Archive for March 16th, 2009


Perhonsidonta (fly tying from Finland)

beehttpwwwgajafliesitbugs_itahtmltlescaleSome very unique and beautiful Finnish Flies by Ville. Such a variety of talent here. I also noticed a lot of Finnish sites highlighted quite exact imitations of insects and aquatic life. This is a little seen talent in the U.S. Not saying it does not exist because I saw three such tyers this past Saturday, but they are a rare tyer. Enjoy the Finnish tyers and use the Tranlating Link by Google to sort out the text if the pictures don’t help.  Look at that great pupa pattern below..looks to be a woven body. I didn’t see a pattern but believe if the correct material/colors or something close were used and the weaving direction I posted this past Sunday were used, a close copy could be had….


Brian O’Keefe (redux of impressions and wisdom)

I mentioned, in a recent post, that I had bumped into Brian O’Keefe and his lovely wife Judith at the Albany Expo. He had once responded to the SwittersB blog re the fly fishing industry and in particular his success within that industry. I wanted to once again post his response to me because it is indicative of the following: Brian is a nice man; he has seen all aspects of the industry and in light of his recent successes with Catch Magazine, it is timely to give an inside glimpse of the man and his down to earth persona.   

Brian O'Keefe

Brian O'Keefe

“Now, to the other side of the sport, once an angler gets some sort of notoriety. I am still embarrassed at club introductions. Some guys will go on and on when I would really like to be introduced as just a fishing bum with a camera. I have just as much respect for a local guy in Washington who has six lakes wired, who has several steelhead streams dialed in and can tie great flies and cast well. He may not get an invite to float a river in Argentina for free (nothing is free, more on that later) but he might be an excellent father, husband, dedicated nine to five worker, etc. That describes a lot of my local fishing buddies.”

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