We here at SCOF are not a proud people. We may not shower regularly, or use deodorant, or even know what a lufa is, but every three months we put out an issue despite ourselves. So here it is, the SCOF 2017 Winter “Diplomatic Immunity” Issue. Now leave us alone for three months, we stink. Oh yeah…head on over to our Facebook page to Like, Comment, and Share this post for a chance to win a Simms Dry Creek 2 Sling Pack. We’ll pick the winner next Monday February 2oth. But after you do that please explain the concept of a lufa to us. We’re dying to know.
The quality of fly fishing films has exploded over the last few years, and the incorporation of drones has made these films almost impossibly beautiful. I tend to favor the expeditionary-type films that portray locales that I’ll likely never fish, but it is always cool to see a place I know depicted in a way I’ve never seen it. Below, you’ll find the teaser video for the 2017 Fly Fishing Film Tour, and the International Fly Fishing Film Tour showcases trailers for each film. Find a venue near you, and put it on the calendar. You won’t be disappointed.
From the genius minds that brought you Mystery Movie Night, we are proud to present to you, the SCOF community, our latest excuse to get drunk and tie flies on a Tuesday. SCOF Fly Tying Pot Luck Tuesdays will not only be the greatest tying night of the week, it might just be the thing to clear up that rash. We will be running the pot luck at both of our main office in Asheville as well as SCOF outpost FL. At our Asheville night we will have a limited number of seats for an hour of instruction with local guides and fly tying celebrities. Comment instruction on the Facebook Event Page. All materials will be provided and space will be limited. Now to the potluck part. Everyone that shows up will be asked to add a material to the potluck. Once all potluck materials have been assembled all willing participants will be asked to tie one fly using solely the potluck materials. Best fly as judged by someone in charge will win some pretty nice stuff given up by our sponsors, Patagonia, Costa Del Mar, and Hunter Banks Fly Fishing…with some SCOF swag peppered in for good measure. The rest of the time feel free to spin up whatever you want, or more importantly whatever my boxes might need. The bar will be in reaching distance at both locations to make sure everyone’s creative juices are properly lubed. This event will run the second Tuesday of the month until further notice. Y’all are now officially invited to our potluck…make sure you bring some dead animals.
Here we are again folks. The SCOF Summer 2016 “Blood Oath” Issue is live and like all blood oaths, not to be taken lightly. This time around we’re celebrating the release of the new issue by giving one lucky winner a free pair of Costa Del Mar sunglasses of the winners choosing. Go over to our Facebook page and like, comment, and share to enter to win. We’ll pick the winner next Monday. Until then please feel free to peruse the fruits of our summer bounty.
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After 20 plus years fly fishing I have accumulated some tackle. By some tackle, I mean a whole room full. Over the years I have bought rods and reels at full retail, guide discount, and magazine editor discount. I highly recommend the magazine editor discount.At this point in my life I fish o a lot of different species, in a lot of different situations. My dream is to have a rod, reel, and line ready to go, with no re-rigging needed. I’ve finally got the rod and reel end covered, so the last piece of the puzzle will be line.
Fly lines are the most important least understood part of a fly fishing setup. You can spend $1500 on the highest end nano carbon rod and anodized reel with an arbor size more reminiscent of Flavor Flav than Lee Wulff, but if you put a dog of a line on it, it’s gonna cast like what comes out the back of said dog. Some rods want a line a size up, just like some redfish pop up and require a quick short loading line. Rods only work the way you want them to when the right line for the right situation is running through the eyes.
With a lot of help from our friends at Scientific Anglers (fine purveyors of fly fishing lines and other piscatorial oddities), I am now attempting to put together my ultimate species specific, situationally astute, Southern fly fishing quiver. I figured my journey to tackle nirvana might make for interesting fodder on the topic of rod and line selection for the modern day obsessed angler. So let’s get started shall we…
The first step in undertaking a project this size is to organize, and organization without a table is like pb with no j, or koolaid with no sugar. I compiled all my most important earthly possessions into a neat little word table.
