Friday, February 3, 2017

Orvis Fly Tying Class 201

Last Night afterwork I joined the Yonkers Ridgehill Orvis Store Fly tying 201 class, led by Len.
I brought along my new fly kit and Len showed us some dubbing techniques, along with some other very valuable fly tying tricks and essentials. (Thank you Len )  

We sat there and played and tied and played and tied and watched as he amazed us with some of these tieback techniques along with the whip finish (that I'm still fighting with) and he made it look so easy. Now as you can imagine my flies once completed were not looking half as nice as our instructers flies but none the less i am confident that my flies will catch fish! I kinda like the imperfections and i think they will stand out (in the water) in a good way to cause a triggered strike by some quality trout!

We were all joking at the end of the night about how you can tie a perfect flies but a kid will catch a huge trout on a broken lure or a fly that was unravelling and falling apart. But the perfect Fly only caught the angler! Now thats a fact!!!! At the end there is no wrong fly (as long as it catches fish) there is only bad knots. It is up to our imaginations and the personal choices of the materials that we decide to use in our flies that make this art of fly tying really true.  Enjoy your 2017 fishing season and I wish you all many more to come!







Monday, January 30, 2017

New to Tying Flies for Fly Fishing

As most of you know i am a Avid angler of all sorts but i am fairly new to Fly Fishing, With that said I have entered into the world of fly fishing very slowly and taking it step by step. In my last post i wrote on how I attended a fly tying 101 class at the Orvis in Yonkers NY. It was then and there that i learned not only the basics of Fly tying but I also learned that primitive man has used the skills of trickery for hunting way back then and it was for survival and how lucky i am that I get to try and do this as a hobby.

We live in a world that we can have anything we want at a flick of a key, So i humbles me to sit down and practice tying a simple nymph and not even get it exactly correct but to know that this will work on catching a fish.  Of course some of us would much rather spend our free time on the water fishing and so would I but think about "THE PREP" "THE DEVILS IN THE DETAILS" its quite fulfilling knowning that the next time I get out on the East branch Stream System that my flies will be the primary flies I use and the flies I have purchased in the past will be my back up flies.

Now don't get this twisted, I am not telling you to not purchase store sold flies. On the contrary I think everyone should purchase flies as well as tie there own. Its a great Hobby and "Way of Life"

So if you have the time just try it once. Im heading to the 201 Class this week and I'm excited

Here are some pics go my latest nymph






Saturday, January 14, 2017

Fly Tying 101

Today was my first time ever atemping to tie a fly. A little after i got into fly fishing i wanted to learn how to tie my own flies. This doesnt mean i would not purchase flies, it only means i wanted to be capable of tying some on my own, kind of a goal. I was not able to do so for too many reasons to list right now but finally about 4 years later i finally had an opportunity and the time to take a "fly tying 101" class.

So this morning i high talked it to Orvis in Ridgehill Yonkers NY where i was greated by an awesome staff (Len , Mike & David) and they taught me the basics of tying flies. I learned so much today but the biggest leson i learned is its all up to the eye of the beholder and there is no wrong or right as long as a fish will bite your fly!

I highly recommend taking one of these FREE classes as it was a great experiance for me and i plan on registering for the next level up class 201

Tight lines to all


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

2017

I know its been a while but sometimes life just keeps us extra busy. I have been very blessed to have started a family and soon my two yearly daughter will be three years of age and ready to start fishing. I am really hoping that she will gravitate to fishing the same way i did, But if she does not its ok i just want her to enjoy life as it is short and we all need to be thankful for the time we have here and who we get to share it with. Happy new year to all of you

This year I plan on

Going Winter Ice Fishing

going fishing in Florida

Learning how to tie a flies (going on sat to my first class at Orvis

Early Spring Striper Fishing

Early Spring Trout Fishing, Reservoir and Stream Fly Fishing

Summer Fluke, Seabass

Kayaking for Stripers and Blues

September Salmon Run / Striper Run

Fall Trout Fly fishing

Saltwater fishing as well

These are my fishing Goals for 2017

I wish everyone a great season





Saturday, February 21, 2015

Hidden Treasure in Miami

have traveled to Miami over 70 times in my life and have never really fished it like I should have (being that I'm a avid fisherman) July 2014 i scheduled a day while traveling to Miami (for work) to go fishing with a friend of mine (Scott) that's going to school in Miami and his schedule ended up conflicting with mine. Even though it sucked that once again I couldn't go fishing in Miami This was in fact a good thing. 
Scott of @Scottsfishingtails ended up getting more experience and fishing with more people and gaining lots of useful knowledge. Once he found out I was coming back to Miami in Feb of 2015 he cleared his calendar for me to go fishing with him on the day that I could get off of work regardless of his clients begging him for that date. 

So late Friday morning me and Scott headed out to the local bait shop and straight to one of his honey holes and on the First Cast! He put me onto a 7lb huge beautiful Butterfly Peacock Bass ( My first ever) I was so happy, thankful but at the same time I felt vindicated, like I deserved this, had not fished for a long time. 
Then I wasn't done Scott took me to 8 more locations where we continued to straight destroy the water with more great catches of Peacocks and Largemouth bass,

So we finally left the fishing honey holes and when I thought we were done he ask me are you ready for a SLAM! "We are going for Snook" he Gauranteed me a Snook. I though he was Crazy because the temps dropped really low that I had to put on a sweater in South Miami. 
We headed out for the snook location and when we got there, there was some "Salty" Old men and they told us "your not going to catch anything tonight" 
Scott told me these guys were really good. I didn't care I wanted the Slam! 

So WE chased it and got it 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

9-11-16 (6 pounds 6 oz )

September 11th is a national day of remembrance of the lives that were lost in a terrible attack on the US in NYC. But this 9-11-2014 is a change for me and my family. We will now celebrate it as the Birth of our first Child a bouncing baby Girl "Hailey" she was quite a catch. Long fight she pulled a lot a drag from 550am and fought until she was caught ( Born ) 1016PM EST 

We are beyond excited. We look forward to year to celebrate 

PS I also hope to get fishing again soon but I'm not in a rush!


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Lakers Still on the Hunt

I have not been fishing in a couple of weeks and I really had the ich to get out there so I hit the Rye side of Kensico in search of some trout action. Got out around 730ish and started trolling crank baits and didn't get a hit for hours. I marked fish in different sections of water speratically but nothing solid. And then finally at 11am I got a strike but wasn't able to keep the fish on the line. I thought it would be a Skunky day. I almost gave up but I kept the faith and stuck it out "Eye of the Tiger" ( $NWM$ ) I finally got a decent lake trout on the line and was able to land him. Decent size but kept doing the death spiral and wrapped itself in the fishing line in the net. 
I unwrapped him quick, snapped a pic and revived him and released back to grow bigger! 


Landed 4 lakers and lost 5 all safely released all in different sections of the water column ( must be getting fat before the spawn)