I was fortunate to meet Shawn many years ago when I was managing the fly shop in Delaware. We have since become the best of friends. Shawn is an accomplished fly fisher with a life list of 60+ species landed on fly gear. He as also an IGFA record holder (should be 2 IGFA records, but that is a story for another time) and is an exceptional fly tier. For a deeper look take a look at his Norvise Data Sheet.
By Norvise ambassador Marc Williamson.
Through the years of fishing spring creeks, I have learned many lessons on fishing them.
Some great tips for fishing some smaller water. Good stuff Marc, thank you for sharing these with us. Till next time...
Tight lines - Tim
Spend 5 minutes with "Big Mess" and you will quickly learn he is one of the kindest most genuine people on the planet. Spend some time with him at his Norvise and you will quickly learn he is expert fly tier. I have been fortunate enough to fish with Shannon and it was one of the most enjoyable times I have spent on the water in recent memory. When not chasing Trout in his native North Carolina, you can fins Shannon guiding or helping a customer at one of the Tuckaseegee fly shop locations. Shannon is also the host of the fantastic podcast "The Tuck Cast with a Splash of Bourbon" Truly the type of person we want affiliated with Norvise, we are proud to have Shannon on our staff.
One of the most important things with any fly tying vise is stability. In any tying we must make sure the hook stays where we put it and does not move throughout the tying sequence. Aside from the jaws needing to hold the hook firmly, the vise itself should be "rock" solid and not move on the table. Our Norvise Granite Base is a great way to accomplish this and look fantastic while doing it. These milled and polished granite slabs weigh in at around 22 pounds. They come with our Norvise Waste Basket and are a great addition to any tying bench. Don't take our word for it, see what the boys at Fish Alaska Magazine have to say abut our Granite bases.
Available in many colors, we are sure to have a base to fit your needs. Check them out HERE. Till next time...
Tight Lines - Tim
This week we look at our friend from Alabama, Cory Kendrick. Cory is a Norvise Team member specializing in Kwan and Toad style flies for redfish. An avid outdoorsman, Cory is as much at home in a spring Turkey blind as he is at the vise or on the bow of a skiff. We are proud to have Cory affiliated with Norvise. For a bit more of an in-depth look at Cory check out his Norvise Data sheet below.
By Norvise Team Member Ben Cleveland
It all started in Newfoundland Canada, my love and passion for Atlantic salmon fishing begun. One morning my father in law wanted me to go with him to try fly fishing, so we got up early and trucked in the woods. He was showing me how to cast and when he hooked into a fish and handed me the rod. That’s the point I fell in love with the sport of fly fishing. My father in law ties and showed me his flies, one of which was the blue charm which was his most productive fly. As the years went on I purchased my own rod and got into the art of fly tying. I had the help of my father in law and a guy at work to show me the basics. I joined many fly tying groups which gave me constructive criticism to grow myself as a tyer. I learned more about flies in the way of Atlantic salmon flies and stumbled on a variation of the blue charm that is one of the most well known Atlantic salmon flies. This variation used a crystal flash under wing and white main wing, and ultimately became one of most productive flies. On a yearly trip to Newfoundland, I brought with me this fly that I found. We got up to go fishing early one morning and my father in law had told me to tie on a blue charm as he had luck the previous day. I decided to tie on my crystal white winged blue charm and within 10 minutes I had a fish on, we released the fish and went back to fish. Another few minutes I had on another fish and my father in law was like are you using the blue charm, I said no I’m using a variation. He asked for one and decided to try it, after 30 minutes he was like this is not working and as he said that he hooked into a fish. He ended up hooking 6 using my fly and I ended up with 10 for the week long trip. This has become my favorite fly to tie as well to use when targeting Atlantic salmon. Also is one of the most requested fly from people interested in obtaining flies. This one fly has most of my success stories while targeting Atlantic salmon. Till Next time.
Brian Davenport is the second half of the Hackles and Herl husband and wife Norvise ambassador team. I think it is safe to say Cutthroat Trout are his favorite fish, he has the patterns and tying skill to back this claim up. When not fishing or tying, Brian and his wife run their fly tying and fishing school through hacklesandherl.com