Willy discovered his passion for fly fishing at the early age of six. Shortly thereafter, he began tying his own flies for trout, salmon steelhead, and shad. Willy found his love of lake fishing early and has continued to fish stillwaters, becoming known far and wide for his expertise and knowledge. He has fished all over northern California, Idaho, and Montana. From famous blue ribbon trout rivers to high mountain lakes and reservoirs, from farm ponds to the big lakes, Willy has guided for over twenty years in Montana and Yellowstone National Park. Willy has continued to develop his fly tying skills and is currently a signature tyer for Brookside Flies out of Denver, Co. He runs a great outfitting business Willy's Trout World and on his Facebook Page. He uses any number of Echo fly rods to ply his craft, including our spey and switch rods and is currently working on the new design of Airflo fly lines for special presentation on lakes. Spey casting may be a new approach for lake fishermen in the US, but in Europe it is a common practice allowing for long distant casts from the shoreline.
This fly is a great lake pattern.
- Hook: 730 Series 4, 6, 8, 10
- Thread: 3/0 mono cord
- Bead: Glass or Brass
- Tail: Scud Back over Krinkle Flash
- Body: Dubbed Simi Seal
- Head: Bead
Kelly has been a fly fishing guide for 27 years. He started guiding in Michigan at the age of 16. He started his fly shop The Troutsman in Traverse City, Michigan, in 1981. He continued to run The Troutsman until the spring of 2002 when he moved to Montana. He is an author and lecturer. His books are Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout (co-authored with Bob Linsenman) and Cripples and Spinners. Kelly has been published by virtually every major magazine in the business and is Editor-at-Large for Fly Fisherman Magazine. Kelly is also one of the hosts of Fly Fish TV on the Outdoor Life Network.
- Hook: 12-16 200r
- Thread: Wine 6/0
- Tail: Ostrich Plume - 3.
- Body: Brown, Tan, Gray hares dub or squirrel dub.
- Thorax: Pheasant Tail with small gold wire rib
- Wing: wing case same as thorax
Dave was born and raised in Great Falls and has spent his life fishing the waters of southwest Montana. He began his guiding career in 1985 on the Henry’s Fork, the South Fork of the Snake and the Teton in Idaho. In 1995, he moved closer to home when he guided on the famous Montana rivers around Yellowstone Park. In 2001 Dave returned to his home waters of the Missouri, which had been the river that captured his imagination since he first fished it as a youngster in 1971.
Up until the late 80’s, the Missouri River had yet to be discovered by the fishing magazines and the few outfitters that guided there held it as closely guarded secret. Dave has studied and fished it intently his entire angling life. Since this homecoming, he has been guiding on the Missouri in the summer and on the rivers of southern Chile and Argentina in the winter. Dave is also a nationally recognized fly-tier and his patterns are produced and sold by Idylwilde Flies.
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This fly is a great Missouri River pattern "like bug soup or tricos".
- Hook: Tiemco 100 #16
- Thread: Rusty Brown or Flo Fire Orange 6/0
- Body: Dun Saddle and Grizzly dyed Orange
- Hackle: Grizzly
Harley W. Reno holds a B.S. and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Zoology (Specialty- sensory anatomy in fishes). He retired after 34 years of professorial duty as a biologist, environmental engineer, and systems engineer, and 25 years of Engineering and environmental duty in the oil, gas, and coal mining industries and nuclear waste management programs of the U.S. Department of Energy. He also spent 50 years guiding all over the United States, in Mexico, and Canada. He still floats and guides, although without remuneration, on rivers throughout the intermontane west.
MWB is an acronym for la Mouche Wooly Bugger.
- Hook: Mustad 9672 or 9674 in sizes 2,4,6, 8, or 10
- Thread: Danville's size 3/0 waxed monocord in black, brown, or tan
- Head: Brass or copper cone in appropriate size
- Weight: three inch strand of .20 lead wire (optional)
- Tail: Black or Brown Marabou
- Hackle: Rope made of Two strands ultraviolet or pearl Krystal Flash, 1 Grizzly saddle hackle, 1 brown saddle hackle
- Collar: One Red Neck hackle from a hen