Bamboo Rods on Noname Creek.

Earlier this week we got the chance to hit Noname Creek (sorry, I’m sworn to secrecy) about 2 hours from Stanley in search for some hungry Cutthroats with our good friends, Noel and Sue, from Australia.  Noel has one of my 8′  3″  Signature Series 5 wt fly rods so that was his weapon of choice.  Sue doesn’t fly fish but came along to enjoy the day on the stream and lend a hand with a net when needed.  Mary Ann and I each took 7′  0″  4 wt rods.  The trout were happy to take just about any dry fly we put their way and we were successful landing many nice fish.  Here are a few photos from our day.

Noname Creek

Noname Creek

Noel and I ready for battle.

Noel and I ready for battle.

Noel landing a nice Cutthroat.

Noel landing a nice Cutthroat.

A nice bend in my bamboo rod.-

A nice bend in my bamboo rod.-

Mary Ann with a nice Cuttie.

Mary Ann with a nice Cuttie.

A "Calendar Photo" of one of our catches.

A “Calendar Photo” of one of our catches.

Great Guys in the Fly Fishing Industry

I attended the 2015 IFFF Fair in Bend, Oregon last week, and I wanted to highlight 3 great guys in the fly fishing industry who were also there.  Mike Morin owns Cutthroat Leaders.  Mike makes and sells furled leaders that are a tremendous match for bamboo fly rods, and I use his leaders as often as I can.  Mike Avery is Snake River Net Company.  He is a great craftsman and makes and sells custom nets and fly boxes.  John Noble is Scaly Designs.  John is a skilled artist and crafts wonderful and unique rod tubes and fly fishing art. I recommend them highly.  Here are a few photos from their booths at the show this past week.

Cutthroat Leaders - Great furled leaders for fly fishing.

Cutthroat Leaders – Great furled leaders for fly fishing.

Snake River Net Co. - Custom nets and fly boxes.

Snake River Net Co. – Custom nets and fly boxes.

Scaly Designs - Beautiful and unique fly rod tubes and fly fishing art.

Scaly Designs – Beautiful and unique fly rod tubes and fly fishing art.

My New Bamboo Rod Shop

Well, after an 8 week delay in getting inspections and permits approved, we’re finally back on track with the construction of my new rod shop.  A concrete retaining wall was pored this past week.  The remaining concrete floor will get pored this week and the framing will start.

Constructing the concrete retaining wall.

Constructing the concrete retaining wall.

Things are pretty exciting here.  We broke ground this week on my new bamboo rod shop.  I’ve been stuck into several corners of the house/garage since we moved in here to Sisters, Oregon 8 months ago.  I’ve been able to build rods, but I always seem to be climbing over my tools and equipment to get things done.  So, it’s time for a new workshop.  We’re adding a 1200 square ft. expansion to the garage that will house my entire rod building operation, as well as our drift boat.  Our contractor started the excavation work this week, taking out a few trees and digging down for the new foundation.  Over the next several weeks, I’ll keep posting progress photos of my shop, so check back occasionally to see how things are going.  Here is what things look like now:

Starting the excavation work next to our current garage.

Starting the excavation work next to our current garage.

Trees are gone and dirt/rocks are being removed to make way for the foundation.

Trees are gone and dirt/rocks are being removed to make way for the foundation.

2015 International Federation of Fly Fishers Fair in Bend, Oregon

I’m excited to be at the 2015 annual fair of the International Federation of Fly Fishers in Bend Oregon this week.  I’m teaching a class in “an Introduction to Bamboo Fly Rod Building” on Tuesday, and will have a booth at the vendor fair on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  There is so much to do, so please stop by if you’re in the area.

2015 IFFF Fair in Bend, Oregon

Native Cutthroats on the Yankee Fork!

I went hunting for native cutthroats on the Yankee Fork with my good friend, Peter, from Northern California.  Peter is responsible for getting me into bamboo fly rods many years ago.  When he put a Leonard Duracane in my hands and told me to fish it for the day, I was hooked.  Aside from several salmon smolts, hatchery rainbows, and whitefish, I did manage to find a few native cutthroats as well.  Here are some shots from our day.

Peter and I getting ready to hit the Yankee Fork.

Peter and I getting ready to hit the Yankee Fork.

The Yankee Fork.

The Yankee Fork.

A nice 10" native cutthroat that took a #16 black ant pattern.

A nice 10″ native cutthroat that took a #16 black ant pattern.

A beautiful 14" native cutthroat that took a #14 Yellow Sally Nymph.

A beautiful 14″ native cutthroat that took a #14 Yellow Sally Nymph.

 

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