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Web Site is on Hiatus

Jun 15, 2016 Comments Off on Web Site is on Hiatus by

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 […]

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Comments from Participants in the Bend Workshop

Dec 13, 2015 Comments Off on Comments from Participants in the Bend Workshop
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Successful Flies Use a Narrow Range of Materials

Mar 20, 2016 Comments Off on Successful Flies Use a Narrow Range of Materials
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STFF Mar. 5th Workshop Details

Oct 21, 2015 Comments Off on STFF Mar. 5th Workshop Details
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Kick-Ass Ant is Really Popular!

Aug 09, 2015 Comments Off on Kick-Ass Ant is Really Popular!

Checking the FlyFoundry.com’s web site statistics for the first time in quite a while, and was surprised and pleased to see that the Kick-Ass Ant tutorial has become the most popular pattern on the site.  This is the 9th of August, and the tutorial has been downloaded 125 times already for this month alone. Amazing […]

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Snowpack Looking Good for 2016

Feb 26, 2016 Comments Off on Snowpack Looking Good for 2016
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WU

Mar 14, 2016 Comments Off on WU

The notes below accompany a talk Wes Wada gave  March 16 before the Central Oregon Flyfishers’ monthly meeting. The topic is the use of Weather Underground’s web site and apps to plan fly fishing trips. The links below are for that talk.  The discussion will expand into a FlyFoundry.com article and downloadable tutorial in the […]

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COF Fly Tying Winter Series ends

Jan 26, 2016 Comments Off on COF Fly Tying Winter Series ends
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Long Live Vannie – Our Camper Van Restoration Project

Aug 28, 2015 Comments Off on Long Live Vannie – Our Camper Van Restoration Project

Part of the reason this site has been kinda quiet this fishing season…   One of this year’s major design and construction projects was the continued restoration of our devoted camping, photography and fishing van – Vannie. Vannie has been with us for nearly 35 years, and she took us almost everywhere in the western USA, […]

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Bless This Mess

Aug 08, 2015 Comments Off on Bless This Mess
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The Last Time Central Oregon had a Drought?

Feb 22, 2015 Comments Off on The Last Time Central Oregon had a Drought?

Linda,  spouse and the Wada family weather junkie, has been looking at the last century of records for stories about Central Oregon’s historic droughts.  The last one was a barn-burner: a seven-year drought that finally ended with the incredibly snowy winter of 1992-93.

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NO SNOW – lack of snowpack will affect fishing season?

Mar 20, 2015 Comments Off on NO SNOW – lack of snowpack will affect fishing season?

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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Winter of 2014-15: Tying Experiments

Feb 23, 2015 Comments Off on Winter of 2014-15: Tying Experiments
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Four New Articles: Finds from the 2014 Season

Feb 01, 2015 Comments Off on Four New Articles: Finds from the 2014 Season

Just completed, four very informative articles about finds and discoveries from the 2014 Season.  Highly recommended! The articles in this series: • The 2014 Season – Logs and Weather Assists • Using Google Earth to Scout Unfamiliar Fisheries • Water Storage Data – Important Signals for Stillwater Fly Fishing • Magnifying Your iPad for Fly Tying […]

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Latest Drought Monitor Maps

Mar 07, 2015 Comments Off on Latest Drought Monitor Maps

Here in Central Oregon, we are in Moderate to Severe Drought.  Winter snowpack is lacking, though reservoirs should fill in the spring. We are worried that there will be insufficient snowpack to provide water for the fisheries through the last part of summer. NEWS: March 14, 2015: California water supplies have been dropping steadily since 2002, […]

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February Knocks One out of the Park with a new site Visitation Record!

Mar 02, 2015 Comments Off on February Knocks One out of the Park with a new site Visitation Record!

23,240 pages were viewed in February for the Fly Foundry web site, a new site visitation record. 67,400 pages have been viewed since December 1, 2014.  Those are very strong numbers, huzzah and thank you!

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Wes’s Kick-Ass Ant Tutorial now Available

Dec 22, 2014 Comments Off on Wes’s Kick-Ass Ant Tutorial now Available

The PDF download tutorial and the first page of the feature are now public! Click the slide menu above.

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Latest Additions to Fly Foundry

Feb 23, 2015 No Comments

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 […]

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Fly Tier, Tyer, Tie, Tye, Tired… of the Confusion

Mar 27, 2012 No Comments

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 […]

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Business Owners: Beware of Turbo Tax this Year

Feb 19, 2015 Comments Off on Business Owners: Beware of Turbo Tax this Year

Don’t say you weren’t warned… For over a decade we have done our taxes using Turbo Tax and were always happy with the software and service. This year, however, Turbo Tax is an ABSOLUTE DISASTER, and we have taken our business permanently to the H&R Block software.   Here’s why: We have always used Turbo […]

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COF Winter Fly Tying Series – Wes Wada on March 3rd.

Jan 02, 2015 Comments Off on COF Winter Fly Tying Series – Wes Wada on March 3rd.

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.  

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How about a Bend All-day Workshop in December?

Feb 18, 2015 Comments Off on How about a Bend All-day Workshop in December?

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.  

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Successful Group and Club Strategies to Promote Fly Tying

Jan 28, 2015 Comments Off on Successful Group and Club Strategies to Promote Fly Tying

Here’s short blog post about successful strategies our fly tying circle has used to promote interest in, and development of fly tying.  

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A Look Back at the 2014 Season – Logs and Weather Assists

Jan 03, 2015 Comments Off on A Look Back at the 2014 Season – Logs and Weather Assists

We all are remarkably diverse in our likes and dislikes and what represents the “perfect” fishing trip or a memorable season. In my workshops, I stress how important it is to find your own personal relationship to fly fishing. I know people who tie flies, but don’t fish.  Or make fly rods, but prefer to […]

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