Golden Girl TBT

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Golden Girl TBT, a fly tied by Roderick Haig-Brown (1908 – 1976).

Golden Girl | www.johnkreft.com

I took this picture of the Golden Girl through the glass display in a dark room and I think it turned out quite well. It was one of several flies in the collection and I plan to post other flies in future TBT posts.

The Golden Girl was developed by Haig-Brown in the 1940’s for winter steelhead in the streams and rivers of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Art Lingren in his book Fly Patterns of British Columbia provides a good history of the Golden Girl and how the fly was developed. He states, Haig-Brown was serving in World War II and dreaming about steelhead fishing. He believed the colors of red and orange were important for winter steelhead. Looking for a simpler fly than the Atlantic salmon flies of his native country, he used the the Red Sandy and Durham Ranger as impetus for a new fly pattern. The result was a much simpler fly using the best parts of each fly – the slim body of the Red Sandy and golden pheasant tippet wing of the Durham Ranger.  Continue reading

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Montana Fly Box

Over the last few weeks, I’ve written about our Montana Road Trip where we fished the Madison, Depuy Spring Creek, Stillwater, and Slough Creek & the Lamar. I thought I’d provide a summary of the effective flies we used in our Montana fly box.

Madison River - Relaxed Fishing | www.johnkreft.com

When selecting flies, I always try to imitate the insects I think will be hatching. How do I know? I use my experience from the past if it’s a river I’ve fished before or my other source of information are local fly shops who provide updated fishing reports and hatch charts for the rivers I plan to fish. Be sure to stop in and purchase a few flies or fly tying materials as a “thank you”. Remember, these fly shops need to stay in business to provide timely and quality information. Continue reading

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Silver Brown – TBT

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Silver Brown – TBT, a fly tied by Roderick Haig-Brown (1908 – 1976).

Silver Brown

I took this picture of the Silver Brown through the glass display in a dark room and I think it turned out quite well. It was one of several flies in the collection and I plan to post other flies in future TBT posts.

The Silver Brown was developed by Haig-Brown in the 1930’s for sea-run cutthroat and later used for summer-run steelhead and coho salmon in the streams and rivers of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Roderick Haig-Brown was born in England and spent his early years there, moving to Seattle, Washington to live with an uncle in his early 20’s and worked in logging camps. He went to British Columbia when his US visa expired and worked as a logger, commercial fisherman, and guide. Haig-Brown returned to London in 1931, but soon returned to British Columbia where he later married his wife Ann and both of them settled into their home on the Campbell River on Vancouver Island. He lived on the Campbell River for the remainder of his life.

Haig-Brown was a prolific writer, publishing 23 books along with numerous articles and essays. His first book Silver: The Life of an Atlantic Salmon was published in 1931. Other favorite titles include Return to the River (1941), A River Never Sleeps(1946), Fisherman’s Spring (1951), Fisherman’s Winter (1954), Fisherman’s Summer(1959), and Fisherman’s Fall (1964).

Be sure to check out my other TBT Haig-Brown post, the Silver Lady.

Enjoy…go fish!

 

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Montana Road Trip – Lamar River and Slough Creek

This week’s subject is our Montana Road Trip – Lamar River and Slough Creek, the last stop on our Montana fly fishing road trip.

Confluence of Lamar & Soda Butte | www.johnkreft.com

If you recall from last week’s post, our previous fishing was on the Stillwater River. We decided to drive over the scenic Beartooth pass into Cooke City/Silver Gate area and into the Northeast corner of Yellowstone Park.

Beartooth Pass | www.johnkreft.com

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Silver Lady – TBT

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Silver Lady, a fly tied by Roderick Haig-Brown (1908 – 1976).

Silver Lady | www.johnkreft.com

I took this picture of the Silver Lady through the glass display in a dark room and I think it turned out quite well. It was one of several flies in the collection and I plan to post other flies in future TBT posts.

