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.
The Elvira is great for trout as well as warm water species such as pike, walleye, etc.
- Hook: Mustad 32756 or Eagle Claw 570 in 4, 6, 8
- Thread: Danville's 3/0 waxed monocord in black, brown, or green
- Eyes: Dazl-eyes in black or brass in 3/16 or 5/32
- Tail: Black Marabou
- Hackle: Rope made of Four strands Krystal Flas in ultraviolet or pearl, 1 Grizzly saddle hackle, 1 brown, tan or green saddle hackle
- Throat: Red Marabou
For the last ten years, Steve has demonstrated his tying skills in Oregon,
Idaho, Montana and California at Federation of Fly Fishing events. He has
tied at the International sportsman's Expositions in Sacramento, San Mateo
and Pleasanton, California. Steve has also tied at the Fly Fishing Show in
San Rafael, California.
Steve enjoys fly fishing the California Delta for Largemouth and Striped
Bass. He also takes pleasure in fishing the neighboring Sierra's for
various species of trout. He is a member of the Tracy Fly Fishers, enjoying
the club functions, speakers and the camaraderie of its members. He is a
proud member of the Whiting and Daiichi Pro Teams.
- Hook: Daiichi 2546
- Thread: Gudebrod GX2 or Danville's Flat Waxed Nylon 210 Denier
- Legs: Krystal Flash Pearl, Three or Four Whiting American Rooster Hackleplaced on each side of the hook away from each other.
- Head: Stacked Deer Hair or Cow Elk Your choice of colors. I like mellow natural colors
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 is the Assistant Manager of Montana Troutfitters of Bozeman. He uses any number of Echo fly rods to ply his craft, including their 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.
- Hook: 700 Series 2, 4, and 6
- Thread: 3/0 mono cord
- Bead: 1/4 Bead color of choice
- Tail: Krinkle flash pearl
- Body: Braided tinsel
- Wing: Rabbit standard strip
- Collar: Rabbit
- Head: 3/0 mono cord
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.
We would again also like to thank the Federation of Fly Fishers for allowing us to film in their beautiful library. If you aren't a member of FFF, please take a look at their site and see what they are all about.
- Hook: Gamakatsu #2 SW
- Thread: Shell Pink FW
- Eyes: Med Lead Eye
- Tail/Body: Pearl flat braid
- Wing: Sand Craft Fur and Pearl Krystal Flash
- Glue: 30 min Epoxy