If you are one of our club’s fanatical and
devoted fly tiers, this November’s guest speaker is Mr. William Logan who
is a well-known and highly talented flytier from New Jersey.
Bill Logan’s passion for fly-tying began
around the age of 5. As a boy
growing up fly-casting on the South Platte River in Colorado, he always
loved the early spring, when the two-inch wriggling nymphs of golden
stoneflies sent trout into a feeding frenzy. At home in the evenings, he
would watch his father, who wrote about fishing and hunting for the Rocky
Mountain News, turn tiny hooks, feathers, fur and thread into lures that
resembled the nymphs and other tasty bugs.
“It was like magic,” Bill recalled. Eventually, Bill was given
a single hook, which he transformed into his first trout fly using scraps
of thread from his mother’s sewing kit.
Bill put himself through school twice. He has a
Bachelor and Masters of Fine Arts. He
lived in New York City for 10 years working as an editorial illustrator
and Production Supervisor for LIFE magazine.
While studying art and working as an
illustrator in New York City, he grew familiar with the bugs of the
Catskills, home to some of the world’s best fly-tiers. In 1993 he
entered his first ultra-realistic fly, an Isonychia nymph in
an international competition run Mustad.
Bill Logan’s fly won.
Not for fishing! One of Bill Logan's super-realistic art bugs.
He began testing new techniques and materials in his
single-minded pursuit of the perfect replica. The pieces that would soon
be on display in Manhattan are not for sale. They’re all essentially
prototypes. But he won’t turn down commissions if there is someone out
there seeking an ultra-realistic fly of his own.
Logan has become a favorite among serious art
critics around the country with ultra-realistic trout flies that take him
150 hours to tie and are complete down to the antennae and the delicate
gill tufts. Bill has been featured in Fly Rod &Reel, as well as
illustrations have appeared in such publications as Life, the Saturday
Review and Forbes Magazine. “His flies are works of art, more like
sculpted models than fly patterns. Bill
creates startling taxonomic detail and realistic morphology,” Darrel
Martin editor of Fly Rod & Reel said in a recent column.
us on Wednesday,, November 7th to see Bill’s fly tying demonstration on
pattern ideas and solutions followed by a slide show covering how flies
perform and function in the water as well as fly fishing. This is going to
be a great meeting so bring a friend.
Bob Slamal shows a
striped bass he caught at Lake Skinner.
Bob Slamal, our October 10, 2001 speaker, grew up fishing Deep Creek near
Lake Arrowhead with bait until he was converted to fly fishing. He
fished Montana and Wyoming on family vacations. He's since fly fished
the US from Alaska to Florida, and overseas from Baja to Norway. He
was part of the 1993 winning four man team at the Jackson Hole One-Fly
Tournament and has been on the US National Fly Fishing Team.
Bob now runs Riverside Ski & Sport where he conducts fly fishing
classes and guides Lake Perris and Temecula's Lake Skinner. He's developed
special patterns for the stripers at Lake Skinner. He also runs
summer trips to Pinedale, Wyoming with his son Scott.
C. Boyd Pfeiffer, our September speaker, is an award winning outdoor
journalist known for his fresh and salt water fishing expertise.
He’s the author of: Fly Fishing Bass Basics, Fly
Fishing Salt Water Basics, The Complete Book of Tackle Making, Bug Making
: A Thorough Guide to Making and Tying Floating Bugs for All Gamefish-Bluegill
to Billfish, and The Compleat Surfcaster, and many articles for
He’s been the outdoor editor for the Washington Post and a past
president of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, who awarded him
the Ham Brown service award.
Boyd makes his home in Phoenix, Maryland, but has fished throughout the
world, including the US, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Panama, Belize,
Columbia, Costa Rica, and elsewhere.
will be talking about the World’s Greatest Fly Fishing Trips.
Our August speaker, Roger Bloom is the California Dept. of Fish and Game Wild Trout
biologist for Southern California. He recently moved down from Northern
California after working on the Statewide Wild Trout Program for more than
Roger says "I am excited about my new position and I look forward
to meeting the anglers in Southern California. I believe that there is
great potential for the trout fisheries in southern California and know
first hand that the support group already in place is phenomenal."
11, 2001: Ken Hanley
Saltwater Fly Fishing in Estuaries
and Harbors of
Ken Hanley, our July speaker, will cover the wonderful opportunities
for exploring our inshore saltwater habitat. His show will focus on
"protected waters", areas where foot anglers and small craft
operators can both revel in the beauty and action of pursuing wild
gamefish on light-weight flyrods.
It's the perfect introduction to exploring untapped fisheries in our
local region. Species included in the show are sand bass, halibut, white
seabass, and much more. Ken is a 30-year veteran of the adventure
recreation/environmental education industry.
He’s written a number of books on salt water fly fishing: Fly Fishing
The Pacific, Mexico: Blue Ribbon Fly Fishing Guide, California Fly Tying
and Fishing Guide, The No-nonsense Guide to Fly Fishing Northern
California, Fly Fishing Afoot In The Surf Zone, Fly Fishing Afoot for
A freelance writer and photographer, Ken has also a Contributing Editor
& Columnist for California Fly Fisher, and has written for many fly
fishing periodicals. He’s a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of
Ken is owner of Adventures Beyond (Established 1977 - programs
conducted with over 10,000 students) Adventure travel business and field
seminar/workshops. He’s an instructor specializing in outdoor adventure
skills including fly fishing, mountaineering, and wilderness photography.
Ken is on the Sage Pro Staff his sponsors include Wood River, and
Ken's extensive field experience spans the globe; from the highest
peaks in Tibet and the Himalayas, to the remote wilderness regions of
Asia, New Zealand, Mexico, Europe, and North America. From pan fish to
roosterfish, he's caught over ninety different species of fresh and
saltwater game fish.