Thursday, September 19, 2013

Seek and Ye shall find...


About four years ago my fellow guide and fly tier Walter Wiese came across some "wood grain" 2mm tan and brown foam.  Wally tied some killer hopper patterns with this stuff and he gave me a sheet or two of it.  I have tied a bunch of my Wrapped Foam Hoppers with it but saved and guarded them for my own fishing.  That stuff is long gone!

Since then both Wally and I have kept our eyes open for "unique" fly tying foam.  Well the other day my wife had to stop in AC Moore and buy a few things so I went in with her just to check on the craft foam - Yeah baby, jack pot; Leopard Yellow, Tiger Orange and Zebra Pink....  I see Golden Stones, Salmon Flies and Pink Hoppers jumping out of these sheets of foam already.

Don't worry Wally, I got a couple of sheets of each for you.  I cleaned them out, buying all they had... I'll stop by today to see if they have any more...... as you might have guessed Wally and I tie a ton of flies!

Leopards and Tigers and Zebras, Oh my!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Just playing...


I just recently bought a new set of Jvice Pro-jaws with the Salmon Head and Goose Neck the other day. The new head design and tension adjustment is machined from white Ertalyte.  It's more stream line than the original head and it looks good too... But the proofs in the pudding, right? 

So the last few days I've been just playing around tying some flies and enjoying this new vise and the pro-jaws.  

these Pro-jaws will be great for tying smaller fly sizes...

Here's a close up of the Pro-jaws and the Salmon Head.

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Here's a few of the flies I tied today, just for fun!

Korn's WH (Wire Head) Turkey Tail Nymph

WH Pheasant Tail Emerger

BH Pheasant Tail - scud hook version
I intend to do a full review of this new Jvice Salmon Head and the ProJaws in the near future once I've really put it through it's paces doing some production tying.  But so far, I really like the new set-up... Stay tuned!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Fishing is about to change forever in Yellowstone National Park

If you care about the future of fishing in Yellowstone National Park you don't want to miss this fine article by Neil M. Travis on the Fly Anglers On Line website and forum.

see it here: http://www.flyanglersonline.com/articles/journal/2013/journal20130826.php




I believe the NPS efforts to "remove" all non-native fish in the park is just the first step. Once well underway they will move to eventually "eliminate" the "harassing" of fish (wildlife) in the park by anglers.

The top of the arch is inscribed with a quote from the Organic Act of 1872, the legislation which created Yellowstone, which reads "For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People." 

The management of the park by the NPS will continue to be an ongoing struggle for anglers for the foreseeable future, IMHO.... Doug Korn

Monday, September 2, 2013

Korn's (Blue Variation) WH Stone Fly Nymph



My friend Dave had lots of luck on Soda Butte Creek in YNP using an unknown blue mylar backed nymph.  It looked similar to my Wire Head Stone fly nymphs, so I just added the Mylar backing and a rib to that pattern.  I think it looks great and the nice thing is you can make them any color Sharpie you've got!  Yellow and Amber make nice Yellow Sally's and Golden Stonefly nymphs others include; olive, tan, black, purple, etc.





Thread: Danville 6/0 olive brown
Hook: Nymph 2xl #14 (#12-18)
Bead: gold 3.0 mm or Wire Head.
Rib: gold wire 24 gauge (med.)
Tail: and body: Turkey Tail
Shellback and wing case: Uni-Mylar 3/64" in Pearl and colored with blue Sharpie marker on both sides of the Mylar. After tying I brush super glue on the shellback and wing case to bring out the color even more.
Note: try other color markers too...