I recently started to notice some beautifully tied flies posted by Son Tao. After seeing a friend from Indianapolis post that he was fishing with Tao, I was surprised to learn he was here in Indiana. I contacted him and below you can read a little about him. He has also been touched by Project Healing Waters, which is a fantastic organization that help vets. In a very short time, you can see by the photos, that Son has skills! Check out his work below!
From Son Tao:
“I’m 44 years old and currently live in Indianapolis, Indiana. I grew up in Pennsylvania but have bounced around for the past 16 years since I am active duty Army. My current rank is Master Sergeant.
I’ve been tying for 14 months now. I was first introduced to tying by a Korean War vet as a way to deal with post traumatic stress. I’ve been deployed 5 times and have seen some unimaginable horrors around the world. After dealing with numerous surgeries and the horrors of war, I was in a dark place. Fly tying provided me with an avenue to escape those memories. It relaxes my mind and focuses my attention in a positive way.
Other than that, I thoroughly enjoy tying classic patterns. I’m a history nerd and find the story behind Flies as interesting as fly fishing itself. So when I got started, I naturally was drawn to Catskill style dry flies.”
NEW!!!! Our Tapered Micro Skagit Floating Tips are here just in time for Trout season! Our tips are constructed from PVC and have a core strength of 25# Test. Welded loops on both ends allows for a quick loop to loop tip exchange.
Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited proudly brings to you our Fly Tying Video Series. In this episode Chris Johnson, owner of Living Waters in Round Rock, Texas, ties one of the staple patterns found on the Guadalupe RIver, the Red Fox Squirrel Nymph.
Hook – Gamakatsu B10s Size 10
Bead – 7/64” Gold Cyclops Bead – EYC3250
Thread – Ultra Thread – 70 Denier – Rusty Brown
Hair – Red Fox Squirrel Tail – Micro / Nymph Size
Legs – Grizzly Pumpkin Rubber Legs
Ribbing – Small Oval Gold French Tinsel
Dubbing – Dave Whitlock – Red Squirrel Nymph Abdomen
Hackle – Whiting Brahma Hen Soft Hackle
Toxic – uses cyanide to extract gold, produces sulfuric acid Unsafe – 150 feet from the Menominee River, not built to withstand large floods Harmful – endangers drinking water supply and aquatic life such as lake sturgeon Immoral – desecrates sacred Menominee Tribe cultural sites False economics – benefits a Canadian corporation, harms the local economy
Loon Outdoors has just released two new pairs of scissors. I’ve been using Loon Outdoors’ other scissors for quite some time now and I’m extremely happy with them. Check out information on their new Micro Tips below.
The New, Hand-Tuned Micro-Tip Scissors
It’s fly-fishing season and that means less time at the tying bench and more time on the water. Loon Outdoors wants to help you with that goal by getting you the high-quality goods you expect from them. They sharpens each pair of scissors by hand before shipping them to customers, unlike competitors, making them sharper and, therefore, more precise.
Introducing two new pairs of scissors for this fly-fishing season: The Ergo Micro Tip Arrow Point Scissors and The Ergo Micro Tip All Purpose Scissors. Available now. Please keep these in mind as you put together reviews of fly-tying products.
ERGO MICRO TIP ARROW POINT SCISSORS
The go-to when perfection is the standard. Ergonomic handles comfortably accommodate fingers of all sizes, and the Micro Tip blades were designed for precise cuts in tight quarters. 3.5″, $17.95; available here
ERGO MICRO TIP ALL PURPOSE SCISSORS
These 4″ scissors were sized for versatility, designed for comfort, and sharpened for precision. Ergonomic handles comfortably accommodate fingers of all sizes, and the Micro Tip blades were designed for precise cuts in tight quarters. $18.95; available here
After the success of our first three issues, we are pleased to announce that the fourth issue of Fly Punk magazine (www.fly-punk.com) has been released. Aimed at the younger generation of fly fishers, you cannot help but be drawn into our sport by the passion each contributor has. Issue 4 leads with a feature on fly fishing in Finland and how to earn a living from fly fishing, and has stories from USA, French Polynesia, South Africa and Switzerland. We even included a few videos which we thought you may like!
Planned for publication once every other month the magazine is packed full of people who all have experiences to share. We believe these will influence the future of our sport/art (depending on your perspective). This is not your normal fly fishing magazine, we won’t show you how to do it, instead we will try to figure out and share why we all do it.