I think We’re On To Something

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By Louis Cahill

You have to admit there is a family resemblance.

There’s no debate that Kelly Galloup has had a huge impact on fly fishing. He certainly has on my personal fishing. I had been tying and fishing a handful of Kelly’s patterns for several years when I first met him. I stopped by Kelly’s place on the madison and fished a day with one of his guides. Kelly offered my wife one of his horses to ride. We had a blast and were well taken care of.

I spent several hours hanging around the shop BS-ing with Kelly and the guys. If you’ve been by the Slide Inn you’ve probably had the same experience. Kelly is always generous with his knowledge and certainly his opinions, which I value. What you don’t get from his videos and books is what a funny guy he is. I remember Kelly telling a story about a fly fishing company, which I won’t name.

“The problem with those guys,” he proclaimed, “is they were all a bunch of drunks who didn’t want to work.”

He took a look around the room at the host of skeptical faces and added,

“OK, we’re all a bunch of drunks, but these guys didn’t want to work.”

Thanks Kelly. For all that you do.

Enjoy this classic Kelly Galloup video and feel free to share the meme of Kelly and Chuck.

Louis Cahill
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7 thoughts on “I think We’re On To Something

  1. Mr. Galloup must be a Western, trouty kinda thing.
    No offense, but I’ve never heard of him.
    Now, to be frank, I’ve never heard of very many people.
    Maybe I need to get out more.

    • Kelly Galloup is associated with Montana and his place the Slide Inn on the Madison River now, but he came to fame as the owner of The Troutsman fly shop in Traverse City, Michigan and as co-author of the seminal streamer-fishing book Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout, which was published while Kelly was still fishing and guiding in Michigan. My best guess is that he basically had to move on to the West because he’d literally caught every big brown trout there was to catch in the Great Lakes State. 🙂

  2. Very informative, there is a lot of solid info in this video. I would love to get his thoughts on patterns for swinging flies… I have a feeling he could have some great ideas.

    Anyways, the sex dungeon…. Is the only othe fly with a better name than the Zou Cougar…. Of course Chuck Norris named that fly

  3. Each year our group from SC stays at the Slide Inn or at a house just down river from the Slide Inn. One of the highlights of the trip each year is stopping by the fly shop several times and shootin the bull with Kelly. His warped sense of humor and my warped sense of humor…. well we enjoy ourselves.

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