I made it out to my favorite local small creek this past week with my good friend, Joe. I fished my 6′ 8″ 3 wt bamboo and Joe took out his 7′ 0″ 4 wt bamboo that he built in my workshop. This creek runs right below my house and gets almost no fishing pressure, so we had the water to ourselves for the afternoon. This is some of my favorite kind of fly fishing…getting out on very small local waters with light bamboo fly rods. We found several willing native rainbows in the 6″ t 11″ range ready to take assorted nymphs and dry flies.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted on my Blog…been fishing a lot this summer. Mary Ann and I spent 6 weeks fishing in Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado. In Oregon we fished the Owyhee River, in Idaho we fished the Salmon River, Marsh Creek, and Bear Valley Creek, In Wyoming we fished the New Fork River, Savery Creek, North Platte River, and Encampment River. In Colorado we fished the Frying Pan River, Yampa River, Service Creek, and the Poudre River. And, we used a variety of bamboo rods along the whole trip. Here are a few random photos from our “summer vacation”.
I just finished a new rod for a customer who was looking for a fast action rod that he could travel with. We decided on a 7′ 3″ 3 piece 4 wt rod. I don’t normally build fast action rods, but I modeled one of my other rods to meet his interests. He chose an English walnut reel seat with engraved hardware, and Royal Hunt primary silk thread wraps on the guides. We were both extremely happy with how it came out…a great fast action rod for small streams. Here are a couple of photos.
I’m getting started on a new Bamboo Trout Net today to add to my inventory. It will be available for the Christmas Holidays…would make a fantastic Christmas Present for that special angler!
The 5 long strips will make up the hoop section of the net. They are 72″ x .75″ x .070″. The shorter pieces will make up the handle of the net. They are 13″ x .625″ x .200″.
The first step is to start gluing up the handle pieces.
Both handle sections have now been glued together and shaped.
Time to glue up the whole net!
It’s been a busy summer so I haven’t posted for a while. Mary Ann and I recently took a 3 week trip to Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho for some fantastic fly fishing. I’ll share some photos from Savery Creek, Wyoming in this post. Savery Creek is a very large working cattle ranch in central Southern Wyoming. They have 18 miles of private trout water on their ranch. And, they put strong limitations on the numbers of guests staying at the lodge so the water doesn’t get overfished. First, Savery Creek is a very small tail water, populated with big rainbows, a few browns, and a few tiger trout. Most of our fish were between 14″ and 20″. All their fishing is guided, and our guides, Bryce and Matt, did a fantastic job. We fished 4 days on the ranch, and never put on a subsurface fly….everything was dry fly fishing, mostly with cicadas, hoppers, ants, and some smaller mayflies and caddis. Mary Ann and I both fished 5 wt bamboo fly rods. Fishing was great, the lodge was great, and the meals were great. All in all, we had a fantastic time and are hoping to get back there next year. Here are a few photos: