TenkaraGrasshopper on the South Platte, Colorado

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Finest Fly Tying Benches Of Colorado Side Caddy

Mr. Jay Burge of Finest Fly Tying Benches of Colorado designed an accessory stand and wanted me to try it out. So after having used the Side Caddy for some time now.


So above is the Side Caddy loaded with a number of items that I wanted accessible but not clutter up my tying space. The Side Caddy solved all my problems very quickly and I must say I am very happy and again extremely impressed with the work that Mr. Burge has done on this addition to his line of benches and accessories.

Now for the cool details. The Side Caddy has holes drilled for 17 brass rods designed to hold a spool of thread or whatever other material that you might have on a spool. Just as a quick side note you should be aware of is the fact that Mr. Burge includes pre-cut brass rods to fit into each hole. Having that extra space is great when you have spools scattered on you tying space.

The plastic containers that you see at the front of the Side Caddy were suggested to me by Mr. Burge as items that he found very useful. And they fit perfectly into the spaces that have been created. These were purchased at a craft store and are available in the beading department. The containers are stackable and come in a variety pack of sizes which I find is great for storing beads. What a useful and space saving idea that I have to admit I probably would not have thought of initially or I would have thought hard about what I  to do with these spaces.

A really cool feature of the Side Caddy is the dubbing dispenser holders is the fact that they spin so that you can see the labels on the front of the dispensers but you can spin it and have access to the predrilled dispensing openings on the back of the dispenser. Below are pictures of the Side Caddy demonstrating how the spinner mechanism works. (Sadly, my battery died on my camera before I thought to take a picture of the function from the front. Who knows maybe an edited post. I am still a grasshopper in many things.) 



The dispenser holders rotate a full 360 degrees yet also have enough clearance on the center Caddy openings to still allow you to spin them without removing any items from in front of them. I love now having access to my dubbing in the dispensers and still be able to see the labels with a minimum of effort. 

One aspect that I really enjoy about the Side Caddy is that it has been designed to match the height of the tying benches that are available from the Finest Fly Tying Benches of Colorado. If you own one of his benches or are considering one of his benches I would be remiss in not suggesting that you purchase one of these at the same time. I am going to be doing an additional review on my tying bench with all of the most recent tweaks to the bench that I purchased. 

If you do purchase on of the Side Caddies I would love to hear your opinions.

Included below is a link to the website for The Finest Fly Tying Benches of Colorado. Check out the tying benches that are available as well.


Thanks for taking the time to read this review and hope that this might give you some ideas for more things to do in regards to you fly tying space. 





Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Bear Creek Colorado Tenkara April 16, 2012

After a brief hiatus from fishing due to my wedding planning and life in general I decided that it was a good day to head up to Bear Creek and do some exploring.

It was a balmy 41 degrees but still very comfortable to explore the river and up the canyon. I started fishing at 8 in the morning and spent the entire day on the water. It was great and man, I have to tell you that there were more than a few good sized fish to be found but apparently not to be caught.

I started with a #16 Ishigaki Kebari that apparently the fish had no interest in. I used this fly until I noticed that the trout were feeding on something extremely small and almost invisible to the naked eye on the surface or just below the film. I switched over to a #18 PMD with a chartreuse post. And guess what? It failed as well, but I had lots of lookers and no takers. Super frustrating and kind of a downer, but I kept fishing.

I continued to get frustrated until I say a very small bug fly by that was much closer to a #22. I decided to drop my fly down to a #22 midge pattern. To my glee and enjoyment, I quickly unlocked the key to catching fish. Sadly, this was towards the end of the day that this discovery accord but even so I caught 3 very sizable fish.

I must say and I think you will all agree that the size and color of each fish made a long day on the water that started slowly but ended with a bang was well worth it. In order from fish one to fish three here is the beauty that I discovered.




The best part of this all was that they all came from the same run and the fight for each one didn't put the hole down. It was a great experience and lit a major fire inside me to continue fishing each day that I can. With that thought, I am going fishing this Thursday morning again at Bear Creek and maybe even next Monday for another awesome day of exploring but probably not in this area but further west up the road.

As a side note, I used the Tenkara USA Ito for the entire day and am currently working on a complete review of the rod. I will let you all know when this is done and for those who have the Ito can agree with my findings or agree to disagree.

Till we meet again either here or on the water, without being to cliche, 

"I don't always fish, but when I do, I only use a Tenkara rod."