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This blog is about my life as a fly fisherman, guide, and fly fishing instructor in and around Northern Virginia and Washington D.C.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

S02E60 In Search of Solitude While Fly Fishing With Richard Frannklin. Part 2.


Richard Franklin and Rob sat down during a recent Saturday afternoon at the Jersey Shore. Richard reflects on his pursuit of solitude while fly fishing the great western streams of the US. They talk about modern polarization of optics, high end fly rods, fly fishing photography and more.
This is the second interview with Richard Franklin.
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Organized Chaos | Fly Tying Office

Here are the images to go along with the previous post and podcast. This is how my room looks right now. I have not cleaned it up for a low budget photo shoot. I want you to see it how I keep it in working order.

I know where everything is which is unfortunate. I'd like to have this room spotless with no mess or clutter but that is now how my brain works. The carpet alone should keep any human from entering.

This is an over the door shoe holder. There is not enough space between the door and door jam for  this to fit and thus it is on the wall. I keep spools and reels here with leader material and knot tying tools/glues.

I also keep my un used ostrich plumes here.

These are my 'kit' bags. Large plastic bags in plastic bins. I keep my bulk materials here: pre-sliced foam strips, marabou, jumbo John materials, scorpion bug materials, dubbing bags, Snowhite hellgrammite materials, and bacon fly materials, etc. 

 This is my oldest 'orgainzer' tower. Some of the materials date back 20 years.

This is my desk. I keep a lamp overhead with my Regal vise in the middle. There are bits and pieces of discarded material, packs of hooks, tools about, etc. Note my TyWheel  There is one small peg board on the wall and a magnetic tool holder. As soon as I clean this up it gets trashed. Just like working retail, you fold a stack of shirts and some kid comes in right after and takes out the bottom shirt and the pile falls over.  Yes that is a cup of potting soil. I'll get rid of that today.

 Lady Amherst plumes, pheasant rumps. Something to keep bad spirits away, a bag of discarded feathers, and my bulk beads and beaded chain. 


I have yet to put shelves in this closet. I keep tied flies organized here plus extra materials, beater bamboo rods, accounting papers for record retention, and more.
 Most materials are organized here. I go from top left to right bottom in the podcast.

 I have begun to rely on fewer colors of thread over the years. Black and red 6/0, chartreuse and black 210 denier.
 Old spare lines and misc gear. A tobacco pipe I bought in high school with my buddy Tim at a thrift store in Davis, Wv. I haven't seen Tim in 20 years. I keep it as a reminder of the shenanigans we had in our youth. Tim once built a 'bamboo rod' out of a 20' bamboo pole. He taped guides on it and taped a reel to it and rode his bike 15 miles to the Potomac to fish it. I could do a whole podcast just on stories on the legendary Tim Waite.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

S01E102 Rob's Fly Tying Office | Tools & Materials Collected Over The Years


Rob discusses his collection of fly tying materials, the patterns created with the materials, where he procures them, how they are 'organized', the quality and consistency he looks for, and much more. The coyote mask is in the garage as Rob's wife won't allow it in the house.

Produced by Free-Stone Media

Sponsored by Flyin' the Flats


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Thursday, August 3, 2017

S02E59 Fly Fishihng For Golden Mahseer In The Himalayan Outback With Misty Dhillon


Misty and I sat down on the back patio of Whitlow's on Wilson for a conversation about fly fishing for golden mahseer in the Jungle Book aka the Himalayan Outback.

For more information himalayanoutback.com

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