"The fun and enjoyment of creating productive original flies is a huge part of my love for fly fishing. It’s a tremendous thrill to create a fly that captures large, wary fish.
Teaching these creative techniques to others, is personally rewarding."
WES WADA has been fly fishing and tying for 35 years. He learned the ropes during the '80s in a colorful circle of southern Idaho fly fishers, who congregated at Ruel Stayner's fly shop in Twin Falls.
Wes and wife Linda have lived in Bend, Oregon, since 1992, drawn there by the natural beauty of the region, and the nearby lakes and reservoirs like Crane Prairie, and Diamond, East, Davis and Hosmer.
Wes also fished as much as a month's days of fishing, spread throughout each year, at northern California's Sugar Creek Ranch. During the ranch's halcyon days, fishing for the big PhD.lunkers was a great education.
A college photography and design professor, teaching for 15 years, he and Linda used teacher’s vacations to travel full-time in a camper van for 11 summers. Much of the time was fishing and photographing in the western U.S. and Canada.
Wes is a stillwater fly fishing specialist. "I find fly fishing challenging, and enjoy the difficulty of fooling trout in pressured fisheries. In stillwater situations, the fish get a really long look at your offering, so the margin for error can be darned small. But when you hit it right, the rewards put a big, nasty fish on the end of your tippet. They grow them big in stillwater.”
"When we lived in southern Idaho, it was mostly stream and river fishing, with a handful of stillwater fisheries, so I draw from those experiences, when needed."
In Oregon, he is active in the fly tying instruction for Central Oregon Flyfishers.
He also produces independent, all-day Saturday workshops, that are well received.
This thinking-outside-the-(fly)box approach has proven very popular in his workshops.
COMING FLYTYING CLASS
with WES WADA
Wes will be doing a session for the Central Oregon Flyfishers
Winter Fly Tying Series
TUES. FEB. 25, 2014
@Bend Senior Center
with WES WADA
The next workshop is tentatively scheduled for:
SAT. DECEMBER 6, 2014 -or- possibly a week earlier
@ Central Oregon Environmental Center
Please contact Wes if you would like to schedule a workshop
or presentation in your area. A number of programs can be tailored to your needs and interest.