Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Hog

How To Dye Deer Hair With Kool-Aid for Flies and Lures

Merwin @ Field & Stream "The Honest Angler" writes;

In our current (November) print edition, I wrote about using deer hair in various forms for fly and lure-making. I also mentioned using unsweetened Kool-Aid as a dye for deer hair (and other materials) and promised directions via this blog. So here you go....
After curing your bucktails and patches of deer-body hair, wash thoroughly in warm water and detergent to remove, oils, grease and grit. Rinse several times in warm water to remove all the soap. Leave the hair in water or let it air dry before dying. The hair will absorb dye faster if it’s dry when you start the process.
Dissolve one or more packs of unsweetened Kool-Aid in a little warm water. Using more Kool-Aid gives greater color depth, so don’t be bashful. A Kool-Aid pack costs 20 cents at my local Wal-Mart, so price is really no obstacle.
Put the liquid dye in a microwave-safe container, add the hair and enough warm water to cover. Zap it in the microwave for a couple of minutes, and then let it sit. The water should be hot, but not simmering or boiling. You don’t want to actually “cook” the hair and hide. (You can do this on a stovetop, also, but I found the microwave much easier.)
After a while, turn and wiggle the hair in the dye bath to distribute fresh dye among the fibers. Heat again. Let it sit some more.
When it looks as if you’ve achieved the desired color, rinse the hair in clear warm water to check. What you see is what you get. If the color looks good, rinse completely and let the hair air dry. If more color seems needed, heat the dye bath again and leave the hair in it longer.
That’s basically it. Note these cautions. Wear rubber gloves, or you’ll be wearing purple (or whatever color) hands for a while. And remember, you’re using a dye. Spilling it makes a hell of a mess, so be careful. Finally, try using just a small piece of scrap hair first to get the hang of it.
Having said all that, I’ll also point out that you can buy a premium dyed bucktail for $5 to $7, which is what I most often do. On the other hand, my most recent experiment gave me a gorgeous pale-lavender dye-job on a natural-white bucktail that will be just perfect for landlocked-salmon streamers. It’s a color that’s almost impossible to find commercially, one that I obtained with grape Kool-Aid....

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Early Show

Sunday 11/13/16 10am – 5pm
Presented by the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance & Dupage Rivers Fly Tyers

Come to the 6th Early Show, Chicago’s only all fly fishing & tying show!
Sit with the area’s best fly tyers as they demonstrate their talents on a wide variety of fly patterns.
Kids will enjoy the free fly tying & entomology programs.

Show Features:
25+ Regional fly tyers – sit and watch them create a fly for the waters they fish.
Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructors provide free casting lessons.
Spey casting demonstrations & help matching the line to rod.
Regional fishing guides on hand to share tips & book trips.
Guest speaker presentations all day long.
Vendors include area shops, reps, pro tyers & guides all with great deals.
Six club booths ready to answer questions about their activities.
Dupage Forest Preserve District booth to promote outdoor & youth programs.
Raffle of donated flies & gear drawn at end of the show.
Free Youth Fly Tying with all the materials and tools provided.

At the Dupage F.P. Mayslake Peabody Estate, it was constructed by Francis Stuyvesant Peabody during the American Gilded Age.

Experience the splendor of its grounds and learn about fly fishing & tying inside the mansion at The Early Show.

  • 10:00 Mike Jacobs – Iowa smallmouth bass
  • 11:00 Israel Dunn – Kayak fishing for carp & musky
  • 12:00 Javier Guevara -  Ecuador trips, tarpon & peacock bass.
  • 1:00 Abe Downs - Northern Wisconsin river musky & bass.
  • 2:00 Bill Scherer – Musky on the fly
  • 3 00 Kyle Zempel Fishing the crash – Wisconsin smallmouth bass.
  • 4:00 Austin Aducci – Kankakee bass, Lake Michigan carp
  • 4:30 Raffle draw

Spey casting presentation by Doug Taylor, Sage pro staff at 11:30 am & 2 :30 pm
Drift FFF certified casting instruction 10:30 to 12:30, 1:30 to 3:30pm

Mark Your Calendar Now For The First Fly Show Of The Fall Season!

Mayslake Peabody Estate
1717 West 31st Street
Oakbrook, IL. 60523

Sunday 11/13/16
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Admission is $10.00 for adults - kids 12 and under are FREE.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Smallmouth Gotcha

It's fall time in Illinois and the Smallies are putting on the feedbag before winter sets in. 
Check out this cool crawdad pattern!

Jeff Rajeff - Echo's new "Beach Boost" surf rod

Tim Rajeff promotes the Echo "Beach Boost" rod for the surf crowd. 
Check out Jeff's video on how easy it is to cast 100' without double hauling.

Seven top Fall Flyfishing Spots
Click pic to read!