Steelhead Flies

It’s that time of year! Yes, it’s time to pull out the steelhead flies, check the box, and tie a few more. You can never have enough flies! Yes, that statement comes from a fly tyer.

Steelhead Fly Box

Steelhead Fly Box | www.johnkreft.com

Steelhead are moving up the Columbia River and into the Deschutes River. That’s where I’m headed in a week for an annual trip with the boys. I usually try and get there the evening before we head up to North Junction and fish around Maupin at last light and first light.

Deschutes River Sunrise

Deschutes River Sunrise | www.johnkreft.com

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October Caddis

Summer’s over. It’s Fall and the weather is just beginning to turn. My wife doesn’t like hearing that. But what does that mean to a fly fisher? Well, October is just around the corner and I saw a few October Caddis on the river last week. I thought about how important they are to the fish.

These bugs are BIG. I’m talking about a size 8 caddis pattern, not the familiar size 16 & 18 caddis, pale morning duns (PMD) and blue wing olives (BWO) the fish have been eating lately. Every once in awhile, you’ll see a big, splashy rise. Maybe it was a fish taking an October Caddis!

Here is a fly I tyed and fished last year. It’s a slight variation to a standard Elk Hair Caddis fly pattern. Think I’ll call it the RiverKeeper October Caddis!

RiverKeeper October Caddis

October Caddis

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Fly Casting to Windows

Fly casting to windows? You probably think I’ve lost my mind. What am I talking about?

Have you ever really looked and studied the water when you are waiting for fish to rise? Notice how the currents change? Perhaps you’ll see some riffle or nervous water, then all of a sudden the section you are looking at is clear as a window pane. That’s what I’m talking about.

Water Window | www.johnkreft.com

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