|The Hayward Fly Fishing Company|
The Murdich Wiggler
I took three flies home with me to discuss on the blog. One was called the Murdich Wiggler, a neat looking pattern with a flat profile. The owner (Larry Mann & Wendy Williamson both own HFFC) said it was the hot pattern because crayfish are presently molting and this baby looks like soft shelled crayfish. His advise was to hop the Wiggler and hang on tight. I'll be trying this on the Mississippi this weekend.
|Murdich Wiggler - Rootbeer Color|
The next fly I'm going to detail is a common Whistler....not a ton to talk about since this pattern is a standard in just about everybody's fly box, but it is a very nice example of the streamer.
The Ultimate Reverse Tied Streamer
This last pattern grabbed me instantly, a clear champion that reminded me of Gabe Schubert's reverse tied works of art. Larry went on to tell me this streamer is a very good producer in their region. The color scheme was loud, but strangely appealing. Take a look and see for yourself.
|Reverse Tied Minnow|
Back to the Shop
The three patterns I took home were only a very small sampling of the bass and muskie patterns on the shelf at the Hayward Fly Fishing Company. The inventory at this place is staggering (in a good way!) If you are a fly hoarder you need to see the shop!
Larry was very friendly, a real pleasure to speak with and hopefully get to know better. I wish I could visit his shop more often, but it is nearly 3 hours from my doorstep to his place....not a shop I could just hop in the car and visit....what a shame.
Aside from their fly selection the shop has everything a guy would need to hit local waters. From waders to rods and reels they have it covered. I am sure they are great guides as well....I'll have to find out this fall!
Here is a great video that demonstrates the expertise of this shop. This leader system uses the slim beauty....a very simple and strong musky leader.
If you are a fly fisherman you have to find a way to visit this shop...one of the best shops I have visited to date.