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07-30-2017
Store open

Our Antero trip fell through.  Store is open...ready to fill your order

 

 

07-13-2017
store closing

The store will be closed July 28-Aug 2.  I am heading to Antero for some good rainbow fishing.  Orders will be processed when I return in the order they are received.

Good tying/fishing

 

John

06-27-2017
Monsooooon

Monsooooon

The monsoon seems to be trying to get here a bit soon this year.  I've had several good afternoon cloudbursts come through my area here in Show Low.  The higher lakes are getting hit as well.  Lakes are still up and looking good except for a minor algae bloom on Sunrise.

I have been able to get out the past couple weeks with trips to Big and Carnero.  Both are doing well.  When the clouds came we caught Tigers and rainbows on top with caddis last weekend.  That's always a treat.  Subsurface they were eating damsels and leeches really hard.  Becker is as usual...good one day and not the next.  Gonna hit Crescent this week.  See if reports are as good as what I'm hearing.  I'm actually not hearing bad reports from anywhere.  It's been awhile that we had choices of where we wanted to fish....always nice to have water!!!!

I'll try and do a better job of reporting now that I can get on the water.

 

 

05-31-2017
Store open again

Store Open Again

It has been a couple weeks since surgery and I am able to get around somewhat.  I am getting past orders out today and can continue to process new ones on a limited basis.  It may not go out that day but I am working on it.

 

Thanks for your support and patience

 

John

05-10-2017
Store closing

The store will be closing for a short time Friday May 12.  I am scheduled for total knee surgery and will be down for an unspecified amount of time.  I've been told I'll be up and around pretty quickly.  Hope they're right.

Orders will be processed in the order they are received when I return

Good fishing

 

John

04-16-2017
Water

Water, Water, Water

Az's high lakes have more water in them this season than I have seen in the past 5-6 years.  The island on Sunrise has just a few weeds visible above the water.  There is water on the south end of the lake again.  Crescent is full (or at least close to it).  Big has risen 12"-14" vertical inches.  There is water 6' up the ramp at Railroad Cove.  Carnero and Becker are full. 

Take advantage while we can.  Who knows how long this will last.  Our lakes/fish needed this badly......GO FISH

04-03-2017
Utah

The shop will be closed April 5-12.  I will be tying at the Wasatch Fly Tying Expo in Sandy, Utah....then taking a few days off fishing my way back.  When I return orders will be processed in the order they are received.

Hope you're fishing

 

John

03-05-2017
High Lakes

High Lakes

It feels like an early Spring up here....at least right now.  Some of the lakes are fishing already.  Horseshoe is open and some nice browns are showing up.  Becker has been fishing for a few weeks now and is putting out nice rainbows and at least one 16" Tiger (this is a second hand fishermen's report....so you make your own call on that one)  Anyway you look at it...it must have been a nice Tiger.  Luna is open as well and probably held the biggest rainbows on the hill last year.  Should be one to hit for sure early before the weeds start to take over.

Spring bass is in full swing so lots to do.  Go do it!

01-28-2017
Goodbye Crutches

Goodbye Crutches

Happy to say I am off the crutches as of yesterday.  Good job Doc!  I definitely recommend arthroscopy over total knee replacement ....if you can get away with it. 

I am back in business and filling back orders.  Give me a little time but your orders are coming.

 

Thanks for your patience....already have my next outing planned.  Look out bass.

 

jr

01-23-2017
Down

I had knee surgery this past week so there will be a delay in filling orders for a couple weeks....hopefully less.  I'm on crutches so don't have the mobility to do much.

 

Sorry for the inconvenience.  They will go out in the order they are received and I will get on them as soon as I can.

 

Thanks for your patience

 

JR

12-21-2016
Merry Christmas

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Here's wishing everyone a safe, peaceful, enjoyable holiday season.  It seems to come a little quicker every year....but I guess that's a good thing.  I am having my boys here and looking forward to the possibility of a white Christmas this year.

I will be staying open with no fishing planned until after the holidays.  Look for some new colors in materials coming and some new patterns as well in 2017.  2017????   Seems like Y2K was just yesterday. 

Bass and stripers coming up.  I look forward to it more each year.  I have some new patterns and techniques I am anxious to try.

Hope to see you all on the water.  Let's hope 2017 is going to be great and the snow comes in bunches this Winter.

