Saturday, March 31, 2012

Meet Jay & Glenn Fair

Got to American Fly Fishing Company about 0900 and introduced myself to Jay & Glenn Fair. What great guys. Come to find out they live just up the road from Sacramento about an hour or so. Jay was tying up some of his speciality flies and had made up a package, for those of us attending, to take home and take a shot at tying a half dozen new flies. The packet also included a simple, but cool tool for shaping hackle. No, I'm not going to tell you what it is.

Glenn & Jay Fair
While I was watching Jay tie flies, he was talking about the look of his flies. The thing he said that stuck in my mind was that they don't have to be perfect, just "buggy" enough to catch fish and the ones he was tying, catch fish. 

Since we were expecting a big storm to roll in this morning, I said my goodbys at 1030 and headed out. The wind was already blowing at a good clip and the rain was not far off. I headed east to Folsom to run a couple of errands and then headed up the hill.

Before I ever got to Folsom, the rain started and by the time I got home, it was raining hard. Now, at 3:15pm it's snowing hard. Weather guessers said snow down to 4000ft. (Again, we're at 3200 ft.). Got to love a job that you can be wrong most of the time and still get paid for it.

I didn't spend any money, but once I get the new flies tied, you can bet I'll be ordering supplies.

Again, what great guys and photogenic too.

Till next time.



  1. Mark
    I need to go and watch a fly tying demo, like you did and I may get motivated to start learning to tie some patterns for myself. Thanks for the motivation

  2. I agree with them. "Buggy" flies are much more like to catch fish than those at look incredibly realistic. Dam snow any way!

  3. "Got to love a job that you can be wrong most of the time and still get paid for it." Sounds like a major league baseball player at bat.

  4. I'll take a scraggly dubbed buggy looking fly any day.

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