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Skirt Flies

Skirt Flies

Skirt Flies This winter I started incorporating bass skirts into some of my streamer patterns. At the time I couldn’t think of a reason why they wouldn’t work out and fish well but you never know. After a long rough spring and plenty of R & D summer is upon us and skirt flies have […]


What The Dry Fly?

What The Dry Fly?

What The Dry Fly? Recently I finished up my very first article for the 2010 publication of  Hatches Magazine and I couldn’t be anymore pleased. Hatches is by far my favorite tying magazine and in all honestly the only one that I subscribe to. So to have a chance to contribute to my favorite tying publication […]


Ghetto Trampin’

Ghetto Trampin’

Ghetto Trampin’ Once again I’ve been too busy fishing, tying, working and living life so I’ve been slacking on the blog. I’ve been back from Wisco for over a week now and have been chasing a few trout around and enjoying a wet wade or two… My time in Wisco was nothing short of amazing […]


The Release…

The Release…

The Release… Recently I’ve really been taking that extra few moments to appreciate the fish I catch and enjoy the release. It always makes me smile to see a picture of a angler thats looking down at the fish in admiration instead cheesing out to the camera. I promised myself this year was that I […]


Fish Porn Friday!

Fish Porn Friday!

Fish Porn Friday! Though I’ve kept things moving along with the fly porn I’ve really dropped the ball with the fish porn recently. Here are a couple from this year on the Tiger Musky Trail for you guys to check out. June looks like it should be a solid month chasing Essox for me… I’m […]


Mid Winter R & D Pays Off!

Mid Winter R & D Pays Off!

Mid Winter R & D Pays Off! A good portion of my time on the water is spent testing and fishing patterns I’ve been working on… What I’m working on at the vice more often than not dictates where I fish and what I throw.  To me there is no reason for me to say […]


Bork Bork Rainbow

Bork Bork Rainbow

Bork Bork Rainbow You’ve gotta love all the colored up stillwater rainbows this time of year. Here is a little guy taken on a Bork Bork Bugger a few weeks ago.


More Topwater Prototypes

More Topwater Prototypes

More Topwater Prototypes The first round swam well but need some definite tweaking… I got a eat so I can’t be all that far off!  There is no way to really know what a newly created pattern will do without truly fishing it. If I even get close to what I was going for I’m […]


Embroidery Scissors?

Embroidery Scissors?

Embroidery Scissors? Yep, Henckels Embroidery Scissors are by far the best fly tying scissors I’ve owned! They are comfortable, light, micro serrated, sharp as hell, don’t get loose over time and hold up to a decent amount of abuse while still staying sharp… But it gets better, They retail for about $10! So at that […]


This fish is going to grow up to be somebody!

This fish is going to grow up to be somebody!

This fish is going to grow up to be somebody! …. And unfortunately I will no longer be able visit! Thanks to the crooks up on Utah’s Capitol Hill.


Clear Cure Goo

Clear Cure Goo

Clear Cure Goo Over the winter I started experimenting with the new and truly innovative fly tying product Clear Cure Goo. Unlike most UV curing products on the market it comes in four different styles, thick, thin, brash-able and flexible. I never really got into using the traditional epoxies due to the mixing, drying and […]


Topwater Prototypes

Topwater Prototypes

Topwater Prototypes I have a monkey on my back… A topwater Tiger Musky. I’ve never caught one and in all honesty I’ve probably only throw a topwater for 3 hours collectively. So I guess you could say I haven’t given it the good old collage try… Well this years going to be different, I’m going […]


Trading in the 6 wt for the 10 wt.

Trading in the 6 wt for the 10 wt.

Trading in the 6 wt for the 10 wt. The trout are about to take a backseat for the next few months as toothies start to awake from their winter slumber. But this spring has brought a few nice trout to hand for me and a few exceptional fish that I had the pleasure I […]


Goodbye Winter

Goodbye Winter

Goodbye Winter As winter finally starts to give way to spring I couldn’t help but reflect on the stellar fishing and great times I had with old and new friends alike. Some warmer beautiful days and a few good waters years have made for some pretty great winter fishing this last season. But the best […]


Stillwater Sweeties

Stillwater Sweeties

Stillwater Sweeties Needless to say my vise has had dozens of #1 – 6/0 hooks ran through it over the winter. Since the ice is receding just about everywhere I started checking my stillwater boxes, a few were in need of filling so I decided to tie somethings on the smaller side… Nothing crazy just […]


Some UV lovin’

Some UV lovin’

Some UV lovin’ Over the last couple years I’ve started experimenting with Ultraviolet Reflective tying materials. There has been several times where a UVR patterns completely out fishes the exact pattern lacking UVR qualities. There has always been the “why” missing, why do they eat a UVR pattern better at times and others they don’t? […]


Fly Tying R & D

Fly Tying R & D

Fly Tying R & D I thought it was about time to articulate the Chubby Muffin since spring time is upon us. It’s still pretty rough and needs a few tweaks and a few fish under it’s belt. Not the smallest fly at 6” and with a head thats 1” x 2”… I put a […]


Rubber Lips and a New Stick

Rubber Lips and a New Stick

Rubber Lips and a New Stick It had been way too long since I had caught a carp! I also had a new (to me) rod that I needed to break in and I was curious to see if the mojo from the old owner was transferable. The rod in question? A Sage VT2 697-4 […]


Fly Tying Freakshow

Fly Tying Freakshow

Fly Tying Freakshow Published in The Drake Recently my good friend Corey Kruitbosch was kind enough to spend a little time with me and a few of my flies. The intention was to shoot a few of Rainy’s Fly submissions before I had to send them off… Little did I know the creative juices would flow […]


More Chubby Love

More Chubby Love

More Chubby Love CMS Matthew Warner Matthew Warner caught this nice Cutthroat a few weeks ago and followed it up with a Brown last weekend on a Chubby Muffin Sculpin. Who says fish won’t move to eat in the dead off winter? Not these guys!


I smell Ice-Off

I smell Ice-Off

I smell Ice-Off I’m starting to check dates from previous years and tie flies in anticipation of ice-off. Sometimes it can be all hype… But sometimes it pays off well. These are a couple memorable fish from last year. It’s time to bust out the journals and start tying flies!


Published in American Angler

Published in American Angler

Published In American Angler Photographer: Adam Barker Adam took this picture of Matthew Warner and I this summer while we were sitting on the bank of Big Hole in Montana after a rough day of floating. Adam is a amazing photographer and his work is a must see http://www.adambarkerphotography.com/


Bull Trout like the White Sasquatch

Bull Trout like the White Sasquatch

First Bull Trout. He ate a white Sasquatch on a strip pause retrieve.


Disco Lemonade in Sardine

Disco Lemonade in Sardine

Disco Lemonade in Sardine. Photo By Corey Kruitbosch.