Why? by Kirby Coderre

In the tradition of Cowboy Poetry, Coderre manages to put the reasons, motivations, and emotions behind the question into an introspective piece of poetry. Why?

Why? by Kirby Coderre

Understand what Fly Fishing is.
Fly Fishing is 4:30 AM wakeups
It’s Tying knots with frozen fingers while standing hip deep in freezing water
Fly Fishing is casting into gale force winds
It’s risking falls
And hours at the vice envisioning a day on the water.
Fly fishing is Braving the weather
And hiking for miles to that “magic spot”
Fly fishing is anticipation and frustration.
So why do we love it?
What drives us to such lengths?
Does it keep us sane?
Give us solace?
Does it feed our soul?
Does it give us an appreciation for resources at risk?
Or a past that is only a hint of memory?
Does it connect us with nature, ourselves and each other?
Or is it that each cast gives us a new opportunity for hope
and a story to share?
Find your water…

-Kirby Coderre


Youtube Channel: Mid-Life Flysis
Youtube Video: Why?


Davie McPhail Tying Andre Puyans Loop Wing Dry Fly

Andre Puyan’s Loop Wing dry fly pattern is one that stands out from most with a unique looped wing post. While at first glance it may look like the loop is constructed from hackle, it is, in fact, a section of teal feather fibers. Andre Puyans a well-known and respected fly tyer and angler and is credited with fly patterns such as the A.P. Nymph series and the Loop Wing dry fly series. Davie does an incredible job tying this signature pattern.

Andre Puyans’ Loop Wing dry fly pattern recipe

Hook: Fulling Mill Ultimate Dry Fly size 14
Thread: Uni-8/0 Yellow
Tail: Light Speckled Coq de Leon
Body: Blue and Yellow Macaw or Pheasant Tail
Hackle: Grizzle Cock Saddle
Wing: Teal Fibres


Youtube Channel: Davie McPhail
Youtube Video: Loop Wing Dry Fly pattern

Andre “Andy” Puyans

Andy started his fly fishing life in the East, tying flies at the age of nine and eventually under the watchful eye of fly tying legends Darbees, Dettes, Art Flick and Ray Bergman. Andy eventually made his way to California to run the Abercrombie and Fitch office in San Francisco in 1958. He was also a founder …

Exert from Legends of the Henry’s Fork

Robert E. Eddy - Loop Wing Blue Dun
Robert E. Eddy – Loop Wing Blue Dun

Con Man Streamer tied by Gunnar Brammer

This fat meaty morsel of fly looks impressive, but not overly complex. Gunnar gives tyers a step by step tutorial on his Trout Nugget/Jerk Jr. hybrid pattern known as the Con Man. The Con Man is a dream for predator species such as pike and bass. The real magic in the fly comes from blending the colors in the dubbed head with the colorfast markers Gunnar uses.

Con Man fly pattern recipe

Rear Shank20mm Flymen Fish spine
Tail: 1/8th inch Rabbit Zonker – Olive Variant
Belly: Steve Farrar Flash Blend – Yellow, Herring Back
Hook: 1/0 Partridge Attitude Extra
Head: Laser Dub – Olive Monster Dub – Yellow
Color: Chartpack Markers – Black, Orange Red Sharpie
Eyes: 7mm Flymen Living Eyes


Youtube Channel: Gunnar Brammer
Video Link: Con man Streamer


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