Mar 14

The Swap, again

We are one tier short at this point. Sam… if you are out there, get in touch. Otherwise, I’m going to put the packages together and get them out to you fine, fine people.

That, or I’ll just keep them all for myself and pretend there was no swap… but probably I’ll actually just send them out.

There they are...

There they are…

Mar 14

OK… tying update

The vice has fallen silent and empty... finally.

The vice has fallen silent and empty… finally.

I finished. A week late, I finished. It was MY IDEA and I was still a week late. Sheesh!

I have a 2 month old… that’s my excuse and it is totally valid.

I am not sure if the rest are in yet. They might be. I’m going to take inventory tomorrow, see if we are all set, and if we are, start putting together the packets to go out.

I kind of forgot to ask for return postage, so I’ll cover that for you fine people and I’ll just add that to the list of other poor decisions I’ve made in my life.

So… hope to be sending them out soon. Thanks to all who have taken part. Good stuff.


Feb 14

Fly Swap Update

I’m insane. Why did I think it was a good time to do a fly swap with a new born? That’s not a sign of a well person.

Luckily, not all the flies are in yet, but I think most are either here, or on the way. Between the baby and my mom’s recent cancer diagnosis, time has been short, but I’m working on it.

Here are some of the flies which have made it to Bonefish on the Brain World Headquarters.

Strong work, gents… strong work indeed.

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Feb 14

The first flies in

The first flies are in for the swap… and they look good. I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest look like and I’m also looking forward to finishing my own flies. I’m about 10 in, but next week I have one kid less than this last week, so I may actually get a chance to knock them out.

The flies are starting to arrive.

The flies are starting to arrive.

Jan 14

The Swap Update

Three of the tiers have already put their flies in the mail! Damn. That was fast.

I am just getting started. This whole “new baby” thing can really occupy large swaths of free time like a massive high pressure system preventing the skies from production, or vices from production.

I finally sat down and got a few flies tied up tonight. That needed to happen. Now I have some forward momentum. Inertia should do the rest.

This is where it all goes down.

Where bonefish catching plots are hatched.

Where bonefish catching plots are hatched.

Jan 14

Fly Swap Details

OK, have 12 guys signed up for the fly swap. Each tyer will need to tie two flies for each person and another couple for an auction box. That means 26 flies! That’s a lot, but I think we can do it.

The auction box will be a Cliff Outdoors Bugger Barn and we’ll auction that off for the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust.

So, let’s get tying. Given the number of flies we all have to tie, I’d suggest we give ourselves a bit of time to do it all by. I’m going to ask for five weeks, Feb. 18th in the mail. You can send updates and photos on the flies you are tying to bjorn@bonefishonthebrain.com and I’ll share those on the blog.

I think they are sexy.

I think they are sexy.

My flies will almost certainly be a variation on the reverse, glass back gotcha I’ve come to love tying so much.

This is who I have in the swap:

  • Me
  • Patrik Bjurenstal
  • Phil Fisher
  • Eric English
  • Aaron VanderWall
  • Kelly Bandlow
  • Mark Davis
  • Dirk Murray
  • Ross Chamberlain
  • Pucho
  • Glenn A.
  • Sam Cuva



Jan 14

Anyone up for tying?

UPDATED – I think we are full at this point. We’ll also have an extra box donated by Cliff Outdoors that we’ll fill and auction off for BTT.

I’ll get the deets up soon.


There are people that buy flies and people that tie them. I, myself am a hybrid of those two things.

I used to love tying trout nymphs and had a few patterns I could count on for my home waters. I never really got into tying dry flies and bought at my local (usually the Ted Fay Fly Shop).

Then I started bonefishing and I fell in love with tying #4’s and #2’s and I found I had a hard time putting a #16 in the vice. I don’t tie my trout bugs anymore, but I very much enjoy tying bonefish patterns.

I know we have more than a couple fly tiers readers here, so I’m wondering if folks might be up for a fly swap.

This would be bonefish specific flies and I’d think we’d look to do up to 10 people tying enough for each person to have two of each pattern (you can’t have just one of a fly… what if it works?).

Let me know if you are interested.

Prep central.

Prep central.

Dec 13

Mono Eyes

I like tying with mono eyes, but my attempts to actually burn mono have not really looked right. Because of this failure on my part, I’ve bought them (at $5.50 a pack) instead of making them.

This weekend I suddenly figured out how to make mono eyes using UV cure stuff (I use the loon UV Clear Fly Finish).

All you have to do is just dip a single piece of mono into the UV gel, set it and then dip it again and then set that. Repeat the process about 4-5 times and you’ll have a really nice round eye on a stalk. Get some black nail polish and paint the eyes, wait for them to dry and then coat them one more time with the UV cure gel.

The final product is a pretty good looking mono eye.

Not bad.

Not bad.

There are other ways to make the eyes, as I found out on the Facebook page, but I think this one is going to be how I do these myself.

Dec 13

simple vs. complex

I’ve been spending some time at the vice lately and looking at putting some new patterns in my box. I was looking at Dick Brown’s Bonefish Fly Patterns and I was struck by just how simple some of the patterns were, and by complex others were.

Here are a couple of examples from my desk from last night.

A crab pattern I tied up last night. Inspired by, but not very similar to Peterson’s Peeking Crab (from Dicks book). Lots of steps involved.

A lot of steps in that there lil crab.

A lot of steps in that there lil crab.

Jim’s Rubber Band Worm (from Dick Brown’s book). Just about as simple as it gets. Anyone ever caught a fish on this fly?

It's a frigging rubber band...

It’s a frigging rubber band…

What’s the simplest patter you tie or have caught fish on?

Dec 13

Glassback Reverse Gotcha, in pictures.

Someone asked for some more views of that Glassback Reverse Gotcha, so I tied one and put some pics together. Here they are (click on this link to the images).

In the vice, not yet finished.

In the vice, not yet finished.