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Bob Johnson catches fish with his own hand-tied fish flies

by Helen Ford Wallace Modified: May 17, 2013 at 12:20 pm •  Published: July 7, 2009

Bob Johnson in his room where he ties his fish flies. (Photo by Steve Gooch.)

When avid angler Bob Johnson wets a hook, not many fish get away. They are caught by a special fly….one that Johnson has hand -tied In an upstairs room of his house.

He has fished for trout  in 14 states in the U.S.,; Smallmouth Bass in Oklahoma; Steelhead in British Columbia; Searun Brown Trout in Argentina and New Zealand; Silver Salmon in Alaska and Canada; Tarpon and Bonefish in Florida, Bahamas, Belize and Mexico; and Snook and Redfish in Florida and Louisiana.

Johnson’s room in the home where he and his wife Gennie Johnson live, has lots of pictures. There is a great antique desk where he sits with his vise (tool with two jaws that close by a lever or screw to hold an object for tying) and spotlight.

Stuck in the cubbyholes of the desk are colorful feathers and quills and spools of thread. He uses the colors of yellow, purple, teal, red, orange, blue, lime, brown, gray, black and even pink for those wily fish to choose from.

His wife Gennie is a fisherwoman and others he has fished the rivers, mountain streams and salt waters with include the late T. Ray Phillips, Mike Ellis, Phil Walker, Bev and Paul Kanaly, Royce Hammons and Mark Bodehamer, Don Dahlgren, Roy Smith, Bob Browne, Tom Love, Martha and Ron Bradshaw, Susan and Pat Sigmon, Bill Bell, Rob Luke, Jerry Ellis, and fly fishing friends in Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Canada and The Netherlands.

He also creates flies for friends who are going fishing.

Click here to see complete article by Helen Ford Wallace for The Oklahoman.

Bob Johnson’s room is filled with photos. (Photo by Steve Gooch.)

Some of Bob’s favorite flies. (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).

Bob and his wife Gennie.  She is a fabulous artist and has her own room for painting in the house. (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).

The desk where Bob works. (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).

Some of his special flies. (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).

A big fish. (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).




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by Helen Ford Wallace
Society Editor
Helen Ford Wallace is a columnist covering society-related events/news for The Oklahoman. She puts local parties online with daily updates. She creates, maintains and runs a Parties blog which includes web casts. She is an online web editor for...
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