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Karnopp Attempts to Tell “His” and Other Idylwilde Signature Tyer Story

Note:  Justin submitted this letter to fly fishing magazines.  The editors of those publications either decided not to print the letter or did not respond.  These are the views of Idylwilde Signature tyers independent of Idylwilde.  The Drake wrote one story about the theft of Idylwilde but doesn't seem interested ...

Convertible Ergonomic Workplace Tying Station & Office

My boss was nice enough to provide us with ergonomically correct desks at work. Plugging away at emails all day is much easier on the back when you have the option of standing or sitting, and I’ve most certainly become a model employee since the addition of my adjustable-height desk. ...

My Chilean Marathon

Several years ago we went to Chile to film some segments for an instructional flyfishing show. I don’t generally sleep very well on planes and so I watched movies, knocked down a global variety of cold ones, and made the flight attendants nervous on the long redeye to Santiago. We ...

Bullfroggin’

  [caption id="attachment_9801" align="alignright" width="300"] The less desirables poach the kid water![/caption] On a late July Sunday Funday, we decided to poach a friend of a friend’s neighborhood bass pond while the owner of the home was on-vacation. Private neighborhoods with private lakes, stocked with bass and panfish, are pretty common in ...

The Husband & Wife Dynamic

[caption id="attachment_9737" align="alignleft" width="300"] Karnopp never wanders too far from a good watering hole or good water to fish![/caption] I got the news that they had nabbed “The Whacker” the day before I arrived-the classic “you should’ve been here yesterday.” Though I was disappointed, given that I had traveled all the ...

Throwing in the Towel

[caption id="attachment_9683" align="alignright" width="240"] King Karnopp the "Thirsty Captain" has retired![/caption] It was still very much winter in Montana, and the day before we launched a 5-day, 5-boat scramble on the Smith, I’d been offered a full-time job complete with lousy pay, long hours, and a week of vacation. After years ...

Baitbusters Rock! BASS

[caption id="attachment_9642" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Karnopp "breaking traditions" just like idol Teeny. "If they are in the water I will catch them."[/caption] On a recent trip to northern Wisconsin we were having as hard a time catching bass as we were taking in-focus photographs. The water was cold and the fish didn’t ...

A Cesspool and A Fly Rod Keeps Karnopp Happy

[caption id="attachment_9610" align="alignright" width="180"] Water is water right? Fish live in water right?[/caption] With absolutely nothing else to do on a rare dry spring day in Tornado Alley, I accepted an invite to fish a pond rumored to have some decent bass in it.  We cut through the woods of a ...

Pike V Morrish Mouse?

Donkeys go Donkey-Fishing

The “Donkeyfish” is all the rage these days and when I heard that you could catch these beastly critters in Christmas Island, I just had to go see for myself. So, a few buddies and I called Dylan Rose of Flywater Travel and booked the trip. The Donkeyfish (also known ...