Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Korn's Holiday Stone Fly Nymph

Tying some of my Korn's Holiday Golden Holiday Stone Fly Nymph's today...
I designed this fly for Parks Fly Shop. I wanted to produce a more realistic stone fly nymph pattern that has lots of flash.  It was designed for visibility in high muddy water conditions sometimes found in the early fishing season on the Yellowstone River.  

Materials List: 
Hook: MFC #10 Scud
Bead: 3.5 mm gold bead 
Thread: Serafil 200 olive tan 
Tail/Legs: natural turkey biots split by ball of dubbing 
Rib: nylon quilting clear thread
Wingcase/shellback: pearl Easter basket mylar folded twice 
Abdomen and thorax: 50/50 DK #   and golden brown rabbit dubbing 
Collar: loose dubbing

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Part 13 Fly Rod Rebuild: Kingfisher Completed.

This weekend I finished up the Kingfisher fly rod. Yep-eee! This project took a lot more time to complete than I ever expected. Six coats of finish on the bamboo sections and five coats of finish on all the guide wraps. Now the rod needs a good week or so to cure before I put a line on it, can't wait. All and all I think it came out nicely. By no means is it master rod builder quality..... but it's the best I can do with my tools and abilities to date. Next up, is to complete the spare rod tip section for the Kingfisher and start the H&I Featherlight rod... My wife Michelle, has agreed to make a couple of rod bags-sleeves for the rods and I'll begin looking for some storage tubes... maybe some thin walled PVC, if I can find it... Hope you all like the work...

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Part 12 Fly Rod Rebuild: Mid-section guides, Kingfisher

More line guide wrapping today on the mid-section of the Kingfisher fly rod...

--- with the first coat of Spar varnish applied...

Monday, February 5, 2018

Fly Rod Restore Part 11: Wrapping guides... Kingfisher

Folks I started with the butt section of the Kingfisher fly rod... Color combo for this rod is black and garnet (maroon)..... Please see the series of photos. Note the wraps I put on the ferrule section to cover the crack repair and the notch repair as well. They came out great.

Getting started at the hook keeper.

Stripping guide.

Wrapped Stripping guide.

First coat of Spar varnish on one side.

Repaired section where crimped notches were.

First coat of finish on stripping guide and repair cracked ferrule over-wrap. I am very happy with how this finished.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Fly Rod Restore Part 10: the Guides...

All the guide locations and sizes have been determined for both fly rods and the guide wrapping will soon begin... stay tuned for further updates... Each fly rod will have 9 line guides and a tip-top...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Part 9: Thread wrapping practice.

I've been trying different color Nylon size A thread wrappings and finishes on a 3/8" dowel... Pretty soon it will be the real deal on the line guides for the bamboo fly rods.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Part 8: Prep work for Wrapping...

... the line guides....

I had to make a couple of stands today for holding the bamboo sections as I wrap the line guides. I hope to start wrapping soon.