Jay Fair

#1
A colleague of mine who is a relative of Mr. Fair pointed out to me this week that he continues to be an active innovator and marketer of stillwater-specific tying materials and fly patterns.

www.jayfairflies.com

For those unfamiliar, Jay Fair developed unique dyes for marabou and hackles and provided Denny Rickards with the materials he used to design his signature patterns. That burnt orange saddle cape that Denny touts at all the outdoor shows? Yup, that came from Jay. Jay guided on Eagle Lake in the northern Sierras for many years.

My goal with this post isn't to promote Mr. Fair's business but to recognize that a pioneer of modern stillwater fly fishing is still active and contributing to the sport well into his 80's. Pretty cool.
 

Teenage Entomologist

Gotta love the pteronarcys.
#3
I fished Eagle Lake a few times since I lived in Northern California my entire life. I met Ron Lewis, owner of Sierra, Stream, and Mountain Fly Shop in Chico, CA. He sent me a ton of Jay Fair materials for free. I was very grateful. He now owns Jay Fair fly tying products.
 

Drifter

Active Member
#6
Well that's what I call these level flies for stillwater steelhead. Hell, I was just practicing last summer, I'm actually going to try this summer and some of that material looks "SPICY" for my "STILLHEAD FLIES"

Simple name by a simple person I guess ;) I LOVED THE BROWN MATERIALS HE'S SELLING!
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Irafly

Indi "Ira" Jones
#10
In my life long quest to catch a fish in all 50 states, I have managed both Hawaii and Alaska, but somehow California has escaped me. Maybe Davis could end that.
 

Teenage Entomologist

Gotta love the pteronarcys.
#11
Right now Ira, on the Lower Sacramento River below Red Bluff, you can catch over 20 trout in a couple hours. Those are hatchery steelhead though, but above Red Bluff, there are mostly only natives.
 

Irafly

Indi "Ira" Jones
#12
Right now Ira, on the Lower Sacramento River below Red Bluff, you can catch over 20 trout in a couple hours. Those are hatchery steelhead though, but above Red Bluff, there are mostly only natives.
Well I'll just take an 11 hour drive and hit it this weekend. You know what it's almost that tempting, too bad it's not a lake though. :)
 

Teenage Entomologist

Gotta love the pteronarcys.
#13
Right now, California is in a drought, and there's no rain whatsoever. Fishing is on fire though; the trout here are hardcore. Hopefully it'll rain soon, cross your fingers! Some of the reservoirs are so low, that some of the lake bottoms are showing. The Lower Sac is still at 55 degrees, and the trout seem to be doing fine during these touchy circumstances.