Damian Welsh Classic Salmon Fly Tyer's Facebook Wall

Saturday, December 16, 2006





Some Tying Time!

Well, had a bit of a chance to pull a couple Dee flies
out of the vice over the past 2 days, hope you enjoy them.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Parma Belle Variation

Here's is a photo of a variation on the ol' classic wet fly pattern, "Parmachennee Belle".

Again, a bit since my last post. I've recently found a new passion, Bird Watching. I'm posting a picture of a "Painted Bunting" a rare sighting here in Grand Etang, Cape Breton for this time of year. The bird should be wintering in Mexico, Southern tip of Florida or the Carribean by now. We've captured some photo's and I'd like to share one with you.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Well, it's been a long time again between posts, still so busy with the new job and family. I do however have some news on the fly tying front......

The 2007 Winter issue of Fly Fishing & Tying Journal just hit the shelves and I have a fly I designed appearing in print in the "Patent Patterns" contest column.

All and all things are very busy, wanting to get back to the tying bench and writing more articles for "Hatches Magazine" and continuing with my writing course with the North American School of Outdoor Writing. Looking forward to a cozy winter in Cheticamp, feeding the birds, snaring rabbits in the back yard and writing and tying flies on those cold windy winter nights that are soon to come.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

All the Best,

Damian Welsh

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Been a Long Time

Well It's been a long time since I posted last, I've been in Ontario for the past week for work and haven't been online much. Looking forward to getting home and getting everything packed and moved to our new place.

Hopefully once things settle down I can do some work on my websites and get some flies tied.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Durham Ranger

This one is for Sale on Ebay. (Click Here)

The Official Fly of Nova Scotia

Here is a shot of the official fly of Nova Scotia. It was designed by Bill Carpan of Scotsburn Nova Scotia. This is my interpretation of the pattern, pretty much exacting as the original.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Some tying Tonite

This is an Orange Parson, it's tied on a 4/0 Noble S style blind eye hook that was
hand made for me by Matt Inman. Matt, wonderful hook!! Thank you!

Hope you like it!

Friday, September 29, 2006

I've just posted this for sale to Ebay.
Click on the Link Below!

Evening Star

Well I had a bit of time today to do up a fly, wanted to try the evening star, always liked this pattern but was scared to try it. The Jungle Cock is very tricky.

Well here it is.

Working on New Association Website

Well I've had a few days off since leaving my old job and waiting for the new one to start. I've been playing with a new website design for the Nova Scotia Fly Tyer's Association. An Association that I founded in the Winter of 2005.

Here's our official logo, designed by my friend Jesse Samson, Jesse built the first site, but like all things change is needed eventually.

I hope to get it active soon for all to see.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Arial view of Cheticamp. The community is surrunded by mountains. Because
of its unique topography, the area is famous for some of the strongest winds
in the world. At times, roofs have even been lifted right off of buildings by the
fierce south-east winds called the suĂȘte, a spring-time wind storm that can
generate winds in excess of 200 km per. The location was initially chosen by
fishermen because the area is ideal for landing and drying fish. The harbour
was at one time one of the deepest in the area. It is still a major fishing port.

Where we are moving

Well here's an arial shot of where we are moving. The town of Cheticamp is a bit further down, just out of this picture, but this is the end of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Cheticamp and the view of where we are moving.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Well it's been awhile since I posted anything, things have been pretty busy, haven't done much tying at all. I've been sick a week and a half and starting to shake it a bit, that time of year.

I've also been working on landing another job and as of today I'm finished working for EDS Canada and start in the next few weeks a new exciting career as a Call Centre Manager with another Company. I'll be moving at the end of October about 200 km's further up Cape Breton Island to a Town called Cheticamp and I'm looking forward to next years Salmon Season.

Here's some pictures from my week-end fishing trip with my father and uncle.

This is a shot of our Clubs Camp. A shot of my Dad landing a fish while my uncle
plays another, double header!!!

All in all we had a great trip, good food, good laughs and good fishing!!! Thanks for doing all the
dishes guys!!!!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Here's a shot of me in front of the Alexander Graham Bell Mansion
in Baddeck last summer, just going through some old pictures today.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Been Awhile

Well it's been awhile since I posted. Things have been pretty busy, interviewing for a new job with a different company, visiting family, spending time with my wife and the kids. So little time for Internet or tying.

