It's official. My first winter of retirement from guiding is past. I have to admit I really miss being on the rivers every day, the lifestyle and most of all my friends and clients. However, I got to fish more this winter than the past 3 years combined!
I was free to fish and explore my briefly open home waters in an old school fashion while testing new patterns and gear.
Being on the river was really good for the soul and the creative process. I was free to fish the waters as I see them. Spending time on my home waters in resulted in a VERY satisfying scrambling of a nine year itch.
To say the least it has been a productive time. I have worked with Aqua Flies to design and release a new hook called the AquaTalon Swing Hook . We also came out with and a whole series of the highest quality shanks I could conceive of. Released the Mini Dirty Hoh series and the Ultra Squid series this last winter and perfected the new Ultra Rig. And to round out my busy spring, I am finalizing an Alaska trout series.
Looking forward to this summer and working with some local shops. I have plans to attend a few spey claves, I will be offering fly tying classes as well as casting and fishing classes. Of course there will be swinging in some local waters and hanging out with family and friends.
There are some new patterns and riggings to share with the steelhead community. I have plans to do online step by step instructions and videos to explain things clearly. It's looking to be a fun and productive summer. So stay tuned for some good stuff and check out the website for new products for that summer trip and tying projects.
And don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions .
Have fun out there.