It’s often a miracle when all good things merge together in perfect harmony. We can now officially say that this is precisely what has happened at Soul River Runs Deep. Where the perfect combination of art and design, along with expertise and passion of angling ultimately connect. Ambassador anglers serve during Mother Nature’s most revealing and vulnerable hours recognizing that it takes a lifestime to explore the rivers in our backyards. Figuring out currents, learning the species and their behavior including food sources, acknowledging climate changes and its contribution to color changes in the rivers, and simply holding the puzzle piece of passion all fall into prerequisites for anglers to become artists. Many of us are able to hone into the interpretive art based on the information we gather to ultimately design the closest imitation of river insect and life.
Fly Name: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
Steelhead, the fish of one thousand casts and known as the unicorn of the Pacific Northwest, is one of the most beautiful pursuits we follow. These species lead us into persevering cold water temperatures in the dead of winter just to test out our nature-inspired and hand-crafted flies. Every angler has their own personal flies that are artistically crafted and inspired by the rivers they fish. The flies are functional and totally driven by Mother Nature’s inspiration, creativity and guidance in tandem with our passion of being on the water, learning and serving. Long hours, early mornings and dusky evenings spent standing in the rushing river waters all attribute to the individually creativity of the flies we create.
Within our space you will find custom-tied flies by anglers based on their experiences in the Pacific Northwest, throughout the U.S. river waters, and even internationally. These patterns are not found anywhere else other than Soul River Runs Deep…well, and within that angler’s personal fly box. Masterful, one-of-a-kind pieces of art and functional on the river.
Today we feature angler Hans Solie from Yakima, Washington. His home river is the Klickitat and he prefers fishing it in the late fall season.
Fly Name: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
Hans has been fly fishing and tying flies for 49 years. Growing up in Everett, Washington, Hans idolized other humble, professional anglers like Al Knudson, Walt Johnson and his own father. When Hans had the opportunity to see spey flies from Syd Glasso, he states, “[they] changed how I looked at steelhead fly tying and [this] still has an influence on my fly tying today.”
Recently, Hans has been focusing on intruder-type steelhead flies. “I have tried a lot of different colors and really like blue and chartreuse for eastern Washington rivers like the Klickitat and Wenatchee,” states Hans. This winter a fly with this similar color combination won him second place in the Swing the Fly Winter Fly Tying contest. Like, many anglers, Hans still learns new things that he can apply toward creating his next fly every time he is on the water.