Advanced Intruder Strategies is available to order now!


Finally finally finally. Got it published on Amazon Books. If you would like a signed personalized copy, let me know and I’ll order a batch and ship them out in a few weeks. Meanwhile, the book will be available for quick delivery directly though Amazon. Your own local Fly Shop may contact me and I’ll provide signed copies for their customers and ship to their shop with a little notice.

Trey Combs says, “On a personal level, Jay’s book is a companion volume to my Field Guide to Western Birds: fly fishing as comfort food, something I visit daily and consume in small bites, a new fly to think about and one day tie.”

Advanced Intruder Strategies features over 40 new Intruder like flies in a wide variety of styles on tubes, shanks, and traditional hooks.

Greg Senyo says, “Tie until your fingers hurt, and smile as you do, because this book is a labor of Jay’s love of fly tying and fishing . . . . . ”

Thanks to my friend’s encouragement and support as I have worked on this sequel to Intruder Essentials.

This book digs deeper and broader to explore the family of flies that have so loosely been labeled in one form or another as Intruders. You will find articulated shank flies, articulated tube flies, Mohawk style flies that I refer to as half-Intruders, and a nice selection of flies I refer to as Micro Intruders.

Each of these flies has passed my exhaustive testing and earned approval in both swim tank and on the river in the winter of 2015/16. Has every fly actually earned a grab? Of course not, but I’m confident that each fly is a winner, and these are flies that I carry and fish routinely.

Thanks to my many readers for your support.

Jay Nicholas September 24th, 2016

Fishing with Rob and Capt John out of Pacific City


Progress. Time on the water with friends John Harrell and Rob Perkin yesterday. The black sea bass were a lot of fun and Rob picked up a nice silver too.

I am grateful for this life and my family and friends who are so very supportive.


Capt John Harrell and Rob Perkin with nice silver salmon.
Capt John Harrell and Rob Perkin with nice silver salmon.


Jay Nicholas, September 23, 2016.





Got my Clouser Box ready to fish!

A perfect Clouser Box.
A perfect Clouser Box.

Why mess with something that’s perfect just as it is? Best flies on the planet for king salmon are the Boss/Comet and the Clouser. I posted my Bosses on Instagram already yesterday. This is my Clouser box. Well, not all of my Clousers but just one view of one box. Got a few more boxes ready to go. May start this weekend if I’m able to do so.

My deepest thanks to my many close and distant friends who have wished me well in the last few months. I’ve made tremendous progress, managed to sketch, tie some flies, and do some writing in between taking walks. I am on the mend and have great aspirations for more progress day by day.

I wish each of you good spirits and the strength to persevere through the days when you may find yourself struggling to keep your head above water.

Jay Nicholas – September 16th, 2016

7 PM Presentation in Salem tonight September 8th 2016


Wow, where has the time gone? I’m counting down the hours until 7 PM when I’ll be showing my saltwater fly fishing video at the Santiam Fly Casters meeting at Pringle Hall in Salem. The venue is one block south of the Parkway on Church St. I am REALLY looking forward to meeting new friends and connecting with old friends at the meeting. I’ll talk about how much fun saltwater fly fishing is and how accessible it is too. Dwight Klemin told me to expect 50+ people at the meeting and that sounds like a fun crowd that should include a few hecklers to spice up the evening. Thanks in advance for the opportunity to be there!

Jay Nicholas, September 8th, 2016

Sea-run Cutthroat Fly Sketch…

Jay Nicholas cuttroat fly sketch 082516

This simple ink sketch is my closer on five days of Sea-run cutthroat flies. You may choose to fancy up your wet flies or keep them simple, and they will all be effective if you can find these beautiful fish in a taking mood. Two friends lately have found the fish – but they were so spooky in low clear water that there was no chance for any interest on the fish’s part. One of these days will dawn cloudy and drizzly – and that will be my cue to head out for Sea-run cutthroat fishing.

Meanwhile, I’m tying a little, sketching a little, and dreaming a little.

Jay Nicholas, August 25th 2016

Sea Run Cutthroat fly: Day FIVE

Jay Nicholas Sea Run Cutthroat Fly 5

I’m closing with the fifth fly I tied five days ago, a 3XL version of the Dead Chicken shown in Les Johnson’s Sea-run Cutthroat book. The hook is a size 8 the body is bright yellow uni yarn, and the hackle is long stiff grizzly from the base of a rooster cape.

I’m likely to be pretty quiet until I show up at the regular meeting of the Santiam Fly Casters in salem at the Pringle Park Hall at 7 PM on September 8th.  I will have a chance to spend a little time with Dwight Klemin at dinner at the Ram Pub before the event and that will be really nice. I’ll speak and show amateur videos on saltwater fly fishing, and also talk about sea runs and salmon fly fishing too.

I’m really looking forward to the event and re-connecting with many old friends.

Jay Nicholas 24 August 2016

Sea Run Cutthroat fly: Day FOUR

Jay Nicholas Sea Run Cutthroat Fly 4

I transformed the Dead Chicken from Les Johnson’s Sea-Run Cutthroat book by using a 3XL hook, switching up the hackle and making the hackle a little wider. Coastal cutties love yellow bodies , red tails, and natural brown hackle. Simple, effective, and fun to tie. Enjoy this fly on day four. JN –  23 August 2016. (note: the body is UV yellow ice dub, very subtle, and the rib is fine silver Lagartun oval – you will Probably need to use the feathers located at the very base of a rooster cape in order to find hackles this long – you may also substitute pheasant rum feathers to get long fibered feathers for this fly)

Sea Run Cutthroat fly: Day Three

Jay Nicholas Sea Run Cutthroat Fly 3

Day Three is another simple wet fly that sea-runs eat like candy ha ha. Seriously, these drab wet flies are seriously effective. I’ve dressed this one with a red tail. The hook is a TMC 2499 SP-BLB size 8 – a very nice hook that does not require barb-pinching. The body is chocolate brown Ice Dub and the hackle is olive dyed grizzly. The hackles on this fly are down-sized from the wide spider-style that I used on the flies on the first two day’s patterns. Sometimes less is more. Sometimes not. This is a fly to present to fish that have previously rejected a larger sized fly.

Jay Nicholas; 22 August 2016

Sea Run Cutthroat fly: Day One – thanks to David Wang

Jay Nicholas Sea Run Cutthroat Fly 1

Here you go David Wang – I will post one fly each day for five days – all will target sea run cutthroat trout, but all are also suitable to swing for summer steelhead on warm autumn evenings and cool mornings. No recipes. Nothing fancy. All tied on #8 hooks.  All wet damp flies. No rationale or hype. Just five flies that I hope to fish in the next month.

This is not something I would normally do, but out of respect for David Wang, Frank and Jeanne Moore, Mia Flora Sheppard, and my many fellow tyers, I sat down this morning to tie all five flies. It was not simple. Then came the photography. Naturally I forgot how to do that part and had to re-discover the process like always.

I do not have someone to nominate for this task/honor to continue, but will leave this to anyone to take up if they are willing and able to do so.

The days are pushing over a hundred degrees here in Corvallis lately. A cramp in my left shin is hampering my walks. Four more weeks ahead to get off the stupid stupid stupid anti-depressant meds. I should be ready to fish by then. Meanwhile, here is Fly One. I’ll take Courtney and Lisa to Farmer’s Market this moring for a few hours shortly. My best to everyone on this Saturday.

Jay Nicholas, August 20th 2016