Dan began tying flies when he was ten years old. He has designed over 200 patterns of flies that are the trademark Delektable™ collection utilizing both traditional and new age materials. His fly patterns are now tied by Riverborn Fly Company in Boise Idaho and supplied nationally. His passion for fly tying is as strong now as it has ever been. He is constantly thinking about, designing, tying, and field testing his new designs in the great Madison River just outside his door and other rivers he guides including the Big Hole, Beaverhead, Ruby, Missouri, Stillwater, Yellowstone, and Big Horn Rivers. Dan loves to make stuff and started building rods in 1975. He now constructs custom graphite, fiberglass, and bamboo rods at the shop. He started Beartooth Flyfishing in 1982, constructing Made in Montana braided leaders, hand-tied leaders, and fly rods.
Dan has access to an apartment, car, and flats boat on Andros Island in the Bahamas. He spends a good amount of winter time fishing the salt for Bonefish and many other saltwater species. He has an opportunity to design and test his saltwater patterns while on Andros Island.
Dan has guided in Montana’s trophy rivers for over 25 years. He built the Beartooth Flyfishing lodge in 1989, with the help of friends. He greatly values the friendships he has built over the years. His love of the mountains, the solitude, and the peace is exceeded by his appreciation of all the people who have treated him like family. Dan loves fly fishing and all the challenges and rewards it brings. He looks forward to continuing to innovate, to being in touch with nature, and to continuing to bring the joys of fly fishing and deeper knowledge of fly fishing to even more people.
- Hook: Nymph Hook 2XH, 2XL in sizes #14, #16, and #18
- Thread: Red 6/0 Danville
- Bead Head: Silver Color in 3/32 size for sizes #14 and #16; 5/64 for #18 and #20
- Tail: 8 Fibers of Mallard Flank dyed Medium Dun Color
- Body: Holographic Red Tinsel Medium size super glued down; Do-Not get the glue on the tail.
- Ribbing: Silver Fine Wire ribbed in the same direction as the body.
- Thorax: Ice Dub UV Gray
- Wing case and legs: Midge flash in the light blue dun color 8 strands pulled over thorax and then split into four strands; then tied back and cut to length of body.
- Hackle: CDC Natural Dun 2 or 2 _ turns on sparse side.
- Head: Hares’ Ear plus Dubbin Dark Hare’s Ear Color
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