Monday, February 8, 2016

JP Ross Fly Rods - MUIR Blanks Now Available

Following the announcement from JP Ross Fly Rods on the release of their MUIR seven foot three weight five piece builds in several build grades, MUIR blanks are now available for hobbyists and rod builders to build on as well.

With the MUIR blanks there are also options for several different rod tubes, including a see through "Vision Tube" or a leather case with the Zen Trout artwork and strap.

Visit the JP Ross Fly Rods website for details and use "MUIR GLASS" for $40 off your purchase.

Southern Culture On The Fly - No. 18

The latest issue of Southern Culture On The Fly is fresh off the online presses and a stellar reprieve for your Monday, which you might be dreading as much as I am today.  The weekend went by too damn fast.


Friday, February 5, 2016

Tailor Made By V. Huttley - The Lucky 7 Oberon Fly Reels

If you've been reading for awhile then it's likely you remember previous posts which highlighted the fly reel crafting of Vince Huttley of Tailor Made By V. Huttley.  He built a fly reel last year incorporated a Pabst Blue Ribbon can which was highlighted HERE and HERE.   Can't get enough, more of Vince's work can be seen HERE as well.  The dude's got skills, no doubt.

While I might not be so keen on PBR, my go to summer brew is Bell's Brewery Oberon and since it has such distinctive can art, along with a cult following, I figured that if I could smuggle a few cans to Vince's shop in Australia that something cool could possibly happen. 

Well, fast forward a few months and something very cool is happening right now with the creation of what Vince is calling the Lucky 7 Oberon fly reels.  This limited edition run of fly reels, of which I've already called one, will be offered for purchase when complete.

Fortunately Vince is giving everyone a view in the shop as these fly reels are created step by step with a bit of narrative to explain how he works.

Vince wrote...  "I'll try to keep it short and sharp as my drive with these, and all my reels, is I build them for people who appreciate the unique.  Each one built has it's own signature sound and feel and I put huge effort into keeping my work original. 

Living in the tropics of northern Australia it's pretty easy to be isolated to the rest of the cold water dry fly world so the reels have their own style and with a tip of the hat to the builders of yesteryear.  I don't really use drawings when building a reel and just keep a mental note one each step or if it get really tricky I'll jump on Solidworks and sketch the area needed in detail.  Each fly reel series are always changing as I progress.

The workshop started out all manual but as time has progressed I have converting my machines over to computer control.  I feel a bit of a cheat but it just helps stave time on the repetitive things like cutting gears and porting the bodies.  For the moment majority of the works on these reels is manual, in the coming months things will change here though."

"First up, blanks are cut roughly to length plus a millimetre or two, then placed in the lathe to remove excess material in the bore and outside diameter.  After roughing, they are re-chuck and fully finish the side of the body.  It's pretty important to maintain an even finish and accuracy here, as when I move onto the outside of the body, I have no way of holding it again without leaving marks."

"Next step, flip the setup of the chuck to now hold the inside of the bores and finish to do and blend the corners.  To help blend in the radius edges I borrowed a few tricks from the watchmakers and tailored a set of tool steel scrapers, placing a rest in the tool post helps steady the scrapers and it leaves a clean finish."

"Final step for the bodies is to undercut the rear face for the Oberon can insert.  The bodies are fully completed on the lathe after this step and set aside for milling." 

"For a note, I make or modify most of my tooling as it's pretty difficult to find or even buy the gear needed, so I spend a few hours every so often and whip up the right tools.  It does get frustrating at times having to make everything but seeing the final result of a completed reel knocks the painful edge off building the tooling pretty quick.  Next up, the spools..."

There will be more updates on the Lucky 7 Oberon Fly Reels as this project continues but if you're interested in getting on the list for one of the remaining six fly reels, please send Vince an email.  Each fly reel will be priced at around $500 USD and will include a wooden presentation box along with a few other extras which we'll be showing off soon.

Besides the website, please follow Tailor Made By V. Huttley through Facebook, and Instagram too.

Live The Stream - The Story of Joe Humphreys

Nomadic takes on a film telling Joe Humphreys story and it's great to see one of the legends of fly fishing get his due.  I hope that I'm still pushing it this hard in my 80's.

Watch and then click through to the Indiegogo page to learn more about this project.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

6 Good Reads

Another week and another six pack of solid fly fishing content from around the internet...

With each piece that I read from Erin Block, I think that might have been the best that she's done.  Then she does it all over again with the next one.  The talent is strong in her.  "Out and Back" highlights her trip to Alaska but touches far beyond.

I dig Jimmy Kimmel and  his adventures are kind of fun to get a glimpse into, even if some of the photography comes off a bit staged.

Mr. Monahan sits down with Ian and Neil Provo for this excellent interview.

Did you watch this video from a couple weeks back?  Here's the background on it with some great images and interview from Copi Vojta.

David Anderson goes in depth on the Abel TR fly reels in this gear review.  It's really cool to see his image from 1977 and how that reel has largely stayed the same, right down to the logo on the latch cover.  How cool is that? 

I know, another Midcurrent article but this one is excellent as Dave Karczynski rummages through Jerry Darkes fly boxes in this one on one interview.  Great Lakes anglers take notes.

What are you reading?

Mr. Bob White

There are a handful of people within the fly fishing industry who I would consider a friend, even though I've not yet had the opportunity to shake their hand.  One of those fellows is artist Bob White

This short film is a wonderful highlight on him and where he lives and works. 

Click PLAY. Enjoy.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The MadPlaider Paints By Numbers

You know I get a kick out of Instagram and the other day I started following Dale Yohe, a.k.a. @madplaider, when he started posting a few of images of a brook trout paint by numbers project that he was working on.  Art like this certainly have a very north woods feel and I've been in a few cabins where this piece would have fit in perfect.

I asked Dale if he would mind sharing the step by steps of how his art came together along with a few lines of narrative on where he's coming from.

Dale wrote...  "First off, I’m not an artist other than some random wine/painting events I have done with my girlfriend.  I always dig the look of the paint by number paintings, because they just have that old school look and they make for perfect game room and cabin d├ęcor!  I have plans to build a cabin in a couple years and I think that is the main reason why I started these.  Most of my painting is done on Sunday evenings, because it is good way to wind down, relax and de-stress before the upcoming work week."

Follow Dale Yohe on Instagram at @madplaider.  He's working on a few future projects that will be worth checking out.