Hemingway Caddis

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Hemingway Caddis.

Hemingway Caddis | www.johnkreft.com

And the top view:

Hemingway Caddis - Top View | www.johnkreft.com

The Hemingway Caddis is a variation of the Henryville Special developed in the 1930’s by Hiram Brobst. Mike Lawson created the variation for Jack Hemingway, son of the famous author Ernest Hemingway, for fishing the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River in Idaho. The Hemingway Caddis is an olive version as the Henryville Special was too brown to match local caddis flies.

Mike Lawson tied the fly with two Quill Wing segments having the convex sides facing each other with some overlap. Another variation is to tie the wing with one segment in a “Tent” style similar to the Kings River Caddis. Either way, the quill wings provide an effective caddis wing silhouette. 

It is a variation of the Henryville Special…an earlier Throw Back Thursday Flies post.

The fly is still an effective caddis pattern for many rivers. If I were you, I’d make sure I had a couple Hemingway Caddis in your fly box.

Enjoy…go fish!

 

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Year end

2015 has been a great year for RiverKeeper Flies! Year end is a great time to reflect on the last 12 months. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading all the posts as much as I have creating them! Thanks to all who continue to utilize the fly fishing and fly tying resource I’ve created.

East Lake Rainbow | www.johnkreft.com

I’m amazed at the popularity of RiverKeeper Flies. Here are a few statistics about the website during 2015: Continue reading

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Arthur Hoyt

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Arthur Hoyt.

Arthur Hoyt | www.johnkreft.com

Here is another wet fly from Ray Bergman’s book entitled Trout. It’s one of several flies to make the list of Throw Back Thursday Flies in recent weeks. Perhaps it’s because there are SO many flies to choose from.

The Arthur Hoyt can be found on Plate 1.

As with other flies found in Trout, I’m unable to find any history of the fly. Perhaps it was tied and fished by a fly fisherman of the same name? OK, I just made that up…

If you are interested in tying the fly, choose your favorite hook as they are not listed in the book. I used a Mustad 3906 size 10.

Here is the Fly Pattern:

Materials

Body:

Bright green floss

Ribbing:

Yellow silk

Tip:

Yellow silk

Tail:

Dark brown

Hackle:

Dark brown

Wing:

Brown turkey

 

Enjoy…go fish!

 

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Silver Stork

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Silver Stork, one of the wet flies Ray Bergman cataloged in his book entitled Trout, first published in 1938.

Silver Stork | www.johnkreft.com

The Silver Stork is from Plate No. 8. I tried to research a little history for this fly, but was unable to find any. If you have a little history about the Silver Stork, be sure to leave a comment below.

To me there is something elegant about this fly. It takes few materials to tie and I’m sure it caught fish. In fact, it probably would catch fish today!
 
For more information about Ray Bergman’s Trout, check out last week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly, the Bostwick.
 

Materials

Body:

Silver tinsel

Tail:

Gray mallard

Hackle:

Dark brown

Wing:

Gray mallard

 

Enjoy…go fish!

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Fishing Knots

I don’t know about you, but this is the time of year my days on the water are limited. The limiting factor is ME. Why? Many days the high temperatures hover around freezing!

Even though fishing isn’t on the agenda every day, I’m still “fishing”. I have a winter list to check off. Here’s what’s on it:

  • Clean some flies. Never cleaned your flies? Learn how to do it in a previous post called Steaming Flies.
  • Replace the fish-mangled flies in my box as well as a few flies lost in trees or fish.
  • Fill Custom Fly orders.
  • Clean my fly lines and replace if necessary.
  • Check the guides on my favorite rod. It’s about time to replace a few worn out guides from all the fishing I do!
  • Check waders for holes and repair.

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Darling

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Darling…another fly pattern from Ray Bergman’s book Trout.

Darling | www.johnkreft.com

I looked out the window this morning while tying the Darling and saw this flock of turkeys! Coincidence? The wing is TURKEY!

Flock of Turkeys | www.johnkreft.com

 

Darling

Body:

Black dubbing

Tip:

Orange floss

Tail:

Golden pheasant crest

Hackle:

Furnace brown

Wing:

Brown Turkey

Tied on an old Mustad 3906, size 10

For more information about Ray Bergman’s Trout, check out last week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly, the Bostwick.

Enjoy…go fish!

 

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Last Minute Christmas Gifts

It’s hard to believe Christmas is only a little over 2 weeks away! Since I received good feedback on the original post – Christmas Ideas for Fly Fishers and Fly Tyers, I thought I’d provide some last minute Christmas gifts for the panicked shopper!

Remember, I’ll be drawing one name from my Subscriber list next week for their chance to win 1 dozen Custom River or Lake flies. If you aren’t a Subscriber, just fill the pertinent information on the top right of each page under the heading – Receive Latest Blog Post from RiverKeeper Flies.

So here’s the additional list of gift ideas:

Custom RiveKeeper Flies ($50) – Your choice of a dozen Custom River or Lake flies with a fly box included. Or contact me by leaving a Comment below to order other Custom RiverKeeper Flies.

Custom River Box | www.johnkreft.comCustom Lake Box | www.johnkreft.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rio Products Tippet Rings (Retail $10) – I use tippet rings to quickly change flies, especially when fishing lakes and want to attach a pre-tied 2-fly chironomid rig.

Tippet Rings

Tippet spool holder (Retail $16) – This is a great way to manage several spools of tippet and keep them all in one place.

Buff or Neck Gator (Retail $25) – If you haven’t seen these, Buffs (a specific brand name) and Neck Gators (generic term) are breathable, wick moisture, and dry quickly. They are available in many colors and patterns. They can be used during scorching days to protect neck, face, and ears. Dunk it in the water to cool you down. In winter, it keeps you warm and prevents cool breezes from going down your neck.  Continue reading

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Testing new hooks

This week’s post is about my experience testing new hooks from Daiichi as well as highlighting a few fly pattern sheets I’ve recently added to RiverKeeper Flies. Even if you aren’t a fly tyer, be sure to check out the fly pictures to see if it’s something to be added to your fly box.

Oh, and don’t forget about the FREE DRAWING in a couple of weeks! It’s your chance to win 1 dozen Custom River or Lake flies. (Read how you can win below.)

I’ve been testing new hooks from Daiichi in the last few of weeks. Well, they aren’t really NEW hooks, just new to me.

Daiichi Sample Hooks | www.johnkreft.com

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