Confessions of a Madman

thisisflyUtah fly fishing wunderkind Bryan Gregson and Corey Kruitbosch give you an exposé on one of the new breed of fly tier, Clark Pierce (a.k.a. Cheech), in the latest edition of This Is Fly:

Some say tradition should be the guide in tying. That is ironic because today’s tiers are as diverse as the materials that they use. There are the bead-head’s debate, and the always-fun natural vs. synthetic arguments. Cheech plays this game on his own terms. Freedom does not come about by following rules and his tying shows his ability to create without restriction. His progress is fueled by his quick recognition of failure. The bottom line is skill requires dedication, surrender, and discipline.

The above mentioned crew fishes a lot, and wrangles with pigs. From the sounds of it, they have a lot of fun doing it too.

To hell with tradition. Go read the whole thing, beginning on page 67.


James says:

Nice job here Gracie. I got to give it up for Bryan and Corey, great article, well depicted, and I imagine Cheech is a badass! A few years back when Bob Mercer was tying some pretty crazy shit, (when compared to the traditional stuff) many folks turned their noses up cuz it didn’t play well by traditional standards. I of course bought stock.

I admire guys that breech the edge of non conformity and bring a fresh new edge to fly fishing. This is exactly the kind of bad-assery that this industry needs!

I’d like to share some of the Primalfly ugly bugs with cheech and compare notes.

Good stuff-BITCH!

Thanks (for only calling me ‘bitch’ once). While I’m just the messenger here, I agree with everything you’ve said. Folks like Cheech (as well as BG and Corey) are what the sport really needs.

And yet the traditionalists hold on. Read this desperate plea for a return to the good ol’ days, complete with a shameless (and blatantly obvious) product plug. Whining about thy wrist, while old man Lefty can still undeniably cast longer and more accurately than most every one of us? Complete fail.

PS: h/t to Midcurrent for the link.

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