Archive for “Thinking Aside” Blog

Successful Group and Club Strategies to Promote Fly Tying

Jan 28, 2015 Comments Off by

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

Jan 03, 2015 Comments Off

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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Latest Drought Monitor Maps

Dec 23, 2014 Comments Off

Update Jan. 25  – drought expanding in northern California and southern  Texas.  All degrees of drought have expanded slightly.

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A Fly Tying Poster / visual for a demo

Dec 21, 2014 Comments Off

(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

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

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 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 is essential to proper tying of the fly. Locally:  the Fin & Fire fly […]

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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

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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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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Kick-Ass Ant Pattern Resources & Updates

Dec 24, 2014 Comments Off

Supplemental material updated as needed for Wes’s Kick-Ass Ant.  Click link to view the full tutorial. Update Jan. 28th.  In 25 days, the Kick-Ass Ant tutorial has been downloaded 169 times.  Be a do-er and tie this pattern, and you will be rewarded with a terrific fish-catching fly!  Thanks!  Hooks: Daiichi 1130 #14 and #10 […]

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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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