Dealers and Anglers Deserve the Truth – Use Your Buyng Dollars to Send Your Message

[caption id="attachment_9667" align="alignleft" width="240"] Where did your 2013 Chubby order go?[/caption] Dear Fly Anglers,   Since our last update, Idylwilde has made some big strides. I’m pleased to announce that we have secured long-term manufacturing in Sri Lanka, we have printed our 2014 catalog, and our sales reps are heading into the field ...

Subtle Clues Indicate Seasonal Rythms – The Hat Day 60

[caption id="attachment_9950" align="aligncenter" width="442"] Jimmy doesn't see a lot of bugs in the lantern.[/caption] Spending more days then not on the river, plugs you into the subtle shifts and rhythms of the seasonal changes.  Of course there are the big clues. Ones that even the casual observer notices like leaves are ...

Operation Chubby: The Long Way to Colombo

Our journey began in the typical pre-dawn frenzy. Like starting early would somehow get us there faster. Zach and I checked off the last of our to-dos on the way to the airport. When we finally stood at the gate, the clock started running on a 49-hour brain-numbing waiting game. ...

KP Shares Alaska Guides Top 9 Rules!

Guiding in Alaska is 1 flight in, at the beginning of the season, and 1 flight out, at the end of the season.  Don't get it wrong!   KP's Occupy Alaska - Top 9 Rules:   Rule 1  Coffee and Wet one's. It's like Sonny and Cher or Starskey and Hutch...it just kinda ...

O’Keefe Never Puts the Rod Down

Hey Zach – It is that time of year, here in Central Oregon where midges overlap spring BWO’s on our local creeks. Water temps have inched up a bit and if you can get a warmish day (45 – 50) and some overcast skies, good things happen. You have BWO’s covered ...

Dog Whisperer Brian Silvey

There are not many fly tiers as captivating as Brian Silvey.  Once or twice a year Brian will give a tying demonstration in a public forum.  He freely passes on techniques and designs that have been hard earned over his lifetime of tying and guiding.  Brian's talent at the vice ...

Omens & Disconnect

As dawn arrived, I found myself feeling  guilty and running late for my last scheduled fishing trip of the season.  The guilt hit with the weather forecast: winter storm warning, wind and snow, highs in the low 20s.  I’d asked my best client, Pat to push his trip back a ...

Angie…. She’s One Tough Beeotch!

Background:  I met Shu-chan 17 years ago in Joe’s Bar in Craig Montana.  He and his wife were being guided by my friend and boss.  Shu-chan works for MTV Japan, is not shy, and loves to get his drink on.   He’s at home in drinking establishments ranging from the glitz ...

Eye-Tie Tool Hank!

Featured New Pattern – Lively’s BFD

Lively’s BFD – “Baetis for Dummies”– This fly came about during the late summer months on the Roaring Fork River when baetis were hatching but things were getting technical.  Standard RS2’s were [caption id="attachment_8494" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Olive"][/caption] doing the trick, but everyone else was using them.  So, in paying homage to Rim ...