Friday, December 31, 2010

new year's eve part II

out with the old

(as in 23 years old)
adios hardworking faithful companions

and in with the new

bells whistles and lights
we'll see how we fare together

happy new year!

brrr freezin'!

my wife snapped this shot shortly after I got home
from playing a cold cold cold round of golf
actual temp was low 40s
wind chill had to be low 30s
the cold wasn't too bad but the wind kicked my ass
the wind also caused my golf game to suffer
did I say suffer?  I meant suck
fun nonetheless and I can't think of a much better way to say goodbye to last year 
this year?  

Thursday, December 30, 2010

despite recent evidence to the contrary...

we are a flyfishing flytying and rod building blog

I purchased this bitchn' 'bow print of an original watercolor
painted by local artist tim johnson

he has several additional prints available
email tim  at 
with inquiries or orders
prices are reasonable

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

because we need something...

and they're purty
caramelizing apples for le tarte tatin

which my wife wants on the menu for new year's eve
easy once I fugured it out

Saturday, December 25, 2010


a soft hackled copper john variant

we will be adding a few more holidazed appropriate photos
after I retrieve my camera forgotten at my mother's house last night

sparky at Christmas eve candlelight service

meanwhile, despite all the accumulated swag
I still need new sand wedges

I suppose we'll see to that next week

or not

and God bless my reader(s)

Friday, December 24, 2010

holidaze baking

tarte tatin

old-fashioned apple pie
my favorite

another favorite
cheesy scalloped potatoes

hungry yet?
I am

happy holidaze

Thursday, December 23, 2010

who is this strange girl?

lisbeth salander?

I don't think so
welcome home brianna
I can't wait to see you

merry Christmas to one and all
don't forget the reason for the season

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

fly tying tray project

I've had this idea in mind for years now
I want to decoupage a picture of a trout to my tying tray
pictured above are apache trout
cut out from old tomelleri calendars

while I have many many to choose from
the native apache trout just seems appropriate
(I'd prefer the gila but don't think I've got one)

or perhaps a more colorful species would be preferable?

I dunno...

comfort food

or cooking 101



somewhere I read about the difficulty of properly roasting a chicken
it is not difficult
rather simple actually
and delicious

Sunday, December 19, 2010

cleaning shoppe

before planing yesterday we tidied up
we of course meaning me

repositioned the lathe to get it off the floor
where I used to store it

again it's unusual to see the place this clean
I wonder how long it'll last...

prolly about a day

Saturday, December 18, 2010

busy saturday

where's my fucking weekend?

rough planed the strips for poore girl rod #3
it's fun making curls again

Friday, December 17, 2010

it's friday night

which mean fishfry

wish you were here?
there's plenty of beer

oh well too late
the beer is gone

rare and unusual

really?  yes
unusual in that there are very very few pictures around of me working on a rod
rare in that I'm wrapping in the shoppe
I usually handle that inside the house 
at the dining room table much to my wife's chagrin
as it is today

wrap close up after one coat varnish...
amber w/ claret tips
beauty eh?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

big butt blonde

fe thomas taper 
6'8" 3wt

and now two more just because...

this shot is sexy
care to hazard a guess as to what it is?

I ganked this (thanks brian) from the website what doesn't exist
we've seen this shit at least twice before

Monday, December 13, 2010

off the bench

and on to the table for wrapping

poore girl's rod
driggs river special

(from top to bottom)

7ft 4wt 3pc f.e. thomas
driggs river special
goodwin-granger deluxe

from the vault

rare and unusual pictures of "chile colorado"
first cane rod I ever built...

driggs river special 7ft 2in 5wt

yes that's a pencil mark under the varnish


Saturday, December 11, 2010

looking good!

picked up these great looking short ribs from double check ranch in winkelman, az
at the farmers market last  sunday morning

tomorrow they'll be braising in guiness
I can't wait

goodwin-granger deluxe

one of the poore girls' rods

fe thomas 3pc 7ft 4wt

this is gonna be one sweet sumbitch...

Friday, December 10, 2010

reel or imagined problems

yesterday I mentioned a piece of shit hardy reel
today I proclaim myself the piece of shit
I struggled like a baby to joint the spool to the frame
I was inept and didn't deliver the goods

same deal w/ ross san miguel two shown below...

 I've also got an ongoing recurrent problem w/ the screws on either side of the spool release button
they keep coming undone
I've just tightened the bejeezus out of them
we'll see how long it lasts

remains a got am lovely reel
lined w/ sharkskin wf 5wt 
silent operation

Thursday, December 9, 2010

wrapping again

wrapping already?

note disabled piece of shit hardy reel in background

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

what do I win?

three weeks (at least) past the deadline I submitted this...
for a t-shirt contest

I drew that freehand with a pencil
I'm an idiot

what did I win?

sweet beagle lovin'

this handsome fella lives on the seventeenth hole at maryvale golf course
I look forward to seeing him every time I play there

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

cross post....

another thing I hate to do 
but my brother put this up the other day and I helped him make it sing...
and shit it's about me?  of all peoples

My brother ties flies
In his study
Out in Avondale
Surrounded by books
And records.
He drinks imported
Beer after beer
Listens to Waylan Jennings
The Stones and
The Old 97's.
He stays out of trouble
(for the most part)
And seeks perfection
In his own way.
If he ties the fly
It might catch him a fish
And that ain't even
The point.