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 ...

Fishing and Eating Hamburgers Madison Style!

John Spriggs - Madison River, Montana from The Burgundy Collective on Vimeo.

Throwing in the Towel

[caption id="attachment_9683" align="alignright" width="240"] King Karnopp the "Thirsty Captain" has retired![/caption] It was still very much winter in Montana, and the day before we launched a 5-day, 5-boat scramble on the Smith, I’d been offered a full-time job complete with lousy pay, long hours, and a week of vacation. After years ...

Idylwilde 2013 Order Update

  As promised, we are circling back to you, our most important partners, with an update on Idylwilde fly deliveries. Your support and encouragement has been a huge factor in keeping us going through this situation, and we thank you. Whatever rumors you may have heard, we hope you’ll recognize that ...

Technically, Not Very Technical

Fishermen all over the world seem to be big on technique. Having great technique is great, but being technical can sometimes border on the obsessive. Which can result in being too technical/annoying if yer on the other end of the guy asking how many nano grams of dubbing is on yer ...

Where Do Signature Flies Come From? KP Knows!

How does an Idylwilde signature fly make its journey from concept to becoming premium skunk repellent for sale at your local pro shop? KP produced the definitive documentary on "the process". The Process from Idylwilde Flies on Vimeo.

Guide Stories: The Red Headed Step Child

[caption id="attachment_9000" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Stuart on the job"][/caption] Guides don’t like to be told what fly to use.  They don’t like to be told where to float either.   Just don’t. When I called Mr. T. to guide some of my clients a day for me, I had no clue what I was ...

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 ...

Zookeeper Outshines Trinketboy!

[caption id="attachment_8640" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Karnopp in classic hunter, kill, trophy pose"][/caption] One member of our former Oregon elk camp was very gifted when it came to locating random toys and collectibles in the woods. High in the Wallowa Mountains, he would return from his elky wanderings with a variety of items ...