Serendipity and $3 Dip

The Serendipity and the $3 Dip, originally known as the $3 Bridge Serendipity are effective patterns to have in your fly box. I posted the following picture on my RiverKeeper Flies Facebook recently to share its effectiveness…

Rainbow & $3 Dip |

…and received a comment asking two questions:

  1. What does it imitate?
  2. How do I fish it?

I thought about it for a few seconds and said “there’s the topic for my next blog post”! Continue reading

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Casting for Recovery

Last weekend, I was honored to participate in a Casting for Recovery retreat at Black Butte Ranch as a River Helper.

Black Butte Pond

Black Butte Pond | www.johnkreft.comThe goal of Casting for Recovery (CFR) is “to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a unique program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing.”

Participants are pampered for a few days. Casting for Recovery hopes women find:

  • inspiration from other participants
  • find renewed energy for life
  • experience healing connections with other women and nature

And it just so happens October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Prince Nymph

This week’s TBT fly is the Prince Nymph. It originally was known as the Brown Forked Tail and created by Doug Prince from Monterey, CA in 1941. It’s a great pattern today anytime you want to put a nymph on your leader. The original pattern used black ostrich herl instead of peacock.

I began tying this fly in the 1970’s after finding it in Randall Kaufmann’s American Nymph Fly Tying Manual. In fact, lots of my first nymphs came from that book.

I use it mostly in a size 14, but learned several years ago from a guided trip in NE Oregon that a size 8 can be deadly. I carry both sizes these days. I only use the bead head style. Originally, it was tied without a bead.

Prince Nymph |



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A Fall Fly Box

What flies do you carry in your fall fly box?

Fall is a wonderful time of year and in my opinion, one of the best times to catch some great fish. Here’s one of them.

Rainbow trout |

There are still bugs that need to hatch and only so many warm days left for them to complete their life cycle.

For some reason, the fish know winter is not far away and are hurriedly getting prepared by eating everything in sight. These fish plan to put on some winter fat…and that activity is good for the fisherman!

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Recent Updates

Deschutes Steelhead |

This is a Deschutes River steelhead picture from my fishing trip last week.

Here is another Recent Updates post to highlight additions you may have missed.

I’ve added an About Me page.

Added a hew new Fly Patterns:

Updated the Resources tab with the following items:

  • Added 2 more books to the Favorite Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Books section.
    • Barr Flies by John Barr
    • Steelhead Flies by John Shewey
  • Because of a comment from Bob in my Fly Fishing Knots blog post, I decided to try the Davy knot. It’s a simple knot to tie once you get the hang of it…like anything. Seems to hold tight when fighting fish. I’ve added to my Fishing Knots section.

If you are on Facebook, check out and LIKE my RiverKeeper Flies page. I’ve continued my “Throw Back Thursday” weekly post of older flies that were popular years ago and sometimes, but not always forgotten. The Skunk and Elk Hair Caddis were the last two flies posted.

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Steaming flies

Have you ever cleaned your flies? You think I’m crazy, right?

I clean mine. I call it steaming flies.

Well, you spend good money to buy the right flies, or spend hours tying your own. Why not refresh them so they are good as new?

When I tie on a new fly, I have every intention of replacing it in the proper fly box slot…but I don’t always do that. Do you? And the next fly that’s clipped off? Where does that go? Yup, it goes in the same place. In fact, fly fishing manufacturers encourage this behavior because they include a “garbage dump” in many packs. It’s where your wet flies dry.

After a season of clipping those used flies off a leader and placing them in the “garbage dump” to dry, do your flies look like this?

Garbage Dump |

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