A little something I wrote for the NW Fly Tyer Expo website on the Spey Plate with pictures of a few flies I tied for the occasion. Which one is going to make the final cut? And will it compare to all the great flies that have been contributed?
Posted by nwflytyer on January 20, 2013
Posted by nwflytyer on September 18, 2012
Just a cool little fly. These are size 18 – 22
Made famous by Vince Marinaro in A Modern Dry Fly Code.
Body: Black tying thread
Hackle: Black or ginger, clipped top and bottom
Wing: Small jungle cock nail
Posted by nwflytyer on August 26, 2012
Altering the color scheme of the DF Hopper, and using rectangles of foam rather than round discs, here is the Foam Back Cricket. Check out this nice article from Field & Stream on fishing Crickets and Hoppers
Posted by nwflytyer on March 20, 2012
The annual Expo has come and gone, and it was another well-attended, successful show. It’s always a great gathering of tyers, vendors, instructors, fans, rod-builders, and anglers of all ages. Thought I would share a few pictures from the two days.
Paul Rossman is in the foreground, Ronn Lucas, Sr. is on Paul’s left. I believe Garren Wood, with his phenomenal woven stonefly nymphs is seated on down from Ronn.
Mr. Paul Rossman, all the way from Connecticut. He has a two volume set of books titled “Creative Salmon Fly Art” now available. The photography is simply stunning!
Here is my old friend, Andrew Marshall, tying his authentic 17th century patterns- in hand – complete with braided horsehair snoods. His work was recently featured in Fly Tyer magazine, and he is working on a book. Note the dichotomy of using a laptop (to his left)…
The Northwest steelhead legend Harry Lemire prepares to tie his salmon flies, all in hand.
One of my favorite tyers (and instructors) of all time working on a White Wing Akroyd. David Barlow is one of the show’s finest Atlantic Salmon tyers. A flat-out pleasure to watch.
Dave McNeese was on hand to demonstrate. His steelhead flies are of legendary status. He has a nice new line of hooks out now, with a graceful bend, slightly up turned eye, and a black nickel finish. Very nice!
Creekside Flyfishing Shop owner and local guide Rich Youngers was tying the Mahoney – a Dec Hogan steelhead Spey.
Mike Keithley is hard at work dressing a hairwing Dunkeld
I had the pleasure of taking a two-day salmon fly tying class from Mike Radencich in the days prior to the Expo. Mike has authored three books on the subject of salmon flies, with a fourth slated for later this year. A superb tyer and teacher, it was great to have him demonstrate his skills at the Expo. His table was well attended!
Here is a shot of the Spey Plate I assembled for the banquet auction (despite the distortion in the photo, the frame and nameplate were square!). The pattern is the Pitcroy Fancy. It was my first year of organizing the plate, and I certainly appreciate all the tyers who participated. Here is a list of those who contributed: Larry Nicholas, John Olschewsky, Jim Ferguson, Dr. David C. Burns, Mike Boyer, Glenn Wilson, Dareld Thompson, Byron Bjerke, Rich Youngers, Dave McNeese, Vern Jeremica, Ronn Lucas, Sr., Jon Harrang, Rockwell Hammond, Jr., Aaron Ostoj, Michael D. Radencich, Monte Smith, Royce Stearns, Andrew Marshall, Jeffrey A. Smith, Jim Fisher, Mike Keithley, Bill Lovelace, Clark Lucas, and Jerry Criss.
Kat Rollin made the trip west from New York with Paul Rossman. She is another of the talented tyers who is seeking to connect with the past by tying without a vise. She ties a beautiful salmon fly, a la Harry Lemire, completely in hand. As the picture below shows, she is also quite the artist. Talented!
This was a real treat; one of the tyer’s had borrowed this book from a neighbor to show. Supposedly it is a salesman’s tri-fold fly display from Hardy’s circa 1910. The flies were in great condition, and it was fun to see patterns famous and otherwise as they were offered commercially.
Posted by nwflytyer on March 14, 2012
Oh, this is good! There are many patterns here, complete with pictures and recipes. Dries, wets, tube flies, etc.
I am especially intrigued with the Classic Salmon Flies section at the bottom of the page. The flies of Blacker, Francis Francis, Kelson, etc al. Photos, recipes, wow!
Take a look and bookmark this site!