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I almost NEVER look at my Facebook feed. Did it this morning. Made the trip from happy to sad and back. Considered opting out—again. Decided not to. Facebook is like life. There is joy and despair in the world, our community and our lives. Not realistic to ignore the aspects of life that I don’t agree with.   Ideas and opinions that I find disappointing are agreeable and bring joy to others.  Life is never simple. Friends are complex individuals. I’ll stay, hoping that an occasional post shared from this blog to Facebook will bring something good to a few people, like-minded or not.

On this Memorial Day, I share my wish that each soul on this earth will experience something good — and that some unpleasantness will be resolved or if necessary, endured.

The future is ours to build.

Jay Nicholas May 28 2018


In Memoriam – my friend Norm Norlander

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My dear friend Norm Norlander passed on recently, leaving me with a heavy heart and the urge to head to my fly  bench where I devoted several hours tying some of my favorite summer steelhead wet flies on the NORVise Norm developed years ago.

Jay Nicholas Summer Steelhead Flies Macks Canyon

I first met Norm two decades ago as I struggled to learn how to use his rotary vise. A few phone calls later, Norm kindly walked me through the basics of his vise and the Nor Bobbin’s clutch feature and I was off and running.

Jay Nicholas Summer Steelhead Flies Moose Baby

Thank you Norm. I miss being able to pick up the phone and continue planning  our upcoming trip to dory fish at Pacific City this year.

Jay Nicholas Summer Steelhead Flies Green Butt

The flies shown in this post are a few of my favorite summer steelhead patterns tied with my NORVise.

Jay Nicholas Summer Steelhead Flies Stargate Blues


Jay Nicholas Summer Steelhead Flies Boss

Norm’s contribution to the fly tying fly fishing industry are many, — I’ll always remember his kindness right alongside his willingness to help us all strive to be better tyers and people.

Jay Nicholas – May 2018




Catching up – April 20 2018

  1.  heading to the Spey Clave for a brief visit today with Garren Wood.

2. Boomer and Gracie are getting along very well. Our family is blessed to be able to care for their every whim, Our folder of cat photos is larger then my folder of fly and fish photos.

Jay Nicholas Boomer and Gracie

3.  Fished with Bob Hooton. Hope to see more of my friend in months to evolve. I remember when I put coolers of ghost shrimp on the greyhound bus in Coos Bay to ship to Bob in corvallis so he could fish for the early runs of summer steelhead in the Santiam system. This was in about 1978 and 1979. Wow. The fishery has sure changed since then.

Jay Nicholas and Bob Hooton Pacific City a

4.  Fished with my friend Mikhail Skopets from Russia. Good time. Safe travels Misha and come back to fish again, Maybe we will catch a springer next time.

Jay Nicholas and Mikhail Sopets at Pacific City


5.  Dinner at cabin with friends Ed, Guido, and Misha. Crab dipped in garlic butter at midnight. Rockfish and spaghetti dinner. Stories told and corrected for the record.  Good times but I was up waaaaaay to long after my bedtime.

Jay Nicholas with Guido Mikhail and Ed at Pacific City 2

6. sketching – adipose on a male chinook

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7.  Fly photography. These are favorite summer steelhead wet flies.

Jay Nicholas Summer Steelhead Traditional Flies copy


9. Looking to the future and completing Salmon Fisher’s Journal. It will be done in its own time. Progress is good but slow. The end result will be stunning.

Thanks for everyone’s well wishes and patience. My best right back to all of you. I expect fo fish a lot in the next several months, spaced in with family time, work on the Journal, fly tying videos, and lord knows what.

May your time here be filled with kind people, flies, and fishing, and whatever brings you joy. Share your joy please.

Jay Nicholas – May 20 2018