The Silver Lady was developed by Haig-Brown in the 1930’s for summer-run steelhead and sea-run cutthroat in the streams and rivers of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Roderick Haig-Brown was born in England and spent his early years there, moving to Seattle, Washington to live with an uncle in his early 20’s and worked in logging camps. He went to British Columbia when his US visa expired and worked as a logger, commercial fisherman, and guide. Haig-Brown returned to London in 1931, but soon returned to British Columbia where he later married his wife Ann and both of them settled into their home on the Campbell River on Vancouver Island. He lived on the Campbell River for the remainder of his life.

Haig-Brown was a prolific writer, publishing 23 books along with numerous articles and essays. His first book Silver: The Life of an Atlantic Salmon was published in 1931. Other favorite titles include Return to the River (1941), A River Never Sleeps(1946), Fisherman’s Spring (1951), Fisherman’s Winter (1954), Fisherman’s Summer(1959), and Fisherman’s Fall (1964).

Be sure to check out my other TBT Haig-Brown post, the Silver Brown.

Enjoy…go fish!

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Montana Road Trip – Stillwater River

The next stop on our Montana Road Trip – Stillwater River.

I’ve never fished the Stillwater River. Always heard good things about it and I put it on my list to check out during a future Montana road trip. Well, this year it fit perfectly with our plans as we were in Livingston at the International Federation of Fly Fishers Fair and the Stillwater was only 75 miles away.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and this picture of the Stillwater River at the Moraine access captures why I fell in love it.

Stillwater River at Moraine | www.johnkreft.com

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The Parson

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Parson.

The Parson | www.johnkreft.com

It’s a fly I found in a fly box someone gave me several years ago. It’s an interesting fly and perhaps I’ll get around to tying my own version someday. 

Here is an excerpt from A Book on Angling by Francis Francis, the first edition published in 1867 about The Parson.

“The Parson. This is a very showy fly, and is used chiefly on the Erne, but it is a capital fly anywhere where a showy fly is required. It is on the Erne rather a generic name for a series of flies than for any special one, as we have there, green parsons, and blue parsons, and golden parsons, and so on. The parson being merely significant of plenty of toppings in the wing.”

Enjoy…go fish!

 

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Montana Road Trip – DePuy Spring Creek

The next stop on our Montana Road Trip – DePuy Spring Creek.

Depuy Creek Scenery | www.johnkreft.com

 We decided to reserve three rods for the whole day (6:30 am till dark) on August 1, the day after arriving in Livingston, MT. Our friend Eric joined us. I was really looking forward to fishing DePuy Spring Creek.

The creek is almost three miles long and includes a variety of water – riffles, pools, runs, slow glides, deep water pockets and weed-channeled areas. While fishing is limited to 16 rods per day, we were able to go anywhere we wished to explore the creek and scare a few fish. Continue reading

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Swannundaze Midge

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Swannundaze Midge.

Swannundaze Midge | www.johnkreft.com

The fly was developed by Boyd Aigner of Seattle Washington in the 1980’s. 

The Swannundaze Midge is one I tied many years ago that I found in Randall Kaufmann’s Tying Nymphs book. Tying Nymphs and Tying Dry Flies were two important books for me and I tied many of the flies listed in them. You’ll notice a continued theme of Throw Back Thursday Flies from both of these books.

 

Materials

 

Hook:

TMC 2312, #12 – 18

Thread:

Olive

Gills:

White poly yarn

Body:

Light olive Swannundaze

Thorax:

Peacock herl

Note: Use other colors to match natural chironomids.

Enjoy…go fish!

 

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Montana Road Trip – Madison River

Here is a quick update I’m calling my Montana road trip – Madison River.

Madison River Sunset | www.johnkreft.com

I love visiting the Madison River valley. This picture is the sunset on our first night after a great thunderstorm that skirted us while we were fishing below Raynold’s Pass Bridge. We decided to go to one of our favorite spots that has rewarded us in past visits…to no avail. It was slow fishing for the first day or so. We needed a little time to reacquaint ourselves to the river. Continue reading

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