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These are the days when you are stuck inside laid up on crutches while its puking snow outside and all you can think about is that big brown gulping down your flies on the river, but know that you can’t go out. You know we all have had these day (except for maybe the crutches part); At the same time you are thinking that you could be on the river with that chance to catch some trout and be all alone on the river. Instead you sit there just thinking about that next nice day where you are able to go out and fish again, and might think to yourself “Might as well fill the fly boxes.” I know this is what I am thinking instead, “I’ll probably be snaggin’ up and breaking another half dozen flies when I go out next, so I’ll attempt to fill my boxes again.”
So you sit inside snowed in with a hot pot of coffee on with your favorite fly fishing movie going and a bare hook in the vise. I decided while I am laid up with a busted femur, I might as well get my fly boxes stocked up for when I am better and can go out to the river again. It is almost worse for me when I am watching a trout bum movie and see them reeling in some pigs knowing that I can’t just grab my rod and walk out the door to the river. Oh well though, it all works out…
I figured I would share with you what I have been doing for the past couple months. We all know that when you start tying and you have a couple buddies come over you will end up tying a dozen for one buddy and then you have to tie for the rest of them. “Oh Brandan, while you are laid up, do you mind tying me up a few?” So of course I do, in return they buy you some material and maybe a couple six packs of Big Sky Brewery’s “Moose Drool.” I mean how could you say “no” to that?
December and early January were kind to us in the Northwest this year. It was cold but the lack of precipitation made for some low water and great fishing. There is something I love about fishing rivers when the snow is on the ground and ice fills the slow pools. The crowds are gone and you get a chance to experience a completely different river as the water level keeps dropping. The larger fish can get selective at times but that is what makes it even more of an experience as your presentation and fly choices can get put to the test. And yes you will battle freezing guides and hands for the first half of the day, but that magic couple of hours when everything comes alive on the river is well worth it. Oh and let’s not forget that fishing with your buddies any day of the year is kick ass fun!
Of course we can’t forget the winter fly tying sessions thrown into the end of the video. When cold weather hits around here you can be sure the guys will be at the table once a week throwing them back and planning the next trip. Lies, trash talking and beer… you can never get enough of that at the tying table and these boys never disappoint.
I first heard about Lee Novotny from my fishing buddy Dom in Colorado. While Dom and I would be chasing browns in some of the streams near Denver he’d tell me about the Youtube videos this guy was putting out showcasing huge bows and browns that were caught up in some of the tailwaters of the Rockies. After getting a chance to see some of these fish in his videos it was easy to understand why he has such a great reputation. Lee is a fly fisherman who has obviously put a serious amount of time in on his local waters. He’s even designed a fly called the Ale Egg that has a fierce reputation of producing huge fish in some of the Colorado rivers he fishes.
Doubts? Check out some of the videos on his Youtube Page. From huge bows, brooks, cutts and bullies… Lee has made it a habit of finding some of the biggest fish out there. Then there are the carp… I still don’t really get why so many fly fisherman still trash talk them. They are probably the smartest and most technical fish you will ever cast a fly to in fresh water. Lee recently put up a nice video of the hunt for his 92cm world record grass carp. Think your average carp is a bitch to catch? Try a grassy… it’ll make you want to rage quit the entire sport.
Lee has been up for Moldy Chum’s Slab of the Month a few times now. Recently with this monster brown! Great work Lee!
Glad that I had a chance to meet Lee and hit the water with him this past summer. He’s one of the nicest guys I’ve had the honor of fishing with. Be sure to give his site Thefishfly.com a visit or check out his fan page.
-Scott “Scotty Don’t”
No it’s not a mistake. It is really a “bearded clam” fly. Found via our friends at FlatsPirate.
What’s that? You want to whip up some new patterns but don’t think they are hard core enough for ya? Rock out with some Hardcore Fly Tying. Crank it up loud and get your tying on!!!!
Oh and when you’re done you can take your ass into the kitchen and get started on my Tempura Asparagus Sushi. Black Metal Chef style… RAAARGH! I’m pretty sure this guy is the personal chef for Satan. And that means that Satan is 1. A Vegan… and 2. He likes Tempura Asparagus Sushi. Just sayin…
At least the guy gives some good advice/tips on how not to mess up your dish…
“ok people lets talk about this for a second. Before we get all singing and stuff. This is one of those few critical steps that if you fuck up… This will Fail! And you will not be getting any tonight.”