WHO WE ARE:
Everything tells a tale. Every pool, every leaf, every fly, every thread wrap, and every car ride contain countless potential stories. We want to tell those stories, and help you create your own!
We exist to help you make those tales with your friends, family, and by yourself! Our shop offers everything you need to get started fly tying and fishing.
We have a wide variety of ways to help you! We offer classes for both the beginner and advanced angler and fly tier! We have local knowledge to get you on new water, offer guided trips to speed up your learning curve, and have all the gear you need!
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Shop Phone: 434.818.2007
When it comes to human aesthetic we love contrast. Wood grain floors contrasted with all white walls, black and white checkered tiles, etc. Contrast helps us see things more clearly and makes objects pop. When something is all one color it, in many minds, is drab, dull, boring, and unpleasing (picture an all-white psychiatric ward room). I think fish are similar. They love contrast.
If you have been fly fishing for any substantial amount of time you have heard of the Wooly Bugger, this variation brings the Wooly Bugger into the 21st century.
“One of the coolest things about fly tying is that it's all up to you. The creative possibilities are near endless….Below are 3 brief and random ideas revolving around unique patterns you may find helpful and hopefully they will give you some confidence in the unique…”
If tying small flies is something you enjoy, or hate, you may glean some useful tips in this article on tying and selecting proper materials for midges and other small patterns!
"With all the new materials and patterns that seem to come out every other day in the fly fishing industry, I thoroughly enjoy revolting against the "more, more, more" culture and getting back to simplicity.
Winter fly fishing is an excellent time to practice simplicity in your tying. With numb hands, minimal bug activity, and less pressure on the water you can really hone in on technique, while being eloquently simple with your fly selection..."
One of the pressing realities for a specialty fly shop is figuring out how to make the best flies possible as quickly as possible. To keep every fly the exact same and crank out 6 dozen flies in a few hours is not for the faint hearted. I am a little bit obnoxious about finishing an order as fast as possible - just ask my wife. I am also a little anal when it comes to maintaining quality with my flies. I want them to be as best as possible. It's another balancing act. Most times if I had to slide either way I would pick quality every day, but what I have been investing in has been ways to make large quantities with great quality as quickly as possible.
Essentially, how can I tie flies as perfect and as fast as possible?
These are eight tips I use to speed up the process that can help any level of fly tier.
"Most fly patterns are created to help fill a need or a void in your box: something that floats insanely well, incredible visibility, floats right under the surface consistently, and of course, an imitation of a particular bug, etc. Let's be honest though, with the creation process millions of incomplete, flops, of fly patterns sit in mental (or physical) trash cans of fly tiers."
"I can’t tell you how many times I read, or was told, that one of the most important things on your fly tying desk is - a quality light.
Over and over people talked about lights and lamps, and how much they helped. However, I had two issues with this proposition. 1) I’m not as old as everyone that always told me how important they are. I figured I had quite a few more years before I really needed a light, and 2) I’m cheap. I would rather save for a new vise, than spend a few bucks on a lamp that I never even touch. Which one would really be more impactful on my tying?..."