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• After 21 years on the internet, Westfly will cease operation on October 31.
• There are two primary reasons for this decision. First, internet technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, but after 55 years in the world of computers and high tech, I have diminished enthusiasm for keeping up with that pace.
• The second reason is closely related to the first: I'm getting older. I remain fit, active, and in good health, but for the last few years I've been simplifying my life so I can better focus on family, travel, writing, and maybe even a little more fishing.
• Perhaps some bright and energetic techie-with-a-fly-rod will come up with new and better ways to serve the western fly fishing community. I certainly hope so.
Tight lines,
Uncle Fuzzy (Scott Richmond)


Pictures of Fish. Started by Patrick. Latest reply by dragginfly, 10/17 11:37

October 2019 Arts & Crafts. Started by Caddisman. Latest reply by Caddisman, 10/18 19:56

A Brief History of Westfly--Part 7: An Evaluation (Final Chapter). Started by Fuzzy. Latest reply by Mr. Moon, 10/17 19:15

Gold Lake - FYI. Started by TheCamel. Latest reply by Doublebluff, 10/17 16:19

thought i had time.... Started by Mr. Moon. Latest reply by Canuck from KS, 10/19 09:44


Better Fishing in October?
Read One of These!

What Can We Learn from Competitive Fly Fishing?. Devin Olsen, a member of the US Fly Fishing Team, shares some very insightful tips about how to size up a river and tells us why we shouldn't just fish the same-old same-old way. MP3 audio, 14.43.

Spey Casting Tips from Mia Sheppard. World champion spey caster Mia Sheppard shares some tips on spey casting. (Video)

Tactics: Hangout and Hangdown for More Steelhead. Many steelheaders omit or shortchange one of the most important aspects of their presentation.

Dry Fly Steelheading on the North Umpqua. Guide Dean Finnerty tells us how to skate dry flies for steelhead on the North Umpqua. (Audio)

Lower Deschutes Steelhead with Sam Sickles. Get Deschutes steelhead tips from guide Sam Sickles. (Audio)

Deschutes Blue-Winged Olive Hatch. Some of the Deschutes' best dry fly fishing is in February and March. Tips and tactics from John Hazel. (Audio)

The Perfect Hopper. Looking for a hopper imitation that's easy to tie and works on nearly every type of water?

Tiny Flies. Tiny flies--size 18 and smaller--are just the ticket for fall trout.

Choosing a Steelhead Fly Color. What color of steelhead fly should you choose for different conditions? Three pros offer their thoughts.

Egg Flies. From fall through winter, eggs-over-easy are on the trout menu.

Waterboatman: Bi-atheletes for the Fall. If you're fishing stillwaters in the fall, you'd better know about waterboatmen.

Tying Better Ants. Ants can be a major part a trout's summer diet in both rivers and lakes. What makes effective fly?

Saddle-Case Caddis. The most important stage of saddle-case caddis (genus Glossosoma) is usually missed by fly anglers.

Go Below for BWO. Is a dry fly the best answer during a Baetis hatch? Not always.

October Caddis. This big, widely-dispersed bug is ignored by many fly anglers. Trout don't make that mistake!

Quick Tip: Wind Drifting. This simple tactic for lakes is like cheating!

Fishing the Blue-Winged Olive Hatch. Fly fishing for trout this month? Better know how to fish the blue-winged olive hatch!