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Small Fly Fishing Kit

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Fly-Fishing can be a bulky endeavour – rods, waders, boots, and hundreds of flies. So I have been working to reduce-reduce and reduce, so I can take a small kit with me on my travels. So here is my current answer:

  • No Waders and Boots – so I must keep to the shore and the edges of water.
  • Jacket and Hat  – my regular Gore-Tex jacket.
  • Fly-Rods + Reel: 9′ 5pc (9wt and 5wt) – will fit in my regular check in luggage.
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  • Fishing Bag, as below.

travel kit fish DWW_4690

Fishpond Bag – with the large back pocket holding:

  • Maui Polarized Sunglasses
  • Waterproof Camera
  • Buff – with sunscreen and hat provides the protection I need from sun and insects
  • Flies – Either tube bunnies or one box dry flies

On the bag’s side – floatant, tippet (2x-6x) and nippers.

On the bag’s front – a rare earth magnet – as previously reported a catch all convenience to hold flies on the stream as I can things around.

travel fish kit DWW_4702

The most open pocket holds:

  • Leaders for Dry Flies – 7.5′ (4x pocket water) and 9′ in (5x flat water).
  • Leaders for Streamers – often stubby dry fly leaders, conditioned
  • Furled Leader – 12′ Leader
  • Seaguar Fluorocarbon Tippet – 3x (streamer) and 5x (nymph)
  • Maxima Chameleon Tippet – 12lb 
  • 3x Glasses and Lens Cleaning Cloth
  • Scissors, Needle with a thread loop
  • Licenses

Streamers and Nymphs on the Foam Patch:

travel fish kit DWW_4710

tracvel kit fish DWW_4692

Moving to the outer edge, the front flap, we have tools used to support me when I need to release a fish:

  • Foreceps
  • Leahterman Multitool Juice S4 that includes pliers, siccors and a knife

fish travel kit DWW_4713

Under the flap are some stream side accessories

  • Insect Repellent
  • Weight – Tin Shot and Mud to treat nymph leaders
  • Floats – either home made or “pin” style
  • note picture shows the rare earth magnet

travel fish kit DWW_4693

And in the one dry fly box, given I do not know what water I will be on, I keep soe generic, but favourite flies that span a wide range  – starting in the top left and going clockwise – in varying colours and sizes:

travel kit fish DWW_4603

Is there anything missing, yeah, but right now the only thing I am wishing to add are:

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2015/09/13 at 00:51

Brown Trout

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and moving back to my favourite method of fishing – spey casting streamers. Here is my rabbit tube fly “brown trout” imitation when I am searching for bigger fish.

Side view

brown trout DWW_4231

looking down on the flybrown trout DWW_4208

and the view looking upbrown trout DWW_4212

and a couple of different heads to disturb the rabbit, as it moves through the water.

brown trout DWW_4222

brown trout DWW_4221

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2015/07/27 at 10:07

Tubefly – more play than for fishing

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I have been away from the vise for sometime and been noodling in my head this idea of a Snaelda Shrimp on a tube fly.  It took me 4 goes to get what I wanted.

I am not sure I will ever fish it, but it was something I wanted to create.

What is  the recipe, in order of tie in on a black tube using black Danville Flymaster 6/0 thread:

  • Polar Bear
  • Krystal Flash – White Glow in the Dark x2
  • Yellow, Orange and Black Schlappen feathers with most fibers stripped off, leaving just the tips (as feelers)
  • Mono-eyes on a stick.
  • Yellow, Orange and Black Schlappen collars (could be thinner).
  • Silver Veniard Tinsel – Medium.
  • Thread Body.
  • Veniard Varnish – 6 coats.

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2013/11/06 at 01:32

Posted in Fly-Fishing, Tube Flies

Next season’s tube bunnies.

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As noted earlier, my exploration with tube-flies has begun recently and I have been looking at rabbit variants suitable for bass, trout and steelhead to be cast from a 350 grain Scandi DH rod. To this need, I have recently tied for this winter’s steelhead season and next year’s trout-bass season are “tube bunnies”.

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Whats left? Answer is a variant of the Snaelda (on a tube) and a few latex caddis nymphs.

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2013/11/01 at 01:30

Tube Bunnies

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I am still experimenting and developing my eye for tube flies, but I have been tying these “Tube Bunnies” for trout. They range from 2 to 3 inches.  Once done, I will have them in Grey, White, Black and a couple of Olives.  Been thinking about a “sunfish” version for Bass to.

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I soon have to stop tying for a few weeks, so the series is not likely to be completed until November.  I have a heavy travel period coming up (LA, San Diego, Dallas, Hamburg, Chicago, Cleveland), and expected to be home for 3-4 days in all of October. What little free time I have will be to cut grass, rake leaves and get ready for winter.

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2013/09/23 at 18:11

more on Tube Flies

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Since, I am adding notes on Tube flies, I should point people to SBS (Step-by-Step) instructions from Mike (a surgeon) in the UK.  These are different from what I just did, but all the same, look really good. So here are some links to flies by “Mike” aka Speyducer.

For those who swing flies for salmon and steelhead, Enjoy

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March 23, added a picture of my fly from Mike.

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2013/03/12 at 23:42

Posted in Fly-Tying, Tube Flies

My Workbook – Tying Tubes

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The other considerations not in my notes >

  1. I should be using smaller heads, where possible.
  2. For Arctic Foz, prefer 2XL.
  3. Some of the colours are dyed by me – specifically the Ice Bunny and the Hackle for HaleBop.

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right-page

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2013/03/10 at 20:33

Posted in Fly-Tying, Tube Flies