Monday, April 13, 2015

Tying Up A Storm

For those of you that have been by the shop lately, you'll notice that someone is constantly on the vise whipping up flies for special order or filling the retail bins. We no longer support third-world fly manufacturers and our shop will be stocked with 100% locally tied patterns. We still have some Sri Lankan ties to weed through, but you'll notice locally-produced flies are now the main feature of our retail store as are the materials we use to tie. 
Holographic Caddis
The goal is not to just sell our flies, but encourage our customers to tie their own as well. To date, we've turned many folks onto fly tying and some have even gone on to start their own fly companies! 
Although there are still some great step-by-step instructional videos out there like the ones put out by the guys at Fly Fish Food, we've created a fly tying video series that brings the viewer through the pattern in a faster format that still gets to the point and doesn't bore you to death...well hopefully.
Each Tuesday we'll be releasing a new video in the series and posting them HERE on our site and on our Facebook page. You can also follow us on Vimeo and keep track of our video production. Feel free to send us any feedback about what you like, dislike or would like to see in a future video.
Interested in a new tying vise?...come on in a demo a Peak Vise made right here in the USA! To date, every person that has sat down at this vise has ended up purchasing one!
Yesterday was such a nice change from the cold, rawness we've been having lately! Today is supposed to be even warmer, so get out there whenever you can and wave the dust off that fly rod! Slow reports of fish catching thus far, but things will be picking up soon. Both the Lamoille and Winooski are around 2000 cfs and should hover around that mark the next day or 2 as we have warm days to increase snow melt/flows and cold nights which will slow the process a little. Depending on where you are, there could still be piles of snow or no snow at all. Check out the USGS Gauge before making a solid plan!

REMEMBER, we are adding new flies and materials daily to our online store where we ship within Vermont for only a buck and orders over $25 ship FREE!!

Lamoille River - 4/12/15
While I was writing this post, I got a message that today is Jim Bernstein's birthday. Jim runs Eldredge Bros. Fly Shop over in Maine and is the creator of a killer wounded baitfish pattern called the Guitar Minnow. My version is a bit different but nonetheless a great birthday tribute to one of the great talents in the industry. Be sure to stop in Eldredge Bros. next time you find yourself on the right coast!