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Guide Flies

There are flies that you hang on the wall; there are flies that look awesome in the boxes at the fly shop.  Then there are the flies you want in your box when you are at the river; these flies are called “Guide Flies”.  Typically used by fly fishing guides, these are the flies that I not only tie, but, that I fish myself.  If you were on a desert island with a trout stream and you only could have 10 fly patterns, these are the ones…. well, when i finally finish up taking pictures and writing copy for each of the flies there will be around 10 of them here on this site.

 

Guide flies are typically not “secret” flies that no one knows of. Instead, Guide Flies are patterns that have been researched, studied, river tested and modified over years of use.  And all the guide flies that I tie are deadly effective to fish.  I know because i fish them myself.

 

I tie all these flies myself.  I fish the flies i tie.  i don’t offshore tying to quickly mass producing sweat shops in Siri Lanka.  A lot of retailers claim they use the highest quality hooks and materials.  And some do.  There are a lot of great retailers out there.  Well my promise to you is that I do.  I am always trying and testing new materials and patterns.  I use a combination of natural and the latest synthetic materials.  I’m a technology guy by trade, so I test and liberally use all the latest technology advances in tying materials, especially fluorescent, Ultra-Violent and even glow in the dark materials.  Additionally i do time consuming methods, like soaking huck hoppers in Loon Fly Dip so they float longer, if not all day.

 

Guide flies are therefore a little different to standard shop bought patterns. Some of these dry fly patterns don’t look so pretty when viewed from above.  The trout do not view them from above. These flies are designed for the most success in fishing them.  They are not designed to look pretty.

 

I have been sending flies to guides all the way down to total beginners all over the world for years. Not in huge quantities, but enough to necessitate the need for this site so that I can scale without killing myself.  If you are a guide or outfitter feel free to send me an email.

 

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