The Fly Foundry web site is on hiatus indefinitely while Wes deals with a very serious medical situation in Denver involving his mother. He is serving as Attorney-in-Fact (via power of attorney) for her affairs and that is consuming a great deal of time and energy. Wes lived in Denver for almost the whole month […]
As I wind down a 40-year teaching career with the two final all-day workshops, the response to these events is always fun to see. Each of the comments below is from various participants in the Dec. 5th Bend Workshop. As always, people were excited by different aspects of the presentation, which at least shows the […]
New Solutions: Fly Tying and Fishing Problems is an all-day immersion in innovative techniques and new and effective fly patterns. The emphasis is on techniques to solve long-standing fly tying and fishing problems. The Redding workshop was held March 1st to a full house of 22. We had a great event, with lots of information […]
Ample local snowpacks and healthy reservoir storage look good for first half of 2016’s fishing season in Central Oregon. Continue Reading
The Winter Fly Tying Series for 2016 is now ended. Members of Central Oregon Flyfishers enjoy a valuable series of fly tying classes each winter from January through March. Continue Reading
PUBLISHED AUG. 8, 2015 In central Oregon, we are in a Dog Days lull as water conditions, hot weather, and poor fishing reports encourage side looks at home projects and preparations for fall fishing. This has been one of the strangest seasons imaginable. As was the case for the entire northern California to Canada region, […]
UPDATE: FEB. 19THThe drought monitor site stated today that snowpacks in Washington, Oregon, California and Utah are in the bottom 5% of historical reporting. UPDATE: FEB. 20TH Current Oregon Snowpack as percentage of historical average (Our home county of Deschutes stands at 17%) UPDATE: MAR. 2ND The forecast snowstorm just left a fraction of what […]
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As articles and features are added to the Fly Foundry site, they will be summarized here: Just completed refurbishing of the original Juicebug Damsel Nymph pages to update links, some of which had gone out of date. Wes Wada’s teaching session for the Central Oregon Flyfishers Winter Fly Tying Series is March 3rd. Flyer and […]
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 […]
Wes Wada’s session for the Central Oregon Flyfishers’ Winter Fly Tying Series will be Tuesday, March 3rd. UPDATE – March 5: the session is completed and was a tremendous success! Very good attendance and response, and many flies skillfully tied.
Throwing this out there to poll the interest in an all-day Saturday Fly Tying workshop on December 5th this year? This would be the third Bend workshop, and as with the others, it will be held at the Central Oregon Environmental Center near downtown Bend.
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!
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!) […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]