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A Fly Tying Poster / visual for a demo

Dec 21, 2014 Comments Off on A Fly Tying Poster / visual for a demo

(click photo for enlargement)   The local fly club’s December meeting has traditionally been used for fly tying demos by club members. In preparation for this last 2014 event, I decided to put together a 11″x 14″ poster that highlighted the Fly Foundry site and a selection of originally created flies. You can create a […]

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Getting Ready to Reboot the Site

Dec 15, 2014 Comments Off on Getting Ready to Reboot the Site

Hello All, After a very memorable fishing season, and a new burst of fly tying (about seven dozen flies tied for next season, to date), we set sights on renewing the Fly Foundry web site.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE! Visitation to the site has remained exceptional, with 18,160 pages viewed on the site in […]

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Fires Going in Oregon (and more every day)

Jul 18, 2014 Comments Off on Fires Going in Oregon (and more every day)

Posted JULY 18 Unfortunately, what we have been expecting since our dry spring, is happening now. Oregon has exploded with lightning-caused forest and range fires.  Taxing weary firefighters are 15 blazes, ranging from a few hundred acres to over 275,000 (final containment at 395,700 acres) (in the Mahleur area). Fishing related, there is a very serious […]

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Updates, comments and resources for the Wada Chironomid Pupa fly

Mar 28, 2014 Comments Off on Updates, comments and resources for the Wada Chironomid Pupa fly

RESOURCES FOR NINJA PATTERN MATERIALS Daiichi 1150 #12 hooks (also source for Mustad 3366 hooks for Larry’s Lizard bass fly) http://www.fishusa.com/Product/Daiichi-1150-Heavy-WideGape-Hooks   UTC Mirage Opal Tinsel – Large (flyshops or Mirage Opal Tinsel-LARGE) Please note that using the LARGE size is essential to proper tying of the fly. http://www.bluequillangler.com/Products/Tinsel/UTC-Mirage-Tinsel Locally:  the Fin & Fire fly […]

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18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

Mar 05, 2014 Comments Off on 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

To someone who did his Master of Fine Arts thesis on “Teaching Creativity” and who has been teaching creative thinking strategies for 40 years to designers, photographers, artists, and now – fly tiers, 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently is a great article.

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How Dry is the West?

Jan 18, 2014 Comments Off on How Dry is the West?

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 […]

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Do you know Chad Carpenter and Tundra?

Jan 26, 2014 Comments Off on Do you know Chad Carpenter and Tundra?

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 […]

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Damsels in Distress – Sharptail Media

Jan 30, 2014 Comments Off on Damsels in Distress – Sharptail Media

. . . . Now, that’s what I’d call a RISE!

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Updates, comments and resources for Larry’s Lizard bass fly

Jan 21, 2014 Comments Off on Updates, comments and resources for Larry’s Lizard bass fly

To see the article that goes along with this post, view: Larry’s Lizard Bass Fly More success with Larry’s Lizard at Oregon’s Davis Lake. Mid-April, 2014 season. Friend Mike T. and I had nearly 30 hits on a Larry’s Lizard or Midnight Special, then lost as many Largemouths as we ended up keeping for tasty bass […]

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Wes Wada Tying Class for Central Oregon Flyfishers

Jan 31, 2014 Comments Off on Wes Wada Tying Class for Central Oregon Flyfishers

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!) […]

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Classic and other Fishing Quotes

Sep 20, 2013 Comments Off on Classic and other Fishing Quotes

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 […]

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Winter Week’s Tying – Ninja chironomid pupa original

Feb 18, 2013 Comments Off on Winter Week’s Tying – Ninja chironomid pupa original

A wintery, and definitely gloomy Sunday. The ideal time to tackle new fly ideas on the tying bench.  Here’s a photo montage of a spanking new creation, the Ninja (chironomid pupa). The pattern contains many of the qualities I especially like in a midge pupa fly. 

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Redding Workshop Skies High!

Sep 04, 2013 Comments Off on Redding Workshop Skies High!

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 […]

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New tutorial coming soon

Jan 20, 2014 Comments Off on New tutorial coming soon

                              Jan. 20, 2014 Happy to say that there’s a new tying tutorial coming within a couple days at most.  This one is on Larry’s Lizard, a wildly effective subsurface bass fly that has been wowing the largemouths at central Oregon’s […]

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Kicking off another tying season at Fly Foundry

Dec 15, 2013 Comments Off on Kicking off another tying season at Fly Foundry

.Claim: There’s no way to prevent the sky from falling. Rate This Claim: False. An elaborate system of hydraulics (with backups) will keep this from happening, and each unit is controlled separately to prevent systemic failure. Some sections of the sky may sag during scheduled maintenance, but this is temporary and such work will only be done […]

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Underwater Firecracker

Nov 02, 2013 Comments Off on Underwater Firecracker

Deep into preparations for the upcoming workshop.  All going well. Thank you.   Thought this was a striking image you would enjoy seeing.  I did the photograph. General fishing season in Oregon closed yesterday. Big *SIGH*  Can’t complain, though, a very memorable season has just ended.   Wes  

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For those who own their own small business

Apr 08, 2013 Comments Off on For those who own their own small business

Just a note that really affects the future of Fly Foundry…especially of interest to those of you who have owned their own small businesses.

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Spring & First Fishing Trip finally arrive.

Mar 27, 2013 Comments Off on Spring & First Fishing Trip finally arrive.

After canceling two fishing trips due to freezing temperatures and high winds, it looks like the first opportunity for me to get on the water will arrive this weekend.  Can’t come soon enough as I have a terminal case of cabin fever aka shack nasties.

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NW Fly Tyers Expo – Albany, OR – March 8-9

Mar 12, 2013 Comments Off on NW Fly Tyers Expo – Albany, OR – March 8-9

“Part of the appeal of fly tying is that there’s always access to it. Nobody gets to fish as much as they want, but they can certainly tie a few flies every day. It keeps you in the game. I can’t speak for everybody, but for me there’s that ultimate pursuit of perfection.  No matter […]

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Fly Foundry Meets Amazon.com

Feb 16, 2013 Comments Off on Fly Foundry Meets Amazon.com

At the urging of my better half, an Amazon.com affiliate store has been added to the site. Linda has had one going for quite a while on her Charlie Chaplin / Edna Purviance research and tribute site:  EdnaPurivance.org The Amazon shop enables me to list books that I have found valuable in my 35-year journey […]

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Auld Lang Syne – Fly Fishing Version

Feb 13, 2013 Comments Off on Auld Lang Syne – Fly Fishing Version

It’s been a great pleasure to be back in contact with a fishing friend in Wales.

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Updates to Feature on Mayfly Cripple Fly Patterns

Feb 12, 2013 Comments Off on Updates to Feature on Mayfly Cripple Fly Patterns

The Mayfly Cripple feature was launched Feb. 12th, 2013.  Updates will be listed here. Here’s a cripple pattern I am most interested in:  Micro Wulff Cripple. It’s very easy to tie in small sizes.  The fly pictured is on a #22 hook.  Tie in desired shuck material for tail.  Mount Phentex yarn in cripple wing […]

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Plan of Attack – Quotes from Creative People

Mar 29, 2012 No Comments

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 […]

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The Vanishing Master

May 23, 2012 Comments Off on The Vanishing Master

Through interests and avocation, I find myself straddling the design and fly tying worlds simultaneously. Every so often, the design side rides to the forefront, flags flying.  For individuals who have an interest in the design and creativity issues, this post is for you.

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