My first attempt at a fishing "short".

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Passing of Prince

When Eric Clapton was asked what it was like being the greatest guitar player in the world, he replied: "I don't know, you'll have to ask Prince."

Below are two of my favorite flies here in Montana.  The Prince Nymph (anywhere, anytime) and the Purple Haze (especially on Slough Creek after the cutties have seen every foam pattern imaginable all Summer long).  While the Purple Haze reflects a song made famous by Jimi Hendrix, I can't help but sing "I only want to see you standing in the Purple Haze.  Purple Haze, Purple Haze." along the lines of one of Prince's most famous hits, "Purple Rain".  He was set to play that song with several others during the halftime show of the 2007 Superbowl during a downpour.  When asked if he could play in the rain by the staff, he said "Yes.  Can't you make it rain harder?"  Like the performer, these flies are up to the challenge and they are a must in any fly fisher's box here in Montana.

While I'm more of a fan of two types of music, country AND western, I can certainly appreciate the guitar mastery displayed by Prince.  We're sorry to see him go.  "Count it".

Sharp Hooks,


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Tedx Bozeman - April 9, 2016

The Ted Talk is getting polished up for THIS SATURDAY, April 9th.  The title of my talk is:

Fishing for Calm  -  The Serenity of Fly Fishing and its Use in Treating Post Traumatic Stress in Our Combat Veterans.

If you'd like to view the talk on the live stream, check out the link HERE.

I go onstage at 4:36 pm Montana Time (give or take).

If you can't catch the live stream, I'll be posting a link to the YouTube version as soon as it's available!

I would like to thank:

All of my friends and family for helping me to make this opportunity possible, especially Tara Jean Ray, who is quite the coach, and patient enough to listen to me over, and over, and over...;

The fine folks running this first-class Tedx event... Your hard work is not unnoticed;

The Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation - For all that you do  (more on that later on);

And a special thanks to Saul Martinez at the Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation.  I have never served in the military, and his help and guidance in communicating this message properly was essential.

Thank you all!

Sharp Hooks,

Sky Jones

Monday, March 7, 2016

Made In Montana Monday

I happen to have a large collection of old fly fishing magazines that I've acquired over the years and they're a lot of fun.  Occasionally I flip through one and look at the articles all about the latest and greatest thing in fly fishing... which are often about things that are now obsolete.  The greatest thing about these magazines are the old advertisements and I'll start sharing a few of them here every now and then.  These are taken from the June 1984 issue of Fly Fisherman Magazine with none other than Dave Whitlock on the cover.

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Whitlock a couple of years ago at the Simms Ice Out event here in Bozeman where he and I were on one of the last tours of the day of Simms' headquarters in Four Corners, Montana, where we saw the production lines for the waders...  Of course they've come a long way since the waders they were advertising in this issue:

There aren't many color advertisements in these old rags, but this one certainly does the trick.  At the time they seem to have been out of Jackson Hole, but we're glad they're in our backyard now.

This last one is for Big Sky of Montana Resort.  I'm not sure why but I think it's a riot.

Enjoy and Sharp Hooks!


Thursday, February 11, 2016

30 Subscribers - 30 Fly Giveaway

I saw where somebody in the Philippines viewed this blog...

I heard of getting lost, but that's a whole new kind of wandering around on the internet.

I also saw that I am approaching a whopping 30 subscribers!  Yes, you saw that right.  It's not a typo.  So, in celebration, once I hit the 30 subscriber mark I'm going to give away 30 flies tied by yours truly.  I'll even tie a few specific patterns for your local waters, wherever you may be.  I wonder if a Philippino Gar Fish would eat a size 16 parachute adams?

Once we hit the big THREE-OH I'll post a quiz, or an essay topic, or perhaps a haiku ad lib, and pick the best to receive the flies.  Maybe I'll put the names in a hat and draw one.  I don't know.

Fly Fishing Is ____________.
I like to __________ __________ ___________ __________.
That's why ___________ _____________ ______.
(Each blank space represents a syllable)

On another note, I've been selected to speak at this year's TedX event here in Bozeman.  More on that to come!

Subscribe on!  Who knows?  Maybe someday it'll be....dare I say it?  40!!!

Sharp Hooks,