Archive for “Thinking Aside” Blog

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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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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Kick-Ass Ant Pattern Resources & Updates

Dec 24, 2014 Comments Off on Kick-Ass Ant Pattern Resources & Updates

Supplemental material updated as needed for Wes’s Kick-Ass Ant.  Click link to view the full tutorial. Update August 9th, 2015:  The Kick-Ass Ant is currently the most popular pattern on the Fly Foundry web site!  The tutorial included in the article linked above is on a pace to be downloaded 500 times this month! Hooks: Daiichi […]

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All the icons and pointy arrows…

Feb 04, 2013 Comments Off on All the icons and pointy arrows…

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

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 on Additional Comments About Small Fly Articulation

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 […]

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New Feature: Tying Small Articulated Flies

Dec 29, 2012 Comments Off on New Feature: Tying Small Articulated Flies

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 on Big Gone Fishing Sign on the Site Right Now!

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 on Pan-fried, without the Pan

  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 on Rainy Day Break in a Busy Time

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 on Awesome Asset for Central Oregon Stillwater Anglers

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 on Ain’t Fit for Man or Beast

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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Brian Wise Video Feature is now on View

Jun 02, 2012 Comments Off on Brian Wise Video Feature is now on View

The Brian Wise video feature is now available for viewing!  Brian has been a pleasure to work with.  Many thanks for the mojo.

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All That Glitters… has Launched!

May 21, 2012 Comments Off on All That Glitters… has Launched!

  All That Glitters… the new article about designing, tying and fishing with flash materials has launched.  We particularly like the page on fishing with reflective flash. This four-page feature is Part One of a multi-part series.

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Stealth – Be the Heron

May 20, 2012 Comments Off on Stealth – Be the Heron

  Another post from the archive of Sugar Creek Ranch writing.   Stealth is an often overlooked consideration in fishing success.  While this essay talks about bank fishing for trophy trout, stealthy skills are an asset to stream, river and boat anglers, as well.

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A Fine Friday in Fly Fishing Life

May 18, 2012 Comments Off on A Fine Friday in Fly Fishing Life

Blessed and grateful. The first happening of the day was an email conversation with new fishing friend, Canadian Neville Gosling.  One of the pics he sent over, was of Painted Turtles that he photographed on a recent trip. (click for an full frame enlargement) The last happening was tying three Larry’s Lizards – blue version. […]

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You’re not going to be catching anything here.

Apr 11, 2012 No Comments

Linda and I want to update you on our understanding of Web security.  The computer or Web site you save, may be your own, or someone’s you love. You’re not going to be catching anything here. The Fly Foundry site is heavily protected against hacking, viruses and malware.  This is a safe site to roam […]

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Mystery Flash

Apr 27, 2012 No Comments

  UPDATE: Part one of the  article about Flash Materials – All That Glitters… will publish Monday, May 21.  Hopes are it will be worth the wait. This has been a difficult piece to produce, and I have split it into multiple parts.  The second part will follow two weeks after, at the latest. Above is […]

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A recent Predicting the Bite example.

Apr 24, 2012 No Comments

If you haven’t read the book review of Ron Reinhold’s Predicting the Bite, take a look at it, then come back here. Click on the diagram below to launch a full-sized illustration in a separate window.         This is a compilation of barometer graphs for areas east of Bend, Oregon.  Charts start […]

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An Idea Launches into Fly Development Stage

Mar 26, 2012 No Comments

                                The fly is no great shakes yet, but I love the translucency.  I am enjoying layering UV Resin.  Layering allows you to build the shape of the fly gradually.  Each layer can be separately colored, fibers, feathers and flakes […]

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What you learn from a Fishing Buddy

Apr 12, 2012 No Comments

  Fishing Buddies Rule!   And we are not talking about the Fishing Buddy fishfinder here. Two fishing friend compatriots are a fountain of inspiration for fly tying.  

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