Thursday, October 20, 2011

International Fly Fishing Film Festival

The 2011 International Fly Fishing Film Festival ( IF4 ) Commercial from Fly Max Films on Vimeo.

The International Fly Fishing Film Festival is joining The Fly Fishing Show in 2012.  Angling Trade posted on 10/19/2011 that The Fly Fishing Show will screen films at the closing of the show at 5 locations.

The showings will be at the following locations: Denver, Jan. 6, 2012; Marlborough, Mass., Jan. 20, 2012; Somerset, NJ, Jan. 27, 2012; Lancaster, Penn., Feb. 18, 2012; and Pasadena, Calif. March 3, 2012. The viewings will start around 6:30PM and my change depending on location.

The International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4) features 16 short and feature length films with local and global reach.

Having gone to the Denver and New York screening last year I can say it's well worth your time.  It's a great way to get your blood flowing during the cabin fever months.

Mark your calendar and get your trout porn on.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Save the Date: The International Fly Tying Symposium November 19th & 20th

The International Fly Tying Symposium is coming to Doubletree Hotel in Somerset, NJ on November 19th and 20th, 2011.

The event is now in it's 21st year and features some of the best fly tiers on the planet.  It's always a great time, where you get to talk and ask the tiers about their pattern.  I've been going since the beginning and  haven't missed one.  There are free programs, celebrity tiers, classes, lots of stories, flies that catch fishers and tall tails.

Here are some of the programs I'm looking forward to:
  • JOHAN KLINGBERG “European Nymphing- History & Techniques”
  • ERIC STROUP “Catching Trout in Tough Conditions”
  • BOB JACKLIN “Yellowstone and Montana Sampler”
  • and ARON JASPER “The Newest in Nymphs and How to Construct Them”
Here are some photos of the flies from the videos I shot last year.

 "Bill's Hellgrammite" by Bill Skilton
"Tungsten Torpedo" by Kevin Compton
"Fire Fly" by Aaron Jasper
"Peel-and-Stick" Jay by "Fishy" Fullum

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

October Caddis Time

Leaves are starting to turn. There's a crispness in the air, and the last of the big bugs are about to pop.

It's fall - October caddis time.

Here's a weighted wet-fly patten that I use during the fall. It's a great addition to your Euro-nymph rig or fished alone. Make sure you swing the fly at the end of the drift and hold on.

October Caddis

Hook: Standard Wet Fly Hook (Mustad S80-3906 or similar)
Size: 8 - 12
Head: Black Tungsten Bead sized to hook
Thread: Brown 6/0 or 8/0
Rib: Red and Gold wire (.32 gauge Parawire or UTC Size BR)
Abdomen: Equal parts, Hareline Ice Dub Orange, Tan UV Ice Dub,
and Hareline Rabbit Dubbin HD15 (Hand blended)
Thorax: Hairline Ice Dub Peacock
Rib: Gold Wire
Legs: Hungarian Partridge

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Don Bastian to offer a Tying class in Febuary 2012

Selection of Don's Wet Flies for Bergman’s Trout

It's no secret that I'm friends with Don Bastian. I've taken his classes in the past and raved about them. I'm excited he's offering more - February 3-5, 2012.

Tying traditional wet flies
Selected Carrie Stevens style streamer techniques
At least one blind-eye wet fly pattern from the 1800′s

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My post from Don's 2011 class: Tying Classic Wet Flies with Don Bastian.