Christmas of 1989 is when Steve received the gift of his first fly tying kit. In complete enjoyment he practiced for hours upon end, tying many different types of flies. Steve gained further expertise in this area from studying the pros like Billy Munn, Jimmy Nix and Chris Helm. As time went on, spinning deer hair not only became a favorite of Steve’s, but he was a natural at it.
Steve’s been tying bass bugs and trout flies ever since receiving that first fly tying kit. He has demonstrated his tying skills in Oregon, Idaho, Montana and California at Federation of Fly Fishing events. Steve has also tied at the International Sportsman’s Expositions in Pleasanton, San Mateo, and Sacramento, California. The Fly Fishing Shows in San Rafael and Pleasanton, California have featured Steve as one of their tiers. In 2009 Steve won the Northern California Federation of Fly Fisher Fly Tier of the Year Award.
The waters of the Sierra supply various species of trout that make a bountiful day of fishing – well worth the time spent at the tying table! Steve also enjoys wetting his fly line out on the California Delta for Largemouth and Striped Bass. As a team member with Chuck Sterni in 2008, they took first place at the 1st California Delta Bass and Fly Competition.
You can see Steve’s handy work below.
Steve has been fishing his Articulating Diver pictured above. Here is the details about this fly and how Steve uses it on the California Delta.
Bass fishing on the California’s Delta Float Tube / Boat / using the Articulating Diver
1. I like to start casting to riprap or tulles or any kind of structure.
2. Move enough so you cast every 3ft along the levy.
3. Make six to eight inch strips and vary the strips fast/slow.
4. On real sunny days early morning and late afternoons are the prime times
5. On overcast days fun could last all day!
6. If the surface bite is slow change to a intermediate line and start over
Recipe for Articulating Diver
Hook: Daiichi 2546 1/0 or larger
Tail: Peacock Sword
Body: Peacock Herl
Hackel: light pardo Whiting Coq de Leon
Diver: Deer hair stacked and cut Tantalizer Style