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