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!!

Rose City Casting Spey Casting Comp!

Was an absolute pleasure to cast at the first anaual Rose City Spey Casting comp.

Was an absolute pleasure to cast at the first anaual Rose City Spey Casting comp.

Well It had to happen sooner or later, a Spey casting comp in our lovely rose city At the West Moreland casting ponds. It has been a vision of mine and still will be, but in the meantime I want to support all those who share the same passion for Spey casting that I do. After much thought and a gut instinct that told me I needed to be there, I was making sandwiches at 3 am and decided, I need to be there, so I went. Long story short I made it to the ponds with 45 mins to spare. Enough time to suck down some strong coffee and get about 25 mins of much needed casting time in, followed by another 6 mins in the casting station, I was as ready as I would be that morning. I readied a cigar and took my spot as a volunteer on one of the angle change makers. Drawing casting position 6 i took off about caster number 4.

Congrats to all the casters of the inaugural event. I hope to see the number 18 grown into 40 or 50 caster, someday.

Congrats to all the casters of the inaugural event. I hope to see the number 18 grown into 40 or 50 caster, someday.

I went off and slowly warmed up only making short casts. thing seemed a little better, we would see. My name was called and on the clock my time had begun. It is always different when the clock is turning. my first 4 cast only one felt good… but the next 4 2 were good and the last round of cast held the last piece of the 4 cast total. I hoped it was enough but with 12 more casters only time would tell.

Now I want to thank all those who put this event together. I have tried to work it out on my own so I know how much work it is. Thanks to big Greg, Erik, Simon, Loc, and Tyler!!!! I hope to cast at another Rose City Event. I was there to support this event to help it grow, if people in our industry want to expand our industry these small things are a gateway. great event put on by good people. I don’t feel to bd sitting here writing this blog looking at my new noise maker, thanks to Saracione for the winning prize of a nice LHW 4″. I hope that all interested come and watch, even better I hope those who are on the fence come cast and get the experience. Maybe they will have a Novice division so that people wont feel as intimidated to be in that spot. Thanks again, was great to see and catch up with you all.

 

Travis