The Babcock

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Babcock, another fly from Ray Bergman’s book entitled Trout.

Babcock | www.johnkreft.com

I tied this fly a couple of week’s ago at the Central Oregon Fly Tyer’s Guild. My friend Jim Fisher, the 2011 Stan Walters Memorial Tyer of the Year, taught a class on mounting duck quill wings in the wet fly style. The first fly we tied was the Bouncer. This is the second fly and Jim used it to teach us the married wing technique.

I’ve been practicing these quill wings. You can find others like the Wickhams Fancy and the Hemingway Caddis in previous Throw Back Thursday Fly posts.

You’ll find the Babcock on Plate No. 1, page  22.

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

The Babcock

Body:

Crimson Floss

Ribbing:

Gold Tinsel

Tip:

Gold Tinsel

Tail:

Black and Yellow

Hackle:

Black

Wing:

Black Stripe over Yellow

This fly was tied on an older Mustad 3906B hook, size 6. 

Enjoy…go fish!

 

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Select the Right Dry Fly

How do you select the right dry fly to tie on the end of your leader? Here are a few tips to make the selection process a little easier the next time you’re at the river.

Let’s make it simple. You arrive at the river and it’s your lucky day, bugs are hatching. You were dreaming about this last night, anticipating your upcoming fishing trip. So let’s talk about selecting a dry fly.

Is it a mayfly with upright wings?

Caudatella Mayfly|www.johnkreft.com

How about a caddis with tent-shaped wings? Continue reading

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The Bouncer

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Bouncer, another fly from Ray Bergman’s book Trout. 

Bouncer | www.johnkreft.com

I tied this fly last weekend at the Central Oregon Fly Tyer’s Guild. My friend Jim Fisher, the 2011 Stan Walters Memorial Tyer of the Year, taught a class on mounting duck quill wings in the wet fly style. This is the first fly we tied. The second fly, the Babcock, will be an upcoming Throw Back Thursday Fly. It utilizes married duck quill wings.

I’ve been practicing these quill wings. You can find others like the Wickhams Fancy and the Hemingway Caddis in previous Throw Back Thursday Fly posts.

You’ll find the Bouncer on Plate No. 2, page 39.

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

The Bouncer

Body:

Black Floss

Ribbing:

Gold Tinsel

Tip:

Orange Tag

Hackle:

Orange

Wing:

Yellow

This fly was tied on an older Mustad 3906 hook, size 6. 

Enjoy…go fish!

 

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Recent Changes

Every once in awhile, I create a Recent Changes post to catch you up on what’s been happening behind the scenes at RiverKeeper Flies. And this is the week for it.

Did you notice the Youtube video my wife took recently at the Central Oregon Sportsman Show in Redmond, Oregon? She was there with a few of the Next Cast Flyfishers (our club’s youth flyfishers) as they staffed the Sportsman’s fishing pond. Yes, those are Next Cast Flyfishers attempting to corral the monster trout! If you missed it, be sure to check it out. I laugh out loud every time I watch the video.

Over the past few months, you might have seen a few additional fly patterns. Or perhaps noticed I added an East Lake Fly Box. Continue reading

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Black Gordon

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Black Gordon.

Black Gordon | www.johnkreft.com

I found this fly in one of my steelhead fly boxes and thought it would be a good candidate for a TBT Fly. The Black Gordon is a well-known steelhead fly pattern developed on the North Umpqua River in the 1930’s by Clarence Gordon, a great fisherman and guide. Gordon first travelled to the North Umpqua in 1929, returned to fish for several years and finally decide to build the North Umpqua Lodge on the site of Major Mott’s camp. Continue reading

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Goodbye 2016 NW Expo

I think we had a great show last weekend and thought it appropriate to say “Goodbye 2016 NW Expo” in this week’s post.

Show Poster | www.johnkreft.com

This was my second year as Expo Chair and I’ll be handing over the leadership responsibilities to someone else for the 2017 Expo.

As I walked the venue on both days, I lost track of how many people stopped me to express their appreciation for such a well-run Expo. They mentioned the positive vibe in the room and the willingness of so many people to teach fly tying and fly casting.

Yes, they stopped to talk with me, but I’m only continuing the tradition of 27 previous NW Expo events. And I had help from the many volunteers on the Committee as well as those working set-up and the many stations during the Expo. Continue reading

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Lady Heather Double Wing

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Lady Heather Double Wing.

Lady Heather Double Wing | www.johnkreft.com

My friend Al Beatty offered the fly and story from the book he and Gretchen wrote entitled LaFontaine’s Legacy.

I’ve known of Al and Gretchen for several years because I always stop by the BT’s Fly Fishing booth or fly tying tables at various events to watch them tie flies. They are truly masters! In fact, Al is the 1999 recipient of the IFFF Buz Buszek Fly Tying Award, an honor for any fly tyer! In addition, both were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 from Fly Tyer magazine.

I really met Al & Gretchen for the first time when I tied at the Western Idaho Fly Fishing Expo in 2012. I drove over with Sherry and Jerry and the three of us were hosted by the Beatty’s. Needless to say, they welcomed me with open arms. They’re that type of people. I’ve stayed with them every year since then. They quickly became friends and Al has encouraged me in my website posts and photography. You may have seen a few of his comments in the posts I write. I count him as a mentor. Continue reading

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Spring Chinook Salmon Fry

Today was a good day. We planted 140,000 Spring Chinook salmon fry in the mainstem of the Metolius River.

Spring Chinook Salmon Fry | www.johnkreft.com

Ok, truth be known, we probably had a little help…actually, we were only 2 of around 20 volunteers and staff from Oregon’s Fish & Wildlife, Forest Service, and the Warm Springs Tribe who met at Camp Sherman with a tank full of fish from the Warm Springs hatchery.

Hatchery Truck at Camp Sherman | www.johnkreft.com

It’s part of an ongoing, multi-year effort to reintroduce Spring Chinook into the Metolius River. Three years ago, we trudged through the snow to plant fly in the upper reaches of Lake Creek.

They seemed happy…what do you think?

Spring Chinook Fry | www.johnkreft.com

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Ida May

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Ida May, a fly developed by Charles Brooks.

Ida May | www.johnkreft.comThe Ida May is listed as a general nymph fly pattern.

I probably purchased his book Nymph Fishing for Larger Trout in the 1980’s. It was early in my fly fishing and fly tying journey. I’ve always been interested in learning more about the real bugs, their life-cycle, and how to imitate them. Continue reading

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