Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Stillwater Selections Now Available!

Happy holidays and best of the season to everyone!  Good news my latest book, Stillwater Selections is now available!  As I have mentioned in previous Blog entries, Stillwater Selections contains 55 new patterns that have not been featured in my previous books. 

Stillwater Selections is presently only available at this time through BC Outdoors Sports Fishing magazine.  To order your copy please contact BCO at 1-800-898-8811, overseas customers can call 604-464-3186 between 8:30-4:30 Pacific Time Monday through Friday.  Copies may also be purchased through BC Outdoors Sports Fishing website or at one of the trade shows BC Outdoors Sport Fishing magazine will be attending in 2010 such as the Fly Fishing Events Show in Calgary and the Fraser Valley Boat and Outdoors Show.   I will be speaking at both of these events so please stop by the BC Outdoors Sport Fishing booth and I will be happy to sign a copy for you!

I have also added step by step tying instructions to my website for the Fly Craft Fullback.  The Fly Craft Fullback is probably my number one searching pattern when visiting a lake for the first time or if there appears to be little in the way of hatch activity to focus the trout's attention.  My favorite size is probably a #8, in olive, peacock or bronze olive Diamond Dub.  This pattern represents many favored stillwater food sources including scuds, damsel nymphs, dragon nymphs, caddis pupa and water beetle larva.  Try using a pearlescent wingcase covered with Tuffleye acrylic to create a 'flash back' version.  This is one of the flies I used as part of the gold medal Stillwater Solutions team at the 2007 Canadian Fly Fishing Championships.


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Book, DVD and Website Update

Season's greetings everyone, hopefully you are more prepared than I for the upcoming holiday season!

I have received lots of positive response regarding my new book Stillwater Selections.  The good news is the book has finally arrived and is just clearing customs.  Like you, I am anxious for the book to be available.  The moment I am aware that the book is available I will be contacting all of the members on my website directly.

In regards to my new DVD we are nearly complete.  We are in the process of having one final look and if there are no changes it will be off for duplication.  Look for the DVD to be available in early to mid January of 2010.  It will be packed with lots of valuable information, on both flies and presentation tactics.

I have also placed the first in a series of Featured Products on my website starting with Rio's Outbound® hover line.  When it comes to using sinking lines from an anchored boat I have a definite preference for slow sinking lines.  Slow sinking lines permit the slow methodical retrieves so often necessary when fly fishing lakes.  Fast sinking lines often overpower the presentation resulting in fouled flies, frustration and ultimately fewer fish.  Rio's integrated Outbound® series features a heavier than AFTMA standards 37.5 head that enable you to cast to the horizon.  Outbound®  lines are also available in other densities as well.  I have also added the clear intermediate and type III full sink versions to my kit bag.  Along with the hover these are great stillwater lines!

For more information please visit my What's New page or drop by Rio's website.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Stillwater Selections Update

Response to the impending release of my latest book, Stillwater Selections has been fantastic.  Thanks to those of you who have contacted me regarding the book.  Your interest, enthusiasm and support is appreciated.

We had hoped to have the books in our hands by December 10th but there has been a shipping delay and we don't expect to see the books until roughly a week later.  The shipment then has to clear customs.  We hope to have books available in time for Christmas but it is tough to make any promises as this time.

A few of you have dropped by my Shop and purchased some of my books, DVD's and Quick Release indicators.  There is still time to purchase before Christmas for the stillwater fly fisher on your list or perhaps you would like to treat yourself!

I have also been filing in the step by step instructions and tying images in the Flies section of my site.  Some of the original patterns needed to be upgraded with tying instructions and images.  This week I added images and text to one of my favorite chironomid larva patterns, the Frostbite Bloodworm.  The Frostbite Bloodworm is a simple fly that works well during the summer months when trout move deep to avoid the heat and the light as well as early morning prior to the day's hatch activities getting going.  Believe it or not my Frostbite Bloodworm is also a great searching fly when first starting out or visiting a new lake for the first time.  Bloodworms are a stillwater staple and foraging trout seldom pass them up.  Mud or marl flats are excellent places to explore using bloodworm patterns.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Fly Craft Angling On Line Store Now Up and Running!

Season's greetings everyone.  Just in time for the holiday season my new on line store is now up and running.

I am now offering autographed copies of my books, DVD's and my unique Quick Release Indicators.  If you are looking for copies Fly Patterns for Stillwaters, Stillwater Solutions Recipes-Volume 1or my DVD's Tying Fly Patterns for Stillwaters or Tying and Fishing Stillwater Flies look no further!

I now offer a variety of sizes and colors within my Quick Release Indicator selection that are not available elsewhere.  This includes a new Jumbo sized Tapered or Ball indicator.  Perfect for windy choppy conditions or those of you who like your indicators large!

For more details please visit the store through my website.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Stillwater Selections

Now that I have a copy in my hand and based upon the calls and emails I have been receiving I thought it was time to let you know about the anticipated release of my latest book, Stillwater SelectionsStillwater Selections is a collection of 55 proven stillwater patterns covering a wide away of food sources from chironomids to water boatman and backswimmers.  As with my first book, Fly Patterns for Stillwaters, Stillwater Selections features a number of unique and innovative patterns contributed by other stillwater fly tyers. Each fly pattern includes fly tying instructions, presentation techniques and of course full color step-by-step images.  The book also includes my favorite stillwater knots, seasonal availability,presentation information, hatch chart and close up images of all food sources are also included.

This spiral bound, approximately 10" x 7" book, is a perfect fit for the tying table. Barring any shipping or importation delays should be available in time for Christmas.  We anticipate its arrival on or around December 10, 2009.

Stillwater Selections will be available exclusively through BC Outdoors Sports Fishing magazine.   To pre-order your copy in North America call 1-800-898-8811, overseas customers are asked to call 604-464-3186 between 8:30-4:30 Pacific Time Monday through Friday.

Once the book has arrived safely copies may be purchased via the BC Outdoors website,   Copies will also be available for purchase at any of the trade shows BC Outdoors Sport Fishing magazine will be attending in 2010 such as the Fly Fishing Events Show in Calgary and the Fraser Valley Boat and Outdoors Show.   I will be speaking at both of these events so please stop by the BC Outdoors Sport Fishing booth and I will be happy to sign a copy for you!

As soon as Stillwater Selections is available for sale I will be emailing my website members as well as posting it here on my blog.

But wait there is more!  In early January 2010 I will also have a new fly tying and fishing DVD available

This past fall good friend Brian Chan and I worked once again with BC Outdoors Sports Fishing Magazine to film an instructional DVD featuring 12 of our favorite patterns along with specific on the water segments on how we fish them.  Produced in HD format this DVD will be a perfect Stillwater Selections companion as my six patterns come straight from the book!

As with Stillwater Selections, BC Outdoors Sports Fishing magazine will once again be exclusively distributing this DVD .

As with my new book I will be emailing all the members of my website and posting on my Blog when the DVD is available for purchase.