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 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.
- Hook: Diaichi 1150 12, 14, 16, and 18
- Thread:70 Diner fly master plus
- Body: Lazer wrap of choice
- Wing: egg vail dubbing
- Head: Glass bead
My dad, Harold Tollett, got me started fly fishing in 1962. I started working for Walton Powell, of Powell Rod fame, in 1968 tying flies, and also helped build fiberglass rods and rod components. In 1977, I moved to Dillon Montana, and began working for Al Troth guiding on the Beaverhead and Big Hole Rivers. In 1980 my wife, Teresa, and I opened Frontier Anglers.
Over theyears I have been fortunate to travel and fish some of the world's finest fly fishing waters. From Alaska, Belize, New Zealand, Chile, Bahamas, Argentina, and Canada, to most all of the western states. I have had the true pleasure of guiding some of our world leaders such as President Carter, as well as other famous people.
This particular fly is a time tested, proven pattern for moving large bonefish, as well as permit. It works extremely well in the Bahamas, but we have used the Abaco Bunny in Mexico, Florida and Belize with excellent results. Tarpon like the larger sizes. It's a fly that is easy to tie and easy to cast.
- Hook: TMC 800s in 2, 4, 6, 8
- Thread: Flat A Pink
- Eyes: Size 5/32" gold Real Eyes w/ brigh orange stick on eyes
- Tail: Tan Rabbit with 3 Lt clear/hot orange Wiggle Legs
- Body: Tan Rabbit, dubbed
- Weed Guard: .22" Mason hard mono
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: Dai-riki #305 #16
- Thread: Dark Brown 8/0
- Shellback: Black Zelon
- Gastor: Harrop's blackish brown
- Post: Pink Hi Viz
- Hackle: dark blue dun
- Head: Harrop's Blackish Brown
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