Dave’s Bangin’ Rod/Reel Catalog
|Sage 7 ½ 3 wt||Lamson Radius||X||Blue Line|
|Orvis Superfine Glass
7 ½ 3 wt
|Dry Fly/Dry Dropper|
|Ross Evolution||SA Wavelength
11’3” 4wt Switch
|Lamson Litespeed||SA Adapt Switch
|S. Fork Rod Co.
8’ 5/6 wt
|Pflueger (old)||SA Wavelength
|Lamson Litespeed||SA Wavelength
|Sage Z Axis
|Lamson Guru||SA Wavelength
|Clutch 9’ 6wt||Orvis Hydros II||SA Wavelength
|Topwater Bass/Carp/Floating Streamer|
|St Croix Bank Robber
|SA Sonar Triple Density
11’3” 7wt Switch
|Ross Gunnison Salt||X||Smallie Swinging/Steel Head|
8’9” 8wt 1pc
|SA Mastery Redfish
|Lamson Konic||SA Sonar Titan Intermediate 8wt||Intermediate
|Cheeky||SA Sonar Triple Density
|SA Sharkwave Saltwater 8wt||Carp/Redfish
|Tibor Everglades||SA Mastery Saltwater 8wt||Travel salt|
|Galvan Torque||SA Mastery Saltwater 9wt||Florida/Louisiana Rod|
9’ 10/11 wt
|Sonar Triple Density
Now besides giving y’all an exact list of things to steal, this table helped me answer some questions of what I fish, how I fish it, and how many rods do I need dedicated to it. Really a nifty little exercise. Once I sorted out all the sorted details, the next step was making the call to the boys at SA to make my OCD a reality. In our next installment we’ll get down to dirty business of re-spooling all these reels and in the third installment I’ll give a rough outline as to the method behind my line madness.
- The movie is free, but a portion of all bar, food, and vendor proceeds will be donated to the French Broad Riverkeeper for monitoring, improvement, and over all well being of the French Broad River right here in our backyard.
- The featured vendor for the first installment of movie night will be our good friend Danny Reed of Crooked Creek Holler apparel. He’ll have a table set up with his new spring line of gear and the best thing is you won’t have to pay shipping.
Now where did I put that summer “Saltier” issue? Oh yeah, it’s right here….bam.
As SCOF is getting ready to split ourselves into two locations (to better serve you?) we thought you might like a sample from our new South/South location….. and our newest contributor – Rick Worman.
The tarpon toad is one of the most effective flies ever developed for enticing the silver king. Since its creation it has been tied in many different variations but the original blue print remains the same. Combining natural materials with some of today’s synthetics make this a relatively easy pattern to tie that is highly effective. The fly has a great profile and when stripped properly the natural movement triggers some amazing eats. I prefer to use this pattern while sight fishing strung out fish in clean water.
Hook- Gamakatsu SC15 size 1/0
Thread- Chartreuse Flat Waxed Nylon
Eyes- Medium black bead chain
Tail- Chartreuse Marabou/ Chartreuse Cross-cut Rabbit
Body- Green EP Tarantula Brush
Step 1– Begin the thread wraps just behind the hook eye.
Step 2– Tie in the bead chain eyes and continue the thread wraps to the bend of the hook.
Step 3– Tie in the marabou tail using a nice single feather.
Step 4– Tie in a strip of the cross-cut rabbit making sure the fur is pointing towards the rear of the hook.
Step 5– Palmer the rabbit strip forward making two nice wraps, secure the rabbit strip and trim off excess
Step 6– Tie in the tarantula brush.
Step 7– Palmer the tarantula brush forward making nice even wraps, tie off the brush right behind the bead chain eyes and trim off the excess.
Step 8– advance the thread in front of the bead chain eyes and build a even thread head, whip finish and cement.
Step 9– trim the tarantula brush body to desired shape.
For information about booking a trip with Captain Rick Worman in the Central Florida area visit his website:
www.flatlineguideservice.com or call 321-525-3893
Some of you might remember how my last “tips” post went, so lets cross our fingers this go around….
If you’re a beginner fly tier you are using too much dubbing. I did…Steve did…we all did. Next time you pull dubbing out to wrap around a hook, take half of what you pulled out and set it aside. Then take half of what you have left, and make another small pile. The itsy bitsy, teensy weensy bit of dubbing you have left is what you will actually need. This principal works for most of the fibers you have on your tying desk, by the by. Enjoy your wednesday.
