Hello and welcome.
Whether you are a loyal reader or a first time visitors to the Oregon Fly Fishing Blog, – welcome – in this difficult time in our nation’s history.
While I’m sheltering in place here at my home today, I’ve been receiving texts from friends who are fortunate enough to be out drifting the McKenzie, fishing the ocean offshore Pacific City, and swinging flies for winter steelhead on the coast and in the Willamette Valley.
I’m enjoying their stories and our conversations, and they assure me that they are maintaining proper social distance – as they should.
But if you’re not able to be out on the water, like so many people in every state across the USA, here’s a little something to entertain, share a little good cheer, support our love of fishing, and celebrate the companionship we’ve all developed together on rivers, lakes, estuaries and the dang-nab-it oceans around us.
I was trying to think of something I could offer in addition to my usual fly tying videos, and I remembered that I’ve written a few books. One of my favorites is Super Flies Color.
This book is a collection of 52 flies that I have tied over the years to fish for trout, steelhead, salmon, rockfish, lingcod, and Pacific albacore. I wanted to figure out how to share all of these flies with our readers, but that seemed like a big challenge. But then I remembered that I do have a pdf of the book.
Then I realized that I could pull up a single page of the book, save a screen-shot of the page, and paste the screen shot into the blog as an image file.
So let us begin the show with the first fly in the book. Each fly will be shown on anywhere from one to three full pages, and each fly will be accompanied by
*a photo of the fly
*a recipe of materials
*a little story about the fly, – perhaps a little about the history of the pattern, where I first learned about it, how and why I might have modified the original pattern, where I fished it
…… I think you get the idea.
The plan is to post one fly from the book each week, or something like that, as part of our effort to help our readers keep connected with each other and the sport we all care so much about.
Although the book is organized by type of fly, I will shake thing up, so that our readers can see dry flies and nymphs, and streamers, and ocean flies all mixed up in a jumble from week to week.
I hope you enjoy these flies in the weeks to follow.
On behalf of Chris and our staff here at the Shop, we extend our very best wishes for continued good health to you al l- whether you are at home, working to keep the nation’s gears moving, or out on the water.
Fly Number One. The Adams Irresistible.
NOTE. If you know how to capture a screen shot of this image on your computer, you will be able to save the image, and then print it out at home. Of course a color print will be nicer, but black and white will suffice too. By doing this you will be able to keep your own book of fly recipes, keep them handy at your fly bench, and have a reference source when you tie these or your own version of these flies in the future.