Dan Delekta started Fly fishing when he was ten years old, encouraged by his dad, who owned sporting goods stores in upstate New York. Dan grew up fishing in the Adirondack Mountains. His passion for trout and steelhead fly fishing eventually led him far from New York, to Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. He moved to West Yellowstone at age 22.
Dan began tying flies when he was ten years old. He has designed over 200 patterns of flies that are the trademark Delektable™ collection utilizing both traditional and new age materials. His fly patterns are now tied by Riverborn Fly Company in Boise Idaho and supplied nationally. His passion for fly tying is as strong now as it has ever been. He is constantly thinking about, designing, tying, and field testing his new designs in the great Madison River just outside his door and other rivers he guides including the Big Hole, Beaverhead, Ruby, Missouri, Stillwater, Yellowstone, and Big Horn Rivers. Dan loves to make stuff and started building rods in 1975. He now constructs custom graphite, fiberglass, and bamboo rods at the shop. He started Beartooth Flyfishing in 1982, constructing Made in Montana braided leaders, hand-tied leaders, and fly rods.
Dan has access to an apartment, car, and flats boat on Andros Island in the Bahamas. He spends a good amount of winter time fishing the salt for Bonefish and many other saltwater species. He has an opportunity to design and test his saltwater patterns while on Andros Island.
Dan has guided in Montana’s trophy rivers for over 25 years. He built the Beartooth Flyfishing lodge in 1989, with the help of friends. He greatly values the friendships he has built over the years. His love of the mountains, the solitude, and the peace is exceeded by his appreciation of all the people who have treated him like family. Dan loves fly fishing and all the challenges and rewards it brings. He looks forward to continuing to innovate, to being in touch with nature, and to continuing to bring the joys of fly fishing and deeper knowledge of fly fishing to even more people.
- Hook: Streamer #6, #8, #10
- Thread: Black 6/0 Danville
- Bead: Copper
- Tail: Dyed Grizzly Brown Marabou
- Body: Peacock Herl
- Rib: Copper Wire
- Weight: .030 tin along side of hook shank
- Legs: Silly barred pumpkin/green
- Antennae: White Goose Biot
- Hackle: Dark Brown Speckled Hen Back
- Head: Ice Dub Peacock
EDIT: If you like Kelly's tying you might be interested in the Free Hi Definition Downloads we are giving away. He is one of the three tyers we are highlighting on our store for our 101st post!
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
James Warren has been tying commercially since he was 12 years old. He has guided for 9 years and fished all over the world.
- Hook: Stainless Steel 1/0
- Thread: Gray 3/0
- Tail: Equal parts white and gray Ice Fur or similar product (ep fibers, fishhair, ect). Tie in with darker color in the dorsal position.
- Body: Pearl Cactus chenille or similar. Webby grizzly hackle palmered up body, longest hackle to the front.
- Head: Gray 1/8” fly foam
See more of James' patterns by selecting him from the categories at the right or by Clicking HERE.
Doug puts the weight on in this heavy multi purpose fly.
Livingston tier and guide Doug McKnight hails originally from Pensylvania, but now lives in Livingston, MT. He is currently a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants and also creates beautiful display flies in custom shadow boxes.
- Hook: Std Saltwater #2-8
- Thread: UTC 140 color to suit
- Eyes: Bead chain
- Wing: Polar fiber color to suit, spanflex, flash
- Legs: spanflex, colored with permanent marker
- Head: Antron Crystal chenille, color and size to suit