I have received several emails lately from regular visitors to this site. It seems they miss my old site that had a lot of fly patterns and tutorials. It is my personal desire to have a new and updated website with the fly patterns that I rely on the most. The previous site focused heavily on the art of fly tying where new ideas were explored and shared. The focus of this version of the website is flies that are TESTED and PROVEN, not just a platform to highlight some new trendy material or fancy tying technique.
I once overheard a conversation while I was giving a fly tying demo for the Roaring Fork Valley Fly Fishers that I "tie flies to catch fisherman". I had to retort, no sir, I tie flies to catch fish first and foremost and then I like to sell them so others can catch fish too. I will only sell or demonstrate flies that I have proven to be worthy of permanent residence in my fly box. If and only AFTER a fly pattern has reliably caught fish do I dare mention of its incarnation. Before then, a fly goes through my own testing. Frankly, most flies are retired and donated to charity if two seasons of testing prove to fall short of my expectations.