Just in time for our favorite season, Idylwilde’s first fly shipment from Sri Lanka arrived on Friday! It was cleared by customs and US Fish & Wildlife, then delivered to our Portland headquarters. A list of available flies is now in the hands of our sales reps. Purple and gold Chubbies arrive next week in the second shipment!
Saturday we celebrated Blair’s 7th birthday with a Hawaiian-style Luau. We put a pig in the ground the night before, which involved a lot of shovel work for Zach and Jaylo. By Saturday noon we had enough delectable pork to feed an army. We ate like kings, shot the bull, and had some fun. Oh, and Blair tied his first Egg-Sucking Woolley Bugger!
Sunday was spent tying samples of Idylwilde’s new fly patterns for the sales team. I started with Ken Morrish’s long-awaited follow up to his best-selling mouse pattern. It took some practice, but I finally nailed down Morrish’s Mouse 2.0! Ken added a butt of red dubbing, zebra-striped rubber legs, and a trailing, upturned hook. Kamchatkan and Alaskan bows are going to love it. Hope you do, too.
Monday was my chance to take Matt Healy (Idylwilde Bug Wrangler) out for his first shot at kings on the fly. He worked hard, got a dime bright chinook, and provided critical assistance in landing the big fish of the day. In a word, epic.
Let’s make it a great Septober!