Friday, December 12, 2014


what's better than a beagle pup?


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

lucy loca

you can only shoot her while she's sleeping
she is in fact lightning in a bottle of moonshine

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014

lastly a portrait

lovely lucy diamond

a puppy in the house

so sparky is getting a beagle puppy for Christmas
and lovely lucy diamond is "ours" for three weeks

mere moments after arriving home

recharging her battery

meanwhile p-nutt wonders 
"what the hell are they thinking?"

Saturday, November 29, 2014


been a long time since we've had one of these

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

pie - DAWGS!

wishing you dear reader a sweet savory and safe thanksgiving
give thanks w/ a grateful heart

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

replacement tip

cookin' cane
smells like...


apex curls
plane work is done

time to glue and bind

Saturday, November 15, 2014


hard to accomplish anything when there's another guy in the shoppe

dj wraps a liars mark

now he's telling lies
it's lunch time

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


things are underway

Saturday, November 8, 2014

ready to wrock

benches cleared of debris

lounge seating

Monday, November 3, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

put up to rest

for a brief nap
not hibernation

functional art

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

seen it before I'm sure

this ugly thing plays and sounds sweet as a candy cane

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

bringing the wrock

thin lizzy stylio


chartreuse and blue zeebie
 if there were a one-fly competition at lees ferry
this would be my choice
hands down

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Friday, October 3, 2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

last year

steve and I camped and fished the rim

chile verde and chueco
ready to wrock

brookies browns skunks a bear and beer

Monday, September 8, 2014

agua fria

the dry riverbed is no longer dry today

Thursday, August 14, 2014


this is what I've had in my hands most often these daze

today I'll be doing some set up work on a martin
maybe take some pics - or not

Monday, August 4, 2014

state of the craftsmanshit address '14

some thoughts on fishing...

fishing is a lifestyle choice
that said, what has become of my lifestyle?

I haven't been motivated to string up a rod since thanksgiving
and I can't tell you why

I've tied a few dozen flies or so this year
which is very very few

it's been two years since I've built my last bamboo rod blank
and I still haven't gotten around to finishing it

it?  there are three of them
four if you count the old one wt blank I built
a companion piece to the one I broke which has gone mysteriously missing

I suppose I could blame the heat but it ain't the heat
could just be lazy?  a bit perhaps, but I've kept my hands busy

whatever the case I look forward to 
a)  finishing those blanks
b)  fabricating a new tip section for my beloved 6ft 3wt 3pc
c)  fishing somewhere - preferably the san juan in the fall and /or lees ferry anytime

handcrafted flyrods are like children
you grow very attached to them during the long intricate process
you know them like the back of your hands
they nearly become part of your heart
and yeah you grow to love them

then you give them up for someone else's use and enjoyment
and hope that they love them as much as you do

after giving them up the rodmaker likes to hear about them
their experiences in the field
better yet see pics of trout and cane or even better bents rod shots
seeing my rods being used fills my heart w/ pride and love

this summer fortunately I've seen a few
and that makes me remember just what it is I do
which yeah fills my heart

photo credit - steve rath

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

new toy

price too good to pass up 

buttery smooth to play

well there are a couple more but these are the ones that get played