Monday, December 11, 2017

America's Favorite Flies by Tom McCoy

Every fly fisher has a favorite fly, right? 

When David contacted me to ask what mine was I didn’t have to think for very long. I answered him immediately – and then began to have second thoughts, and third and fourth. There has to be more than one! Given the time of year, the location, the situation and the way I have evolved in our sport there are at least a dozen favorites in my box.
He said I have to choose one, so I went with the first.
You can read the story of my favorite fly in this new book coming December 2017 –  America’s Favorite Flies. With 656 pages and 1,700 images, featuring the favorite flies of 245 fly fishers, this hard covered first edition is truly an amazing book. Surely collectible with color photos, beautiful art work, personal stories and more than a few secrets – its all here in a limited first edition.
As you will see, there are many fly fishers of renown who have contributed, names we associate with the sport as well as dignitaries from other fields who have enjoyed time on a stream, fly rod in hand. I hope to have as many of them as I can find sign my copy. As the author of How to Fly Fish for Trout, The first book to read and Letters to Mack: Correspondence on a fishing life, I am humbly grateful to be included. 
All of us – the contributors, editors and designers – have donated our work, time and energies to this project allowing 100% of the profits to go to two organizations that help make our waters and fisheries healthier. You get all this book offers and simultaneously help the rivers.
The book makes for a great holiday gift for the fly fisher in your life, click here.
For additional gift ideas, click here. by Tom McCoy

Trout and Their Food by David Whitlock
Click on picture to read book

Cabin Fever?

The first snowfall in Chicago triggers my cabin fever to begin scouting for new fly fishing locations and tying flies for the coming season. One of my favorite tools I use for scouting new locations is Google Earth. It allows me to zoom down and actually see the water I want to fish, parking, access trails and directions. I can save each location, enter notes, print out directions,  print aerial images and share via email or text messages to friends. To begin, make sure you have the following checked in the sidebar section under Layers; "Borders & Labels", "Roads" and "Street Views". You can measure the walking or wading distance from one point to another in "Tools" by using the "Ruler". To see how long a pond or lake has existed - go to "Tools" section, select "View" and check "Historical Imaginary".  If you slide the history bar all the way to the left and see if the pond or lake was present years ago. If it's an old pond, there is a good chance it has mature fish. To mark an area where you have caught fish, click on the yellow pin on tool bar. It's a great tool and can save you valuable time. You can use your smart phone for directions to each  marked location by using Google Earth app.

I get ideas for flies to tie by ordering or viewing online fly fishing catalogs from Orvis, Feather-Craft, The Fly Shop, Bass ProCabela's, Hatches Magazine, fly tying blogs and Google + communities, etc. They have colored pictures of each fly, grouped by type (wet, dry, nymph, streamer, etc.) or the species of fish and the flies that are used to catch them.

After I have selected the flies I want to tie from the catalog or online viewing,  I will search for a tying video for each fly on Google, You Tube, or Vimeo, just to name a few. I will watch the video through the apps on my big screen tv and tie along. 

If I am traveling outside of Illinois on a fly fishing trip and want to know the flies used on a certain river or stream, I will Google search for a fly shop in that area. Example; West Fork Kickapoo River Avalanche Wisconsin Fly Shops brought up The Driftless Angler. You can visit their fishing reports too. Another great website for fishing reports and fly patterns is Orvis Fly Fishing Reports.

I don't know about you, but I cannot stand cabin fever. I hope this information helps you get through the winter and improve your fishing adventures.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


With carp fishing being as popular as it is, it can sometimes be a struggle to head to a water full of confidence that you may actually catch a carp, especially on heavily fished waters. However to help you in your quest for a big carp you should take a look at Wacker Bait & Tackle.

Come see Corey Tedesco - owner of Wacker Bait & Tackle, speak about Carp tactics and gear at Schaumburg Township Hall on Monday December 4th meeting at 7:30 pm. Click here for directions.




Telephone:  (224) 357-8563 | Tuesday-Saturday, 9am - 4pm
Location:  720 Industrial Drive, Suite 135, Cary, IL 60013

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Horse Trading Night

Last week, NIFTY members came together for the annual Horse Trading Night. It's basically a fly fishing garage sale, consisting of stuff that members no longer have a need for. It was a great time shared by those who attended. 

Labrador with Friends
Click picture to read article of Bob White and John Gierach fly fishing in Labrador Canada.

Big Fish - The Legendary Life of Lefty Kreh 
Click on picture to read about the life of Lefty Kreh.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Waypoint TV

If you enjoy watching hunting and fishing shows, then you will love Waypoint TV. Its basically the Netflix of hunting and fishing shows. I have downloaded the app on my iphone and watch various fly fishing shows while I'm traveling on business or waiting in the car for my wife or kids.There are hundreds of shows!