Rob Smith’s Musky Sucker

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Rob Smith is nothing, if not colorful so when I asked him to tie a fly for my readers I expected something bodacious, and I got it! Rob likes his fish the way he likes his mustache, big and scary. He’s our local authority on...

Sunday Classic / Bruce Chard Ties The Gnarly Bandit

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SIMPLE IS OFTEN BEST. Our good friend Captain Bruce Chard is back today to prove it. Fishing guides need effective flies that will put their clients on fish but don't take hours to tie. Bruce calls these kind of flies,"guide flies." These flies have all of...

Sunday Classic / Bruce Chard’s A.M. Express, A Great Fly For Baby Tarpon

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CATCHING BABY TARPON IS ABOUT AS FUN AS THE LAW ALLOWS. Even a baby tarpon is a hell of a fish. These little guys are all fight and haven't learned all the tricks of the grown ups. A thirty pound tarpon offers all the excitement of...

Shea Gunkel’s Radiation Baetis

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By Bob Reece The creation of some fly patterns results purely from the need to fill a niche. Others however, result from a blending of emotions and experience. This latter path of development leads signature Umpqua tyer Shea Gunkel to the creation of his Radiation Baetis. Moms are...

The Pregnant Scud: Tying Video

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By Herman deGala In the early 80’s I had a design professor by the name of Herb Kobayashi from Hawaii who tried to instill in us the concept of shibui. Shibui has no direct translation into English but describes the aesthetic of simplistic, elegant beauty not only...