ERIC ISHIWATA
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ERIC ISHIWATA: Eric Ishiwata began developing his water—and wanderlust not as a flyfisher—but as a surfer first. Immersed in the line-up, amid the sharks, Ish learned firsthand what it meant to be viewed as prey to salivating predators. He’s since translated that know-how into a standout fly-tying repertoire. Flies such as Grand Master Flash, OG Cray, and Cool Herc are engineered to entice trout to jump on board and mob their next meal. Key components revolve around size, profile, color, and flash. The results are patterns that pulse like they have one; that provoke fish to crush. Ish currently lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he fishes, tests, and remixes his trout formulas in-state, throughout Wyoming, and on annual steelhead missions to the West Coast. During fishing downtime, he is a professor at Colorado State University. —Geoff Mueller, The Drake Magazine

ISHIWATA'S FLIES

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