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Howard Cole started fly fishing over 35 years ago and has been tying flies nearly as long. He has tied flies at numerous events including the Federation of Fly Fishermen Conclave and the Eastern Idaho Fly Tying Expo. Some of his original flies have been published in books like Emergers and Flies of the West. He currently lives with his wife and daughter in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and where he is co-owner of High Country Flies.
Cole says: “Living in the Yellowstone Area, I never take for granted having one of the world’s most diverse trout fisheries right in my backyard. The plain truth is: Trout live in the most beautiful places. Simply observing the subtle rings left by a rising fish, rouses the same emotion that I had when I first came to this sport.”
Please take a look at Howard's site: http://www.flyfishingjacksonhole.com for trips, gear, and info as well as flies and fly tying materials.
- Hook: Dai-Riki 300 #14 & #16
- Thread: Uni-Thread 8/0 Olive Dun
- Undertail: Z-lon Amber or CDC Gold/ Amber
- Tail: Wood Duck Flank Fibers
- Abdomen: Goose or Turkey Biot Olive
- Thorax: Dubbing Dark Olive
- Wing: Snowshoe Rabbit Dark Dun
- Hackle: Sadddle or Cape Hackle Grizzly/Olive
Even thought this fly rides low in the surface film, it is an extremely visible fly for the fisherman. And by changing material color or substituting different materials it is an emerger pattern that can imitate the many categories of mayflies.
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Kieran Frye has been tying flies since 1981. He is an award winning tyer, including the 1994 Mustad Scandinavian Open held in Oslo, Norway. Many of Kieran's patterns were developed during his days afield in his home state of Pennsylvania.
- Hook: Mustad Midge Hook
- Thread: 8/0 Uni Black
- Body: Blue or Bronze part of the peacock "eye"
- Thorax: Black Dubbing
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This pattern is especially interesting because it was invented by his father.
Boots Allen is a third generation guide and outfitter from Western Wyoming. Over the last 18 years, he has had the opportunity to fish and guide at destinations around the world, including Argentina, Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Costa Rica, British Columbia, and the streams of the Rocky Mountain West. He has pened numerous articles for fly fishing magazines such as Fly Tyer, The Fly Fishing and Tying Journal, The Drake, and Sports Afield. Boots has used his creations at the fly tying vise for a variety of game fish including taimen, pike, lenok, sea-run brown trout, steelhead, pacific salmon, snook, roosterfish, redfish, and almost every imaginable species of trout.
- Hook: Any standard dry fly hook, sizes 6 to 10.
- Thread: Yellow, orange, green, or red 3/0 flat wax.
- Tail and Body: Mule deer hair from the neck and facial area.
- Hackle: Fine grizzly hackle. I typically will use silver or gold label hackle from Whiting Farms.
Also see other flies by Boots.
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According to his mother, Dave began fishing with an actual fly while backpacking in Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains. Such trips were an inspiration for Dave. Returning home, he would scrounge materials and begin tying. This teenage hobby continued after high school as Dave perfected his famous patterns. Teaming with Ken McGee and others, Dave began commercial fly tying in 1977. In addition to owning a Boise fly shop for seventeen years, his efforts and skill earned international awards for his exceptional flies. The accolades continued in another facet of Dave's involvement with fishing, as he has guided senators, ambassadors, media personnel, entertainers and hundreds of "everyday anglers." In yet another direction, Dave attended Mel Kreiger's famous casting school and was certified Fly Fishing Federation Flycasting Instructor. The list goes on: Dave has studied fly casting under Joan Wulff, worked with school districts to develop fishing programs, and mastered single-handed and spey casting. If it involves flies and fish, Dave has done it.
After departing from the retail venue of fly fishing, Dave met and married fellow fly fisherwoman, Rhonda Price, due to popular demand they began their guiding operation, "Dreams on the Fly". Combining their love of the sport, as well as the passion for sharing the sport with others, they guide people from all over the world on the Grande Ronde, Owyhee and numerous other rivers considered Blue Ribbon waters of the west. Featured in Forbes magazine as one the the premier guides in the Northwest(See Article Here), they primarily guide for steelhead, brown and rainbow trout, and small mouth bass. Dreams on the Fly specializes in daily, 3 and 5 day float trips with an emphasis on offering the customer an experience of a lifetime. "You just need to have your waders and boots and we'll take care of the rest".
Dave and Rhonda can be reached at:
Dave and Rhonda
PO Box 638
Parma, ID 83660
- Hook: Daiichi #2051
- Thread: Orange 8/0 Uni Thread
- Body: Pink Wool
- Ribbing: Fine Oval Silver Tinsel
- Hackle: Hot Orange Schlappen
- Throat Hackle: Purple Mallard Flank
- Wing: 4 Shrimp Orange Neck Hackles tied back to back
The combination of colors in the Winter Spey, has proven to be a winner on the bright cold days of winter. Fish the Winter Spey close to the bottom in large sizes 3/0 and 1.5.
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