GARY BULLA: The more I fish with Gary, the more I believe in his patterns - in a way that I could never believe in the patterns I once imitated, imagined, or flat-out stole for Baja and the California surf. Over the past two decades he and his clients and captains have created a lineup of elegantly effective flies for the surf, estuaries, inshore reefs, and big game bluewater heroics both north and south of the border. Oftentimes deceptively simple in appearance, Gary's patterns reflect the kind of experience and close observation that leads to subtle refinements in materials, colors, profiles, and design elements specific to the demands of both casting, hooking and holding a registry of unruly characters. I write stories about fly fishing. In Baja and southern California, the stories now all start with Gary Bulla's flies.