Experienced fly tiers and fishers know that you can create and tie successful patterns using a very narrow range of materials. Another way to look at that is when you are searching for a material to incorporate into your fly, you should have a list of favorite materials to fall back on. This list of […]
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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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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.
I have often thought of living in an area with more temperate year-round weather. Realistically, worthwhile fishing in Central Oregon goes from some time in May til the end of October. That span is a full two months shorter than places in northern California, for example.But then, it hits me…my most creative fly tying period […]
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 […]
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, […]
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!
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 […]
Here’s short blog post about successful strategies our fly tying circle has used to promote interest in, and development of fly tying.
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 […]
(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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
.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 […]
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
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.
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.