Just a little introduction. I’m a Western Colorado native, born just west of the glorious Black Canyon cut by the ever bountiful Gunnison River in a small community known as Delta, Colorado. Then spending my youth growing up along the banks of Surface Creek in the quiet town of Cedaredge. Home to some amazing trout fishing, and breath taking scenery, tucked just beside the Grand Mesa National Forest. Now for the obsession. Esox…raising the difficulty and not being the most common fish to be found in this area. But if pursued, success can be found. Recently I have become consumed in thought of pike/musky (esox) and flies they chase. For the last three years, Esox Lucius has me pegged. Stumbling upon some of the best (in my opinion) tiers and fishermen I have yet to meet. The internet has been a never ending source of info for this appetite as of late. Simon Graham, Brad Bohen, Jay Zimmerman, Kelly Galloup, Nick Granato, just to name a few. These guys have some amazing minds to dream these flies up. Here’s a few recent concoctions I have been inspired with from these gentlemen.
I’ve only been tying flies for about four years. I have always kept busy creating something over the years. As a kid I was a Lego maniac, followed by model planes, leather work and fishing. There’s some great tutorials out there that really can help if you need a little direction.
I want to give a big “Thank You” to Brian Wise of Fly Fishing the Ozarks for the amazing videos he has done. They have really fueled my streamer passion for trout along the way! If you haven’t seen these do yourself a favor and hit up some You Tube action.
This last streamer is a keeper and it’s Ian’s own recipe. He was telling me that he was thinking about naming it “Stool Pigeon” and I think that’s going to stick. Cool name and it fits the fly, don’t you think?
Look for Ian to be putting more big flies out there in the future. He’s rocking the vise already!