Flesh, Flesh and More Flesh!

Hey Zach - wanted to check in and say hi from up here in the great Northland. I just returned from setting up one of our upriver spike camps and was able to enjoy several days of chasing trout and dollies. While up there, I was inspired to do a ...

Idylwilde 2013 Order Update

  As promised, we are circling back to you, our most important partners, with an update on Idylwilde fly deliveries. Your support and encouragement has been a huge factor in keeping us going through this situation, and we thank you. Whatever rumors you may have heard, we hope you’ll recognize that ...

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 ...

KP Shares Alaska Guides Top 9 Rules!

Guiding in Alaska is 1 flight in, at the beginning of the season, and 1 flight out, at the end of the season.  Don't get it wrong!   KP's Occupy Alaska - Top 9 Rules:   Rule 1  Coffee and Wet one's. It's like Sonny and Cher or Starskey and Hutch...it just kinda ...

Extreme Fishing for Real

My perception is that the majority of people making films or videos about fly fishing these days attempt to portray the sport as "extreme." To me extreme means putting your life at risk by participating in the sport. I have never felt my life has been threatened by the actual ...

Spring is New Years for KP

Most folks mark the end of another year smack dab in the dead of Winter. It's a terrible time to celebrate. Honestly, I think winter sucks!   I prefer to reflect on the years passing at the end of Spring. Generally this is about the time the Bass start biting, and I ...

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 ...

O’Keefe Blogging for More Lil Kim’s

Hey Zach   In a ‘bulging at the seams’ Subaru Outback, with a couple buddies, we traversed the Andes in an early season Chile trout tour. Rivers were high, but crystal clear. After 20 straight days on the water, I have to say, a new Idylwilde streamer is on my new ‘go ...

One More Wafer Thin Mint

"Big fish like a big meal" is a saying that streamer fisherman like to use.  Sometimes that is the case.  Eric Ishiwata thought he was offering a big meal fishing his Grand Master Flash.  Turns out this Brown had already eaten and was looking for a pallet cleanser.  Turns out ...

Featured New Pattern – Ish’s Kool Herc

My streamers are primarily designed to be fished on a down-and-across wet fly swing, ideally with two-handed rods. When I started out experimenting with spey rods for trout, I found that of the hundreds of streamers in production, few were actually designed to swim in a lifelike manner. Standard buggers ...