Archive for the ‘Notes from GB’ Category

Alaska or Bust

I’m headed to No-See-Um Lodge in Alaska with my friend, Dave Graebel, in pursuit of rainbows on the dry fly, king salmon in the King-A-Ma-Bobber, chums on magenta leeches, and sockeye on small bead head nymphs. The weather looks very Alaska-like; most days a chance of rain, with the occasional chance of sun (very occasional). […]

Hans Aigner Passes

As we were eating breakfast this morning at our hotel in Austria, we received the sad news that Hans Aigner had died in the night. Hans had come to visit all of us at diner on Thursday evening, and I had an opportunity to sit with my old friend for about half an hour and […]

My friend, jake Jordan, had a rather serious health problem on his drive home a couple of weeks ago. He is doing much better, now, and files the following report that should be of great interest to anyone really wanting to nail a bill fish or catch a big tarpon in the dark hours. Greetings […]

Rare Jvise up for Auction

I just had a note from Jay Smit of South Africa, noted designer and builder of the Jvise. This is a unique vise with many great features. He has donated one of his Damasteel Jaw vises for an auction being held to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital Trust (CHT), the fundraising arm of the […]

International Fly Tying Symposium, 2013, Day 1, Banquet

The IFTS banquet was held tonight (Saturday, Nov. 23). In addition to the great food and more than our share of talking, there were fabulous door prizes provided by Keough Hackle, SuperFly (great threads), and EstaZ. But the highlight of the banquet was a short talk by Dave Klausmeyer (publisher and editor of Fly Tyer […]

PHWFF second installment

During my time at Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing in Colorado, I not only had the opportunity to spend time with the soldiers, but to talk with their mentors and see some of the big fish the guys caught. At the last dinner on Saturday evening, I presented an inscribed copy of Fishing the Film […]

The Day After

The day after the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing event in Colorado, I was privileged to spend a day fishing. The weather was a bit on the cold and windy side—in fact, we awoke to snow showers. Still, fishing is fishing, and the four of us that had the day to fish bundled up warm […]

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing

Healing Waters is a project aimed at helping soldiers returning from the various theaters of war in which we are engaged. Some have had amputations, others any variety of wounds, nearly all carrying PTSD or TBI (traumatic brain injury from concussive explosions or physical blows to the head). On May 16, 17, 18, soldiers from […]

John was Stunned

I just had an email from my long time friend and fishing companion, John Beth, that had nothing to do with fishing or knives! But, it was a fabulous bit of news. John’s daughter, Kjersti, entered and won the Ms. Wisconsin Untied States competition the other night. John writes, This national event has 4 age […]


I am headed to Germany tomorrow to participate in the EWF–Europe’s largest fly fishing show: see more here. Then, on to fish in Austria. More posts to follow as time and travel allow.