Imagine the surprise of receiving this picture via text without any prior knowledge that the person was going to be getting this tattoo. Then imagine that person being your 50 year old father! I laughed so hard I cried. My face hurt from the explosion of laughter that followed seeing this picture.
Granted my dad does have other tattoos ranging from band insignias to our family crest, but this was completely out of left field. Even for my dad!
He calls it the “Shout”. It’s a Shark Trout.
After his trip to Florida and his experience beach fishing for shark there, he decided he needed to do something to remember this great trip and his love for fishing. So he created the Shout.
Now, when we go out into the lakes, rivers and streams to fish, we joke about finding another hybrid fish idea for him. I think he’s got room for a few more.
Tattoo Artist: James Zehna @ Sailor Jims Electric Tattoo in Logan, UT
Are you looking for an alternative to the Bimini Twist? The Triple Surgeon’s Loop works well. It is a quick easy knot to do in the field and get you back to fishing fast.
- Start by doubling the line over and creating a loop.
- Take the loop and add an overhand knot approximately where you want the base of the final knot loop.
- Proceed to do a total of three (hence the triple in the name) wraps of the loop through the overhand knot.
- Pull everything into place, working the knot into position depending on how big you want the final loop to be. Use saliva to lubricate the knot as it is tightened.
- Once the knot is tight and secure, trim the tag end.
Illustrations by Greg Pearson
The fly-tying-materials-in-your-hair-craze came front and center here today. These very nice girls came by looking for hackles, flashabou and fur to integrate into their hair. Much like a Tiger Muskie, they seemed to be attracted to the brighter, flashier colors.
We called all of our fly tying supplies and got promptly laughed at when we told them we were looking for long saddle hackles.
We advised the ladies to be careful if they went near any saltwater flats or the lakes with long fish.
When we said we wanted more women to get into fly fishing…this is not necessarily what we meant.
Let us know what you think…
We overheard a customer saying as he entered the shop:
“I haven’t been in a fly shop in over three years, I just wanted to come in and smell it.”
The No-Slip Mono Loop Knot is used for tying on bigger flies so they have a little more action. A clinch-type knot grabs onto the eye and constrains movement. Sometimes a little more wiggle in your fly can make all the difference.
- Start by tying and overhand knot in your line (before you thread it through the eye of the hook).
- Take the tag end of the line through the eye
- Thread the tag end back through the loop in the line created by the overhand knot.
- Wrap the tag end around the main line 5-7 times.
- Thread the tag end through the overhand knot.
- Slowly pull the knot tight, while maintaining the loop size desired. Use lubrication if necessary.
- Once it is tight, clip your tag end.
Illustrations by Greg Pearson
This knot is perfect for tying a loop in the thick end of a new leader or in the end of a piece of butt-section.
- Create a loop in the line with the tag end going behind the main line. The tag should be out to the right of the loop.
- Bring the tag end of the line back around the loop you have created. The tag should now be in front of the loop out the left side.
- Again, take the tag end around the back of the knot, creating another loop the left of the original loop. The tag is now to the right hand side of the loop.
- Lay the tag end between the two loops, then take the left (or second loop) through the top loop (first loop).
- Slowly tighten the knot, keeping it relatively small. Lubricate the knot as needed.
- Once the knot is tight, trim the tag end.
A special thanks to Greg Pearson for his great illustrations!
“I’ve come to the conclusion that fisherman don’t make good husbands, and women don’t make good wives.”
- Author Unknown, parroted by John Lent
VIDEO: The boys got together for some sweet steelheading action. We were able to see our share of steelhead. They were happy to eat dry flies and lightly dressed patterns swung on dry lines.
We would have been content to never come home, but colder weather wasn’t too far off….
VIDEO: Everyone thinks that working in a fly shop is just fun and games. Sitting around tying flies behind the counter all day, right? I don’t think so! We had the opportunity to retire an old trusty piece of office equipment and decided it would work just as good as a stress ball. We took care of it and did it as an homage to a classic film too.
VIDEO: John Malovich from Hardy & Greys shows off the new Bougle and Cascapedia Fly Reels at the 2010 International Fly Tackle Dealer Show.