November 30, 2013

Fishing with Friends (Through Their Ties)

Craig went fishing with me yesterday.  It was a little bit chilly by Florida standards, but we had to try out those top secret tenkara rods that are cloaked in a veil of silence.  Fortunately, we caught some bluegill.

Funny thing is, he doesn't know it, until maybe now.

I used a kebari tied by Craig to go fishing after work yesterday.  I received them in a fly swap almost a year ago.  So while he wasn't actually there in body, he was there in tie.  I figured the size 6 fly would be perfect for the bluegill and occasional bass that lurk in the pond down the street from my house.  They were.  Super rad that a fly hand tied by a guy in Iowa caught fish in Northeast Florida.

(Yeah, I know everything is pretty much made somewhere else, but you get my point).

How often do you fish with flies that friends have tied for you?  
I'd love to hear in the comments below.

I might try fishing with Anthony...or Adam...or Mike...or perhaps Kiwi tomorrow.

We'll see...


  1. I'm Swapmeister for an 11 member swap right now. I've also got a couple fly boxes with other peoples flies. Like most fly anglers, I have WAY more flies than time. A lot of mine came from someone else.

  2. Over the years I gotten many flies from our blogbuddies and have tried them all. Some catch fish, some don't.

  3. I think it is really enjoyable to see an increase, in my opinion, of bloggers sharing their flies with other BlogBuddies. A good example of how we all sort of bond together by not only our love of writing about fishing, but, sharing our flies, tips, etc. in hopes of bringing enjoyment to our fellow BlogBuddies.

  4. Nice, glad it caught you a few.

  5. Don't know how I missed this post. Unfortunately, I tend not to use other anglers flies unless I have more than two of them. I like collecting the flies showing others craftsmanship and ideas. I'm always afraid of losing another anglers fly to an offending rock or tree fish. But I love the idea of other anglers catching fish on streams I will never have the opportunity to see let alone fish. The only thing I enjoy more is knowing that a fish I bring to hand was caught on a fly that I tied myself. But following this post I may try to fish others flies more.