Tied by Pete Hiatt*
*About Pete Hiatt
Body: Black yarn butt with solid silver tinsel body.
Wing: Split Polar bear with Jungle cock.
I came from Portland, Oregon and started fishing 18 months later. I got
my first steelhead at the age of 5 which was the start of my downfall.
I went to high school in Newport with all the salmon and steelhead
fishing that area provided.
I got two Engineering degrees at OSU in Corvallis and mainly
fished the Alsea and Crooked River. There were no engineering
jobs in the NW at that time so I settled in Ventura, California
at the Pacific Missile Test Center, Pt. Mugu. I was a DOD
engineer and the NAVY's expert in the propulsion systems
of the TOMAHAWK and HARPOON cruise missiles. I was also
the Senior Engineer for experimental ground ordnance
testing at the base.
Now decent fishing is hard to find in Southern California
and when I saw some fellows digging a ditch from the ocean
to the mouth of the Ventura River, it raised my curiosity. The
river is dry for most of the year, but the winter rains form
a bit of a lake betwixt it and the ocean until it breaks
through the built up sand dune. As I found out, there was
an unknown (to most) steelhead run that a few locals took
advantage of. Sure enough, there were steelhead coming up
the newly dug slot. That was heaven for many years until
I finally returned to Oregon.
I settled in the middle of the best American hunting/fishing
country outside of Alaska here in Central Oregon. I have
a fancy wood business for gunstocks and do some marketing
for a local resort. I also raise Egyptian Arabian horses.
My fly fishing life began when an alleged friend swiped
my uncle's boat before I could one day and came back to
shore with a chest full of cutthroats caught on fly.
Then my uncle showed up and instead of chastising him,
we had him guide us with a couple of extra fly rods
he had handy (I have learned never to turn down an oarsman).
That was the start of my downfall into fly fishing. Flies
available from the local shop fell apart too easily so I started
tying my own. I put myself through college engineering tying
and guiding on coastal rivers.
An early retirement found me easy prey to more of the same
affliction, although my hero and mentor, Joe of Joe's Worms
& Juicy Grubs & Special Protein Drink keeps me fishing
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