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…

Fish On (My Mind)

I’ve been really busy with client work, so the frequency of my posts has gone down – so I apologize. However, I have a lot of new content topics that I’m planning to share when I get some time. So keep stopping back to read my ramblings. In the meantime, and since trout have been…

Live Rough

Established in 2002, Live Rough Clothing was formed by three U.S. “Wilderness Management Enthusiasts”: Nick, Matt and Chad. Five years later in 2007, Chad was diagnosed with cancer. Even being seriously ill did not stop his spirit from their living rough motto, and he was able to mentally and spiritually beat his cancer numerous times…

Mark Your Calendars

I know most of you are chomping on the bit to throw some flies as you wait for opening day. Or, you’ve already been out in the cold like me – and are even more pumped to get even more time on the water. Well, mark your calendars for this FREE L.L. Bean fishing event…

Throwback Thursday

These snaps are from a Montana Drifter adventure back in 2013. Todd, Frank and I drifted into Alder and stayed at our western home – Upper Canyon Outfitters in the Ruby Valley. I’ve spent almost 10 years making the trip there to chase trout during the summer. I could not recommend it enough to those looking…

Mark Your Calendars!

The 2019 Fly Fishing Show makes its annual stop in Lancaster, March 9 and 10 at the Lancaster County Convention Center. You can pick up your tickets here. In past years, the Original Drifter and I have made the trip and have checked out all the stuff we could fit in, during two packed days….

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…

Throw Back Thursday

I reached deep into the archives, well 2009, for a few photographs of a past Drifter trip. Here is one of our central PA trips. Oh, and we then thought it would be cool to all have mustaches I believe. Drifters are a little off. You’ll learn that eventually. Enjoy the nostalgia. ~Drifter07

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…

Drift Spotlight #1: Montana Part 2

I awoke quite groggy with the heat of the morning setting in quickly in my Golite Trig 1 tent. As I unzipped the door, I could smell the fresh, crisp Montana air. I looked around and it seemed like most had moved on with their travels. What time was it? Had to be around 9…

Brook Trout

I started this painting a while ago and have yet to return to it. Frustration set in after I removed the masking fluid and the lateral line looked off to me. I may just start over and try a version that is much looser. I have this concept in mind to do something in the…

Wyeth You Ask?

Ha. Get it? Well thought I’d share what I’m perusing at the moment. Wyeth at Kuerners. Kinda fitting cover visual for today’s forecast. Andrew Wyeth – an artistic legend in my book. I’m fascinated by his brushwork and craftsmanship. If you get a chance definitely take a look at his work. I know I’m enjoying…

Drift Spotlight #1: Montana Part 1

I have been lucky enough to visit big sky country for over 10 years. The first was a very emotional time for my friend Chad’s memorial service in Red Lodge – and the adventure began when the plane touched down in Billings. I rented a Subaru Forester and started the drive towards Red Lodge, which…

Watercolor Wednesday

Something I want to do is to post at least one piece of art every week. Could be anything really. Maybe something that inspires me. Or something I plan to paint. Pretty open-ended I know, but that’s the beauty of ownership. Here is something I did (probably on a Wednesday) that really made me feel…

The Original Drifter

Today is my Dad’s birthday. Yes, the original Drifter – who, fortunate for me, introduced me to this wonderful past time of fly fishing a long time ago. Around 36 years ago, give or take a few years. And I’ve been able to share many days on the stream with him, as well as time…

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…