Here is a very cool, short video showing the life cycle of the midge. I've always found these little bugs to be the most frustrating to hatch to fish - mostly because they're so darn small it's hard to see!! I like how this video shows the hatch from the trout's angle & in a point of view we anglers never get to see. Check it out:
I've just completed - & posted on the Hand Stitched Leather Accessories page - another round leather reel case.
Featuring a double-snap closure (both front & back) that will allow you to open it from any side. In fact, as it is a round case, the only way to tell the front from the back is by the scalloped pull on the front. This is a sturdy case to protect your most favorite of fly reels.
This case is lined with a soft, brown pig skin to protect your reel inside. Each edge has been dyed black, waxed & buffed for finished edges. The stitching, of course, is all done by hand & no machine has touched this case.
To read more about this case, & to see more photos of it, please visit the Hand Stitched Leather Accessories page of this website. If you have any questions about it - or anything else - please feel free to contact me anytime.
Recently, my friend Mike took a little trip to Scotland, & had the opportunity to fish the River Tweed there. He was fishing the upper part of the river, on a section of land once owned by the famous poet Sir Walter Scott.
Spey casting for large salmon & sea trout in the rain may not be for the non-angling crowd, but when you're fishing in Scotland, you can expect some rain.
Mike was gracious enough answer all my questions about fly fishing in Scotland & sent back several photos, too!! I wish I could have been there with him. By the way, the sea trout pictured below that Mike landed was over two feet long & weighed five pounds!!!
Thanks so much for sharing your adventure with me, Mike!!
Do you have an angling adventure you'd like to share? I always love to see your photos & hear your stories from you folks. So please, feel free to share them with me & everyone else on the Beyond The Rod Shop page of this website.
I've just added a new fly reel case to the list of available hand stitched leather accessories. This one has a unique shape to it & is made to house a smaller fly reel of up to 3" in size.
The body of the case has an inward curve cut out, so as to make it easier to remove the reel. This half round shape also allows air to pass through the case, which is perfect for drying out a reel with a wet fly line - especially silk lines.
This case is lined with a light brown pig skin to protect the reel inside. The smooth, dark brown outside leather has very fine grain to it & is elegant to the touch. The edges of the case are dyed, waxed, & buffed. Each stitch is made by hand & each piece of leather cut out by hand, too - no machine has touched this case!!
For more information & to see more photos of this case, please visit the Hand Stitched Leather Accessories page of this site. If you have any questions about this case, or any of the other fine leather accessories you see there, please contact me. Here's a perfect home for that favorite, smaller fly reel that you love so much!!
As we celebrate our freedom this year, I hope you all have a happy & safe independence day!! Happy birthday to the U.S.A.!!!!
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