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.

February 25, 2014

Fly Carpin 2014 Carp Fly Swap

Whistle Pigs
My entrants to the Fly Carpin 2014 Carp Fly Swap, a drift of Whistle Pigs.

Check out McTage's swap page to see all of the tasty shizz that has been submitted to this year's swap. Forty tyers, that's a lot of fly porn!

February 19, 2014

2014 Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo

2014 Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo

Only a few days left until the 2014 Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo. Check out the vendors and catch a few of the featured speakers, including presentations from master fly tyer Skip Morris, Brian Bergeson of Musky Bacon fame, artist Bob White, Dan Frasier of CarpPro, and myself, to name just a few. Plenty of new gear to check out, especially exciting is Scientific Anglers new Sharkwave line. SA will be demonstrating this line at the show! Don't forget to stop by many of the fly tying tables where myself and others like the St. Paul Fly Tiers will be demonstrating fly tying for the public. If anything, don't pass up the chance to reconnect with friends, share your fish stories from the past season and help us all get through this long winter. See you there! Details below:

2014 Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo
Adult: $10/day
Youth (ages 12-17): $7/day
Children under 12 are free

February 21, 2014: 3:00-8:00 pm
February 22, 2014: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
February 23, 2014: 10:00 am-4:00 pm

National Sports Center
1700 105th Ave. NE
Blaine, MN 55449

From the Twin Cities area, take 35W North to Highway 10 West to Hwy 65
North to 105th Ave. NE.
Turn right onto 105th Ave. NE
Turn right at entrance past the brick marquee.
The Schwan Center is straight ahead.
Parking is located in front of the building.

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