Simple flies are the bread and butter and workhorses for most guides.  There is nothing a guide wants to do less of after a long day guiding on the water than spending several hours at night at their vises grinding out a pile of flies for the next days trip.  Over time, most guides develop or borrow a number of patterns that fall into the category of guide flies; simple, effective patterns that take maybe a couple of minutes to tie.

Most guide flies in the trout realm will habitually fall into the category of nymphs, but any type of fly be it a streamer, dry or wet fly can fit into this category.  What is also a great byproduct of their simplicity in design is you most certainly won't feel that bad if you or your client make an errant cast into the bushes, hang bottom or lose one on a good fish.  Well, minus that last example.


I'd like to take this time to formerly apologize for the lack of activity on the blog as of late.  Most of you who know me personally would only assume that I had bitten off more than I could chew once again; your assumptions were correct!   The last of the larger renovations to our little cape style house are now behind us, and after several weeks with our furniture packed into one room of the house and the garage, we can finally say that things are somewhat normal; well if there is such a thing as normal.

Minor last minute tweaks have been going on weekly with the final stages of the book prior to it's release (what a process), and a little face lift of sorts took place in the tying shop.  I finally have a work station that will suffice, but once again, I will forever need more space.  I have begun work on some new flies that show a great deal of promise, and now that my life is back in order, I will make good on some fly videos that I have simply just not had the time to put together.  Life at it's finest, but I am pretty sure with a sound level of certainty that many of you out there can relate.

The fishing, despite the lower water and lack of rain has actually been very good, and the brown trout once again have been very kind to me so far this fall.  I will leave you with a parting shot of one of my more memorable fish.  The next few months I have all kinds of good stuff going on aside from shows and appearances, one of which is an entire face lift to this web page, something that I have been putting off for far too long; it's time!  Expect some more content here with a greater level of frequency; now go out there and enjoy some cool fall weather and those aggressive fish we all have grown to love.



Dave J
I received your book today, thanks for getting it out so fast, it looks great and I can't wait to get through the book and start tying up some … read more