Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Shoreman Succombs

First a note about our friend Callen (Xstreem Fishing Fiji)and family. They got slammed for 3 days by Cyclone Tomas. The good thing is that there was only one death reported but the island has been, for the most part, trashed. I suspect that we will hear from Callen as soon as they have electricity again. We're waiting for an update and have our fingers crossed.

Second, Shoreman has broken down and decided to take a fly tying class or 2. Mike at American Fly Fishing Company in Sacramento has convinced me that I should be tying my own flies, at least Wooly Buggers and the little black thing I hooked that big trout on yesterday. It now has a name. It's called a wiggle tail apparently a common and easily tied fly. Easy for those of you that tie flys on a regular basis. Hard for those of us that have big hands and basically stumble around just tieing a fly on the line.

Day one is on Sunday April 4th. This is reserved just for the Wooly Bugger experience. Now I have to figure out how I'm going to convince my wife that I need to spend more money of fly tieing vise and all the goodies that go with it. I can grovel with the best of them.

That's it for today.

Mark (Shoreman)


  1. Good luck. I've also made the plunge, ordered a fly tying kit last Friday. (yes, I know I'll likely spend more and upgrade to "better" equipment later). Just waiting for it to arrive. Unfortunately, there's just as many fly tier blogs with as there are general fishing blogs, so I'm guessing the both of us will be wasting even more time online perusing the various fly "recipes."

  2. There's nothing to be ashamed about when it comes to fishing. Grovel away.

  3. Whew! I thought you were going to tell us that your "cold" got the best of you.

    So now you are going to spend your days inside? All "Boil, boil, toil and trouble..." over your fly vise? I doubt you will and please don't - unless it brings you that steelhead!!!!

    Now if you set up "shop" outside - that is a different story and I want to see pics! I know. I heard that fly-tying is an all-consuming craze. And put in a fireplace next to your chair!!!

    All kidding aside - if I ever caught a fish on a fly I tied myself....I would never be heard from again, I'm sure.

    Guess what was the word I had to type to leave a comment.

    flysthon - no joking

  4. Mark, hope you enjoy your trip in to the fly tying world. It can become quite consuming also. Take it from me, I tied my own flies for over (30) years. Mostly lake flies for float tubing the lakes in my area. There are many fly tiers who tie beautiful flies and never go fishing, so be careful you don't forget what fishing is all about.

  5. Mark, I am alive and well. We were lucky in that the cyclone moved east before it got to the Island where I live. Thank you for thinking of me. More power to you for tying your own. I still make my own lures for popping even though I own a tackle store.
    Tight lines

  6. Mark,welcome aboard the flytying world,been tying to for over thirty years,love it one pieace of advise start out slow,and don't compare your tying to any one else we all have a little differnt style,I use the K.I.S.S. theroy(keep it simple stupid),good luck and tight lines.