At this very transitional period, I have just made time and decided to make announcements along with changes in this catalog = my fly shop.
I have tied many many a fly since last fall till this spring, both for sale and my own use. As you know, my tying has expanded to some intricate and complicated Atlantic Salmon Flies with quite an achievement. Consequently, my trout flies have been significantly improved. "Improved" may sound like they used to be poor.....No, as you and I know, my tying skills have been good and my flies have been producing trout. I'd like to say my trout flies, especially selections for spring creeks, have reached several steps above those flies sold in bins at most fly-shops.
Now majorities of patterns in this catalog are my own original patterns that I have designed and tested and then trout have approved them gladly. I still show some other tyers'/shops' patterns here as they are respectable patterns and important arsenals for my fishing and guiding. As you have noticed, every now and then I add some touches and interpretation to them.
My flies deserve to be competitive to those in fly-bins (tied somewhere else by people who are told to do so). So patterns used to be priced $2.00 has become $2.25 from now on.
Some of my original & signature patterns are $2.50 from now on.
Also this tiny little increase in price really helps me keep running the business (shipping & tax). So please understand.
Also I'd like to mention following notes and changes.
- 6 minimum of one size & color. Most customers order by 1/2 dozen (= 6), 10, or a dozen (= 12). I really appreciate and I recommend so. However, every now and then I am asked "two of this and three of that"......... This is very time-consuming for me and most likely impractical for your fly selections. I turn down these orders.
- FREE Shipping for orders over $50.00 (in regular postage). For orders less than $50.00, I'd like to add $2.00 for your order.
- I have decided to give away all the tying instructions for my original patterns in Microsoft Word Files upon request. Although I still type up written instructions in case when I submit my patterns, I still can't catch up with all the photo-shooting and typing any more as my original patterns are constantly growing. Also my YouTube channel has been gaining constant subscribers/viewers and I've been publishing articles with these flies on Fly Anglers Online. So there's not much sense to keep doing old-school typing and photo-shooting. I don't devalue them but I just can't catch up with any more.
- I simply email you Word Files. I don't handle other formats. I expect being asked politely and ideally with some fly purchases. I may refuse who would sound rude and wanting as many files as possible with minimum purchases. I hope this doesn't happen but in this era of online, who knows who I'm talking to and who's watching here. It's just common-sense and my comfort level.
Thank you for your patronage, reviews, and subscribing to my YouTube channels!!
I hope we all have another great fishing season!!