Spruce Peacock

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Spruce Peacock, a fly pattern developed by Polly Rosborough.

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I found this fly on a display at the International Federation of Fly Fishers Museum in Livingston, MT. I took this picture of Polly’s Spruce Peacock through the glass display in a dark room and I think it turned out quite well. It’s is one of several flies in a display entitled Polly’s Proven Killers.

The Spruce Peacock appears to be a variation of the Spruce Fly, originally developed in the 1930’s by Don Godfrey to catch sea-run cutthroat trout on the Oregon coast.

Ernest H. “Polly” Rosborough (1902 – 1997) tied a large variety of flies but is probably best known as an author of Tying and Fishing the Fuzzy Nymph (1965). Polly lived in Chiloquin, Oregon and his home river was the Williamson River. 

Here are a couple other TBT Rosborough flies – the Dark Caddis and his Grasshopper

Enjoy…go fish!

 

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2016 Casting for Recovery

Last weekend, I was honored to be a River Helper at the 2016 Casting for Recovery retreat at Black Butte Ranch, my 4th year helping out.

BLACK BUTTE POND

Black Butte Pond - 2016 | www.johnkreft.com

The goal of Casting for Recovery (CFR) is “to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a unique program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing.” Continue reading

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Polly Rosborough Grasshopper

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is a Polly Rosborough Grasshopper fly pattern.

Polly's Grasshopper | www.johnkreft.com

I found this fly on a display at the International Federation of Fly Fishers Museum in Livingston, MT. It’s is one of several flies in a display entitled Polly’s Proven Killers.

I took this picture of Polly’s Grasshopper 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 of Polly Rosborugh.

Ernest H. “Polly” Rosborough (1902 – 1997) tied a large variety of flies but is probably best known as an author of Tying and Fishing the Fuzzy Nymph (1965).

Polly lived in Chiloquin, Oregon and his home river was the Williamson River.

Here is another TBT Rosborough fly – the Dark Caddis.

Enjoy…go fish!

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Mayflies on the River

Fall is a great time of year to be on your favorite river. That’s where I’ve been lately, walking along the river watching for rising fish. As you know, I enjoy fishing with dry flies. So what have I seen? Tons of mayflies on the river.

The weather has been perfect for Pale Morning Duns (PMD) and Baetis / Blue Wing Olives (BWO). Cool, overcast, and rainy days make for some great fishing.

Raindrop

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Here is a picture from last week during a massive hatch of bugs. Continue reading

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Pink Lady

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Pink Lady, a classic Catskill fly.

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This Pink Lady was tied by Bob Kern at the International Federation of Fly Fishers Fair in Livingston, MT in August 2016. Bob did an amazing job of mounting the wings, utilizing the double-slip quill wing style. He drove all the way to Livingston from Blairsville, GA. He can be found occasionally at the Southern Highroads Outfitters demonstrating and teaching Catskill flies. He is member of the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild. Continue reading

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Metolius River Sockeye Salmon

Have you ever seen a Metolius River Sockeye Salmon? Neither had I until last week. I’ve been fishing the Metolius River for over 45 years, spending many enjoyable days along this beautiful river. We fish it a lot. But this was a first!

Metolius River Sockeye Salmon

Metolius River Sockeye Salmon | www.johnkreft.com

Metolius River Sockeye Salmon | www.johnkreft.comHistorically, Spring Chinook and Sockeye Salmon called the Metolius River home. But in all the years I’ve fished it, I never saw any salmon in the river.

Until last week. Continue reading

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Wonder Wing Drake

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Wonder Wing Drake.

Wonder Wing Drake | www.johnkreft.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Al and Gretchen Beatty graciously provided the information below from their new eBook entitled Wonder Wing Flies.

While they didn’t invent the Wonder Wing, they have refined the technique used to drastically remove the possibility of the fly twisting while being cast due to the stiffness of the wing. Continue reading

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October Caddis and Their Imitations

October Caddis have been flitting over the river and along the streamside brush the last few weeks. I believe these bugs are important to the fish and they sure seem to key on them at times. This is a perfect time to talk about October Caddis and their imitations.

October Caddis | www.johnkreft.com

The October Caddis (Dicosmoecus), otherwise known as the Giant Orange Sedge, hatches in September and October. These bugs are too big for the fish to ignore.

October Caddis Bottom View

This is one of the bugs big trout key on during the year. Other big bugs are the Golden StoneflySalmonfly, and my favorite – the Green Drake. My experience is the bigger fish show themselves during these hatches and it can be some of the best fishing of the year for large trout. Continue reading

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