Quigley Victory Drake

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Quigley Victory Drake.

Quigley Victory Drake | www.johnkreft.com

I saw this fly for the first time a little over a week ago during our trip on the Upper Columbia River. If you haven’t seen the post, be sure to read my story of dry fly fishing with Green Drake mayflies is BIG water!

Check out the front view of this fly and you’ll understand why it has a “V” in it’s name.

Quigley Victory Drake Front View | www.johnkreft.com

I don’t know the history of how Bob Quigley created or named the fly, but I liked it the moment my guide Rial tied it on my leader.

You’ll note the Quigley Victory Drake has a few similar materials and style of the Quigley Cripple and the Quigley Hackle Stacker.

Quigley Cripple | www.johnkreft.comQuigleys PMD Hackle Stacker | www.johnkreft.com

When I get more time, I think I’ll have to tie a few of the Quigley Victory Drake for myself!

Enjoy…go fish!


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Fly Fishing the St. Joe River ID

Fly fishing the St. Joe River ID has always been on my to-do list. While making plans for the 2017 fly fishing road trip, I scratched it off the list because I chose other rivers to fish instead.

St Joe River Above Gold Creek | www.johnkreft.com

It’s always good when a “plan B” comes together after discovering a bust. We had planned to fish the Kettle River in north-central Washington, but it looked like frog water when we arrived. Continue reading

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Water Boatman TBT

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Water Boatman TBT.

Water Boatman | www.johnkreft.com

Peter Bowers from the Patient Angler in Bend taught this fly during a Central Oregon Flyfisher’s Winter Fly Tying class a couple of years ago. He said the Water Boatman was a fly tied for Lake in the Dunes many years ago.

I wish I knew the origin of the fly.

I tied one for John Shewey, editor of Northwest Fly Fishing magazine. An article about Water Boatman flies is in the latest edition (July/August 2017). My friend John Sherry of Netknots posted the following picture on my RiverKeeper Flies Facebook page.

Nice John!

Posted by John Sherry on Monday, July 3, 2017

Pick up a copy for yourself to learn more.

Since I wrote about Facebook, it might be a good time to encourage you to follow me on FaceBook (RiverKeeper Flies) or Instagram (@riverkeeperflies). I periodically post some pictures on these sites.

Enjoy…go fish!

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2017 Next Cast Flyfishers Master Class

Last week I helped my wife lead the 2017 Next Cast Flyfishers master class outing at East Lake. She has done a terrific job leading these young fly fishers. Seven fly fishers between ages 12 and 16 were invited to attend this year’s outing. This was the second year we held the camp for these experienced fly fishers. The kids who were invited to attend have participated in numerous Next Cast activities, including multiple Fish Camps, river clean-ups, fly casting, and fly tying.

Next Cast Flyfishers 2017 | www.johnkreft.com

Our goal was to help these kids be self-sufficient in their fly fishing journey. They’ve learned to put their own rods together, tie knots, attach tippets and flies, and even use a few of their own hand-tied flies. Continue reading

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Fish Camp 2017

Fish Camp 2017 finished up last week with 12 more kids learning to fly fish. Fish Camp is a 3-day fly fishing camp for kids 10 – 14 years old in Bend, OR. It’s part of our fly club’s Next Cast Flyfishers (our youth program) goal to get kids into fly fishing in Central Oregon.

12 Young Flyfishers | www.johnkreft.com

My wife runs the camp and Fish Camp 2017 was our 5th year and I’m happy to help along with 10 more volunteers from our Central Oregon Flyfishers. Continue reading

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