Some Reasons to Celebrate this Septober!

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Christmas in Septober--the first Idylwilde Flies from Sri Lanka have arrived!

Christmas in Septober–the first Idylwilde Flies from Sri Lanka have arrived!

 

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!

 

Checking in a couple thousand dozen trout flies takes time.

Checking in a couple thousand dozen trout flies takes time.

 

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!

 

Blair inspects the Imu pit where his birthday pig will be cooked.

Blair inspects the Imu pit where his birthday pig was cooked.

Nice bugger, Little Dude!

Nice bugger, Little Dude!

 

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.

 

Kenny's original on the right, with a couple of RR samples on the left. What do you think?

Kenny’s original on the right, with a couple of RR samples on the left. What do you think?

 

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.

 

Matt admires an estuarine staghorn sculpin. Cool fish!

Matt admires an estuarine staghorn sculpin. Cool fish!

Magnum jacks are harbingers of the fall run.

Magnum jacks are harbingers of the fall run.

It takes two people to land one of these, especially if a seal gets involved in the middle of the fight!

It takes two people to land one of these, especially if a seal gets involved in the middle of the fight!

 

Let’s make it a great Septober!

Cheers,

RR

5 Responses to “Some Reasons to Celebrate this Septober!”

  1. tim says:

    understand well what happens when seals get involved…….

  2. Don’t forget season 4 of East Bound and Down starts Sept 29 on HBO…the phoenix returns!

  3. RR says:

    The return of Kenny Powers deserves it’s own post.

  4. Mike Gamby says:

    Good to see the flies are starting to return!
    Strong work, on the hard work!

    When can I come in? :)

    good for you guys… keep it up!

  5. Justin says:

    Damn, I guess you guys didn’t head over there just for the Lions, eh? Nice work! Best put Fly Czar on the vise full time (after Septober) cranking out Morrish 2.0, me thinks you’re likely to move a few of those.

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