I realized the other day I have been relatively quiet both here on the website and on social media.  Social media more so for the better part of this year.  I guess you could say I am currently in a phase of disgust with it all for a lack of a better term.  Team that up with a busy "life schedule" and well here we are.  Some of the "life" stuff is a hell of a lot more important to me these days so I am really not complaining, but I'd be remiss to not at the very least throw that out there.  One constant however has been the numbers of flies that I've been turning out for people, I am here to tell you that I have all of my current retail orders done and either shipped or on their way to the post office as I type this.  My shop customers who I have running lists of flies to tie I will be starting your stuff next week upon my return.  

Return?  Yes you read that correctly, I will be back in Wyoming again come Wednesday for the now annual, Flyshop Of The Bighorns gathering including myself and a handful of signature fly designers from the Montana Fly Company.  This has become one of my favorite get aways each spring now and I am happy to say that my wife Megan will be joining me this year.  If you forgot what last year was all about, here are  a few pictures from that trip to remind you all.  I will see you all again in a week, so any orders that come in from now till then will not be started until my return.  Be well and have a great weekend.  


Well folks, the time has come and I am happy to say that I have with the help of my web guy Todd, finally integrated my online web shop into the website.  The shop itself is going to be a constant work in progress as I continue to add content to it in a variety of ways, but for the most part all of the flies  that were listed in the old shop, including a couple new ones are present.  When you click on specific color schemes under each fly, you will quickly get a photo to the left of the description that will coincide with the correct color scheme.  I will however advise you all, not all colors are represented this way however.  If the color is not represented, the site defaults to the image that you initially see for that particular item.  As time goes on, I will filter in pictures for all of the color schemes listed so that while you are perusing the shop, you can simply click the color scheme you are interested in and be able to see exactly what the fly looks like.  This task will take some time so please bear with me.   


You will all notice that the materials section when you click on it is currently empty.  I still have all the materials for any of the flies tied in my library of videos if you need to purchase some to tie those bugs.  I haven't quite figured out exactly how I want to lay out the materials in that particular section of the store.  A simple email will continue to start the process of getting you those wanted materials until I venture into that secondary project.  Again, please bear with me while I figure out what will be the best plan to provide you all a listing of those sought out materials.  

On a side note, I currently have a full compliment of Scud Dub from Yellowstone Fly Goods in stock for making my Classified Caddis Pupa, so feel free to drop an email if you need any dubbing and I will invoice you accordingly.  Having everything integrated into one area will make things much easier from a business perspective and hopefully help all of my customers easily find what they are looking for.    

One thing that hasn't changed is the quality of the flies that you will recieve.  I wouldn't sell you a fly that I wouldn't put in my own fly boxes, on the best hooks and with the best materials.  For more details just go to the shop tab or click HERE.  Thank you all and have a great day. 

Guide flies are some of my favorites.  Simple, quick and effective patterns that don't break the bank on time and money.  The Laser Muddler is just that, a guide style fly that just plain catches fish and doesn't require lots of time at the bench.  

When coming up with this pattern, it was imperative that it held some of the characteristics of the original design; the broad head, two tone color scheme from the turkey and a lighter underbody.  What I was looking for was something familiar but different, and essentially a smaller streamer I could use primarily on some of my brook trout streams.  What I found was a great quick tie that not only worked in that particular venue, but on my larger rivers for bigger browns and rainbows, but also on many stillwaters for a variety of warm water species.  

So sit back, grab a cold one and watch this quick video, I think you'll like it.  Oh, and by the way, she's got 18 months of fun under her belt and I am happy to finally share this one.  Enjoy.



Chris Valko
Just wanted to send a note to thank you for all the help you've given me in the last few months. I only started fly fishing about a year and a half … read more