Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Thrill Of Anticipation - Dry Fly or Die

By Massimo Tirocchi, custom bamboo rod maker - visit

At the beginning of the season often the rivers are not fishable for anglers like me "Dry Fly or Die". In these conditions the trouts are under a tree or under a bush, feeding or just having some rest.

In these conditions a good TLT tecnique helps. Most of the time you need to find the trouts under a bush or in others difficult places. TLT allows to do that with specific casts (overlapped, underedge and more)**

Waiting for the hatch

Ephemerella Ignita made a good job

Lady Sangro

Farius Trout - 45 cm

Indica 7'2" #3 - bamboo ferruled

Indica 7'2" #3 - bamboo ferruled (detail)

**Way back in the in the early seventies Roberto Pragliola developed a unique method of fly casting the Italians call TLT, or Tecnica Lancio Totale, which, when translated means, Total Cast Technique

International instructor and fly tyer (Flyfair, Danish Flyfestival, FFF-Conclave, several evetns and trade fairs), founded the Italian Fly Fishing School SIM(Scuola Italiana di Pesca a Mosca), EFFA Master Fly Casting Instructor, very innovative fly caster, originator of the TLT-technique, developed very special rods mainly used for dry fly fishing (TLT) and fly tying tools, member of IBRA(Italian Bamboo Rodmakers Association)

Note from editor: 

Massimo, thank you for the wonderful story and photographs, they are amazing!   I am especially looking forward to receiving my new custom rod from you and dry fly fish for trout here in the U.S.

Everyone, here are a few photos of my custom rod that I just ordered from Massimo Tirocchi.  I specifically wanted black only thread and a custom rod holder to suit my personal tastes.  Massimo was very accomodating and patient discussing different rod handle options with me...he loves working on traditional styles with a touch of modern flair to reflect the fly angler of today's personality.

(bamboo rod made especially for She's So Fly Sherri Russell)

(custom ordered cork-wood-black rod handle - to suit my personality)

(finished rod assembly)


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