The coolest fly tier I know

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Now I think it is about time to do some blog posts on some of the folks in this wild world of steelheading I find interesting. Now I am not sure how many of you have ever heard of David Nelson, so listen up. He and his strikingly elegant flies are some of the most beautiful and original patterns in have seen in a long time. Fusing classic materials with modern appeal, Dave’s flies move and look like no others!!! Having seen his stuff work first hand and having spent some time with Dave himself, one gets to understand the person and the angler!!!

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Dave started his commercial tying as a custom tier of Striper flies. His saltwater patterns are still some of the best flies going. Has his passions have changed Dave shifted towards the pursuit if Steelhead!!! It happens to all of us! The best part was when his addiction to steelhead happened he brought with him his unsurpassed creativity in fly design. This is good for the rest of us, and for Dave too I guess, lol. If Dave’s flies were paintings they would encompass a time frame from Da Vinci to Warhol. The secret is getting a hold of his patterns… Dave keeps to himself and buying does take a bit of time, but well worth it. So you can check out his website http://www.squimpishflies.com/mainpage.htm If for nothing else but some fresh ideas as to what modern steelhead flies can be!! enjoy

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The last thing I can tell you about Dave is he is just a great person!! his love of speyfishing rivals my own! Cant wait to fish with you again brother!!

Trout fishing is just about to get GOOD. Plus upcoming classes

Not a bad way to spend a day!!!

Not a bad way to spend a day!!!

The Stone fly hatch is slowly coming to and end and even will the ever diminishing number of big bugs the fishing will become more consistent. These hunger Redsides have developed a huge appetite but with the large calorie items in short reserve, caddis and mayflies will become the more favored fodder. Many caddis sizes and colors to come and the ever consistent mayflies hatches will force the thick bellied trout to continue their quest for more and more calories to consume a far higher number of there other rivers food items to make up for the missing stoneflies.

Nice to keep the big ones wet!

Nice to keep the big ones wet!

The next few weeks are the best fishing of the spring. Get your glasses on because the fly size has gone down but opportunity has just gone up!!! Tippet size in decline but stealth going up. If you want to see if the caddis fishing is as good as the stonefly shoot me an email. We are ready to show you the trick and fish.

The East Coasts best Spey Clave going!

East Coasts best  Clave going!

I have a few up and coming classes one in Wyoming with High Country outfitters. These classes with be one on saturday and sunday be ready to learn! I love giving all the students all the info I can or that they can handle. The other classes I have coming up are in NY, at the great Spey Nation event. I will close the doors on the Friday class at 6 students so if you are interested shoot me an email, soon er the better. I will also Be available for private tuition on both saturday and sunday. I will be ready, hope you are too.

Stable rivers make Steelhead happy!

Always great to bring a fish to hand.

Always great to bring a fish to hand.

Love those wild one!!

Love those wild one!!

Well it feels good to back pursuing steelhead on my home water, with a double handed rod lightly pressed in the grasp of my hands. I really feel at home doing these things. After a week of chasing reds in 85-90 degree afir temps and near 80 degree water temps i am back to normal. The week on the Texas flats was AWESOME boating between 40 and 50 fish in 3 days, we lost a day to the start of hurricane (typhoon) Patricia. We have set dates for next years annual Redfish trip already. The dates are October 17-22, there will be more info on the AWA’s new events page coming soon.

Nice Black Drum hidden in with the Reds.

Nice Black Drum hidden in with the Reds.

That eye and the blue of that Tail, awesome.

That eye and the blue of that tail, awesome.

Tricked another black drum into chasing a fly.

Tricked another black drum into chasing a fly.

these fish are just perfect for fly angling, the way they chase and take are amazing.

these fish are just perfect for fly angling, the way they chase and take are amazing.

Back to the Steelhead, after some odd up and down with the river flow things seem to be more stable. This helps the fish relocate their favorite holding locations. That couple with the reducing amount of Salmon in the river, spells better fishing for the October Brights or the newest of our late returning fish.  Fishing a sink-tip here and ther has not hurt either, just a heads up, getting later in the year.

Light sink tip and flashy fly took this beauty!

Light sink tip and flashy fly took this beauty!

Chose wisely James!!!

Chose wisely James!!!

Lastly I will be giving Steelhead classes again in November on New Yorks Salmon river with Patrick Ross. There are a few open spots still contact him at huntpat59@msn.com for more details. Hope you are all getting out and hooking a few fish! enjoy Travis