Rod Grant's Bio
I have been a demonstration tyer and presenter on the Sportsmans Show circuit for since 1980, and I have been teaching fly tying and tying professionally since 1975. I have owned, built up, and sold two fly shops over the years. I am constantly field-testing new patterns and variations of old favorites. The flies I sell have been proven effective for me and my many satisfied customers. My Predator Fly has been absolutely clobbering game fish everywhere. It is actually more of a style of fly tying than a specific pattern that, with some minor changes in materials and color patterns, has proven itself over and over again as a top fish getter for many species including trout, steelhead, bass, and inshore saltwater fish.
Predator Flies and Bunny Brushes
Predators use rabbit fur as the primary material and have 1,000% more rabbit fur on the hook than traditional tying methods can get on a hook. This is possible due to a few facts about Bunny Brushes, which are used to make a Predator.
Ordinarily, a Zonker or cross-cut strip is palmered on the hook to get a rabbit fur body.
Bunny Brushes have an advantage over rabbit strips. Two ten inch rabbit strips are used to make one ten inch Bunny Brush. That gets us to 200% rabbit in a ten inch brush. Then, you can get 5 turns of Bunny Brush in the same area as one 1/8 inch wide leather strip from a rabbit strip. There are a couple of other problems with rabbit strips. First, the leather soaks up water and makes the fly cumberosme to cast. Next, when palmering, the leather decreases the hook gap making small flies impossible to tie with rabbit strips without decreasing the hook gap and making it difficult to hook fish. Bunny Brushes don't have these drawbacks, and allow you to tie rabbit fur flies down into size 16 and 18 with no problems. The most attractive trait of Bunny Brushes is that the fly doesn't get skinny when wet. A Predator actually gets bigger in the water. You have to see that to fully inderstand how amazing this is.
Personal Appearances 2007
The Fly Fishing Show - Seattle, WA and Portland, OR
Northwest Fly Tying Expo - Albany, OR
Christian Fly Tyers Retreat - Pine Hollow Res., OR
Bamboo Rod Fair - Camp Sherman, OR
FFF INternational Conclave - Livingston, MT
Fly Tyer's Rendevous - Troutdale, OR
I am in the process of finding local guides that will provide you wiht the best trip possible. More info here when that is accomplished
My best friend (Mana Toutai) and I, and a group of investors, are in the process of planning and building a resort and sport fishing business on the main island of the Kingdom of Tonga. I will set up and run the sport fishing operation. I will also spend a lot of time flyfishing for bonefish, and trevally in our lagoon. Just beyond the reef are giant trevally and five species of marlin. Lobster can be just picked up by free divingin the lagoon. Fruit grows everywhere. Mangos, breadfruit, and guava are there just to be picked. Mana tells me that every tree in Tonga is a fruit tree. We will have the world's best (?) guacamole available as a freebie in the fishing lodge. Avocados grow wild in Tonga. Construction is expected to begin this year and the sportfishing operation will be up and running 6 months later. Check back for firm dates.
There will be two packages available when prices are determined:
1. Resort and sportfishing package (minus airfare)
2. Sportfishing package (arrange your own lodging and airfare)