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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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) 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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
“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 […]
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.
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 […]
It’s been a great pleasure to be back in contact with a fishing friend in Wales.
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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: http://www.fishusa.com/Mustad-3366-All-Around-Hook_p.html The Canadian Pine Squirrel articulated mini-leech shown in the Step-by-Step tutorial was originally shown […]
Our first feature of the new tying season is now on Fly Foundry! See Motion Mojo: Tying Small Articulated Flies.
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.)
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.