Sunday, February 2, 2014

Join Us On February 22nd

Guys, Flies & Pies 2014 is coming up on February 22nd 2014!

Please join us for the 7th annual Guys, Flies & Pies fly tying party in Rochester NY. It's a night to get together with friends and tie flies, eat pizza pies, and have a chance at winning prizes!

Guys, Flies & Pies 2014 (photo: Paul Shipman)

We'll meet at the Robach Community Center at Ontario Beach Park in Rochester NY (right on Lake Ontario) starting at 3pm and we'll go until 8pm or so.

Pack your vise and materials to spend the night filling boxes for the upcoming season, or to replace those flies you lost to trees in recent months.

For more details, or to pay in advance for a discount, go to the event details page.

See you there!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Waypoints - Dec 4th

This coming Wednesday at the new Orvis store in Pittsford, there will be a showing of Waypoints.

Trailer: Waypoints from Confluence Films from The Fly Fishing Guide Directory on Vimeo.

Similar to earlier films DRIFT, RISE and CONNECT, WAYPOINTS is a multi-segmented fly fishing movie shot all around the world. With segments that include St. Brandon’s Atoll in the Indian Ocean, Patagonian Chile, Southeast Alaska for Steelhead, India and Nepal for Golden Mahseer, and the jungles of Venezuela for payara, WAYPOINTS is the most exotic, in-depth Confluence project ever. 

Wednesday, December 4th 
6:30 reception • 7:30 film
3 Heads will be pouring some cold beverages
Tickets are $15, available at Orvis or at the door the night of the event.
Proceeds will go to the Canadaigua Lake Chapter of TU in support of efforts to introduce youth to fly fishing.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Graham's Cracker

My friend Graham showed me this fly a few years ago. He swears by it and uses it everywhere from Lake Ontario tributaries to high mountain streams in California.

It's simple to tie. I wrap chartruese thread on the hook then wrap micro tubing over the top. Use a little white egg yarn for the viel and finish off the head. Graham likes to use Christmas tree tinsle for an underbody and chartruese tubing.

Tie them up now because it's that time of year and the brown trout from the lake will be hungry for some Graham Crackers!

Monday, July 1, 2013

The GFP Bobbin Hook

A simple paper clip twisted around your bobbin and you've got yourself a virtually free bobbin hook similar to Mitch's Bobbin Whirler and allows you to make dubbing loops without the need for a second tool.

Here's a shot of the hook in action, on a test hook, but you can see how right at the bobbin tip the hook has the dubbing loop and it's all set and ready to wrap around the hook.

The few minutes it takes you to make this is worth it since you'll never be searching for your dubbing twister or having your bobbin get in the way while spinning it up!

UPDATE: Here's a short video of it in action.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Trout Power 2013 - This Weekend

If you live in or near NY you should look into spending this weekend at Trout Power!
Trout Power 2013

Trout Power is a creel study tournament at it's roots, but has grown to add a ton of community events all through the weekend. There is a gala and silent auction, a rubber ducky race, a few concerts, a 5K race, and more. 

Last I heard the sign up for the tournament may have ended, but if you're interested it would be worth looking into. Also yesterday I heard of 3 sponsorships available from The Fly Master, so if you have a kid you want to team up with, check with him or JP Ross Fly Rods to see if those are available still. It would make a great weekend with your child.

The West Canada Creek from what I hear is one of the areas finest streams and I hope to someday have a chance to fish it!

Friday, May 3, 2013

International Fly Fishing Film Tour - Rochester NY

The good guys at Silo 4 are bringing the International Fly Fishing Film Tour to Rochester NY...and I can't wait to check it out! Don't miss this great night to hang out and check out some cool videos. It's only 2 weeks away on May 17th, so quickly come up with your excuse to why you can't wash the dog that night and head downtown to the Little Theater.

"Silo4 (our collaborative that put A Deliberate Life together - is hosting it at the Little Theater on May 17th. Doors open at 6, show starts at 6:30. Tickets are $15 purchased in advance at the IF4 box-office ( or by contacting me via email. They are $20 at the door the night of the show."

"We'll be giving away a Thomas & Thomas NS6 fly rod, a Kast Hell Raiser jacket, guided fishing trips with Wide Sky and Brett Jackson, and some flies as well. We're also donating a portion of the proceeds to Project Healing Waters."

May 17th Doors open at 6:00 PM.  Film begins AT 6:30 PM. 
The Little Theater
Rochester, NY
(Tickets available here)

Sunday, January 6, 2013


I'd like to officially announce that next month on February 16th 2013 we will have Guys, Flies & Pies at a NEW LOCATION! So many great people have come over the years that we just outgrew the last place. So please, please, please, let everyone you know, know that we are going to the beach this year!

The new location is the Roger Robach Community Center (Bathhouse) at Ontario Beach Park at 180 Beach Avenue, Rochester, NY 14612. This is only a few miles down the road from where we use to meet, and it's a much bigger building for us to hang out in. A bigger place means you should bring all your fishing friends along for the fun!

Don't expect the blue skies or snow-less walkways, it's February.
Parking is available right across the street behind Abbott's or at the main beach parking lot.

Event Details
Date:Feb 16th 2013
Time: 3pm-8pm
Location: 180 Beach Avenue, Rochester, NY 14612
Cost: $12 at the door  (cost includes entry, pizza, drinks, door bag, and entry into door prizes. Raffles not included.)

