Our friends at Blanco Honky were kind enough to include a pic of the finfollower rig. While not the top-of-the line way-too-expensive vehicle you were probably expecting, this vee-dub with over 100k miles drives over snow, sand, rocks and mud to deliver us to a number of destinations.
Recently I fished a 200-acre lake in Connecticut. While paddling along the bank I found a small opening, barely wide enough for a kayak to pass through. On the other side was a small cove, maybe 15′ by 15′ at best.
I stopped at the opening and cast into the middle of it. Here’s what I caught. By far it was the largest panfish for the day.
A few weeks ago I came across an article on coffee bean beetles. I am not a fly tyer by any stretch of the imagination but this intrigued me, primarily because it didn’t really involve tying at all. Instead it relies on the ability to use a magic marker and some glue – skills that are regularly employed by 5-year olds across the country without incident.
- Coffee beans
- Black magic marker
- Epoxy or super glue
- Small hooks (I used size 10)
- Clear nail polish (Make sure to ask your wife. I forgot . . . )
- Orange or red magic marker OR nail polish (Optional)
- Monofilament or other material to imitate legs (Optional)
I wandered over to the kitchen cabinet and found a bag of coffee beans. Poured some into a bowl and picked out the largest round beans that I could find. Took them down to my basement workbench and, using a small file, created a small straight recess on the bottom of the bean for the hook to rest.
Next I used the black magic marker and colored the bottom of the bean. Set the hook in the recess and epoxied it to the bottom of the bean. On a couple of the beetles I cut up monofilament (old leader) to make legs.
Once the epoxy dried I turned the beetle over and, using an orange magic marker, colored the back of the bean. I also left some in the natural bean color as well.
Finally I covered most of the beetle in clear nail polish. Not only does it add a certain shine, it will help protect the beetle from cracking and water damage.
Done! Now let’s see how they do. Check this out
The guides, hook keeper and tip top are all wrapped with thread, so it is time to start the final part of the rod build – applying a color preservative typically referred to as color lock and then the epoxy.
Key to this step will be the use of a rod turner, which can be purchased for around $30 on Ebay. It turns at a low 6 RPM, which allows you to apply the color lock or epoxy without touching the rod, and ensures that the coats will be somewhat even as they dry.
I place the rod in the turner and apply two coats of color lock, waiting an hour or more between coats. After the last coat of color lock dries, I apply two coats of epoxy, waiting 24 hours between each coat.
As I write this, the rod is in the basement turning while the second coat of epoxy dries. By morning, the epoxy should be dry, but as an added measure of safety, I’ll let it set for an extra day.
Can’t wait to try it out.
To see Parts 1 and 2 click the links below.