Janssens Damsel Nymph

Before I get to the TBT fly, I wanted to let you know I plan to publish version 2 of Christmas Idea for Fly Fishers and Fly Tyers next week. So if you have an item on your wish list I should add, fill out the comment at the bottom of this page and it may make the list! It’s an easy way to send your Christmas list to someone looking for ideas.


This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Janssens Damsel Nymph. I selected the fly because it incorporated a small piece of turkey in the wingcase…very appropriate for a Thanksgiving Day post!

Janssen Damsel Nymph | www.johnkreft.comThis is the creation of Hal Janssen, another talented California fly fisher. He is a noted writer, artist, lecturer, and video personality. I’ve read that he fishes for anything that swims! Stillwater fisheries are one of his specialties and he wrote a book entitled Stillwater Fly-Fishing Secrets.

This pattern was first seen in a 1976 Fly Fisherman magazine article. It was developed for Henry’s Lake in Idaho.

I found the fly pattern in Randall Kaufmann’s Tying Nymphs book I purchased in the 1990’s. The Janssen Damsel Nymph fly pattern sheet lists the materials from the book. I found another notation from the Internet stating the original body material used a 40 percent blend of bleached beaver, 50 percent olive rabbit, and 10 percent fluorescent orange rabbit.

Another interesting flies from Tying Nymphs is Janssens Dragon. I’ll have to tie some for next summer.

You can never have enough damsel nymph fly patterns. So tie some up and give ’em a try.

Enjoy…go fish!

 

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Tying Flies with Purpose

In the last week, I’ve been tying flies with purpose. Remember a recent post – Back to Tying Flies? Well that’s what I’ve been doing…tying flies. It’s the time of year when the weather has changed and so has the fishing. In fact, as I write this week’s post, it’s snowing!!! And the forecast calls for a high of 26 tomorrow with a low of 6. Brrrr!

Most of the time I tie trout flies, but the last week several steelhead flies have been tied at the vise. One was the Green Ant and it ended up as a Throw Back Thursday Fly. Here is a slightly “blinged-up” version by adding a tag and ribbing.

Green Ant - Ribbed | www.johnkreft.com

The other steelhead fly is a Purple Skunk…a cross between the Purple Peril and the Green Butt Skunk.

Purple Skunk | www.johnkreft.com

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Green Ant

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Green Ant.

Green Ant | www.johnkreft.com

I was doing a little research to determine which flies to tie for a fly plate the Central Oregon Fly Tyer’s Guild is making for the 2016 NW Fly Tyer & Fly Fishing Expo. The plate’s theme is flies for the major steelhead rivers in Oregon. I ended up with the Snake River.

So I came upon this Green Ant in Trey Combs Steelhead Fly Fishing book published in 1991. I don’t think many fly fishers use flies for the Snake River, but the Grande Rhonde and Clearwater river in Idaho produces a lot to steelhead.

The Green Ant was developed by Mike Arhutick. It may have been patterned after the Rogue Red Ant, an original pattern by Mike Kennedy.

Be sure to check out the fly pattern sheet for the materials list.

Enjoy…go fish!

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Olive Thorax

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Olive Thorax mayfly, tied here in size 18.

Olive Thorax Mayfly | www.johnkreft.com

This fly pattern is one of several I found in Randall Kaufmann’s Tying Dry Flies book that I tied and fished in the 1990’s. The Olive Thorax mayfly imitates a Baetis or Blue Wing Olive. Dry Flies helped introduce me to aquatic entomology and I wanted to tie every fly listed in the book. I’d dream about fishing the rivers and lakes listed.

Tying Dry Flies briefly discussed Dr. Edgar Burke and Vincent Marinaro using thorax style flies in the 1930’s and 50’s respectively, using a single upright wing.

I tied this fly and fished it for several years, but seem to have forgotten it. The wing uses turkey flats, which was quite tricky for me to tie back then. Clipping the hackle on the bottom allows the fly to ride low in the water, something I like for my dry flies.

It just looks fishy!

Enjoy…go fish!

 

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Christmas Ideas for Fly Fishers and Fly Tyers

I recently had a request to provide a few Christmas ideas for fly fishers and fly tyers. What a great idea!! Be sure to pass the list on to your significant other!

I’ll begin with fly fishing ideas and then list a few fly tyer ideas. Be sure to keep reading…for a chance to win a dozen RiverKeeper Flies of your own!

Fly Fishing

Ideas under $50

Frogs Fanny (Retail $6.95) – This is the floatant I use. People always ask “will (fill in the blank) work as well”? I don’t know…I only use Frogs Fanny. I like it for two reasons. First, the powder is very fine. Second, it comes with a brush to push the silica into the fly’s body and hackle to better float the fly. I explain how to use Frog’s Fanny in my RiverKeeper Soft Hackle Cripple fly pattern page.

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Dennys Stillwater Nymph

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Dennys Stillwater Nymph.

Denny's Stillwater Nymph | www.johnkreft.comAs I thought about which fly to choose for a TBT Fly, this one came to mind. It seems appropriate as I’ve recently posted pictures on my RiverKeeper Flies Facebook page and the fly was front and center in this week’s Fly Fishing at Diamond Lake post. Continue reading

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Fly Fishing at Diamond Lake

Have you ever been fly fishing at Diamond Lake? We had an opportunity to meet friends Debbi, Philip, Carol & Kim at a cabin on Diamond Lake last weekend. And we took it!

It has been a couple of months since we did a little lake fishing.

We first fished Diamond Lake in 2008 with our friend Tim. I think it was the second year the lake re-opened after killing all the fish due to bait fish (tui chub) taking it over. This is what happens when someone fishes with illegal live bait. In 2009, we caught so many of these fish.

Diamond Lake Rainbow | www.johnkreft.com

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