The Baker

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is called The Baker. It’s another Atlantic Salmon fly I pulled out of an older box, the same box as The Kate and Rosy Dawn.

Baker | www.johnkreft.com

The Baker is one of the oldest classic Atlantic Salmon fly patterns. As I’m learning with my brief history research on these flies, several well-known tyers had slightly different variations. These include Francis Francis and Kelson to name a couple. And the fly in the picture is a slightly different variation from the fly dressings I found. Continue reading

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The Kate

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is called The Kate.

Kate | www.johnkreft.com

It’s another Atlantic Salmon fly from an old fly box I ended up with. The Kate is credited to Mrs. Courtney, who developed the fly in the middle of the 19th century…yes, that long ago! One of the few flies credited to a woman fly tyer. The fly was a favorite on the Tweed River in Scotland. And Geo. M. Kelson stated in his book The Salmon Fly below the fly pattern sheet “one of the best flies on the Tyne.” Continue reading

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How to Fish Unweighted Nymphs

Recently, I received a comment on RiverKeeper Flies asking my opinion about how to fish unweighted nymphs. “How do I keep these small flies on the bottom?” I thought it was a great question and guess what…it turned into today’s post!

I’m in Maui writing my post today and thought it was appropriate to add a picture of a fish outside my door. No, it isn’t one of the Humpback whales jumping out of the water…

Koi

Koi | www.johnkreft.com

I fish nymphs when I don’t see fish actively rising. Most of the time, that means the fish are close to the bottom feeding on anything in the “drift”…insects floating with the current. Continue reading

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Goodbye Boise

Well, it’s time to say “Goodbye Boise”! I had a wonderful time at the 2016 Western Idaho Fly Fishing Expo this weekend in Boise, Idaho. This is my 4th year tying flies at the Expo and it’s good to see people I recognize from year-to-year.

On Saturday, I decided to demonstrate the RiverKeeper Callibaetis Emerger, which is a great fly during a Callibaetis hatch. I must have tied 3 dozen of this pattern.

RIVERKEEPER CALLIBAETIS EMERGER

RiverKeeper Callibaetis Emerger | www.johnkreft.com

I met this couple who both are learning to tie flies. As I demonstrated the RiverKeeper Callibaetis Emerger, I talked about the techniques I used to tie the fly and one of their questions was about dubbing. Perhaps they were a little surprised when I moved the vise over to each of them and said “here you go…give it a try.” I think they surprised themselves as I helped them apply dubbing to the tread and take a few wraps!

John Teaching | www.johnkreft.com

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Lightning Bug

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Lightning Bug.

Lighning Bug | www.johnkreft.com

I recently added the Lightning Bug nymph to the Fly Patterns list on RiverKeeper Flies. As I searched for the original fly pattern and who developed it, I thought it would be a good candidate for a TBT fly.

I was surprised the Lightning Bug was over 20 years old. My how the time flies… Continue reading

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