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Fires Going in Oregon (and more every day)

Jul 18, 2014 Comments Off by

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

RESOURCES FOR NINJA PATTERN MATERIALS Note:  the Ninja Pattern pdf download tutorial was downloaded 305 times in April.  Thank you! Daiichi 1150 #12 hooks (also source for Mustad 3366 hooks for Larry’s Lizard bass fly)   UTC Mirage Opal Tinsel – Large (flyshops or Mirage Opal Tinsel-LARGE) Please note that using the LARGE size […]

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18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

Mar 05, 2014 Comments Off

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

Jan 21, 2014 Comments Off

We will post the full contents for this section shortly. To see the article that goes along with this post, view: Larry’s Lizard Bass Fly   CURRENT RECOMMENDED SOURCES FOR MATERIALS (check your local fly shop first!) Best source for Mustad 3366 hooks  (5 cents per hook!)  Rivers Wild Sculpin Heads 11mm (Sportsmans Warehouse)   Beadalon 19-wire, .018″  (Jo-Ann […]

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New tutorial coming soon

Jan 20, 2014 Comments Off

                              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

.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

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

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

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

“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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Winter Week’s Tying – Ninja chironomid pupa original

Feb 18, 2013 Comments Off

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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Fly Foundry Meets

Feb 16, 2013 Comments Off

At the urging of my better half, an 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: 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

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

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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The Vanishing Master

May 23, 2012 Comments Off

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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All the icons and pointy arrows…

Feb 04, 2013 Comments Off

I often say “nothing sharpens your thinking about a subject, as having to teach it to a class”. That’s seldom truer than the experience I am having with this topic: Cripple Patterns.

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Four Cripple Patterns & a Tenkara Fly for an Upcoming Tying Class

Jan 22, 2013 Comments Off

UPDATE JAN 2014: Check out the finished Mayfly Cripple Patterns tutorial. UPDATE2:  Added two photographs of tied fishing flies floating in the film. One is the Torch Cripple looking buggy, the other is the Bottlebrush…love that iridescent rainbow! UPDATE:  An additional three photos are added at the bottom of this post.  These are flies tied […]

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Additional Comments About Small Fly Articulation

Dec 31, 2012 Comments Off

This is a supplemental post to the Small Fly Articulation feature article.  Information included here is time-sensitive and is subject to change. We have sourced the Beadalon through the new Amazon shop. A current best source for Mustad 3366 hooks: The Canadian Pine Squirrel articulated mini-leech shown in the Step-by-Step tutorial was originally shown […]

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New Feature: Tying Small Articulated Flies

Dec 29, 2012 Comments Off

Our first feature of the new tying season is now on Fly Foundry! See Motion Mojo: Tying Small Articulated Flies.

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Big Gone Fishing Sign on the Site Right Now!

Jul 22, 2012 Comments Off

Been fishing and testing new flies for 10 of the last 14 days.  Lots of time on the water, which feels good.  That will continue for the next couple of weeks, then will slow down in late August. I will be getting back to the Fly Foundry site at that time, creating new articles and […]

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Pan-fried, without the Pan

Jul 07, 2012 Comments Off

  Just hilarious.  We’ve gone from 24/7 rain right into blistering temperatures.  103F today in LaPine, Oregon, 27mi. south of us.  That is a geographic center for fishing waters we’d like to hit (under more humane conditions!)  But take a look at the rest of the country (big ouch).

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Rainy Day Break in a Busy Time

Jun 23, 2012 Comments Off

It’s been pouring rain the last two days in the Bend, Oregon area, a forced break during what has been a very busy last two weeks. (Also includes a fishing conditions report for Central Oregon’s high lakes.)

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Awesome Asset for Central Oregon Stillwater Anglers

Jun 10, 2012 Comments Off

Atlas of Oregon Lakes, an online project of Portland State University is a big boost for the fishing prospects of Central Oregon (and Oregon) anglers. Stillwater newbies are often baffled about how to fish lakes and reservoirs. “All that water, where do I start?”

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Ain’t Fit for Man or Beast

Jun 08, 2012 Comments Off

Anybody want this foul weather…please take it away?! Central Oregon is being blasted once again with a nasty cold front.  Lots of wind and rain.  We were thinking of a trip to one of the high Cascade lakes tomorrow (Saturday) but the winds will be 15-25 mph, so a no go.

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