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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Welcome to the Future

This video is not meant to be one bit instructional or helpful--well not helpful in the sense of learning how to fish for carp.  It is mostly clips of takes from very visible fish.  Watching my own video clips in the winter is "useful" to me in that it helps me to remember seasons past and to look forward to the summer.  This video is "just for fun".  If you already carp fish then this video might make you smile.  If you don't carp fish this video might make you drool.  I don't know maybe it's the other way around.  If you already carp fish and it is still cold where you live this video might make you drool.  Heck, I took all the footage, I produced the video, and it makes me drool.  I didn't drool on the screen though so don't worry, you won't get any on you.

I had hoped to get three videos produced in the winter before carp season started.  I finished, "Dreaming of Warm Summer Days" and I just finished this one, "Welcome to the Future".  The third video, "Carp Fishing, Casting, and Confidence"--well, it's part way finished but it is highly unlikely I will get it completed before the season starts.  It has some great footage in it and it will also have some useful or helpful information in it.  Maybe I will do it this summer, maybe it will have to wait until the fall.  Time will tell.

This video is best watched on the full screen in 1080p.  Enjoy.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Issue #7 of CarpPro Magazine

Here it is, Issue # 7 of CarpPro Magazine.  Check it out; you'll be glad you did.  Dang, there's some cool carp flies in there!  

Saturday, March 22, 2014

THE carp fly swap

I have participated in some fly swaps through the years for both trout flies and carp flies.  I organized a couple swaps myself. 

In May of 2004 I put my first carp in the net.  My (fishing) life would never be the same.  I purchased “Carp on the Fly” by Reynolds, Befus, and Berryman, shortly after that and read it twice.  They recommended carp flies in the book and I dutifully tied them.  I also experimented with my own flies.  A LOT!  Within a couple seasons I was getting a good sense of what worked and what didn't work here in Washington and Oregon. 

The point of this post is very positive, as such, I reference a couple other swaps only to make a positive point.  The first two carp fly swaps I was in had quite a variety of flies.  I felt at the time, and really realized even more as time passed, that most of the flies in the swaps had never been in a carp’s mouth and many of them had never even been in the water.  I was very open to the possibility that different flies worked in different water.  Through email exchanges we all realized that most of the tiers had fished for carp a few times or were hoping to start carp fishing in the coming season.  Hence, their carp flies were not field tested.  As a result I have stayed away from carp fly swaps preferring to exchange ideas, information, and patterns with people who actively fish for carp. 

I am so pleased that I participated in this year’s carp fly swap!  I look at the flies in the box and I read the posts that Dan and Trevor have made and I realize that this is not just A carp fly swap it is THE carp fly swap.   Man, fly fishing for carp and carp flies have come a long way!  Wow! 

Many years ago when I sent out the carp flies from a swap I organized I remember thinking I wouldn't fish with the flies because they weren't flies I wanted to use.  Now I’m kind of thinking I won’t fish with the flies from this year’s swap because they are flies I don’t want to lose.  I know I’m safe though fishing and losing these flies because Trevor and Dan have posted such good instructions and pictures. 

Dan and Trevor, thanks so much for your work on this; it was simply great.  Thanks Scientific Anglers, Orvis, and CarpPro for the extras and thanks to all the tiers for your cool carp flies.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Dreaming of Warm Summer Days--Video

When I started this video it was 22 degrees at the Carp Lodge.  It was stark and beautiful.  When it is cold like that I tie flies and dream of warm summer days fishing for carp on my river.

There are five takes in this short video.  Watch it in HD and on a full screen so you can see the fish.  The first fish isn't visible until I set the hook but the others are.  You will see three of them turn to the fly; it's very cool!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Three New Carp on the Fly Videos

Katy and I were at the Carp Lodge for a few days last week.  It was 22 degrees; everything was covered in hoarfrost.  It was stark and beautiful.  

I'm working on three new videos.  The first one is "Dreaming of Warm Summer Days".  It will be finished this week.  It is only 2 1/2 minutes long.  It has five takes in it and a cool special effect.  I have had fun putting it together.  

The second one is "The Future is Now".  I have a long way to go on this one.  I have selected a couple video clips from my accumulated library.  It will have a futuristic special effect in it but I have to get better at using the effect before I can finish this one and I need to select more video.

I have selected 15 video segments from my library for "Lessons from the Carp Lodge--Episode #5".  I'm excited about this one as I have been working on it off and on for months.  "Episode #4" was just published about a month ago so that makes it sound like I was working on "Episode #5" before "Episode #4".  I was working on them at the same time.  "Episode #5--Casting and Fishing with Confidence" will have a lot fishing video in it.  I will write an article for CarpPro magazine in conjunction with producing this video.  

Stay tuned...

Monday, December 23, 2013

Lots of Good Information and Some Cool Pictures

Check out Issue #6 of CarpPro Magazine.  Good information supplemented by cool pictures sure makes for a fun read.  Enjoy!