like William Joseph, Fishpond and Simms. I haven’t used a vest for over 12 years and prefer a chest pack of some kind. Over the years I’ve bought and fished many different technical packs as my angling needs changed. I’m a bit of a self admitted gear whore and carry everything from extras spools to sharpie markers for coloring flies while on the water. My favorite style has to be a chest pack / back pack combo and almost always am fishing out of one. Lately I’ve been using the William Joseph Coastal backpack Mini Chest-Pack Combo and I’ve really been pleased.
Key features include:
- A full weight-bearing waste belt that also has integrated pockets for items that you may want quickly accessible like floatant or a point and shoot camera.
- Two main pockets with many inner pockets with zippers and divides. Great for organizing extra leaders, sharpie markers, bug repellant and anything else that is a must have on the water.
- Very light, weighing in at only 2 lbs 14 oz.
- Willy J’s signature TCS (tippet control system) so you can scrap that dangling tippet T that’s always unraveling.
- Anatomical shoulder straps.
- Two rod tube holders that can be used to carry water bottles.
- Removable and independent from chest pack. Great for wading out of a boat or when just the essentials and some fly boxes are needed.
But the most noteworthy and my favorite feature has to be Willy J’s Airtrack Suspension system. The Airtrack pulls the pack away from your back and lets air flow freely so you stay comfortable and don’t end up a sweaty mess. I’ve been fishing this backpack since last fall and so far its been great. If you’re tired of slogging around in a sweaty vest or do long day trips on foot you might want to check out this Willy J setup.
You can buy the William Joseph Tech Coastal Pack here!
Fish, fish and more, well, other stuff. We all floated the Rio Grande and the river came into shape just in time. Saying the fishing was fantastic is a monumental understatement. The stones (multiple species), flavs, drakes and PMDs are coming off and the fish were looking up.
Here are just a few highlights and quotes from the trip:
“No PFD’s??? That sounds like time celebratory tequila shots” …at 10 AM.
“The Measure Net is only intended for fish.”
“He isn’t big enough to cover that grenade. He needs more surface area. Someone needs to take one for the team.”
“Why did the boat and trailer just pass the truck? So much for safety chains!”
“If I had anyone else in the front of my boat, I would tell them to tie on a brown stone and skitter it, but you should just do whatever the hell you want.”
In all seriousness, the event was great and the information that was disseminated was well worth the 8-9 hour drive (each way). Simms has some great new products coming out next year, including, flip flops and the return of felt-soled boots. If you get the opportunity to visit the Creede/South Fork area of Colorado, do it. It is a beautiful area.
I got the chance to fish with some of the best guides I have ever met, like Mike McCormick from Wolf Creek Anglers. Also Joe Delling and Mark Engler from Duranglers. I never laugh as much as I do when I fish with Joe. Also, Mark, for those that don’t know, is the inventor of the WD-40 fly pattern. I have heard lots of rumors about what the WD stood for, but I wanted to ask the man himself. He confirmed what I had heard, but unfortunately, I won’t be repeating it here.
I have got my trout fishing fix for a good while…now back to the warmwater.
With one night under our belt, I felt that you all might enjoy a quick update from the field (it is all work right?!?). As I am typing this, I am sitting in the back of a diesel-powered dodge truck, enroute to launch the drift boat on the Rio Grande River. The power of technology…we are living in the future.
Sunday started with a drive of 8-9 hours to show up in Creede, CO. Immediately the festivities begin. Dinner with a dozen other fly fishing dealers…pretty low key, then we head to Tommyknockers, the local watering hole. Allow me to back up for a moment, at the 2010 event we heard rumor of a local celebrity that occasionally makes an appearance. Apparently, a few years back, some locals were cleaning an old barn and found a petrified cat. That is right an old, dead, petrified cat. What do most people do when they make this discovery? Discard of it properly of course, but in this case, they made it the unofficial town mascot and named it “Tired Kitty”. Remember, it is not a dead cat, it’s just really, really tired. So, as were told, it is pretty rare for TK to show up to the party, but with the promise of endless beer, Tired Kitty’s keeper went home and took the event to a whole new level. I won’t go into too much detail, but plenty of photos were taken, many of laughs had and copious off-color jokes told. For what it’s worth, Tired Kitty has it’s own Facebook page.