11-15-2016
Store open

Back from another great trip to NY/PA.  The store is open and ready to deliver your flies/tying materials.

Stay safe and good luck on the water.  This time of year I start thinking bass/stripers so there's always some traveling involved. 

Here's wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  We have a lot to be grateful for.

 

10-29-2016
Closing

Store Closing 11/4-11/13

The store will be closed 11/4 to 11/13.  I am heading back to PA /NY for some Winter steelheading and brown trout fishing.

Sat, 11/5, I will be at the grand opening of the new Orvis store in Phoenix at 20th St and Camelback.  I'll be tying some bass and trout flies and discussing the WMLF with several other members.  Come on down and say hello...maybe get a free fly

10-08-2016
Fall

Fall is Here

Definitely turning up here.  Quite a few mornings have been in the 30's at my place.  I had a bull bugling wake me this morning at 5:24.  Nice way to start the day.

The mountains are turning yellow and orange and the bigger fish are starting to show in the thin water.  Big Lake cutt's are cruising the shallows, surprisingly some still carrying eggs???  Browns are cruising the edges of Horseshoe and Reservation.  No reports on Hawley but you can be sure they didn't get all those big browns out before they lowered it.  Becker  and Carnero are producing some good fish and for the stream lovers...the "C&R" upper section of Silver Creek is open with lots of big brood stock waiting for you.

This Columbus Day weekend is the last of the three dayers so things get much quieter up here from now on.  Time to hit it.  This is your best shot for a big fish up here.

06-14-2016
Store is open

Store is Open

 

Check out the new AMSS Dubbinizer 2 with 6 brand new exciting colors and the 6 most commonly asked for ASS colors customers wanted in AMSS.

Black/Wine, Can Olive, Black Peacock, Firecracker, Halloween, Watermelon/Red, Muddy Water, Dirty Olive, Boysenberry,           Silver Minnow, Black Junebug, Black Magic

 

05-23-2016
Store closing May 31

The store will be closed starting May 31 for a week or two.  I am heading North to Idaho and Montana.  No specific dates or places...just going fishing and visiting relatives.

Orders will be shipped in the order they are received when I return.

Go fishing!

04-26-2016
Open

Store is Open

Back from a great show is Idaho Falls.  Good to see some old friends, meet some new ones and find some new fishing holes.  But I'm always glad to get back to AZ.  Time to put away the bass gear and start targeting some trout. 

Not sure what's in store this season.  We had good snow early but our Godzilla El Nino petered out Feb and March.  Hopefully the lakes and streams get some new water and not much winter kill.  Time to find out.

Look for some new colors in AZ Mega Simi Seal and a new dubbinizer box to store them.  Always tinkering with new patterns....gotta see if they'll catch fish first.

04-06-2016
Store is open

Back from Utah and the store is open. 

I will be around until April 18.  I will have it shut down until April 25.  I'm attending my last tying expo of the season up in Idaho Falls.  If you're in the area, stop by and say hello.  I'm tying in Jimmy's All Season Angler's booth.

03-22-2016
Utah

Store is open but will close again March 30 until April 5.  I am attending the Wasatch Tying Expo in Sandy, Utah.

Orders will be shipped in the order they are received when I return.

 

thanks

 

John

03-01-2016
Albany OR

The store will be closed 3/5 to 3/14/16.  I will be fishing with some old friends in Oregon and then attending the Northwest Tyer's Expo in Albany, Oregon. 

Orders will be processed in the order they are received when I return.

 

Thanks for your patience

 

John

01-11-2016
Winter 2016

Winter 2016

2016 is here with a bang.  It's early January and I have already seen twice as much snow this Winter than my first two combined.  It's been cold, not supposed to get out of the twenty's today.  When it finally starts melting it eventually will end up down where it should be...in our fishing waters.  Spring 2016 looks very promising as far as water concerns go. 

This is a good time to restock boxes with old favorites or tie up that new pattern you've been thinking about, maybe do some small stream fishing after some continuous sunny days.  Silver Creek is always an option and the urban lakes provide some action as well.  Or you could do as I do....and enjoy our local warmwater lakes.  The smallmouth are always willing even in the cold.  LMB's are a bit hard to get into with fly rods right now but the stripers at Pleasant and Havasu are more than willing to give you a good tug.