The event starts at 3pm and goes until 8pm. As we've always done, this is an event is a fly tying party, so bring your vise and materials to tie. I've never understood why other events have guest tiers and people just watch. Sure, we have demos, but it's great to be able to sit down after watching a demo and DO what you just learned. We'll have pizza around 5:30 or 6pm, and around 7 we'll do door prizes (if we haven't done all of them yet) and give out the big raffle prizes!

I'd like to thank once again the great sponsors we have had over the years and the ones that are with us again this year. Without their support the event wouldn't be nearly as awesome as it's grown to be. Please take a look at the links at the bottom of the page and check out their sites and consider them when making your next fishing purchases.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

November 8th - Where the Yellowstone Goes

Seems like just a few weeks ago we got to see the Fly Fishing Film tour...and now we can go to another fishing movie. Next week on November 8th! Same place as before so you hopefully remember where to go, if not check out the details below.

Canandaigua Lake Chapter of Trout Unlimited

The Documentary
Experience a soul searching and inspirational 30-day drift boat journey down the longest undammed river in the contiguous United States. Connect with colorful characters, get lost in the hypnotic cast of a fly rod, and savor silhouetted moments of fireside stories on this heartfelt river adventure.  View Trailer

November 8th at 7pm

The Little Theatre - 240 East Avenue, Rochester, New York 14604 - Directions

Buy Tickets ($10) at the door or at

Proceeds benefit the Canandaigua Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Friday, September 21, 2012

Last Kayak Float of 2012...Maybe

My plans from Monday took a few days to come together, but today I got out in my kayak....the first time in a few months.

I had researched a new place online and planned my attack. I'd sneak in at a public access point and float downstream about 1/4 mile and take a sharp turn right....right into a small pond that is rumored to be man made. I figured that since it's right off the creek it would have potential to have pretty much anything in it.

But Google unfortunately doesn't use up to the minute images. I got there and the water was very low.

The put in, water 40 feet away
As you can (sort of) see in the photo, the water is way off in the distance.It should be just past that blue whatever it is there.

Someone was more adventurous than me
I found tracks through the mud, and drag marks, showing someone else was more determined than I was going to be. Looking at it now....those might be only tracks OUT, and not back IN....good luck whoever is out there, your car was not waiting in the parking lot for you.

I drove to the mouth of the creek and found the lake level low too, and too much mud to fight through to get out into the creek from there.

Stop #3 took me back to my favorite place, Buck Pond. It's in complete weed anarchy. I pushed off was able to find a few fish to play around with. I scared something real big at one point. I imagine there are plenty of carp and bass still in there, but with the weeds it would be pretty hard to fish for them.

Bluegill belly
 I ended up catching about 4 or 5 bluegill.

Foam fly holder
My new foam fly holder worked great.

When I got out I found my butt wetter than expected, and then I was cold. I think today might be the last float for 2012. If I end up lifting it up to it's winter spot in the garage, it's likely it will be there until 2013....but, we'll see if I get that motivated before I get it out again.

Monday, September 17, 2012

A Nice Inland Trout Trip

For anyone that follows Guys, Flies & Pies on Facebook, you might know that I was planning on sliding my kayak into a local creek to see what I could find. Honestly, it was a toss up between going solo in the kayak, or calling my friend Brian to see if we could attack together somewhere else. The only reason the kayak won out over Brian was because the kayak is a fair weather fishing companion, and I know Brian doesn't cry at the site of snow.

But plans change.

I got the 2 straps out of 4 on the kayak on the top of my car.....and fate prompted Brian to call. He offered an invite to an inland trout stream. I accepted. "40-45 and I'll be there." I quickly took the kayak down and put it back in the garage. Yes, it put up a fight and called me a traitor, but I didn't care, I had trout to go catch with a friend that knew how and where to catch them.

Sure, I've been to the creek before....that's kinda how I got to use the name of the creek in my email so many years ago when Al Gore first invented the internet. I just don't get to the creek often.

45 minutes later I'm on the side of the road squeeeeezing into waders bought over a decade and 50 pounds ago. Yep, I don't wade nearly enough.

We hiked in, past cows, turkey, vultures, trolls, over mountains, and a bunch of other things to throw you off our scent. We were in search of one pool. One pool that is deep enough to hold trout and covered by a tree and fed by a cool spring. Paradise...if you are a trout.

We traded back and forth in the prime spot where I saw at least 6 fish shoulder to should in a 12 inch space....and 6 fish was just a small sampling of the fish that were in that one spot.

14.75 Brown trout (photo: Brian Bradfield)
I foul hooked a fish and we found a fly left behind by some unlucky angler (if you are reading this, your bead head prince nymph worked....he was fair hooked.) We claimed the hook and I tied it on and proceeded to catch a beautiful 14.75 inch brown. Likely this is the largest inland brown I've ever caught. 
(photo: Brian Bradfield)

Brian managed to catch 2 and foul hooked 2 others. Foul hooking was expected because of the way the fish were so stacked up.

One thing I love about the Guys, Flies & Pies event I put on each year, is the people I meet. I've met some great people and had the pleasure of fishing with a few of them. It's a great by product of such a fun event.

Thanks again Brian for the good time out fishing! 

Brian's fishing reports can be found at Brian On The Fly.