Transition…I am now typing while sitting in the back of a drift boat, waiting for shuttles to be run.
Let the story pick back up at our lodging establishment. Our rooms had been assigned and I was assigned to a room with roommate #1 and roommate #2, names have been withheld for reasons you will learn shortly. Our particular room had two rooms, each with one bed and a roll away (ok, it was a mattress on the floor). Earlier in the day, we decided who would sleep where and roommate 2 said he would take the rollaway, since there was another room opening the next night. Well, around midnight, after the festivities at Tommyknokers, roommate 1 and I headed back to the room and retired to our respective beds. Exhausted after a long day, I went right to sleep. Then, around 2:30-3 AM, I was awoken in a little bit of a panic as my door was opened and a figure walk in. I froze and pulled the covers to my chin, waiting to find out my fate. Then, as quickly as the man came into the room, he pulled back the covers and climbed into bed. Keep in mind, this is a twin bed, so not a lot of room for buffer space. I then realized that it was roommate 2 and I quickly said, “I thought you were sleeping in the rollaway!?!”. He grunted, pulled the sheets up and fell asleep. I laid the for a few moments try to comprehend the whole situation. While I don’t think I will ever fully grasp it, I decided I had no other choice but to head to the rollaway bed. As I entered the other room, roommate 1 was sitting up in his bed. After staring awkwardly at each other for a moment, I yelled “What the f@&#!”. He proceeded to explain that roommate 2 was just in his room aggressively looking through every drawer. When he means every drawer, he means EVERY drawer, opening and slamming them. I then said, “Well, I guess I am sleeping in here.”
The rest of the night was a little nerve racking as we weren’t sure if the drunken sleepwalking invader would move again. I got up the next morning and went into my room, there was roommate 2 face down in a pillow. As he heard me enter the room, he gingerly lifted his head and asked “How did I get in this bed?”. I told him that I would explain over breakfast…
He was quite surprised by his own antics. I told him all the details and that “We will always have Creede”. Needless to say, we have been giving him a hard time ever since. I am not sure how I am going to explain all this to my wife.
I have been in Creede for 12 hours and it is already quite a tale. The next update will hopefully include some fishing…
I had placed my friend the pole position in the front of the boat in order to ensure he would have the best chance at an epic day. My son was happily perched at the rear, with me on the oars. For anyone aspiring to boat ownership, this is where you end up most of the time; trading your fly-rod for graphite sticks of a much larger diameter. The sun was intense and the water was high, but the incessant wind was noticeably absent. The only action on the surface belonged to the fiberglass monsters flogging the water with strips of nylon. After serving up almost every dry-fly on the menu; the usual suspects like cicadas, hoppers, and crickets, I started visually poaching for ideas by watching the guides in other boats. I really wanted my friend, who is a capable angler, to catch something, anything. If someone tells you they haven’t been skunked on the water, they are either lying or selling something, or both. Most of the guides had their clients nymphing, DEEP. A couple of them were throwing rigs fished with weights which looked more at home at Gold’s Gym than on a river. That being said, their sports were catching fish. My friend didn’t want to nymph fish and instead opted to throw a streamer. I understood, as it is a lot more fun to cast and strip than to lob barbells. As effective as nymph fishing is, and I do it all the time, it is a bit like using a Ouija Board, or having sex with a condom; you are never really sure you are communicating with the other side until something dramatic happens.
After a few hours without so much as a sniff, I began to feel the pressure. I set my son up with a nymph rig hoping to change our luck. He is a novice fly-fisher who, prior to this trip had only thrown dry flies. Within two casts, the drought was over. He proved to be surprisingly adept at hooking the anchor line. After three repeat performances, he asked for a beetle pattern and a sandwich.
Again, I turned my attention to the other boats, specifically the ones routinely catching fish. Ethics aside, I made a mental note to throw a pair of binoculars in the boat for the next trip. The closest boat was racking up double hook-ups faster than a fish increases in size when it is “unintentionally released”. I noticed that the anglers consistently catching fish were set up with a two fly rig with the weights tied below the flies, sometimes called dredge or bounce nymphing rig. Not sure how I feel about this set up. I can’t help but assume that the angler in the front of the boat was bonking fish on the head with his weights while the angler in the back was snagging them. At the time, my friend decided to stick with the streamer, which eventually yielded some results, not epic results, but results nonetheless. Speaking of results, the guides who set up their clients with the dredge rig were definitely achieving them, which for them is their living. Far be it for me to deprive a person from earning a living. Ethical questions are rarely black and white, so it appears we have another issue upon which to float, and wade, into the gray.
