This Is Fly April/May 2011


Great Outdoors – Man Tripping

Man Trip. Where we head off to some foreign land (THE ADIRONDACKS), go and beat our chests, eat meat (A LOT), wrestle wild animals (DON’T THINK WE SAW ANY), build fires (THESE WERE NICE), and plan to do things that kick our butt (THIS HAPPENED MORE THAN ONCE)! This trip took us back up to … Continue reading

Let’s Go Guys…

Great Story and Great Videography! A documentary about a journey to “The Edge of the Earth”. The Gates of the Arctic National Park is the northernmost national park in the U.S. (the entirety of the park lies north of the Arctic Circle).There are no established roads, trails, visitor facilities, or campgrounds in the park. The … Continue reading

Crafting of Sorts

I always think it’s great when the outlaws can manage to get together to tie. It usually means SOMEONE has to come home from Beaver Falls. Nonetheless it’s a bit of chore to manage most of our gear to the tying point. Mike and I have had tying tables/desks for a couple years. We were … Continue reading

New Pheasant Tail Pattern

I’m excited about this new pattern that I came across from Ben Turpin who does some guiding in the North East. I love the simplicity of this pattern and am itching to get out and use it, ESP on the Oatka. Here I used – Hook: Size 16 Thread: Tan Head: Brass Bead Tail/Abdomen: – … Continue reading

New “This Is Fly”

This is one of my favorite fly fishing reads. As a designer/photographer, think their approach to this ezine is amazing. I love the attention to detail and their out of the box feel to the outdoors and all it encompasses. The also have a feature called “Deal on the Fly” on their BLOG. It features … Continue reading

A New Launch

Today, I can FINALLY say that my new portfolio site,, is ready to launch! This has been a brainchild of mine for quite some time and I am excited to share it. The site will incapsulate trips from around the world, people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, meals I’ve eaten, and of course … Continue reading

Tie Flying

Here are a few of my recent ties. Thanks to Andrew for the Macro. I think I need one of these!

Snowshoeing the County Park

I was anticipating a brisk wind and quite the drop in temperatures but today turned out to be a winner. Marla and I headed out to do a bit of snowshoeing and hopefully catch a bit of the sun. We had our share of powder as well as the occasional snow mobile trail. Nice to … Continue reading

Tying Challenge 2011

AS promised we are going to amp this blog up for 2011! I’ve begun our monthly tying posts by tying up Olive Scuds, Caddis Emerger, and some Hares Ear Nymphs. I will post some shots of the later when i set my photo rig up again. This new challenge will require each outlaw to tie AT … Continue reading