Black Prince TBT

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Black Prince TBT…the Clarence Gordon version.

Black Prince | www.johnkreft.com

This is another steelhead fly pattern from John Shewey’s Classic Steelhead Flies. If you haven’t had a chance to peruse this book, go to your local fly shop and see if they have it in stock. Otherwise, go to the link above and order it. You won’t be sorry.

John tells a great story about learning the originator of the fly from Frank Moore he calls “the legend of the North Umpqua.” It was developed by Clarence Gordon.

To learn more about Clarence Gordon and how he made his impact on North Umpqua and Steamboat Inn, be sure to read the Throw Back Thursday Fly post about the Black Gordon.

Have any Black Prince flies in your steelhead fly box?

Enjoy…go fish!

 

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Small Flies

Finally the weather has changed and it’s actually November, not October 42, 43, or 44th. October weather continued into early November and I decided it was still October; hence the reasoning for changing my October calendar to include dates of 42, 43, and 44. There was even a smattering of snow last Saturday when I got up. It’s finally time for small flies to imitate the bugs hatching on the river. Fall is definitely over.

In fact, snow is forecast for later this week!

I decided to tie up a couple of the midge patterns I found on Youtube from Tightline Productions – Matt’s Midge and Peg’s Midge and give them a try on my local river.

#24 Midge Patterns

#24 Midge Patterns

Half dozen flies on a penny

#24 Midges on Penney | www.johnkreft.com

If you aren’t familiar with Tightline Productions, be sure to check them out on Youtube. My favorite fly tying videos on Youtube are from Tightline Productions, Davie McPhail, and the old videos from Shane Stalcup provided by Netknots. Continue reading

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Rosborough Dark Stone

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Rosborough Dark Stone Nymph.

Dark Stone Nymph | www.johnkreft.com

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

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2016 Christmas List for Fly Fishers and Fly Tyers

It’s hard to believe Christmas is a little over 5 weeks away! Face it, we’re into the holiday season.  Last year, I received a request to provide a few gift ideas for fly fishers and fly tyers. I thought it was a great idea, so be sure to pass this list onto your significant other so you can have a very Merry Christmas! Here is the 2016 Christmas list for fly fishers and fly tyers.

Happy Holidays | www.johnkreft.com

I’ll begin with fly fishing ideas and then list a few fly tyer ideas. Continue reading

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Red Quill

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Red Quill, a classic Catskill fly pattern.

Red Quill | www.johnkreft.com

Art Flick was instrumental in popularizing this fly. The Red Quill imitates the Ephemerella Subvaria and uses a large stripped hackle from the Rhode Island Red rooster. An earlier version from Rube Cross utilized slate wings instead of wood duck fibers.

This Red Quill was tied by Bob Kern at the International Federation of Fly Fishers Fair in Livingston, MT in August 2016. 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.

Check out Bob’s other fly, the Pink Lady.

Enjoy…go fish!

 

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Metolius River Bull Trout, Bamboo and Christmas

I had a difficult time creating today’s post title of Metolius River Bull Trout, Bamboo and Christmas. Too many things to talk about. Did you think I might have used a bamboo rod to fish for Bull Trout? Read on and it will all make sense.

I’m into bonus fishing time. I’ve always said the fishing slows considerably after November 1, but the weather hasn’t turned yet this year. Temperatures have been in the lower 60’s on some days. In fact as I write this, the forecast is for a high of 67 today. Is it really NOVEMBER?

Sure, the dry fly fishing has slowed a little, but there’s still fish to be had.

And sometimes I decide to try my hand at coaxing a Bull Trout onto my fly.

Holding Metolius River Bull Trout | www.johnkreft.com

I thought this picture would get your attention! Continue reading

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Rosborough Casual Dress Nymph

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Rosborough Casual Dress Nymph.

Casual Dress | www.johnkreft.com

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

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Fishing Changes in November

I’ve said for the last couple of years the fish gods flip a switch and the fishing changes in November. But this year, the weather forecast is such that I might get another week of good fishing.

Metolius Rainbow Rosy Cheeks | www.johnkreft.com

Each day is different and the hatches are getting shorter, just like daylight hours. What this means is if I want to catch fish, I might have to consider tying a few nymphs on the end of my line! Continue reading

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