Will always be one of my favorite shots, the mangled fly in the chompers of a nice fish. Even though this Roberts Yellow Drake will never fish again, as this 19″ brown trout caught by Kean OH, was disassembled in the battle. Nothing better than holding a great fish caught on a great fly. Nice job Kean!
The panfish family has always had a special place in my heart. Most likely from the fact that they are the first fish I can really remember targeting as a pip squeak youngster sitting on an end of a dock. Fishing for hours upon hours. So when this time of year comes around, I always have to head out and throw around the poppers. If you have not visited bream bugs.com I would highly recommend them for the best assortment of poppers and other flies for warm water fishing.
Last week during one of the strong thunderstorms that rolled through our area. Had a chance to sit down with Russ Maddin and Alex Lafkas, and talk about fishing and watch them tie up a couple patterns. Hope to get a chance to edit the video I shot with Russ on the vise, with one of his signature patterns the Circus Peanut. Listening to Russ and Alex talk about patterns and techniques is an experience everybody should get a chance to have. Monitor the blog for a the video post over the next couple weeks, listening and watching Russ tie will help everybody create better streamer patterns. Thank you Russ for sharing this pattern. If you do not have the Peanut in your arsenal you should!
I would say about 10 years ago a good friend and fellow fly-fishing guide at the time Fred Stueber showed me my first clown egg. He also showed me a popular way how to tie an egg, popular that is out west, and the rag style clown has been a staple in my fly box since.
Just finished a how to tie video for the Hawkins site and thought I would also post it here, as it is one of my KISS Flies (Keep It Simple Stupid).
|South Bound Trucker on display|
I find indoor photography much harder to do than outdoor photography. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s all the prep work. Setting up the tripod, finding the correct amount of lighting, getting the proper backdrop, and de-terming the proper depth of field. Most of my indoor photography is step-by-step fly patterns. Like the Russ Maddin South Bound Trucker that is on display above. Where I shoot most my outdoor photography free hand, and the mistakes that I make outside I can blame on mother nature, moving boat, or unhappy fish. Where I find I have less excuses with indoor. When a photo goes bad it’s on me. I’m also more critical of my indoor photography. Are the colors coming out, did I capture what the fly tier was creating. As I continue to build my studio and purchase additional products to help with backdrops and lighting, I know I will capture better images. Until then, enjoy some of the patterns, and hope they help you catch more fish. Additional patterns can be found at the Hawkins Outfitters Articles page.