Today’s flavor is Hendricksons. There’s a steady drip from the roof eaves as the snow melts and the forest floor outside my window is still heavily cloaked in winter. A closer look and you can see a faint hue of red in the maple trees from the tiny buds that hold springs leaves tucked tightly inside. Under the stream stones, the different larval forms are beginning to sense the upcoming change in the season and are becoming restless as their day approaches. It won’t be long now. I would never want to live in a part of the world that doesn’t experience the changes of season, and the hopeful optimism that comes with anticipating the next part of that timeless cycle. Likewise, I wouldn’t want to live in a place that is absent of cold flowing waters, hatches of flies and brightly speckled fish rising to meet them. Until the spring season of awakening arrives, I’ll remain content to busy myself with the business of tying Hendricksons and looking forward to standing in a stream; listening to the music played by its currents and tying one on. Till next time ….. #trouthunter CDC #Daichihooks #naturesspirit #regalvise

In "A River Runs Through It" Norman Maclean writes "we were left to assume , as my brother and I did, that all first-class fisherman on the Sea of Galilee were fly fishermen and that John, the favorite, was a dry-fly fisherman". For someone like me, the logical followup question is who tied their flies? I can only hope that the Disciples supported local fly tyers to fill their fly boxes. I'm fortunate to have the support of some great customers, and I am grateful and honored to have their business. My time these days is spent hunkered over a tying vise in nearly all of my free time outside of my full-time job, and my current backlog of orders will keep me busy for at least the next 4 to 5 weeks before I can get to any new orders. I'll get to new orders sooner or later, and thank everyone in advance for their patience. This week's pic is an order of Baetis CDC Thorax Duns ready to ship. Till next time ..... #trouthunter #naturesspirit #daiichihooks #regalvise

Updated: Jan 12

I love seeing all the different versions of Hendricksons that fly tyers are posting on social media lately. Last week I went traditional with a Catskill style Hendrickson using vintage materials, this week I’ll go a different direction. The spinner stage can be an exciting part of fishing any mayfly hatch; and Hendrickson spinners are no exception. When I see them starting to collect over the riffles in the evening, I’ll drop down toward the middle of the pool and knot one of these flies on. This is my Rusty DNA Spinner which I tie in versions with or without an egg sac. Vince Marinaro discussed the important role that refraction and light patterns play in mayfly spinner patterns in his book “In the Ring of the Rise”. This still ranks as one of my favorite books. His recorded observations from his slant tank studies were the inspiration behind this patterns design. Tie up a few before springtime and be sure to tie one on. Till next week …… #daiichihook #naturesspirit #regalvise #unithread