2017 NW Fly Tying & Fly Fishing Expo

I’m looking forward to the 2017 NW Fly Tying & Fly Fishing Expo at the Linn County Expo Center in Albany, OR on March 10 & 11, 2017. It’s only 2 weeks away!

The main attraction for me is the 200 demonstration tyers that rotate every 2 ½ hours on Friday and Saturday.  There are 80 tyers tying at individual tables with chairs provided to sit and watch.  All of the fly genres are covered including nymphs, dry, steelhead, classic salmon, streamers, and realistic flies.  If you are not sure who to watch, the best thing to do is to walk around the tyer tables and find an open seat.  A lot can be learned by sitting down and watching a tyer demonstrate different techniques.  Tyers will have tips on material selection, tying technique, and sometimes fishing the patterns.  They are also able to answer questions during their demonstration.  It is one of the best ways to learn and improve tying skills. Continue reading

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Old Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Books

Have you ever wondered about the history of fly fishing? It’s an interesting topic to me, which explains why I’ve been reading old fly fishing and fly tying books lately. Why? First, they are a source for my Throw Back Thursday Flies. Secondly, I wonder how previous generations fished and what some of their streamside conversations were.

Favorite Flies and Their Histories | www.johnkreft.com

I always enjoyed reading the Pioneers & Legends stories in NW Fly Fishing Magazine. John Shewey, the magazine’s editor, writes some of these articles. It’s one of the reasons I purchased his books Classic Steelhead Flies and Spey Flies & Dee Flies, Their History & Construction to read more about our fly fishing history. Continue reading

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Throw Out and Replace Bad Leader

Winter is a great time to conduct a thorough inventory of your fishing vest or pack and throw away a few items you said you’d do while on the river and forgot…like me. I’ve got a some leaders I tried to save from last year, but it’s time to throw out and replace bad leader.

In addition, I need to check out those tippet spools and see how full they are and the date I purchased them. If they’re over a year old, I’ll throw them out. I don’t want to take a chance hooking a big fish in fast water only to lose it from old, brittle, or UV damaged (from the sun) tippet! You’ll notice on the picture there is a place on the tippet spool for you to add a date. I recommend using it.

Rio Leader & Tippet | www.johnkreft.com

 

Just to be clear, a tapered leader is in the Ziploc bag and tippet in on the spool. Tippet spools hold anywhere from 30 to 100 yards of material stated on the spool. In the picture above, the spool hold 110 yards of 6X leader measured at 3.4 pound breaking strength. I use this “guide” spool which holds 110 yards because I go through a lot of 6X. Most of the other tippet spools I carry are around 30 yards. Continue reading

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Restocking and Organizing Your Fly Boxes

Winter is a great time for restocking and organizing your fly boxes. How many fly boxes do you carry? How do you organize them?

Fly Boxes | www.johnkreft.com

It’s been too long and my fly boxes have seen some serious neglect the last few months. I fish over 100 days a year. How many over 100? I used to count them. Continue reading

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