Don Bastian DVD’s and flies are for sale…

On May 2, 2011 I announced that I officially joined the internet site MyFlies is a site conceived, owned, operated, and managed by Sharon Butterfield. It is essentially an internet storefront for fly tiers, guides, lodges, authors, speakers, etc., all sharing the commonality of fly tying, fly fishing, and ordering flies tied by local and regional fly tiers.

Wet flies for fishing (or collecting – signature cards provided with orders on request) – tied by me, framed reproductions of the wet fly color plates in Ray Bergman’s book, Trout, and my three instructional fly tying DVD’s are for sale there. With time I will be expanding my pattern selection on to facilitate quick and easy on-line ordering. This is a great aid to me since I do not have my own internet ordering / selling web site.

On the right side of this site under Favorite Site Links I have placed a tab that will take you directly to where my instructional fly tying DVD’s and flies can be viewed, and purchased.

Purchasing arrangements with credit cards or Paypal can easily be made on the site. And the first single fly pattern I have placed there is the RSP; a great little streamer / baitfish pattern. For information on ordering the RSP please see the post on this site titled, Magalloway River Brook Trout Trio. Customer reviews and ratings of my work are also available.

Custom orders for Collector’s Edition wet flies, framed flies, and also fishing flies, whether nymphs, drys, terrestrials, soft-hackles, wet flies, streamers, bucktails – may be custom-ordered by contacting me directly via e-mail or phone. Thank you all for your support!

Nature’s Spirit Duck Wing Quills…

Hi everyone:
At the Somerset, New Jersey Fly Fishing Show in January of this year, I was wearing a shirt with my name on it. As I was talking to Mike Martinek, a man walked up to us and noticed the name, and said, “Hey you’re the guy who has the DVD!” Someone had just told him to seek me out when he had asked about learning to tie wet flies.
Anyway, it turned out that the man was Ron Weiss, new owner of Hook & Hackle Company. He has owned the company for five years. I used to buy from them on a wholesale level back in the 1990’s, and asked, “Are you still in Plattsburgh, New York?”
“No, I moved the company to Pittsburgh,” he replied.
Long story short: H & H sells Natures Spirit duck & goose quills. Ron is a fly tyer and desires to provide customers with good quality duck and goose quills. I think they have like 15 colors…how cool is that?!

Here is a link to photos of the quills:

And a link to the web page where you can purchase:

I also sell duck & goose wing quills, but I know I could not keep up with demand so I have not advertised that, and sell what I have at shows. My feathers are high-graded and priced more, but Nature’s Spirit feathers are probably just about the best quills obtainable on a retail basis.

Hope this helps some of you find feathers…

King of the Woods

King of the Woods

Thread: White Danville 6/0 Flymaster, black for the head.

Tip: Flat silver tinsel (Gold tinsel is shown on the plate image in Mary Orvis Marbury’s book, Favorite Flies and Their Histories, 1892).

Tail: Yellow over scarlet, married.

Ribbing: Oval silver tinsel (oval gold tinsel was used on the image in Marbury’s book).

Body: Yellow floss

Wing: Red, upper ½ wing, married to ½ each black and white. The King of the Woods image in Marbury’s book shows the wing to be married in equal thirds.

Hackle: Black

Gut: Japanese gut, 4#, made in occupied Japan.

Hook: Mustad black japanned 3370 blind eye, size #7.

The King of the Woods wet fly is not shown in Fishing with the Fly, 1883, co-authored by Charles Orvis and A. Nelson Cheney, but it is illustrated on the color plates in Mary Orvis Marbury’s book, Favorite Flies and Their Histories. There is no pattern dressing within the book’s page, so one must rely solely on the color plate image. While I have possessed a copy of Marbury’s book for many years, I got my recipe for the King of the Woods from a photograph of Adirondack wet flies on the cover of Adirondack Life Magazine, a 1987 issue. The fly in the photo sported a silver tinsel tip and ribbing, and the wider section of the red duck quill in the top half of the wing. Marbury’s book states that the King of the Woods is of unknown origin; the only comment about the pattern is that it was created to be a companion to the Queen of the Waters. I have never fished the King of the Woods, but I bet it would still take brook trout.

Also interesting: the King of the Woods tied by Paul Rossman as photographed in the Orvis chapter in Forgotten Flies has a wing of red, then bronze mallard, topping gray mallard. I do not know where that recipe variation came from. Even on the old color plate in Marbury’s book it is pretty clear that the wing is red, black, and white, though Paul did a great job marrying the bronze & gray mallard, and that version is also strikingly beautiful.