…or, even better, spend a day on the water with. Honestly, this was a very difficult list to come up with. Not because there are few, but because there are so many accomplished anglers both past and present. One could easily list their top 25, or even top 50, and still feel like important people are being left out. That all being said, my list is a little skewed (as yours will be too) based on my current angling pursuits. Here are mine, in no specific order:
Lefty Kreh – What hasn’t Lefty done? He is a pioneer in just about every aspect of fly fishing techniques, but especially in saltwater. He developed the fly “Lefty’s Deceiver” and it was featured on a US Postal Service Stamp. Lefty has become synonymous with fly casting instruction. http://www.leftykreh.com
Lee Wulff – Of course we all know Lee Wulff as the father of catch and release and his famous quote “game fish are too valuable to be only caught once.” The other aspect about Lee Wulff was his constant pushing of the envelope with equipment. He led the charge of fishing for Atlantic Salmon with a single hand rod, bucking the English trend of using two-handers. He was also rumored to be able to tie size a size 28 fly WITHOUT the use of a vise.
Brian O’Keefe – Brian has traveled the world fishing all of the places and for all the fish that we all dream of. If there is an angler we should live through vicariously, it is Brian. And, just when we are in complete awe of his accomplishments, he will make a beautiful cast just to prove he is completely untouchable. Photography is also a big part of Brian’s repertoire and it would be great to pick his brain about all of the above. http://www.brianokeefephotos.com/
Andy Mill – All I can say is Tarpon. Andy, literally wrote the modern day book on fishing for Tarpon with a fly rod (A Passion For Tarpon). He was a world class downhill ski racer before turning his focus on the Silver King. His dedication to the art and preservation of these great fish is a wonderful thing to see in these modern times. If nothing else, Andy will teach you a reverence for Tarpon.
Dec Hogan – Dec has written the bible for Steelhead (A Passion For Steelhead). If you consider yourself a steelheader and have not read this book, shame on you. Dec has immersed his life in the art of two-handed casting, tying steelhead flies, understanding the species and their preservation. I would love to sit on a bank and watch him dissect and work a steelhead run.
Billy Pate – Another legend in Tarpon fishing, Billy was a very accomplished saltwater angler. In addition to his world record tarpon, he is the first to ever catch a Black Marlin on a fly and the first to catch all six species of billfish on a fly. An accomplishment that likely required an awful lot of patience and persistence.
Bob Clouser – Can you say Clouser Minnow?!? I am such a fan of this fly, that I think I could fish an entire year with nothing but variations of it. From Trout to Muskie to Saltwater, everything eats Clouser Minnows. http://www.clouserflyfishing.com/
Scott Sanchez – If ever there is a mad-scientist of fly tying, Scott would definitely be in the running for the title. A master innovator at the vise, his flies are different and effective. One of my favorite quotes from Scott reads something like this: “Most of my flies are illegal in California from all the lead and chemicals that are used in tying them.” Many of his flies are effective on multiple species as Scott likes to chase just about anything that swims and will eat a fly.
Barry Reynolds – Another authority on his respective subject, Barry has become an expert on catching pike and muskie with a fly rod. His book “Mastering Pike on the Fly” is loaded with so much information, it is really a testament to the time and effort that he has put into pursuing his quarry. Barry has travelled extensively to chase the long fish and it shows in his knowledge and effectiveness. http://www.barryreynoldsflyfishing.com/
Tom Bie – Here is an angler that has done it all (if not all, most of it), but his real accomplishment is his network within the fly fishing industry and creating THE magazine for the soul of fly fishing. There are lots of fly fishing magazines out there, but none capture the essence like the Drake. Others have popped up, but the Drake is still the benchmark…imitation is the purest form of flattery. http://www.drakemag.com/
I must close by saying that there are many people that I currently have the honor to spend time on the water with that could very easily be on this list. I have also fished with some amazing guides that, regardless of how good the fishing was, are the kind of people that I want to call friends. To those that I am constantly learning from, comparing notes and just plain having a good time with… Thank you!
Now, who would be on your list? Comment below…