Here's a shot of my latest ties. Hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Another Pic of the Highlander

Green Highlander

Some more tying time today.
Here's a Green Highlander I tied, it's sitting on a 12" long
Speckled Kori Bustard feather. I used Hen Saddle for the
body and throat hackle and really like the fullness of the hackle
compared to that of the Salmon Fly Cock Necks that we
usually use for the hackle.

Flies like this are available via my website and ebay store

Ebay Store

My Website

Thanks for stopping by.

Okay, didn't go to bed. Here's another one

Here's another Ackroyd, couldn't go to sleep so I stayed up a bit longer and here's the outcome.

Monday, September 04, 2006

New Fly Tonight

Well I got some more time to tie a few flies today, did a Lady Amherst for the NSSA Fundraiser that's shipping out with the Buried Treasure Spey Flies in the next few days.

Also did up this fly, The Double White Winged Ackroyd Spey, kinda like the way this one turned out. It's for sale now on Ebay-Click Here!!

There's another one with half a body sitting in the vise now, but it's almost 11:30pm, think that's it for the tying today.

Completed my first lesson for the Outdoor Writing Course I'm taking, submitted my first story and the answers to the quiz. Hopefully it comes back with good critique and good marks!!

Have a great night!

Thursday, August 31, 2006

New Book

Click Here to Purchase a signed copy from the author

A Little Thing I tied Myself is a great little book written by Don Maclean, you can click on the link above to purchase a signed copy directly from him.

I appear in this book and was very honored to be asked to be included in it. There are some great tyer's represented from all 4 Atlantic Canadian Provinces.

Click Here to Read my Book Review on "A Little Thing I Tied Myself"

Thanks for checking out my Blog, I hope you find it interesting.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Mr. Bear.

Here's some more pics of mr. bear

Good Day on the Margaree

Well yesterday saw me travelling to the Margaree River with my wife and twin girls for a day trip. I got a chance to wet my feet (literally) forgot my waders. I was casting to 20-25 lb Atlantic Salmon, probably 10-15 in a clear pool, while my wife strolled the girls around the fish hatchery.

I had one salmon take a swirl at the bomber, roiled the surface under the fly but never nosed it. Still, some action is better than none.

Here's a picture of me with a stuffed bear in the Salmon Interpretation Centre! Very nice job! Note the Atlantic Salmon in his paws. Don't we look alike? LOL!

Monday, August 28, 2006

Swap Flies Finished

Well I got the flies done today. All 12 of them.
Here's a shot!

Picked up some good deals on tying materials on Ebay today.


Sunday, August 27, 2006

Good Night

Well I had a pretty good afternoon.

Got some writing done, worked on my course, finished the Thunder and Lightning fly!!

Also got 10 Spey's tied up for that swap that I'm participating in. Got the ambition, finally!!!!

So all in all it was a good day.

Hope you like the fly.

Don't forget to visit my website!

Some time to tie and write

Well today my wife is at her Grandmothers with our girls, I have the place to myself and I'm in the middle of tying a Classic Thunder & Lightning. Working on the wings now. Shaping up pretty nicely so far. If things go well I'll post this one on the website.

I'm also finishing up an article on fly fishing for my first lesson for the course I'm taking from the North American School of Outdoor Writing. I'll be putting the finishing touches on that and completing the quiz and first lesson hopefully today.

I'm also dragging my butt on another tying project, I need to do 12 Speys for a Salmon Fly Swap due on Sept. 15th. I'm also doing a Classic Green Highlander for a fundraiser for the NSSA. Everything needs to be complete before the 15th and in the mail. Hopefully I'll get motivated over the next few days to finish that project up.

Well, must get back to work!!

Keep Tying!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Another Day at the Office

Well, today I came in at 8am and got settled pretty well. 11:00AM came and little did I realize what was supposed to be a 2 hour meeting turned into a 5 hour special project meeting with a close of business deadline. I'm exhausted. Don't know if I'll be tying many flies tonite.

On the bright side of things, I was contacted by the Town Rec. Department and was asked to teach a night class on Fly Tying this fall. Going to look into that a little further.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

First Blog Entry

Good evening everybody and thank you for visiting my new website. As you can see it is currently still under construction and I will be adding more and more as time goes on.

Thanks for visiting and don't forget to leave some comments in the guestbook.

All the Best,