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Fly Fishing The Ozarks – Vlog 2

Streamers on the Current River, lunch with a great older lady, tying with a bunch of cool people, and illegally flying the drone……VLOG #2 is born.

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“Brook Trout” Great Smoky Mountain National Park – W4F

Ken Tanaka of Wish4Fish is back on the water. This time Fly Fishing in Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park for Brook Trout.

From Ken:
I got a couple hours on the water with Chad Fouts from the Smoky Mountain Angler. I was lucky enough to be taken around his beautiful home water. I can’t wait to get back out there again and spend a little more time in GSMNP.

On this trip I was using my custom Flut Rod Company 9′ 3wt and the Ross Colorado LT.

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The Rod

I love the rod making and the fish pursuit in this video. It’s very well done and went well with my cup of coffee this morning!
Head over to if you like to find out more about the rod maker.

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Streamer Chronicles — Erik Griffen

The current episode in Brian Wise’s Streamer Chronicles.
From Brian:
“A little backstory…… Every good experiment (like Streamer Chronicles) has to have a control. Erik Griffen is the control of Streamer Chronicles. You see, Erik is 17, and a fisherman of mine. The first time him and his dad came to fish with me, I was rigging a nymphing rig for him and he (VERY politely) asked “Um, excuse me sir, do you care if I threw streamers all day instead of nymphing”…….For a 13 year old kid to say that, he grabbed my attention. The kid can fish, he handles the stick as good or better than most guys twice his age (and acts twice as old as most of those guys too). But bottom line—-I wanted to see what the next generation of streamer fisherman had to say–and he drops some GEMS!”

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Death Ray scores in Patagonia!

Kate Smith with large brown trout. – photo by Ray Schmidt

This is Kate Smith with a big ol’ brown caught on my articulated streamer, the Death Ray. The fish was caught in the Rio Mañihuales River, Patagonia, Chile. Kate and Ray Schmidt are friends of mine from Michigan. They are the owners of Double SS Outdoors and are consultants to the Fly Fishing Industry. They are also Temple Fork Outfitters representatives.

Close up of fish with fly. – photo by Ray Schmidt

How this started was that I had just made an order for new FrankenFly hats at the end of the year and Kate and Ray ordered a couple, so I also threw in a couple of my Death Rays for them to use on their trip to Patagonia. Kate sent me these photos yesterday. It was awesome to see her smiling with a big brown trout she had just caught on one. Really AWESOME!!

wet Death Ray with FrankenFly hat – photo by Ray Schmidt

The rods Kate and Ray are using are a 7wt TFO BVK and an 8wt TFO Impact. The Impact is the new rod out from TFO and you can see a banner ad for it on the side here at FrankenFly. Just click the banner to find out more about that rod. I have a BVK and it is a great rod that has a good feel to it.

a wet Death Ray – photo by Ray Schmidt

Another thing I want to make note of is the split tail on the Death Ray streamer. These Split Tails are made by Pat Cohen and part of his Cohen’s Creatures line of products. They are available on his website Super Fly. Back in the beginning of 2016 Pat had asked me to test some of these tails and one of the flies I designed used this Split Tail. I did a review on them in the April 2016 issue of North 40 Fly Shop Emag. I did not plan to use any of the streamers I played with when testing the tails, but after fishing the split tail fly through the summer I fell in love with it. It became known as the Death Ray.

By the way, the head on the Death Ray is made from FrankenDUB Monster dubbing and then I trim it.

Congratulations to Kate Smith on a beautiful fish and I hope she and Ray continue to have a wonderful time in Patagonia!



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BC Steelhead Fly Fishing – The New Fly Fisher

Host Tom Rosenbauer travels to beautiful British Columbia near Terrace to try his hand on the Skeena River for steelhead. Gil McKean is the expert guide who shows Tom how to use two-handed rods to catch fish.

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FLY TV – Winter Rainbow Trout with Streamers ft. Mike Schmidt

In this episode of FLY TV, you get to follow Daniel Bergman and Mike Schmidt on a fly fishing session while fishing for Rainbow Trout with streamers in Tidan River at Baltak.
Mike Schmidt is a full-time fly-tier from USA and one of the best in the streamer business . Together with Daniel, they will fish during a cold and snowy weather meanwhile they explain for you how to read the river and how to think when fly flshing with streamers.

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Modern Nymphing Trailer – Revolutionize Your Nymphing Game – Instructional Video

DVD and Digital Download Available before Christmas!!! More info to come.

