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What's This Blog About

I've been wrestling for weeks now with what to do about the blog. What I've decided is that it should be a place to talk about lots of things - photography, fly fishing, fly casting, fly fishing travel & lodges, flies, and everything that goes along with these subjects. We're trying to figure out how to do this while maintaining some semblance of identity, organization & easy navigation. We may not get it right the first time, but we hope that you'll be patient with us. We want it to be your go-to place for connecting, community, and conversation. We'll do our best and look forward to hearing from you with suggestions, comments, and critiques. Please visit often and comment often. Let us know how to make it better as we go along. Cathy & Barry

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MAY
19
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Tying Cathy Beck's Super Bugger





Sizes: 6 & 8
Colors: Tan, Black, Olive
Hook: Tiemco 3761
Thread: Tan, Black, Olive
Tail: Tan, Black or Olive Blood Feather overlay 6 strands Krystal Flash in corresponding color.
Rib: Hareline dyed grizzly hen body feathers, available from AA Outfitters,
800-443-8119 or Tan, black or olive.
Legs: Two rubber sili-legs. Root beer, black or olive.
Eyes: Lead eyes painted yellow and black. XS on size 8, small on size 6.
Head: Spiked dubbing figure-eighted around the eyes. Or, dubbing brushes if available.

The idea for Cathy’s Super Bugger was to design a fly that would create more underwater vibration or noise which would help fish locate and find the fly. The combination of a thick web hackle body and sili-legs pushes the water as the fly is retrieved, creating noise and vibration. Having the eyes tied ontop of the hook inverts the fly as it is being retrieved, gives it a more leech-like action in the water, and keeps it from fouling on the bottom.
Super Bugger Tying Steps:

1.Secure the painted eyes at the thorax positon of the hook by figure eighting with your tying thread. This is approximately a quarter of the hook shank back from the eye. Coat the thread windings with super glue and let dry.
2.Take the tying thread back to the rear of the hook shank.
3.Tie in the 6 strands of Krystal Flash. It should be the length of the hook shank.
4.Tie in the marabou tail, same length.
5.Tie in the first of the grizzly hen body feathers. Wind the hackle forward toward the hook eye, but keep it tight. The idea here is to build bulk with hackle. Once you've finished, tie in the next hackle in the same manner. It may take four hackles to complete the hackle body.
6.Tie in the two silli legs by figure eighting them with thread around the hook eye. They should be sticking out from the sides and the length of the leg should be the same on each side.
7.Figure eight the eye with a spiked dubbing to create a head.
8.Whip finish and the fly is done.

Tips:

Marabou shorts (or blood feathers) work best and in the end are more efficient than buying a plume.

Coat your painted lead eyes with Sally Hansen's Hard As Nails. They will hold up better. (In the cosmetic section of your pharmacy).

Remember to open up your casting loop with any lead-eye flies. This used to be called chuck and duck fishing. Also, with a tight loop the fly could potentially hit the rod blank and break it. If you're a Sage customer, this means your Z-Axis is going to be better than your TCX.

Vary your retrieve speeds and remember to set the hook with your line hand and not the rod tip. If you miss the fish the fly will still be in the game and the fish may take again.

Black works best in off-color water. Tan is the perfect color for any stream or river that has a crayfish population.
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Let's Go Fishing



We have a few openings on upcoming trips that we want to tell you about. We have a couple spots at Abaco Bonefish Lodge (May 14-21), one opening in Holbox, Mexico (June 13-19), and a couple on the Bighorn (August 14-21 or 21-28). We have space available for 4 night/3 day and-or 7 night/6 day packages. Click the links for prices and details on our Hosted Trips page.

Abaco Bonefish Lodge, Bahamas. Come along with us as we search the hard white sand flats so typical of the Bahamas for bonefish at this strategically located new lodge during prime time.

For a short time each year the big migratory tarpon are found at Holbox Island. The baby tarpon are always in the rivers and lagoons. Join us for an exciting trip fishing for both the big boys and the acrobatic babies.

If you saw the Wall Street Journal recently, you may have read about the expected grasshopper infestation in the west this summer. It's predicted that there may be 7 times the usual number of grasshoppers - the most in 150 years! The Bighorn is an amazing river during normal years, if this event happens, believe us - you don't want to miss it! Join us at Kingfisher Lodge in August.


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APR
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Indianapolis Pics




Hey, here are some pics from our weekend in Indianapolis. Thanks again to our sponsors - Jody Grober at Roberts Distributors, Greg Napoli at Nikon, and Jon Widbloom at Flymasters. The winners in the fly casting accuracy contest are Greg Napoli, Patti Beagle & Jon Williams with Jon. We had a great time and met lots of terrific people. Thanks everyone for coming out.
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Jody's Perfect Cast

Greg Napoli, Central Manager, Photo Sales Division, Nikon, just sent me this video clip of Jody Grober at Roberts Distributors, Indianapolis, at the fly casting contest on Saturday. Greg shot this with a little Nikon point-and-shoot camera. The orange is the yarn landing inside the target. It's a pretty neat take from the target's perspective.
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MAR
18
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Argentina

Hey Everyone!

Barry & Cathy are off on another adventure, this time to beautiful Argentina! They'll be bringing back plenty of new images and stories from south of the equator, but for now here's a few images of Argentina trip's past to set the mood...

Happy Casting Everyone!





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MAR
04
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Our Newest Exotic Adventure

Hey, this is a different trip for us because we're only going to do it one time. I've always wanted to see Mongolia and I've got Barry talked into it. So, this September we're taking a small group and going in by helicopter to fish for taimen on the Eg River and/or Uur, near Hovsgol, in northern Mongolia. We've got 6 full days of fishing planned with some extra time in Beijing to see some sights and a 2-day extension to the Gobi Dessert at the end. This is a trip of a lifetime for us and we'd love to have you join us. Check out the video, brochure, and details here or on our website. Contact us or Frontiers if you'd like to know more.

Our web site has the brochure that sold me on the trip. You can download it from the Hosted Trips page www.barryandcathybeck.com

I found this video on Mongolia. It gives us a preview of what the country/fishing is like.


The River Time Forgot-Mongolia from Mikey Wier on Vimeo.
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Hello World

Well, here we are. We don't know exactly where we're going with this but we hope you'll travel along with us.
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