By Mike Benson
Photos: Steve Seinberg
Southern Culture On the Fly
Issue No. 3: Spring 2012
“Never trust a man without a vise.”
Winston Churchill said that, or something close to it. Truer words have never been spoken. Everyone needs something to lean on when the shit hits the fan. I just can’t find it in myself to believe that anyone is strong enough to stand up to the storm that is life on his or her own internal fortitude. And if they claim to do so I can’t stop myself from thinking about what horrible unspeakable things that person is hiding. I save my fellow men from having to think such thoughts about me by wearing my vises plain and clear right on my sleeve. For some it’s drinking, smoking, or drugs. For others it’s a hobby, say fishing for example, and I’ve been known to delve in a little of each of these in my short life for better or for worse. But there is one vise in my life I find myself turning to more often than others, it hasn’t been proven to kill or cause any bodily harm to anyone, and its clean, well if you don’t mind vacuuming or sweeping once in a while, and it has the power to completely take away any stress, problem, or mental anguish I have ever encountered in my life. Well temporarily anyway.
When most people write about fly-tying it very seldom goes beyond that persons favorite tools, or their “ways to tie better, (insert fly type here)”. Tying articles more often than not read like a cookbook, except that at least a cook book can make you hungry. It would appear that there is nothing deeper to tying than the satisfaction one gets from creating art, or catching fish on your own creations. Don’t get me wrong, these are great side effects of spending some time on a vise, but I cannot say they are even in the top ten reasons I ever thread a bobbin or sit down and lash parts of dead animals to a hook. Tying takes on many forms and I guess to be fair, takes on many meanings to many people. Some use it as a utilitarian way to fill their boxes, others as an art form, tying creations that will never see the water let alone a fish, and some others still use it as a form of therapy, mental or physical. I’m none of these people, and perhaps a little of all of them. I will admit this here in front of my computer screen, and any poor hapless soul who ever happens to read this. Though I have a few patterns circulated worldwide, and am known as a fly-designer (at least in the small circle of people who even know who I am) I am a lazy tier. Sometimes I just plain don’t like to do it. Sometimes the trouble just doesn’t seem worth it. I would rather just use that same fly I’ve been giving CPR to on the last 3 fishing trips and see how many fish I can make it through. Its messy, time consuming and just plain a pain in the ass sometimes. But in the end I do love tying, in my own way. Before my annual bonefish trip to the Bahamas I will sit down and tie for weeks. I’ll wrap up 3 or 4 dozen flies, knowing full well that I will be lucky to use 5 or 6 flies on the whole trip. The same could be said for my Albie trio in the fall, and you don’t even want to see my tying desk just before the tailers get going here in chucktown, but for long periods of time during the year my vise just sits there giving me longing glances and I shuffle past my tying room. The utilitarian in me sees the worth of being able to fill my boxes at will, whether it be for a trip or just my local redfish. The artist in me sees the beauty in taking unrelated materials and some thread and making something that makes a fish forget what a real shrimp, crab, or mullet looks like. And like I mentioned in the beginning, tying has a way of focusing all of your energy onto one single thing, putting the rest of your life in your peripheral vision.
People, non-tiers, have often asked me how I can just sit in front of my vise for hours at a time. And I guess Makers Mark has a lot to do with it, but I invariably respond, “Because I’m not sitting at my vise at all.” When I sit down to tie I’m poling through the marquesas, watching a school of permit tailing like they don’t have a care in the world. I’m wading across a mangrove pencil studded flat in the Bahamas watching a big ass bonefish push, or putting the throttle down and blasting out of Beaufort Inlet watching acres of birds and albies dance with one another while gorging themselves on bait balls the size of Volkswagens. Tying is my way to step out of my body and move among my favorite places on the planet, even if I’m not sure I have enough money in my account to pay for the power flowing to my tying lamp. It just has a way of getting me through, like any good vise should. So if you don’t tie, or have never really thought about it, I would suggest getting a vise, the kind that holds hooks, some basic tools and enough material to tie your favorite fly. Find a quiet place, or crank up some tunes, whatever your style may be, sit down, and just tie. I think you’ll be surprised what you take away from the vise.