Iron Fly KC 2015

I spent last Friday night at the Iron Fly event held at Charley Hooper’s in KC. For those of you who don’t know what Iron Fly is, it’s like Iron Chef meets fly tying. The real purpose of the event is to introduce people to fly fishing and fly tying. Show them that it’s not an elitist thing that only rich old white people do. Fly fishing is for everyone. These events are a great place to meet people that love fly fishing and have a good time.

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Every one learns to tie a fly at an Iron Fly event.

After some time just hanging out the competition got started. The first event of the night was a blindfolded fly to be tied by anyone who felt like they could. So I hoped in and got after it. They allowed us to lay out our tools then open our bags and lay out our mystery ingredients. I formed a quick plan and laid everything out. Next thing I know I was blindfolded and tying away. This is what I came up with.

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My winning blindfolded fly

I was lucky enough to get everything on the hook and it almost looks usable. I got lucky and pulled out a win. This allowed me to move on to the final round.

After the Blindfold challenge the experienced tiers were tasked with finding someone who had never tied a fly before and talk them into allowing us to show them. I made my way out into the bar area and after interrupting a few people’s evening I found a guy that would give it a try. Luckily all we had to do was get them to tie a San Juan worm, possible the easiest fly ever. I don’t recall his name but my guy did a great job. We didn’t win but were a solid second place. As he looked over his fly he said he might have to try fly fishing in the future.

While I was watching other people tie in the rounds leading up to the final I spoke with the guys from ARC Fishing. What really caught my attention is that ARC Fishing is a Kansas company. They are doing some really cool stuff with tippet and leaders. They also make quality fly lines and are some all around good people. If you haven’t done so check them out. More on ARC in the future.

ARC Fishing

Time came around for the final round so I sat down and they passed out the bags. They said go so I ripped open the bag and poured out my mystery materials. Dog food, Dortitos bag, screws, 2 hooks, a rubber glove, leather strap, and more. What did I get myself into? I knew I didn’t have much time so I started tying. Well what I ended up with is something I that looked surprisingly good. It was up to the judges.

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The judges inspecting flies

After some deliberation they came to a decision and I won. I was shocked.

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Winning fly

I managed to win a new pair of Costa Del Mar Zane sunglasses. It was a great time and I met some cool new people. I’m looking forward to the next Iron Fly.

Redington Dually Spey Fishing

After a year or more of wanting a spey rod I finally gave in a bought a Redington Dually 6126-4. It is the spey version of the Dually in a 6wt. The reason I went with the spey model over the switch is that I play to only spey cast with this rod and I already had a Rio Skagit Max Short line in 425gr. that would pair up perfectly with that rod. Upon opening the rod, the first thing I noticed was 12’6″ is a long rod. This thing looks huge. I’m not sure I like the cork reel seat but it’s not that much of a turn-off either.

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The temperatures are starting to be ideal for the wiper and white bass to start running but as it turned out the lack of water is really hurting the fishing.

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I found a fairly deep pool and started casting. I am not very good at spey casting as I am totally self taught and have never used a real spey rod before. I have read plenty and watch many videos so I had a general idea of how to cast. I don’t know if I was doing it right but I manage to get the line out there and I learned about how not to cast.

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I wasn’t able to find any fish and I didn’t feel too bad about it because no one else who was fishing there caught anything either. I did however have a great time spey casting. I am sure the Dually is going to be a great tool to fish the larger rivers. I am looking forward to trying it out on the White River in Arkansas. For the low price I don’t think you can find a better deal on a quality spey rod.

Fly2Frame art and some #MuskyMeatMonday

I first got a taste of Fly2Frame art when they painted a smallmouth bass mural on the side of Schultz Outfitters at their Demo Days event. They also had some Cliff Bugger Beast fly boxed with custom artwork for sale. At the time I wasn’t in a position to pick one up but it was something I have been lusting after ever since. So I recently sent a Cliff Bugger Beast to Mr. Stockton to have a Musky put on it.

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I was shocked when I got this back.

First thing I did was start loading it up with the flies I had waiting for it.

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Big streamers

I decided that the Bugger Beast would be perfect for those large single hook streamers.  It’s not full yet but it will be by the time Hardly, Strictly Musky – The Southern Classic rolls around later this month!

P.S. here’s this weeks #MuskyMeatMonday fly

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Red Horse

Fly Fishing Film Tour Wichita

This weekend, March 28, the Great Plains Nature Center is hosting the annual showing of the F3T Fly Fishing Film Tour presented by the Flatland Fly Fisher’s Club. There will be some great films showcased. Come on out to Wichita and enjoy the show.

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This is Fly 50th Issue

Check out the latest issue of This is Fly.

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#MuskyMeatMonday Fly Explosion

So it looks like I’m going to the 2015 Hardly, Strictly Musky – The Southern Classic in Tennessee! So in preparation I’ve been lashing buck-tail and feathers to giant hooks in epic proportions. Thanks to Brad Bohen for sharing his knowledge at the Iron Fly Springfield I was able to attend!

I have tied enough to fill my Fish Pond Sushi Roll, so I figured I would share them. I found out that I love tying these giant streamers! If anyone is going and would like me tie some for them shoot me an email and I will hook you up!