Bill Blackburn


This is the start of a Bill Blackburn collection. I've got some Bill photos somewhere. But I haven't found them yet.
Bill is a top-knotch bamboo1 rod maker, fly tier and fishing guide. X-fishing guide anyway.
Bill Blackburn
One of the most interesting photos here is Bill's Taiman fly. Bill spent several seasons over there in Mongolia. And he did catch a 57" Taiman at one point. This fly is about 5" long, and Bill described it as "small" for a Taiman fly.

I and a lot of other tiers I know always seem to have two audiences in mind: fish and fishermen, where fishermen really means "publications." It's fun and rewarding to get recognition for your efforts. So I don't denegrate that impluse. I tie that way. I put my flies on the internet and I (occasionally) try to write articles about them for publication in magazines. I have no regrets. That's what I do. But I'd be a liar if I said that implulse didn't influence the way I design and tie flies.

Other tiers I know neither care nor in any way think about that kind of thing. They tie flies to fish with and that's it. Bill is like that: his flies are influenced only by fish and fishing. You can see it in his work. I almost randomly chose about 40 of Bill's patterns to photograph here....from a box of several thousand flies. What follows is a snapshot of a flybox that evolved over 30 or 40 years, from West Yellowstone to Alaska to Mongolia and then back to Montana again.

One final note: Bill Blackburn ties a lot of Thunder Creek Minnows. At least he used to, because he sure does keep a lot of them in his working fly boxes. One interesting thing: Bill told me he "has the most success" with small ones. I didn't ask Bill specifically, but a lot of the little Keith Fulsher minnows he ties are well under an inch long. Now that is interesting. It's not often you see streamers of any kind tied that small.

1 Bill is the guy who makes all of Tom Morgan's amazingly beautiful bamboo fly rods.
 

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Micro-streamers

ABomber
ABomber

Black-Ant
Black-Ant

Mini-thunder-materials
Mini-thunder-materials

Thunder-wire
Thunder-wire

Scud
Scud

Red-head
Red-head

Taiman-Fly
Taiman-Fly

Hex-nymph
Hex-nymph

Letort-Hopper2
Letort-Hopper2

Blackburn-thunder-creek
Blackburn-thunder-creek

Popsicle
Popsicle

SHWetfly
SHWetfly

Fuzzy-sedge
Fuzzy-sedge

Red-Ant
Red-Ant

Stimulator
Stimulator

Olive-Elk-Hair
Olive-Elk-Hair

Gray-Wulff2
Gray-Wulff2

Bills-vanilla-thunder
Bills-vanilla-thunder

Thunder-Creek
Thunder-Creek

BWO
BWO

Thunder-bill
Thunder-bill

Beadhead-Flasher
Beadhead-Flasher

Olive-Emerger
Olive-Emerger

Yellow-Wulff
Yellow-Wulff

Cricket
Cricket

Olive-Dun
Olive-Dun

Gray-Wulff
Gray-Wulff

Chamois-worm
Chamois-worm

Green-Drake
Green-Drake

Black-Wulff
Black-Wulff

Bill-Blackburn
Bill-Blackburn

Red-worm
Red-worm

Thunder-Creek2
Thunder-Creek2

Bill-Blackburn-Green-Drake
Bill-Blackburn-Green-Drake

Clipped-Adams
Clipped-Adams

Ephron-Quill
Ephron-Quill

Beadhead
Beadhead

Hex-nymph2
Hex-nymph2

Maraboozle
Maraboozle

Letort-Hopper
Letort-Hopper

Foam-Beetle
Foam-Beetle

CDC-Mayfly
CDC-Mayfly

Quill-blackburn
Quill-blackburn

Smuddler
Smuddler

Smuddler
Smuddler

BiVisible
BiVisible

AStreamer
AStreamer

Thunder-Creek3
Thunder-Creek3

Blue-damsel
Blue-damsel

Mickycreek
Mickycreek

Sthunder-wire
Sthunder-wire

Red-tagged-pecock
Red-tagged-pecock