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About Tattered Fly Fishing Blog


The old Ketchum cabin On a hot summer day in 1977 just outside Ketchum, Idaho my father taught me how to throw my first fly on the same creek that his father taught him. Each year my father and I visit that same creek to pull brookies and rainbows from the water, discuss life and enjoy the solitude.

A long time resident of Logan and Salt Lake City, Utah I currently live in Eagle, Idaho with my wife and 4 kids where I design software for a Fortune 50 retailer.

Aside from fly fishing my other hobbies include oil painting, photography, racquetball, running, snow skiing and lately kayaking.

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Author on Silver Creek. Photo by Hugh Griffith In looking in my fly box there are really only two types of flies: Pristine new flies and the tattered ones. While the new flies hold promise for what may come the truly interesting flies are those that have seen action. Behind each tattered fly lies a story and adventure either remembered or forgotten and many a weathered fly fishermen will tell you flies seem to fish better after it’s caught a fish or two. A “beat up” fly can better emulate the randomness of a biological world.


Tattered Fly has been recognized for visual design and/or CSS on the following sites: CSS Beauty, Design Meltdown, CSSBloom, CSSElite, Light on Dark & Logopond. The flybox logo was also a topic of discussion in the Design Panel discussions at WebVisions 2006


With my recent move to Idaho I am smack dab in the middle of some of the most amazing waters and rugged scenery for fly fishing. Over the coming weeks and months I hope to chronicle the fish, fishing spots and experiences that I have on my trips. My entries will also include gear reviews, hopefully a weekly fly pattern from a good friend that is a wiz with a vice and bobbin and anything else even remotely pertinent to fly fishing. I hope you find entertaining and informative. Enjoy.


Author with an Idaho Steelhead To provide a “richer” user experience I post pictures on the site as square thumbnails. You can click the thumbnails in the excerpts and articles to view a larger image.

The pictures on Tattered Fly have been taken with several cameras over that past two years. One camera met an untimely death in the Owyhee when it fell out of my fishing vest.

I currently use the following:

Camera 1: Canon Powershot A610
Camera 2: Canon 5D. Lenses: Canon 70-200mm F2.8L IS, 50mm f1.8, 24-70mm F2.8L


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