Competitive fly fishing has been a driving force in the development and progression of nymphing techniques. Over the last several decades, each country hoping to compete at the annual FIPS Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship has had to advance and perfect the skills needed to chase the dream of winning. Traditionally European anglers have been at the forefront of the development of improved nymphing techniques, thus the name European nymphing.

In this instructional video, Devin Olsen and Lance Egan share their knowledge of these modern “European” nymphing techniques. After more than 20 collective years of representing Fly Fishing Team USA, Devin and Lance have acquired the skill and knowledge to now repeatedly medal at the World Championships. Their combined resumes include team silver, team bronze, two individual bronzes, three National Championships, three America Cup titles and numerous domestic competition medals.

In this video Devin and Lance begin with foundation and theory then progress to execution of advanced nymphing techniques. These new techniques are sure to bring any angler enjoyment, success and improved nymphing ability.

Now Available for early bird presale orders. This will get you a 15% discount through Christmas! Click link below.

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Everything you need to know about OPST Commando Skagit – Oliver Sutro

Equipment used: Temple Fork Outfitters, BVK spey 8wt 13’ 4”, Deer Creek Switch 9wt 11’, Mangrove 10wt 9’
BVK IV large arbor reel, Atoll IV reel, TFO large arbor 4.25 reel
Olympic Peninsula Skagit Tactics, Commando Skagit Heads, 475-375 grain Bucket sink tips, Lazar running line 40lbs and 50lbs

I asked Oliver to give me a little more information about himself and the OPST lines. See below. -Paul

Can’t really remember how old I was when I picked up my first single handed rod, doesn’t matter. I started fishing the way I like to fish when I picked up a double handed rod. That was when I was 14, in Scotland, on the River Spey. I think Salmon are my species of choice, but that could easily change, I’m young.

This season was the first time I didn’t pick up my favorite 15′ 10wt to fish for kings. OPST sent me an assortment of their lines, and I’m sold. My new favorite rod? 11′ 9wt. I’ll fish it from a boat, from the bank, from the trees, inside a bush, in a chair, etc. You can’t take an OPST commando head and compare it grain for grain, foot by foot, to your next favorite skagit line. It is completely different. It is light and effortless, almost delicate in comparison to traditional skagit, but don’t let the grain weights fool you, these lines produce an insane amount of power, with an extremely tight and gentle casting stroke.

I remember the day I first picked up a 15′ rod like it was yesterday. I will remember the day when I switch back to a single handed rod…casting OPST commando heads. Enough fumbling and bumbling about in the bushes, catching trees, and using 6x, I’m moving on to trout! Stay tuned.

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TFO Unveils BVK Spey Rod Series

Let us introduce the BVK family of two-handed rods.

From traditional lines, to modern scandi lines and mid-bellies, this three-rod BVK family features a faster, stiffer feel that melds perfectly with swift, touch-and-go style casts.


Think light and responsive. The BVK family of spey rods are ideal for touch-and-go casts and those throwing longer heads and lines. Photo courtesy TFO.

Think light and responsive. The BVK family of spey rods are ideal for touch-and-go casts and those throwing longer heads and lines.

The 12’8” 6-weight, (400 to 600 grains), rod is the stand-out dry line/summer run rod for steelhead. Ideal for floating tips and dry line work, but also has application as a two-handed overhead rod. Middle of the fairway grainage on this rod should be about 425-480.

There is a reason why 13-foot, 7-weight two-handed rods are so popular. They can cover just about any species specific technique, whether it’s battling steep banks or wind ripping up from your favorite run, this rod is small enough to cast in tight quarters while maintaining enough length to lift longer lines off of the water. The ideal grain window for the 7-weight, are lines between 450-650 grains, with the sweet spot being 480-575 grains.

The 13’4” 8-weight, (500 to 700-grains) model has a thin profile, and a light in hand feel, but, make no mistake it was built to handle big water and big fish. Triple density, floating lines and a variety of longer line approaches feel right at home on this rod. For those who desire to go after big salmon and steelhead in deep, fast water with big flies, heavy heads and tips, these rods have the power for the job.

Rods come adorned with Tactical Series stripping guides and ultra-lightweight chromium impregnated stripping guides. A trimmed down, reconstituted cork handle allows for ergonomic handling and durability in the wettest fishing conditions.

BVK two-handed models retail for $485.95-$495.95.

For more information please contact Temple Fork Outfitters at, or by telephone, (800) 638-9052.

TFO Ambassador Thom Thornton casting an earlier prototype of the BVK Spey on the Sandy River in Oregon. Photo courtesy of Thom Thornton.

TFO Ambassador Thom Thornton casting an earlier prototype of the BVK Spey on the Sandy River in Oregon. Photo courtesy of Thom Thornton.

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