Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Wheatley? and Pete Hidy and Jim Leisenring

I recently made a purchase of a Wheatley fly box. The model is the 1401 clip box. I have had one for years and I like it for my spiders, soft hackles  wet flies and streamers. It has two different size clips making it versatile for carrying many sizes of flies. The clips are strong but do not crush the hackles even on some of the sparse spiders I tie. When I got the box I placed it on my table alongside the tying desk. It sat there a day or so and I finally got to open it up to check it out.



There was a little note folded up and placed in the clips. When I opened the note I was stunned. It informed me that my Wheatley fly box that has been made in England since 1860 is now made in Stafford Springs CT. Well I have to say i was on the net bound to find out what went down. I made contact with someone from Wheatley and was told 0...basically I was looking for a yes or no answer but instead got the I don't understand that. To me it is a clear as day. Going back and looking at the box it came packed in and it says  "Hand Made In USA"...more digging will happen.

Ah yes...the "book" came and I tell you there's going to be many nights under the tying lamp.


Monday, March 1, 2021

March's here.

In my car is this little slot, a cubby hole. In that slot is some moldy change a paper clip and this turkey call. Inside that call are a bunch of flies that for some reason have collected there. It's a combination of dries wets and a couple of streamers. These flies have proven their value over the years, and one in particular is the Picket Pin.


The Picket Pin is a cross between a wet and dry fly. It's shape is similar to a caddis fly or perhaps a stone fly. When this fly is tied weighted it can be a very good nymph pattern and when treated with Gink will make an awesome dry fly. I have tied and fished the Picket Pin for many years and when called into service always produces.

A while back a comment was placed in one of my posts on how small of a fly do I tie. I don't ever go any smaller then a #18. But here are a few #30's...these were tied by a fellow from Norway. I would love to see the fish that takes this fly?

Today is March 1st, the meteorological first day of Spring. This group of February Red soft hackles are on there way to West Virginia to temp some southern trout.


Thursday, February 25, 2021

Back in the saddle again or back in the stream again...

Good morning folks. Well after two plus weeks I finally got out to do some fishing. I want to tell you I was wound up tighter then a drum from being indoors for that amount of time. I mean fly tying and reading along with some minor home repairs just does not replace being outdoors and fishing. The day was perfect, I hit the parking turnoff and it was muddy. This is good because the overnight temps were above freezing. As I was gearing up I felt a slight breeze and it was actually comfortable. Starting time temps were in the mid forties. I started fishing my normal places riffles and tailouts. The fly was a soft hackle and that's pretty much what I stayed with. Various colors and sizes were tried and some proved to be better choices then others.

What was enjoyable was the fact that I was able to get on the banks and walk. The snow had obviously melted some since the last time I fished. It felt good getting back to almost normal.




Water levels were good and the color outstanding. Snow melt can cause off colored water and luckily it had not got to that point.

The first brookie in two plus weeks. Man did that feel good.

This guy got my attention as I got close. He appeared to eating something near the waters edge. He kept an eye on me and then finished what he was doing then took flight. I not certain but could this be a falcon?

You can see just how beautiful the woods can be even in late February.

I approached this likely looking pool and woody debris trap with good thoughts. As I scoped it out something swam upstream in a hurry. Thoughts of beaver? No it was a brookie of at least 15". In my older years the one thing that has always stayed sharp is my outdoor eyes. This was a big fish.

I knew I was not the day to catch the one that slipped away but a spot like this had to hold one or two more brookies. So out went the wet fly and the swing then pause and lift. The water erupted and the fight was on. Bigger fish will head for the nasty stuff but this one just held his ground and dogged. He chose to move up and back. I had full control and was confident of actually seeing him up close.

He was a very respectable small stream wild brookie. So healthy and an impressive hook on the upper jaw. Should be a sight come October.

This turned out to be a day that the "fly doctor" would have prescribed.


Tuesday, February 23, 2021

When the page is turned....

As humans we see and process things differently. There are times when I see something and react to it. A few hours or days or even longer I'll look at it and see something entirely different. It is the same as far as information is processed in our minds. Hear something and react to it. Several days later and after some thought come to a different result. The issue is that when your only offered one perspective it it difficult to reach another conclusion.

I know from many years of on the job training to not look at what is first seen is being "that's it"...when the page is turned it may be whole new book. The photos seem to be placed here randomly but on the contrary. There is a reason for why they were selected and how they were placed.