|Building a Drying Motor|
by Brian Ahern I have often been asked how to make a drying motor, and have also found this to be a frequent question on various web site bulletin boards. As a result I felt it may be of some use to put together instructions on how mine was done. A drying motor can be ... read more
|Building A Rod Wrapping Jig|
by Steve Clark When you get hooked by the addiction that is rod building, you are well off to simply use a cardboard box as your first wrapping jig before you know if you really want to get deeply involved in this craft. As you progress from your fir ... read more
|Rod Building Primer - part III|
In the last issue we prepped the blank and mounted the grip and seat. Next up we’ll give the rod its real character by installing the tip top and wrapping the guides. Tip tops are sized according to the inside diameter of the tube that slips over the blank, or the outside diameter of the tip ... read more
|Mouse Trap Rod Winder|
By Brian Ahern, Helena, Montana This is an actual drawing of the rod winder that I used from 1971 to about a year and a half ago. With one side of the mouse trap bar cut off the trap serves as both a spool holder and a device to adjust the thread tension. The bar is bent ... read more
|Rod Building Primer II|
Rod Building Primer part IIby Chris Carlin In the last issue we saw a quick introduction to building your own fishing rod. In this issue we will begin the actual process of constructing a rod. The first step in building your own rod is to procure a blank and the proper component ... read more
For most of the country we are settling into unprecedented cold temps for this time of year which for me officially kicks off fly tying season. To get your tying season started properly I am giving you 10% off your next hook purchase PLUS with a hook purchase you will receive free shipping(within the United […]
It is not every day I find a special stream like this with such robust wild brookies and indescribable beauty below the surface. Brook trout have lost a tremendous amount of habitat and genetic diversity to urbanization and excessive fish stocking. Please support and speak up for wild rivers and wild fish conservation.
Detailed instructions on tying the Smoke Jumper.
I tend to spend a lot of my summer in a very magical and special place. Home to some of Idaho’s most aggressive and beautiful species, the Bull and Cutthroat trout. Here are some frames from a few fishy weekends in the mountains.
Detailed instructions for tying a Pheasant Tail Euro Nymph.
Need a new pair of scissors for fly tying season? I am currently running a 50% off sale for all of my scissors. This sale ends Sunday November 2nd at midnight. click here for more info
Some photos of Huchen fishing in Slovenia
A very versatile baitfish fly. Not only are the color combos endless, but size up or down for your application.
Some amazing mayfly footage and a the story of climate impact in Wisconsin
Peter and Ben show you why they call it “Unicorn Valley”
Ever wonder how fully dressed salmon fly goes from a bare iron to a masterpiece? Well here is an inside look from a Master, Shawn Mitchell.
If you are like me you shudder at the mere thought of spending $55 on a fly tying bobbin which is the exact reason I launched GCO. I am excited to announce the addition of the new GreenCaddis GC60 fly tying bobbin to the growing selection of fly boxes, hooks and scissors I already offer. […]
A set of ten impressive salmon flies from the vise of Shawn Mitchell
OPST’s newest fly tying video on how to Tie Jerry French’s Skinny Hoh fly. The Skinny Hoh is a slimmed-down version of Jerry French’s Dirty Hoh, a cross between an intruder and a string leech. It features composite loops, which Jerry uses to put multiple materials in a dubbing loop for a totally unique look and action. This video gives a great step by step instruction to the composite loop, as well as the twisted hitch, Jerry’s way of securing a hook to a rabbit strip so that it will never come loose or foul.
Friends team up for tailing Redfish and some blue lining for mountain trout