I grew up devouring fly-fishing books and was especially fond of the flies created by Roderick Haig Brown, Letcher Lambuth, Wes Drain, Syd Glasso, Polly Rosborough, Walt Johnson, Harry Lemire, Les Johnson and most everything in the templates in any of Trey Combs’ all-encompassing steelhead books. Even though I spend my time now chasing and guiding for monster Hawaiian bonefish, I grew up in steelhead country. What does steelheading have to do with bonefishing? Well, in fly development, I gravitated early to the great steelhead tiers of Washington, British Columbia and Oregon. I was really drawn to those “buggy” looking flies, flies tied with natural materials that pulsated and breathed. I love palmered hackles, egg sack splashes and tails with segmentation. This love of natural materials kept me away from Krystal flash and other shiny stuff. I still sneak in a strand here or there on some patterns, but for big Hawaiian bonefish I try to stay close to the colors of nature, the colors of our flats.