Hello All, Our spring has been very difficult due to a serious auto accident suffered by Wes’s mother, Mary, in Denver. Mary is recovering fine, which is a miracle, since she could have easily been killed in the accident. Still it was two weeks in the hospital, two weeks in a skilled nursing facility, and […]
Update: Feb. 27th – we had 38 tiers at the class, one of the most-attended sessions of the COF Winter Tying Series. Thanks to all the participants for their interest and thank yous. – Wes Wes Wada will be teaching the Tues., Feb. 25th session of Central Oregon Flyfishers’ Winter Fly Tying Series. (mark your calendar!) […]
As articles and features are added to the Fly Foundry site, they will be summarized here: We are starting the work to convert presentations used in the last two workshops so that they can appear on Fly Foundry ASAP from now through March. Curious about what people think about Wes’s workshops? Listed at the bottom […]
POST-WORKSHOP UPDATE: The Redding, CA workshop went off fabulously well last Saturday, November 9th. People arrived early and left late! We had a high energy, enthusiastic and very appreciative group. THANKS! And a tip of the hat to Jan Hale, event coordinator, Dick Recchia STFF president, and Walt and Sandy Cole. For comments about the […]
In the last two years, drought-fueled wildfires in the western USA have burnt over an area the size of Delaware plus another 3/4 of a million acres. Hidden in all this are the effects of fire on our beloved fisheries. In the northwest USA, last summer saw Oregon fires cross the Metolius River in […]
We don’t take the daily paper here in Bend, Oregon. The other day, I was reading a left-behind comic section at a laundromat, and behold, there was this guy Chad Carpenter and his comic strip Tundra. Laffed my head off, clipped out the comic and looked it up at home on the InnerTubes. Chad Carpenter […]
. . . . Now, that’s what I’d call a RISE!
Enjoyed this collection of fishing quotes as compiled by the www. RiverTraditions.com web site. They have some very nice products, so take a look, “Fishing quotes inspire thoughts and remembrances of trips of the past and dreams for the future. Fly fishing quotes seem to make up the vast majority the list I’ve […]
The English language is confusing enough without us fly guys and gals making it worse. The term FLY TIER is the accepted and recommended usage according to the Outdoor Writers Assocation of America (OWAA). Wading around fly tying literature is an outright mud puddle of twisted usage. Tyer, tye, tie, tier are used interchangeably, and […]
I’ve been devoting a lot of mental time to feeling out a plan of attack for presenting the steps of creative thinking particularly applicable to original fly creation. It’s a complicated subject to handle, but there is essential simplicity at its core. One inspiration is to see what other people of note have to say […]
Wanted to acknowledge the great effort by all at the Winter Seminar presented last Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 9-10) by Sunriver Anglers and Central Oregon Flyfishers. Thanks especially to Doug Vakoc and Kathleen Schroeder of the two clubs, who were coordinators for the event. The featured guest was Phil Rowley from British Columbia, who […]
Look at these objects, these terrestrials – extra or otherwise. If you just see poop-on -a-stick, not to worry. From UV resin work for the Dec. 8th Workshop. Tutorial will be on this site late April to early May. And Spirit River’s UV2 Super Schlappen – Red. Note the vibrant iridescence. This photo […]
The past few days have seen the tying of samples for the step-by-step digital slides for the Bedspring Bug. This is a segment of the coming December workshop in Bend, Oregon. The Bedspring Bug is a simple fly used for teaching UV resin layering techniques.
As we cruise through September and October, fly fishing activities are quieter, and the fly tying bench beckons once again. While there will be a lot more hours on local waters til the end of the fishing season, I find myself contemplating the lessons of the fast-disappearing 2012. As well you might.
The Dec. 8th “Thinking Aside” fly tying workshop has been announced and filled in three days! The all-day Saturday immersion in design thinking, problem solving techniques, new techniques and materials is the second in a series of Bend workshops. The first one was held in 2010. Spirit River is throwing in a major assist via […]
Whether you are an old hand at fly tying or just a novice, you will find information and inspiration here.