December 27, 2014

Latergrams- Week 52

Here's the weekly wrap up for the week 52: plenty of hexagenia and some UV carp demons

Dorsal view of hex nymph #carpfood #flytying #flyfarming #carponthefly #carppro #artisanflies

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Alternate version hex with subdued legs #carpfood #flytying #flyfarming #carponthefly #carppro #artisanflies

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The #carpdemon in UV olive. #carpfood #flytying #flyfarming #carponthefly #carppro #artisanflies

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December 15, 2014

Latergrams - Week 51

Lots of flies pumped out last week using bug collars from Bozeman Fly Goods. If you haven't choked a bug yet, do yourself a large and pick up some bug collars. #sick flies

December 1, 2014

Pass the Cocktail Sauce

Pass the Cocktail Sauce
Lipton's Cocktail Sauce:
Hook: Scorpion Venom 2X, Size 8
Thread: UNI Thread, 6/0 Black
Tail: Ultra Chenille, Micro, Olive
Case: Furry Foam, Tan
Body: Roughfisher's custom dub, UV Gold
Legs:: Krystal Flash, UV Tan; Coyote guard hair, coyote underfur
Eyes: #3 (2.4 mm) ball chain, black
Weight: Two strands .025 Lead wire

This fly is patterned after mysid (opposum) freshwater shrimp. Most shrimp range less than 25 mm (1 inch) in length. While mostly common to the Great Lakes basin, mysid shrimp have been introduced to certain tailwaters in the western US. This pattern, however can be tied small enough to mimic other freshwater amphipods like scuds, or even a bit larger to imitiate brackish water and saltwater shrimp species. The pattern can be tied several color variations to match the local forage.

Cocktail Sauce
Notes: The fly profile may appear to be less realistic tied hook side up compared to a traditional style tied fly (hook side down, body/legs covering hook gape and hook point). Having the fly tied hook side up, however, should allow for increased hook ups and greater hook penetration, especially when sight fishing on the flats. The ball chain eyes are tied double truck style on top of the hook shank, and there are two strands of lead wire tied on the top of the hook shank just behind the eyes. This should help your fly land hook side up and keep it riding that way.

Latergrams - Week 49

The turkey is done dude #thanksgiving #roundtwo #friedturkey #goodeats

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November 12, 2014 - an extensive resource on redhorse and other suckers
I've known about Olaf Nelson's website for several years now, and I felt it was due to share with the masses again this fantastic resource for redhorse, sucker species of the Genus Moxostoma. These beautiful, native fish, are often misidentified in the field, and many times even after obtaining a good photographic record of the catch. Fret no further, is your source for redhorse information and identification!

Redhorse can often be a difficult, tricky species to identify properly, especially if you aren't familiar with them or other native sucker species. The proper ID of redhorse can even be a challenge for fisheries professionals. Olaf provides a great downloadable resource of idenitification guides and cheat sheets for redhorse. These handy field guides should provide little doubt out on the water when it comes to properly identifying your catch. I know of serveral state fisheries biologists who use this resource out in the field, so don't feel ashamed for needing it too! Olaf also has prints available for sale on his Etsy page.

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Latergrams - Week 46

October 3, 2014


LOUISVILLE, CO — Umpqua Feather Merchants is excited to announce that carp and “roughfish” fly tyer/designer Jean-Paul Lipton has joined Umpqua’s team of Signature Tyers. One of the early practitioners of the carp-on-the-fly movement, Lipton applies his knowledge of stream biology, ecology, and geomorphology in his development and application of unconventional fly fishing techniques to pursue carp and other underutilized fish species. Lipton has spent countless hours studying and monitoring their feeding habits and diets, painstakingly developing fly patterns and the techniques necessary to convince a sub terminally mouthed fish to take an artificial fly.

