Wednesday, January 27, 2010

chicken fucking pot pie

I did this for anita

comfort food
damn it was tasty

Monday, January 25, 2010

just be like johnnytoogood

don't you know he never shirks

and yer coming along...

Friday, January 22, 2010

new river's wrocking

new river just above the confluence w/ the agua fria
which is also wrocking today...

rio agua fria

under the camelback bridge 
cold and windy

I want to build an ark

Thursday, January 21, 2010

if I could do just one near perfect thing I'd be happy...

the backyard is all standing water
I think I'm going to go check out the mighty agua fria
to see if it's rolling

it's not 

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

chicken cacciatore

dinner tonight
this was great
I need to control that flash
better lighting maybe
I'm used to shooting flies

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

the arsenal

the first string or starting five...

from top to bottom (right to left below)
7'2" 5wt - phy driggs river special (first bamboo rod I built)
7'6" 4wt - cattanach sir d - schliske  (first owned)
7'0" fe thomas 7032 (second build and remains current favorite)
6'8" 2wt - degere ice cream parlor hole special (latest finished rod)
6'0" 1 wt - degere flea

the easy way

the weather left me an open window before the sky split open
so this rod took a first dip

mildrum stripper

Saturday, January 16, 2010

beer braised short ribs

holy smokes were these ever delicious!

three hours later - plated

Friday, January 15, 2010

dining room table

as usual the dining room table is a cluttered mess
no wonder my wife hates me (not really)
it's a wonder she allows this...
so we eat dinner at the kitchen bar
an appetizer...

Saturday, January 9, 2010

hanging on by a thread

over the years I've become more and more fond of wrapping
perhaps becasue it means the rod is nearly done?
here we've decided to change things up a bit
red wraps w/ black tipping
a classic nod to brother shay

also mixed things up a bit w/ grip and reel seat
grip is preformed 6" superfine 
reel seat is custon built mesquite w/ black aluminum hardware

just made it by the skin of my teeth
time to order some more silk
as I've yet to wrap the ferrules
which still need bluing

rod is 6'8" 3wt F.E. Thomas taper
and we're itching to fish it

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

state of the craftsmanshit address twenty ten edition

ferrule stations being cut
exciting eh?  for me yeah

ooh ooh ooh sexy two weight in drying cabinet
you want this 
you really really want this
too bad I ain't selling

(pics added)
at least that's what's on today's docket
immediately following a breakfast beer
one of the great thing (the ONLY great thing?) about being a rod maker

on to the state of the craftsmanshit...
while I feel as though I've achieved my goal for the first part of the az rodwork season
it has been a struggle

I do have two brand spanking new smallstream rods
gin clear and skinny 6'0" 1 wt degere taper
too little water 6'8" 2wt degere taper  (second dipping this afternoon)
I've an additional 1wt blank awaiting ferrules and fixtures 
and a beastly 9'0" 7wt in the same boat

I cannot see finishing the beast unless I've a trip to steelhead or bonefish country in the works
even then I'll need a graphite (read plastic) backup
as I also cannot see casting that damn thing all the livelong day

I've neglected fly tying to my great regret
I need to rectify that and hope to tie a half dozen winged wets this afternoon/evening
hey the life of a rod maker is a busy one

also find myself lamenting the loss of the last real flyshop in the country's 
sixth (!) largest city
arizona flyfishing has announced that they're closing shop shortly
while my visits were few and far between I'll miss it dearly
the thought of visiting the big box corporate outlets for their shittily supplied materials
just turns my fucking stomach

I urge my dear reader(s) to support their local independent flyshops and custom rod makers
all the while flipping a bird at the corporate bigwigs
who continue to brainwash us 
that lighter and faster and cheaper (or more expensive) is the new cutting extreme edge of the market
you know who they are
I'd like to see them take it in the ass just like the rest of us have

Monday, January 4, 2010

new fishing fag bag

I had a cabela's giftcard so I picked up this fag bag
>50% off large carry capacity w/ detachable chest pack
not a very big fan of chest pack
 but this one seems rather unobtrusive and wears low and out of the way

very nicely padded in the lumbar region
I'm guessing I'll sweat like a stuck pig under that thing
and that it'll weigh a ton

Friday, January 1, 2010


luoro faia reel seat insert on the lathe

this piece has ju-ju - spanish cedar from the payne rod shoppe
this will go on a payne taper sometime this year 

loaded up and resupplied
happy new year