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Beauty Is...
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Free Fly Tying Party
Jan. 29 - 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm Saturday Afternoon. 
"Tying For The Winter Mayfly Hatches"
Learn to tie: Nymphs, Emergers, Duns & Spinners!

This program is for new tiers and experienced tiers alike.
Instructional demonstrations with big-screen TV,
and all tying materials & hooks are free.
A custom made fly tying room with perfect lighting
and special teaching aides are provided.
You get to keep all the flies you tie.  
Please bring your own tools & tying thread if you have them.
If you don't have them, we will provide them.
Refreshments will be served.  Bring snacks if you want to.

Everyone is welcome!

Beauty Is Only Skin Deep, But Ugly Goes Clear To The Bone

Probably a world record...

Beauty doesn't always influence natures plan where survival is concerned.  Crocodilians; survivors of at least two mass extinctions might be the most prominent examples.  To most people crocodiles and alligators are just plain ugly.  But "beauty" seems to be merely a human perception.  Take the difference between rats and squirrels. Both are rodents.  One is solid gray color and has a slick tail.  The other comes in a variety of colors; some with stripes and all have hair covered tails.  Rats are usually despised by humans (unless they are white). Squirrels are often regarded as cute and cuddly.  Yet, if you shaved the hair from both kinds of rodents they would be nearly impossible to tell apart.  People's perception of desirable versus undesirable fish often follows a similar illogical vain. On our home

waters, Rocky Mountain Whitefish suffer (or in some cases prosper) from racial discrimination.  They are of the family salmonidae, the same as trout and salmon.  Yet, they are regarded as lesser value than their cousins.  Possibly it is because they have large scales and look similar to several inedible minnow species that live in the same waters such as chubs and squaw fish.  It is doubtful that the size of scales or inedibility determine fish beauty to anglers or tarpon certainly wouldn't rate very high.  Speed and 

Trumpet Fish

Trigger Fish...

stamina are often factors which determine sport fish desirability.  But once again there are inconsistencies.  The most popular sport fish in the U.S. is the Large Mouth Bass.  This specie has scales which are at least as large as whitefish scales and when they are of equal size, whitefish fight at least as hard.  I have been fortunate enough to have caught many of the most "desirable" sport fish with a fly rod.  Tarpon, Sailfish, Marlin, Bonefish, Permit, Roosterfish, Steelhead and many species of trout and char to name a few.  However, some days on the water are easy and some days are damn difficult.  On the difficult days a few whitefish can be a blessing and although bragging about catching 

whitefish has no "snob appeal", any fish is better than no fish.  The same criteria applies to foreign destination saltwater trips as to home waters.  Some days are easy and pictures of giant, prestigious sport fish are collected.  Other trips you get the "you should have been here last week" syndrome.  On those trips "ugly fish" are the difference between some fish and no fish.  These trips can fill out your list of weird exotic species you have caught and can be nearly as interesting.  Our last trip to Bara De Navidad was one of those trips.  December had recorded one of the highest catches of dorado and billfish ever.  During our stay in January, even though the water and weather conditions were deemed ideal, they had disappeared from the area. We filled in part of every day fishing the shoreline for smaller species.  Even trevelly, bonito, sierra and jack crevelle were in short supply.  We did however catch lots of sheep's heads, trigger fish and green jacks.  None of which are considered anything to brag about by most saltwater anglers. However, trigger fish and sheep's heads were new to us, and all of these species pull much harder than the average trout or bass. And yes, we caught a number of trumpet fish which has to be one of God's strangest (and possibly ugliest) creations. They are shaped more like a snake than a fish.  They are about one third head and have a very long tubular toothless mouth. They swim like snakes.  They are covered with slime that is about the consistency of wall paper paste. But, in the unlikely situation that some braggart world traveler type fly angler spouts off, "Hey, I caught a three foot Trumpet Fish!"  I guess I might be able to respond, "Oh ya, well I caught one a little larger and my old lady caught a four footer!"

Cortland Toothy Critter Tie-able Stainless Steel Leader Material

Unknown specie caught with Toothy Critter bite tippet...

Chasing after pike, muskies, bluefish, barracuda, mackerel, Wahoo, sharks and a variety of other sharp toothed fish requires specialized tackle. The best nylon and fluorocarbon leaders are useless against such adversaries unless you use a bite-proof tippet.  Cortland Line Company introduces "Toothy Critter", the newest tiable stainless steel leader material available for fishing.  Aptly named, Toothy Critter is tough as steel (because it is) a leader material that is supple enough for tying all common fly fishing leader knots.  It is tough enough to stand up to the sharpest teeth.  We attached Toothy Critter to IGFA 

rated #20 monofilament and  fluorocarbon tippets using a standard two turn surgeons knot.  Much of our fishing during the five days of testing was with fast sinking lines.  The fish were holding deep among basalt ledges.  Inevitably our flies became snagged periodically and had to be broken off and the leader retied.  Not once did any knot involving Toothy Critter fail.  Every time the leader broke somewhere else.  Another redeeming quality of Toothy Critter is its near invisibility in the water.  During each day's fishing species which didn't require a bite tippet were also encountered.  As an experiment one angler would leave the bite tippet on, the other would snip the bite tippet off.  No difference in the amount of fish caught by either angle was detected.  This material is about the same diameter as monofilament, so it doesn't effect casting or presentation.  If you fish for species with teeth, you will like Toothy Critter.

Toothy Critter Wire

Item Description Size Price To Top
605824 Cortland Toothy Critter, 10 foot coil 20 pound test $7.95 -->SALE ENDED

The Perfect Cast DVD. Casting & Fishing Video: 90 minutes, DVD Format
The Perfect Cast, by Henrik Mortensen
All fly fishers dream of the perfect catch.  This happens through a combination a perfectly executed cast and the unique ability to fish the fly with ultimate deception.  The first step, the art of casting the fly, is the most fundamental building block of a fly fisher whole seeks excellence. In this film, you will be exposed to fly casting dynamics from several unique perspectives in camera angles, chalkboard drawings and animations.  It will become apparent that Mr.
Mortensen is able to deliver remarkable line-speed, distance and accuracy with both single and two-hand outfits.  His theories work and they are explained on a novice level.  However there are many demonstrations that will make the most accomplished anglers watch this show several times.  The fundamentals of the underhand casting techniques popular with Scandinavian salmon anglers is well illustrated.  The setting is a  tour of Iceland's most exclusive and productive salmon rivers.  There are many very, very fresh, very wild chrome plated Atlantic Salmon landed during the show.  You won't get tired of looking at them.  The sound track is easy to listen to, just the right amount of upbeat music and just the right amount of reels singing and bubbly water.  Henrik Mortensen loves salmon.  You get to know this as the story unfolds.  The presentation of tips is very subtle and in many cases you might think that you were merely being entertained rather than instructed.
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000034 DVD, The Perfect Cast, by Henrik Mortensen $39.95 -->SALE ENDED

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