Autumn is a special time in the Black Hills. You can’t beat that feeling of knowing hungry fish are looking up and blue ribbon waters are right out your backdoor. To celebrate (and to say thank you to all of our awesome customers), we are putting together our inaugural Spearfish Creek Fly Shop “Day of the Fly”, a gathering for everyone interested in fly fishing in the Black Hills and beyond. Enough food, cold beverages, guide staff presentations, fly casting contests, and fly fishing talk for any angler hoping to enjoy an afternoon in the northern hills. Stay tuned to the website and this newsletter for dates and times. We will schedule it for late September or early October.
As our newsletter evolves, we hope one thing will remain constant...the content will be engaging, entertaining, and educational. We will continue to feature Spearfish Creek Fly Shop guides, but outside contributors will also show up from time-to-time. Our future contributors have us excited for the content that will be presented in future editions of Black Hills on the Fly. Look for articles from Craig Mathews, founder of Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone. Craig brings years of world-wide fly fishing experience, and a passion for conservation, and belief in the benefits of fly fishing that is second to none.
John Cooper, former secretary for the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, also has a knack for fly fishing, but lives to hunt ducks in the fall. My grandchildren (Andy and Jacob) and I look forward to joining John and his grandsons in duck hunting traditions that extend from opener thru full ice. Hunting and fishing education is an absolute mission for John Cooper. He should be commended for all of the work he has done in this realm. I have recently read a book by Terry Grosz (former supervisor and federal warden in the Dakotas) titled “Preserving our Wildlife Heritage”. This very interesting book highlights the love that wildlife officials have for the resources they work for, and tales of those who misuse and exploit these treasures. We will have this book in the fly shop in the next week, so stop in and get a copy for yourself or someone you know who loves the outdoors.
Another great angler that we can’t wait to feature is Steve Knoble, a physicians assistant from Gettysburg, South Dakota. Steve spent the better part of 10 years living and working in Nepal before moving back to work in Onida. He ties showpiece salmon flies and fishes salon extensively in Lake Oahe with his fly rod. On one of his great days he caught three salmon from shore while four $75,000 boats, loaded with anglers and gear, watched longingly catching nothing. Finally, it got the best of one of the boats. They floated carefully in close by to find out what exactly this angler was using. To their amazement, those fish were all caught on a small purple soft hackle fly. As a gift to fellow members of a local fly tying club (the Tuesday Tyers) Steve created an exquisite salmon fly pattern mounted in a shadow box. The Tuesday Tyers has been meeting for over 20 years, and Steve is a valued member of the club.
We hope these contributors will bring value to your angling lives, and look forward to featuring new content for you down the line. If there is a topic you would like to read about in the future, do not hesitate to let us know. Thanks for being a part of our community!