The Founding Flies Project

A while ago I started reading through my copy of how to tie the founding flies. So I’m back at that, and decided to start at the beginning of the book and tie each fly showcased. The goal is tie at least one that looks half decent that I can eventually put in a shadowbox…

Experimenting with Glitter Thread

I picked up some glitter thread at the local Field & Stream store to see how it might work. Turns out, it looks kinda cool and creates some neat bodies. I bought it in their olive color and tied up a few bugs as a test run. The results are below. What do you think?…

Steel City Enforcers Collection

So I decided to help out one of my favorite local beer joints. Danny’s Bar and Grill has been on my list of favorite watering holes since it was Cammarata’s. And it is right up the street from my place. Well, they sponsor a law enforcement softball team and have an annual event to raise…

Fall is in the Air

I am really excited for fall fishing this year. For the first time in 3 years, I’ll be able to hit the water on the weekends. Especially since I’ve resigned as an LL Bean Fly Casting instructor. It just wasn’t in the cards to continue to fill up my Saturdays during this fantastic time of…

Bugs, Beer and Bikes

Today is the start (well at noon for me) of the Labor Day weekend. I’m closing up shop and will be in rest and relaxation mode for three or four days. And that means tying up more bugs, drinking beer with buddies and getting a few bike rides in. And I’m pretty stoked already. This…

A Sour Session

So, I’m a big fan of sour beers. And I’ve found one that has been my go-to this summer. It’s Dogfish Head’s Sea Quench Session Sour. It is a great beer to sip as you tie up those bugs for your fly boxes. I suggest giving it a try. Objectively the most thirst-quenching beer we’ve…

The Fly Fishing Show

Mark your calendars for March 7 and 8, 2020. The Fly Fishing Show will take place in Lancaster, PA at the Lancaster County Convention Center. It’s always a great way to get pumped for the season, see the new stuff and see friends old and new. https://flyfishingshow.com/lancaster-pa/ My Dad and I are booked at the…

The End of Summer

I woke up this morning after an excellent night of rest. Mostly because the windows were open and a nice breeze kept me comfortable all night. I love falling asleep to the sounds of nature outside my windows. And this time of year is my absolute favorite. Maybe because I was born in Fall, or…

Morning Rituals

We all have things we do religiously first thing in the morning. Tops on my list is waking up (to usually two set alarms on my phone) and letting Glacier out. Then coffee is brewed as I get organized for the day. Usually this happens by 7 am. From there I hit the vise to…

Got the Box

Last week I received my first subscription box from Geppert Brothers Fly Fishing Foundation. Featured in this box were two of my sticker designs and even a nice little card highlighting who I am. Very cool of them to include this and maybe it will drum up some business for me in the future. Below…

Nick’s Fly Shop Now Open

Well, not quite. But I did pick up this sweet watchmaker’s cabinet from my friends over at Salvaged PGH. They recently sourced a bunch of these things and man, are they cool. Each tray has a bunch of little paper boxes that once held watch parts. Perfect place to store fly patterns as you tie…

Buggin’ Out

Looks like I may be hitting the stream this weekend with a fellow Drifter if all goes well. My Saturdays are pretty well spoken for through July with instructing. So I better get organized for the season. And that means sifting through my boxes and figuring out a better system. First up – my nymph…

New Tricks for an Old Dog

I am pretty set in my ways. I like black coffee. I like IC Light beer. Not necessary in that order, but I stick to what I know. As for fly tying, I prefer natural materials most of the time. I like standard hooks. I use a handful of thread colors. I like to keep…

A Heck of a Pattern

I’ve had the pleasure of having Mike Heck guide me and some buddies on central PA waters. I was reading through my copy of his Spring Creek Strategies book and came across one of his patterns – that Drifter Pete McCartney says slays ’em! (He tends to get pumped up.) So I thought I’d give…

Geppert Brothers Fly Fishing Foundation

Just got approvals on some sticker designs for the fine folks over at Geppert Brothers Fly Fishing Foundation. Four versions will accompany subscription boxes in the upcoming months. Be sure to check out their website to learn about this worthy cause. I’m hoping I can continue to add some swag to the subscription boxes. And…

LL Bean Spring Fishing Event

Well this year’s session has come and gone – and I’m chalking it up as a success. We had many fly tiers crowded around the tables, feathers flying and knowledge being shared among the group. I think everyone ended up learning new techniques, patterns and tricks. I had the opportunity to show some folks some…

Hand crafted flies for fly fishing

I recently chatted with Josh from the Geppert Brothers Fly Fishing Foundation about a possible collaboration. He filled me in on the company’s fantastic mission to teach the young adults of Cambodia a marketable skill (fly tying) in order to help them fund programs to benefit their children’s education, environment, and economic situation. An excerpt…

Tying Another On

Another Fly Fishing Show in the books for the Original Drifter and I. And this was probably the best trip we’ve had going there. We left Friday morning at 6 am and listened to Orvis podcasts along the way. We stopped at the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum – which should be on any fly fisherperson’s…

Cabin Fever

Make plans to attend the Penn’s Woods West 2019 Cabin Fever Show on Sunday, March 3, 2019. Show starts at 9 am and runs until 4 pm. DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh Cranberry900 Sheraton DriveMars, PA 16046 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: 9:00 am –  Show opens10:00 am – 11:00 am  Josh Miller– How to catch more fish than…

Test Pattern: Adams Variant

I think a lot of people have a hard time tying in hackle tip wings. I know I do most of the time – so have decided to tie up some variants to try this season. I think you should too. My plan is to create a whole box dedicated to test patterns, and the…

Tying Tip: Thread Control

If you’re like me, your thread and wire spools are a mess. The tag ends are loose and you are too lazy to wrap them tightly, find that little groove in the spool and insert the thread for next time. Maybe not. Well I stumbled upon a site that has one solution to this challenge….

Fire & Ice

Well, another Drifter winter excursion is in the books – and the best way to describe it is with those three words. The streams were pretty jammed with ice and snow, but the camp fires were raging inside and out. I headed out for the Laurel Highlands on Friday morning after dropping off the dog…

Mix & Match

Last night I had this neat idea, well at least I thought it was, to create some sort of fly tying game to mix things up a bit. After all, as tiers we (okay, some) seem to fall into this mindset that fly patterns must follow the exact recipes we see posted. We must use…

Tying One On

Last evening was a really good turnout for our Wednesday fly tying night at LL Bean, here in Pittsburgh. As an instructor for the Outdoor Discovery Schools, I get the opportunity to share my knowledge of tying and fly fishing with others through the program. Many times the folks are much older than I, and…

From the Bench

So I’ve been pretty amped since some of the Drifters decided to book another weekend trip in the woods. That means even more motivation to put some more time in on the fly tying bench. And since it’s winter, and I’m currently looking for freelance work, it’s easy to do. As I sort flies and…

Rise & Shine

Morning. It’s Wednesday morning and I’ve been up since around 6:30 am, and unfortunately, it isn’t because I’m gearing up for a day on the water…today. It’s winter in PA and currently 6 degrees outside. A bit of snow came down to coat the roads, but nothing too significant. It sure is nice and calm…