Notching My Rod

December 30, 2008

To take a quick moment and enjoy all that I have learned in the last three months of fishless days. My goal to tie 50 dozen flies has been met and I’ve become a better tier, with that said there is much to learn and everyday I find useful information. For those who share, thank you. Along with the flies I’ve tied I believe I know more about the trout I fish for, which can only benefit me and make my time on the water more enjoyable. Here is to the 08 Season and it’s mistakes and to the 09 season for even more mistakes, I like to learn the D.I.Y. way.

I will be spending my day off tomorrow preparing for my other better day off on the 1st. Here’s wishing for better weather knowing I may only cast a few times in the cold but I will be there. 



The Lohman Box

December 29, 2008

      The Art Lohman Box  Inside the Box  Contents of the Box

This is the Art Lohman Box I received for Christmas. The story goes like this: Mike and Liz wanted to find me a present, Mike suggested a case for my vise. They went to stores in Rochester and at Gander Mountain they talked to someone who knew someone who had the following item. This is one of three boxes supposedly made by Art Lohman. That person who later sold the box to Mike and Liz told them that Art Lohman had a great deal to do with conservation in and around Forestville, something about preventing the building of a dam to create a lake where Forestville is now. Art apparently fought for water conservation in S.E. MN and while doing so did a fair amount of fly fishing. Mike and Liz explain that this box was made for stream side fly tying but it looks more suited to entomology sampling. The story goes that Art made three of these boxes before he died a few years back and through a divorce and a sale and another sale it has wound up with me. If anyone has any more information on Art Lohman I would really like to know. I did some googling and found that in 1982 the Federation of Fly Fishers gave an award to an Art Lohman for conservation. I couldn’t find more though. I think its an excellent gift and it has a good story behind it.

New Gear from Santa

December 26, 2008

I will be trying some new fly fishing gear this season thanks to some very special people who both love me and want to assist me in my adventure. I tried to make practical and yet long lasting choices based on reading reviews and looking at as much information as I could get. So to upgrade myself from the Cabela’s Prestige One 4wt with the matching reel and line I figured I should concentrate on the line knowing that I’m keeping the rod for a bit yet. My ideal set up is a Sage TXL 7’10” 3wt with an Orvis CFO but due to two main factors I’ve decided to wait on pursuing that set up for now, 1 Cost, 2 lack of experience. I feel like I should log more time with the beginner stuff before I save a bank roll. So with that I will be giving a few items a run for their money and here they are:


William Joseph Current Mag-Chest Pack

Current Chest PackThis product is very new so it has little information, I chose to request this one due to research on others, size, and cost. This is the more expensive but the mag-zipper technology sounded very intriguing. I’ve sized it for my fit with my winter gear and it fits great, the pockets snap shut and seal well. They are lined with an anti-water material so as long as the magnets meet properly it will seal water tight. I have found one of the pockets wants to get alittle hung up but I think its going to be fine. I’ve also noticed that it will probably not want to seal well if fully loaded. I filled it with three spools of tippet, leaders, knife, forceps, fly box, thermometer, three kinds of floatant, and still had plenty of room for a few more things. We shall see how it performs on the water. Note: It has warnings about pacemakers and the magnets being an issue. 


G-Loomis Eastfork Reel

G-Loomis East Fork ReelThese reels got great ratings and looked nice. I think they will do well to help upgrade the rod/reel situation which leads me to the next item which I felt needed the most improvement.

Scientific Anglers Mastery Trout Taper Fly Line

Fly LineNew line for me was absolutely necessary. I hope this brand serves me well. It got great reviews and I’m sure will be a big improvement over the Cabela’s line that came on the reel. 


Keen Laguna Trailhead/Water Shoe

Keen LagunaThese shoes have it all. They are anti-microbial, water proof and water ready. The closed toes keeps your feet safe and they fit excellent. I plan on altering my approach to warmer weather fishing this spring/summer, that includes minimizing the waders and enjoying the water a bit more.


Thank You again to those who helped me get these items to help with my fishing journey. I hope everyone had a great holiday. 


The Parachute-Hare’s Ear

December 21, 2008


Parachute-Hare's Ear

  • Hook: #14 Dry Fly
  • Thread: Tan 8/0
  • Parachute: Calf Tail
  • Tail: Buck Tail
  • Body: Hare’s Ear Light/Dark
  • Hackle: Grizzly

I tried very hard to tie these well, I took my time and learned much about parachutes during the time I took to tie over a dozen of these flies. For me this was difficult, the hackle can be frustrating and being calm and taking your time can pay off, it did for me. I would make a few suggestions, 1 select all of your hackle feathers in advance so you don’t have to search through your cape to find what you need. 2 Practice hand stacking, for me I felt like I did fairly well hand stacking the buck tail after trying to use a hair stacker and not getting very far. 3 Lift the Hackle, the instructions I read explained that if you wrap the hackle on the bottom the entire time it will force the other wraps up. I found though that if I didn’t lift the hackle fibers when I wrapped a new turn the fibers would go all over the place. This for me was a difficult tie, perhaps in a few years before my sight leaves me it will get easier.

Stream Scouting

December 21, 2008

Air Temp: -1 Degree

Went scouting for a few winter streams. 

Small Stream Minnesnowta

December 20, 2008

Winter Trout Stream

Jan. 1st is Coming

December 18, 2008

Winter trout season opens January 1st. The MN DNR has specific regulations for where anglers can fish from Jan.1-Mar.31st. Although there may be a possibility that in a few years all streams designated for trout will be open for the winter season for now we fish a select few. The MN DNR released maps with the winter symbol for the streams designated for winter fishing, however the DNR’s website has a much more descriptive map for the winter streams. These are the streams closest to me.

Winona County Winter Streams

The Odd Men Out

December 15, 2008

Flies I found in my box. I tied all of these some I tied many of, some not so many, they were more or less me fulfilling a need to goof around at my bench and break rules. Some may work, some may not. You may imitate but beware, none are tested. 


December 15, 2008

These are just two experiments that I threw together this last weekend. I don’t know if they will work on trout but they might be good for the warm water species. What do you think?? These were made from mostly scraps I wasn’t going to use so I figured most I’m using is time, the hook and the bead head. I only tied a few of each thinking I’ll tie more up if they do infact pull a fish from the water. 

The Pink Fur Ball:

The Pink Fur Ball

The Peacock and Pink:

The Peacock and Pink

Imitation as Flattery

December 14, 2008

Size 20

Wendy, I’ve been focusing on you these last few days of tying thinking about those really tiny soft-hackles you tied. I thought I would give something similar a go. I found some excellent feathers for over 2 dozen flies on just one wing of the Partridge that I recently received as a gift from the game farm and the hunting dogs. I tied these in size 18 and 20 and I for some reason only added the flash tails to the size 20. Oops.  I used a green ice dub for the thorax and I really like how these turned out. Thanks Wendy for the ideas. I’m including a picture of the materials needed for these flies and I had to laugh at how little materials are needed. Note: the “sparse” amount of ice dub. 

A Bunch of Trout Trouble

Materials Needed