At The Fly Shop
On a recent road trip with the wife I pulled off the freeway to fill up the car. I noticed a fly shop, so I told the wife I needed to take a driving break and stretch my legs.
Entering the shop I couldn't help but look over all of the vises on display. This fly shop has a great selection of vises. Several models of Dyna-King (I was gifted a used Dyna-King when a friend upgraded to more complicated model) at least four different Renzettis, and few other vises I never heard of. I think they were Peak, Apex, and Griffins? Doesn't matter, I can't remeber the names of the vises, but they had a great selection to say the least. Some of these vises looked like they were designed by Rube Goldberg. There were all kinds of attachments and gizmos. In any event, among these fine vises sat an HMH Standard and a Spartan.
Sitting right next to these other fine tools, the clean lines of the HMH, the seeming simplicity, the unmistakable quality, the sheer beauty, just took my breath away.
I did not think I needed another vise; but after seeing the HMH next to the "other guys" I haven't wanted anything as much as I now want an HMH in a long time.
So I guess I need a new vise after all.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
As you can see, John from HMH has been busy tying tube flies for his upcoming steelhead trip...Look for future blog entries regarding John's trip to Washington state.
Tube flies lend themselves very well to steelhead flies for many reasons. We can vary the weight to tube flies simply by choosing what type of tube we tie on. Skaters and waking flies can be tied on plastic tubes such as the HMH Micro, cut-to-length or new Hybrid tubing - making the fly very light weight. Need to get down a little further in the water column? Try tying on aluminum or copper tubes. Want to put your fly right on the nose of a steely? Add a brass or tungsten cone to the head of your fly...
The advantages don't stop there. We can make conscious decision where we'd like to place the hook within the fly as well. If we want the hook closer to the head of the fly we'll choose or cut a short piece of tubing material combined with a short piece of hook holding junction tube (unless using our Hybrid tubing which acts as its own junction tube). If we want the hook to ride further back in the pattern we can choose a longer tube and/or junction tubing.
We can also tie big profile flies without having to use really large hooks. When using short shank hooks on any tube fly your landing ratio will increase dramatically compared to long shank convention hooks.
Bottle tube flies can be made using HMH tubing and components where the conehead helps support winging material as well as adds weight to the fly (I'll post a tutorial soon on HMH bottle style tubes).
With steelhead season almost in full swing (pun intended), tube flies should be part of the steelheaders arsenal.
If you have any questions about tube flies or any HMH products please don't hesitate to call us. We're always very eager to help.
Friday, October 2, 2009
John and I are steelhead junkies - or as much of a steelhead junkie as you can be living in Maine. We fished steelhead together for the first time on the Deschutes River two years ago. The next year we fished the Grande Ronde and Clearwater rivers. While both trips were met with limited success, just being on steelhead rivers, fishing two-handed rods and swinging flies was all that was needed.
John is heading back to Washington state in a few days and I've got a trip planned to the Cattaraugus (western NY) towards the end of Oct. We'll be sharing pre-trip details (flies we're tying, etc) along with reports from the river as well as post-trip info and photos. We hope you'll follow our adventures as we chase steel separately from two very different eco systems... Think Steel!