I really wanted to begin having some FrankenFly fly boxes available, so I did a little research to find a place that could do it. I had many people recommend David Humphries of River Traditions to me. So I contacted David and told him what I was looking for and he sent back some photos of nice boxes and I think they came out looking fantastic! I will make these available soon in the FrankenFly Online Fly Shop.
A traditional aluminum fly box with two sides of slit foam. Rugged and lightweight these fly boxes provide ample storage for a couple days on the water.
Durable light weight aluminum
4 colors available
6″ long x 3 1/2″ wide x 1″ deep
4 oz weight
6 rows of slit foam, room for +200 flies
I will also start carrying these cool little bottle openers that River Traditions makes as well.
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.
J. Stockard Fly Fishing has their dubbing on sale right now, so that means FrankenDub is on sale! If you are short on supply or haven’t tried my new dubbing yet, now is a good time to do that because they have it at a great price right now. Also, they are stocked back up because I just sent them more. Head over to J.Stockard to see the prices.
If you want to know more about FrankenDub, check out the dubbing page for more information. There is always a link at the top of the website to the dubbing page as well.
We have decided to postpone this event due to Christmas being so close. We will reschedule at a later time. Thank you!
I’ll be heading up to Rockford, Michigan on December 16th to tie some flies. Please come over to River Bound Outfitters and join me! See details below.
Paul Beel of Frankenfly will be coming to River Bound Fly Fishing Outfitters in Rockford, MI, on December 16, 2016. He will be doing tying demos of a few of his flies. Tickets will be available November 30, 2016. $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for ages 14 and under. If unable to purchase a ticket, cover charge will be accepted at the door. All are welcome to bring their own vises to tie along with Paul. www.riverboundflyfishing.com
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I’ll be at Orvis Fall Days at the Orvis store in Carmel, Indiana this Saturday, Oct. 8th doing a fly tying demonstration. If you are in the area, please come out and see me, chat, tie with me if you like or have a beer and hang out. Here is a rundown of what’s happening.
10AM – Fall Streamers with Jason Sandlewick
Bring your vice and learn how to tie effective fall streamer patterns with Jason for Smallmouth and Trout!
11AM – Fishing the Au Sable by Wayne Woods
Wayne has been fishing this river for trout for years and will provide insight into access points, gear, and fly patterns to use when fishing near Grayling.
12PM – Fly Tying Demo with Paul Beel
Paul Beel is making a return appearance to our shop to host a Fly Tying Demo. Paul has had numerous patterns featured with Orvis. Come out and watch, talk, and tie with Paul Beel from Frankenfly.
Free Beer tasting at 12 noon as well as refreshments. Register Here
Death Rays by Paul J Beel
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Zudbubblers are now on sale in the FrankenFly online store! If you haven’t tried these block style poppers, you are missing out! They are as good or better than any popper out there. Bottom line, they catch fish!
Regular price on these are $5.00 each. They are on sale 40% off for $3.00 each.
Get them while they’re hot!
Headed up to one of my favorite places on Earth last week, Grayling, Michigan. Staying in a cabin on the Holy Waters of the Au Sable River, I was able to fish daily. My oldest son, Brayden, joined me.
During the day I fished dry flies and caught many brookies. You catch smaller fish mostly during the day. The big ones come out at night. But the fishing is still challenging. You have to have a good dead drift presentation and the right fly. I was able to catch several the first couple of days on a Borchers Parachute. That quickly faded and they wouldn’t rise to it any longer. I tried many other dry flies, including an Adams, but the fish wanted nothing to do with it. So I tied on a fly I always have luck with, a Madsen Skunk. I caught trout the rest of the week just using this fly. Even if there were no visible risers, they would come up for this fly.
Paul with trout
Madsen Skunk tied by Paul Beel
Every night we went out late and tried mousing. This is a hunt for the big ones. Sometimes it pays off, other times it doesn’t. My son got lucky on the 4th night and landed a good sized brown trout. He acted like it was Christmas morning and was talking about that fish the rest of the trip. It was one heck of a trout!
Brayden with big brown
A little side note about fishing at night. We were still seeing some Hex on the windows of the cabin and near the river.
For me, the highlight of the trip was fishing for smallies with Chris Lessway. Chris is the head guide for the North Branch Outing Club in Lovells, Miching, near Grayling on the North Branch of the Au Sable River. We floated in Chris’ Hyde Drift Boat and had a great day. Even though we had warmer, bass style weather earlier in the week, the day we went was much more like trout weather, cool, overcast, and misty. Regardless, as soon as we left the boat ramp I caught the first smallie of the day right off the bat. It was a good sign, but during the day we had periods where they would turn off and then turn back on while we searched for the right color and fly they wanted. But we had action and caught fish all day long. We were successful on a 4 inch streamer, an articulated streamer, and even some poppers got them to rise to the surface. Olive seemed to be the best color of the day.
I spent some time on the sticks so Chris had time to fish too. I was shaky at first, but by the end of the day I felt comfortable behind the oars and it felt good to add this skill to my repoitoire.
If you are looking for a guide up in Northern Michigan, I highly recommend Chris Lessway. He is a highly skilled angler who knows the waters in the area very well, plus he is a super nice guy. He can definitely put you on the fish!
I can’t wait to head up to Michigan again, I’m missing it already!
Things will be a little slow around FrankenFly next week. I’m going fishing. So don’t be surprised if you visit the site and nothing new has been posted. Don’t worry, I’ll get right back on it when I return. Until then, search around on past posts, there is a lot on the site to read and watch. See you all soon.
FrankenDub is now available for purchase! Please go to the new FrankenDub page for details and purchase information. Right now FrankenDub is only available through J. Stockard Fly Fishing. The purchase links are on the FrankenDub page. I do plan to make it available to other fly shops and stores in the future.
If you have any other questions, please contact me at paul.beel(AT)gmail.com or leave a comment here.
So spring is finally here! During the show season this year, I heard a lot of positive feedback about people visiting the website and that’s awesome! Besides tying a lot over the winter and hitting shows, I’ve been working on blending some new dubbing and it’s going very well. Right now, the plan is to come out with 3 types of dubbing. There will be a general purpose, nymph, and monster dub. The monster dub will be a longer streamer type dubbing. You will be hearing more about all of those very soon.
Recently, Orvis has picked up another one of my fly patterns. This time it is Mama’s Cornbread. This is a smallmouth fly pattern that I designed to fish deep. I plan to be posting a step-by-step of the pattern soon. It will be available from Orvis in 2017. You can find it in the FrankenFly online store, here.
I just finished a large order of 300 Bart-O Minnows that are headed to Wisconsin and have designed a fly for another shop up that way. This little 1.5 inch streamer will work in small creeks, but it still needs a lot of testing.
Mad River Outfitters hat and Simms Jacket
Mad River Outfitters has sent me a new Simms jacket. This will be a dream to wear on the stream. The water just beads off of this jacket. Check out the photo of the water I poured on it.
Simms jacket with water added.
I hit the water for the first time this year. Did some creek fishing and some small pond fishing for panfish. It was nice to just get out and cast and be outside again.
Finally, since spring is finally here, I picked up a new kayak. It is a Perception Sound 10.5. I have been working on outfitting it and will be heading to some local waters. It should be a blast! I already tied up an articulated Zudbubbler to throw out to some Bucket Mouths. It sure is nice when Spring rolls around. I don’t know about you, but it gets me all pumped up and ready to fish!