Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Future of Lost and Found

The nice weather in Chicago has brought me to the backyard for this post.  As I sit and puff on a nice cigar, drinking a Two Brothers beer, I sit and contemplate the future of Lost and Found.  No I am not going to stop writing (not that I write often anyway) but I do have some things stirring in the pot that can change the future of Lost and Found Fishing. 
One thing is the little man and his impact on the blog.  Actually got him out to some water a few weeks ago.  My girlfriend and him and a nice breakfast picnic by the lake in a nearby forest preserve as I stalked fish with my 5wt.  It was great to get him outdoors and close to nature.  He reminds me a lot of myself when I was younger.  I was always interested in animals and bugs and so is he.  I do not know any kids as young as him that clicks his tongue to call squirrels to the window and the bad part is, he gets one to come almost everyday.  I was able to bring a bluegill over to him for inspection.  He was not sure what to do until it flopped into the air.  His hand went straight for it, giving it a nice pat down.  It was great to see him not  hesitate. The picture below is him on his way to me as I stalk some bass swimming in the shallows.  (Lee takes amazing photos.)
At only 14 months old, he wont be casting a fly rod any time soon, but if he keeps up his interest in the outdoors, I can see many father/son trips around the Midwest.  Something I look forward too and will be a special place in my heart.
Below is just another amazing picture by Lee of me crouching as a I was trying to get my popper over a bass pushing 2lbs.

The next item will be a near future change.  I have contemplated the idea of going commercial as a tyer for the past six months.  My thought was never to actually make a living of it, but maybe make enough to cover my expenses for my own flies.  NT told me to go commercial last week so he can purchase some pike flies I tie.  He has been doing a great job in Ohio nailing pike, most coming on my variation of The Afton Anglers Hangtime.  I do not have a name for mine yet but as soon as I do I will be post it.  I decided to send him a package this week that contains the two flies pictured below.  The top one is my Hangtime variation while the bottom fly is a tandem popsicle fly variation.  He is going to be my product tester for these flies.
Sorry for the bad picture quality.  I hope to have Lee take professional pictures before sending them off to NT for testing.  After talking with him and doing some research I will see if going commercial is worth it.
With summer here, I look to get out more, especially for a weekly wade working a small stretch of the DuPage River that is close to my house.  The stretch holds a good amount of carp and I would love to purposely catch on a home tied backstabber fly.  This weekend is looking more open then weekends past so I might be able to get out for a few hours one morning.  Hopefully the kid and his molars that are coming in will cooperate.  I would feel a little guilty leaving the house at 5 am to fish while the baby is crying.
With the commercial idea floating around, it seems I might be forced to blog more.  This is great news since I will have some news related to fishing and I really do enjoy writing.
Hopefully a fishing report will be in my future and hopefully it involves actual fish being caught.


  1. Good to see you posting! Let me know if you want to get out carping on the fly one day. The backstabber has been killing it for me lately. The olive body with black marabou and hackle has been the number one followed by an orange body

  2. I would love to get out and fish with you again. We will have to plan an outing soon.