Montreal Yellow

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Montreal Yellow, another fly from the Ray Bergman collection.

Montreal Yellow | www.johnkreft.com

For some reason, I just like the elegance and simplicity of a Bergman wet fly. You can find the Montreal Yellow wet fly on Plate No. 6, page 123 of Bergman’s book entitled Trout (1940 – fourth printing). 

If you are a regular at RiverKeeper Flies, you recall Bergman’s book includes colored plates to illustrate the dry and wet flies with a description of each fly in the back. It was the first book to provide color fly illustrations. Continue reading

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Spring Fly Fishing in February? 

What a difference a year makes. Who would have thought we’d have spring fly fishing in February? I thought I had a lot more time to tie flies for my fly box and provider boxes. Last year by now, much of the snow that had fallen in December and January was melting. But this year there is hardly any snow and the highs last week were in the mid-60s! 

I just returned from a couple of weeks in Maui and have been hearing from my friends how much it seems like spring fishing already. 

I was able to tie 4 dozen flies while I was in Hawaii and began filling the Caddis provider box. I tied Iris Caddis – Amber in sizes 12, 14, and 16. It’s always been a great fly for me. 

Iris Caddis - Amber | www.johnkreft.com

I’d planned to tie 15 – 20 dozen flies in February,  but with the weather so nice, I wonder if I will have to choose between tying flies and fishing.  Continue reading

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Bailey’s Light Cahill

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Bailey’s Light Cahill.

Bailey's Light Cahill | www.johnkreft.com

This fly pictured above was from a collection of flies tied by Dan Bailey. I was fortunate to be able to photograph a total of nine Bailey flies, a Grey Hackle, Dark Cahill, Black GnatBlack BivisibleBlonde WulffFan Wing Royal CoachmanMosquito, Ginger Quill and this Light Cahill. Continue reading

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2018 NW Fly Tying & Fly Fishing Expo is One Month Away

The 2018 NW Fly Tying & Fly Fishing Expo is one month away. 

You might recall I was the Expo Chair in 2015 & 2016, as well as the Treasurer for 4 1/2 years. I decided to step away from the Expo Committee last year and now answer a question or two in my adviser role. So this year I continue to be a Demonstration Tyer and for the first time will teach a class on Friday afternoon from 2:30 – 3:45 pm called Contemporary Soft Hackle Dry Flies. The class will focus on tying my RiverKeeper Soft Hackle Cripple and allow students to tie these flies with a variety of soft hackle feathers. In addition, I will briefly discuss the classic soft hackle fly and differences I’ve incorporated in the design to make it float. (As I write this, there are only 4 slots remaining – sign up HERE.)

2017 Stan Walters Memorial Fly Tyer of the Year

2017 Stan Walter Memorial Fly Tyer of the Year | www.johnkreft.com

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