Tuesday, November 18, 2014

2014 International Fly Tying Symposium

Come on out for the 2014 International Fly Tying Symposium in Somerset, NJ this weekend.  It's the 24 anniversary for this show and it is always a blast to tie and attend.  Stop by and say hello to myself and my fellow Deer Creek Pro Team Members.  Make sure you check out the Deer Creek uv resin.  I think you'll see for yourself that it is heads above the competition!!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Drinks for Dinks

3rd Annual Drinks for Dinks - Movie Night - October 11th

Frank "Chip" Swarner

David Troop

Location: TCO Fly Shop - Reading Store | Time: 10am - ?? (Movie starts at dark) | Email or call for more info

Please join us on Saturday, October 11th at our Reading location for this super cool event! This is the 2nd year of the "Drinks for Dinks" program in which we raise money to continue the stocking and re population of the Tulpehocken Creek (Tully) with fingerling trout. These 4" trout are float stocked in the Fall of the year and will grow to almost 8" by early Spring. We have already landed some of these fish from last year in the 12" range! This fingerling program is important to the Tully as these fish thrive in this environment and become "almost wild" in both appearance and behavior.
By attending this event you will show your dedication and support for the Tully and the effort put forth to maintain this incredible fishery. Prizes, Raffles, Great Beer and food are all part of this fun day. The proceeds from many items sold as well as the raffle fun all goes to stocking these fish.
*This year our local Trout Unlimited Chapter has agreed to partner with us and match the funds raised to DOUBLE our yearly stocking!! This means we will stock about 3,000 fish this year... maybe more if YOU come support this cause! 

Event Details:
  • Casting competition – All Day - $5 entry – winner gets $50.00 TCO Gift Card There will be a distance competition and a accuracy competition. Rods will be your choice of Orvis Helios2 5wt
    or their New Recon 5wt. 

  • Fly Tying Competition – All Day - $5 entry – winner gets $50.00 TCO Gift Card The theme will be steelhead flies. You are allowed 10 mins to search through the random materials on the table and tie a fly. The winner will be announced right before the movie, Winner will be picked by popular demand. 
  • Fly Tying Demos – 10am - 5pm - Frank “Chip” Swarner – Great Lakes Steelhead Flies
    Chip has been in the TCO Family for many years now... his flies are simply AMAZING! Don't miss this one.
  • Fly Tying Demos – 10am - 5pm - All Day – David Troop – Musky Madness David Troop is a local musky addict who also ties flies for the shop. He will be tying his favorite musky flies. 
  • Swag Raffles – Patagonia, Airflo, Orvis, Scott, Hatch, Simms – Raffle will take place throughout the day.
    Prize drawings will be held before the movie starts... around 7pm.
  • Beer Tasting – Victory, TCO Beer (Shane's Secret Stash), along with a couple other local brews. We will have 2 types of beer locally brewed by Shane and Jake from TCO Fly Shop - an IPA, and a Golden Kolsch
  • Movie – Leviathan The lure of the unknown is what drives fly fishers to explore and to seek out the largest fish of a species, not for the trophy but for the challenge. LEVIATHAN documents epic fly fishing battles with these modern-day aquatic monsters in a global tour-de-force.
    New Zealand is recognized as a mecca for giant brown trout, we descend deep into hidden spring creeks to shine some light on these enigmatic beasts. Next are the giant rainbow trout of Patagonia's fabled Jurassic Lake, undoubtedly home to the largest trout on the planet. In the South Pacific, the giant trevally demands instant respect - follow fly fishers as they lock horns with these mighty fish in the coral reefs of French Polynesia and Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Finally, watch gigantic tarpon crush hapless baitfish in the delta of Costa Rica's Rio Colorado (NZ - Argentina - Tahiti - Costa Rica - Australia)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

One for Fall and Winter

Getting back into the groove and will be posting a tying video of this fly in the near future.

40 mm senyo shank
.018 beadalon wire
Rear - pearl krystal flash, coyote or arctic fox, pearl ice wing, amherst fibers
Body - Flat braid pearl or silver
Collar - Pink Schlappen
Front - coyote or arctic fox, amherst fibers
Eyes - Barbell type with chartreuse ice dubbing figure 8 wrapped around eyes
Wing top and bottom - ice wing chartreuse

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Super Bowl Wager Fly - Bronco inspired

Just before the Super Bowl took place I was contacted by a friend of mine, Daniel Lemoine. I had been sharing some Seattle Seahawk memes on Facebook since that is one of my favorite teams along with the Eagles. East coast birds and west coast birds....lol! Dan's favorite team is the Denver Broncos so he suggested that the loser of the Super Bowl should tie a married wing fly in the opposing teams colors. I took the challenge and thought, regardless of who wins or loses, lets tie a fly for each other. Dan tied a gorgeous married wing in Seahawks colors and I tied one in Broncos colors. Here are the flies...ENJOY!!