Willy Self Willy's Crazy Rabbit - 10:50

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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 Bloom The Lead Eye Gotcha - 9:22

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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.

You can check out Bloom Outfitters' website and you can contact him at
(406) 868-7794

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  • 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

Harley Reno's The Orcky - 21:40

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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 Orcky is a biologists take on a crayfish pattern designed to emphasize the elements most attractive to trout.


  • Hook: Mustad 32756 or Eagle Claw 570 in sizes 2,4,6, or 8
  • Thread: Danville's size A thread in Black, Brown, tan, or Green
  • Eyes: Dazl-eyes in black in size 7/32, 3/16, or 5/32
  • Antennae: Matched pair of 6 inch long saddle hackles
  • Pincers: Two 3 inch long brown saddle hackles
  • Tail: three saddle feathers from partridge
  • Hackle: Grizzly hackle (Any combo of Green, Grey, Brown); Krystal Flash (in ultraviolet, pearl, gold, copper, or brass)

Clark "Cheech" Pierce's Grumpy Frumpy - 12:30

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Clark "Cheech" Pierce:

Fly fishing best describes me. I can see it in any tying I do. To be more specific, fly tying is what most consumes me with this hobby/addiction that I have. Creating things that fool trout, bass, carp, etc, it what really gets me going. Looking a slimy swimmer in the eye and saying "hey, just fyi, that thing you just ate isn't real." I like that. I have a VERY understanding wife, and 2 wonderful kids (Girl-5, Boy-4) who will correct you if you call it a fishing pole... nuff said.

In addition, Cheech is a Rainy's innovator and just had an article published in Southwest Flyfishing on his pattern Cheech's Leech (pg 54). You can read more about Cheech and his fishing adventures at his blog Fly Fish Food.


  • Hook: TMC 100 #14 (or 8-20)
  • Thread: Red 70 denier
  • Tail: Fly Tyer's Dungeon shuck yarn (brown)
  • Body: Yellow floss
  • Humps: Rainy's evazote foam (camel)
  • Band: Red thread
  • Hackle: Brown saddle hackle
  • Wing: White poly yarn
  • Legs: White small round rubber marked with sharpie

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