There's always something to do fishing wise.  You DON'T need to put that rod away for the next few months

Whatever you decide to do, have a great Winter and get yourself ready for Spring....it won't be long.

12-16-2015
Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

The store will be closed 12/22/15 until 1/2/16 to celebrate the holidays.  Orders will be shipped in the order they are received.

Here's wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  Be safe, have some fun, visit family and friends and get ready for a new year of fishing.  Looks like AZ may have a bit more water next season for us to play with.  I'm looking out my window at about 12"-13"s of new snow....and it's not going anywhere very fast.  Hasn't gotten out of the 20's today and tomorrow's supposed to be colder.

I'd like to personally thank all my customers who have supported me and my products.  It's been a great year and there'll be more coming out next season.  You never have enough tying materials or flies.  I probably have close to 100 fly boxes and I'm constantly tying more.  Seems like there's always some new thing to try...I love it. 

Have a great holiday

John 

11-26-2015
ACMH Colors

New ACMH colors

AZ Crystal Minnow Hair has been a big hit with the streamer tyers.  Due to the requests for some different colors I have brought out 8 new fishy colors...not really quite sure why I didn't have them in the first place.  Check them out.

Also look for more videos to be put up after the holidays.  I have hooked up with an old freind that is going to help me be a little more active with the site....looking forward to it.

Have a great holiday season.  Go fishing.  I am getting ready for my first trip to Havasu to get into some of those big stripers, lmb's and smallies.  That is one of the great things about living in AZ....you can always find some playful fish....no matter what the season is.

11-17-2015
Open

I'm back from a great trip back East....store is now open

10-25-2015
Store closed 11/7-11/16

The store will be closed 11/7 to 11/16.  I'll be fishing the annual Erie steelhead trip.  From reports it looks to be a good season.  The steelhead are in and more rains are predicted.

Orders will be filled in the order they are received when I return.

 

Good tying/fishing

09-25-2015
Dog Days Waning

I believe Dog Days are waning...probably one of the shortest Dog Day seasons I can remember.  I can't say fishing is awesome right now but it definitely is improving from the past 5-6 weeks.  Big Lake waters have cleared up considerably.  Temps are around 60 and the cutt's are cooperating...maybe not jumping on your bare hook but at least eating some.  Pacheta has plenty of water and a lot more water coming in.  It's fairly clear by Pacheta standards.  Reservation is clear...lots of water going over the spillway...no cruisers yet.  Carnero has filled...thanks to the renovation work of the rancher (and a cooperative Monsoon) along with help from the WMFFC and WMLF.  You can access the lake from the old ramp now.  Becker is producing good numbers of nice rainbows...mainly under an indicator.  Heard rumors of big fish coming out of Sunrise again.  The West Fork of the Black has more water in it this Fall than I can ever remember.

Gonna be a great Fall.  There are big fish in all the lakes.  Go fishing!!!!

See ya on the water

09-01-2015
Dog Days
Dog days are on us, right on schedule.  Fishing's a little tougher right now but there are still fish out there....waiting to be caught.  Be a little smarter, maybe on the water a little earlier and keep an eye out for any kind of hint of motion in the water.  Water temps are still holding better than most years.  There is some algae to deal with at some lakes but with some patience you can coax some to eat.  Hit the streams for some top water.  The fish will eat a hopper right now pretty much everywhere.
Fall is just around the corner with the best fishing of the year coming up.  There are a lot of good fish in the waters this season.  It has been one of the best, if not the best I've seen for big fish.
 
See ya on the water.
 
 
 
07-27-2015
Back Open

Back from a great trip to Utah.  Store is open and ready to deliver.... at least for awhile.  I see another road trip in the making.

 

John

07-13-2015
Store Closed

The store will be closed starting Saturday July 18 for at least a week.  I am heading north to Utah for some fishing.  Orders will be shipped in the order they are received when I get back. 

Hope your Summer fishing has been good.

 

John

07-01-2015
ACMH

New ACMH colors coming

AZ Crystal Minnow Hair has really taken off with the streamer guys.  I have been made aware that additional colors are needed.  For whatever reason these colors weren't included in the original color selection.  These are "No-Brainers" for streamer patterns.  I am on it, guys.....coming soon!

 

See ya's on the water