ORVIS Helios 3 Launch from Robin C on Vimeo.
Having been to the rod factory before and meeting those in this video makes you really appreciate the amount of work that goes into the creation of these fine fly rods. I will be picking up one of these H3 rods soon and hit the water with it. What I really enjoy about these rods is the way they track and I think that has been something that Orvis has continued to improve each time they make a new Helios. You will see an example of it in the video above, but I feel that it is very noticeable to an experienced fly caster. This will in turn, help beginners as well since there will be less side to side vibration and enhance the feel in the cast. I have owned some prior generations of Helios fly rods. They are machines on the water.
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Sunday, February 23, 2014
As of the past week, I have moved my blog from www.brooksbrownsandbows.blogspot.com to www.brooksbrownsandbows.com. Hope every that has enjoyed my blog on here follows me over to my new site. I will keep this up and running for archive records, but I was also able to import my posts over to the new site as well. Hope to see you there.
Jared Plisko - JMP
Monday, February 17, 2014
Tan rabbit dubbing and some dark brown partridge makes a great looking soft hackle.
On Instagram, this one had a ton of likes as well as comments. I had purchased the body material at fly fisherman's paradise when I fish Spring Creek in State College, PA. This UTC ribbing material is rated for hook sizes #16-20. It will be a killer caddis pupa pattern for sure.
Being a bit lazy and not changing my dark thread over, I had to add an additional step to this fly. I have a chartreuse holographic tinsel tied under the body material. It looks even better in person because it lights up that under body. I did rather well before with this pattern for caddis pupa. The only difference was the body. I had created a body out of rolled Antron to create a segmented body.
Saturday, I joined Mike Steiner at the Monroeville Convention Center for the Allegheny Outdoor & Travel Show. With the recent weather, we had lighter crowds than expected, but being really the only fly fishing guide service as well as a national recognized Sporting Clay facility, we always had people at our booth throughout the event. On a positive note, I plan on opening an online store attached to my blog to sell some of the flies that tie. I had a lot on inquiries regarding the streamers that I had tied. Look for that in the next week. Now that coaching hoops is over, this will be my new focus.
It had it had taken some coaxing on Sunday to get Mike on the vise Sunday, but he was whipping up some of his goto patterns.
One example of Mike's tying on Sunday. This looks killer for our freestone streams in early Spring.
One of the flies that people really liked at the show was my Rainbow Fingerling Pattern.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
As soon as work was over today, I headed up to the Orvis store in Pittsburgh. I have been rather pumped about tying some flies at the store for a few weeks. Mike Steiner and Garrett Brain had also came down for support while I had tied flies as well.
Young tyer, Max had brought his vise in the tie with me at the tying station. I was very impressed on his fly tying knowledge and skills for his age. My favorite part of the evening was when he first got there and told me he had finished his homework to come down to tie this evening. I will say, he is very passionate about this sport.
When he had arrived, he expressed interest in tying flies for carp, bluegill, and bass on his local lakes in the area. This was a curveball that I did not expect, but nevertheless, I had some ideas for carp flies that I had success on to teach Max. In the photo above, he tied my "LG" streamer pattern. He was a pro.
After closing hours, Joe wanted to learn a streamer out of my box. We decided to tie a variation of Strolis's Bloodied Minnow. He did a great job.
They have a great venue at the Orvis Pittsburgh store for tying, especially with the media center to cast videos such as my "Yough Yeti" while I was tying some flies. I wanted to thank Mike, the manager of the store for the opportunity and look forward to tying again in the next couple weeks.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
John Hatcher and I have been discussing building a glass rod for about two months. I have been rather impressed by his custom work on a few rods that he has made for a few friends. He prefers a very clean and traditional look to his rods with premium components. He had purchased a few Epic glass blanks about two weeks ago. This rod build was a 7'6" 4 weight.
He had chosen to go with black silk to compliment the white Epic blank.
Most of this rod was made with materials that he had in inventory. He chose to go with Struble hardware for the reel seat. The wood insert was Ambonya as well. The handle was created with a flor grade ring turned down to a reverse half wells handle. This felt great and looked awesome in person.
Zoie and I went for a ride to the mountain for a run in the snow to locate a few birds and burn off some of her nervous energy. Mike Steiner, fellow guide, had joined us for the snowy adventure this late morning. Afterward, we stopped in at Woodlands World to visit Garrett at the fly shop.
Mission accomplished today.
After dinner this evening, John had mentioned that on his way back from his parent's house in West Virginia, he had christened his Epic 4 weight with a solid bow. If anyone is interested in rod by John, please email me any time.
Sunday, February 2, 2014
I have messing around with that minnow shimmer flash material and I really like it for Clousers. I only made a few in this small size and small bead chain eyes for low water conditions around the house. I also feel that this material will light up and attract fish on those sunny days. I had tied some small Clouser like this before with lots of flash and a sparse amount of buck tail, preferably in root beer and white. I felt that I landed ever fish in that stretch that I could that day. With the amount of snow were getting this morning and yet another day off of school, I may have to wait a bit longer to try these out.
Building the body of this Golden Stone.
Been seeing a lot more of the golden stones on the river over the past two years. I wanted to tie this for two reasons. Use it when they are coming off in decent numbers in some of the faster water and to also use it as a dry dropper setup on the river. I found this pattern online, so I can't take credit for it but it is a solid pattern.
Started making a few more video for our vimeo channel. They will be out soon. I need a name for this streamer. Any suggestions?
Some snowday fun with the dogs this morning.
Our oldest dog, Macie, loves the snow.
Hallie on the sled for the first time as well as enjoying the snow too.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Looking at a few flies that I would like to add to my spring creek fly box, I went with a recommendation from Matt Grobe. These really imitate the BWO nymphs ascending to the surface. Instead of Woodduck as the wing case, we decided that we make them a flashback WD-40. Very simple but effective fly for selective trout.
Hook: Curved Caddis #18-20
Tail: Woodduck flank feather
Body: Tying thread
Ribbing: small copper wire
Wing case: pearl flash
Thorax: hare-tron dubbing