“It is an honor to be enlisted with the Umpqua fly designer corps, serving alongside the originator of the carp on the fly movement, Barry Reynolds. I am eager to help bring Umpqua to the forefront of global carp fly domination!”
—Jean-Paul Lipton

Lipton resides in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, where he performs fisheries management work for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. When he is not busy working on stream habitat restoration projects for the DNR, he enjoys spending time on the Otter Tail River where he pursues roughfish on the fly. Lipton is a GreenFish Ambassador and member of many industry pro staff teams. Lipton’s blog, “,” features his latest carp and roughfish fly patterns and news. His Umpqua flies include Admiral Akbar, Carp Assassin, Carp Crack, Dragon Slayer, Darth Clam, Landing Strip and Mustache Ride.

“JP is an important addition to our line up of Royalty Fly Designers. With his extensive knowledge of fisheries management, he is an authority on carp and other sub terminally mouthed species. His innovative designs strengthen Umpqua’s impressive selection of warm water fly patterns.”
—Brian Schmidt, Fly Manager, Umpqua Feather Merchants

Umpqua Sig Tyer Lipton
New Umpqua Signature Royalty Fly Designer, Jean Paul Lipton, doing what he loves to most.

Umpqua Sig Tyer Lipton

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Umpqua Feather Merchants late founder, Dennis Black, established the first royalty tyer/designer program in 1972 — a program that rewards fly tyers for their creativity on many levels, and inspires innovation and creativity among the fly designing world. Today, Umpqua has more than 150 talented designers in its royalty program, and introduces an average of over 100 new fly patterns per year to its extensive catalog of flies. In addition to being the world’s largest producer of quality hand-tied flies, Umpqua offers retailers a diverse and award-winning selection of fly-fishing accessories, leader and tippet, packs/bags/vests, hooks, and fly tying tools and materials. (

September 8, 2014

Latergrams - Week 36

I realize that content being published on the blog has not exactly been superfluous this year. For that I apologize to my viewers, if any of you are even left here to read this. It's not that content isn't being created, it is! It's just that I haven't been posting and publishing that content directly to the blog. There always was, and will continue to be, content being published directly to's social media outlets, due to its design to be simple, interactive and in real-time.

There is a need from time to time to have and maintain a static database, a log if you will, of all of my published content. This is where my blog will likely reside for the indefinite future. It is a trend I have been observing across the board, and frankly with my time constraints, it is quite burdensome and daunting to transcribe all of my content on the blog on a daily basis. Thus, I will bring to you a weekly digest highlighting my most popular Instagram photos of the week, so that you, the reader, can stay abreast of what's being created at my vise or being caught out on the water, even if you do not participate in social media. So please enjoy, and if you have any comments, question, or concerns, with my future publishing content and delivery methods, please do not hesitate to leave a comment or use the Contact form to notify me. The following listed are links to my various social media outlets. Please check them out if you haven't already done so and follow! Thanks!

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June 10, 2014

Lipton's Black Flag

Lipton's Black Flag
Lipton's Black Flag:
Hook: Umpqua U401 (O'Shaugnessy Stainless) Size 6
Thread: UNI Thread, 6/0 Black
Tail: Moose Mane
Body: Roughfisher's custom dub, Black Gold
Underwing: Krystal Flash, Black/Peacock
Legs: India Hen, natural
Thorax: 3.2 mm tungsten bead; Roughfisher's custom dub, Black Gold
Eyes: #3 (2.4 mm) ball chain, black

Lipton's Black Flag
This fly is patterned after the black quill mayfly, Leptophlebia Cupida, prevalent in northern Minnesota in early Summer. Most nymphs range in the 9-11 mm size range with adults measuring around 15 mm. While not prolific enough to generate superhatches, their medium to large size and their propensity to school up and migrate upstream like minnows are enough to make this species of mayfly relevant to anglers. As a result, I would not hesitate to fish this fly as a streamer in riffle sections or in pocket water adjacent to the slack water they are known to reside in much of the year. Due to the dark coloration and size of this pattern, these would also fish well as a larger mayfly, or stonefly or skwala nymph pattern.

