According to Steve Raymond, tying flies requires imagination and skill, creativity and discipline, patience and vision.” But for the fly fisher, tying flies is more than thatit is the creation of a living insect from fur, feathers, or synthetic materials and is an art and a passion.
Blue Upright discusses the fly patterns that have served Steve Raymond most faithfully over the years. There are well-known and famous flies, such as the Crazy Charlie; there are flies that wouldn’t be recognized outside of the Pacific Northwest; and, more interestingly, there are flies of his own creation, which he uses alone or shares with only a few close friends. Here, he shares not only the flies but also the stories that go along with some of those flies, which include the Carey Special, Thompson’s Delectable Chronomoid, the Green Machine, and the Blue Upright.
Each of Steve Raymond’s favorite flies call to mind memories of landscapes, anglers, and fish that have passed through his life, and each of his stories will appeal to beginners and experienced fly tyers alike.
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Steve Raymond is the author of, Rivers of the Heart, Nervous Water, The Year of the Trout, and many more. He was the winner of the Roderick Haig-Brown Award for significant contributions to angling literature, as well as the editor of "The Flyfisher" and "Fly Fishing in Salt Waters" After a thirty-year career as editor and manager at the Seattle Times, he retired and now lives in Clinton, Washington.