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Dr. Burns into a Steelhead on the Little Salmon River; Photo taken by Zach Haws Dr. David Burns, Master Fly Tyer, conservationist, and fly fisherman, is currently enjoying his time in retirement after serving a distinguished career as an educator, a 3 year stint with the Washington Department of Game, and 30 years as a fisheries biologist with the USDA-Forest Service. During that time he has written, published, or presented many professional reports and papers dealing with fisheries science and conservation and has been an active member of several professional organizations. Dr. Burns has won numerous fly tying awards and competitions over the years and received coverage in many magazine articles and books. It you would like to know more about Dr. Burns and his flies, see his Contributing Fly Tyer pager at The Flies of Dr. David Burns.

For now take a few moments to view his beautiful new originals below and many of the flies formerly submitted to Salmonfly.Net.

The Flies

New Flies for Mar-Apr Issue

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The River The Trainor's Fork Special


Turkey with Blues


Previously Submitted Flies

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Rochers Rouge Black Watch Over Ste Marguerite Joque Etchemin Ancient Campbell Three Ayes For Idaho - This fly, designed by Dr. Burns was called by him 'An experiment in asymmetry' Isle of Skye - This beautifully fly was tied by Master Tyer, Dr. David Burns for a TU Earth day auction. American Steelheader Steelhead Lay Dee - Originated by Dr. Burns Jock Scott Blue Jock Scott with a blue floss body; one of the variations that Dr. Burns ties for his fly box. Purple King South Fork Salmon River Spey - An original Dr. David Burns Fly Sol Duc Spey Pimp Mo Shrimp - This beautifully spey was tied by Master Tyer, Dr. David Burns in the style of Clark Lucas. Klamath Topping Egg - Another Dr. Burns original, this one designed to imitate a fish egg. Veach's Green Sockeye Fly - A Fly A proven Sockeye-taker, designed by Dr. BurnsPornge - The name Pornge comes from its colors (pink-orange). Dave created this for a April trip to the Klamath.

Bimps Cutt - a special creation for a customer Kelson's Black Doctor - tied for fishing McCall's Special - recently completed and framed for a Shepherd's Home benefit auction Turkey with Blues - tied for a National Wild Turkey Federation auction

Also see

Summer Steelhead

By Dr. David Burns



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