Monday, March 4, 2013

The Big, The Bad & The Ugly

We were out doing some shopping and thought that I'd make a quick stop into Cabela's to see what they had in their Bargain Cave.  While I didn't walk out with any big purchases (a good thing), I did find bags of rabbit scraps in their fly tying section.  It had good sized chunks of hides in all colors for 3 bucks a bag.  Anyone that ties a lot of rabbit streamers like myself knows that those little bags add up - I figured I'd take a chance and see what I could get out of these "scraps".  I picked up 2 bags and what you see here is what I got out of one of them.  Time to start browsing for some new patterns and logging in some hours at the tying bench.

The bags came with rabbit pelts dyed in all colors
After about an hour, I was left with perfectly cut and packaged zonker strips.  Not bad for a $3 investment.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

So after a long hiatus, I'm glad to announce that I'm back.  A relocation, a new job and a new son have put my fishing endeavors on hold for a little bit, but it looks like I'm ready to get back into the swing of things.  2013 finds me in Chicago, farther from my native Catskills than I've ever been before.  I do happen to find myself within 2 hours of some of the premier trout, salmon and steelhead fishing that the midwest has to offer.  My first order of business was of course to build a new fly tying/rod building table.  This puppy is going to get a lot of use over the next couple of weeks as I start prepping for the Wisconsin opener.

I could have gone out and dropped a couple hundred on a bench from a retail place, but with a new expense (baby) to account for, I figured why not make one for under $40?  Stay tuned, more to come.