Monday, September 8, 2014

Leather fly rod case

52" long. Over 400 hand stitches. 7 trout. 13 flies. Mahogany antique finish.

Last minute change was adding this piece to close off the reel case. This was easily the most difficult sewing. The original idea wouldn't have been nearly this cool though. 

All told there are 13 flies on the case. 

Probably my favorite image is the trout tail that I added last minute when I couldn't figure out what to put in that space. 

The last touch was to close the end. I added a silver trout concho and lace wrap closure. I'll look for a nicer piece of lace. 

I made the case specifically (size) for my 1971 South Bend rod and reel.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Reel Case II

Messing around with some heavy veg tan leather today and practicing carving and tooling. I gave my last reel case to a good friend yesterday.
My wolf. Practicing tooling and stamping. This is quite small and probably not ideal for learning the basics. Turned out  OK though. 

Another idea and certainly something I'll use again in the future. 

You can see the reference for size here. I tried painting the fish... meh. I'd like to try red and green paint. 

Getting ready to stitch. First though I added black edging dye and hand punched 48 stitch holes on every edge. That's 192 stitches.  

Before conditioning. 

After conditioning. 

I love this print and I do it with a small square stamping tool. 

A new home for my 43 year old South Bend reel. It fits perfectly. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Reel case.

My first try at a reel case. I bought a vintage South Bend reel a few weeks back. It matches my South Bend glass rod and was made in 1971, my birth year.
  I don't feel vintage though. I've been killing it in the weight room and in my runs and I feel stronger than ever... but I digress. I bought the leather to match and I tried my hand at stamping and I like how it turned out. I found the faux shearling at a thrift store.
  Fly fishing... it's a beautiful and amazing art.    

Thursday, July 31, 2014


Spent the better part of the day on the river with my boys. Ben is really interested in learning to fly fish and he's picked it up immediately. Sorry to gush... but sometimes I'm overwhelmed by how awesome my boys are. I'm shocked that there is love so intense. Ben is already a far better man than I could ever dream of being. He's incredibly thoughtful for everything in the world. He picks up trash because it hurts Mother Earth and he hovers over Liv, constantly vigilant and protective. And Liv... he's like me which worries me. Fearless and careless and I love it. Today was one of the better days I've ever had in my life.

Ben's pick

Teaching Ben how to tie a fly. 


Benny fly fishing

Best friends

My Leadville 100 belt

Wild raspberries

Liv explaining the movement of the water

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tuesday night.

Raining and ~50 degrees. Heading down to the river . 
All to myself. 

First casts with the glass rod.  I'm sold. The subtleties of glass are beautiful.  

This is me happy.