Fishing with Nymphs

I’ve been busy tying flies lately. But I was able to get to the river a couple of times recently and reconciled to myself if I really wanted to catch fish, fishing with nymphs was the best solution.

Winter Rainbow with $3 Dip | www.johnkreft.com

What a difference a year makes. Last year by this time, we had five feet of snow that had fallen. I can’t tell you how many hours I was behind my snowblower or shoveling snow. Continue reading

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Bailey’s Ginger Quill

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Bailey’s Ginger Quill.

Bailey's Ginger Quill | www.johnkreft.com

This fly pictured above was from a collection of flies tied by Dan Bailey. I was fortunate to be able to photograph a total of nine Bailey flies, a Light Cahill, Grey Hackle, Dark Cahill, Black GnatBlack BivisibleBlonde WulffFan Wing Royal CoachmanMosquito, and this Ginger Quill. Continue reading

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Bailey’s Black Gnat

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Dan Bailey’s Black Gnat.

Bailey's Black Gnat | www.johnkreft.com

This fly pictured above was from a colllection of flies tied by Dan Bailey. I was fortunate to be able to photograph a total of nine Bailey flies, a Light Cahill, Grey Hackle, Dark Cahill, Ginger Quill, Black Bivisible, Blonde Wulff, Fan Wing Royal Coachman, Mosquito, and this Black Gnat. Continue reading

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Boise Bound

January is the beginning of serious fly tying. Tonight is session one of the Central Oregon Flyfishing Winter Fly Tying class. It’s the first of 12 straight weeks of classes for our COF members. I can’t believe this is my 7th year leading these classes. But that’s not the only fly tying activity on my schedule. I’ll be Boise bound as I travel later this week to the Western Idaho Fly Fishing Expo.

Western Idaho Fly Fishing Expo in Boise 2016 | www.johnkreft.com

This is a picture from 2015 where I helped teach a new fly tyer a tip or two. I wonder if she continued tying flies and if I’ll see her this week? Continue reading

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Blonde Wulff

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is a Blonde Wulff, tied by Dan Bailey.

Lee Wulff (1905 – 1991) created the Royal Wulff in 1930 along with the Gray Wulff and White Wulff. The Gray Wulff was the first of the series. He fished all three fly patterns on the Esopus River in the Catskill mountains of New York with his friend Dan Bailey who would eventually move to Montana and open Dan Bailey’s Fly Shop. Continue reading

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Refilling Fly Boxes

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful 2017 and are beginning to develop fishing plans for 2018. I’ve been tying flies the last week as I begin refilling fly boxes. Mostly Beetle Bailey flies for a customer who plans to use them in Patagonia.

But we had a new fly fisher stop by the house yesterday and I gave her a few flies. While looking through my “provider boxes”, I noted there were a lot of empty spots. Those flies were either sent to customers, used in club raffles, or used by dancingtrout and me this last year.

But those empty bins…kinda sad looking.

Empty Provider Box | www.johnkreft.com

I’ve expressed how good Beetle Bailey has been for us and I decided a few weeks ago to begin tying these to create a little inventory. I know I will be getting orders for these flies in a few months. Continue reading

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Dan Bailey’s Mosquito

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Dan Bailey’s Mosquito.

Mosquito | www.johnkreft.com

This fly was from a collection of flies tied by Dan Bailey. I was fortunate to be able to photograph a total of nine Bailey flies – a Blonde Wulff, Light Cahill, Grey Hackle, Dark Cahill, Ginger Quill, Black Bivisible, Black Gnat, Fan Wing Royal Coachman, and this Mosquito. I hope to tell more about these flies in the future. Continue reading

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2017 Comes to a Close

As 2017 comes to a close, I wanted to express my gratitude to all my RiverKeeper Flies subscribers and readers who have found me one way or another. 2017 has been another good year.

I picked one of my subscribers at random today and they will receive a dozen of my favorite RiverKeeper Flies. It’s my way of saying “thanks” for continuing to read my posts and use my website for their fly fishing and fly tying reference guide. The lucky winner is listed at the bottom of today’s post.

To celebrate all of my great memories of 2017, I’ll begin with a few statistics about RiverKeeper Flies (as of 12/25/17):

  • Page views – 98,883
  • Number of sessions – 48,410

Since I started RiverKeeper Flies in March 2014, I’ve added lots of fly patterns and pictures to go along with all the posts. Here are the latest numbers:

  • Number of fly patterns – 187
  • Number of pictures – over 1,600

I continue to receive recognition for my RiverKeeper Flies website and I appreciate all your positive comments. I am pleased so many fly fishers deem it reliable and informative.

Here are a few other highlights I wanted to share.

I received the 2017 Stan Walters Memorial Fly Tyer of Year award in March. I am very proud of this honor.

2017 Stan Walter Memorial Fly Tyer of the Year | www.johnkreft.com

And a few of my favorite pics from 2017 as I went back through this year’s posts. Continue reading

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