Rusty Spinners

OK, I know it might be a little early to think about fishing Rusty Spinners, but I taught a fly tying session that included a couple of great patterns for you to use later this year.

Spinners are the final mayfly stage, after a nymph molts into a dun. It’s amazing to me that another insect molts from a dun. How does a tiny wing come out of the dun’s wing?

You can see this in a series of photos in Arlen Thomason’s book entitled Bug Water. Pick it up at your local fly shop or from the link below. Spectacular photos.

If you pay attention to specific mayfly hatches, you’ll understand the importance of spinners and why trout LOVE them.

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Simple Flies

I like simple flies. There’s something elegant about making a beautiful fly with only a few materials…that catches fish! Some people call them “guide flies.”

While I’m not a guide, I enjoy sharing my flies with friends and strangers. And it feels good when someone says “hey, I caught a fish on your fly!” The added benefit is I can tie LOTS of them.

I give a lot of flies away. I’ve been providing a box of flies to our fly club for it’s monthly raffle for about 2 years. They seem to be popular.

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Spring Skwala Stoneflies

I noticed green grass beginning to grow the last couple of days. That can only mean one thing…it’s SPRING. Longer and warmer days also brings out more bugs for us to imitate. Beside the obvious March Brown, there is an important hatch on many rivers of the first large stonefly of the season. Yes, the Skwala is hatching.

Last night at my local club’s Winter Fly Tying, we tied a few Skwalas:

Jimmy Legs

Jimmy Legs Nymph | johnkreft.com

Skwala #1

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NW Fly Tyer & Fly Fishing Expo

The Expo is this weekend at the Linn County Fairgrounds in Albany, OR. I’ll be tying each of the three days. Stop by and say “hi”. I’ll be watching many of the 72 concurrent tyers and catching up with friends I only see once a year. I always find something new – technique, material…wonder what it will be this year?

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