Recent Changes

If you haven’t checked lately, I’ve added a few fly patterns. Not a tyer? That’s OK. Check out a pattern sheet or two. Not only will you find pictures of the fly pattern, I’m trying to include pictures of the real bugs the flies imitate. Use the fly pattern pictures when shopping at your local fly shop.

If you are a tyer, I’ve tried to add tying directions for the early fly patterns I posted. Feel free to ask questions, as I’d be happy to help.

Here are a few new fly patterns to check out:

If you’ve been a regular blog reader, you can tell I enjoy taking pictures.

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout Caudatella Mayfly

Caudatella Mayfly

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And I’ve started to fish a lake or two, which reminds me to add a few fly patterns as well. Look for those soon.

 

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Fly Fishing Knots

Which fly fishing knots do you use? It’s important to tie good strong knots. Think of all the time casting, casting, casting only to lose a fish because your knot slips or breaks. Why would it do that?

Improved Clinch Knot

Let’s discuss knot slippage. Whenever a knot is tied and trimmed, a tag remains. If a knot isn’t “seated” properly, it will at the most inopportune time, when coming tight on something – namely a fish. That allows the leader to slip through the wraps created when tying a knot. Not a good thing. Ever have a curly cue where your fly was tied on? That’s what I’m talking about. Continue reading

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Project Healing Waters

Project Healing Waters Hat

Central Oregon Project Healing Waters had an outing at Lake in the Dunes last week. What a wonderful event and turnout. Had just shy of 20 Vets out fly fishing. Oh the joy on their faces.

Lake in the Dunes Sign

This happens to be one of the volunteer efforts taking up my time when I’m not fly fishing myself. I serve on the Board of Central Oregon Project Healing Waters. Have for a few years. Our Vets get together every Friday at the Vet Center in Bend. I show up every once in awhile and teach some fly tying. We’re still working on creating smaller dubbed bodies, aren’t we guys? Continue reading

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Metolius River Stewardship Project

I love the Metolius River. I’ve been fishing the river for over 40 years and it’s the reason I live in Sisters. And two of the reasons I love this river are the quality of the fish and beautiful scenery. We fish it a lot. 

So a few years ago, my wife and I decided to “give back” by helping the US Forest Service and Trout Unlimited restore areas loved to death. We became involved with the Metolius River Stewardship Project.

Metolius Rainbow 

Metolius Rainbow Continue reading

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