Notes: I like to tie on heavy, short-shanked hooks, so even though this particular pattern is tied on a size 6 O'Shaugnessy hook, the body of the fly is probably sized closer to a traditional sized 10 or 12 nymph hook. I colored the hook black with a marker to keep hook glare down and give the fly a dark, subdued look. Like most mayfly nymphs, I tie mine heavy; there is a tungsten bead tied in underneath the body just behind the bead chain eyes. This will help keep your fly in the zone when fish riffles or deep runs.

June 2, 2014


CarpPro and Isthmus Flyfishing are teaming up to put on Carpicide 2014; a catch and release flyfishing for carp event in Minneapolis on June 21st. Each participant will receive a hat and prizes including a One-of-a-kind Helios 2, a TFO rod or flyfishing art donated by local artists. All proceeds benefit the local chapter of Trout Unlimited.

The festivities kick off Friday night at Mend Provisions in South Minneapolis with free beer, a presentation on carp flyfishing and general socializing. Saturday participants will fish all day on any water in the metro area followed by an awards ceremony and party to follow.

Register online at or in person Friday evening at Mend.

April 17, 2014

Yeti Sighting! - Northern Minnesota

Yeti Sighting! - Northern Minnesota
As the snowpack is finally diminishing here in northern Minnesota there have been some strange sightings as of late. Most recently has been a confirmed sighting of a YETI in Detroit Lakes. I intially spotted the YETI out of the corner of my eye. I was unsure of what exactly I saw, wondering if my eyes had been playing tricks on me. It's not uncommon for mirages to appear over snow, much like the apparition of water in a desert. But a YETI? Something came tumbling out of the woods, right at my truck. I came to a screeching halt as my front tire made contact with the object. What was it? I hopped out of the truck to see just exactly what it was.

YETI roadkill
I couldn't believe I was seeing this with my own eyes, a YETI in Detroit Lakes! A perfectly unscathed specimen too! Wow, the press will have a field day with this one! I quickly looked over the YETI for any signs of injuries and none were to be found. I quickly secured the YETI in the cab of my truck and made haste back to the Roughfisher Command Post.

YETI secured
After a closer inspection back at home base, I identified the YETI as a 50 quart specimen from the Tundra. A beautiful specimen indeed! There was so much potential with this YETI! I was practically giddy with excitement, dreaming of all the possibilities for good times I can share with the YETI! Think of all the fishing and camping trips we can go on! I can't wait to dress up my YETI. I'll be sure to post stories of my new YETI's adventures. Stay tuned!

The abominable snowman!
Thanks YETI!

March 19, 2014

Carphunter stickers now for sale

Buy your Carphunter stickers below, or go over to the online store and pick up a few decals as well as some Carp Crack!.

Carphunter sticker

Get your carphunter decals!


February 26, 2014

Lipton's Crushtacean

Lipton's Crushtacean
Perhaps better suited for the salt flats, this shrimp pattern will provide plenty of protein to any freshwater predator.

Lipton's Crushtacean
Lipton's Crushtacean:
Hook: O'Shaugnessy, Stainless, Size 6
Thread: UNI Thread, 6/0 Fire Orange
Tail: Calf Tail, gray
Body: Roughfisher's custom seal sub dub, DSP Grey
Underwing: Krystal Flash, UV Tan
Wing: Calf Tail, gray
Thorax: Ruffed Grouse; Roughfisher's custom seal sub dub, DSP Grey
Antennae: Centipede Legs, Medium, Gray.
Eyes: #8 (5/32") bead chain, black

Lipton's Crushtacean
Notes: Eyes are tied in double wide, i.e. four beads on the chain instead of the normal two. This is also known as "hammerhead" style. Not only does this provide a wider profile, it also adds a bit of rattle and movement.
Antennae can be trimmed to length, if preferred.
This pattern is tied to imitate a forward swimming shrimp; if a rear swimming shrimp is preferred, simply move the bead chain to the rear of the hook instead of behind the hook eye.