Saturday, June 30, 2007


Tim Borski, artist and fly designer, has been exploring some bold red and black compositions. They are filled with intensity. Check out what Tim has done with his subject matter by combining those two colors. Visit Tim Borski's website to see fish, birds, butterflies and more.

Monday, June 25, 2007

First line of defense

This shot of Jeff Liskay (Patagonia fly fishing ambassador) struck me as a very clear illustration of the function of a garment’s DWR. Click on the picture to see what I mean. What is a DWR? A DWR is a “finish” that keeps the outer fabric from becoming saturated so that the breathable “barrier” can do its job. DWR finishes are the first line of defense in preventing water entry. Patagonia waders, jackets, vests and packs all have DWR finishes. In most cases it’s a proprietary technology called Deluge DWR, which lasts longer than standard DWRs. Garments with the Deluge DWR finish can have good repellency even after years of use. Eventually DWRs wear thin and aftermarket applications are the remedy. Oh and by the way, the picture also struck me as a nice shot of Jeff and his catch. Stay dry everyone. Let me know if you want to have a DWR (durable water repellent) conversation.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Liskay, Silver Fury Guide Service

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Tip Tip

Here’s a very simple tip for the tip of your tippet.
Always remember that it’s important how you snip it.
Angle your clippers when clipping your tippet
to have the best chance of threading the eye once you've nipped it.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Dream globally, fish locally

For many the word "adventure" as it relates to fly fishing conjures up visions of remote places and exotic species. In truth, most of us will never get on many far off adventures, but is it truly necessary to travel far and wide to experience them? Here’s a 7-minute video trailer that underscores another truth - that adventure is often right under our nose in our own backyard. Check out Fishdog Films Production of The Great Lakes Steelhead Chronicles featuring Jerry Darkes (Patagonia Fly Fishing Sales Rep) and friends. Dream globally, fish locally.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Mother Board

I've been creating images inspired by the Inside the Box post. Artistically, I like the compositions that the boxes and flies lend themselves too. This piece in particular struck me as interesting and worth an audience view. It's a small aluminum fly box containing a series of nymphs. The image looked like circuitry to me. The circuitry metaphor seemed to resonate as it related to fly fishing. Something just seemed right. The title of this image is Mother Board. Way Upstream, Copyright 2007

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Information Source on the Web

It's hard to believe that it's been 20 years since Patagonia released it's first fishing vest. This past Thursday a new component to the Patagonia Web site was launched. The fly fishing category pages have been revamped ( so that systems, products, stories, links and more are easier to find and research. The now-famous "Running Down the Man" video about surf fishing for roosterfish in Baja is hosted on the fly fishing landing page (watch this if you haven't already; it's a slicker version of what premiered at last year's Fly Fishing Retailer show). Check out the site and let me know what you think.